The first OnePlus was primarily aimed at a segment that included the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S.
The device did not have much competition from the mid-range offerings from the likes of Samsung and HTC. This, however, has changed in the last 12 months since the new OnePlus 2 will also have to compete against the Galaxy A8 – a cheaper version of the Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy Note 4.
One of the common traits that links the Galaxy A8 with the much expensive Galaxy Note 4 is the display, which measures 5.7 inches in size. Even though the Galaxy Note 4 provides a much better 2K resolution, the Galaxy A8 does not have a lot of negativity even with just the full HD resolution on offer.This may be down to the fact that it comes with the Super AMOLED display technology for vivid images. This compensates – to some extent – the lack of better resolution on the screen. OnePlus 2, though, demonstrates that the full HD resolution can still be good in ahigh-end smartphone. The 5.5-inch screen is expected to carry no major changes concerning resolution or technologyfrom the OnePlus One.
The Galaxy A8 joins the list of Samsung phones to offer a fingerprint sensor, which is also likely to make headlines on the OnePlus 2. However, the Samsung phone has a distinct advantage by being just 5.9 mm thick. In comparison, the OnePlus 2 comes at a whopping 9.9 mm in terms of thickness. It is also more than 20 g heavier than the Samsung device. These design issues are likely to put the OnePlus 2 at a disadvantage. The Galaxy A8 feels as though having anedge to edge display due to the extremely slim bezels. The ability to have a number of back covers and materials is likely to be in favor of the OnePlus 2.
The biggest change on the OnePlus 2 compared to its predecessor is the Snapdragon 810 processor. The two quad-core processors are combined to form an octa core power house, which may be prone to heating when subjected to intense use. However, it remains extremely stable under all regards. It remains to be seen if OnePlus 2 has undergone any special modification to reduce the heating issues that have cropped up in recent versions of the Snapdragon 810 processor. The Galaxy A8 uses a slightly lower spec 615 processor from Snapdragon. It is an octa core power house, but one that is clocked significantly lower than the processor found in the OnePlus 2.
The Galaxy A8 uses a slightly better 16-megapixel camera without a range of features like optical image stabilization found on the 13-megapixel camera of the OnePlus 2. Prices of the Galaxy A8 are at a very reasonable $510 while the OnePlus 2 is expected to be priced at the $420 figure.