Chinese startup super-star OnePlus released its new smartphone — the 2 — just recently, and we're happy to say that we've managed to get our hands on a unit to review. Before that's done, however, we put the OnePlus 2 through our stressing, custom battery life benchmark intended to give you an idea of the realistic usage you can get out of the device before it dies. As it turns out, however, despite its large, 3,300 mAh battery, the OnePlus 2 offers only middling performance.
The score the device managed is just under 6 hours and 40 minutes, which is not bad, but not great either. In comparison, the OnePlus One, despite its smaller, 3,100 mAh cell, managed the excellent 8 hours and 5 minutes, while mainstream rivals like the Note5 also outdid it. Still, on the whole, the OnePlus 2 still handled the test better than the LG G4 (6 hours and 6 minutes) and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus (6 hours 32 minutes).
The OnePlus 2 doesn't impress with charging time — the minutes needed to get from 0% to 100% — either, and again proved inferior than its predecessor. At 150 minutes, its score is, once again, not bad, but not great, and lags the OnePlus One, which gets up to full half an hour faster:
In any case, its score is definitely curious, as the OnePlus 2 doesn't bring a bigger screen to the table, or one with a higher resolution, yet performs worse than its predecessor. So, once again, the prime suspect is the Snapdragon 810, which is yet to be seen in a device that aces a battery benchmark. Is it possible that Qualcomm's latest and greatest just isn't that well optimized?