The OnePlus 2 promises to be this year’s “flagship killer”. The phone went on sale at the beginning of September and it’s already tough to order.
Thinking of getting the new and improved version of last year’s OnePlus One? Here are 5 things to know about the OnePlus 2:
5) It’s Cheap, But You Need an Invite
The OnePlus 2 is basically the cheapest flagship on the market in 2015. Part of the company’s strategy is to undercut its competitors on price and blast them apart in terms of price/performance ratio.
The OnePlus 2 costs $329 for the 16GB version (3GB of RAM) and $389 for the 64GB version (4GB of RAM). But you can’t just rock up to OnePlus.net to buy these phones. You need to rock up with an invite code.
Invite codes were given out over the last year through various contests, challenges, and giveaways. You could also sign up for the reservation list – although by the time July rolled around, there were one million entries on that list.
PC Advisor did a good writuep on how to get a OnePlus 2 invite. If you’re committed to getting your hands on a OnePlus 2, then you’ll need to get your hands on an invite code first.
As of the time of writing, the 64GB storage model was the only one available through OnePlus.net and the company was all sold out of the 16GB models.
4) 5.5 Inch Display with Full HD Resolution
The OnePlus 2 is relatively large compared to other flagships. The 5.5-inch screen features full HD (1080×1920) resolution – just like last year’s model.
To put that number in comparison, the Galaxy S6 features a 5.1 inch screen with 1440×2560 (quad HD) resolution. So the OnePlus 2 isn’t the best screen on the market today (but it’s the best screen at this price range).
In terms of PPI, the OnePlus 2 is also relatively low, sporting a 401ppi compared to 577ppi on flagships like the Galaxy S6.
Nevertheless, full HD screens on a 5.5 inch screen still look pretty darn good.
3) The Best Price/Performance Ratio for Tech Specs
OnePlus 2 has tech specs that compare with some of the industry’s best. It features an octa-core 64-bit processor, for example (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 81o processor, to be specific).
The OnePlus 2 also has the unique distinction of being the first major smartphone to come with 4GB of RAM (although you’ll need to order the 64GB model). Most modern flagships – including Samsung’s lineup – feature 3GB of RAM.
Psst: if you’re trying to decide whether to get the 16GB or 64GB model, then consider that the OnePlus 2 does not have a microSD card slot. So you’re stuck with the amount of storage you purchased.
2) Competitive Camera
The OnePlus 2 has a camera that competes with the industry’s best flagships. The 13MP sensor uses laser auto focus and features the same dual-LED flash and optical image stabilization found on the Galaxy S6 and other excellent Android cameras.
The OnePlus 2 also has all the video recording capabilities you could need, including the ability to film 2160p at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps.
The only major difference between the OnePlus 2 and other major flagship cameras is the lack of HDR video and dual-video recording.
The front-facing camera on the OnePlus 2 is also an impressive 5MP capable of recording 1080p (although to be fair, the Galaxy S6 has a front-facing 5MP camera capable of recording 1440p).
1) You Can Already Root the OnePlus 2
By August 20, 2015, rooting instructions for the OnePlus 2 had been uploaded online. Basically, all you need to do to root the OnePlus 2 is install three drivers (the OnePlus 2 driver, the Fastboot driver, and ADB), then unlock your bootloader.
The full instructions for rooting the OnePlus 2 – including links to drivers and other files – can be found at the OnePlus.net forums here. It’s not as easy as rooting with One Click Root, and you’ll need a bit of technical know-how and Android knowledge to work through all the steps. Give yourself at least an hour.