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10 Quick Points On The OnePlus Two

Know Your Mobile logo Know Your Mobile 23-10-2015 Richard Goodwin

OnePlus came out of nowhere, broke all the rules and established itself -- with very little budget -- as one of THE primo Android handset makers on the planet. The OnePlus One was widely regarded as a smash-hit by consumers and reviewers alike. Like the Nexus 5 it launched alongside, the OnePlus One featured awesome specs and design and a very, VERY low price tag.

It wasn’t perfect, as noted in our OnePlus One Review, but it was pretty damn close. And for half the price of an iPhone, you get A LOT of phone. So who cares if its LTE support was a bit too narrow for the UK? OK -- we did. But we like 4G, and not having our network’s bandwidth supported was tres annoying.

"The OnePlus 2 was not created to compete with the flagships from 2015. We’re more interested in looking further into the future. The past few weeks, we’ve made several announcements about what components are going into our next device: a powerful 64-bit processor, USB Type-C with our patented cable, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and a fingerprint sensorfaster than the iPhone. Other things we haven’t spoken about, such as our ROM, OxygenOS, are equally pioneering. It comes with features that won’t be available on other devices until Android M."

OnePlus is also launching a new handset on October 21. Quite a bit is known about the device already, which will apparently adopt the name OnePlus X. The company is doing its utmost to keep the handset a secret but as you’ll see in our OnePlus X COMETH piece, plenty is already known about the device. All we need now is a price and release date!

One of the big downsides of the OnePlus Two, well, at least in some people’s eyes, is its lack of NFC. Without NFC you will not be able to make mobile payments using Android Pay, so while it is true the OnePlus Two has a fingerprint scanner, using it for mobile payments with Android Pay is going to be tricky. Another thing missing that a lot of people were hoping for is a QHD display; the OnePlus Two features a 1080p setup similar to the iPhone 6 Plus.

Thing is -- this sort of thing has to happen for the handset to retain its frankly insane price point. OnePlus is in business and businesses like to make money. In order to do this it needs to make a margin on each phone it produces; it cannot just give away a handset with incredible specs for next to nothing -- it wouldn’t be economically viable. So, for what it is (an excellent handset with great specs and features) it still is very much a steal. Even if it doesn’t have NFC!

The OnePlus Two is now official and, as expected, it’s something of a beast -- and a cost effective one at that, too. The handset is available in two versions: 16GB ($329) and 64GB ($389), making it slightly more expensive than last year’s model but still infinitely cheaper than anything else on market with these sort of specs and hardware.

And these are the OnePlus Two's Specs

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
Wireless ChargingNo
Fingerprint ScanYes

13MP rear

5MP front

Dimensions151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm, 175g

The OnePlus Two will be available to buy -- with an invite -- from August 11. Here are 10 quick facts about the OnePlus Two, just in case you missed the launch.

Better LTE Support

Our major beef with the OnePlus One, as noted above, was its god-awful LTE support. This meant that if you were on the wrong network you could not get 4G on the phone -- and that is something no one should have to experience. Not in 2014/15.

OnePlus has confirmed, however, that its next-generation handset will support a whole lot more, meaning regardless of what network you’re on, you WILL be able to get a 4G connection on the OnePlus Two.

"Never be tied down. The OnePlus 2 comes carrier-unlocked with wide range band support for service providers worldwide. And, with dual SIM capabilities, you can connect to two networks simultaneously to travel with ease. Manage your work life and personal life without the need to carry around two phones. It’s one device, for everything," said OnePlus at launch.


Like A LOT of Android phones these days, the OnePlus Two features one of Qualcomm’s excellent Snapdragon 810 CPUs. Expect a HUGE performance uplift on last year’s model and significantly better power management, which should translate into increased battery life.

More RAM -- A HELL of A Lot More, In fact

2GB used to be the standard for memory in Android phones. Then 3GB. But now we’re starting to see handsets launched with 4GB of memory, a truly staggering amount for a mobile phone. The OnePlus Two is one such phone and this is a very good thing indeed.

"What we are unveiling on July 27 is so much more than specs." said OnePlus. "It’s about seeing more than what’s right in front of you, chasing more than just benchmarks, and doing more than just competing. We’ve combined hardware, software, and design into a total, forward-thinking package with features that matter to our users."

Improved Imaging

The OnePlus Two has a 16MP main camera and a front-facing 5MP for video-calling or for morons to take selfies with. Below is the official line via OnePlus: 

"Our camera sensor’s large pixels collect more light for less noise and exceptional performance in dark conditions. Advanced laser autofocus and optical image stabilization systems ensure that you never miss that perfect shot, while 6 lens elements prevent distortion and improve clarity."

The Cost Will Still Be VERY Low

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

USB Type-C

USB Type-C, as seen on the Chromebook Pixel and new MacBook Air, will fast become the go-to standard for connectivity, powering devices and sharing data in 2015/16. And as you’d expect from a company that likes to live on the bleeding edge, the OnePlus Two will of course feature it.  

It’ll Have A Fingerprint Scanner

The handset also has a fingerprint scanner as well. Here's what OnePlus had to say on the matter:

“With the OnePlus 2, the fingerprint sensor is done right. It’s refined and lightning quick, unlocking your device faster than TouchID. The average person checks their phone over 200 times per day. If you spend just three seconds inputting a PIN number or pattern, that’s over an hour of your time gone each week.

“On the OnePlus 2, one quick tap takes you right to your homescreen. With the ability to store up to five fingerprint profiles, it’s fast, it’s safe, and it’s secure. Your smartphone is your most personal device, and its security should be personal, too."

A New Invite System

Yep. OnePlus isn’t getting rid of its invite system. Look on the bright side, though: by keeping control over its production OnePlus can better protect its margins and pass on the savings to you, the customer. In my mind, this can be the only reason the company operates in such a manner. There’s less waste and everything is almost done to order, so to speak -- that has to save them some cash.

Here's OnePlus' official line on the new invitation system -- you can check out the OnePlus Two invite page here: 

"You can get an invite from friends who have purchased a OnePlus 2 already, or by participating in our contests and promotions," says OnePlus. "For notifications about our contests and invites, subscribe to our newsletter, join our community on the forums, or follow us on social media."

The Design Isn’t That Different, Sadly

The ACTUAL OnePlus Two leaked online this week. The images aren’t the best, though, as you can see below. The handset does look rather similar to last year’s model, but that’s no crime really as the OnePlus One was definitely a looker.

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Finger’s crossed it looks a bit more, err, dynamic in real life.

It’s Coming VERY Soon

The OnePlus Two will launch on July 27 and will be available for purchase -- with an invite -- from August 11.

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