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iFixit tears open the OnePlus 2

iFixit tears open the OnePlus 2
iFixit tears open the OnePlus 2
How repairable is the new OnePlus 2? Surprisingly better than the original OnePlus One.

iFixit has slipped through the long invite queue to obtain a new OnePlus 2 smartphone. The team is famous for its systematic disassembly of many of today's top electronics including iPhones to Galaxy devices to the Playstation 4.

The iFixit team walked away impressed at just how much easier it was to tear open the OnePlus 2 compared to its predecessor. The older OnePlus One had a poor repairability score of just 5 out of 10 while the OnePlus 2 received a repairability score of 7 out of 10. iFixit marked off points for the non-removable battery, but noted that the OnePlus 2 uses standard screws and less glue than many other smartphones.

Otherwise, the core hardware of the latest OnePlus device holds no surprises. Its chipset and components have been well publicized ahead of launch through rumors and leaks. Nonetheless, the teardown confirms an OmniVision 13.2 MP rear camera with an OV13860 "PureCel-S" 1/2.6 image sensor measuring 5.79 x 4.01 mm. The individual pixel cells are just 1.3 micron in size. Meanwhile, the front-facing 5 MP camera is an OV5648 image sensor consisting of a laser autofocus and an IR transmitter.

The lack of any system surprises is a bit underwhelming. As reported earlier, the OnePlus 2 does not carry many "future-proof" features such as Quick Charge 2.0, a USB 3.0/3.1 Type-C port, NFC, and wireless charging. Competing models from Huawei Honor, Lenovo Zuk, ZTE Axon, and many others from Meizu and Xiaomi are much closer in terms of price-performance than initially anticipated.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-08-15 (Update: 2015-08-15)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.