If it was a year back, sometime before April 2014, nobody would have ever heard of the name OnePlus. In fact, at that time if someone told you that OnePlus was the name of a manufacturer, there was a very good chance that you would have laughed at the name. Now, fast forward 1 year and OnePlus is the name that represents true value for money.
Before 2014, if you had to purchase a high end device (3GB RAM), you would have had to shell out no less than $500. This was a time when even Xiaomi was just opening up, expanding its lineup with cheaper and better models. And it was precisely at this point when OnePlus made the debut with its OnePlus One flagship. The specs represented a high-end flagship while the pricing was that of a mid-range. In every sense, the “One” was a flagship killer.
So, its no surprise that everyone is so fond of the company. All of us are excited to see what kind of features will be present on the new OnePlus Two flagship and the company has done a pretty good job of keeping us fans satisfied with timely teasers and updates.
In fact, we already know a lot about the OnePlus Two flagship. Probably more than most other smartphones that haven’t been released. And since a majority of these info comes directly from the company, we can be sure that they will end up on the new generation flagship.
Anyways, since we already know a lot about the OnePlus Two, I thought it would be best to put them all together in one place. So, down below are the 10 important things we already know about the OnePlus Two flagship.
OnePlus recently confirmed that the new OnePlus flagship will come with Snapdragon 810 v2.1 (third generation) chipset. I am sure many would be disappointed with this decision, considering the overheating problem associated with the chip, but the company has promised that the new version of the chipset will be cooler than ever (probably a bit underclocked too, at least thats what we think). So, at this moment we are hoping that the promise is fulfilled.
Well, 3GB RAM was the flagship standard about a year back and OnePlus One had 3GB of RAM. Now, its time to take things to a whole new level with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The company has confirmed that OnePlus Two will join the likes of limited smartphones to feature 4GB of internal RAM.
We are not sure if we will see the same 5.5-inch 1080p display on the OnePlus Two, however, what we know is that the overall size of the handset will be smaller than the OnePlus One. So, those who complained that the device couldn’t fit comfortably in their hands, now have something to cheer about.
One of the important features of a smartphone these days, the battery is reportedly bigger on the new handset. The company confirms that OnePlus Two will come with a 3300mAh greater than the 3100mAh capacity on the ‘One’.
5. Fingerprint Sensor:
One of the new features on the OnePlus Two will be the physical Fingerprint Sensor. The move isn’t surprising, given that all major flagships come with fingeprint recognition these days. The company also notes that this will be one of the fastest fingerprint sensors on a smartphone (even faster than touch ID).
6. USB Type-C:
Another welcome addition to the OnePlus Two is the new USB Type-C port. The LeTV series came with these reversible and more powerful ports and its no surprise to see them end up on the next-gen flagship. However, we don’t know whether it will be USB 2.0, 3.0 or even 3.1 like the ZUK Z1.
Instead of the CyanogenMod ROM that came with the OnePlus One, the company will be debuting with the OnePlus Two its own Oxygen OS (HydrogenOS in China). This is a forked version of the AOSP ROM and is reportedly tailor made to work smoothly with Snapdragon v2.1.
8. Three Different Versions For Different Regions:
The company has confirmed three different versions of the OnePlus Two, each aimed at a specific region namely China, North America and Europe/ Asia. OnePlus has also confirmed the supported bands and they are as follow:
GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17
GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
9. Swappable Back Covers:
OnePlus Two will come with at least five different swap covers which will be available at launch. We expect the popular ones like Bamboo and other wooden covers to be available for the new device.
Finally, OnePlus CEO has confirmed that the OnePlus Two will be priced below $450. While its still slightly higher than the original OnePlus One model, given the upgraded specs, if the price is indeed below $450, the phone still offers more value for money.
FYI, the invite system will be back for the OnePlus Two also. But the company has promised that it will be better than before.
As you can see, we know a lot about the upcoming OnePlus Two flagship. But there’s still a lot of question marks in areas like storage (whether expandable), camera, screen resolution and even build quality (which will most likely be metal!).
We expect more information directly from the company in the company before the official launch on July 27, so stay tuned.