OnePlus 2 goes official from $329

A number of innovations and a low asking price could make the OnePlus 2 the must have phone of 2016

OnePlus has taken the wraps of its succeeding flagship and it looks to stand testament to the company’s mantra: Never Settle. The OnePlus 2 has a starting price of $US329 in spite of packing the kind of hardware found in rivals three times more expensive.

Most of the changes to the outside have to do with the use of premium materials. An aluminium and magnesium alloy accounts for its chassis and the buttons marking its side. The removable rear cover can be interchanged with options such as genuine bamboo, rosewood or kevlar.

It retains the large 5.5-inch, 1920x1080 display found on the original OnePlus One. Only now a fingerprint sensor lingers beneath the screen, while an ‘alert slider’ makes it possible to cycle between audio profiles without having to unlock the smartphone.

More substantial changes happen beneath the surface. Powering it is a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, which is an octa-core CPU running at 1.8GHz. It works with an Adreno 430 GPU, 4GB of DDR4 RAM and storage options of 16GB/64GB. There is no microSD slot and the 3300 milliamp-hour battery is integrated into the smartphone’s body.

This is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports 4G LTE Internet; a rarity paralleled by its Chinese frenemy, the Xiaomi Mi Note.

The 13 megapixel camera has been a point of focus for OnePlus. It should perform well in low light situations with an aperture of f/2.0, large 1.3 micron pixels and optical image stabilisation. A laser autofocus system — similar to that found on the LG G4 — is used for image focusing in under 0.2 seconds. Lending the shooter support is a dual-LED flash.

Remaining unchanged is the front camera, which will snap ‘selfies’ at 5-megapixels.

Some of the features offered by the OnePlus 2 cannot be found in any other smartphone to date. For instance, it has a USB-C charging port; a reversible, next generation standard found in Apple’s lilliputian MacBook.

OnePlus will start selling the OnePlus 2 from 11 August by way of its controversial invite only system.

Australians keen on the smartphone may have to wait longer as OnePlus has not launched locally. There are ways to purchase the smartphone from Australia; check out our guide here.

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