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OnePlus is a sub-brand that's owned by Oppo, but the parent company does not exactly interfere in many of its operations. As a result, the online only OEM has made a name for its self in the recent years for delivering "flagship killer" smartphones that have astounding price-to-performance ratio. Although they are not as "cheap" anymore as they once were (unless you consider $439 to be cheap of course), the OnePlus 3T was still launched at almost half the price of the Galaxy S7 Edge, with arguably better hardware in some areas!




It looks like the OnePlus 5 is all set to continue its dominance over Android smartphones just like the OnePlus 3T did last year, when it comes to fast performance and high benchmark scores. Check out the benchmarks score above to see what we are talking about. Not to anyone's surprise, the iPhone 7 Plus continues to remain the undisputed king of single-core performance on Geekbench, but the upcoming OnePlus 5 has actually beaten the Galaxy S8+ quite convincingly in terms of multi-core performance! The S8+ did manage to hold the second position just after the iPhone 7 Plus though, beating the OnePlus 5 with just 15 points.


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Today, Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft will make an investment in, the Android ROM developer company, Cyanogen Inc. The Redmond giant is expected to become a minority investor in a $70 million round of equity financing.

 

The latest round of funding is said to value Cyanogen Inc. in the high hundreds of millions. Spokespeople from both Microsoft and Cyanogen Inc. declined to comment on the matter.

 

Cyanogen made quite a splash a few days ago when the company's CEO Kirt McMaster told an audience in San Francisco that the company wants to take Android away from Google. The ambitious startup plans to create a version of Android, which isn't dependent on Google Play apps and services.

 

 

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According to a report by Korea Herald, Samsung is all set to release a new batch of "explosion proof batteries" by the end of roughly two years at most. Yes, the irony of Samsung trying to make batteries that don't explode is not lost on us and let the Note 7 jokes rain! However, it's exactly that blunder which led Samsung to try and develop this solid state, stable battery in the first place.

 

The batteries are being researched and developed at Samsung's own Samsung SDI division and if they do manage to churn these batteries out like they are hoping to, you can rest assured that Samsung will be the first company to sport them. However, one point to be noted is that an executive at the SDI told Korea Herald that there's no guarantee that those non-explosive batteries will be used in future smartphones. He mentioned that is a call which will be made by Samsung electronics. On a side note, LG Chem is probably on the same track as well and it wouldn't be surprising to see both the companies come up with these safer batteries at nearly the same time.

 

Via: Korea Herald

 

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With all that's going on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's exploding batteries and the iPhone 7's somewhat disappointing unveiling, there is a perfect market for LG to introduce its flagship V20 smartphone to the consumers now. The chances of LG seeing a much better sales number with the V20 than it did with the V10 or the G5 is pretty high because at least a portion of the consumers looking to buy a new flagship device would be tempted to try out a premium device from a reputed company that has kept the 3.5mm jack and doesn't blow up while charging (hopefully!). Unfortunately, there is no definite news about the smartphone's availability, except the fact that it is expected to be released near the end of 2016.


This has been confirmed that the LG V20 will be the first smartphone in the world to be shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. Have a look at some of its other prominent features and decide for yourself if you should hold on from upgrading for just a little while longer.


Display: 5.7-inch QHD IPS panel


Dual rear cameras: 16mp sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 8mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/2.4 aperture.


Front camera: 5mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/1.9 aperture


Audio: Quad DAC technology for enhanced audio output via the speakers and the bundled Bang & Olufsen headphones


Battery: 3200 mAh Li-ion battery that's removable


Chipset and RAM: Qualcomm MSM8996 (SD 820) with 4GB of RAM


The only two things we did not like about the V20 so far are the 3200mAh battery which could have been slightly larger and the lack of water-resistance that both the Note 7 and the iPhone 7 has. Other than that, the LG V20 looks to be a solid smartphone and it might be a smart move if the Korean OEM pushed the device a little earlier than rumoured.


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