The OnePlus 2, that was announced for India on July 28, will finally go on sale in India starting today. The smartphone will be available exclusively through Amazon for Rs. 22,999, and the interested customers need to have an invite to buy the OnePlus 2 in India.
The OnePlus 2 is a sizeable upgrade over its predecessor, the OnePlus One. It runs OxygenOS based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and features a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processing chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel primary camera, a 5-megapixel secondary camera, and a 3,300 mAh battery.
We reported about our initial impressions on the device after we had our first hands-on experience of the OnePlus 2. We found that OnePlus 2 is a good improvement over the OnePlus One, especially in things like display, camera, data security, and build quality. Even the 4GB LP-DDR4 RAM is a considerable improvement over the 3GB LP-DDR3 RAM from the OnePlus One.
The OnePlus 2 features a larger 1/2.6-inch camera sensor from OmniVision as opposed to a 1/3-inch IMX214 sensor from Sony that was used in the OnePlus One. Since the camera has the same resolution as the previous smartphone from the company, it results in larger pixel size of 1.3µm, which allows better image capturing capabilities. Moreover, it features an F/2.0 aperture, OIS, and even laser autofocus.
The 5.5-inch IPS LCD display that's used in this smartphone is manufactured by JDI, and features in-cell touchscreen that results in improved touch sensitivity and accuracy. Moreover, the display is quite bright at 600 nits, and is protected using Gorilla Glass 4 panel. There's a single loudspeaker instead of dual speakers that were used in the OnePlus One, so that's a downgrade. There's a touch-based fingerprint sensor below the display, which the company claims to be faster than the one used in the Apple iPhone 6.
Other improvements include a faster and more powerful chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, which combines a 64-bit octa-core CPU, Adreno 430 GPU, multi-mode 4G LTE modem, and other connectivity features on a single chip. Thanks to 4GB RAM, multitasking is not an issue on the OnePlus 2. This also makes the OnePlus 2 the second phone in India with 4GB of RAM after the ASUS Zenfone 2. However, all is not well because it lacks some basic things such as Quick Charge 2.0 and NFC. Well, many consumers might never use NFC, but missing out on Quick Charge 2.0 is a big let down, especially since it has a large battery, and it might take more than 3 hours to fully charge its battery.
Overall, it's a nice upgrade over the OnePlus One as per our initial impressions, but we will publish our full review of the device in the next couple of weeks where we will comment about things like day-to-day performance, screen, camera quality, battery life, and software experience. Stay tuned!