OnePlus 2 to come with Snapdragon 810 processor, bigger price tag

The OnePlus 2 could be a lot pricier than its predecessor. Photo: OnePlus

The OnePlus 2 could be a lot pricier than its predecessor. Photo: OnePlus

OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu has all but confirmed the company’s upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone will feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 chipset — but it won’t be quite as affordable as its predecessor.

In a message to followers on Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo, Zuohu first asked OnePlus fans how much the OnePlus 2 should cost if it came with a Snapdragon 810 processor. A second message posted later on read, “2499 Yuan seems to be a reasonable price.”

Based on the current exchange rate, this suggests the OnePlus 2 could be priced at around $400 — $100 more than the starting price of the OnePlus One. Despite that increase, however, the device would still be considerably more affordable than competing flagships, which sell for $500-$700 off-contract.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the OnePlus 2 will have a Snapdragon 810 processor. Last month, sources told Forbes the device’s launch will actually be delayed until the third quarter of this year due to Snapdragon 810 manufacturing issues.

Recent reports have revealed the chip is prone to overheating, which is said to be one of the biggest reasons why Samsung chose to snub it completely for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge — and possibly why LG used the slightly lesser Snapdragon 808 for its new G4.

Despite this, LG has used the Snapdragon 810 in its G Flex 2, HTC has used it in the One M9, and many others will use it flagship handsets throughout 2015.

Other OnePlus 2 internals are expected to include 4GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, and maybe even a fingerprint scanner.