Should You Upgrade to The OnePlus 2 from One?
The highly-anticipated OnePlus 2 is finally out of the bag. The company took wraps off its second generation handset on Tuesday. Touted as the “2016 Flagship Killer,” the OnePlus 2 comes with pretty impressive features and a few improvements over its predecessor. But one may wonder if those improvements are really worth enough to disburse cash for the new flagship.
Let’s have a look at the differences between the two generations so that you could better decide whether you should upgrade to OnePlus 2 or stick to your last year’s flagship.
Design and Display
Design-wise, OnePlus 2 looks very similar to its predecessor. The major changes brought to its body include metal chamfered edges, a physical home button with fingerprint scanner and a slightly low-positioned camera module to house the laser focus sensor.
However, to its disadvantage, the new flagship is slightly thicker and a little bit heavier than OnePlus One.
As for the display, things are pretty much the same again. Both the old and the new smartphones feature a 5.5-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution, though the OnePlus One had slightly been on the bluish side.
So if you were to decide an upgrade purely based on the looks and resolution of the device, we’re sorry but you won’t find any solid reason to get the OnePlus 2.
The Operating System
Unlike its predecessor which had Cyanogen OS on board, the OnePlus 2 will ship with a home-brewed UI, OxygenOS. The new UI, based on Android 5.1, is designed to be very close to the stock Android experience and features ZERO bloatware. It also offers a number of customization options, as Cyanogen OS does.
While Oxygen OS was previously reported to be unstable and a bit crashy, that doesn’t seem to be something to be concerned about as OnePlus still has some time to work out minor issues with the UI before launch.
On the whole, Oxygen OS brings a lot of resemblance to Cyanogen OS, though it offers a little less customization. But for majority of users, the minor differences between the two OSes won’t make much difference.
Processing and RAM
Finally, we have something solid that gives OnePlus 2 the whip hand over its predecessor: the phone packs 4 GB of RAM and a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC coupled with the Adreno 430 GPU . With these monster specs, OnePlus 2 is an absolute powerhouse and definitely stands out of the crowd.
However, the Snapdragon 810 SoC may also cause concern to the potential buyers of the new phone. The said chipset is reported to be suffering from severe overheating and throttling issues.
But OnePlus says it has incorporate a new version 2.1 of the SoC in its next-gen smartphone, which it claims no longer suffers from the issues.
Further, the recent stunning AnTuTu benchmark results for the OnePlus 2 should wash away the fears of OnePlus fans – at least for now.
With Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM, OnePlus One still isn’t a bad deal, as the given amount of memory is the norm among this year’s high-end phones. But we won’t be surprised if the 2’s enchanting processing power enchains you to buy the new phone.
Both OnePlus old- and next-gen phones sport a Sony IMX214 13 MP sensor with an F2.0 aperture, coupled with a 5MP front-facing snapper. The OnePlus 2 has, however, included optical image stabilization, or OIS, and laser autofocus for better camera results – which is quite obvious from initial camera samples and comparisons that surfaced online earlier.
Further, OnePlus has promised to offer an update for RAW image support in the near future.
Needless to say, OnePlus 2 camera has a clear edge over the One’s. So if you’re a photo enthusiast then you should seriously think about getting the updated version.
OnePlus 2 packs a slightly improved battery compared to its predecessor. While the OnePlus One included a 3,100 mAh lithium polymer battery, the new handset boasts a battery with a capacity of 3,300 mAh.
Given both the phones have the same display, the OnePlus 2’s larger battery should directly contribute towards increasing the battery life rather than simply supporting the higher resolution display.
OnePlus claims their new flagship will last at least a day on a single charge, even for more active users.
All in all, OnePlus hasn’t made a massive upgrade to their next-gen phone that could allure users of the old Flagship Killer to upgrade to OnePlus 2. For casual users, or even the average tech enthusiasts, the OnePlus One is still a worthy smartphone that offers decent features adequate enough to get them through 2015.
However, if you’re a power user who uses a lot of different apps and needs a device that will easily last through the day, or the one who loves taking quality photos with their phone, then OnePlus 2 is surely the way to go for you.
At $389, the phone is a bit pricey than the One, but it’s still an absolute steal when compared to other Android devices on the market featuring similar spec-list.
So, what’s your decision regarding the upgrade? Are you planning to ditch the One in favor of the OnePlus 2? Let us know in the comments below!
Gohar is the lead editor at TechFrag. He has a wide range of interests when it comes to tech but he's currently spending a big chunk of his time writing about privacy, cyber security, and anything policy related.