Through a post on microblogging site Twitter, the CEO and co-founder of OnePlus, Mr. Carl Pei, announced on Monday that the kernel source of the company’s latest flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 2 – is now available for download from GitHub. While the kernel source in itself won’t help end-users directly, its free availability will allow developers to create custom ROMs for OnePlus 2, which can then be downloaded and flashed onto the device. It’s worth mentioning that the smartphone comes pre-loaded with Oxygen OS 2.0, and got its first OTA update last week. The update included a Stagefright patch and came with a file size of 1.1 GB. While the first generation flagship from the company, the OnePlus One, came with Cyanogen OS pre-loaded, an acrimonious fall-out between the two companies last year saw OnePlus coming up with its own Oxygen OS ROM, which is now installed as default on the company’s second-generation flagship.
Coming to the hardware specifications of the OnePlus 2, the smartphone happens to be the second-generation flagship device from the Hong Kong-based startup OnePlus, and replaces the OnePlus One that the company had launched last year. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display, with a pixel density of 401 dpi. The device is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 (v2.1) chipset, with a 64-bit octa-core CPU clocked at a maximum of 1.8 GHz. The SoC also comes with an embedded Adreno 430 GPU. The smartphone comes in two different variants – one with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in storage and another with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. While the former is priced at $329, the latter costs $389.
As for the smartphone’s imaging prowess, the OnePlus 2 comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera with OIS, laser auto-focus and dual LED flash. The secondary camera on the device meanwhile, comes with a 5-megapixel sensor. The handset comes with a non-removable Li-Po battery rated at 3,300 mAh and comes pre-loaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop in the form of Oxygen OS 2.0, as already mentioned above. The handset features a fingerprint scanner which can hold up to five different profiles, and is said to be faster than Apple’s Touch ID. The device also happens to be one of the first smartphones to come with a microUSB 2.0 Type-C connector.