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.
Video is nothing new on Facebook, but it could be a dedicated feature in the future. Facebook's testing a special feed to help users see only the videos posted from friends, viral videos or those from liked pages. It's like a personalized YouTube without leaving Facebook.
Some users are seeing a dedicated video tab in the normal Messenger shortcut. The tab isn't available in Android, but Facebook has stated the new suggested videos feature already on iOS should hit Android soon.
It's obvious Facebook is serious about videos and competing with YouTube. They've already rolled out features such as celebrity live streaming, 360 degree VR videos and more advanced creator tools. The new push for videos is just Facebook's way to make it your one stop destination while online. Of course, spending more time on the site equals more revenue from ads for them.
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Although it isn't official yet, latest leaks are suggesting that Samsung will not be waiting till the IFA 2017 to showcase the Galaxy Note 8. Instead, they will be hosting a separate Samsung exclusive event in New York to announce the next Note in line. This event will allegedly be held merely days before the IFA begins in September and the date is expected to be August 26. Even if this turns out to be true, LG will be right on the heels of Samsung with their successor to the LG V20, the LG V30; which is rumored to be launched on August 31st, a day before the IFA commences.
Given that the LG V30 will be significantly cheaper than the Galaxy Note 8 (expected price is $700), Samsung could have some serious competition on their hands. While the LG V30 will in all likelihood, not feature a curved panel, it is possible that LG may finally shift to OLED panels with the V30. Combine that with excellent camera performance which the V-series is famous for and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 to get an idea of what to expect.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)