Last year, the launch of the OnePlus One, dubbed ‘the flagship killer’, visibly shook the foundations of the mobile OEM sphere, with OnePlus delivering high-end flagships specs at a very affordable price. The initial launch phase was met with mixed feelings after a few controversial marketing tactics, but they eventually gave way to strong sales figures.
Earlier this week, OnePlus went on to unveil the successor to the One, and while the device continues to offer top-of-the-line specs at an affordable price, this year’s sales could potentially be marred by the controversial Snapdragon 810 chipset and the lack of NFC, Qi Charging and Quick Charging in the device. While these factors are deal-breakers to some, only time will tell whether or not the 2 can live up the hype created by its predecessor, and until then, reviews and teardowns are all that consumers have to go by. While plenty of first impression videos surfaced early on, the first teardown has only just surfaced thanks to Chinese website IT168, and seems to have been pulled off successfully without any hiccups.
As listed in the specs, the OnePlus 2 packs a 1080p LTPS screen at 401ppi and a Snapdragon 810 64bit octa-core processor, with one model packing 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and the other packing 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, all backed by a non-removable 3300mAh battery. While the extra RAM certainly contributes towards the ill-given ‘2016 Flagship Killer’ title, the presence of the S810 and the usage of a 1080p screen certainly speak otherwise. In the camera department, the 2 packs a 13MP camera with OIS, dual-LED, dual tone flash, and laser Autofocus, and a 5MP camera on the front. This contradicts their “flagship killer” title, given that most 2015 flagships are already packing better cameras.
Internals aside, the OnePlus 2 sports only a metallic trim around the device, as opposed to earlier reports stating that it would come with a full metal body. The front of the device is nondescript save for the fingerprint scanner below the display, resembling Samsung’s home buttons. The back sports the camera module placed considerably lower than it was on the One, with the OnePlus logo sitting squarely below it. The device is fairly light and compact for a 5.5″ metallic device, measuring in at 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.9mm, and 175 grams. Check out the gallery below for the detailed teardown procedure!