As technology continues to expand at an incredible rate, so does the amount of impressive devices springing up. One such device is that of the OnePlus 8 Pro. Since the OnePlus One burst onto the market in 2014, OnePlus have continued to provide a first-class gaming experience for a much cheaper price than the high-end phones.
Of course, phones are no longer just a contacting device; they are cameras, mini computers and even mini consoles. Almost anything can be played on a smartphone, whether that's first-person shooter games or even the likes of American casino sites. And, as the amount of promotions for mobile gamers continues to grow, then so will the number of users.
Included in this category is the OnePlus 8 Pro; now hailed as one of the best all-round phones for Android gamers, the Pro will set you back £600, but it is seemingly worth every penny.
The 8 Pro is £50 dearer than one of its predecessors the 7T, but with the enhanced performance, its 5G capability and a classier design, that extra £50 gives you a lot more for your money.
A more suave design
The main thing that £50 price hike gets you over the 7T - alongside improved performance and 5G - is a classier design.
On first look, it's hard to tell the difference between the OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus 8. They have the same screen-heavy fronts and same curvy glass back, but the Pro's centrally-mounted camera module costs more with chunkier housing and more sensors. The Pro also possesses a greater curved screen edge and is lighter, making one-handed usage easier.
The Pro wins in performance
What the OnePlus 8 lacks in regards to the Pro is the absence of QHD resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, but a 6.55-inch 1080p AMOLED display is still bright and sharp enough to portray accurate colours and an impressive high contrast.
Its 90Hz refresh rate is, however, 50% higher than any iPhone so games on platforms like sagamblingsites.co.za that support higher frame rates can benefit.
In terms of gaming and performance, the OnePlus 8 and the Pro both contain the Snapdragon 865 CPU - which is as fast as an Android phone will allow right now. Whilst the Pro has the lightning-fast LPDDR5 RAM, the OnePlus 8 provides a choice of 8GB or 12GB of RAM which is more than enough for even the most demanding of games.
The 8 claws back some ground with battery life
Both phones also possess a ‘Fnatic Mode' which optimizes the phone's resources for gaming, blocking all notifications. The Game Space app enables micromanagement of the 8, with features such as answering calls on speakerphone whilst gaming, for example.
Where the OnePlus 8 blasts the Pro into the water is in terms of battery life. With a less bright, sharp and high-refresh rate display than the Pro, you can game for hours. Plus, the included 30W USB-C charger will boost the battery back up in quick time.
Both outstanding phones, the Pro just edges it
So whilst, the OnePlus 8 may not be as ‘out there' as the Pro, it is still an incredible piece of kit for less than £600. A Snapdragon 865 CPU and large 90Hz display makes it ideal for gaming, and, with a battery life and software detail that are outstanding to say the least, it is certainly equipped for long gaming usage. Its more expensive sibling - the Pro - may well be a clearer choice, but the OnePlus 8 still packs a great punch.
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Back in 2014, Apple won their lawsuit against Samsung when the California federal court held the Korean electronics giant guilty of copyright infringement on Apple's patents. The court had ordered Samsung to pay a whopping $119.6 million to Apple as compensation. Primarily, Apple had filed for copyright infringement on three patents; quick links, auto-correct and slide-to-unlock. While they did win the patent wars back in 2014, it seems like the tables are turning now.
The appeals court not only has rejected the federal court's verdict, but has also decided that Apple themselves have infringed on one of Samsung's patents! After going through all the information and the entirety of the case, the new verdict is that the technology used by Samsung in their smartphones for the recognition of phone numbers and other such data and turning them into interactive links is actually different from the technology used in quick link. The two other claims of copyright infringement against Samsung were considered to be downright invalid by the court and thus discarded.
Samsung commented on this matter through a spokesperson who considered the verdict to be "a win for consumer choice." Apple on the other hand, had nothing to say on the matter so far. On a side note, Apple is now trying to convince the US Supreme Court to stop Samsung from appealing against a different case which had earlier ended up in Samsung's agreement of paying $548 million in damages.
You read that headline right, although the "team up" part might have been a bit overstated! But you can't really blame me for my excitement, given the two company's historic rivalry and court contests. In a seemingly strange turn of events, it looks like Samsung is backing Apple in their ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm. Samsung is not alone in making its support towards Apple's case public though, because Intel too is onboard this "alliance." But then again, Intel does have a very big stake in the matter as well.
Apple had sued Qualcomm for $1 billion with support from the Federal Trade commission, in accusation that the chipmaker is using its position in the US market to force Apple into paying very high and unreasonable patent royalties for their baseband processor. As expected, Qualcomm sued them back by launching another lawsuit in return, which stated that Apple is not making payments that they are supposed to, as per previous agreements. Since Qualcomm is now trying ban Apple from selling and importing any iPhone that doesn't run on a Qualcomm affiliated chip, Samsung and Intel are trying to make sure that doesn't happen. Given that Apple is now buying chips from Intel, while Samsung and Qualcomm are no longer partners, this move actually makes sense.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The good news is that Google has now rolled out an official update for Android powered devices that will warn you as soon as spam callers call your number. The bad news is that this update and the ensuing features are only available to Android One and Nexus devices. We bet hardcore Google loyalists are feeling pretty smug right now!
Google posted the following via its own social media website, Google+.
"Spam callers be gone! Today, we're beginning to update your Google Phone app with spam protection on #Nexus and #Android One devices to warn you about potential spam callers,"
Spam Protection should become effective as soon as you download and install the update but in order to use the feature, you will have to have Called ID turned on from the settings menu of your phone. In addition to providing protection against the spammers, there will also be an option to report the shady numbers as spam. You can simply block the number from the app itself if they continue to bother you with repeated phone calls.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In 2014, Android Gained more market share with over than 47% of the whole mobile market Smartphones are running a version of the Android OS.
In an interview with Bloomberg in 2012. Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt said that Android is quite clearly winning its war against iOS. Schmidt compared the rivalry between Android and iOS in the mobile OS space to the Microsoft versus Apple debacle 20 years ago... He was right.
"This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago Microsoft versus Apple. We're winning that war pretty clearly now." - Eric Schmidt, Google