OnePlus will officially unveil its next smartphone on July 27th… in virtual reality for some reason. But there’s really not much mystery left, because OnePlus has been revealing specs for the upcoming OnePlus 2 piece by piece… much the same way it did before launching the OnePlus One last year.
So while we haven’t seen the final design, there’s an awful lot we do know about the phone. Here’s everything we know about the OnePlus 2 so far.
Update: OnePlus has officially announced launch details for the OnePlus 2. A model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage goes on sale for $389 starting August 11th, and a $329 model with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage will be available later this year.
OnePlus is a Chinese startup that made a name for itself in 2014 by launching a high quality smartphone with a surprisingly low starting price of $299. These days you can get one for even less than that.
The company also knows how to generate publicity without spending a lot of money. OnePlus held a series of (sometimes questionable) contests, blanketed social media, and launched user forums ahead of launch. So it’s no surprise that OnePlus has been spilling the beans one pod at a time.
Here are the features that have been confirmed so far:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor
- 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM
- USB Type-C connector
- Fingerprint sensor for security
- 13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and laser auto-focus
- Dual SIM support
- 3300 mAh battery
- Starting price somewhere between $322 and $450
The new phone is also said to be smaller than the OnePlus One (although it’s not clear if it’ll have a smaller screen or just a smaller case).
The phone will also most likely run a custom version of Android called OxygenOS that’s developed by OnePlus (which hired some members of the Paranoid Android custom ROM team to work on the software). There’s also a version of the software called HydrogenOS that’s targeted specifically at users in China.
OnePlus provided Marques Brownlee with a demo unit ahead of the phone’s release, allowing him to test and review the camera:
OnePlus still has a few secrets up its sleeve. The screen size and technology,
battery information, precise pricing, and actual design of the phone are still a mystery. But at this rate I wouldn’t be surprised if we know some or all of those things before July 27th.
As for the launch itself, OnePlus says it’s revised its invite system: there will be at least 30 times more invites available at launch, and folks who don’t score one right away will be able to register their name on a list.