OnePlus has made it very clear that it is not in the market to compete with other major smartphone manufacturers. In fact, the company went as far as saying that it is "more interested in looking further into the future" than competing with the other 2015 flagship models.
However in another statement it did mention that its OnePlus 2 is going to be a "2016 flagship killer." This has left the media a little baffled considering the manufacturer's plan for releasing the phone this year.
OnePlus also mentioned that it plans to make its new smartphone future-proof and one way of doing so is through the company's homegrown OxygenOS. According to a company official's blog post, the latest version of Oxygen OS will have unique features that "won't be available on other devices until Android M."
On the other hand, there are concerns about the company's claims that its OnePlus 2 will be a 2016 flagship model killer. Leading manufacturers like Google are expected to launch high-end Android M-based Nexus handsets later this year. Other Android M smartphones releases by other companies are also expected before the year's end. But there is little doubt that OnePlus 2 is not going to be a threat to several flagship models that will be launched this year.
OnePlus launched Operation Comrade to rope in few eccentric individuals in a secret mission to build more hype around the OnePlus 2. Recently YouTuber Marques Brownlee revealed that OnePlus 2 will have a 13-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus and f/2.0 aperture. Other specifications revealed so far include an improved version of the Snapdragon 810 processor, USB Type C port, a physical home button with a fingerprint sensor, a 3,300mAh battery, faster LTE, a slimmer full metal body and a 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display. The future-proof OnePlus 2 is also touted to have a fingerprint scanner "faster" than the sensor Apple is using on its iPhones.
The device will be released on July 27, 2015 and users can get their hands on the piece by getting their names on the reservation list or through an invite, similar to OnePlus One. The Chinese tech giant will stream the OnePlus 2 launch through Google's Cardboard VR headset, which it sold at a discounted rate in India and gave away for free in international markets. You can also watch the event without a Cardboard VR headset but the company does not guarantee a similar experience.