OnePlus 2 pushes boundaries of how cheap a flagship phone can be

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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