Google I/O has offered up an array of items well worth discussing over the next few weeks, with Android M obviously stealing the lime light.
However, for those after some news on upcoming smartphone releases, news hadn’t been plentiful, until OnePlus co-Founder Carl Pei got talking about the next smartphone on its books.
The OnePlus 2 has long been on the tip of many peoples’ tongues after the OnePlus One did so well – offering flagship specs for a reduced price.
However, hard evidence about the handset has been thin on the ground, but it seems that now we’ve got a little bit more to work off, although it might not make for good reading for more excitable fans.
OnePlus co-Founder Carl Pei revealed several interesting pieces of information about the handset, the first of which being a confirmed name – with it being called the OnePlus 2, instead of the OnePlus Two.
On top of this, Pei also confirmed that the handset would be launched in Q3 2015, meaning a July, August or September launch if you work better on a month to month basis.
This does mean that this weeks’ event hosted by OnePlus won’t be featuring a new device, although we don’t have to wait too long to find out. Many are hinting that it could be some special event reducing the OnePlus One’s price tag; however it’s all a bit mysterious for now.
The OnePlus One was the first phone to implement an invite only purchasing system when it first came out, and it seems that this won’t be changing with its successor.
OnePlus will have learnt from the fracas it created with the OnePlus One invite scheme, which wasn’t just limited, but also bordering on extreme.
With the OnePlus 2, Pei is promising a more plentiful selection of invites, probably due to the increased man power at the company and better planning.
It also appears that OnePlus has ended its partnership with Cyanogen as well, instead working with the Oxygen OS this time around.
Unfortunately, Pei didn’t reveal any more about the OnePlus 2, with specs and design still being kept tucked under the rug so to speak.
Rumour has it that we can expect a similar look to the OnePlus One, whilst an improved spec sheet will also be crammed in for good measure.
The OnePlus 2 price tag won’t be confirmed until the phone’s announcement, but many ball park figures have it being priced very competitively – well below the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6.
Written by Luke Hatfield