Whether it’s truly the next “flagship killer” remains to be seen, but the sequel to the blockbuster OnePlus One brings a solid set of standouts at a stunning price point. This smartphone costs less than $400 full retail, and it brings a feature set and build quality that rivals devices costing hundreds of dollars more. Here’s what comes in the box with the OnePlus 2.
OnePlus 2 Unboxing
OnePlus didn’t exactly innovate on the unboxing experience here … but, importantly, neither did it skimp. The box exterior is finished in a soft-touch coating that makes it feel quite premium, and the contents within are tightly integrated with no wasted space and no chintzy packaging.
Even on our higher-end version of the OnePlus 2, there’s only a wall adapter and cable bundled beneath the minimal paperwork, but even these ho-hum accessories are a treat. The wall wart stands out with custom branding and colors, and the flat, wide USB cable with the reversible Type-C connector is finished in a very high-quality rubber that reminds us of the Apple Watch Sport band. It feels almost impossibly soft, and it comes with a strap for keeping it coiled while traveling. This is one of the highest-end cables I’ve handled, which is weird to say – I mean, who cares, right? But it’s not so much about the cable or charger as the level of attention that they evince: quality accessories make you feel taken care of, and it’s nice to see that OnePlus has applied its “no compromises” motto to the out-of-box experience.
The OnePlus 2 itself comes in a translucent jacket that calls out its key features, many of which you’ll be familiar with if you took a look at our earlier hands-on video. Peeling off the various protective layers and holding the phone for the first time, my mind filled with one word: sandstone. I’ve felt the unique finish before –last year’s OnePlus One had it– but the rough texture paired with the phone’s ample mass (175g) gives the OnePlus 2 a feel in hand unmatched by anyone else, and it helps with the grip too.
Much has been made of the OnePlus 2’s internals: the Snapdragon 810 processor, the 3GB/4GB of RAM, the 13MP camera with OIS, the lack of NFC and quick charging and so on … and we’ll get to all that stuff in our full review coming up. I was actually most excited to try something comparatively mundane, though: the dual SIM card slots. We’re using T-Mobile and AT&T nanoSIMs here, and the OnePlus 2 radio hardware offers support for all the LTE bands we need for each carrier. The software offers customization options at startup for each SIM, allowing the user to select which SIM is the preferred one for data, voice, and SMS.
Speaking of the software: it’s OxygenOS 2.0, a custom build of Android 5.1.1 that includes a lot of behind the scenes customizations to background processes, and also more visible features like gesture input, enhanced app permissions controls, being able to switch between hardware buttons and soft keys, and so on. The OxygenOS footprint is pretty typical: our review sample is the pricier 64 GB model, but only 54 GB are available to the end user.
It all adds up to a promising package … but then again, we’ve only had it in-hand for a few hours. How the phone performs on the day to day –and how well it stacks up to smartphones twice its price– we’ll cover in future features, comparisons, and of course our full review. Until then, let us know down in the comments what questions you want answered, and we’ll do our best to get to them!