With OnePlus 2 officially launched, the smartphone has already gained over a million orders. However despite the initial success of the handset, we feel that it will not do well in the coming months of 2015 due to several features missing out. That being said, here are the four reasons related to OnePlus 2 that we believe will fail to attract the smartphone market.
- OnePlus 2 features a Snapdragon 810, which overheats beyond limits
Despite the fact that OnePlus 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 810, the chipset is no stranger to overheating and thermal throttling events. There have been several videos uploaded on YouTube, where an Xperia Z3+ (which features the same chipset) was shown to crashing a record time of 35 seconds due to this the overheating issue. Additionally, when a chipset overheats, it forces the processor to slow down, which reduces a phone’s performance drastically. A more common term for this kind of scenario is called thermal throttling.
Another video posted on the web showed that Xperia Z3, which runs Qualcomm’s previous generation chispet, Snapdragon 801, was able to beat Xperia Z3+ in the real world’s benchmarking applications.
- OnePlus 2 doesn’t feature Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0
Despite featuring a starting price of $329, OnePlus 2 doesn’t support a handful of features, starting with the Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0. The handset is running Snapdragon 810, making it qualified to support this function, its Type-C USB is incompatible with Quick Charge 2.0.
For those of you who don’t know, Quick Charge 2.0 is able to power up the battery of your smartphone to 60 percent after only being plugged in the wall socket for 30 minutes. As impressive as the feature sounds, it is even more disappointing to hear that OnePlus 2 doesn’t provide support for it.
- OnePlus’ Chinese rival Doogee offers a much cheaper smartphone with the same specifications
Chinese smartphone manufacturers are always releasing cheaper devices that not only feature impressive hardware specs, but also go easy on the consumer’s wallet. On this occasion, we came across Doogee F3, a smartphone that features a Snapdragon 810 and 4 GB of RAM, and will carry a price tag of $350.
Additionally, the smartphone also provides support for a microSD card slot. In comparison, OnePlus 2 does not feature a microSD card slot and its most expensive model costs around $389 in the U.S. Furthermore, we have listed two other smartphones that we feel are a much better solution as compared to OnePlus 2, though they will cost you quite a bit more.
- Elephone P9000 (Features a Helio X20, 4 GB of RAM and will cost around $499 when it will be released later this year)
- Mstar S700 Pro Phablet (Features a Snapdragon 820, 4 GB of RAM and will cost around $479 when it will be released later this year)
- No microSD card support
OnePlus One would have been the perfect handset if not for one limitation; not supporting a microSD card. If consumers are going to spend tons of money on expensive smartphones, then manufacturers should make the effort to incorporate an external storage slot for flexible storage capacity whenever there is a need. The only problem here is that OnePlus 2 is also void of the same feature. It does however, come in the following storage models:
- 16 GB (which features 3 GB of RAM) costs $329
- 64 GB (which features 4 GB of RAM) costs $389
Despite its affordable price tag, several consumers are not going to be too thrilled to purchase the handset after they find out it does not support a microSD card slot.
While OnePlus is already taking orders for its flagship smartphone, shipping of the device will not begin until August 11. Do you guys feel that OnePlus 2 has been a major disappointment in terms of hardware specifications and features? Let us know your thoughts.