OnePlus 2 Possible Home Button Grounding Issue Surfaces

The OnePlus 2 was one of the most highly awaited smartphones of this year. Prior to its release, the phone was the subject to massive speculation on the specs and what the likely features were going to be on offer. This was in spite of what seemed to be a drip-feeding approach by the company to releasing specs. When the device was finally unveiled, it was felt by some that it was not as groundbreaking as had been anticipated. Especially as it was being touted as the 2016 flagship killer. What seemed to really get to some people was the absence of what is largely considered Android staples now like NFC and fast charging. That said, the one thing the device did have going for it was the build quality. OnePlus were very vocal about the quality of the OnePlus 2 and reviews of the device seemed to confirm that the quality was there.

Well, an interesting issue has started to be notice with the OnePlus 2 recently. It seems the issue was first brought up in the OnePlus forums over the weekend and is to do with the responsiveness of the home button. In short, the button does not always seem to work consistently. This actually was an aspect noted in our review with the home button needing to be hit a few times before it would function.

Well, the latest on this is that it seems likely that it might actually be a grounding issue. What is making this assumption seem plausible is that there is a pattern to the inconsistency of the responsiveness. If you use the OnePlus 2 with both hands (and especially when touching the metal rim), the home button does not work at all. However, if you are using it in a one-handed mode then it does. Likewise, if the device is laid flat on a surface and not being held at all, it also works fine. If this is a grounding issue specifically, then it is unclear as to whether an OTA update will be enough to fix the issue. OnePlus One owners will certainly remember the ongoing screen issues which plagued the OnePlus One over the last year and consistently failed to be fixed via various updates. Whether or not, this becomes the case for the OnePlus 2 remains to be seen at the moment. Either way, until more is known, you can see how the home button is affected in the video below.

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