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Phone Comparisons: OnePlus One vs OnePlus 2

July 27, 2015 - Written By Cory McNutt

Introduction

The OnePlus is another Chinese startup company that has taken off faster than even they could have ever imagined, built on the premise of building a high spec’d product and selling it at a lower profit margin.  This tends to undercut the main smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Apple, LG, HTC, Sony and so forth.  OnePlus created such a demand with their OnePlus One that they were initially unable to keep up with the sales, as small profit margins dictate that a smaller inventory is a necessity.  Though not sold directly in the US, the OnePlus devices can be ordered online and shipped anywhere in the world.

The OnePlus One was their first attempt to produce a flagship device at a reasonable price.  Certainly showing it age by now, they are now launching their new OnePlus 2.  Did OnePlus do enough to up the design and specs to make it a worthy contender against the new crop of smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and the LG G4? Let’s take a look at the old versus the new and see exactly where OnePlus made changes and if they excite you enough to make you want to purchase ‘one.’  Take a look at the detailed specifications below and the read the comparison afterwards to get a complete picture.

Specifications

The OnePlus One is a great looking device and it feels very comfortable in your hand with its Sandstone finish.  It sports a beautiful 5.5-inch IPS LCD FHD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 401 pixels-per-inch (PPI).  I can say exactly the same thing about the new OnePlus 2…the OnePlus 2 looks very much like the OnePlus One, but does add a fingerprint scanner on the bottom front…very much looking like a Samsung button.
The OnePlus One uses a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz – a tried and true processor, but the OnePlus 2 has a two-generation jump up to the newest 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core clocked at 1.8GHz.  The OnePlus One uses a full 3GB of DDR3 RAM with 16GB of internal storage.  The OnePlus 2 is offering two variations: one with 3GB of DDR4 RAM and 16GB of internal memory and a second model with 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 64GB of internal memory…there is no room for expansion in either model.

 OnePlus One

OnePlus One AH 2015-14The camera on the OnePlus One will give you some pretty decent photos with its 13MP sensor, autofocus, dual-LED flash and no OIS.  The OnePlus 2 ups the sensor to 16MP, adds Laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and OIS.  The OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2 both use a 5MP FFC for those social media selfies and video chats.  The OnePlus One has a large 3100mAh battery, but once again, the OnePlus 2 improves this to a 3300mAh size non-removable battery.

The OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2 have dual-mono, bottom mounted Bose speakers.  The OnePlus One uses Android 4.4 KitKat as a base operating system, it runs CyanogenMod 12 UI.  OnePlus dropped the CyanogenMod on the new model – it is running the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop as a base with their new OxygenOS running on top.  It works on the GSM 850, 900, 1800, and 1900MHz – WCDMA Bands 1/2/5/8 – and FDD-LTE Bands 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17.  It will cost you $389 for the 64GB model.

OnePlus 2

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Summary

They certainly took a big step in upping the processor from a 32-bit quad-core chip to the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810.  The increase in RAM and the switch to DDR4 is all good stuff.  The camera was not only increased from the old 13MP to a new 13MP with omnisensor, but OnePlus finally added OIS and Laser autofocus.  OnePlus even increased the battery from 3100mAh to a 3300mAh to make sure you have a full day and then some on your OnePlus 2.  OnePlus 2 also includes a fingerprint sensor for added security.

Sure, the price had to increase, but for $389 you are getting some very good specifications.  We are anxious to put the OnePlus 2 through its paces and check out the display, camera, battery life and new OxygenOS.  Do you think OnePlus did enough with the OnePlus 2 or what are some things you would like to see improved?