iFixit tears open the OnePlus 2
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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.