The OnePlus 2, both smaller and more powerful than its predecessor, the OnePlus One, doesn’t compromise on anything. This super-decked-out smartphone is packed with a ton of thought-provoking technology, including a fingerprint scanner, fast laser auto-focus camera technology, smartphone-first USB Type-C connector, and a lightweight alloy frame.
This flagship device from OnePlus features a powerful 64-bit capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with integrated Qualcomm Adreno 430 GPU and a whopping 4GB of DDR4 memory. The phone runs on the OxygenOS, OnePlus’ own operating system based on Android 5.1. Lollipop.
The advanced LTE modem is designed to work across Europe, U.S., and Asia, with support of a wide range of spectrum band combinations. The Snapdragon 810 is equipped with one of the world’s first modem-assisted envelope tracker for 4G LTE devices, designed to help reduce heat and wasted energy, so even while OnePlus 2 supports super-fast LTE, the phone boasts extended battery life. Wi-Fi experiences are just as impressively fast since the processor supports 802.11ac, which is up-to three times faster than the rates of previous 802.11n Wi-Fi standards.
A 5.5-inch IPS LCD display is made of sidewalk-resistant Gorilla Glass cover material. And watching videos and clicking through your favorite web sites won’t cause a glare even in bright sunlight thanks to the assertive display supported by the Snapdragon 810.
One stand-out feature on the OnePlus 2 is a fingerprint scanner capable of storing up to five fingerprints. Instead of entering a password, you can simply tap the front with your finger for secure access to the device, and in the same time-saving spirit, you can toggle between three different sound and notification profiles with the alert slider, or switch between hardware and on-screen buttons with the customizable navigation keys.
The OnePlus 2 is equipped with a number of advanced photo-taking features. The Snapdragon 810’s advanced two 14-bit image signal processors help the front and rear cameras produce amazing photos. An advanced laser auto-focus system—based on Snapdragon supported Laser Auto Focus—is engineered to focus on the target as quickly as blink your eye, ideal in low-light environments or outside at night. The Laser AutoFocus technology is made to capture a more precise image in 0.3 seconds. Optical image stabilization corrects inevitable shakes and bumps to produce sharper images and videos, while for the ultimate in high-resolution video capture, the OnePlus 2 can shoot in 4K Ultra HD.
The phone’s lightweight aluminum alloy frame has a gentle curve with steel accents so that, although minimalist, the carefully elegant design stands out with sleek purpose. For added effect, the phone can be customized with multiple StyleSwap covers in sandstone black, bamboo, black apricot, rosewood, and kevlar.
Another notable feature is that the OnePlus 2 will be fully compatible with USB Type-C, the new connector that the industry seems to be moving towards. Plus, rather than lugging around two phones, dual SIM capability allows you to use two numbers on one device.
OnePlus announced that sales of the OnePlus 2 will start in the US, Canada, India, EU, and China on August 11, rolling out in Southeast Asia towards the end of 2015. Like the OnePlus One launch, sales will begin through invite only. Catch the new phone at OnePlus’ 9 city Pop-up Experience Stations starting July 31st, which will hit New York City, San Francisco, London, Milan, Paris, New Delhi, Bangalore, Jakarta, and Berlin. Find out more on the OnePlus 2 web site.