OnePlus 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6: Specs Compared

28 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

OnePlus 2 Smartphone Arrives Aug. 11.

NEW YORK — On the heels of last year’s sleeper hit, Chinese start-up OnePlus has announced a new phone that promises iPhone-type specs at half the price.Marketed as the “2016 Flagship Killer,” the new device is slated for an Aug. 11 release; the $389 64GB model will launch in two weeks, ahead of a $329 16GB version. Powered by the OxygenOS (based on Android 5.1), the OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, with customizable navigation keys that dim and disappear when not in use.

Priced at $389 without a contract for the 64GB version, this year’s model includes a new aluminum and magnesium frame with customizable backs, an improved 5.5-inch full HD display that the company claims will be better in direct sunlight, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB of RAM for zippy performance as well as a larger 3300mAh battery. The new Alert Slider, positioned on the side of the handset, allows users to switch between three notification functions: All Notifications, Priority Interruptions, and No Interruptions—”without having to unlock your phone or even take it out of your pocket,” the website said. OnePlus has also promised that it will be hosting pop-up events in 9 cities including New Delhi and Bangalore on July 31 to help users experience the new OnePlus 2.

Similar to the One, the device will support AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE networks in the U.S. and will be sold “unlocked” so users can freely switch between the networks or easily use the phone outside the U.S.. The new model looks to be an improvement over its predecessor in nearly every way. “We started this company because we didn’t think any Android phones on the market were good enough,” OnePlus director and co-founder Carl Pei said. “We still think that’s the case, and we learned a lot from the OnePlus 1. The display puts the OnePlus in the phablet category and in direct competition with phones like Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, which boast similarly sized screens (though Samsung’s is at a higher resolution). Some of the phone’s specs may look familiar, since a Chinese certification database last week leaked photos of the upcoming device, revealing details like the home button’s fingerprint scanner, a relocated front camera, and the autofocus feature.

Anyone can score an invite in one of three ways: snag one from someone who has already purchased the 2, participate in OnePlus’s contests and promotions, or put your name on a reservation list and cross your fingers. While the invite system may disappoint fans, in an interview with USA TODAY earlier this year, OnePlus founder Carl Pei justified the system as way to better manage inventory. Said Pei, “we don’t want users to wait a long time after a pre-order and we don’t want users to rush to the website and find it sold out.” OnePlus surprised many in the tech world last year with its OnePlus One smartphone, which started at $299 unlocked for a 16GB version.

While that’s tiny compared to Apple’s yearly iphone sales, the volume was seen as impressive for a start-up, and the company quickly grew popular among the tech and social-media savvy. Pei says that the company’s invites and phones will be plentiful, another lesson learned after the first phone’s launch. “Last year we weren’t confident about demand at the start and demand was much more than we expected,” Pei said. “This time around, I think we’ll know how many phones to make.” Follow WSJ.D on Twitter, and get our Personal Technology columns delivered right to your inbox. To share invites, a user will get 1-2 weeks and initially the number of shared invites that can be sent out will be low, and it will increase as production ramps up. “The more you share, the more invites to share you get,” says OnePlus.

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