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Good news for OnePlus 2 users because OnePlus has announced that they’re finally rolling out Android Marshmallow to their flagship smartphone. This announcement comes just after they revealed that the OnePlus 3 won’t require an invite to purchase anymore.
AnTuTu, a company responsible for the development of the AnTuTu benchmark app which we (along with many other reviewers) use when reviewing phones, publishes their annual Performance Ranking Report ranking the 10 best smartphones of that particular year.
Before v6.0 of the app, the report only consisted of Android phones. With this new version, though, 2015’s report is the first cross-platform ranking report and my goodness was it an interesting one. While we weren’t that surprised that the iPhone 6s Plus was #1 on their list, we were shocked at how MUCH further it was from the competition. Let me give you a hint: 132k.
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China certification agency has just passed the little brother to the existing OnePlus 2. While it may be “smaller”, this little device’s spec sheet is going to surprise you. Subsequently, this may not even be the highest specification for the One Plus 2 Mini, as the Shenzen-based company has always listed the last number to correspond to a higher specification. For example E1003 would be better than E1000, that’s if a E1003 were to exist.
After having a not so killer flagship device with the OnePlus 2, the Shenzhen-based company is moving towards smartphones with smaller screen sizes. A few months ago, they had unveiled the OnePlus X, a 5″ smartphone with mid-range specs.
Since the OnePlus 2 would be their flagship killer for 2016, it is safe to say they won’t be rushing to replace it anytime soon. Instead, it seems like they are working on a mini flagship smartphone that could go head on with the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.
Awhile back, OnePlus came under fire from critics and the tech community in general when it was discovered that their USB Type-C cables were not spec compliant. This could possibly lead to damage if used with any device other than the OnePlus 2. Leading the charge was Google employee Benson Leung who had embarked on a crusade to purge the world of non-compliant USB Type-C cables.
His method involved ordering cables off Amazon then testing them to see if they met the USB standards. When he arrived at the OnePlus cable, he found that even a cable manufactured by a proper smartphone manufacturer did not meet proper USB Type-C standards. Needless to say, the Caped Cable Crusader rained sweet justice down on the Chinese manufacturer, bringing them to their knees (metaphorically speaking, of course).
Yesterday, OnePlus finally caved and admitted that their cables were indeed non-compliant, but it seems the USB Vigilante still isn’t entirely satisfied.
OnePlus owners, if you have an insatiable smartphone sweet tooth and are simply unsatisfied with your current candy, then there is good news! OnePlus have announced that they will be updating all three of their devices to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, although no specific dates were promised.
OnePlus has received some criticism lately, especially when it concerns their “2016 Flagship Killer” the OnePlus 2, which many said was killed by this year’s flagships. To add to their woes, their USB Type-C cables are now coming under fire for not being spec compliant.
Who, you might ask, is attacking OnePlus? Well, some call him the Caped Cable Crusader, others call him the USB Vigilante, but his almost 7,000 followers on Google+ should know him better as Benson Leung.
The OnePlus 2 seems to be getting lackluster response in Malaysia. First they had removed its contract obligation and now Maxis is allowing you to buy one without an invite. Yup, that’s right. You can buy the OnePlus 2 at anytime at RM1,788.22 inclusive of GST.
Maxis is the exclusive retailer for the OnePlus 2 in Malaysia and if you wanted to get one, you could either get it on contract or with a minimum of 1 month plan subscription with their MaxisONE Plan. For those who want the OnePlus 2 and just the device only, you now are able to do so as announced by OnePlus themselves.
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If you’re looking for a different kind of flagship, the OnePlus 2 is now officially available in Malaysia through Maxis. You can get it through its Zerolution program at RM104/month inclusive of its early upgrade and device protection option or alternatively you can get it with its traditional MaxisOne Plan contract.