OnePlus Two: What We Learned So Far
The OnePlus One during its launch and its lifetime has been hailed to be one of the best smartphones money can buy, and what a device for its price. Its price point is lower than any other flagship smartphones from major manufacturers and they are fitted with the best the industry can offer. With a catchy nickname of “flagship killer”, the device gets plenty of attention to it. So much attention that there is a shortage of supply when it first released to the public. Also within its lifetime it was facing plenty of issues leading up to this day; some production issues in the beginning, Cyanogen OS support issues, Software updates and such. Other than that though the device was set to be great and indeed it was.
Come 2015 the OnePlus One news is old. The device, as with any other devices as well in the same bracket, is considered to be outdated. That is the harshness and reality of the smartphone today. Shelf life has been cut short and every manufacturer that wishes to stay on top has to come up with something new every year. Fans of OnePlus though does not have to fret. Unlike Xiaomi who plans to only release flagships every few years they are planning something big this year to satisfy its fans.
With all the rumours around the OnePlus Two is just an eventuality waiting to happen, it is inevitable. We start with the benchmark results that came out of Geekbench. Well the label points out to a OnePlus ONE A2001, fine. The alarming part though is that the OnePlus One only has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 fitted in it. That is a four core processor while this benchmark shows an octa-core ARM based Qualcomm processor. The only processor in their stables to posses so many cores as of now is only the Snapdragon 810. Following up to that, plenty of sources also point out that the latest OnePlus Two will come with an octa-core Snapdragon 810 to ensure that it is up to the task of inheriting the “Flagship Killer” moniker. Other later rumours also points out that the device will get a 4GB ROM, a Full-HD 1080p screen up front, 3300mAh battery size, and a 13-Megapixel with f/2.0 aperture and 4K video capable camera at the back. Sounds like a recipe doesn’t it?
Now at this point most of you will be wondering what it will cost you to get your hands on one when it arrives probably. Let us first consider though the ‘how’ part of getting the device. With the OnePlus One, you would need an invite to purchase the phone which makes it super exclusive at one point. Now though you can get it from Maxis if you wish so or other smarphone vendors with varying prices. As much as some of us do not like the invite system it looks like it will be making a comeback with the OnePlus Two, maintaining some sort of exclusivity to the smartphone at launch. But that is also a very good move on OnePlus to ensure that they are able to control their production expectations and numbers.
Now comes the cost. The OnePlus One came at an impossibly low price tag of US$300 at launch. This one; lets just say that they are not too decided yet on how to charge the customers. Here is the thing though, we would expect that the price comes down to about the same as the OnePlus One for the OnePlus Two. But then comes the issue of cost. The OnePlus One was produced and shipped around the world at its cost price, which means that OnePlus actually does not make any money. Possible? We are not at the place to judge. However, if that is the case, the Snapdragon 810 actually costs quite a bit more than its 801 predecessor; which means that the OnePlus Two is going to be more expensive. The question now is “how expensive?”. Initially the rumours and even the two top guys from the company pointed that the price is somewhere below the US$450 mark. That is actually quite a bit more expensive than we originally anticipated.
The biggest difference that we might find in the device however is not the hardware or the price point; it is the software that is running the stuff. We all know that Cyanogen and OnePlus has not been on the best terms for a while now and very recently they have just cut off all ties with each other. OnePlus then steps in to the software department and developed their own Oxygen OS that is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. There are reports saying that there will be an update for the Oxygen OS to be based on the 5.1 Android.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) June 25, 2015
As of now we are actually looking at an official release date of 27th July, 2015 which is actually not too far away. What it will bring on the table officially though we have yet to find out and are waiting to find out on that fateful day.