OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus One: OnePlus 2 Now Just £249 — MEGA Bargain!

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The OnePlus 2 has now been out long enough that OnePlus has ceased its invitation-only purchase model for the handset, meaning that, like the OnePlus One, you can grab one from the firm’s webstore straight up, with no need to win an invite from a friend or via a forum promo. There are rumblings of a OnePlus 3 already in the works (which, let’s face it, is almost a certainty given how the mobile industry works), but the OnePlus 2 is still a fine phone worthy of your consideration.

That’s mainly because it picks up where the OnePlus One left off – an affordable handset with optimised and carefully selected hardware, paired with a tailor-made, Android-based software experience. It is, in a nutshell, a bit like Google’s approach with the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and new Nexus 5X – give the people what they want, for not too much cash!

But now that we’re well into 2016 all eyes have turned to what OnePlus will do with its soon-to-be-announced flagship, the OnePlus 3. Quite a bit is already known about the handset, as you can see in our OnePlus 3: The Next Big Thing feature. But once that handset is out in the wild, you’re going to see BIG price cuts to the company’s older hardware, which, in this context, is the OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2.

With this comparison we aim to arm you with the information you need to make that important decision!

Let’s take a look at both to find out–starting with the specs.

OnePlus One vs OnePlus 2: Specs

OnePlus One

  • Screen size: 5.5 inch 1920×1080 pixels at 401 ppi

  • Weight: 162 grams

  • Dimensions: 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm

  • Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs

  • RAM: 3GB

  • OS: CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4

  • Storage: 16 or 64GB

  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light

  • Battery: 3,100 mAh lithium polymer battery

  • Cameras: 13 Megapixel rear camera, 5 Megapixel front camera

  • Connectivity: 3G, 4G, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC

OnePlus 2

  • Screen size: 5.5 inch 1920×1080 pixels at 401 ppi

  • Weight: 175 grams

  • Dimensions: 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.9mm

  • Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, octa-core 64-bit

  • RAM: 3GB (on 16GB model) or 4GB (on 64GB model)

  • OS: OxygenOS based on Android 5.1

  • Storage: 16 or 64GB

  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light

  • Battery: 3,300 mAh lithium polymer battery

  • Cameras: 13 Megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, 5 Megapixel front camera

  • Connectivity: 3G, 4G, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC

Just looking at those specs you can see the OnePlus 2 majorly cranks it up in a few departments. Most notably the processor has been upgraded to the lightning fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, which is an octa-core 64-bit chipset. Though the two phones both come in 16 or 64GB storage options, the 64GB model of the OnePlus 2 gets an extra gigabyte of RAM with 4GB. Another area where the OnePlus 2 gets a jump is in the battery department. It’s been amped up to a 3,300 mAh lithium polymer battery which means the OnePlus 2 should see more battery life.

There’s also some other unique features the OnePlus 2 has that the OnePlus One lacks. For starters the OnePlus 2 now comes with a biometric fingerprint scanner on the home button so you can unlock your phone with your prints. The OnePlus 2 also uses the new USB Type-C connector, which is reversible and has higher transfer speeds than the standard USB connection used in the OnePlus One.

OnePlus One vs One Plus 2: Design

If you liked the look of the OnePlus One you’ll like the look of the OnePlus 2–because it’s basically stayed the same. The OnePlus 2 has the sandstone black finish of the original–though you can change the backings through OnePlus’s StyleSwap service. A disappointing feature is that the OnePlus 2 is thicker than the OnePlus One, coming it at 9.9mm versus the original’s 8.9mm thickness. To disguise this thickness change OnePlus has added a new metal frame around the edge of the OnePlus 2.

The OnePlus 2 also has a new button–the “Alert Slider”–that allows the user to set the types of notifications that want to receive (all, priority, or none).

OnePlus One vs One Plus 2: Display

This one was a bit of a shock. The display on the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 are exactly the same: 5.5 inch 1920×1080 pixels at 401 ppi. Look, this display is more than enough for 99% of the population and it does look pretty, but it would have been nice to see a higher res display–especially since other Android flagships have much higher displays now. Then again, it’s nice to know OnePlus is putting the money into the OnePlus 2’s internals, like the CPU and RAM, where users will notice a bigger benefit.

OnePlus One vs One Plus 2: Camera

The camera is another area where the specs have relatively stayed the same. Both phones have a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. But the OnePlus 2 has added optical image stabilization to the rear camera, which photographers will love. The rear camera in the OnePlus 2 can now also capture 720p slo-mo video at up to 120 frames per second and features a new low-light sensor for better night snaps.

However, as always with these things there’s a lot to be learned from actual testing, and Android Headlines was fortunate enough to be able to pitch the OnePlus One against the OnePlus 2 in a direct camera shootout.

The publication took a series of images with both phone cameras, covering all of the many functions and modes available to each, and has collected the resulting snaps in a set of Flickr albums.

AH has not offered comment on the results just yet, preferring to let the readers view the Flickr albums and decide for themselves, you can see the OnePlus One photos here, and the OnePlus 2 photos here. What do you think readers? Let us know in the comments below.

OnePlus One vs One Plus 2: Software

While the original OnePlus One used CyanogenMod (based on Android 4.4), the OnePlus 2 uses the Android 5.1 OxygenOS. OnePlus has tweaked OxygenOS a bit, but it’s still faithful to Material Design–which is something Android aficionados should love. On the subject of Android Marshmallow, here’s the official line via OnePlus: 

“For the OnePlus One, Cyanogen OS will be updating to Marshmallow in the first quarter of 2016. We created a community build of OxygenOS for the OnePlus One, but this isn’t what the product officially ships with. We will be updating the community build of OxygenOS for the OnePlus One when time allows. The OnePlus 2 will also be updated in Q1, and the update will include the new standard Marshmallow API for the fingerprint sensor. We’ve heard requests for us creating an API for the current fingerprint implementation in OxygenOS, but have decided against this since we’re switching over to the standard Android M implementation soon.”

“We are working hard to bring Marshmallow as soon as possible to the OnePlus X, and will update you on a time frame at a later time.”

OnePlus One vs One Plus 2: Price and Verdict

Orders for the OnePlus 2 will go live on August 11 and will again be done as an invite-only selection. The 16GB storage base model of the OnePlus 2 is priced at £239 while the higher-end 64GB option costs £289. This compares to the £179 16GB OnePlus One and £219 64GB OnePlus One. But for £60 and £70 more, respectively, the OnePlus 2 is the OnePlus to get. Its improved CPU, higher RAM, biometric fingerprint reader, optical image stabilization, and USB Type-C connection make it future proof while the OnePlus One is already showing its age.

As of right now you can pick up a 64GB OnePlus 2 direct from Amazon for just £249! And THAT, my friends, is what you call a bargain!

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