Wacky drone notwithstanding, the rising Chinese star’s 2015 plans sound positively drool worthy.
Encouraged by better-than-expected sales numbers posted by their rookie smartphone effort, OnePlus is looking for product category diversification, as well as handheld lineup variety. But odds are the next-gen Two will be the profit locomotive for the foreseeable future, as long as Pete Lau & co. play their cards right.
That’s not as easy as it seems, since fans of the OEM’s “never settle” policy are expecting innovation, progress and affordability. At the same time, devotees of rival manufacturers will need to be charmed somehow, so hitting a sub-$400 price point is starting to appear mighty unreasonable.
A build material upgrade and metal adoption was recently rumored, and now fairly credible sources say the OnePlus Two (or 2) may go for an avant-garde laser focus fingerprint identification method in a bid to stand out.
Not sure exactly how that would work, but it sounds expensive. And so does securing Qualcomm’s services for octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chip supply. Granted, the 810 is hands down the most desirable high-end processing solution nowadays, yet maybe OnePlus would be better served by an older, slower 805 or 808. If LG is considering the latter for the upcoming G4, it can’t be that bad.
Still expected out sometime in the year’s third fiscal quarter (between July and September, that is), the OnePlus Two will likely preserve its predecessor’s sealed battery and continue to forbid external storage expansion.
Wireless charging technology should also sit one out, so at the end of the day, OnePlus has a strategy for saving money here and there. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a $300 – $350 MSRP ergo, otherwise we certainly hope the One will stick around beyond its one-year anniversary.