One Plus Two Review: In-Depth Hands-on

One Plus the “hyped” Chinese manufacturer infamous for their messed up sale’s system (Invitation based) has brought in the second iteration to their “Flagship Killer” series i.e. the One Plus Two. The device just like its predecessor brings to the table a lot of good things along with a price tag that alone can draw customers from all backgrounds. The software experience has although changed but still you get a near to stock ROM (Oxygen OS). The 64GB variant of the device is up for grab in India via Amazon for a price of Rs 24,999 through the ever criticized invite system. So let’s find out if the One Plus Two is worth all the hype in our One Plus Two Review.

Packaging

The device comes in a compact blazing red colored box with a nice rubber coating and minimal graphics over it. The rear side has all the pricing and marketing information. Once you dive inside the box, you have the device right on top. On further digging in you get a user guide, a quick start guide, the new flat wired USB ‘C’ type cable and a round pin 2Amp wall adapter.

Design and Build

The overall design language of the device doesn’t change much from the One Plus One, except for a few tweaks. The device unlike its predecessor which had a plastic ring has a metallic ring around it, giving it a more premium look and feel. There is a new home button with the fingerprint sensor built-in, which doesn’t exactly presses down but responds to touch. The camera module on the back is located slightly lower than where it was on the One Plus One, also there is this new notification toggle on the left and the back flap is more rough than what it was on the One.

The front of the device features a 5.5 inch LTPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. Above the display you have the 5MP front facing camera, earpiece, sensors and notification LED light. Below the display you have two capacitive buttons with usual functionality and the Home button in between, which acts as the fingerprint sensor as well. You can switch between on-screen buttons and these capacitive buttons anytime. On the left you have the notification toggle switch while on the right resides the volume rocker and the power button. On top you have the noise cancelling mic and 3.5mm jack and down below lies the speaker grill and the USB ‘C’ type port. On the rear side you have the 13MP camera module along with LED flash and Laser Autofocus module. Below the camera you have the One Plus branding. Removing the back flap reveals the slot for dual Sim cards.

Display

The device sports a 5.5inch Full HD display giving it a pixel density of about 401ppi. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. The display being a 1080p panel is quite sharp and crisp. The color reproduction, saturation and hue are perfect. The viewing angles are brilliant too. Overall a brilliant display.

User Interface

The device runs on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with the in-house Oxygen OS 2.0 on top. You get this new leftmost home screen what One Plus calls “Shelf” where you can access frequently used apps, frequent contacts and weather information. The app drawer consists of usual Google apps and almost no third party bloatware at all. The device uses Swift Key as its default keyboard. The User Interface is absolutely smooth and no point of time we felt it lagging whatsoever. The device even handled graphic intensive games and intensive multitasking with ease. The only problem is the heating issue, although One Plus claims that it has included some cooling mechanisms inside the device to solve the heating issue of Snapdragon 810 chipset but still the device heats up considerably while gaming and multitasking.

Performance

The device is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset that includes two quad-core CPUs Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 clocked at 1.56 GHz and 1.82 GHz respectively. Adreno 430 serves as the GPU for the device. The device has two variants based on RAM and ROM, we had the 4GB (Sandstone) version which comes in with an on-board storage of 64 GB. The storage can’t be further be expanded.

Multimedia

The default audio app is Google Music on this device. The sound output is decently loud and has perfect amount of bass and treble. While testing the video playback we found that the surround sound effects as well as the 3D effects were great. Overall a brilliant quality sound output.

Camera

The device houses a 5MP front facing camera and a 13MP rear camera. Oxygen OS uses Google camera as its default camera and thus doesn’t has any in-house tools. The front camera is bright enough although not that detailed. We checked out the image and video quality for this device and the results were absolutely brilliant. Even when you zoom in up to 100%, things are relatively sharp and the colors stay accurate. The sharpness is not only in the center but also towards the edges, however because there is only JPEG output (no RAW output), the camera sort of over processes the images. The saturation and hue are proper. Even the videos are sharp and nice. Under low light the image and video quality was quite adequate although not exactly excellent.

Benchmarks

We did some benchmark tests on this device and the results were as following. In the AnTuTu test it scored a total of 56,016 which is at the top although the results don’t include the performance of Galaxy S6 and later Samsung devices. In the Vellamo Metal and Multicore tests it scored 2289 and 2260 which is just below Samsung Galaxy S6. In 3D Mark it scores 1021 where the highest goes up to 4000. In PC mark it scored 5029 which almost at the top. In Base Mark OS2 and Base Mark X it scores 1420 and 22669 which indeed is good enough. So overall the One Plus Two scores pretty good in all benchmark tests.

Gameplay

We tested this device with some of the most demanding games in terms of memory as well graphics like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8, Dungeon Hunter 5, Relic Run etc. The device handled almost all the games with ease however there were instances of that small bit of lags and yes the device did heat up significantly.

Battery

The device draws its power from a non-removable 3300mAh Li-Po battery. The selection of a Full HD display panel makes the battery last long,  sufficient for a day of usage.

Verdict

So should you get the One Plus Two? Well like the One Plus One, the One Plus Two has every feature to let’s say beat some of the flagships at least. At about 25k you get a phone with amazing sound quality, brilliant display, great camera and even the UI is very smooth. The few downsides of this device would be the lack of NFC and microSD card slot also the overheating problem pertains and so does the over processing by the camera. Overall the device has a lot of things in its favor and at this price point it is one of the best deal one can get (if you are lucky enough to get the invite).

 

6.5 Total Score

the device has a lot of things in its favor and at this price point it is one of the best deal one can get (if you are lucky enough to get the invite).

Packaging
5
Design and Build
6.5
Features
7.5
Performance
7
Camera
7.6
Battery life
6.8
Value for money
7.8
Availability
4
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