The Chinese manufacturers of One Plus One strike another shot at success with the new One Plus Two, released last month.
The successor of the One Plus One was built on the same core, but it was considerably enhanced. Although the new version keeps the 5.5- inch full- HD display, it is slightly smaller than its predecessor. A new and welcome change also consists in changing the former plastic rim with a metallic one, giving the new One Plus Two a premium feel and look in comparison with the kind of cheap feel of the first One Plus smartphone. The metallic rim accompanies a sandpaper-feeling plastic back plate which makes it feel a little less premium, but this feature may be excusable due to the small price of this new smartphone. On the other hand, if you would like a more premium smartphone you can always opt for an alternative rear cover made of bamboo, rosewood, black apricot wood or Kevlar, for a relatively small price.
As far as the technical specs go, there is a noticeable improvement in comparison with the first One Plus on almost every level. One Plus manufacturers kept the 5.5- inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels multitouch display, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The new One Plus 2 comes with a 5.1 Lollipop OS, Snapdragon 810 chipset and two quad- core processors and 4 GB RAM, making the new model a noticeably improved one. Another enhanced feature of the new One Plus 2 consists in the better camera and the brightness of the display. The One Plus 2 keeps the 13 MP primary camera and the 5 MP front or secondary camera, but it has improved them with optical image stabilization and a low- light sensor which help users take better pictures.
The new model also comes with a better, 3.300 mAh battery and a dual nano SIM support which come in handy especially for businessmen and heavy travelers. Another novelty of the One Plus 2 is the USB Type C port and charger that gives the One Plus 2 a reversible USB input and included cable.
Just like the One Plus One, the new One Plus 2 model can also be purchased based on invite, making it hard for users to put their hands on one, which can be a drawback.
All in all, I think that the One Plus 2 is a better version of the One Plus One, being improved with a better battery, camera, and a brighter display, although the bigger weight and the thicker design may be considered as a problem for some people. The price has been lifted a little bit, but it is still more than fair for the features the smartphone offers, possibly making the One Plus 2 the 2016 Flagship Killer, as it is stated on the manufacturer’s website.