Has the OnePlus 2 got what it takes to tackle its rivals?


The OnePlus 2 has an all-new design a better specs. Photo: OnePlus

OnePlus this week announced its long-awaited OnePlus 2, and despite its sub-$400 price tag, it has all the features and specifications it needs to give the latest flagships some tough competition — including Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and a much-improved camera.

But OnePlus smartphones are all about beating the latest flagships. Does the OnePlus 2 have what it needs to do that? Find out below.

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OnePlus 2Moto X StyleMoto X PlayGalaxy S6/S6 edgeHTC One M9LG G4iPhone 6iPhone 6 PlusXperia Z3+
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1 LollipopiOS 8.4iOS 8.4Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Display5.5-inch LCD (1920 x 1080)5.7-inch LCD (2560 x 1440)5.5-inch LCD (1920 x 1080)5.1-inch Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440)5-inch Super LCD3 (1920 x 1080)5.5-inch LCD (2560 x 1440)4.7-inch Retina HD (1334 x 750)5.5-inch Retina HD (1920 x 1080)5.2-inch LCD (1920 x 1080)
ProcessorOcta-core Snapdragon 810Hexa-core Snapdragon 808Octa-core Snapdragon 615Octa-core Exynos 7420Octa-core Snapdragon 810Hexa-core Snapdragon 808Dual-core Apple A8Dual-core Apple A8Octa-core Snapdragon 810
Storage16GB, 64GB32GB, 64GB + microSD32GB, 64GB + microSD32GB, 64GB, 128GB32GB + microSD card slot (up to 128GB)32GB + microSD card slot (up to 128GB)16GB, 64GB, 128GB16GB, 64GB, 128GB32GB + microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
Camera(s)13MP (rear) + 5MP (front)21MP (rear) + 5MP (front)21MP (rear) + 5MP (front)16MP (rear) + 5MP (front)20MP (rear) + 4MP (front)16MP (rear) + 8MP (front)8MP(rear) + 1.2MP (front)8MP(rear) + 1.2MP (front)20.7MP (rear) + 5.1MP (front)
OtherFingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, interchangeable coversIP52 water-repellant nano-coating, stereo speakers, Moto MakerIP52 water-repellant nano-coating, stereo speakers, Moto MakerFingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, IR remote, wireless chargingBoomSound speakers, IR remoteLaser auto-focus, wireless charging, IR remoteTouch ID, Lightning, Apple PayTouch ID, Lightning, Apple PayWater-resistant, front-facing stereo speakers
Dimensions151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85mm153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06mm148 x 75 x 10.9mm143.5 x 70.6 x 6.9mm146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8mm138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm146 x 72 x 6.9mm
Price (MSRP, off-contract)From $329From $399From $299From $679$649$649From $649From $749$599

Unlike the other Android-powered smartphones in this list, the OnePlus 2 does not have NFC, or fast-charging technology. Its Snapdragon 810 processor has also been throttled to combat those dreaded heat issues, and in early benchmark tests, it’s not as fast as rivals like the HTC One M9 or the Galaxy S6.

But with these specifications, features like a fingerprint scanner and a near-pure Android operating system, and a $329 price tag off-contract, the OnePlus 2 is a steal. And for the vast majority of consumers, it’s going to deliver everything you could possibly want from a smartphone.