OnePlus responds to recent rumors, confirms OnePlus 2 will cost more
Following months of speculation surrounding the OnePlus 2, OnePlus has today addressed the rumors with a post on its official forum entitled “We are mad.”
In it, the company talks about its decision to use a Snapdragon 810 processor — despite overheating concerns — and confirms that “the price of the 2 will certainly be higher than $322.”
“After our recent announcement about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 being the CPU of the OnePlus 2, we have seen a surge of speculations and rumors surface about the price of the 2 and overheating concerns,” writes Cat H.
“We would like to remind you that these are just that — rumors.”
Cat goes on to point out that the Snapdragon 810 is “much more powerful than its younger counterpart,” the 801, which is what powered the original One — and as a result, it’s much more expensive. In fact, OnePlus is paying almost 60% more for the new chip.
With that being the case, the OnePlus 2 won’t be as affordable as its predecessor.
“But, the 810 is a top-of-the-line processor, and it’s what the OnePlus 2 deserves,” Cat adds. “Our Snapdragon 810 chipset runs the same eight cores for stability, but at 1.8 GHz for cooler temperatures. We’ve taken precautions to make sure none of our users have to settle.”
Cat concludes by asking OnePlus fans to wait and see the OnePlus 2 before “jumping to conclusions” about its quality.
It’s understandable that OnePlus wants to quash certain rumors as quickly as possible — particularly when they’re surrounding the Snapdragon 810. The chip has been problematic since making its debut earlier this year, and several handset makers have suffered as a result.
HTC, which was one of the first to adopt the chip, had to make changes to its software to help the device run cooler after it reached abnormally high temperatures before launch. Sony also had to address overheating concerns with its Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 earlier this week.
Samsung, which has long been one of Qualcomm’s biggest partners, found the overheating issue to be so bad that it decided not to use the Snapdragon 810 at all for its latest Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.
But recent reports have promised that Qualcomm has been making changes to its latest chipset to eliminate these problems, and if OnePlus is confident its next smartphone won’t suffer, than that’s fantastic. It should address the rumors and put fans’ minds at ease.
But I can’t help but feel it’s somewhat ironic that a company that made a name for itself with viral marketing tricks, controversial competitions, and timely teasers, is now “mad” that everyone’s speculating about its next major release.