OnePlus Two: 5 Biggest Improvements Since Last Year
The OnePlus One, dubbed the 2015 Flagship Killer certainly made a huge impact on the smartphone world. It offered top of the line specs, camera and (in my opinion) the best stock software available to buy all for an extremely cheap price, which made it one of, if not the best value for money smartphone potentially of all time. Although it had it’s issues with hardware, and eventually software once Cyanogenmod and OnePlus had a petty argument, and customer service wasn’t the best, it still made a huge impact on the industry, managing to sell 1 million units by the end of 2014. For a company’s first smartphone that’s not a bad achievement, especially once you consider the pre-order system used.
The OnePlus Two is the next iteration (hence the name) and it houses a significant number of changes and improvements. Here I’ll give a rundown of what I believe are the 5 best, most important or interesting improvements that the OnePlus Two has over last year.
1. Dual Sims
I’m starting with a feature that is rarely found in high end phones, if ever. The ability for a phone to house 2 sims at the same is something that is rarely ever mentioned or talked about. As a consequence of this, people either replace their sims a lot or carry around two phones. The latter is a lot more common, as people often have a “work” sim card, given to them by their workplace and for work related activities only, and a “home” sim card, which they use for pretty much everything else, such as talking with friends.
As such, the inclusion of dual sim card slots in the OnePlus Two is a unique feature that many will find useful, and it might convince people who use two sim cards often to switch to the OnePlus Two .
Technically speaking the OnePlus One also included StyleSwap covers, however there was only ever one cover available (a bamboo cover) which had a limited production run. In addition to that people it was extremely hard to take the cover off of the OnePlus One, and often it would result in you bending the original back cover or the new one to leave slight panel gaps, which isn’t what anyone wants. However the OnePlus Two uses a new system, which is supposed to be much easier, and hopefully won’t bend the covers in any way this time.
3. Alert Slider
The OnePlus Two has a dedicated button on the left hand side, called the Alert Slider which switches between the 3 notification modes within Android, which are All Notifications, Priority Interruptions and No Notifications. No high end Android phone has had a dedicated notification slider, however the iPhone has had it for years. It will be interesting to see if people find this extra button annoying, or do they enjoy having a dedicated extra button. Although the iPhones have had this for years it will be a whole different crowd of people buying the OnePlus Two compared to the iPhones.
4. USB Type-C
The OnePlus Two is the first smartphone out there to have USB Type-C, as opposed to Micro-USB, which was the port that was mostly used for charging smartphones (with the obvious exception of Apple, who use their proprietary Lightning connector and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which used the Micro USB 3 connector, although it was backwards compatible with standard Micro USB). USB Type-C is being slowly adapted into the world of tech, first appearing in the Chromebook Pixel, then in the 2015 Macbook Air, and now in the OnePlus Two. It’s reversible, which should solve the frustrations people have attempting to plug their devices in at night.
It’s also compatible with USB 3.1 The USB Type-C connector used on the OnePlus Two is not compatible with 3.1, and also doesn’t have the compatible power controllers for Qualcomm’s Quick Charging technology, which means that the OnePlus Two will not have quick charging. It obviously comes with a compatible cable, which anyone can buy from the website for only $5.
5. Fingerprint Sensor
Flagship smartphone are slowly adopting fingerprint sensors as a prevalent feature in phones. Google has also announced native fingerprint support in Android M, the next version of Android (the developer preview of which is already available). The OnePlus Two replaces the previous capacitive home button with a oval shaped sensor. When using the capacitive buttons the fingerprint sensor doubles as a home button, however when you have switched to using software keys, Nexus-style it’s function is as a fingerprint sensor. It’s also capacitive, which means that when you press it there’s no click, or any movement, it’s fixed in place. It claims a read time of less than half a second, and preliminary reports suggest that it has a very high accuracy rate.
Of course there are tons more improvements and updates to the phone, the design has changed, the specs have been significantly improved to a Snapdragon 810, 4GB of RAM, an Adreno 430 GPU, a 3,300mAh battery and 64GB of storage. It is also 64bit, has a completely new 13MP camera and OnePlus is also developing it’s own custom software for the OnePlus Two, called Oxygen OS. Oxygen OS is available on the OnePlus One too, and you can go to the thread here for installation instructions on your OnePlus One.
However these have been the 5 new improvements and features that are most notable about the OnePlus Two, as a spec and camera bump is always expected for the next iteration of a high end smartphone.