One of the worst kept secrets on the smartphone market this year, the successor to the OnePlus One has finally been announced; make way for the OnePlus 2!
Having been unveiled this week, the OnePlus 2 rocks a new design and more importantly a host of brand new specs which give it a true flagship feel. However, with the continued use of the invite-only scheme, it seems that you’ll have your work cut out to get your hands on one on launch day.
As expected, there have been a number of changes to the overall design that has made the cut on the new OnePlus smartphone, culminating in a much improved handset for those after something a bit classier.
The first addition is a brand new magnesium trim, which improves massively on the one from the previous phone. This makes the OnePlus phone much sturdier to grip, whilst also adding an element of flagship quality similar to that shown on the Samsung Galaxy S6.
On top of this, we also get metallic buttons to play with as well, which again offer a fresh look and feel. The front of the phone also boasts a physical button, which is another improvement on the older phone and also houses a fingerprint scanner that’s reportedly better than the iPhone 6’s.
OnePlus is also supplying StyleSwap cases in five different variations; with bamboo, Kevlar, black apricot and rosewood alongside the standard black sandstone. All of these give the handset a more unique look, making it much more desirable than the older phone.
Just like the previous smartphone, it’s a host of flagship specs making their way into the OnePlus smartphone.
A Snapgradon 810 chipset makes an appearance as expected, whilst 4GB RAM also makes the cut, making the OnePlus 2 a pacey performer behind the scenes.
64GB of internal storage also gets thrown in, providing more than enough space for media heavy smartphone fans. However, if you want an upgrade in memory then you’re out of luck, as there’s no MicroSD Card slot to work with.
It’s the same sized 5.5” 1080p display making the cut, again providing more than enough quality, whilst some subtle improvements to colour reproduction make for a better experience overall.
Camera fans should be happy enough with a 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel camera duo, both of which perform admirably.
Topping things off is a 3300mAh battery, whilst a USB type-C slot allows for any way up charging for the 4G smartphone.
As was the case with the OnePlus One, there will be an invite-only system taking place to pick up the new handset, so you’ll have to do some hoop jumping to pick it up. There will be a better chance of getting one compared to last year however, as OnePlus reportedly has more stock.
The phone itself will go on sale from August 11th, giving it more than enough time to make a splash before IFA rolls in.
Written by Luke Hatfield