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Published: Tuesday July 28, 2015 MYT 12:18:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 28, 2015 MYT 6:10:31 PM

OnePlus 2: The new flagship killer?

The wait is over for the successor to 2014’s "flagship killer" as OnePlus unveiled the OnePlus 2 to the world using VR (virtual reality).

The Android smartphone, which has a steel frame with black and dark grey colours, runs on the latest octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor.

“For the processor, we went straight to the best - Qualcomm Snapdragon 810,” said OnePlus co-founder and head of global, Carl Pei.

The Chinese startup said that it worked closely with Qualcomm’s engineers to design a new version of the chip -- called v2.1 -- that has been fine tuned to prevent overheating.

“While we played around with other options, we always came back to the 810. Its speed and ability to multitask while maintaining optimal battery performance remain unmatched,” OnePlus posted on its forum.

The processor has also been improved to launch the camera faster, handle 3D games better, stream 4K vidoes and consume less power.

Just like its predecessor, the OnePlus 2 features a 5.5in full HD display but with an improved contrast ratio of 1,500:1 for blacker blacks and brighter, bolder colours.

It has a 13-megapixel camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and is capable of capturing slow motion videos at 120fps (frames per second) or in time lapse mode.

The sensor pixel size is 1.3 microns, 35% larger than a standard sensor's. The camera uses an all-new laser to achieve focus lock in just 0.3 seconds, the company claims.

It also features 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and two 4G SIM card slots.It will be one of the first Androids to feature the next gen USB-Type C connector which is reversible.

The company claims its fingerprint sensor is the fastest on the market even compared with the iPhone's.

According to OnePlus, an average person checks the phone over 200 times a day and every three seconds spent entering the PIN or unlock pattern will cost the user an an hour every week. It hopes to free the user from this drudgery with the faster sensor.  

The OnePlus 2 has a new user interface called OxygenOS which the company boasts has features similar to Google's upcoming next-gen Android M.

Details are still scarce but it looks like it users will be able to change the colours of the user interface. It will also support icon packs and allow the user to customise the LED indicator and icon grid size for a more personalised experience.

“We build products that our users really want by focusing on more than just specs. Experience makes a product great,” says OnePlus chief executive officer Pete Lau.

“The OnePlus 2 is not a flagship for 2015, it’s a 2016 flagship killer,” says Pei.

The company also introduced Style Swap covers in Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar designs.

The OnePlus 2 will go on sale in the United States, Canada, India, Europe and China on Aug 11. It's expected to reach Southeast Asia in the fourth quarter. The OnePlus 2 will be priced at US$329 (RM1,250) for the 16GB version and US$389 (RM1,480) for 64GB.

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