OnePlus has been making a lot of noise in the mobile tech industry. First, they shocked the world by announcing the OnePlus One at a seemingly impossibly low price point while maintaining top notch specs.
Following that, they quickly turned their positive press into negative press with their juvenile contests and a primitive invite system. It seemed to a lot of people that the only way to get a OnePlus One was to either be a OnePlus lapdog and jump through all of their hoops, or pay ridiculously high resale prices. (Retail – $299, Resale – $500+)
The invite system infuriated a lot of potential buyers who couldn’t get their hands on an invite so that they could purchase the phone. Fast forward to current times, they FINALLY removed the invite system and announced their second phone. The OnePlus Two. This thing is still market as a flagship killer even though that is highly debatable this time around.
Another thing OnePlus did is bring back the invite system for the OnePlus Two much to everyone’s dissatisfaction. They claim to be confident in their product, but apparently they are still afraid of the risks involved with selling a phone.
The good news is that the invite system can be avoided by purchasing the OnePlus Two off of Gearbest! Gearbest is offering the OnePlus Two at a bit of an upcharge, but you won’t have to wait until OnePlus finally offers you an invite to buy a phone.
Other key features of the OnePlus Two are a 5.5-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 screen resolution. The OnePlus Two is powered by a 3,300mAh battery that powers a Snapdragon 810 CPU (underclocked at 1.8 GHz) and an Adreno 430 GPU.
Pair that with its 16MP back camera and 5MP front shooter, you have a pretty good device. The Two features a USB Type-C port and is void of Qualcomm’s Quick Charging 2.0 and wireless charging. Another notable feature missing is NFC. Some people aren’t perplexed by the lack of NFC or other features because they claim to not use it much, but that is up to you.
The OnePlus Two runs a version of Android called OxygenOS which is created by former ParanoidAndroid team members. Their goal was to create a ‘pure Android experience with powerful enhancements’. OxygenOS actually is a pretty sweet operating system and works great with the OnePlus Two.
OnePlus also tossed in a fingerprint scanner on the front of the device where the physical home button would be on a Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6. However, the OnePlus Two fingerprint scanner isn’t an actual button that you can click. It is more like a capacitive button with added functionality.
While not a flagship killer, the OnePlus Two is still a solid device. For an increased price, you can purchase a OnePlus Two without an invite from Gearbest! Quick note, this is a preorder. The devices won’t start shipping until after September 7th.