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.
The 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.
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?