OnePlus Two – Does it Live Upto The Hype of Being a Flagship Killer?

After weeks of teasing the specs and hype the OnePlus Mobiles has finally out with OnePlus 2. Is it a Flagship killer like the company advertises it?

Let’s look at the specs:

  •  Powered by a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 Chipset.
  • Comes in two variants 16 GB with 3GB ram and 64 GB with 4GB RAM.
  • 5.5 inch Full HD screen which is touted to be brighter and more accurate than the one used in OnePlus One.
  • 13MP Rear shooter with 1.3 µm pixels, OIS, capable of 4k video recordinging,120 FPS slow
  • Motion with dual tone Flash and Laser Auto Focus.
  • 5MP Front camera in charge of Selfies.
  • Latest Qualcomm finger Print scanning tech said to be faster than the one in iPhone 6.
  • 3300mAh non removable battery.

Above specs ensure it holds its own against the current crop of flagships if not beat them in many aspects, but we all know specs alone don’t make a flagship. How these specs translate into real world performance is what matters.

The biggest question with the device has to be the choice to go with Snapdragon 810 Chipset to power the OnePlus 2. All the flagships powered by this chip have been plagued with overheating issues but OnePlus has guaranteed that it has taken care of the issue.

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Going by the early review by MKBHD, who’s had the pleasure to test one extensively for little over two weeks before official launch, it seems that OnePlus has managed to tame the dragon and even under intensive gaming sessions the phone hasn’t reached unusable or high temperatures which affected the device performance.

OnePlus probably achieved this by under clocking the Snapdragon810. The choice to go with 1080p display instead of 2k panel also plays an important role in this because now the phone has to push a lot less pixels allowing it to keep manageable temperatures even under strain. OnePlus has also stated that they have added an additional heatsink to dissipate the heat and the combination of all 3 has resulted in OnePlus not over heating which is great news for anyone who was looking to upgrade to OnePlus 2.

Battery life from early tests seem to offer anywhere from 4.5 to 5 hours of screen on time, which means It should last even the most hardcore users a whole day on one charge.

13MP Laser auto focus assisted camera should make for some quick pictures it might not match up the best shooters in the market but we are sure it can hold its own against current crop of flagships.

Screen has no early complaints, unlike the yellow tint on OnePlus One.Even the build quality seems to have improved with the new metal frame along with the new back swappable covers which are much easier to remove and replace this time around. Finger print scanner also seems to work as advertised fast and accurate.

OnePlus this time around will be coming with its own version of Android called Oxygen OS instead of Cyanogen Mod. Oxygen OS is a very clean OS based on stock Android with minimal features implemented really well, like the options to go from on capacitive touch buttons to on screen buttons like the Nexus devices, along with double tap to wake and sleep options which are one of the best options on a large phone.

All things considered seems like OnePlus has mostly lived up to the hype and offered what could be considered a flagship at half the price, with the 16GB 3GB RAM version priced $329 (around Rs.21,500) and the 64GB version with 4GB priced at $389 (around Rs.25,000).

At this price point and with specs to give any phone a run for its money and running a near stock android it makes it a really hard phone to beat; making it live up to the flagship killer moniker that OnePlus likes to attach to its phones.

You still have to go through the much talked about and hated invite system from OnePlus to get the phone when it goes on sale. The good news is that OnePlus has promised it will be a lot easier to get an invite this time around since anyone can sign up to receive one on the OnePlus website.