OnePlus 2 officially announced: everything you need to know

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 27, 2015
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The OnePlus 2, the self-dubbed “2016 flagship killer” has arrived, and we’re here to tell you all about it. From the OnePlus 2’s specs, to its main features, and details about its price and availability, we’ve got you covered.

It’s July of 2015, and OnePlus is feverishly plotting murder. The weapon? OnePlus 2, its second ever phone. The target? The elite of the industry: next year’s iPhone, Samsung’s high-flying Galaxies, HTC’s metal beasts, and others. The M.O.? Cutthroat pricing, rogue marketing.

Crime doesn’t pay, but there’s someone who will profit from OnePlus’ killing spree. That’s you, the regular smartphone buyer, looking for a quality device that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Provided you can get an invite, that is.

OnePlus 2 specs and features

OnePlus has drip-fed us many of the OnePlus 2’s specs and features, so most of this section isn’t a surprise. Here’s a rundown:

  
Display5.5-inch LCD, Full HD
Processor1.8GHz Snapdragon 810
RAM3 or 4 GB (depending on storage option)
Storage16 or 64GB storage
NetworksUS GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8 FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17EU/India GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/5/8 FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
SoftwareOxygenOS based on Android 5.1
MicroSDNo
Dual-SIMYes
Wireless ChargingNo
Fingerprint ScanYes
Camera13MP rear
5MP front
Battery3,300mAh
Dimensions151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm, 175g

The OnePlus 2’s specs should please a lot of people, even with the predictable absence of a removable battery and microSD card, and the rather controversial inclusion of a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor. OnePlus has tried to put some distance between itself and the PR troubles that have plagued HTC, by suggesting that its own Snapdragon 810 chip is better than the one in other phones, though that may not actually be true. Regardless, the 810 should be a very capable processor, even with throttling involved. For some actual impressions of the performance of the device, check out our OnePlus 2 hands-on.

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We salute the inclusion of 4GB of RAM in the 64GB version, though the 16GB of storage in the starting version (3GB of RAM) is slightly disappointing. A very nice addition is the 3,300 mAh battery, even if its inclusion contributed to the OnePlus 2’s 9.85 millimeter profile and 175 grams in weight.

The OnePlus 2 is one of the first smartphones to feature a USB Type-C port, and that’s not just a bragging right. Type-C is the future – it’s convenient, compact, universal, and versatile. Its inclusion is an argument for Carl Pei’s bold statement from a recent interview that the OnePlus is a future-proof phone.

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On the front, the OnePlus 2 features a generously sized home button/fingerprint sensor, that OnePlus claims is faster than the TouchID sensor on the iPhone. This is a touch-based sensor (no swiping needed) and you can associate multiple fingerprints to it. More about it in the hands-on. Flanking it are the capacitive keys, though you can switch to an on-screen nav bar if you prefer it.

One surprise hardware feature of the OnePlus 2 is the “Alert Slider,” which is a slider placed on the left side of the phone, that lets you switch from full notifications, to priority mode, to silent mode. Nifty! That’s not something you see on Android devices, so we’re excited to give it a try.

Update: NFC is one of those features than we tend to forget about, simply because most modern smartphones have it. Well, the OnePlus 2 does not feature NFC, a very curious choice that OnePlus explained by stating that most OnePlus One users have not used the feature.

OnePlus 2 design, build, and customization

You’ll get a much better feel about this from the hands-on post and the versus, but the OnePlus 2 builds on the OnePlus One recipe, while adding enough spice to make it feel new.

There’s now an aluminum-magnesium frame going around the sides of the phone, while the buttons and other accents are stainless steel. It’s a great addition, that should make the device feel even nicer. The camera on the back has been moved slightly towards the center of the device, which takes a while to get used to, and the same can be said about the Samsung-like home button on the front.

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The overall look is interesting – sleek, without feeling exceedingly expensive. And that’s probably because OnePlus mixed the metal with plastic or natural wood. The OnePlus 2 will be available in the following finishes:

  • Sandstone Black
  • Kevlar
  • Black Apricot
  • Bamboo
  • Rosewood

The OnePlus One’s Silk White appears to be gone, but note we don’t know yet which of these finishes will be available at launch. The StyleSwap covers are now supposed to be easier to replace, without any special tools required.

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OnePlus 2 software

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The OnePlus 2 runs Oxygen OS, a custom ROM based on Android 5.1. OnePlus hired most of the key members of the Paranoid Android custom ROM team to make Oxygen OS a real product, and by all accounts, they have been hard at work at it. That said, the time was short, the team was new, and the expectations were sky-high, so it remains to be seen just how good Oxygen OS turns out to be.

Among the key additions to stock Android included in Oxygen OS are:

  • Audio Tuner, which lets you select sound presets based on your activity
  • off-screen gestures (draw a “V” to open the flashlight)
  • easy notification access
  • custom icon pack support
  • dark mode
  • app permissions
  • an enhanced file manager
  • and a new feature called Shelf

Shelf allows you to swipe from the right on the homescreen to open up a panel with two widgets giving you access to the most used apps and favorite contacts. It’s billed as a beta feature for now, and OnePlus says more functionality will be coming in time.

With these new features, it remains to be seen whether Oxygen OS is stable and reasonably bug-free. You can get an impression of it from our hands-on, with more to come in the review.

OnePlus 2 price, availability, and invite system

The OnePlus 2’s price is probably the most important factor that will determine its sales success, and fortunately, OnePlus delivered, again:

  • The OnePlus 2 64GB will cost $389
  • The OnePlus 2 16GB will cost $329

That’s slightly more than the launch price of the One, but arguably, you get more for that money.

As for the OnePlus 2 release date, the OnePlus 2 64GB will be available with an invite from August 11 in the US and EU. The 16GB version will be available “later.”

Yes, you will still need an invite to buy a OnePlus 2, but OnePlus says the process will be a lot less painful this year. The company said it tweaked the way it distributes invites and that it secured a lot more initial inventory, though considering that it grossly underestimated demand last year, we’ll believe it when we see it. Still, let’s give OnePlus the benefit of the doubt, and hopefully the OnePlus 2 will land is as many hands as possible, as fast as possible.

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There you have it – all the OnePlus 2 essentials. For more, including hands-on videos, check out our other coverage:

Press release

Show Press Release

2016 Flagship Killer Unveiled: Meet the OnePlus 2

OnePlus Doubles Down on Design, Power and Innovation for the OnePlus 2, from $329
SAN FRANCISCO, July 27, 2015 – OnePlus, a global technology startup, today announced its latest flagship product, the much anticipated OnePlus 2. Following the global success of last year’s OnePlus One, the latest offering reaffirms OnePlus’ commitment to the highest level of craftsmanship in the industry today. The OnePlus 2 boasts top of the line specs, one of the best cameras on the market, beautiful design and the adoption of state of the art technology.
“From day one, we’ve prioritized our product and our community above all else – we carefully listened to our users’ feedback and incorporated suggestions in building the OnePlus 2.” said OnePlus Founder and CEO, Pete Lau. “We chose premium materials, the highest performing components and forward thinking technology to make this an unparalleled user experience.”

Specs that Impress
The OnePlus 2’s aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and jewelry-grade stainless steel accents encase a vibrant, full HD 5.5” IPS LCD In-Cell display. The OnePlus 2’s display outperforms in
direct sunlight with 178 degrees of crystal clear viewing angles. Noticeably more solid and durable, at just 175 grams, the OnePlus 2 is easy and natural to hold. A 3300mAh lithium polymer
battery powers the device throughout the day, and as a dual-sim device the OnePlus 2 simultaneously supports two Nano SIM cards with 4G LTE capability.
The 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 SoC is the fastest processor on the market. With up to 64GB of storage and eMMC 5.0 flash memory, the OnePlus 2 is lightning quick. Paired with up
to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the OnePlus 2 powers all your apps, games and videos.

Capture Your World
The OnePlus 2 puts extraordinary digital photography power right in your pocket. The 13 megapixel rear facing camera boasts 6 physical lenses, powerful dual LED flash, and f/2.0
aperture. Perhaps most impressive is the sensor, which contains large 1.3 µm light-collecting pixels to deliver low-light shots like you haven’t seen before.
The OnePlus 2 camera has been engineered for improved clarity and stability, accomplished with the addition of an advanced Optical Image Stabilization system. Rear mounted laser technology
sharpens and focuses the camera in just .33 milliseconds and the wide-angle 5 megapixel front-facing camera ensures every angle is covered.

Carefully Crafted
The OnePlus 2 is a continuation of the smooth curves and clean lines that defined the OnePlus One. A striking yet subtle floating display and metal chamfered edges add elegance and solidity
to the outer frame, also making the OnePlus 2 easy to hold and comfortable in the hand. In addition to OnePlus’ signature Sandstone Black, consumers now have access to a range of
covers including actual wood built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and even Kevlar.

Ahead of the Curve
Equipped with a USB Type-C charging port, OnePlus is paving the way for the adoption of USB Type-C technology, the latest in charging and data transfer. Taking it one step further, the
OnePlus charging cable uses patented technology making the Type-A side reversible as well. The OnePlus 2 is equipped with a fingerprint scanner, adding premium security and convenience.
Users can now wake and unlock the device with one of five stored fingerprints in less than half a second. Additionally, the OnePlus 2 features an alert slider for quick access to custom notification settings. Unprecedented on an Android device, the alert slider can silence the device with a simple click.

Innovative operating system – OxygenOS
The OnePlus 2 is the first device in the world to ship with OnePlus’ own operating system, OxygenOS. “With the OnePlus 2, we’re making a bet on the future, and doubling down on a holistic product experience,” said OnePlus Co-founder, Carl Pei. “We’re excited for what our fans have to say.” OxygenOS, based on Android 5.1, is a refreshing take on the pure Android experience. Subtle customizations like on screen gestures, dark mode, the ability to switch between hardware and capacitive buttons and toggle quick settings are baked in throughout the OS. Loaded with custom apps including Camera, Audio Tuner and File Manager, OxygenOS delivers a light, secure take on Android.

Pricing and availability
The 64GB OnePlus 2 will be available with an invite in the United States and European Union starting August 11 for $389. The 16GB OnePlus 2 with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM will be available later for $329.
Fans can visit one of nine pop up experience centers located around the world on July 31 st to sign up for an invite and be one of the first in the world to see the OnePlus 2. Users can also tune in to OnePlus’ social media channels starting August 1st for a chance to get an invite.

About OnePlus
OnePlus is a technology startup committed to bringing the best possible technology to users around the world. Created around the mantra, “Never Settle”, OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with premium build quality and high performance hardware. For more information, please visit oneplus.net.

What’s your take?

So, are you impressed with the OnePlus 2 or are you disappointed? What do you love about the new phone, and what do you hate?

  • Remodel Guy

    Stereo speakers? SlimPort or MHL compatibility?
    I do like what I see so far. 1080P is perfect for me. Don’t want the battery drain of higher res. I usually set my phone to power saving mode anyway. I’m OK with a throttled CPU. More LTE bands is great. Camera should be an upgrade over OPO.
    However
    I will wait to see what the Moto X, Oppo Find 9 and Xiaomi Mi5 offer before deciding on a new phone.

  • Raghav Mehta

    Is there NFC or not?
    Technobuffalo’s saying there isn’t but your hands on article says there is.

  • Alex C. Klie

    Nice The VR Presentation was awesome, really enjoy it.

    The eastern eggs hidden invtes, were fun but few.

    Phone spes are great, I have a One Plus 1, and I am ready to buy the One Plus 2.

    Good you pointed the pricing, though it was not announced during the VR presentation

    For those wishing to register in the invite list, go to: https://oneplus.net/invites?kolid=6G785

  • Karl范君愷

    I still like my Sony Xperia Z3

    • PokPok

      i am still on my s4 on lollipop which does everything i need it to until it dies completely i see no reason for an upgrade and so far there haven’t been any phones which i am drawn to although i would probably go for a Sony or LG

      • Someguy

        S4 is a great device removable battery easy to root and install custom roms and sdcard and runs everything still I have a s5 but wish I still had my s4 less buggy

  • Ruby

    Great intro! I love Bogdan’s writing style.

  • Kamalnath Kanthimathinathan

    everything’s great. do they still planing on storing our personal data (finger prints & passwords) in some server in china….??

    • cardenaso10

      They never did that, and you can verify this in a shit ton of ways, most easily by packet inspection, but you’re free to believe whatever you want.

      • Kamalnath Kanthimathinathan

        well one of the vice president of 1+ mentioned about it in future plans. good to know that we can inspect it ourselves….

  • Relaxing Tomato

    Here’s a link to sign up for the Oneplus 2!

    https://oneplus.net/invites?kolid=FVHR0I

    How it works; You register your email & wait for an invite. Sharing your link
    with friends helps you jump the line.

    So good luck guys!
    u’ll bloody need it.

    • Someguy

      Yeah they can kiss my ass first

      • Relaxing Tomato

        I’d do it if you were Somegirl but I don’t swing that way sorry.

  • Милен Стефанов

    Almost everything looks OK- high specs with low price. But as I expect fucking invite system ruins everything…

    Here I see “available with an invite from August 11 in the US and EU” – only 2 weeks after announcing it is great. But I’m not among first people with invites- got to wait someone to get hands on 1+2 and give me an invite… Same fucking system… But this is not the only problem, even if I have an invite it’s a waiting game- on 1+ site I see:

    “After you purchase your OnePlus 2 with an invite, it may take up to 3 weeks before it is ready to ship”

    3 weeks BEFORE shipping? 3 WEEKS? In best case (have invite and order on August 11) I’ll get the phone some sunny (hopefully) day in September… But I’m not among people with early invites- my chance to get invite is from someone who already bought 1+2… In fact (with 3 weeks waiting + at least 1 week shipping) I can’t get my hands on 1+2 before mid October.
    Price is good for now ($389 will become no more than €410 in EU) but TODAY I can buy S6 64GB (not Edge) for €550 and I can bet $50 that until end of September/mid October price will drop under €450.

  • PokPok

    nah , no removable battery or sd card slot is a definite no no and the style sucks quite frankly looks like a Samsung lg cross on the cheap

    • Someguy

      Looks a bit boring like they ripped off LG not impressed plus not prepared to deal with stupid invite system

  • Dr. Gertsen

    No NFC?
    What?
    Now that NFC is as widespread available in phones, it’s just starting to get usefull.
    For example you can use it to pay in stores, at least many places in Denmark.

    No NFC – no buy.

    Very sad, I was really looking forward to this.

    Also: The fingerprint button really breaks up the sleek design – but I like the slider on the side.

  • Dave Davis

    Nothing here to make me ditch my OnePlus One (which replaced my Nexus 5). Very disappointed in the lack of NFC and the lack of wireless charging. Same resolution as the One. I see no compelling, or even interesting, reason to “upgrade”.

    • Mr Mop

      There’s more to a display than just resolution.

    • Verum

      Pete Lau mentioned during the launch event, that he asked his people what’s the best cellphone display on the market, and most people answered iphone 6 plus. The most common reason was the “transparency” of the display, as if you’re seeing through a window. He said there’s several things needed to achieve that and the most important one is the brightness. So OnePlus Two has the brightest display on the market.

      But yeah, Mr. Mop is right, there’s a lot to a flagship phone than those rareless used features.

  • Jarl

    -no stereo FRONT speakers
    -no NFC
    -no SD card slot
    -non removable battery
    -ugly ass front button

    can i have a ‘hell no’?

    • Peter Mulders

      Hell no.

    • Matthias

      How fast does the OnePlus 2 actually charge, then? We don’t yet know. Edit: According to OnePlus, a full charge takes “under 3 hours and 20 minutes.” Oh boy.

      • Jordan Musser

        ouch

    • Kamalnath Kanthimathinathan

      lacking water proofing & Led screen too. ok phone for the price though….

  • Micah Owensby

    Flagship, yes. 2016 flagship killer? Not by a long shot. Hell, not even a 2015 flagship killer. Samsung hopes to introduce devices with 4k displays as early as next year. The LG G5 is rumored to include an iris scanner and a bendable display. For the price you can’t go wrong. But to be so arrogant. Complete turn off. Take your invites and go home, OnePlus.

    • Peter Mulders

      Yeah, the same shit you say about next years Samsung and LG flagships were rumoured about this and previous years. Not gonna happen.

  • Osman Khan

    Almost everything pretty ok- high specs with low price. But as I expect invite system is a bit stupid thing have to wait. and no expandable memory slot.. and Ram difference in 16 and 64 GB also disappointing a bit. have to wait till 11 Aug. when it will b available on Ebay. ?

  • Bradley Uffner

    “No compromise”, unless you want NFC, wireless charging, replaceable battery, OIS, or an SD slot. But hey, we can scan your fingerprint!
    Also, you have to play the popularity contest again for the privilege of buying one.

  • Jonas Andersen

    I really wanted this phone but not anymore. Just because of no NFC

  • Jordan Musser

    no NFC no thanks. I will be waiting for the Lumia Cityman or Talkman with NFC and an IRIS Scanner to unlock the phone. That’s right kids a fingerprint will be for the dinosaurs.

  • Biz

    I would personally avoid the company. My experience with the OnePlus One was terrible – bricked itself so badly during an OTA that it was impossible to even get FastBoot to work. It took two months of ridiculous emails with their support people and finally an investigation by PayPal to get my money back.

    Here’s the more detailed story:

    https://www.amazon.com/review/R1BCBVG79TQ3ZD/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

    No matter how sexy looking the phone is, stability of the hardware and support are crucial. This company doesn’t understand either point and its support people have one goal: keep your money at all costs. Another friend went through the same ordeal – in his case the screen stopped being reliable. They told him “no refund” and to sell the phone on ebay. PayPal decided differently and he got a refund after 4 months of argument.

  • slfisher

    I’ve been happy with my OnePlus. I do miss having an sd card and removable battery but I like it otherwise. What excites me about the new one is the extra RAM and storage. What I’m concerned about is what Oxygen is like.

  • Joseph Barrett

    Comment on the nfc. As someone who repairs phones, and has taken apart the oneplus one, they would have to A) put the nfc on the swappable back, (as in the one) or do some major internal design rethinking.

  • Joseph Barrett

    Comment on the nfc. As someone who repairs phones, and has taken apart the oneplus one, they would have to A) put the nfc on the swappable back, raising costs (as in the one) or do some major internal design rethinking.

  • mustafa

    this will not work with airtel definitely as airtel uses band 40 only.
    However one plus one will work as it had band 40.
    this phone oneplus 2 only has superior processor.
    Rest it has less features than oneplus one -like no nfc, no fast charge, same screen resolution. Nfc and fast charging is there in oneplus one.
    now one plus 2 is like other high end chinese phones which omit some features to keep cost low

  • vikash sinha

    Great phone .