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OnePlus One vs. OnePlus 2 – A Case of Marginal Improvement?

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The OnePlus One developed a reputation for being the ultimate iPhone killer since it offered almost every feature found in high-end smartphones at a fraction of the price.

The company was able to do this largely through ‘no marketing’ expenses. This worked significantly in favor of OnePlus One, as the phone became popular just through word of mouth. The ‘invitation’ required to buy a phone also helped to improve the popularity of the product. Now a new version will be released in the next few days.

Display

The OnePlus 2 is the much-anticipated replacement for the OnePlus One. It comes just over 12 months after its predecessor landed. During this time, there have been many significant developments in the smartphone segment. Most notable of these has been the incorporation of 2K displays as standard in most high-end smartphones. This appears to be the only major omission on the OnePlus 2, it comes with the same 5.5-inch screen as its predecessor. All other aspects of the display department also remain the same.

Technology

Critically, the dimensions have changed, and this is due to fingerprint recognition technology. The OnePlus 2 is the latest device to ship with a fingerprint sensor just below the touchscreen. Even though it may not have the complete range of functionalities offered by the iPhone 6 Plus or the Samsung Galaxy S6, the fingerprint technology is more than likely to be sufficient for daily unlocking of the device without having to enter any passwords. This convenience alone is likely to bring a lot of smiles to users.

Processor

The OnePlus One featured a Snapdragon 801 processor, and it was one of the highlights of the device. Only a handful of high-end smartphones offered this quad-core processor that has been clocked at 2.5 GHz. This area of the device gets a major bump on the OnePlus 2. Rather than the quad-core processor, this device comes with the octa core processor from the Snapdragon 810 range. Even though this processor has been criticised for overheating issues, the OnePlus 2 may be able to work around this issue with some intelligent usage and design.

Memory

The OnePlus 2 will become one of the first phones to offer 4 GB of RAM, which will be able to take advantage of the 64-bit version of the Android operating system. However, this amount of RAM is only offered when users go for the version with 64 GB of internal storage. The 16 GB version continues to have only 3 GB of RAM as before. Both the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 continue to be hampered by their lack of memory card slots. Prices of the OnePlus One have fallen to around $380 with the arrival of the new phone imminent, however, the OnePlus 2 may not be priced too far above this figure.