Android smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus, has a new model, the OnePlus 2 on the way. After the smartphone specs detailed in a recent leak, the company came forward and unveiled that the powerhouse behind the new handset will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 CPU. Recently, the 810 has been tied to overheating in other devices, making users worry about future capabilities of the OnePlus 2.
OnePlus has taken to their blog to allay consumer fears about hot handsets. According to OnePlus,
“we assure you that we have taken all the necessary precautions and beyond to prevent this from occurring in the 2. We worked very closely with Qualcomm’s engineers to integrate an improved version of the chipset (v2.1) in the OnePlus 2, and fine-tuned both hardware and software. The 2 will be ‘cooler than ever'”.
The OnePlus 2 will feature sheets of thermal gel and graphite between the multiple CPU’s that make up the 810. The graphite is designed to dissipate heat generated by the processors.
OnePlus has also optimized its proprietary OS, OxygenOS, to work with the Snapdragon 810. It claims that of the eight processors embedded in the new phone, a variety of tasks are dedicated to different processors. So, larger CPU’s are tasked with high-level graphics and gaming, while others handle texting and email. OxygenOS avoids using processors in close proximity with each other at the same time. This technique should prevent heat from building up within the handset.
OnePlus isn’t the only company hit with rumors about the 810 v2.1 generating heat. Sony’s Z3+ (known as the Z4 in Japan) is supposedly having issues with the same CPU.
The 810 featured in the OnePlus 2 is a much higher-end processor than the OnePlus One’s 801 CPU. This, of course, leads to higher prices. The OnePlus One originally retailed in the mid-$300’s. Although the company has yet to release pricing on the new model, they state, “the price of the 2 will certainly be higher than $322.”