OnePlus Reflects on 2015, Announces OnePlus X Champagne Edition

OnePlus turned two years old today. In a blog on the company’s forum this morning, co-founder Carl Pei wrote a post reflecting on his past two years of shaking up the mobile industry with his company’s core promise to “Never Settle.” If you have been following OnePlus since its inception two years ago, you have probably heard most of what Carl wrote in his reflective post this morning, albeit through some rose-colored lenses.

Highlights include, “bringing consumers premium products at a disruptive price,” when referencing the OnePlus One and following that up with the OnePlus Two’s, “beautiful and premium design, as well as bleeding edge technologies such as USB Type C and fingerprint sensor.” While we loved the OnePlus Two’s fingerprint sensor, it was pointed out after the fact that the USB Type C was less than bleeding edge tech. (more…)

OnePlus 2 vs. OnePlus One: Quick Comparison

This day wouldn’t be complete without a quick comparison of the OnePlus 2 to the original OnePlus One, would it? We have that for you below.

In this short video, we didn’t spend time running through benchmarks or showing you the major software differences (we’ll save that for our review) from one phone to the next. Instead, we really just wanted to show you a side-by-side hardware and design comparison to get the ball rolling.

You can see that these phones still look very similar, but the OnePlus 2 has been given the premium treatment with a metal frame, some added weight, an upgraded camera, and a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button. Next to each other, the untrained eye may not be able to tell the difference, but there are indeed plenty of changes for this year’s OnePlus phone.

OnePlus One owners, is this enough of an upgrade?  (more…)

OnePlus on Rumors: OnePlus 2 Will Cost More Than $322, Phone’s 810 Won’t Melt Your Face

Yesterday, OnePlus announced that the OnePlus 2 will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 chipset. Thanks to the controversially hot (not “hot” in a good way, folks) year that the Snapdragon 810 has entertained, you can’t blame fans for sharing their disappointment in the news. OnePlus attempted to address those concerns in another post to their forums, this morning, while also speaking on rumors of a random price that has floated about the dark tunnels of the interwebs.  (more…)

Obnoxious Feature-by-Feature Rollout Begins Now: OnePlus Confirms Snapdragon 810 V2.1 for OnePlus 2

Last year, as OnePlus prepared to launch their first phone, the OnePlus One, the company announced a new feature or two on a weekly basis to try and stir up a constant stream of press. It was an obnoxiously smart move for a company who likely has the tiniest of marketing budgets. The idea is that you announce a new feature each week, hypebeast the hell out of it on forums and social networks, and then watch as all of the little tech blogs cover it, helping spread the word to the masses. The strategy proved to be a success, as the company sold a million phones last year without spending much if anything.

With the OnePlus 2 almost upon us, prepare yourselves for round two. The (t)rollout of features has already begun with a confirmation of the phone’s processor.  (more…)

OnePlus 2 Will Run a Snapdragon 810, Could Carry $400 Price Tag

As of today, we don’t know all that much about the OnePlus 2 other than it will launch in Q3 and be available via invite system. OnePlus has confirmed the name – which is “OnePlus 2” – but has yet to do their slow trollout of feature teasing, like they did with last year’s OnePlus One. I’m sure that fun will all start before long, especially with Q3 just around the corner.  (more…)