And so the piece-by-piece next-gen flagship exposé kicks off, with a technical tidbit that will no doubt spark quite the controversy.
What, you didn’t really think the eccentric OnePlus shot-callers would be satisfied merely with alluding at specifications of their One smartphone follow-up and revealing vague release timelines, did you? It’d have gone against their every unconventional marketing belief, which saw them build incredible buzz around an exotic, “unsettling” device last year that ultimately struck pure gold at the box-office.
Of course, the quest to global mainstream fame wasn’t without bumps on the road, and the OnePlus 2 similarly faces a slew of tricky challenges. First and foremost, spotty distribution. No, the invite-based purchase system isn’t going away anytime soon.
Perhaps more importantly, and potentially more damaging, the Chinese startup behind the most surprising Android hit of 2014 goes for broke again with a huge gamble. Namely, Qualcomm’s uber-fast but scorching octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor.
The CPU is arguably the backbone of any high-end smartphone, and it’s no coincidence OnePlus chose to disclose it first. Without a doubt, Pete Lau & co. adhere to the “no such thing as bad publicity” motto, feeling it’s good to have a heated (pun intended) conversation over their “next big thing” weeks before it goes official.
For what it’s worth, the forum post announcing the S810 use throws a paramount detail in the debate, indicating lengthy optimization work was put in to iron out all kinks presented by HTC’s One M9 or Sony’s Xperia Z3+/Z4.
On the not so bright side, we were under the impression a 2.1 version of the Snapdragon 810 was found inside the newest Xperia spearheads as well, apparently doing nothing for system stability and requiring further software modifications to likely restrict top speeds. So yeah, however you put it, OnePlus, it seems an unnecessary risk to us, given the 808 is only slightly slower, but radically cooler.