Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jul 2015 05:45 UTC

From a specs perspective, the OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and either 16GB of storage with 3GB of RAM or 64GB of storage with 4GB of RAM. The back-facing camera has a 13-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization, while the front camera lets you shoot selfies at 5 megapixels. That back camera also includes a two-tone flash and a laser focusing system. While most of these specs are pretty standard fare for a high-end smartphone, the price remains anything but: the 16GB model will retail for $329, while the 64GB version will go for $389. That's more than last year's model, but after spending some time with the phone, I feel like the price increase is justified for what you get.

This phone's got some standout features I really like - aside from its price - such as a hardware switch on the side to cycle between the three default notification settings in Android Lollipop (all, priority, and none), similar to the hardware switch every iPhone has had since day one. I've always wondered why Android phones never included this incredibly useful feature. The software is very close to stock, so it's got that going for it as well. There's downsides too - it's still not truly stock, so yeah, expect update problems. It'll only be sold - again - through a silly invite system, and it lacks NFC and an SD card slot.

This is very close to what the Nexus 6 should have been, or what the next Nexus should be.

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by jburnett on Tue 28th Jul 2015 13:02 UTC
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Unless they manage to produce these faster than last time, the invite system means that this phone is basically unattainable for six months to a year. The specs look high-end now, but how will they look in a year. Based on the fact that I just bought an LG G4 for about $100 more ($500), I'm thinking OnePlus is going to have some serious competition in their price point by the time this phone is anywhere near available.

I do hope the switch catches on though. That is the one feature of my wife's iPhone that I actually like.

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