OnePlus has today unveiled the OnePlus 2, the company's brand new flagship Android handset that they are calling the "2016 flagship killer". The metal-bodied smartphone will soon become available for just $329 as a 16GB model, and $389 as a 64 GB model.

The OnePlus 2 features a wealth of high-end specifications. There's a Snapdragon 810 under the hood, with four ARM Cortex-A57 CPU cores clocked at 2.0 GHz plus four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.6 GHz, complemented by an Adreno 430 GPU and dual-SIM Category 9 LTE. There's also 3 or 4 GB of RAM inside this device, depending on whether you opt for 16 or 64 GB of storage.

Rather than using a display with an unnecessary amount of pixels, reducing performance and battery life, OnePlus has stuck with a 5.5-inch 1080p display for the OnePlus 2. The company claims this display has a contrast ratio of 1500:1 for "brighter, bolder colors".

The rear camera is a 13-megapixel sensor with 1.3 micron pixels, larger than the 1.1 micron pixels we see in many current-generation flagships. OnePlus has also included a laser autofocus system for focus times less than 0.3 seconds, and optical image stabilization.

The OnePlus 2 also comes with a range of other useful features, including a fingerprint scanner below the display, USB Type-C for charging the 3,300 mAh battery, and a dedicated Alert Slider that can be used to quickly switch between Android's three notification modes: all, priority, and none.

On the software side, the OnePlus 2 runs OxygenOS, which is a customized version of Android 5.1 that includes "subtle changes" that "add real value to the user experience", such as the ability to change accent colors and customize the icon style and grid layout.

The OnePlus 2 will go on sale on August 11 in the United States, Canada, China, the EU, and India through the company's annoying invite system. It will also be available in Southeast Asia in Q4 2015.

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