Business Insider reports the OnePlus 2 is going to be a much more premium handset than the original model, featuring a more customizable build and some “surprises when it comes to hardware.” Last year, OnePlus tried to push a StyleSwap feature for its One flagship, but manufacturing issues saw the company eventually scrap the idea. Sources told BI that StyleSwap will make a return, featuring the originally promised materials of wood, denim and Kevlar.
As for the hardware surprises, BI’s sources wouldn’t elaborate on what that might entail. It could be a higher resolution screen, or maybe a fingerprint scanner. There are a lot of possibilities, and I wouldn’t put it past the young company to come out guns blazing for its sequel. With new features and hardware changes, however, BI notes that the device will be more expensive than the previous model, though it should still be cheaper than other off-contract Android competitors.
The OnePlus One was one of the bigger surprises of 2014, so expectations are high for the sequel. If the price is indeed raised, the device will definitely lose some of its appeal. But that’s what we get for wanting a more premium build and higher-quality technology. It’s still unclear when we’ll see the sequel hit; the original model was first made available at the end of April, so perhaps we’ll see something around then. For what it’s worth, a previous rumor said the device won’t hit until late 2015.