We have recently sung the praises of the OnePlus One, counting it as our number one pick for the cheapest smartphones on the Android platform, due to the excellent specs and remarkable price. However, the new generation is around the corner, and OnePlus is already promoting the OnePlus 2 on social media, slowly revealing more of the specs and characteristics of the device. The question on everyone’s mind is whether or not will OnePlus be able to replicate the success and price of the original OnePlus One. We’re wondering the same thing, so let’s take a look and find out!
The OnePlus 2 is already one of the most anticipated Android devices even before we have the full story, and it’s easy to understand why. The original made a lot of people happy with the amazing specs and ridiculously low price, which many even doubted was possible. However, the fact is that the OnePlus One has become a huge success for the company, despite a few hiccups with availability and hardware issues. It made the OnePlus a household name in the West, and it brought a whole new era of cheap and affordable devices with a relatively low price to the table.
Now, for the OnePlus 2, the company is going out of their way to tease and very slowly reveal the specifications and look of the upcoming device, in order to create a good amount of expectation and hype. And so far, it has been successful. With each subsequent reveal we find out a little more about the device, and while we don’t know the whole picture yet, we know enough to get excited. Here’s what we know so far:
For starters, we know that the OnePlus 2 will be powered by the Snapdragon 810. This means a 8-core 64bit CPU clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with an Adreno 430 for the GPU. We also know that there will be multiple variants of the hardware, and that at least one of them will have 4GB of RAM. These are high-end specs, and it means that it’s going to have the same SoC as other high-end devices such as the HTC One M9 or LG G Flex 2.
So, having such high-end specs, can the OnePlus 2 be sold at the same price-point as the original OnePlus One? Well, those are the bad news. The OnePlus 2 will very likely not be sold at the same price point as the OnePlus One, which was one of its most appealing features. Instead, OnePlus is aiming at the mid-range market, with the device being marketed to be sold at “under $450”, according to CEO Pete Lau. With the original device being sold at a $300 price-point, this would probably mean that the OnePlus 2 will be a more expensive device in comparison to its older brother.
Other aspects about the device that are worth pointing out include a fingerprint sensor, a 16MP camera, 3300mAh battery and 5.5 inch display, which makes it an all-around high-end device with less compromises than the previous OnePlus device. Even if sold at the aforementioned $450 price-point, it’s sure to make a few heads turn and make a splash in the high-end Samsung and HTC market. In the end, this seems like another slam-dunk for OnePlus, bringing another hardware champion to market at a budget price. If OnePlus manages to avoid the hardware mishaps and lack of stock that plagued the release of the OnePlus One, they could have another success in their hands.