It’s not the first time we are actually seeing a OnePlus 2 handset with Android Nougat running the show, but in a rare occurrence, the older OnePlus One has also been spotted in benchmarks with the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat at the heart of the show.
In January, OnePlus 2 was benchmarked on Geekbench with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board. At the time, it was thought that OnePlus was carrying out tests of the OS on the handset before making the official update available for the device. But nothing materialized. In March, the same device appeared on the same benchmarking platform, prompting suggestions that the release of the OS is just around the corner.
By the time April came around and nothing had actually happened with regards to the update to Android Nougat, owners of the OnePlus 2 – and OnePlus X – took to the official OnePlus forums to air their frustrations. Up to now, OnePlus has not given any major indication that the 2015 flagship killer will be receiving the Nougat treat – apart from a blank promise back in 2016.
In the middle of OnePlus 2 fans complaining about the absence of Android Nougat update on their handset, the device re-appeared on Geekbench running the same Android 7.1.1 Nougat. However, the recorded scores – since January – show that the device actually drops in performance with the new Nougat OS on board as compared to the older Android Marshmallow.
Now, in fresh developments, the same OnePlus 2 handset has now been benchmarked with the newest Android 7.1.2 Nougat on board even before it gets the original v7.0. Well, this is not the most interesting part of the latest developments. Apparently, Geekbench has also been visited by OnePlus One running the same v7.1.2 of Nougat, which is quite strange given that the device’s hardware has been ruled out from the eligible hardware that supports Android Nougat.
Unlike OnePlus 2, the older OnePlus One has the Snapdragon 801 SoC, which has been claimed to be incompatible with Android Nougat. It’s possible that this 2014 flagship killer is running on a custom ROM – which could also be possible for OnePlus 2. Nevertheless, owners of the 2015 model are still adamant that OnePlus should release the new OS to the device because it meets all the minimum requirements.