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The successor to the “flagship killer” is finally here, boasting an improved design, high-end specifications and a very appealing price tag. But does the OnePlus 2 have what it takes to challenge the very best smartphones on the market right now? Until we get our hands on an OnePlus 2 review unit for deeper analysis, it’s hard to accurately answer this question, but we can at least dive in and take a look at how it compares to the competition on paper.

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The OnePlus One was a rather large smartphone and the OnePlus 2 is an equally hefty beast, featuring a large 5.5-inch display like its predecessor. Despite rumors suggesting the OnePlus 2 would make the jump to QHD, it turns out that the phone packs the same Full HD resolution as the original OPO. This means that the display here won’t quite live up to the standards of the LG G4 or the Samsung Galaxy S6, but should be on equal footing to devices like the HTC One M9 and Sony Xperia Z3+.

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While the size and resolution of the display remain unchanged, just about every other aspect of the phone has been significantly upgraded. Even the battery gets a nice jump up to 3,300 mAh, which bests the sizes offered by most other flagships.

OnePlus 2Galaxy S6One M9Xperia Z3+LG G4
Display
OnePlus 2:
5.5-inch LCD
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Galaxy S6:
5.1-inch AMOLED
QHD (2560x1440)
One M9:
5-inch LCD
FullHD (1920x1080)
Xperia Z3+:
5.2-inch LCD
FullHD (1920x1080)
LG G4:
5.5-inch LCD
QHD (2560x1440)
SoC
OnePlus 2:
Snapdragon 810
Galaxy S6:
Exynos 7420
One M9:
Snapdragon 810
Xperia Z3+:
Snapdragon 810
LG G4:
Snapdragon 808
CPU
OnePlus 2:
4x 2.0GHz Cortex-A57
4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
Galaxy S6:
4x 2.1GHz Cortex-A57
4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
One M9:
4x 2.0GHz Cortex-A57
4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
Xperia Z3+:
4x 2.0GHz Cortex-A57
4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
LG G4:
2x 1.8GHz Cortex-A57
4x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53
GPU
OnePlus 2:
Adreno 430
Galaxy S6:
Mali-T760 MP8
One M9:
Adreno 430
Xperia Z3+:
Adreno 430
LG G4:
Adreno 418
RAM
OnePlus 2:
4GB (64GB model), 3GB (16GB model)
Galaxy S6:
3GB
One M9:
3GB
Xperia Z3+:
3GB
LG G4:
3GB
Storage
OnePlus 2:
16/64GB
Galaxy S6:
32/64/128GB
One M9:
32GB
Xperia Z3+:
32GB
LG G4:
32GB
MicroSD
OnePlus 2:
No
Galaxy S6:
No
One M9:
Yes, up to 128GB
Xperia Z3+:
Yes, up to 128GB
LG G4:
Yes, up to 128GB
Unlocked Price
OnePlus 2:
$329 (16GB), $389 (64GB)
Galaxy S6:
$700
One M9:
$650
Xperia Z3+:
$650
LG G4:
$540

On the processing side of things, we see the familiar Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC that is powering the latest flagships from HTC and Sony. LG’s G4 offers a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 package rather than an octa-core 810 and Samsung has its own 14nm Exynos chip in its Galaxy S6. The v2.1 Snapdragon 810 apparently addresses the overheating issues, but other handsets featuring the updated chip, such as the Xperia Z3+ and One M9, still tend to get a little warm for our liking. The OnePlus 2 will match other smartphones in terms of performance, but some heat issues may still be present.

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One area that the OnePlus 2 does go above any beyond the competition is the choice to go with 4GB of LPDDR4 memory. While the performance differences between 3GB and 4GB are unlikely to manifest in anything other than heavy multitasking scenarios, the higher bandwidth of LPDDR4 should bring performance improvements when recording and processing very high resolution media files and when gaming, as well as helping to reduce battery drain. LPDDR4 RAM can also be found in the Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, while a growing range of mid-range handsets are now including 4GB of RAM, including the ZTE Axon phone and the Asus ZenFone 2. It must be mentioned that this extra RAM is only to be found on the 64GB storage model, with the base unit opting for just 3GB of RAM.

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Camera technology is a big talking point with this generation of smartphones and the OnePlus 2 remains competitive in this segment too, at least on paper. The handset comes with the same 13 megapixel resolution as last year but with an f/2.0 aperture and some new lenses. The OnePlus 2’s camera doesn’t quite match the raw resolution of handsets like the One M9, G4 or Galaxy S6, but the improved aperture should result in some decent low light performance. There’s also optical image stabilization and laser auto focus this time around, which are welcome extras.

We’ll have to go hands-on with the OnePlus 2 in more detail before making any final decisions. The 5 megapixel “selfie” camera is pretty standard compared with what’s out there right now, and some other handsets may provide slightly clearer looking shots.

OnePlus 2Galaxy S6One M9Xperia Z3+LG G4
Camera
OnePlus 2:
13MP rear
5MP front
Galaxy S6:
16MP rear
5MP front
One M9:
20MP rear
4MP front
Xperia Z3+:
20.7MP rear
5MP front
LG G4:
16MP rear
8MP front
Battery
OnePlus 2:
3,300mAh
Galaxy S6:
2,500mAh
One M9:
2,840mAh
Xperia Z3+:
2,930mAh
LG G4:
3,000mAh
LTE
OnePlus 2:
Category 6
Galaxy S6:
Category 6
One M9:
Category 6
Xperia Z3+:
Category 6
LG G4:
Category 6
Dual-SIM
OnePlus 2:
Yes
Galaxy S6:
No
One M9:
No
Xperia Z3+:
No
LG G4:
No
Fingerprint Scanner
OnePlus 2:
Yes
Galaxy S6:
Yes
One M9:
No
Xperia Z3+:
No
LG G4:
No
Wireless Charging
OnePlus 2:
No
Galaxy S6:
PMA and Qi
One M9:
No
Xperia Z3+:
No
LG G4:
Qi (optional cases)
Unlocked Price
OnePlus 2:
$339 (base), $389 (64GB model)
Galaxy S6:
$700
One M9:
$650
Xperia Z3+:
$650
LG G4:
$540

Usually, lower-cost flagship smartphones undercut their premium tier competitors by omitting some unnecessary extras, but the OnePlus 2 isn’t holding back here either. The smartphone features a fingerprint scanner this time around, which is located in the physical home button. The Snapdragon 810 also supports QuickCharge 2.0 technology for faster recharging, and there’s a USB Type-C connection, so that you won’t have to fumble around with plugging in cables in the future. The smartphone’s camera has also picked up a laser autofocus module, something which we first saw with the LG G3.

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However, the OnePlus 2 doesn’t feature everything that some might put on their flagship list. There’s still no microSD card slot for extra storage, although the smartphone does come with up to 64GB of storage. There’s also no built-in wireless charging technology and the battery cannot be removed, which was a common complaint made about the handset last time around. These features may make a difference to some consumers, while others might may not care them.

OnePlus 2ZTE AxonHonor 7Meizu MX5
Display
OnePlus 2:
5.5-inch LCD
FullHD (1920x1080)
ZTE Axon:
5.5-inch LCD
QHD (2560x1440)
Honor 7:
5.2-inch LCD
FullHD (1920x1080)
Meizu MX5:
5.5-inch LCD
FullHD (1920x1080)
SoC
OnePlus 2:
Snapdragon 810
ZTE Axon:
Snapdragon 810
Honor 7:
Kirin 935
Meizu MX5:
Mediatek MT6795
CPU
OnePlus 2:
4x 2.0GHz Cortex-A57
4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
ZTE Axon:
4x 2.0GHz Cortex-A57
4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
Honor 7:
4x 2.2GHz Cortex-A53
4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
Meizu MX5:
4x 2.2GHz Cortex-A53
4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
GPU
OnePlus 2:
Adreno 430
ZTE Axon:
Adreno 430
Honor 7:
Mali-T628
Meizu MX5:
PowerVR G6200 MP4
RAM
OnePlus 2:
3 or 4GB RAM
ZTE Axon:
4GB
Honor 7:
3GB
Meizu MX5:
3GB
Storage
OnePlus 2:
16/64GB
ZTE Axon:
32GB
Honor 7:
16/64GB
Meizu MX5:
16/32/64GB
MicroSD
OnePlus 2:
No
ZTE Axon:
No
Honor 7:
Yes, up to 128GB
Meizu MX5:
No
Camera
OnePlus 2:
13MP rear
5MP front
ZTE Axon:
13MP + 2MP dual rear
8MP front
Honor 7:
20MP rear
8MP front
Meizu MX5:
20.7MP rear
5MP front
Battery
OnePlus 2:
3,300mAh
ZTE Axon:
3,000mAh
Honor 7:
3,100mAh
Meizu MX5:
3,150mAh
LTE
OnePlus 2:
Category 6
ZTE Axon:
Category 6
Honor 7:
Cateogy 6
Meizu MX5:
Category 4
Dual-SIM
OnePlus 2:
Yes
ZTE Axon:
Yes
Honor 7:
Yes
Meizu MX5:
Yes
Fingerprint Scan
OnePlus 2:
Yes
ZTE Axon:
No
Honor 7:
Yes
Meizu MX5:
Yes
Wireless Charging
OnePlus 2:
No
ZTE Axon:
No
Honor 7:
No
Meizu MX5:
No
Unlocked Price
OnePlus 2:
$329 starting
ZTE Axon:
$499
Honor 7:
$322
Meizu MX5:
$290

Overall, the OnePlus 2 builds on the solid foundation of its predecessor and offers up some serious competition to the more expensive market leaders, barring any hit-and-miss hardware issues like last time. However, there is also increasing choice in the $300 – $400 price bracket, with the ZTE Axon, Honor 7 and Meizu MX5 all offering competitive specifications at prices around $100 either side. The OnePlus 2 has some advantages, especially when it comes to processing hardware, but other cheaper Chinese smartphones are similarly feature rich these days.

The OnePlus 2 goes the extra mile with regards to performance and nicely bridges the gap between the plethora of Chinese mid-tier phones and the premium flagships, but whether or not the extra performance is worth the higher price tag will be up to individual consumers.