As the 2015 year begins, many OEMs have already announced their flagship devices for this year. Many of them have already released it, many OEMs are announcing it at MWC in a few weeks, and some of them like LG and Oneplus will be announcing it later this year, presumably to spend more time ‘Perfecting” the device. Welcome to the final part of Androidfact.com’s 2015 Rumor Roundup, featuring the Oneplus 2.
Now you may be wondering, Oneplus’ current Flagship is named, the One, so why is the successor, the 2, not being called the “Two?” AMA’s on Reddit and interviews specified that Oneplus will be routing to name their 2015 Flagship the 2, ditching the wording of the number, unlike the One.
The Oneplus One was an absolute beast, dubbed, “The Flagship Killer,” in fact that is my daily driver, and the handset that I am using on a day to day basis. Probably the best smartphone I have ever owned. Although the pricing is what compelled me to give this phone a try, the specs beat or at least went toe to toe with 2014’s flagship devices, at an extremely low end cost.
But there is 1 drawback that many people already know. Because Oneplus is a fairly new company, separated itself from China OEM; Oppo, their advertising and marketing budget was relatively low, so they implemented an “Invite Only” system, where you could only purchase this phone through an invite, which was given out by Oneplus themselves through contests on their website forum, or given out by people who already owned the phone. Yes, people who own the Oneplus One will receive multiple invites from Oneplus, for you to share or give away to people who want to purchase the device. We have already seen Oneplus host events on holidays like Black Friday, and Christmas where people could purchase the One without an invite through a special time interval. Currently, Oneplus has announced that the public are allowed to purchase the One without an invite every Tuesday, in anticipation of their Oneplus 2 device. When I received this device in the mail, the packaging was extremely high end. The White and red box was made of Matte Finish material, and unboxing it was a pleasure I was able to experience. Even the Wall Charger came with its own separate luxurious Matte finish box.
This beast was announced in early 2014, and released mid-2014, in April. Let’s run through the basics of this device’s Specifications. (Device Specifications courtesy of GSMARENA)
The Oneplus One Spec Sheet
- Network Connectivity: GSM/HSPA(+)/4G LTE
- Weight: 162g
- Micro-SIM card slot
- Display: LTPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen w/ Multi-Touch
- Size: 5.5 Inches FHD (1920X1080) 401 Pixel Density (PPI)
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Operating System: Stock Android Based Cyanogenmod 11s (33R upgradable to 44S and 05Q) Android 4.4.2/4.4.4 KitKat
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) Quad-Core 2.5GHz (Krait 400)
- GPU: Adreno 330
- Storage: No Micro SD card slot, 16GB Silk White/32GB Sandstone Black
- RAM: 3GB LPDDR3
- Primary Camera: 13MP (4128×3096) with Autofocus, Dual-LED Flash, OIS, HDR, 4K UHD/DCI Recording/Playback
- Secondary Camera: 5MP FHD
- Non-Removable Li-Po Battery 3100mAh
- Colors/Variations: 16GB Silk White Back cover, and 32GB Sandstone Black Cover
The specifications of the Oneplus one were impressive, at the cost; you would almost think that the Oneplus one is a dream too good to be true. The Oneplus One was announced as the “Smartphone of the year” by major sites like Technobuffalo.
Now that we have covered the Oneplus One in brief context, let us move on to the Oneplus 2 that we all came here to read about.
THE ONEPLUS 2 LEAKS
There have been many rumors and leaks regarding the Oneplus 2. It is rumoured that the Oneplus 2 will be arriving in Quarter 3 of 2015, similar to the LG G4. The Oneplus 2 was also rumoured to have a “Mini” Variation of the One, sporting a 5 inch screen. The device was also leaked to bear a Snapdragon 615 SoC, costing $250 USD, approximately $100 less than the 64GB Sandstone Black Oneplus One variant. GizmoChina supposedly leaked images of the “Oneplus Mini” on their website. Here are one of the pictures below.
Now, the devices you see really do resemble the look of the Oneplus One, but as most of us have already figured out that these are indeed, fake. A gentleman by the name of Richard Lai (@richardlai) tweeted that the leaked Oneplus Mini device was just the Koobe H2 Handset, which strikingly looks like a Oneplus Mini Render.
The Oneplus 2 hasn’t been released or even announced officially by the Oneplus team themselves, but that doesn’t seem to stop some companies trying to sell the non-released “Real thing” on their websites. Take a look at a website by the name of “GeekBuying” (Geekbuying.com). Apparently people are now able to pre-order the Oneplus 2 on their website, and they even have a crudely rendered picture of what that’s going to look like.
As seen in the render above, it is almost laughable at how badly designed this is. All they really did was thin out the top bezel, made the side bezels extra thin; to the point where it doesn’t appear that the device itself even has any bezels. Of course some of us have noticed the chromium banding that surrounds the device. The bottom side chromium band can be seen with what seems to be the capacitive home, back, and menu buttons, just badly photoshopped onto it. It doesn’t look right, it isn’t proportional and it has no business being there whatsoever. Geekbuying even priced it at $538 US. This may be the only thing true about the future flagship’s cost, but we will have to see what Oneplus thinks a fair cost would be when it comes to the Oneplus 2.
Software and OS
The Oneplus one came out of box with Cyanogenmod 11s (33R update), Custom Rom Maker, Cyanogenmod’s version of Stock Android 4.4.2. The Device Firmware was eligible to receive an update to Cyanogenmod 11s (44S) Android 4.4.4. Recently, Cyanogenmod released an update to the Oneplus One (Update 05Q), which users thought was the release of CM12 (Android 5.0 Lollipop), but unfortunately was not. This incremental Update was to include many bug fixes, Quality of Life features, and a special announcement of Keyboard developer Swiftkey’s partnership with Oneplus, therefore resulting in the default keyboard to include Swiftkey’s Default keyboard, and including the app pre-installed, and listing it as a system app. MaxxAudio, by waves, has also been included in the 05Q Update, replacing the Audio FX app in 44S. Cyanogenmod Announced that their CM12 Firmware was already in development, and available to users and beta testers to download and experiment with. The Oneplus One has received the most support from CM12. Currently Revisions of CM12 Nightlies, are being released quite frequently. We are not far away from the official release of CM12, AKA Cyanogenmod’s version of Android 5.0 Lollipop.
As for Bloatware, being that Cyanogenmod’s Roms are Custom Roms, includes almost no Bloatware, with the exception of a few pre-installed apps from Google that prove to be obsolete, *cough cough (Google Hangouts, Google newsstand, Google play movies, Google play books) cough cough* Now, being a Oneplus One user means you are automatically a Cyanogenmod User, unless you are not fond of the stock android experience, but you are basically encouraged to root your device.
Now let us round out this discussion with the rumoured/leaked specifications of the device, of course offered to us by none other than the great GSMARENA.COM, our source to the most reliable specifications and leaks.
ONEPLUS 2 SPECIFICATION SHEET
- Network Connectivity: GSM/HSPA(+)/4G LTE
- Weight: 166g
- Display: LTPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
- Size: 5.5 Inches FHD/QHD? (1920X1080/2560X1440) Resolution, 401 Pixel Density on GSMARENA, but most likely will be bumped up to 500ish PPI
- Protection: Gorilla Glass 4
- OS: Cyanogenmod 12, Stock Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa (MSM8994)
- Processor: Dual Quad-Core Cortex (Quad-Core Cortex A53 1.5GHz + Quad-Core Cortex A57 2.0GHz)
- GPU: Adreno 430
- Storage: Same as the One, No Micro SD card support, 16GB/64GB (maybe 32GB) variants
- RAM: 3GB/4GB LPDDR4
- Primary Camera: 16MP (5312×2988) with Autofocus, Dual LED Flash, 4K UHD/DCI, HDR, Panorama
- Secondary Camera: 5MP
- Micro-USB 3.0 port
- Battery: 3300mAh Li-Po Battery with Qi Wireless Charging Support
- Color Variants and Back cover texture unannounced
And that wraps up part 4 of Androidfact.com’s 2015 Rumor Roundup, featuring the Oneplus 2. A big thanks to GSMARENA for providing all the leaks/speculations/specifications and info on upcoming devices. We should be expecting the Oneplus 2 to arrive somewhere in Quarter 3 of this year. Stay tuned to Androidfact.com as we will be hosting coverage on MWC in the upcoming week(s).
Be sure to check out :
- 2015 Rumor Roundup Part 1: The LG G4
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