OnePlus 2: Low-Cost Android Alternative

Taiwanese starup OnePlus shook the high-end smartphone market last year when it produced a well-designed smartphone with the same (or better) specs than premium models -- such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6 -- and sold it for half the price. Now, version 2 is hitting the market with a new Android OS.

supports five different profiles.

The Alert Slider is of the most interesting features of the OnePlus 2. It allows you to change the way you receive notifications without unlocking the phone, even without taking it out of your pocket. You can switch between receiving all notifications, ones only from your priority contacts, or none at all (besides alarms). This is very convenient when attending a meeting or having dinner with your significant other.

The OnePlus 2 features two slots -- Nano SIM (Dual SIM, Dual Standby), an important feature for people with two accounts (work and private) or for international travelers.

The OnePlus 2 is the first smartphone on the market with a USB Type-C connector (reversible at both ends). The new standard provides high-speed connectivity and fast charging, features crucial to loading up the 3300 mAh LiPo battery. The supplied cable features the Type-C connector on one side and a specially designed Type-A reversible connector on the other end to plug into the wall charger or any computer for fast data transfer.

Depending on the region, the OnePlus 2 will support LTE Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20 (EU/India) or Bands: 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17 (US), plus all GSM and WCDMA Bands.

Now, about those invitations. OnePlus "Superfans" will get an invite immediately after today's unveiling. Those who have purchased the OnePlus One will also get invitations. Others will need to rely on the good graces of friends who have purchased the phone, or participate in contests on OnePlus's social media platforms. If you're a bit more patient, you can put your name on the OnePlus 2 reservation list and wait for an invite when available.