The successor to last year’s flagship-killing OnePlus One is imminent, launching later this month on July 27th. That phone, however, will be competing in a very different market from this time last year. Thanks to the likes of Asus’ ZenFone 2 price will no longer be the main differentiator—it will be raw specs (and an unlockable bootloader) that will set the OnePlus 2 apart.
Despite the unfortunate choice of the Snapdragon 810 the power the thing I’m still interested; assuming there are others out there who feel the same, here’s the latest on the OnePlus 2.
First up is a pair of photos obtained by PhoneArena over the weekend, allegedly showing both sides of a near-production handset. The back of the device shows the already-confirmed fingerprint scanner, while the front (seen above) features tiny side bezels and what look to me like front-firing stereo speakers. That would be pretty great.
And some breaking news overnight: a new Bluetooth certification listing shows three separate variants of the OnePlus 2: the A2001, A2003 and A2005. It’s suspected that the different models will have different amounts of storage, possibly as high as 128 GB. But what’s clear from the certification docs is that the A2003 will have 4 GB of RAM, with 3 GB for the A2001.
And now the bad news: This year’s flagship-killer will almost certainly use the same invite system that everyone loves to hate. Even if there’s hardware that’s ready to ship on July 27th the first batch of units will likely be reserved for Marques Brownlee and other “influencers”—meaning that by the time I’m able to get my grubby hands on one the 2015 Nexus phones will also be out. 🙄