The OnePlus 2, the follow-up to one of the most discussed Android phones ever, is almost here.
Building on what was offered by the original OnePlus One — awesome specs, great camera quality and a low, low price — it could be the device to move the company from fanboy favourite to mainstream marvel.
But when will you be able to buy a OnePlus 2, and what specs will it have when it arrives? Read on to find out.
OnePlus 2 release date
The OnePlus 2 will be unveiled to the world on 27th July 2015.
The event will take place online in virtual reality using OnePlus Cardboard, a variation on the innovative Google Cardboard VR system. Sadly, all the 30,000 OnePlus Cardboard units are sold out.
OnePlus 2 invites and price
OnePlus is sticking to the controversial invite system for selling the OnePlus 2. Instead of just going to an online store and buying the phone, you’ll need to join a waiting list to get an invite to buy. Only when the invite comes through will you be able to get your hands on the device, and that may take anywhere from a few days to several months. The OnePlus invite system is a clever way for the company to manage supply and demand. It’ll neither run the risk of overstocking in the way that some manufacturers, such as HTC, have reportedly done, while also avoiding having to avoid putting up the dreaded Sold Out signs if it is unable to build enough handsets quickly enough to meet the demand. Artificially making a popular product harder to come by is also a classic marketing technique, guaranteed to drum up even more interest. The OnePlus 2 price has not yet been announced, but it’s safe to say it will be extremely competitive. We can expect the OnePlus 2 to compete on specs with smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4, but undercut them on price by around 30-50%.
OnePlus 2 specs
There are a few things we already know for sure about the specs of the One Plus 2.
First, is that the phone will run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU. This is a controversial choice, given that the processor has been reported to suffer from overheating problems. This led to Samsung dropping the chip in favour of its own Exynos processor for the Galaxy S6, while the Sony Xperia Z3+ and Z4, which do use it, are also badly affected.
OnePlus has also confirmed that the 2 will be packing 4GB of RAM, along with a fingerprint scanner, and will use the new USB-C for charging and connectivity.
Rumours put the screen size at 5.5 inches, with 1440x2560pixel resolution (QHD), in a body that may be thinner than that of the OnePlus One.
The camera is mooted to be 16MP on the back, with either 5MP or 8MP on the front. Camera performance is likely to be among the stand out features of the phone, and it will be interesting to see if the company has any tricks up its sleeve to make use of the advanced shooting capabilities offered by Android 5.
The battery is said to be 3300mAh.
All of this will be coupled with the usual OnePlus marketing, combining cool guerrilla campaigns and embarrassing gimmicks, to capture the interest of Android enthusiasts. However the OnePlus 2 turns out, there’s no doubt it will, once again, be one of the most exciting product launches of the year.