OnePlus Two Is Out Of The Bag, And It Sounds Marvellous
While we were still reeling from the beauty that we called OnePlus One, OnePlus has decided to redecorate the smartphone in the form of an even more premium successor, called OnePlus Two.
The smartphone is expected to be embodied in a metal casing this time, as compared to One’s polycarbonate casing. However, this will not be the only feature to make it more prime, as there will be some “surprises in store when it comes to hardware.”
Moreover, there are also chances that OnePlus Two will be customizable, as the company had been aiming to manufacture more of its StyleSwap back covers by the time the phone is launched, as Business Insider says. OnePlus had experimented with unveiling a Bamboo-style back cover for its One phone, but it was called off in September of last year due to problems in manufacturing.
Keeping the invite fever alive, the covers fell so short, that they could only be bought if you had an invite. OnePlus had also claimed to release the StyleSwap back covers in different materials like wood, denim, and Kevlar, but so far we have not seen any in the market.
Even though there might be significant margins in the previous and succeeding OnePlus flagship smartphones, the price would probably still be lesser than $500, to keep on gaining the competitive advantage over Android smartphones.
OnePlus One had been incredibly popular for three reasons: its hardware quality, cheap price and hard-to-get qualities. You could only get hands on the One if you had an invite from a user of the smartphone. But OnePlus has decided to show mercy and is allowing direct sales of the smartphone – but only Tuesdays of each week. Furthermore, what you could get in a Samsung for $600, you were getting in a $300 model.
OnePlus had confirmed about OnePlus Two being in the pipeline in a reddit Ask me Anything post, but has not divulged into much details since then.
From what has been gathered, OnePlus Two is rumored to feature a < 5.5 inch, 401 ppi LTPS screen display protected with Corning Glass, all the while being equipped with a 16 MP primary shooter and 5 MP for front camera.
Unlike OnePlus One, the upcoming phone will use the company’s own custom Android ROM, known as Oxygen OS, which is designed to be very close to a stock Android experience and features ZERO bloatware. You can read in detail about the new OS in this article.
The smartphone is to be released in Q2 or Q3 of 2015. Till then stay tuned for more updates about OnePlus Two.
Correction: March 7, 2015
A previous version of this story reported that the upcoming OnePlus Two might adopt Cyanogen Mod. Now, it has been revised to reflect as much. Thank you all for pointing this out.