OnePlus Two likely to feature metal design

OnePlus Two likely to feature metal design
The OnePlus One was one of the most pleasing surprises of last year: a mind-bogglingly affordable device that offered top notch hardware, coupled with the option to have CyanogenMod, it has grabbed the hearts of tech enthusiasts and those looking for an affordable no-compromise phone.

Now, we're hearing more news about its successor: the alleged OnePlus Two. The OnePlus Two is said to be likely to feature a metal chassis, and overall have a more refined, premium styling. Sources speaking for Business Insider confirmed that those changes are very likely to arrive, but said that they could also entail a higher price tag than the $300 cost of the original OnePlus One. 

Price, however, will still be cheaper than that of mainstream flagships like the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. At the end of the day, pricing is said to have not been finalized yet, so we'd still hope for the best.

It is this affordable price that is the likely reason why the OnePlus One was so hard to get for most of 2014, requiring you to have a special invite. You can now order it every Tuesday without needing any invites.

Earlier, we've heard OnePlus One's Carl Pei tease an April product announcement for the company, which may be the OnePlus Two, but it could also be a different product altogether.

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22 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

Obviously premium specs are not cheap. Even the nexus 6 and xiaomi MI note pro cost 600$ for great specs. You can't demand a led than 400$ price for a QHD, SD 810 phone with a big camera sensor and OIS.

13. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They also have to pay royalties and other stuffs for the technologies used so still, kudos to them if they can pull a premium device under $500. And maybe this time, they could try having micro sd slot. Don't know, might add some appeal to other people still taking advantage of sd card benefits.

2. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

They could just keep it plastic just of better quality/ thickness and texture like Nokia or older HTC phones. Instead of everyone moving to metal there should be diversity to make things interesting. Heck, my old iRiver MP3 player had a nice magnesium casing that felt great and hard to damage.

18. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Magnesium is a metal. That being said I don't really care about cases that much, since I cover my phones in other protective cases. I think there should be options and flagships should come in plastic/metal variations and allow the users to choose hat they need/prefer.

21. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I was typing on the phone and editing deleted quite a few words here and there. I wanted to say other than aluminum like magnesium but changed my post.

3. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

And its going to cost of half of what galaxy S6/edge costs!

6. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Good luck in getting one with their cra**y invite system. And if you found one on ebay, you ll have to pay double it's original price.

14. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Well, i just hope that they remove their invite system for this model. CEO of one plus told that there is a surprise waiting for users regarding one plus two so one can hope that they remove this useless invite system.. fingers crossed..

19. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The invite system as implemented because they misjudged the demand and didn't produce enough units. Now that they know that lots of people want one, they will produce more and most likely get rid of it.

16. clayginn

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

I've bought three so far with little to no issue getting an invite.

17. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Now it is easier, but remind me how easy it was to get a OnePlus One in it's 1st 4 months.

4. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Does it really matter? After a year of releasing the Oneplus One, it is still very hard to get one.

8. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

it takes about five or ten minutes to get an invite. then another three days to your door. not all that hard to do.

15. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Or just buy on a Tuesday. Tuesday is no invite day to buy a OnePlus One.

10. seven7dust unregistered

well thats the point , they wanted to create artificial demand by creating a invite only system to see the interest in the phone and going by things , the interest hasn't died down yet. which means its been successful. maybe they'll do things differently now that the brand name has been established.

5. MTT84

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Stay below $400 please, I don't want a QHD screen. Better SOC, better 1080p screen and better camera with OIS are on my wishlist.

9. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

and improved speaker(s). i would pay five hundred all day long with those improvements. 2k would be nice... but i would rather have the battery life.

11. seven7dust unregistered

2k actually also reduces performance and pushes the GPU to draw more pixels for no real visual benefit as stated by numerous tech journalists, So it's a huge performance penalty as well, no worth it.

7. II2012

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Indeed. Higher-resolution screen makes no sense, it is better to keep the truly excellent battery life than have more pixels than one can see. Mine lasts 2-3 days easily between charges. A better camera would be good and a few other bits (replaceable battery, dual sim) could be improved as well.

12. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Which is what will DOOM the 1+2...THE PRICE. you look at their user forum section, and most of them say, given the lengthy process of trying to obtain a 1+1, was THE PRICE. If they make the 1+2, in line with the rest of the "flagship" device prices, why bother? Brand loyalty? HA! "Business Insider confirmed that those changes are very likely to arrive, but said that they could also entail a higher price tag than the $300 cost of the original OnePlus One. "

20. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I like the look of the sandstone body. Its one of the unique features of this phone. I wish more oems used sandstone.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Isn't the backing already made of magnesium metal? It's already premium looking without the bendy aluminum. All I want added in the OnePlus 2 is a better low-light performance camera and OIS, other than that, loving it's performance the way it is.

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