ONEPLUS TWO ROUND-UP: What we’ve known so far about this upcoming flagship!
It has been more than one year since OnePlus released OnePlus One in 2014. Though they just produced and promoted only one product, they did receive a lot of success due to their high-end flagship but with a mid-range price. So, because OnePlus One was so famous, phone consumers are really looking forward to the next generation: OnePlus Two.
Announcing that OnePlus Two launch date is going to be July 27, 2015, OnePlus team has also kept fans and people engaged by releasing some promo programs such as “Photo Mania” and “Your OnePlus Story” and updating OnePlus 2’s details. Some of them make us feel excited; some make us worried.
Anyhow, since we have already received a lot of info about this upcoming smartphone, we would like to make a summary of essential things you need to know about OnePlus Two.
ONEPLUS TWO ROUND-UP:
12. Dual SIM support:
Another teaser shows two SIM cards with a WIFI logo between them, and this informs us that the Two will support dual SIM. With the space for dual SIM, we guess that there could also be space for an SD card, too.
11. 13MP laser-focus enabled camera:
Marques Brownlee, the man behind the MKBHD YouTube channel, posted a camera review, yet the special thing is that the main character was a OnePlus Two. As we mentioned, OP 2 will boast a 13MP laser-focus enabled camera with fast focus speed. Besides, the video shows that the camera has an aperture of f/2.0, a bit disappointing according to some people, for many phones on the shelves are now shipped with larger aperture lenses such as f/1.8. Do you think that OnePlus Two shooter will be convincing enough?
10. Metal body:
Recently, OnePlus’s CEO, Pete Lau, has posted a short comment on Weibo asking people how to define “full metal”. This is considered as a teaser that the OnePlus 2 will have a metal build instead of the Sandstone Black and Silk White StyleSwap covers of OPO (OnePlus One). This can be a remarkable change but also kind of risky since there may be a great number of people who still love the One’s “swappable” back cover.
9. OnePlus Two Price:
OnePlus CEO mentioned that the OnePlus Two price will be set under $450 (about RM1,714), obviously higher than its predecessor OnePlus One. Some may think that is reasonable, for it contains many upgraded specs while others see that it is not an affordable price tag. We predict that the price will range from $400 to $449.
8. “Swappable” rear covers:
7. THREE Different Versions depending on regions:
Despite being a Chinese product, OP 2 will be available in many international markets as the company id developing more and more. They confirmed that there would be 3 different versions aiming at specific regions: China, North America and Europe/Asia. Besides, information about the supported bands has been also announced:
GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17
GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
6. USB Type-C Port:
In addition, another new feature is USB Type-C port, which has gained good comments for being reversible and more powerful. However, we don’t know exactly if it will be the USB 2.0, 3.0 or the 3.1 like ZUK Z1.
5. Fingerprint Sensor:
Physical Fingerprint Sensor is considered as a new feature on the Two, but in general, it is not surprising. All the major flagships now have come with fingerprint scanners. By claiming that the Two’s fingerprint sensor will be one of the fastest one on a smartphone, OnePlus makes us curious. It could be a new tech or an upgrade one.
Reportedly, OP 2 will be powered by a 3,300mAh, a bit larger than the 3,100mAh cell of the One. That is not really a huge batt when there are a lot of phones capable of up to 6,000mAh and even above on the market nowadays. Nonetheless, if it can work well with the whole handset, it is not going to be a big issue.
This is not officially claimed by the manufacturer but the overall size of the machine seems smaller than the OnePlus One. It is based on what OnePlus said when they started an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit for those who had questions about the upcoming OnePlus 2. There was one picture with the saying “I can only tell you that under this OnePlus One there is a OnePlus Two.”
We think that maybe OnePlus is trying to create a device that can fit comfortably in people’s hands. So, let’s wait to see if we will still see the 5.5″ or smaller screen in OP Two.
OnePLus One has 3GB RAM, so the Two is expected to sport the powerful 4GB RAM. And finally, OnePlus has made it come true. OnePlus 2 will come with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It would be one of the key selling points for this device.
The new OnePlus flagship will come with Snapdragon 810 v2.1 (third generation) chip. Once the info was spread, many people seemed kind of disappointed because SN810 has been known for causing overheating problem. Though, the company promised that the third version of SN810 will not be hot any more, yet we still need to see it to believe it.
There are still a lot of things like storage, microSD card slot, camera, screen size and resolution, cover’s material, etc. pending further clarification.