OnePlus has an infamous line about their smartphones. They call them “Flagship Killers”. What does that mean? Essentially it means that the phone offers the specs and experience of a flagship device without carrying the same price tag. With their first device, the OnePlus One, the company lived up to that name. The OnePlus One brought an experience comparable or even better than phones twice the price point and it carried the same specifications. However it’s been over a year since the OnePlus One was released, so of course it’s time for a new model.
Enter the OnePlus Two. Running on the same formula as the OnePlus One, the OnePlus Two brings a new design, updated specifications, and new software out of the box. On the surface the OnePlus Two looks good, but it’s when you dig into the details that you see all the things you sacrifice when buying this phone. At first you’ll be impressed. A Snapdragon 810 processor, USB Type C, a huge 3,300 mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor all for just $329? That sounds good no matter how you look at it. However, what did OnePlus give up to bring the price that low?
First of all, NFC. This feature is not only stupid cheap to implement, but it’s also something that is only going to grow more and more important as time goes on. Why did they get rid of it? Quite simply (and stupidly) because OnePlus claims most OnePlus One owners didn’t use the feature. The co-founder of OnePlus, Carl Pei, even revealed to TechnoBuffalo the company’s feelings regarding Android Pay since the OnePlus Two simply won’t be able to use it. Here’s what he said: “We know Android Pay is coming, we don’t think it’s going to be something that’s going to be used much this year. It will be something that will be used next year.”
Not only that, but the OnePlus Two doesn’t have quick charging. Sure, it’s got the next generation USB Type C on board, but it’s not as great as you think. The version of USB Type C you’ve heard the most about is actually USB 3.1, but the OnePlus Two implements USB 2.0. What does that mean to you? Basically that none of the improvements in USB Type C other than the reversible design are actually present on the OnePlus Two. Sure sounds like a Flagship Killer right?
Less than 24 hours later, we got our first official look at another new smartphone, the Moto X Style. The third generation of the Moto X lineup brings an updated design, larger display, and improved specs. It has everything we’d expect from a Moto X successor and one of the best parts, it’s only $399 unlocked. So with it being more expensive than the OnePlus Two, why is it a better deal?
First off, the Moto X Style has been customization options. Like previous iterations, the Moto X Style is fully customizeable through MotoMaker and this time around those options have only gotten better. The Moto X Style is also compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 through Motorola’s Turbo Charger. That means instead of a 3 hour 20 minute charging time, the Moto X Style can charge up with 10 hours of power in just 15 minutes. The Moto X Style also has universal LTE which means that it works on any carrier. Want to use AT&T? Just throw in a SIM card. Need better coverage and want to give Verizon a shot? Toss in their SIM. John Legere convinced you to join #TeamMagenta? You know what to do. Just throw in a new SIM card. It’s really that simple and it’s a big deal, but more on that soon.
Last but not least, the Moto X Style has
NFC a Snapdragon 808 processor. Now of course the spec heads are going to throw their arms in the air in protest, but trust me, this decision was for the best. Packed inside the OnePlus Two is the infamous Snapdragon 810. The octa-core chip that turns to lava under pressure. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but it’s no lie that this processor does have some serious issues with heat. While OnePlus claims they don’t have that problem, MKBHD and a thermal camera disagree.
Meanwhile the Snapdragon 808 has very few heat issues and sacrifices little in performance. It should be very interesting to see how exactly it will perform in the Moto X Style as compared to the LG G4.
Add it all up, and sorry OnePlus, but you don’t have a flagship killer on your hands. That honor, if it ever existed, falls to Motorola with the Moto X Style, and it’s really not hard to see that. What do you think? OnePlus Two, or Moto X Style? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!