OnePlus 2 Will Not be as Affordable as the One
A while back, multiple sources cited that OnePlus would be hosting a mega-event in July, where the much-awaited OnePlus 2 would launch. However, recently, OnePlus ruled out all rumours and stated that the upcoming OnePlus 2 would be making its debut in the third quarter of this year.
As the release date draws closer, OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau, himself is announcing the features of the smartphone, bit by bit. He has already confirmed that the OnePlus 2 will be loaded with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 under the hood. This processor is capable of streaming 4K Ultra HD videos, high-resolution 3D games and has an enhanced battery life. The forum also read that the overheating issue of the processor has also been resolved with the new version of the SoC.
I am proud to share with you that our eagerly-awaited OnePlus 2 will come loaded with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor, engineered for OnePlus and our next generation flagship phone. Just like we did with the OnePlus One, our engineers debated endlessly over which CPU would be the perfect fit for the 2.
Two months back, Pete Lau hinted the price of the OnePlus Two as roughly around Rs. 25,000. This is around Rs. 3,000 more than the original OnePlus One at launch. This may be because the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 costs 60% more than the Snapdragon used in the OnePlus One. A recent OnePlus blog reads that the 810 is much more powerful than its younger counterpart, the 801, and is a much more expensive component. Hence, according to the post, the minimum cost of the OnePlus Two will be higher than $322 (Rs. 20,500 approx.)
From what is known till date, the OnePlus 2 will sport a 5.5-inch 2K display and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 along with 4GB RAM. Rumours also claim that the device could have 16 or 64 GB of internal memory, 16 MP main camera, 5 MP front snapper, and a Li-Po 3300 mAh battery. The OnePlus Two will run on Cyanogen OS, as the differences between Cyanogen and the Chinese smartphone firm have been settled, and the cases have been withdrawn by mutual approval. The addition of Cyanogen on the next OnePlus device might help drive the sales of the handset.
The affordable price of the OnePlus One was a key element in its success. However, if OnePlus manages to deliver a smartphone with top notch specs, a slightly higher price tag may not be a major deal breaker.