OnePlus 2 revealed after weeks of hype, will launch on August 11

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The OnePlus One wasn’t officially released by T-Mobile, but its low price and unlocked GSM body made it an attractive device. Now the OnePlus 2 is here, and it’s better suited for T-Mo with band 12 LTE support.

The OnePlus 2 is now official, and it’s launching in the US on August 11. OnePlus’s new flagship Android phone offers a 5.5-inch 1080p display, which is the same as the OnePlus One. OnePlus explains that move by saying that “adding pixels beyond this brings nothing to the user experience.” The front of the phone also houses a 5-megapixel camera and the OnePlus 2’s new fingerprint reader, which can remember five different fingerprints.

Turning the OnePlus 2 around, we’re greeted by a 13-megapixel camera. This shooter includes optical image stabilization as well as laser auto focus.

Powering the OnePlus 2 is a Snapdragon 810 processor, which OnePlus promises won’t overheat on you, as well as either 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The OnePlus 2 also a 3300mAh battery and a USB Type-C port, which supports a reversible USB Type-C cable. Hooray for not having to fumble around with a microUSB cable to insert it in the correct direction!

On the software front, the OnePlus 2 runs OxygenOS, which is the company’s custom version of Android. OnePlus says that the features that it’s added to Android “add real value to the user experience.” Some of those additions include user customizability, like custom icon pack support and the ability to set accent colors or just switch to dark mode.

If tweaking the colors of the OnePlus 2’s OS isn’t enough personalization for you, you’ll also be able to use one of four different StyleSwap covers on the device. These user-swappable backs will be available in Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood, and Kevlar.

The OnePlus 2 will launch in the US — as well as Canada, the EU, India, and China — on August 11. A launch in Southeast Asia will follow in Q4 2015. Pricing for the OnePlus 2 will be set at $329 for the 3GB/16GB model and $389 for the 4GB/64GB version.

So there’s the OnePlus 2. While it is indeed a little pricier than the 64GB OnePlus One when it launched last year, the OnePlus 2 is still considerably cheaper than most other flagship smartphones. And now that it supports T-Mobile’s band 12 LTE — and OnePlus purportedly working on VoLTE too — the OnePlus 2 could be an enticing option for T-Mo customers in the market for a new smartphone.

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  • Trevnerdio

    No SD card slot – because consumers haven’t made it abundantly clear that we do, in fact, want one…right?

    • Deibid

      I haven’t missed it on my OnePlus One…I have missed a removable battery though…but damn for $389 take my money noooow!

      • Trevnerdio

        I suppose the price excuses it. But I have a 32 gig phone and 64 gig card and within the next year or so, it’ll be full. I need me my storage.

        • Ex-msft

          We recently got a moto E because it had band 12. Then a month later they took it away because that phone didn’t have VoLTE. I worry about no volte and the same happening here. See https://forums.motorola.com/posts/ecb8265dfc

        • Bryck

          Agreed. Can’t live without my sd card. Over the next couple weeks I’m going to have to upgrade to a 128 GB card.

    • Adrayven

      Technically it has an SD slot.. the 2nd SIM slot doubles as an SD, but you loose the Dual SIM ability if using it as an SD.

      • Milksponge

        Where did you see this? I have not seen any mention that the 2nd SIM slot can be used as microSD…

      • Logan S

        I’ll call this pure speculation. Even the official specs page doesn’t say anything about the second SIM slot being multi-function.

  • Genecio

    Omg, did it just say dual-sim tray in the video?

    • Deibid

      Yes..DUAL Carl said in the video that it has DUAL 4G SIM (not like the Asus Zenphone 2 that has one 4G sim and one 2G SIM)…

    • dtam

      can someone explain what the huge advantage is to having multiple sims?

      • Visvism

        Works wonders for those of us with a personal line and a work line. I hate carrying two phones around. Two iPhone’s at that.

        • dtam

          ah, a practical day-to-day use. thanks!

    • Logan S

      The dual-SIM is indeed attractive. It is common in Chinese phones though, just not so common in mainstream US phones.

  • Deibid

    Take my money noooooowwwww!!!

  • Nick

    Damn 6 articles in one day.

    • Alex Wagner

      T-Mobile’s got me working hard after taking time off for my wedding and honeymoon. Haha.

  • justanormalguy13

    I wonder what type of magic needs to happen for WiFi calling to come to phones like this.

    • gmo8492

      I think its called Android M, but they did say a future software update is going to enable WiFi calling. So hopefully soon.

      • justanormalguy13

        I’ve heard that m might have WiFi calling natively integrated, but I was sceptic. If that’s the case, I’d be ecstatic. I’ve wanted to buy phones not offered by T-Mobile in the last couple of years, but I use WiFi calling do much that it’s a must.

  • TheBest

    No NFC, no wireless charging, no SD card, no removable battery. So much for a “flagship killer”. “Never settle”? They settled to take those features out to line their pockets.

    • Kevin

      You do realize you’re talking about a $330 phone, right? Are you really expecting to buy a Ferrari with the price of a Toyota?

      People on this site really love to whine.

      • Logan S

        And people like you love to whine about people who simply express their opinions about what they see as the negative aspects of a phone – all stated in as fair a manner as those who raves about the phone.

        There are pros and there are cons to everything. If you don’t want to like to read, move on.

        • Kevin

          opinions need to be backed up by reasonable facts, not stupidity.

    • notpoliticalyet

      You can’t have it all. This is a budget price for a device with those specs. It’s the KIA of smartphones.

      • TheBest

        When the company motto is “never settle”, they sure have settled. This phone is supposed to be a “flagship killer”. Not at all.

      • Mike Palomba

        Id hate to break it to you but Kia’s are not cheap terrible cars anymore and haven’t been for several years now. Check out the Kia Cadenza or the Kia K900. They are 40k and 70k respectively and have more luxury then some well known luxury brands. I previously had a Cadillac and a Lexus and my Kia Cadenza is nicer then both

    • Milksponge

      Does it really lack NFC? The OnePlus One has NFC, I don’t know why they would remove that.

  • shamatuu

    invite system ppl

  • steveb944

    They brought it in the camera front and back, and still managed to keep a good price. Looking forward the it.

  • Ty Christensen

    This says 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB, it’s actually a 3GB/16GB and 4GB/64GB model.

    • Alex Wagner

      I’ve corrected the error. Thanks for the heads-up!

  • NardVa

    Great price for a high end phone but the invite system will make most people spend their money somewhere else.

    • Mike Palomba

      I agree with that. If I was considering this phone I would not want to wait for an invite to buy one.

  • bydavidrosen

    So am I right in saying that if I got this phone, I’d be basically throwing away all the money I put into the Jump program?

    • jralphroman

      Which Jump? You can always preserve a jump while you’re playing withwith the OnePlus.

      • bydavidrosen

        I guess that’s true. Switching phones more than once a year seems like a lot of work though. Especially if I just paid $380 for the One Plus 2 (a great price, but its still almost $400), I’m not gonna want to then spend more on another phone for a year roughly… I’m on the regular Jump plan. Jumped Note 3 to Note 4. Gonna probably end up just jumping Note 4 to Note 5, but my Note 4 has gotten so slow lately (even after a system restore) that I’m kinda debating sticking with Samsung.

  • williejackbrainer

    If I manage to obtain an invite, I’m getting this phone. I think the price is fair and the specs are pretty good.

  • KenP

    Looks promising. As far as t-mobile specific support, it seems OnePlus 2 would be one of the most powerful / least cost new phones for the money to support LTE bands 2,4 and 12. However, no built in wifi calling (but I don’t need that as much as I thought I would anyway).

    • williejackbrainer

      I was excited for WiFi for the Nexus 6 and it is not very good. At least when making phones calls. Text messages work well for me.

  • nana

    does it support wifi calling

    • williejackbrainer

      If it gets android M update then yes.

    • Slwc

      I assume in the meantime, I can still do wifi based called with Google Hangouts? If so, does that work also internationally?

  • FILA

    NO NFC in this phone. forget it

  • brybry

    You can probably sell that to cover the cost of the phone, but if I had the Note 4 I don’t think i’d switch to OPO. Cant you run a custom rom on it?

    • bydavidrosen

      Eh I don’t really do that anymore. I used to spend long, sleepless nights flashing roms, reading reviews of roms, getting help with roms, getting set back up with new roms… Eventually it would all be bad again within weeks and I’d be doing it all again. I stopped with my Note 3 and said I’d never root again and haven’t since. I want a phone that just works without having to do all that stuff.

      • Mike Palomba

        *cough cough* iPhone *cough cough* I understand that some people don’t like iPhone but I switched from my LG G2 and Samsung GS4 to an iPhone 5s and I never regretted it even for a second. I did always wish I had a bigger screen though, and then the 6 came out and I had no complaints. It’s very fast, stable, and iCloud is a gods send if you ever damage it because it backups everything including all your pictures. I’m currently running iOS 9 beta 4 and it’s almost as stable as a regular build.

        • bydavidrosen

          You know I was commenting a few weeks ago when my phone was really acting up (it’s mysteriously gotten a little better lately) about possibly switching to an iPhone. There’s a number of reasons why I don’t though, from having to buy a bunch of new chargers to having to rebuy or lose all my games, to just not really liking the OS as much… But the main reason is I recently saw an article on a tech site that was something like “How to fix the 9 most common problems with iPhones,” and I swear the list was one by one right down the list of the same issues I have with my Note 4… Crashes, slow-downs, battery drain, wi-fi/bluetooth connection issues, texts not getting sent… Same crap. So it’s like, why put myself through all of the hassle of switching ecosystems for POSSIBLY the same issues? I do think the playing field has really leveled off though over the last year and the 2 OS’s are so similar it kind of doesn’t matter at this point which you choose.

        • Mike Palomba

          Oh that doesn’t sound good. Personally I’ve never had any of those problems with my phone. Back when I used to jailbreak I did but not that I stick to stock I’m fine. Currently have 139 apps and over 26GB of pictures and 1.3GB of music and the phone handles it all without a problem. Plus, with iOS 9 Apple is going for stability over everything so if there are any bugs on iOS 8.4 then they will most likely be fixed in iOS 9. Also, if you don’t like iPhones, Windows phones are very stable, fluent, and great to use; provided you can deal with the lack of apps.

        • bydavidrosen

          Yea Windows Phone is the one thing I don’t think I could handle haha. But if my Note 5 sucks… iPhone it is next time :-)

  • maanshu

    Does my T-Mobile LTE works on one of the SIM ? I’d love to have LTE with Dual sim. I’ve been searching for a device for almost 2 years now.

  • williejackbrainer

    Just read that you’re may be releasing another phone before the end of the year that is equal or better than OPP2

  • Romdude

    No NFC, no quick charging, no wireless charging, no expandable memory and an Oppo-subsidiary. I never did buy into the hype, how can a company come out of nowhere with tons of money to sell for cheap? Reason it can’t, it’s being subsidized, they want a hyped brand like Apple. Motorola makes better phones without trying to hide who their parent company is.