|Product Dimensions||7.5 x 1 x 15.2 cm; 175 Grams|
|Item model number||OnePlus 2|
|Wireless communication technologies||Bluetooth|
|Connectivity technologies||Bluetooth, 4G, 3G, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, USBv2.0, WiFi Hotspot|
|Special features||Proximity, Accelerometer, Radio, Wifi|
|Other display features||Wireless|
|Other camera features||Front|
|Form factor||Touchscreen Phone|
|Battery Power Rating||3300|
|Whats in the box||One OnePlus 2, one USB Type-C Cable and one OnePlus 2 USB Power Adapter|
|Item Weight||175 g|
OnePlus 2 (Sandstone Black, 64GB)
7 Days Replacement
|Return Reason||Return Period||Return Policy|
|Physical Damage, Defective, Wrong, or Missing item||7 days from delivery||Replacement|
- Defective: Verification by Brand or Amazon, through on-call support followed by inspection at your location or nearest brand service center if required.
- Physical Damage, Wrong, Missing Items: Remote verification by Amazon.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
|Model Name||OnePlus 2|
|Memory Storage Capacity||64 GB|
About this item
- Best-in class camera (13MP primary camera with f/2.0 Aperture, 1.3 µm Pixels, 6-lenses, Dual LED Flash, advanced Laser Autofocus with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and 5MP front facing camera
- Beautifully designed with premium stainless steel frame and multi-touch IPS 5.5 inches Corning Gorilla Glass 3 IPS LCD (full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels @ 401 PPI, 1500:1 contrast ratio; 178 degrees viewing angle)
- OxygenOS based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (64 bit with 1.8GHz Octa-core SoC) featuring 4G LTE, Adreno 430 GPU; 4GB LPDDR4 RAM; 64GB eMMC5 storage
- Future ready features with long lasting 3,300 mAh Li-Po battery; Dual Nano SIM, Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port and 3-way physical alert toggle switch
- 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and battery, 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including charger from the date of purchase
When you vow to Never Settle, you can’t cut any corners. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, featuring 4G LTE and an octa-core CPU, effortlessly powers through demanding apps, games, and HD video. Paired with a 3,300 mAh battery, your OnePlus 2 will stay charged through even the busiest of days.
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Reviewed in India on 21 June 2020
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Where Samsung and co. go to great lengths to try to persuade you to buy their phones, it can at times seem as though OnePlus makes buying its phones deliberately difficult. First, you can only buy them from the OnePlus store. Second, you need an invite to even place an order. An "invite"?! Who the heavens to these people think they are?
And yet, this hasn't stopped hundreds of thousands from scrabbling to get their hands on the new OnePlus 2.
What's the big deal? Actually, "deal" is the key work: the OnePlus 2 gets you specs on a par with ₹50-60,000 phones such as the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, but only costs ₹24,999.
And that's for the 64GB storage version. There's an even cheaper 16GB model incoming too.
It's pretty special. And absolutely worth chasing after if you have the patience to cope with the unique shopping experience.
One of the real head-turning elements of the OnePlus 2 is that no part of it feels like it belongs in an affordable phone. It out-premiums the LG G4, for example, with a metal band that runs around its sides and an unusual rear texture that feels nothing like good old plastic.
Those of you familiar with the OnePlus One may remember this style. It's a rear cover texture that sits somewhere between felt and sandpaper, giving you a rough and grippy surface that has some of the tactile vibe of fabric.
I find it a much more satisfying feel than glossy or even soft-touch plastic, although if you hate the sound of this style, OnePlus also offers covers finished in kevlar, rosewood, bamboo and apricot (the tree, rather than the orange fruit itself). There are plenty of touch sensations on offer, each quite different from the norm.
You do have to pay around ₹2000 extra for each of these, but it's not a bad deal when they feature real wood and kevlar, not just a plastic veneer.
Aside from the unusual backs, the OnePlus 2 is also a bit larger than some of this year's Android contenders. It's a lot bigger than the Galaxy S6, for example. Some of this is down to the large 5.5in screen, but there's also the battery to consider.
OnePlus is out to cater for hardcore mobile fans over just about everyone else, and that means the OnePlus 2 has favoured specs such as battery life and power over weight and skinniness. At 9.9mm thick the OnePlus 2 isn't exactly going to force everything else out of your pocket, but it is a bit chunkier and heavier than most. At 175g it's a good 20g heavier than the LG G4, for example.
If you absolutely hate larger phones, this might be enough to put you off entirely, but I haven't found any of the usability nightmares that cropped up with the also-chunky Nexus 6. The key thing is that the hardware buttons on the side are dead easy to reach, and that stretching for the soft keys doesn't feel like a thumb workout.
There are also several thoughtful little touches to the OnePlus 2's design. Where else among Androids do you get a little 3-way switch on the side, allowing you to immediately silence notifications or switch to only allow priority ones through? This cinema-ready switch sits on the left side.
The camera lens has also been shunted down the back a bit, so I haven't once ended up ruining a pic by resting a finger over the lens - and believe me, that happens quite a lot with some of the phones I've been testing of late. The OnePlus 2's camera placement does look a bit odd, but you'll get used to that far quicker than you'd teach your finger to not sit where it's naturally comfortable
For the OnePlus 2’s real hardware special moves, though, look no further than the Home button at the bottom of the display. It’s not a mechanical button at all, but a touch-sensitive panel that also houses a fingerprint scanner.
We’ve seen all kinds of scanners in phones over the last year, some good, many not so much. This, thankfully, is a good one. You don’t have to swipe your digit, just press it on the sensor, and its accuracy is pretty excellent. The only times it's struggled are when my fingers have been wet: and any capacitive fingerprint sensor would struggle like this.
While the Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 get extra smartie-pants points for fitting the scanner into a clicky button rather than a static pad, the OnePlus 2’s scanner feels just about as fast and reliable.
You can teach the phone up to five fingerprints, although 99 per cent of the time I ended up using my right thumb. It’s easily the most intuitive choice if you’re right-handed.
There are other neat hardware improvements to note since last year’s OnePlus One too. The OnePlus 2 has dual SIM cards as standard, both tiny nano SIMs that slot into a tray under the back cover, which is held in place by an array of little plastic clips. It also has a USB-C connector rather than the usual microUSB one. This is reversible and so much less of a practical pain than current microUSB. We’ll start to see loads more phones use this in the future.
However, it’s still ultimately just a USB 2.0 port, not one that gets you the sort of bonus file-flinging speed that’ll be the norm once USB-C is the default.
4G coverage has been fixed too. One of the big issues with the original OnePlus One is that while it has 4G, it doesn’t support the 800MHz band, which most networks in the UK use for their 4G signal. On some networks it’s effectively a 3G phone.
The OnePlus 2 has pretty comprehensive 4G coverage for today’s networks: two thumbs up.
Every design choice in the OnePlus 2 feels deliberately considered. And that’s just as true when you consider the bits left out.
There’s no NFC, for one. This features in just about every other Android phone at the price. OnePlus says hardly anyone used it in the first phone. Is it possible the company nixed it just before it had chance to go mainstream? Tie me will tell.
An IR blaster is missing too. You get one in the Galaxy S6 and LG G4, but I imagine that OnePlus decided that — as with NFC — it would be more sensible to ditch it and save a few pennies. And presumably plenty of pennies have had to be saved to hit that delightfully tempting price
The main area where this creeps in is the screen. Whether you say it’s to save a few quid or to make battery life better, the OnePlus 2 has a 1080p Full HD screen rather than the QHD type Samsung and LG fit into their top-end phones.
Across the 5.5in display that provides 400ppi density, which is obviously much lower than the QHD competition. But does it matter?
The OnePlus 2 screen is still very sharp, and the tone of it is lovely. It has none of the try-hard colour oversaturation of the LG G4, or the skewed palette of the price rival HTC One M8S.
For the price this is a pretty terrific screen. And it’s a very strong one at any price. Outdoors visibility is great (if not quite Galaxy S6-level), top brightness is very good and it looks right from any angle.
For the tech heads out there, the OnePlus 2 uses an LTPS IPS LCD screen. Too many acronymns? That means it’ll get you great viewing angles and improved power efficiency.
Thanks to the awesome contrast and colour of Samsung’s OLED phones like the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, it’s not a contender for the best screen out there. But I don’t miss the extra pixels of QHD. Size is important too: 5.5in is a good size for a bit of Netflix action, and doesn’t leave you with a phone that feels ridiculously big.
Despite being unusual in some important ways, the OnePlus 2 still feels like a normal phone in most respects. It’s the same case with the phone’s software.
On the surface, it looks like the OnePlus 2 uses a totally vanilla version of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Its top layer looks just the same, but it actually runs OxygenOS, a custom version of Android made by OnePlus.
This is one of the most important ‘political’ changes since the OnePlus One, which used CyanogenMod at launch, an indie dev scene version of Android. The idea of OxygenOS is that it doesn’t radically alter the look or feel of Android, but gives you tools to fiddle with lots of different bits under the hood.
Nothing really overhauls Lollipop all that much, but you can do things such as switch the soft keys around, flip between using hardware and software soft keys and add loads of gestures. Want a double tap of the back button to load the camera? Sure. Want a long-press of the Home button to launch the last-used app? Fine.
You can also switch to a UI that’s mostly-black rather than mostly-white. However, the OnePlus 2’s OxygenOS avoids loading you down with millions of custom options and drastic UI themes. It’s meant to be ‘Android+’, not ‘Android Turbo XL Platinum Edition’.
Performance is generally excellent too. The OnePlus 2 has the Snapdragon 810 CPU, an eight-core processor with four 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 cores and four lower-power Cortex-A53 ones.
This is the cheapest phone we’ve seen use such a high-end CPU, and while the Snapdragon 810 has received some flak, seeing it in a £289 feels like a real achievement. So, what’s the Snapdragon 810 hate about?
It’s a bit slower and less efficient than the Exynos chipset used by the Galaxy S6. However, the big problem is overheating. It has caused some pretty big problems in the Sony Xperia Z3+, and slightly smaller ones in the HTC One M9.
The OnePlus 2 does get a bit warm without all that much provoking, such as heating up around the top of the phone just from browsing. But I've never found it getting flat-out hot. Even when gaming. And with scores of around 4460 in the Geekbench 3 benchmark, performance is very similar to the other Snapdragon 810 phones.
Where the OnePlus 2 strays from the pack a bit is with its camera. What’s not always talked-about is that virtually every higher-end phone uses a Sony camera sensor. There are some exceptions, of course, such as the Toshiba-toting HTC One M9. But Sony’s models are generally the top contenders.
But both Sony and Toshiba have been rejected here in favour of an Omnivision sensor. "Omniwhatnow?", you may well say, but we've actually had some great experiences with Omnivision sensors in phones such as the Oppo N3. Guess what: OnePlus was actually formed by folks from Oppo. It all’s a big circle.
With a 12.4-megapixel Omnivision sensor and f/2.0 lens in tow, the OnePlus 2 can take some really quite lovely photos. But it’s not quite on-par with either the Samsung Galaxy S6 or LG G4.
It’s not about resolution (both of those phones have 16-megapixel cameras). It’s not necessarily even about sensor quality. It’s more to do with the software and processing OnePlus puts into the OnePlus 2’s camera brain.
First off, it could be faster. Given the OnePlus 2 offers laser-assisted focusing you might assume it’s going to be one the of the fastest cameras around. It isn’t. It’s not pig-slow either, but it’s not as snappy as the Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9, and there’s a bit of shot-to-shot processing delay when you shoot using the Clear Shot or HDR modes. More on those later.
This is a slight disappointment, but no great surprise. Laser focusing just uses an IR laser to tell the OnePlus 2 roughly how far away the subject is. It doesn’t help with speeding-up what happens after that, and the phone still actually uses contrast detection focusing like almost every other phone.
OnePlus has done it again. The OnePlus 2 massively undercuts the big-name competition while offering a phone experience pretty similar to them.
Good software, good performance and battery life that far exceeds some of the ₹50,000-odd competition make this one of the easiest top-tier phones to live with. Some of the others have better cameras, but even this isn’t really a weak area. Not at ₹24,999.
What are the weak areas? Considering the price, there's nothing serious enough to threaten our double-barrelled thumbs-up. The lack of microSD support might disappoint a few of the hardcore phone fans, but other than that the only flaw that might really put you off is simply how much of a pain the OnePlus 2 is to get hold of. But then if it was on sale at Carphone Warehouse, you can bet it wouldn’t cost 25k.
The OnePlus One was one of the biggest success stories of last year, if not in terms of sales numbers, then at least in terms of the recognition the phone gave to a fledgling startup that didn't even exist 20 months ago. The company set out to make a 'flagship killer' that offered high-end specifications at half the usual price, and delivered on that promise - at least on paper.
The OnePlus One's modest success was helped by Google's decision last year not to subsidise Nexus phones anymore, which meant the Nexus 6 didn't get the kind of patronage from geeks that its predecessors had received. Combined with some clever marketing - most notably the invite system - it's no surprise that the One found its share of admirers, despite some long-term reliability issues.
The OnePlus 2 aims to build on that success, and even though it sports a price tag that's greater than the One's, there's enough to keep the specifications-obsessed happy. For a smartphone that's clearly targeted at technophiles, the OnePlus 2 has some notable omissions: the lack of a microSD slot, NFC, and fast charging come to mind. However, the addition of a second SIM slot will be welcomed, especially in markets like India where the OnePlus One developed a bit of cult following.
The other big change with the OnePlus 2 is a switch from CyanogenMod to company's own Oxygen OS- something that happened mid-way through the life of OnePlus One - essentially stock Android with some additional features thrown in. While we are fans of the customisability that Cyanogen brought, the fact is it was never as stable on the One as it has been on some of the other devices we've seen. In that sense, the move is a positive change, and, in theory at least, there should be fewer software bugs with the OnePlus 2. But is that really the case? Let's find out.
Design and display
In terms of design, the OnePlus 2 looks a lot like its predecessor, but with enough tweaks to keep things fresh. The highlight of the device is still the Sandstone Black finish on the rear, which people either love or hate, and we firmly belong to the latter camp. But that's purely a matter of taste, and if you loved the One in terms of design, you will find the OnePlus 2 right up your alley. If not, you can choose from Bamboo, Black Apricot, Kevlar, and Rosewood official back covers that are separately available at Rs. 1,699 from Amazon India.
While the edges and the back were made out of a single piece in the OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2 features a metal frame with a distinct, removable back cover. The speaker grille at the bottom has a more modern look, similar to the ones seen on Apple and Samsung's newest flagships. The bottom also has the new USB Type-C port. The back is devoid of any kind of branding except the OnePlus logo, another marked change from the OnePlus One. The left side has the Alert Slider that we'll get to in a bit.
The OnePlus 2 comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD display that offers good viewing angles if perhaps the brightest display we've come across. OnePlus has played really safe with the colour gamut, and the colours have a natural, almost washed-out look. We prefer this to oversaturated panels seen on some other smartphones, but some may consider it to be a bit too dull for their taste.
Software and performance
The OnePlus 2 comes with the company's Oxygen OS 2.0, which is essentially stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with minor additions. The launcher is similar to what we saw in the recent Moto G (Gen. 3) (Review) and as fans of stock Android, we are quite happy with that. During setup, you have the option of enabling a feature called Shelf, which then becomes your left-most home screen.
OnePlus says Shelf is an experimental feature and it doesn't seem very useful at this point as it only offers three modules - a weather display, frequently accessed apps, and frequent contacts. We like seeing Google Now when we swipe left from our home screen, and of course this is easily fixed by downloading the Google Now launcher. It will be interesting to see if Shelf evolves into something more useful in the future.
Unlike the newest Moto G, the OnePlus 2 comes with support for multiple users and a guest mode. The smartphone also features an app permissions manager which lets you see and toggle the resource permissions of each app, something we've also seen in other smartphones by the likes of Xiaomi. This is a very useful feature as it gives you complete control of your smartphone, and if you find an app has access to a resource that it really doesn't need - such as your contacts or messages - you can quickly stop it from reading that data. Do remember that doing this arbitrarily can mess with some apps' core functionality.
The OnePlus 2 has two hardware features that are closely tied in with the software: the fingerprint scanner and the alert slider. The fingerprint scanner works seamlessly for unlocking the device, though it takes some getting used to, especially if you are accustomed to Apple's Touch ID. The way we are used to unlocking our iPhone - and we didn't realise this until we paid close attention - is to press the home button (some people prefer to use the power button) to wake up the display, and then keep our thumb (or another finger) touching the home button for Touch ID to do its magic.
Since we are creatures of habit, we tried doing the same with the OnePlus 2 and it didn't always work as we expected. That's when we stumbled upon the fact that you can simply press your thumb - or finger - on the OnePlus 2's fingerprint scanner and it will unlock the device without you have to power on the display first. A long press on the iPhone does unlock it, but also triggers Siri, which we almost never want to do. Since the fingerprint reader on the OnePlus 2 isn't integrated into a physical button, you don't trigger any accidental inputs even you keep your finger pressed.
This also makes it responsible for some less-than-ideal behaviour. Though you expect the fingerprint reader to behave like a physical button, there's no button like travel or feedback, which means you soon teach yourself to treat it like a capacitive button. However, it isn't as sensitive as the buttons on either side, which means you find yourself pressing it a little harder than you really want to. Perhaps this is why OnePlus allows you to enable on-screen buttons, but doing that means you are constantly jumping between the on-screen buttons and the capacitive fingerprint reader.
The on-screen buttons also allow us to circumvent our other problem with the capacitive buttons - the lack of any kind of markings. While we have used enough Android phones to know that the left button is typically used for Back and the right one is usually an application switcher, it would have been nice to have had visual reminders nonetheless. The lack of labels means that OnePlus could let you do custom mappings for buttons in the future without muddying things up. Or maybe OnePlus knows you may want to flash a non-Android operating system on your OnePlus 2 in the future, who knows!
Finally, if you want the fingerprint reader to work reliably, make sure you clean it every once in a while. If you can see visible prints on top of the button, chance are you'll have to try a couple of times before you can log in, a problem we can't say we've really faced with our iPhone. There were other occasions when the fingerprint reader wouldn't work no matter what we did, and we had to unlock the phone by entering the PIN.
The second noteworthy hardware feature is the alert slider (pictured above), which is just a clever name for a button that lets you toggle between profiles. Think of the bottom-most position as the General profile, under which you receive audible alerts for all notifications - or Interruptions, as OnePlus calls them. If you move the slider over to the middle, you will receive audio alerts only for priority notifications; you can define what counts as a priority notification at a very high level (see screenshot below). Slide it all the way to the top and you won't be disturbed at all by audible alerts, though notifications still show up on your screen.
The OnePlus 2 rocks a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with 4GB of RAM, and as you would expect, it handled all everyday tasks without trouble. Multitasking and switching between apps was smooth, and we did not experience any kind of lag at any point. Games like Asphalt 8 ran without any problem, though we noticed that the phone became considerably hot during one of our gaming sessions that lasted for about 20 minutes.
You can define priority interruptions at a very high level (left) and various colour you can choose for the notification LED (right)You can define priority interruptions at a very high level (left) and various colour you can choose for the notification LED (right).
There are a few niggles with the phone. Some apps just won't run and others would always crash at the same point. There were occasions when we would get a call but we couldn't see the answer/ reject controls over the notifications on our lock screen - we had to unlock our phone and then use the 'back to call' option to answer the call. There were accelerometer-related problems as well - a video just wouldn't switch to landscape mode until we restarted the phone, and we also experienced a noticeable lag when switching orientation in some apps. At one point, cellular data stopped working out of the blue, and after trying various things for a couple of days, we had to factory reset the phone for it to start working again.
Another problem we experienced was regarding software updates - we received an update notification when we first booted the phone, but since we were on a slow Internet connection at the time, we decided not to install it right away. Turns out that was a big mistake, because we never saw that update notification again no matter what we did, including a factory reset. Yes, you can manually flash an update, but that's not something most users will want to mess around with.
The OnePlus 2 has a notification LED, which can customise to light up in different colours depending upon the kind of notification it's displaying. The phone comes with SwiftKey enabled by default, in addition to Google's keyboard, and you can of course download any other third-party keyboard from Google Play.
As far as call quality is concerned, the OnePlus 2 worked fine in areas with good network strength, but in areas with weak connectivity, it performed noticeably worse than our iPhone 6, which itself sets no high benchmark in this area. The loudspeaker on the OnePlus 2 is loud enough for pretty much anything you'd want, and the phone also comes with an audio effects engine, which works only with the headphones plugged in.
Battery life and camera
When it comes to battery life, the OnePlus 2 proved to be a bit two-faced. While it was an average performer in our video loop battery test, we observed excellent performance in everyday use, even when using 4G networks. If our usage patterns are any indicator, the smartphone should have no trouble lasting through a full day of use and still have some amount of juice left. We've seen phones recently that do well in battery benchmarks, but not so much in everyday usage, so this is indeed a welcome
The OnePlus 2 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera that captures excellent detail in well-lit conditions. However, if you use the tap-to-focus feature, the camera takes some time to find its bearings, which can slow down things considerably. The low light performance is pretty good as well
The front camera is more than adequate for its intended purpose. The Camera app is pretty basic in terms of the options it offers, though you do get support for slow motion video. However, the slow motion videos we captured looked dull even when there was adequate lighting. With regular videos, the autofocus struggles to stay up to speed as you move the frame around. The phone also heats up if you shoot 1080p videos for any decent length of time. It also supports 4K video capture, limited to 10 minutes per clip.
Overall, the OnePlus 2's camera ranks isn't quite at the same level as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, or even the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. These phones admittedly cost a lot more, but when you label yourself '2016 Flagship Killer', comparisons are fair game.