OnePlus Two Price Starts at $329, Release Date is August 11, 2015 : Specs, Photos, Antutu Benchmark Score

OnePlus' 2015 flagship killer has just been officially announced. "Two" - which obviously supersedes the best-selling OnePlus One - will be available in the Chinese company's key markets (sadly, not including the Philippines as of the moment) starting on August 11, 2015 ~ strictly via invitation. Nonetheless, I'm expecting Lazada as well as Kimstore to make it available locally within a few days following its global launch.

OnePlus Two

In terms of both design and specifications, OnePlus Two represents a solid upgrade from the 2014 model. It features more premium materials on its shell and it comes with more powerful internal hardware. Not to mention, it has improved imaging capabilities.

OnePlus Two

According to OnePlus, "Strong and exceptionally lightweight, the OnePlus 2’s outer frame is crafted from a resilient alloy of aluminum and magnesium. Our exclusive design ensures ideal antenna reception and temperature regulation, increasing performance. Stainless steel accents, Gorilla Glass, and an array of unique back covers mean you are always touching the most premium materials." In comparison, OnePlus One had a shell that's predominantly made of plastic or polycarbonate material.

OnePlus Two
I would like to give credit to Android Authority for all of these OnePlus Two photos.

OnePlus Two

The smartphone's back cover is swappable, allowing you to change the look of the device depending on your taste or mood without changing Two's elegant form factor. With OnePlus' new StyleSwap system, 'you can swap covers in seconds - no tools required.'

OnePlus Two

Now, let's talk specs.

OnePlus Two is equipped with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen that's protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. Now, you may be wondering why OnePlus chose to stick to 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution (the same as what's on OnePlus One) when most other flagship level devices this year already sport 2K panels. Well, to quote the company, "That’s the sweet spot: impeccable clarity that doesn’t harm performance or battery life. We care about user experience, not inflating our spec sheet with meaningless numbers."

OnePlus Two

'One' and 'Two' may have almost the same screens but when it comes to imaging prowess, the latter is superior. While the two phones both have 13 MegaPixel main cameras, OnePlus Two's shooter features a large 1.3┬Ám light-collecting sensor — the biggest ever in a smartphone camera with such resolution — for unmatched low-light performance. Furthermore, the module comes with an f/2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization, Dual LED flash, and laser autofocus system that locks in a touch-free and precise focus in under 0.2 seconds -- all of these make the OnePlus Two more than capable of delivering clear, crisp, and brilliant images and even 4K videos.

And as if all that won't be enough to convince consumers, OnePlus adds, "When it comes to amazing pictures, it isn’t just about hardware. Our image processing algorithms were developed by some of the most talented, experienced, and dedicated camera engineers in the world."

OnePlus Two

If there's a department where OnePlus Two shines the most, it's definitely in terms of internal hardware. Powered by a large 3,300 mAh battery pack, this handset runs on a 64-Bit Octa-Core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset, has 4GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB and 64GB internal storage options. The combination of these innards - which is a real treat to get on a handset priced at only $329 - is what makes One Plus Two a true flagship killer.

OnePlus Two
And the phone's very high Antutu Benchmark Score in the area of 49,000 to 51,000 well reflects that. I just hope Qualcomm has already addressed Snapdragon 810's much-talked-about overheating issue.

Software-wise, OnePlus Two features the company's new OxygenOS which is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. OxygenOS is light and essential with subtle, useful features including the following:
  • Several original OnePlus features have been built right into OxygenOS, including screen-off gestures like double-tap to wake, music controls, and shortcuts for the camera and flashlight.
  • With customizable lockscreen wallpapers and the ability to switch between hardware and software navigation keys, OxygenOS allows you to make your phone distinctly yours.
  • With our new quick settings feature, tiles can be added, removed, and re-organized with the click of a button, and it blends beautifully right into the notification tray’s UI. It just makes sense.
So far, I like everything that I've seen and read about the OnePlus Two. And I know that many of you guys are just as excited to see the phone in the flesh and perhaps, even to own one. I just hope that OnePlus would eventually - that is, sooner rather than later - start operations here in the Philippines to better connect and interact with their solid Pinoy fanbase.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name OnePlus Two
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange, Flagship-Level
Dimensions151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm mm
Weight 175 grams
Available Colors Sandstone Black ~ swappable back covers with various designs
Operating System Android 5.0.1 Lollipop based OxygenOS
Display 5.5 inches, Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 ppi, In-Cell IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 10-Finger Multi-Touch, Gorilla Glass
Processor Octa Core = Quad Core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 + Quad Core 2 GHz ARM Cortex-A57, Adreno 430 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset
Internal Storage 16GB and 64GB options, non-expandable
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, Laser Focus, Optical Image Stabilization, dual-LED flash
Front: 5 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Main: UltraHD 2160p @ 30fps, Full HD 1080p @ 60fps, HD 720p @ 120fps, video stabilization, HDR
Front: 1080p (to be confirmed)
Audio and Video Playback MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV, MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV player
Ports microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, USB Host, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1 with A2DP, 3G HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE LTE 700 / 1700 / 2600 / 2300 / 2100 / 1800
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
Uptime "All day power." ~ OnePlus
Value-Added Features Fingerprint Scanner, 13 MegaPixel camera with f/2.0 Aperture and 6 physical lenses, OxygenOS
Announcement July 28, 2014
Availability Key Markets, Invite-Only: August 11, 2015
Price $389 (~ Php 17,700) - 64GB
$329 (~ Php 15,000) - 16GB