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While nearly everything was already known about the device prior to its unveiling, it’s still one of the better phones of 2015. As was expected, the OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch display at 1080p and a refreshed design. When it was announced, the bold Chinese company bragged that it was not a 2015 flagship, but rather a 2016 flagship. That didn’t pan out so well, with many customers preferring other flagships thanks to the OnePlus 2’s curious omission of NFC and other features.

On the front of the device is a fingerprint sensor, as well as a front-facing camera, while the back houses a OnePlus logo and a 13MP f/2.0 camera capable of shooting 4k video. The fingerprint sensor can support up to five different fingerprints, similar to Apple’s iPhone fingerprint. As far as specs go, the device is powered by an improved version of the Snapdragon 810 that solves all of the reported issues with overheating. The device also features 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a 3,300Ah battery, as well as a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.

OnePlus 2 Stories June 10, 2017

Although almost two generations old, owners of the OnePlus 2 have been holding out that they might one day receive an official update to Android 7.0 Nougat. OnePlus previously said that the firmware update would be made available for the handset but never actually gave a timeframe for its arrival. Well, today, the company confirms that the OnePlus 2 will never receive an official update to Nougat…

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OnePlus 2 Stories December 22, 2016

OnePlus 2 update brings VoLTE support for some carriers, but no Nougat yet

OnePlus isn’t known as being the best company in the world when it comes to software updates, but today the Chinese smartphone maker is bringing a pretty notable update to its now almost-two-year-old handset, the OnePlus 2. This update, while it doesn’t bring the much-awaited Android Nougat, does offer VoLTE support for “select carriers” and a plethora of other features…

OnePlus 2 Stories November 11, 2016

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As Android Nougat starts to permeate the Android ecosystem, OEMs are preparing updates for many different smartphones. So far we know that LG is about to push an update to the LG G5 and Samsung is actively testing out Nougat on the S7 family. However, while speaking to Engadget, OnePlus confirmed when Nougat would hit the OnePlus 3.

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OnePlus 2 Stories September 13, 2016

OnePlus says that the OnePlus 2 is getting VoLTE support ‘in the next quarter’

OnePlus has announced today (via a blog post) that VoLTE (voice over LTE) support — which launched out of the box on the company’s most recent flagship, OnePlus 3 — is coming to the OnePlus 2:

In line with rolling out new products, services and features for the holiday season, we have one more good news to share with our fans, and that is about VoLTE support on our flagship devices. We’ve been keeping a close eye on forum discussions and noted the requests to enable VoLTE (Voice over LTE) or HD calling support on OnePlus smartphones.

OnePlus 2 Stories June 14, 2016

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Today we’re taking a look at the recently announced OnePlus 3. I’ve only had this phone for a couple of days, so don’t expect a full review just yet. But instead, our initial impressions with more to come…

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OnePlus 2 Stories June 1, 2016

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We reported earlier this morning that the OnePlus 3 was being officially launched June 15 in China, but with no official word on an international launch yet.

However, the company’s co-founder Carl Pei officially disclosed the date, confirming the rumor that claimed it to be June 14, but also adding an extra bit of news…

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OnePlus 2 Stories May 25, 2016

OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X get permanent price drops ahead of OP3 launch

OnePlus announced in a community forum post this morning that it will sell all of its current phones at ‘new prices’. That means the OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X will all be cheaper than they have been, almost certainly because a new phone is about to be launched by the ambitious Chinese startup.

OnePlus 2 Stories March 30, 2016

Near final version of Marshmallow for OnePlus 2 available for flashing

OnePlus promised last November that its first and second generation flagship devices would get Marshmallow by Q1 of 2016. Albeit slightly late, they have now made a near finalized version of OxygenOS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 available for consumers to flash.

OnePlus 2 Stories March 14, 2016

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OnePlus has decided to wade in to the world of software, and today announced a brand new app aimed at making photo organization and editing much easier for its smartphone customers. The “no-nonsense” app is equipped with only the tools OnePlus thinks are most necessary, or most likely to be used by OnePlus owners.

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OnePlus 2 Stories March 7, 2016

You can now pay for OnePlus products with PayPal Credit installments

OnePlus is slowly but surely turning in to a proper smartphone business. Having only recently made its devices available without the necessity of an invite, this morning it announced a new installment plan. Customers can now pay for products from its online store using PayPal Credit.

OnePlus 2 Stories March 4, 2016

OxygenOS 2.2.1 update for OnePlus 2 rolling out with RAW image capture support, security patch, more

OnePlus has announced on its forums that the next update for the OnePlus 2 is rolling out incrementally from today. Customers using the “2016 flagship killer” will be receiving OxygenOS 2.2.1 as an OTA update at some point over the coming days or weeks. Sadly, it’s not the Marshmallow-powered update, but it does come with some handy new features.

OnePlus 2 Stories February 29, 2016

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Now that Samsung, LG, Sony and Alcatel have announced their flagship phones for 2016, its competition won’t be far behind. HTC is expected to announce the One M10 soon and Huawei will unveil the P9. While new phones are exciting, perhaps even better news is that last year’s best phones are now available at lower prices, and they’re still great smartphones.

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OnePlus 2 Stories February 24, 2016

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In an interview with CNET, OnePlus founder Carl Pei revealed that the OnePlus 3 will launch at the end of next quarter. While he was light on actual specifications and features, he did elaborate that the device would have a “captivating” design, like the original OnePlus One.

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OnePlus 2 Stories February 8, 2016

OnePlus 2 gets permanent price drop, ‘2016 flagship killer’ now costs $349

OnePlus took to its official forums this morning to announce that the 64GB OnePlus 2 is being discounted by $40. The new price for the company’s ‘flagship killer’ is $349, down from $389. The drop in price is permanent and will be reflected internationally. In the UK, as an example, you can snag a OnePlus 2 for just £249. As a gesture of goodwill, OnePlus will retroactively refund the price difference to anyone who has purchased the OP2 over the past 15 days.

OnePlus 2 Stories January 11, 2016

Deal: Googler-approved iOrange-E jacketed USB Type-C cables from $8 Prime shipped

Update: There are now some even better prices available. You can grab the 6ft cable at $9 Prime shipped w/ code BUE2SL39, the 1ft cable at $8 Prime shipped w/ code OZIWJRGS, and the 10ft variant at just $10 Prime shipped w/ code OYDTW5TH.

If you’re on the lookout for some USB Type-C cables for your new Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X (or perhaps even a Chromebook Pixel or a 12-inch MacBook), this is a good opportunity to grab some at a great price. Amazon offers the iOrange-E USB Type-C 6.6 ft braided cable for just $10 Prime shipped w/ code NSUFTGQ3, and the same cable in its 10ft variant for $15 Prime shipped w/ code IBXAME3M. These are the lowest prices we’ve seen…

OnePlus 2 Stories December 22, 2015

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Forgetting OnePlus’ annoying invite system, the OnePlus X is actually a pretty solid option when it comes to budget smartphones. Our own Dom Esposito went as far as to say that it’s the “best budget phone available.” Now, as expected, OnePlus says that you can buy both Ceramic and Champagne variants via open sale in Europe and Hong Kong for a limited time…

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OnePlus 2 Stories December 3, 2015

Invites gone forever: Anyone can buy a OnePlus 2 from December 5th

OnePlus has just announced what many hopeful owners have been wanting to hear for a long time: From December 5th (and forever), anyone will be able to buy the OnePlus 2 without an invite. The company’s co-founder, Carl Pei announced the news on the company’s official forums today. Customers looking to buy will only have to hit OnePlus’ store page and select to buy, and won’t be required to enter a code.

From the beginning, OnePlus has maintained that its invite system was necessary when the company started out to help it manage inventory, and ensure it didn’t have tons of unsold stock lying around eating its margins. While the OnePlus 2’s invite system was comfortably better than the OPO’s, it still left customers frustrated. But, as we’ve seen in the past, the company has been open about its own shortcomings, and is always aiming to improve all aspects of its operations.

The invite system has been crucial to letting us scale our operations and has given our fans a unique way to share OnePlus with the people in their lives. But we are always trying to enhance the OnePlus experience for you and taking risks to push ourselves and show real improvements. That’s why we’re making the OnePlus 2 invite-free … forever!

As well as making the OP2 invite-free forever, OnePlus has a few discounts and offers going live on the same day. Between December 5-7, the OnePlus X is also going to be invite-free too, while a bunch of accessories will be discounted. OnePlus 2 StyleSwap covers (like the ones we featured in a video) are 50% off, some OnePlus One accessories are 90% off while all other accessories will be subject to 10% discount.

OnePlus 2 Stories November 27, 2015

You can now purchase the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X without an invite, plus discounts on accessories

Today is officially Black Friday, which means several companies will be selling various products at better-than-full prices. OnePlus’ version of a Black Friday weekend sale has begun and — instead of getting discounted smartphones — the company has made its phones available for open sale from today through until the 30th. That’s four full days of invite-free purchasing.

Both of the latest phones — the OnePlus X and OnePlus 2 — are available to buy all weekend and you won’t need an invite to purchase.

While the phones haven’t been discounted, the company has taken a percentage off the retail price of most of its accessories. Multiple OnePlus One accessories are available for 90% off, while accessories for the newer devices are 10% off. If you’ve been desperate to get your hands on the company’s new smartphones, now is the best opportunity to do so. To take advantage, head on over to OnePlus.net.

As for devices with actual discounts, we compiled a list of phones that we’d personally recommend buying, all of which have seen healthy price-cuts this week. What’s more, we’ve also rounded up some of the best gift ideas for you to consider, while our friends at 9to5Toys have an extensive list of all notable Black Friday deals running.

OnePlus 2 Stories November 25, 2015

OnePlus 2 available invite-free from Amazon India

Without an invite, buying a OnePlus 2 has been pretty much impossible up until now. Today, however, the company has made its ‘2016 flagship killer’ available invite-free on Amazon India to local customers.

The open sale is only live until Friday, when the company will launch its global Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend holiday deals. Those planning to order are limited to just one device each, costing 24,999 Indian Rupees (roughly $377 USD).

OnePlus has been both praised and criticized for its use of an invite-only system for purchasing its smartphones. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, when you actually want to buy one for yourself, having to wait for an invite can be a frustrating experience. Despite that, the experience has arguably been better with the OnePlus 2. It’s already held a couple of open sale days, has sent more invites out, even extending their expiration and introduced a new extended warranty to make it a more pleasant buying experience.

 

OnePlus 2 Stories November 16, 2015

OnePlus 2 and OnePlus One will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in Q1 2016

We’re all eager to discover when our smartphones of choice will finally receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update – and for OnePlus smartphone owners, it’ll mean waiting until the beginning of next year.

OnePlus announced on its forums this morning that it will be rolling out Marshmallow-based builds of Cyanogen OS for the OnePlus One and Oxygen OS for the OnePlus 2 at some point in Q1 2016.

With the OnePlus 2, the manufacturer will be switching its proprietary fingerprint sensor firmware out in favor of the standard Marshmallow ones when it rolls the Android 6.0-based software in early 2016.

The OnePlus 2 will also be updated in Q1, and the update will include the new standard Marshmallow API for the fingerprint sensor. We’ve heard requests for us creating an API for the current fingerprint implementation in OxygenOS, but have decided against this since we’re switching over to the standard Android M implementation soon.

Although the company has built a version of Oxygen OS for the OnePlus One, the company is rightly focussing on rolling out the officially-supported Cyanogen OS update first. As for the latest phone, the OnePlus X, there are plans to push Marshmallow ‘as soon as possible’, we don’t have any specific timeframe from the manufacturer.

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Recently we brought you news that a Google engineer named Benson Leung was testing a bunch of USB Type-C cables and reviewing them on Amazon, so that you didn’t have to and risk ruining your brand new Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or Chromebook Pixel. Just yesterday, Leung specifically called out OnePlus on his public G+ profile to shame the company on its use of outdated tech which isn’t just old, but could end up damaging people’s devices. In short: If you have a Nexus 6P, 5X or Chromebook Pixel, you couldn’t buy any of OnePlus’ Type C connectors to charge or connect them…

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OnePlus 2 Stories November 2, 2015

OnePlus introduces new ‘On-Guard’ extended warranty program

In a blog post this morning, OnePlus announced what many concerned customers have been waiting to hear for some time: The company is making a renewed effort to provide better customer service and offering a new extended warranty. Customers will be able to purchase the new On-Guard extended warranty when they buy a OnePlus 2 and gain added coverage against accidental damage or liquid damage.

Initially, the On-Guard cover will be available in Europe and India only, but the company is working with a partner in the US and Canada and will announce a similar extended warranty program in North America soon. In Europe, customers can buy either 12 months or 24 months cover for €39.99 ($44 USD approx) or €64.99 ($72 USD approx) respectively.

We are proud to introduce a new warranty program in collaboration with multiple insurance leaders worldwide for the OnePlus 2: On-Guard by simplesurance for Europe and B2X OnePlus Service2 and Protect2 for India. We believe these ventures will help to create a more positive user experience for our fans. We’re not offering this to make money – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. This is an investment we are making to focus on improving our customer support until it is closer to perfect. These services will be available on November 2 , 2015, in the European Union and in other markets in the near future. Read on for more information.

On-Guard covers breakage, accidental damage, damage due to dropping, liquid damage and vandalism among other causes of damage. To buy, customers can either select it at checkout when buying a OnePlus smartphone or contact SimpleSurance (the cover provider) within 15 days of purchasing the phone. Sadly, if you already have a OnePlus One or OnePlus 2, you can’t buy it. Only new customers from today will be able to take advantage of OnePlus’ new extended warranty.

OnePlus 2 Stories October 29, 2015

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Meet the OnePlus X. This may not be called a “flagship killer,” but it’ll easy kill the competition in its price range…

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OnePlus 2 Stories October 26, 2015

OnePlus X pricing seemingly leaks as OnePlus 2 invite expiration is extended

OnePlus’ next handset has been the subject of many a post in recent days and weeks. Dubbed the OnePlus X, one of the only things we’ve been unclear on is the price. We’ve known all along that it won’t be a OnePlus 2 replacement, but rather, a more budget-friendly phone. A poster leaked by MyDrivers suggests the price will be 1699 Chinese Yuan, roughly $267 USD at time of writing…

OnePlus 2 Stories October 16, 2015

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Last year, when it launched its first phone, OnePlus frustrated many buyers by having an invite-only system. Part of the frustration was waiting, the other part was having no idea when you would actually get an invite. A friend who had managed to buy one, or a  forum member would have to send an invite in order for you to be able to give the company your money for a phone.

This year, OnePlus kept the invite system for the OnePlus 2 but also introduced a reservation list. Although you’d still have to wait for an invite, at least you’d know you were on a list to receive one eventually. That reservation list will soon close…

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OnePlus 2 Stories October 12, 2015

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When OnePlus released its first smartphone, it also launched a bamboo StyleSwap Cover, giving you the option to go with a wooden back to replace the standard plastic one. To say it was tricky to install would be something of an understatement. This year, the company’s learned its lesson and released a cover which is much easier to install and comes in four different flavors. I unboxed them all, applied them and compared them…

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OnePlus 2 Stories October 9, 2015

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The OnePlus One

OnePlus has a budget handset on the way, and just this morning, Pete Lau, the company’s co-founder, came out on Weibo to tease the device. We don’t know much about the phone yet, but we do know that OnePlus has an announcement to make in India on October 12th. We’ll probably see the company’s third phone announced at this event, and if these FCC images are to be believed as credible, we might now have our first look at the device in the flesh… expand full story

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Despite its faltering launch and initial struggle to get enough inventory in place, it seems OnePlus has its manufacturing and shipping process organized enough to open up sales for the OnePlus 2 to everyone. For one hour, of one day next week, customers will be able to order a OnePlus 2 without an invite…

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OnePlus 2 Stories September 30, 2015

Budget OnePlus ‘X’ could feature Snapdragon 801, 5-inch display

OnePlus first announced a couple of months back that it will be releasing a second phone this year. It confirmed that it wouldn’t be a flagship-killing OnePlus 3, but rather, a more budget-friendly smartphone. We’ve already seen some sketchy render leaks, and today further details have seemingly been revealed.

GizmoChina — which has a somewhat hit-and-miss reputation when it comes to rumors — has heard from its sources that the OnePlus ‘X’ will be powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor, the same found inside the original OnePlus One. The device could also feature a 5-inch display, although the publication seems unsure whether it’s going to be 720p or 1080p resolution. Either way, with last year’s flagship chip inside, it should easily offer fast and fluid performance, especially given how light and smooth OnePlus’ Oxygen OS is.

We’re expecting OnePlus to release the device in time for the holiday shopping season, and GizmoChina states that we could see an announcement as soon as next month. Pricing could be around $249, and we’d be surprised if it was any more than. If it’s too close to the $329 price point of the OnePlus 2, it’ll surely make the device redundant.

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OnePlus’ approach to market has always been a little unorthodox. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether they’re criminally great marketers or just a little “out there”. Either way, whatever they do, it seems to work from them. Most of that seems to come from Carl Pei, the company’s co-founder, whose approach to business, and perhaps life in general, raises eyebrows…

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OnePlus 2 Stories September 22, 2015

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Xiaomi has a growing reputation for releasing smartphones with impressive spec lists and features for very affordable prices. Its latest “flagship” was unveiled just a short while ago and features some flagship matching specs, but with a price that’s far below what you’d expect it to be…

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OnePlus 2 Stories September 21, 2015

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OnePlus has announced via its blog that it’s going to be rolling out an important OTA software update for its OnePlus 2 users. OxygenOS 2.1.0 for OnePlus 2 will be pushed to a small percentage of users today, with a wider rollout beginning tomorrow… expand full story

Third OnePlus smartphone allegedly shows up in sketchy render leak

Pinch of salt at the ready? A leaked render published this morning seemingly shows what OnePlus’ second phone of the year will look like, and it seems a bit of a change from the angular, flat frames and edges of the current devices. At least, it does from the back. From the front, the renders look very familiar; with the chrome-finished edges surrounding a large, flat, glossy black panel.

From the back, the smartphone seems to be a solid piece of plastic with slightly rounded edges and corners. The bottom edge looks to be hosting a USB Type-C connector, flanked by two identical sets of machined holes, presumably for the microphone and single loudspeaker like the OnePlus 2.

OnePlus 2 Stories September 15, 2015

OnePlus now sells a $100 handmade leather case for the OnePlus 2

OnePlus came out on Google+ a couple days ago to tease “something luxurious” (and no, we didn’t cover it at the time because we aren’t going to simply regurgitate all of the company’s endless marketing ploys), and now that “something” is available for purchase. Apparently, it’s a $100 leather case, handmade and built specifically to fit the OnePlus 2…

The case comes from a company by the name of Hard Graft, known for its premium accessories for a variety of smartphones. It’s “handmade in Italy,” built with “buttery soft leather,” and comes with a couple pockets for storing credit cards and cash. And while it’s currently “Out of Stock,” you’ll be able to grab one from the OnePlus store for $99 + shipping.

My first instinct is to criticize OnePlus because, well, it’s really easy to do. But this isn’t the kind of thing that OnePlus deserves criticism for. These kind of cases are more than popular in (majority) iPhone part market, and it makes sense that OnePlus would try to capture some of those kind of buyers on the Android side. The company’s website definitely looks familiar, too.

OnePlus 2 Stories September 11, 2015

OnePlus co-founder apologizes for month-long delay in shipping OnePlus 2 handsets: “we messed up”

OnePlus may have created a “new and improved” reservation system for the OnePlus 2, but that doesn’t seem to have helped would-be customers get hold of them. With more than two million customers waiting for them, the company’s co-founder Carl Pei has admitted in a support forum post that the company “messed up” the launch, with almost a month-long delay in shipping.

We messed up the launch of the OnePlus 2 […] We made rosy plans. We were more confident, and prepared a lot more inventory. We told our users it would be 30-50x easier to get invites, and they needn’t worry. Yet, we only began shipping in meaningful quantities this week, nearly a month after our initial targeted shipping date. You can talk all you want, but in the end, flawless execution speaks much louder than unfulfilled promises. I’d like to apologize on behalf of OnePlus for the delay.

We had mixed views on the OnePlus 2 here. Dom Esposito was impressed with the phone, Stephen Hall less happy with the lack of quick-charge and NFC. 

Via Engadget

OnePlus 2 Stories September 9, 2015

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I won’t lie, in recent months I’ve found the traditional flagship smartphone market decidedly boring. Although phones from the likes of LG, Samsung, HTC and Sony are all steadily improving all they time and — by all accounts — are very good phones, they all cost a small fortune. The price of flagships from the “big” manufacturers can be anywhere between $500-$900, which is a heck of a lot to spend on a small pocket computer. With the prices steadily rising, it’s created the perfect opportunity for smaller companies to take advantage and release great devices that cost less. In my mind, if it’s below $400 full retail, has a full HD (or better) display and an octa-core processor, that makes it a flagship killing, disruptive smartphone…

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OnePlus 2 Stories September 4, 2015

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As far as the major manufacturers go, Motorola is one of the few trying to push the boundaries of what we should expect to get for our money. It wants to give us the best mobile Android experience possible for each price range. The Moto G is the king of the low-end phones and the Moto X has been a wonderful high-end phone. The Moto X Play sort of sits in between, and despite not being absolutely perfect, it’s a very good phone overall.

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OnePlus 2 Stories August 20, 2015

It’s no surprise that the OnePlus One was a huge hit. Flagship specs at a mid-range price wasn’t something normal for the mobile industry. OnePlus made waves with this “flagship killer’s” announcement more than 15 months ago, and now its much-anticipated successor is available for purchase (if you can get your hands on an invite), but does the OnePlus 2 live up to the hype? Let’s go ahead and find out… expand full story

OnePlus 2 Stories August 12, 2015

OnePlus let more than 200 people line up to buy 20 OnePlus 2 units in Paris

OnePlus is just having too much fun marketing the OnePlus 2. In their latest stunt, the company invited the public to a special launch of the device at colette Paris. “We’ll be there from 11:00 am until the OnePlus 2 is sold out. It’s a very limited stock sale, so be sure to come early,” the company said. More than 200 people came out, according to a post on the company’s forum. It seems OnePlus really meant it when they said “very limited stock sale,” though…

OnePlus 2 Stories August 10, 2015

OnePlus 2 shipments delayed 2-3 weeks for United States and Canada

OnePlus may have increased manufacturing capacity this year in preparation for the launch of its successor to the OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely ironed out its processes: North American customers will have to wait a little longer to receive their phones.

In a post to its community forums, a staff member of OnePlus today said that “due to production schedules,” shipments to the United States and Canada will begin 2-3 weeks after shipments to Europe. We’re not sure exactly what this means and why it’s the case, but hiccups in the manufacturing process happen regularly before the release of new products, even to large companies like Samsung and Apple.

OnePlus says that customers in North America will still be able to place their orders starting tomorrow, August 11th, though. That’s if you even have an invite to buy one, which you’ll need. The waitlist to get yourself an invite if you weren’t an early adopter of the OnePlus One is 3 million people strong, however, so these shipment delays shouldn’t even impact you if aren’t fortunate enough to have one. Sans-invite purchases will open up at some point weeks or months after the phone goes on sale tomorrow.

OnePlus 2 Stories August 6, 2015

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OnePlus has tweeted that it has now notched up two million reservations for the OnePlus 2, just a week after it hit the 1M mark. Would-be customers, however, seem unimpressed by the number, with many replies asking the company to focus less on celebrating the number and more on meeting demand for the phone …  expand full story

OnePlus 2 Stories August 5, 2015

OnePlus auctioning OnePlus 2 invites on eBay for charity

In a blog post this morning, OnePlus announced that it is auctioning off 100 OnePlus 2 invites on eBay with the proceeds going towards the UNICEF Tap Project. Fifty invites have already landed on OnePlus’ official eBay shop with the other fifty due to hit the store a little later.

All invites are for the 64GB Sandstone Black OnePlus 2 and the auctions work just like any regular eBay auction. Winning bidders will be sent the invites by email and once received, will be able to use those to immediately go and buy one the new OnePlus 2 handsets from the manufacturer’s store. All invites will be sent out on August 10th and unlike regular invites, winning bidders will have an entire month to purchase the phone. With the reservation list having already hit the 1 million mark, there will surely be a number of people clamoring to get an invite any way they can.

Part of this move was in order to combat the invites which would unofficially make their way to eBay. In the past, people have been selling their OnePlus invites online and pocketing the pure profit. With this strategy, OnePlus doesn’t just open up a more “official” way to buy invites, it’s also helping out an important cause.

UNICEF’s Tap Project was started to get clean, safe water to children in underprivileged areas and 100% of OnePlus’ eBay auction proceeds will go straight to the charity. If you’d like to, you can read more about the charity here. OnePlus Invite auctions on eBay last 5 days and — at time of writing — there are invites that have raised more than $500.

As promotional moves go, this is a hugely redeeming strategy from a company which has drawn so much negative attention over the past couple of years. Kudos, OnePlus.

OnePlus 2 Stories August 4, 2015

Software engineering student ‘hacks’ OnePlus reservation system to jump the queue

A software engineering student has used a few lines of code to jump the queue for a OnePlus 2 invite, moving himself up from over 70,000 to position 1,694.

While queue-jumping isn’t something we’d generally condone, Jake Cooper said that his motivation here was to hit back at the way OnePlus encourages spam, by moving people up the queue when they email the link to others.

When the OnePlus Two rolled around, I made sure to be on the ball and put my email in early and secured position ~9000. However, with the invites for the OnePlus Two, OnePlus opted to allow users to jump the queue by referring their friends to the invite waitlist. Last night I checked my invite status and I was position > 70,000.

In a Medium post, Cooper explains how he used a few lines of Python to effectively spam a series of fake email addresses, and a little more code to obtain the confirmation URLs from those emails. The result was that, in the time it took him to get a cup of tea, he had moved up over 68,000 places in the queue.

The waitlist for an invite recently exceeded a million people. The company recently revealed that it will be releasing another model later this year, but gave no details on features or spec.

Via AndroidCentral

OnePlus 2 Stories August 3, 2015

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Today in a Reddit AMA (“ask me anything”) held by four employees of OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone upstart fielded questions on everything from when VoLTE (voice-over-LTE) will be enabled in the OnePlus 2 to what exactly happened in its fallout with Android-focused blog Android Police. But the most interesting questions the four employees answered were in regards to why the new phone doesn’t include hardware features standard in other recently launched smartphones like NFC for touch-based payments or wireless charging. expand full story

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In a quick, but far-reaching, interview with USA Today, Carl Pei (OnePlus co-founder) states that his company will have a second phone out this year, hopefully in time for Christmas. He didn’t give any clues as to what the phone may or may not feature, but he did say it’d be a tough choice between using the OnePlus 2 or this unreleased phone as his daily driver.

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OnePlus 2 Stories July 30, 2015

The invite waitlist for OnePlus 2 purchases has surpassed one million people

OnePlus earlier this week finally took the wraps off the much anticipated OnePlus 2, the successor to the company’s first Android smartphone, the OnePlus One. And while the young Chinese company says it significantly increased manufacturing capacity for the 2 over the One, it still seems to believe that demand will initially outstrip supply. As such, once the OnePlus 2 launches on August 11th you’re likely to do some more waiting before you get it.

OnePlus 2 Stories July 29, 2015

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Today we’re comparing Apples to Oranges. Well not really, but instead Apple’s iPhone 6 to OnePlus’s new flagship killer on the block. Question is, does the OnePlus 2 bring enough to the table in order to take on one of the most popular smartphones on the planet?

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Both the OnePlus 2 and the Moto X Pure Edition were announced this week, showcasing the best that these two Android OEMs have to offer this year. Both of these devices were horribly-kept secrets in their own ways, so there weren’t many surprises — we already knew almost every detail about both phones before they were announced.

But now that they’re here, which one do you think you’ll be getting? Or if you’re not in line for an upgrade right now, which one would be your pick? Let’s take a look at a few of their differences… expand full story

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