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OnePlus One vs OnePlus 2 – A Worthy Successor of the Famous Flagship

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As expected, OnePlus has returned with a successor for its popular flagship that stormed the mobile market in 2014 because of its low price and high end specs. The ones who bought an OnePlus One are undecided whether to ditch the old model in favor of its successor, if the OnePlus Two is worth buying. The problem is the invite system, which makes the purchase of the phone very difficult, because you can’t find the phone in stores and you will have to order it from the official website, only if you got an invitation from someone who bought it, or if you participate to contests and promotions and you win an invitation. So, let’s see the changes that the OnePlus Two comes with.

Designs

You will see that the phones look pretty much the same on the back side, as the OnePlus Two has the same sandstone black finish, but you can replace the backings through OnePlus’s StyleSwap service. The front side has now a capacitive touch button which hides a fingerprint scanner (it’s used for locking and unlocking the device) and on the left side was added an Alert Slider, with which you can set the types of notifications that you want to receive. In addition, the successor is 1mm thicker, measuring 9.9mm instead of 8.9mm.

Displays

Unfortunately, the fans were hoping to see an increased resolution, but the manufacturer preferred to focus on the internal parts and to keep an affordable price for this device. Therefore, the screen still measures 5.5inches and supports Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, which results in a pixel density of 401ppi.

Hardware

The first OnePlus One model came packed with Qualcomm’s 32bit MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 quad core processor that runs at a speed of 2.5GHz and which is backed by 3GB of RAM. In 2015, Qualcomm made some improvements to its technology and released a much faster 64bit Snapdragon 810 octa core processor that can be combined with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and the One Plus Two has both of these RAM variants, which are combined with the internal storage. The lower variant of 16GB is paired with 3GB of RAM, while the 64GB variant comes along with 4GB of RAM.

Also, the battery received more juice, being upgraded from 3100mAh to 3300mAh to keep up with the superior processor. The new model has also a USB Type-C connector and it runs on Android v5.1 (Lollipop) with Oxygen UI on top of it.

Cameras

The resolutions have remained the same, so the OnePlus Two is fitted with the usual 13MP back camera and the 5MP front camera. However, the successor supports optical image stabilization and laser autofocus and can record 720p slow motion videos at 120 fps.

Prices

Currently, the 16GB variant of the OnePlus One is priced at $299 and as we were saying, you can buy it directly, from the manufacturer’s website. The successor is almost $200 more expensive, to cover the investment in the fingerprint scanner and processor.