The OnePlus One was one of the surprise phones of the past five years, offering up flagship specs for an affordable price. Now, it seems we’ve got our first chance to take a look at its successor after it got benchmarked publicly.
For those who don’t know, a Benchmark is basically a series of tests which determine the specs of an upcoming handset. It often makes its way into the public eye, but it tends to be fairly on in the launch process, so it could be a while before the phone makes a public appearance.
Being the successor to one of the best handsets of last year, the OnePlus Two has a lot to live up to, and it seems that it could be on the right track. The benchmark test seems to show us a Snapdragon 810 chipset and 3GB RAM, which should be more than enough to keep spec hungry users happy.
An octa-core processor is also listed on the report, meaning speed shouldn’t be an issue. Also, a minimum storage option of 32GB looks like it could be included, putting an end to the previous 16GB option.
Other internal details are still a bit of a mystery; however it’s unlikely that we’ll see anything too surprising from the follow up handset. Other expected specs include a 5.5” 1080p display, a 3300mAh battery and a 16 megapixel camera.
One feature we definitely aren’t looking forward to with the OnePlus Two is the way we’ll have to buy it.
Instead of offering us the handset for a set amount of cash, as with most purchases in the real world, OnePlus will employ its invitation system once again. This was a niggle which came with the previous device, mainly because the manufacturer couldn’t keep up with demand.
The real problem however, was the way it worked the scheme, targeting risky tactics which often failed to land. The first invitation process for example, had people smashing their current flagship phones on camera to get their hands on the OnePlus One – something which isn’t exactly financially sensible.
Other ideas also consisted of women sending in selfies to get a chance to buy the phone, something which was deemed sexist – resulting in an apology from the company.
Most people will be hoping that OnePlus keeps things civil this time around, whilst also moving on from invite only purchases soon after its initial launch.
Unfortunately we aren’t given any kind of release date to coincide with the OnePlus Two on these benchmark results.
However, OnePlus has suggested that the phone will be coming out in the third quarter of 2015, so we can realistically expect the handset by the end of September.
Pricing details look like they could settle at the £260 mark for the cheaper version of the device, making it much cheaper than other flagship options once again.
Written by Luke Hatfield