The OnePlus 2 was launched today amidst the usual hooplah and fanfare that has now become customary of every OnePlus announcement. Leaks and rumours gave us a fairly good look at the phone prior to the launch, and some even made up their minds about the phone by then. However, after seeing the phone in the flesh with its stylish StyleSwap covers, etc., there’s a section which has changed its mind.
Here we’ll discuss the top 5 features of the OnePlus 2 which may cause you to start liking the fairly radical design of the phone.
Feature #1: 4GB RAM
The OnePlus 2 isn’t the first phone in the world to have 4GB RAM, and also not the cheapest. However, it is certainly the most affordable 4GB RAM phone with the Snapdragon 810 CPU. The OnePlus 2 will run the company’s own OxygenOS system, and given OnePlus’ fascination with lightweight operating systems, the combination of OxygenOS and 4GB RAM should prove more than just a handful.
Feature #2: Fingerprint Sensor
OnePlus fooled everyone by making the fingerprint sensor look like an actual physical home button that could be pressed. As we know now, that isn’t the case, and the silver edge around the home button only serves an illusion of the area being ‘pressable’.
What is cool about the fingerprint sensor is that you don’t even need to wake the phone to have the sensor read your fingerprint. All you need to do is put your finger on the sensor and voilà, if the pattern matches, you’ll be granted access to your homescreen then and there.
Feature #3: Laser Autofocus
Laser autofocus is something you’ll have seen on only super high priced phones up until the OnePlus 2… and the MX5 to be fair. Laser autofocus allows the phone’s camera to find focus super fast via means of (you guessed it) a beam of laser.
YouTuber MKBHD was granted early access to the OnePlus 2, after which the reviewer confirmed that the focus on the OnePlus 2 was indeed super fast as you would expect from a laser autofocus camera. That’s not it, the camera sensor may not be the highest res you’ve seen this year, but apart from laser autofocus, it also sports OIS (optical image stabilization).
Feature #4: USB Type-C
This was a feature OnePlus announced in the first leg of its spec announcements for the OnePlus 2. There’s nothing quite groundbreaking about USB Type-C when you think of it… but that’s only when the standard has already been introduced.
When I put my non-USB Type-C phones for charging, especially in the dark, I first attempt to insert the cable into the micro USB port, only to realize it’s inverted. Then I invert the cable… only to realize (mysteriously) that it is still not going to fit. Only God knows why that happens, but USB Type-C should save souls like me from troubles like that.
Feature #5: Physical Mute Switch
The physical mute switch from the iPhone seems to have become quite a favourite among Chinese manufacturers. The LeTV phones did that earlier this year, and then there’s the OnePlus 2. What’s cool about the mute switch on the OnePlus 2 is that it works in three steps, giving better control over sounds/notifications, or profiles in general.
Features like the physical mute switch, etc. combined with the fact that the OnePlus 2 is in fact narrower than the One should make the phone a lot more usable.
The OnePlus 2 probably doesn’t seem as bad as it did before its launch now, does it? Of course, it has a design that will take getting used to, but then its OnePlus we’re talking about.
We’ve also compiled a list of the top 5 features that lack on the OnePlus 2, which you can check here.