It's been a little over a year since the OnePlus One was announced and now the Chinese smartphone maker which took the market by storm is back with a second-generation smartphone to take on the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z3+, LG G4 and others.
The OnePlus 2 was announced on 27 July via a virtual reality app, making it the world's first product launch to be broadcast in VR. We've got all the juicy details on the OnePlus 2 below. Also read our OnePlus One review and OnePlus Power Bank review.
OnePlus 2 release date, price, availability and invites: When is the OnePlus 2 coming out? How much does the OnePlus 2 cost?
The OnePlus 2 was released on 11 August in the US, Europe and India. If you're in Malaysia, Indonesia or Singapore then you'll need to wait until Q4 of this year.
The 16GB model is just £239, or it'll cost you £289 for the 64GB OnePlus 2. The US pricing is $329 and $389 respectively.
To clarify, that's a little more expensive than the OnePlus One when it launched at £229 and £269, but this is because of the "more premium build quality and feature set of the OnePlus 2", according to OnePlus.
The OnePlus 2 is once again available in familiar Sandstone Black. However, other panaches are available in the form of OnePlus 2 StyleSwap Covers. These will come in Bamboo, Rosewood, Black Apricot and Kevlar. The system means you can swap covers quickly and without tools.
No matter which StyleSwap cover you choose, it will add £19.98 to your order.
OnePlus 2 OnGuard extended warranty programme
OnePlus is today (2 November 2015) introducing a new extended warranty programme called OnGuard that you can take out when buying a new OnePlus 2 smartphone (or within 15 days of doing so). It covers accidental damage and liquid damage, worry-free claim process and worldwide coverage for claims, and costs €39.99 (£28.53) for 12 months or €64.99 (£46.36) for 24 months.
For now the insurance is available only in Europe and India, but will be coming soon to the US and Canada.
How to buy the OnePlus 2: Buy the OnePlus 2 without an invite
As before you'll need an invite in order to buy the OnePlus 2 direct from the company. There are more invites available than last year as well as a new reservation system. All the details are here: How to get a OnePlus 2 invite.
There are ways and means to get hold of the OnePlus 2 without an invite if obtaining one proves difficult, of course. Geekbuying now has stocks of the 64GB Sandstone Black OnePlus 2, which you can buy now at £278.54. This is less than the £289 RRP, but you will also need to factor in import duty.
Note, however, that the Chinese version of the OnePlus 2, which does not support 800MHz/Band 20 LTE. This will prevent UK O2 customers accessing more than 3G connectivity, since the network relies solely on 800MHz/Band 20 for LTE.
If you choose to buy from Geekbuying first read our advice on grey-market tech.
OnePlus 2 specification and features
As you might know, quite a few specs and features were announced before the OnePlus 2 so we're going to recap on those first, then crack on with the new hardware and features. So, we already knew that the OnePlus 2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (version 2.1), a fingerprint scanner, 4GB of RAM and reversible Type-C USB.
Storage and memory
Although OnePlus announced that the OnePlus 2 will have 4GB of RAM, this is not the case for both models. You'll need to buy the 64GB capacity because the 16GB OnePlus 2 comes with 3GB of RAM instead.
The display on the OnePlus 2 remains at 5.5in with a Full HD resolution (1080 x 1920). The firm has said it's an IPS panel with a 178 degree viewing angle and a brightness of 600nits which compares to 559nits of the iPhone 6.
The rear camera on the OnePlus 2 remains at 13Mp and still has the dual-LED flash. The firm says it has an f/2 aperture, 1.3μm pixels and six lenses to avoid distortion and colour aberration. Other features include optical image stabilisation (OIS), a laser auto focus (under 0.3 second) and 4K video recording. Support for shooting in RAW will also be added via a software update 'shortly after launch'.
At the front, there's still a 5Mp camera which is wide-angle to fit as much into a selfie as possible.
We knew about the fingerprint scanner but here are some more details on it. For starters it resides in a new physical home button located below the screen like the Galaxy S6. OnePlus says you can use it to unlock the phone faster than the iPhone in under 0.5 seconds. It also supports up to five prints.
A new feature of the OnePlus 2 is the Alert Slider which you'll find on the left side of the device. This has three positions so you can quickly switch between different notification profiles: None (all notifications apart from alarms), Priority (only allows notifications from priority contacts) and All (allows any notification).
Connectivity: Dual-SIM and Type-C USB
The OnePlus 2 comes with dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, 4G LTE, dual Nano-SIM slots and a digital compass. The Type-C USB port means you can plug in the cable either way round (like Apple's Lightning cable) but OnePlus has also used patented technology so you can plug an existing Type-A cable in whichever way you like, too. The supplied cable is reversible at both ends, not just at the phone.
One of the last hardware components to mention is the battery which is 3300mAh which is a little larger than the OnePlus One which has a 3100mAh battery.
With a similar size and shape to the OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2 is similar on the dimensions front but is a little different. It's now 152x75x9.85mm and 175 g compared to 153 x76x8.9mm and 162g.
Oxygen OS and software
As announced previously, the OnePlus 2 will come pre-loaded with the firm's own Oxygen OS which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It's "light, powerful, and customizable. We've kept the best of the pure Android experience and enhanced it with thoughtful features and optimizations."
Oxygen OS features a dark mode, customisable accent colours, custom LED notifications, access to app permissions, SwiftKey and an Audio Tuner which includes a graphic EQ. The software also includes 'off-screen gestures' which allow you to double tap the screen to wake it, draw an 'O' to launch the camera and draw a 'V' to switch the flashlight on and off, for example.
Shelf is a new feature in Oxygen OS which is a space for you to "keep, organize and discover the things you care about." The optional feature is accessed by swiping to the right of the homescreen and contains default widgets displaying your most used apps and contacts.
That's all the specs and features of the OnePlus 2 but you can see a full and details specification sheet below:
Colour: Sandstone Black
Dimensions: 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85mm
Weight: 175 g
OS: OxygenOS based on Android 5.1
Processor: 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 1.8GHz Octa-core CPUs
GPU: Adreno 430, 650MHz
Memory: 3/4GB LP-DDR4, 1333MHz
Storage: 16/64 GB eMMC v5.0, available capacity varies
Sensors: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light
Battery: Embedded rechargeable 3300 mAh LiPo battery
Connectivity: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz, WCDMA (EU/India) 1/2/5/8, FDD-LTE (EU/India): 1/3/5/7/8/20
Wi-Fi: Dual-band 2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n/ac
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
Positioning: Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS, Digital Compass
Ports: USB Type-C, Jack 3.5mm
Buttons, Power Button, Volume Rockers, Alert Slider
SIM: 2 slots - Nano SIM (Dual SIM, Dual Standby)
Screen: 5.5in, IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass
Rear camera: 13Mp, 1.3um, 6 lenses, OIS, Laser Focus, Dual-LED flash, f/2.0
Front camera: 5Mp, Distortion free
Video: 4K resolution video, Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps
Speaker: Bottom-facing speaker
Microphones: Dual-microphone with noise cancellation
Audio formats: Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA (v9 and v10), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EVRC, QCELP, WAV, FLV, SWF, APE, FLAC, WAV, OGG, Recording: AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EVRC, QCELP
Video formats: Playback: HEVC (H.265), H.264, VC-1, MPEG-4, DivX, XCid, H.264, MPEG-2, VP8, MP4, MOV, 3GP, AVI, MKV, RM, RMVB, ASF, WMV, WMA Recording: HEVC (H.265), H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VP8
Image formats: Playback: JPEG, PNG, BMP, Output: JPEG