Finally, OnePlus did it! The first VR product release introduced the OnePlus 2 today, and I must agree its a great phone.
OnePlus One did an outstanding job in setting a benchmark for flagship phones for just $300-$400. The phone had an amazing display, great specs and a good build quality: the three requisites for a flagship phone. And because the company had set its own benchmark so high, the OnePlus 2 had to have better features for the same price.
And they did that.
The OnePlus 2 is indeed a spec sheet king: a Snapdragon 810 with Adrino 430 GPU, 4 GB RAM and a full HD 5.5” display at 401 ppi. Plus there is a fingerprint scanner and USB-C support. And all this priced… well, at just $329 onwards. And that is what takes the OnePlus 2 to the top of my favourite Android smartphones list.
Without boring you with more specs, I’ll share my experience watching the VR release and with what I’ve learnt about the phone from a variety of sources...
The VR release was good, not great. The release was a little too simple: no fancy stage, nothing spectacular, just the co-founder and a group of customers who got a sneak peak at the phone before the release. The release was set in the OnePlus office itself. Not that there was anything bad about the release, but it became a bit uninteresting after a point (because I’m accustomed to fancy product releases). One thing though: they presented really well, and covered almost everything about the phone.
Coming to the phone itself. My favourite feature of the phone? The swappable covers. Truthfully, a fully packed phone is of no greatness of it lacks the premium look and feel. The swappable covers are awesome because its collection of wood, sandstone and Kevlar options really suit the magnesium alloy build of the phone. However, the best feature of the phone is probably the RAM. 4 GB is the amount you get on an average laptop, and getting the same on a phone is exceptional.
What’s the worst thing about the phone? I’ll have to think about that for a while. For now, there isn’t much to complain about. Tests (like the one from the MKBHD video) show that the 810 processor doesn’t really heat up, so I doubt there will be an overheating problem with the phone.
Finally, the invite system. OnePlus has bragged about its improved invite system, that’ll include physical as well as electronic invite cards. Invites from OnePlus will expire in 24 hours, so you’ll have to buy the phone as soon as you get one. If you are interested, register for an invite as soon as possible: link.
So those were my impressions; a great phone, a good product launch. Will I be interested in buying an OP2? No, not yet, but if I ever (in the coming year) need an Android phone, its probably going to be this.
I must congratulate OnePlus for pulling off such out-worldly marketing stunts: from revealing the specs beforehand to giving away phones to selected customers early. I’m sure it’ll pay off.