Newly announced OnePlus Two phone packed with features, RAM, and a very competitive price

Rafagon

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has announced the successor to its OnePlus One smartphone, and it is aptly named... OnePlus Two.

The phone comes with a plethora of impressive specs:
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with laser focus and OIS, dual LED flash, capable of shooting 4K videos, 1080p videos @60fps, or 720p videos @120fps; the camera features "six lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration"
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera capable of shooting 1080p videos @ 30fps
  • 3300 mAh battery
  • USB Type-C port
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core CPU
  • Adreno 430 GPU
  • 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM on the 64 GB storage model or 3 GB of LPDDR4 RAM on the 16 GB model
  • the usual arsenal of sensors: dual microphone with noise cancellation, 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, multi-touch touchscreen display, fingerprint reader, compass

Also, this is, at least as far as I know, the first smartphone that is natively capable of HEVC (H.265) video playback. It can, of course, also play videos in various other formats: H.264, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MPEG-2, MP4, MOV, 3GP, AVI, MKV, ASF.

This smartphone runs OxygenOS, OnePlus's customized version of Android 5.1.

As far as I've gleaned, the OnePlus Two lacks NFC capability, so if that's a big part of your life, you may want to continue shopping around.

If there's anything about the OnePlus Two that will stupefy you, it's going to be the price tag: the 16 GB variant sells for peanuts at just $329, and the 64 GB model costs a very reasonable $389. Note that these are final prices, not subsidized prices.

The phone will go on sale in the United States, Canada, India, the European Union, and China on August 11th, 2015. You will need an invite before you're allowed to purchase the phone, and that part seems a tad complicated. First you have to get on the reservation list. Doing so gives you "a chance to get an invite if any are left unused." You can also get an invite from friends who have purchased a OnePlus Two already, or by "participating in OnePlus' contests and promotions." Once you do receive the invite, it is "typically valid for 24 hours, and you'll see how much time you have left to use it once you've claimed it."

Bottom line: I'll let you figure out this whole invite business by yourself. I'm getting a headache just reading the invite information page.
 
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If there's anything about the OnePlus Two that will stupefy you, it's going to be the price tag: the 16 GB variant sells for peanuts at just $329, and the 64 GB model costs a very reasonable $389. Note that these are final prices, not subsidized prices.
Not stupefied. You get what you pay for. They are able to offer it this cheap because of they cut a lot of corners that could end up affecting the end user. For example, the customer service and return/exchange procedure is terrible. It's basically the polar opposite of what you get from Apple. With Apple you aren't just paying for the hardware. You're also paying for and ensuring top-notch support and customer service. One of the many benefits you get is the option to walk in and get a same-day replacement at an Apple Store. With OnePlus it can take over a month for an exchange on a defective unit to be sent from Asia. Some people just cut their losses and pay for a new phone to avoid jumping through the hoops. There's a lot more to consider when buying a phone. If it's all you can afford, that's understandable. But just be aware of the downside to getting a phone that is so poorly supported. Going with a reputable company costs more, but it will ensure good support and customer service.