OnePlus 2 spec breakdown: what makes a “flagship killer?”

With as much as OnePlus has been talking about the OnePlus 2 over the course of the past couple months, you’d think the full picture on the smartphone’s hardware was already out. But despite all the official teasers of everything from the phone’s Snapdrgaon 810 SoC to its 4GB (well, up to 4GB) of RAM, there were still surprises waiting to be revealed at tonight’s VR-streaming launch event.

While a smartphone is a hell of a lot more than just the hardware that goes into making it, OnePlus has long positioned its offerings as a sort of sweet-spot that offers advanced capabilities at a very affordable price point – and in this case, hardware so advanced that OnePlus believes the OnePlus 2 will be serious competition even for 2016 flagships that are still on the drawing board. Do those claims hold any water? Time will tell, but for now you can acquaint yourself with all the silicon hiding under the OnePlus 2’s hood.


Component Description
Screen size 5.5 inches
Screen type LCD in-cell
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel density 401 ppi
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Type Octa-core 64-bit
Speed 1.8GHz
GPU Adreno 430
Storage 64GB/16GB
Expansion None
Camera 13MP f/2.0 aperture w/ OIS and laser autofocus
Flash Dual LED
Front-facer 5MP
Battery 3300 mAh embedded
OS OxygenOS based on Android 5.1
Bands US LTE 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17 Global LTE 1/3/5/7/8/20
SIM type Dual nano
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
WiFi Dual-band 2.4GHz b g n and 5GHz a n ac
NFC Unknown
Infrared No
Sensors Fingerprint / accelerometer / gyroscope / proximity / ambient light
Build Aluminum/magnesium alloy frame with stainless steel accents
Size 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm / 175g

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