OnePlus is without a doubt one of the best smartphone manufacturers around. The company has excelled in coming up with high-end phones that are powered by top-notch hardware specs, but somehow, it manages to keep the prices down, sometimes even as low as half the prices of the flagships from Apple and Samsung.
The ability to sell phones that have high-end specs and designs at an affordable price over the past two or so years has meant that OnePlus has grown into a very popular company not just in China, but around the world. But one thing that might start pushing some current and potential customers away from the OnePlus brand is the lack of software updates for its older flagships.
The current flagship phones from the OEM are OnePlus 3 and 3T. The two were released in 2016, with the 3T coming in towards the end of the year. These two have been the darlings of many, including the company itself. As a result, the duo has been the company’s point of focus, with just about every new thing that comes in being thrown into the path of OnePlus 3 and 3T, be it deals, refreshes and even software updates.
Speaking of software updates, the OnePlus 3 and 3T came preinstalled with Android Marshmallow out of the box, but the two have since been upgraded to the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat via OTA updates. This was expected to happen, but the story wasn’t any different as far as the 2015 OnePlus 2 is concerned.
Being a flagship phone that came in alongside the likes of Samsung Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z5, Google Nexus 6P, and so on – all of which have already been updated to the new Android Nougat – every person using the OnePlus 2 was expecting to see the update to Android 7.0 Nougat at least by now. However, the Chinese OEM has remained silent on the matter, leaving many frustrated by this unknown position.
On the brighter side, it appears that the company is working on something – unless the latest Geekbench listing involves a unit that is running a custom ROM. If the former case is true, we could see an updated OnePlus 2 in the coming days or weeks. The phone has been spotted with Android 7.1.2 Nougat on board and from the recorded scores; it shows that this update could come with enhanced performance for the aging OnePlus 2.
With the power of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 clocked at 1.80GHz and paired with 4GB RAM, the Android 7.1.2 Nougat-powered OnePlus 2 managed a single-core score of 1479 and a multi-core score of 3473. These are impressive scores and they indicate just how good the phone could get in terms of performance once it’s updated to Nougat. But the same old problem still remains – that we don’t know when OnePlus 2 will actually be updated to the new OS.
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