All other hypes and rumors were crushed when Oppomart listed the OnePlus 3 on their website with a price tag of $369. The product was marked as "out of stock," but it gave away almost everything about the phone with official pictures and detailed specs! You will find the "published" specifications of the OnePlus 3 below.
Display: 5.5" 1080p
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU and Adreno 530 GPU
RAM: 4GB/6GB (DDR4)
In-built storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB UFS 2.0
16-megapixel rear camera (Sony IMX298) with optical image stabilization
8-megapixel front camera
Fingerprint scanner in the Home button
Support for 4G LTE-FDD and multimode modem
Battery: 3,650mAh with Quick Charging
OS: Oxygen OS built on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
If this turns out to be true (which is very likely), then OnePlus is all set to deliver another stellar product to its customers. However, we think that the $369 price tag is meant for the entry level variant of the OnePlus 3, so if you want the beastly version with 6GB of RAM, you might have to shell out more. Do you like what you see? What do you think the beefiest variant of the OnePlus 3 would be priced at?
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As the hype is now over the arguably cheapest flagship smartphone for the year 2017 is out, let's now take a look at the best and the worst parts of the OnePlus 5.
The combination of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 8GB or RAM and 128GB of internal storage are specifications that no other phone on the planet can deliver at the moment. Consider the fact that the Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, which is its closest competitor in terms of specs, costs more than a thousand dollars in China and India. The OnePlus 5 with 2 extra gigs of RAM and a brilliant dual camera setup costs about $539! Say what you will, no other phone can beat the OnePlus 5 in terms of price-to-performance value. Add all of this to the super smooth and ultra useful Oxygen OS and we have an instant winner on our hands.
It looks like an iPhone 7 Plus and that's not a good thing. In a world where a lot of people blame Android smartphones for copying Apple iPhones, the OnePlus 5 took a step backward by copying the iPhone 7 Plus in terms of the design and losing its own unique appeal in the process. Also, there was the initial false claim of 2X optical zoom (it's actually 1.6X as it was found later) and an AMOLED display that needed to be QHD this year.
Should You Buy it?
To be honest, nothing can match the feeling of actually using a Galaxy S8/S8+ and its curved QHD+ Super AMOLED display and bezel-less design, but then again those phones cost twice as much (unless you get it on a deal). Having said that, there is no smartphone in existence today that can match the experience offered by the OnePlus 5 at under $550. If that's your budget, you just cannot go wrong with this one.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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OnePlus has a reputation for mid-range smartphones but after years of keeping its budget-conscious consumers happy, the company is now moving to premium high-end flagships. OnePlus 8 Pro is its latest premium flagship smartphone starting at $899. It is one of the most expensive phones in the market right now even though it hasn't crossed the $1000 price line yet. OnePlus has been keen on its design, visual changes, and material choices. It even unveiled a concept phone that aims to showcase their evolving proficiency in colors, material, and final look and feel. With the OnePlus 8 Pro, the company decided to finally go for wireless charging, implementing its new 30-watt wireless warp charge, and finally adding rationality to their decision of using the fragile backing material.
Last year's model, the OnePlus 7 was considerably larger than what any user would consider comfortable. The OnePlus 8 Pro has similar weight and dimensions, but it's slightly narrow and taller. However, the display area is 6.67" diagonally to 6.68". The company opted for a punch hole at the top of the screen at its front side. This is interesting as compared to the last generation when OnePlus 7 Pro has a true full-screen display, free of instructions. Some users might find teardrop cutout in the top-center of the screen less intrusive than any hole punch.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also has new display features such as motion processing, adaptive display white balance, and SDR-to-HDR up-mapping. OnePlus partnered with a company called Pixelworks for these features, and there is a dedicated display processor in the OnePlus 8 Pro that handles them. You can read more about these features (as well as with a few others) in our separate OnePlus 8 display tech preview.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 12MP camera that results in very sharp edges, and the image processing favors aggressively high contrast and saturation. The front-facing camera is really good even in low-light conditions. However, the result may not come as the best as compared to the other rival's cameras. The handset comes with the latest OxygenOS addition with a new dark mode.
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are now official and would be the first phones of 2020 by the company. But there are some rumors about a mid-range smartphone OnePlus Z for a few weeks now. So is the new phone predecessor of the company's 2015's mid-range Oneplus X? Earlier the leaks showed us a mid-range OnePlus phone without any name. Later on, it took the name OnePlus 8 lite. But it is renamed as OnePlus Z by the leakers. XDA-developers.com's Max Weinbach came up with the news first. According to him, the company is referring to the upcoming phone as OnePlus Z. The rumor was also supported by one more technology writer so we can rely on the news so far.
The phone was initially planned to be unveiled along with the OnePlus 8 series at the product announcement page, but the management decided to postpone the launch due to the coronavirus situation. It is estimated by the technology enthusiasts that the phone will be launched by the end of June or by mid-July at max. Another reputed leaker on Twitter hints at the launch in July.
The leaked images by OnLeaks and 91mobiles on Twitter show a phone with a punch-hole display, a possible glass rear panel, and what could be an alert slider like other OnePlus smartphones. These rendered images don't seem to show a headphone port, which might be a big disappointment. We have seen premium smartphone ditch the port in recent years, but mid-range devices tend to stay away from this trend so far. The OnePlus 8 series phone tends to keep the cutout on the left side rather than in the center. There will be a dual-camera series rather than the latest triple or quad-camera system trend.
Despite being the mid-range smartphone, the OnePlus Z has some impressive hardware specs. As per leaks, it might be using a MediaTek processor and a 90Hz screen. For security, it includes an in-display fingerprint sensor, 8GB RAM, 128GB to 256GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery, and 30W charging. The camera system includes a 48MP primary camera lens. The phone would retail for around $500 but we might see some price difference according to the regions they are being launched.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset has been unveiled, setting the stage for new flagships in 2018. It's still going to be a few months of course before we see the chip in action inside any smartphone, but till then, here is everything that you need to know.
· Semi-custom ARM Cortex Kryo 385 CPU and Adreno 630 GPU built on Samsung's 2nd gen 10nm LPP FinFET process
· 2 MB of shared L3 cache
· Four performance cores with clock speeds up to 2.8 GHz and four energy efficient cores with a max clock speed of 1.7 GHz
· 25% increase in performance as compared to the SD 835 CPU
· 30% improvement in graphics and video rendering performance by the GPU
· The Adrenon630 can support 120Hz displays of 2K resolutions
· 30% better energy-efficiency
· room-scale 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)
· 3rd generation Vector DSP with HVX, aka the Hexagon 685. It is optimized for AI and imaging workloads
· Support for Google's Android Nueral Networks API, Open Neural Network Exchange and TensorFlow Lite
· Support for 480 fps slow motion 720p video, 60 fps video recording at up to 16-mp resolution
· Ability to capture 64 times more high-dynamic range color information than the SD 835
· multi-frame noise reduction
· accelerated software image stabilization
· temporal filtering with motion compensation
· 10-bit HDR support and support for the Rec. 2020 gamut for 4K/Ultra HD content
· Improved Wi-Fi modem and X20 LTE modem
· Support for License Assisted Access (LAA) for unlicensed spectrum, dual SIM with dual VoLTE, 4×4 MIMO on up to 3 carriers and 5x carrier aggregation
· Diversity-enhanced 60 GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi for stronger multi-gigabit coverage at speeds up to 4.6 Gbps
· 802.11ac Wi-Fi with up to a 16 times faster connection setup, simultaneous dual-band support, and 30% more capacity utilization
If all this didn't blow you over, don't worry because there's a lot more and you can check it all out in details at Android Authority.
The year 2020 has begun and with CES 2020 we have already seen lots of advancements in smartphone technology. Folding phones and laptops is already a reality while 5G smartphones are getting a common thing. Due to the growing competition between smartphone companies we are witnessing some great smartphones at a low price. Apart from $1000 phones, there are many budget-friendly phones that can leave you confused if you want to buy a new phone this year. Choosing the best phone within your price range seems more like a dilemma now.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a great phone and affordable at the same time. Despite being so inexpensive it has premium Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a gaming processor with liquid cool technology, Wi-Fi X anteena, and cortex-A76 architecture. It is powered by a powerful GPU that can run high-intensity games at a sustainably high frame rate. The device has a huge 4500mAh long-lasting battery that comes with an in-box 18W fast charger. With looks and feel like a dream of 4-sided 3D curved back, it has a 91.4% screen-to-body ratio. Due to its curved back, it fits comfortably in your hand.
It starts with 6G RAM and multifunctional NFC flagship experience which can handle all challenges easily. With a 3.5 mm headphone jack you can charge your phone while listening to the phone. The splash-proof coating protects the device against accidental splashes and spills that increases phone life and strength. The Redmi Note 8 is the first phone to come up with a 48MP quad-camera. It delivers high-resolution images for up to 3.26m tall poster printing. 64MP ultra-high-resolution camera almost doubles the number of pixels up to 8K resolution. The Redmi Note 8 Pro can also shoot slow motion videos up to 960fps. With a macro lens, you can take up to a 2cm close-up. For the selfie, it has a 20MP camera that comes with AO portrait mode with blurred background adjustments.
As we reported earlier, there will probably be only one variant of the Galaxy Note 7 this year and it will have an Edge display. Although the specifications are more or less out by this point, we can never be sure until and unless we actually hear an official announcement on August 2. Nevertheless, here are the important bits from what we know about the upcoming Note so far.
CPU - Exynos 8890 (Overclocked) for Europe and Snapdragon 823 for the US
RAM - 6GB
Display - Quad High Definition (1440p) Super AMOLED Dual Edge display (5.8-inch curved screen)
Battery - 4,000mAh
Rear camera - The same 12-megapixel camera as seen on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but with better software
It may also sport a first of its kind iris scanner, an USB Type-C port and IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. There was and possibly still is a bit of confusion regarding the type of display that the upcoming Note will sport, but all major signs and reports indicate that only an Edge variant will be made available this year. If you are interested, check out our Galaxy Note 7 specifications page for a more detailed list of specs.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After all the speculation, rumors and leaks that had been surrounding the two upcoming handsets for months, they are finally here. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the MWC 2018 yesterday and here's everything that you need to know about the two handsets.
The Big Change
Perhaps one of the biggest changes which the S-series saw this year with the S9 and the S9+ was the stark separation between the regular and the "Plus" model. Following Apple's footsteps, the S9 will now come with a comparatively inferior single camera setup, while only the S9+ will be sporting the dual camera setup. Additionally, the S9 will just be having 4GB of RAM, while the S9+ will enjoy better multitasking with 6GB of RAM.
The lenses on smartphone cameras are usually so small that variable aperture has never really been a feasible option, until now. Apparently, both the S9 and the S9+ will be featuring a camera with variable aperture. Which means that when there's ample natural light to work with the user will be able to use f/2.4 for sharper images, but when the amount of light available is too low, the lens will switch to an ultra-high aperture size of f/1.5 to allow a great deal of light to enter though the lens.
Super Slow Motion
Just like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, the S9 and S9+ are capable of capturing super slow-motion videos at 960fps, but at 720p only. It lasts just for a few seconds, but kicks in at the right time by automatically detecting motion.
Not only are the speakers louder this year, the earpiece will also act as a second speaker, making it a stereo combination. The actual sound quality is not much different from what we saw on the Galaxy S8 last year though.
Repositioned Fingerprint Scanner
The fingerprint scanner has been repositioned under the camera this year around, which is an expected and welcome change.
Yup, it's quite similar to Apple's Animojis, with a few added features. Now you will be able to create animated versions of yourself with the AR Emoji feature on an Android smartphone as well, if that sort of thing appeals to you of course.
The S9 and the S9+ look quite similar to the S8 and S8+ with their identical QHD+, 18.5:9, Super AMOLED displays at 5.8 and 6.2-inches respectively, but both of them are packing much more powerful hardware underneath, thanks to either the Exynos 9810 SoC or the SD 845 SoC. All other specs from the S8 and S8+ are almost the same and Samsung has still retained the 3.5mm audio jack thankfully! Color options for the devices include Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple in the US.
Although the pricing details have not yet been revealed, the phones will become available in stores from March 16. As always, pre-orders will open much sooner.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After years of speculations, rumors, leaks and anticipation, the Korean giant has finally provided a look at their first foldable smartphone prototype during the SDC, as expected. Google is already developing apps for the foldable design and for all intents and purposes, this is what the next step in the evolution of smartphones is going to be. Take a look at the following points to know everything that was revealed during the conference and press meet.
Galaxy X or Galaxy F?
While nothing was mentioned regarding the name of the device, it's probably going to be named Galaxy X, which will likely replace the current-gen Galaxy S9 on the eve of the flagship line-up's tenth anniversary next year.
The Foldable Display
There will possibly be the same 4.5-inch/7.3-inch form factor in the final device as well. In case you are not clear on that, consider it to be an in-folding device (Infinity Flex Display) that has one external 4.5-inch display, which will be active while the phone is closed and you want it to be portable. The main display inside is a massive, foldable panel (7.3-inch) that turns the phone into a small tablet, when required. As Samsung has mentioned that there will be support for three separate apps at the same time, it is probable that the 7.3-inch display will be able to function as two separate ones by separating from the middle (the folding line).
Availability of the phone wasn't confirmed but Samsung did mention that they will go into mass production in the coming months, which means that we will most likely see the device in 2019, which is especially likely if this technology is meant to be used in the Galaxy S10 (likely to be called Galaxy X).
This is anybody's guess really at this point, but expect nothing short of a premium price tag on the device when it comes out and that price tag will most certainly be at least $1,200 - $1,500.
Samsung was beaten to the punch by the Rouyu FlexiPai which was showcased just a week ago, but the FlexiPai sported an out-folding design while the prototype by Samsung is clearly an in-folding phone. The likes of LG, Lenovo, Xiaomi, Huawei and even Microsoft are also working on bringing flexible displays to the market in 2019, so it does look like the next big step in display tech evolution since the flat-screen revolution is finally here.
Just a week ago, Oppo decided to tease its upcoming smartphone - The Oppo Reno 3 Pro which is also 5G enabled. The device is equipped with four cameras at the rear side and a thin look. But so far, we have more information on the specs of the phone due to official and unofficial leaks. Starting with the official information available on Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G the official website shows a pair of phones with a quad-camera at the back of the device. There is a punch-hole cutout on the left side on the pro model, and a waterdrop notch on the standard Reno 3. The former decision means the Shark Fin pop-up camera spotted on the Oppo Reno 10x zoom edition isn't available.
On the hardware side, according to Oppo's official website, the Reno 3 Pro 5G is powered by a Snapdraogn 765G, while the vanilla model is powered by a MediaTek 5G chip. MediaTek has only one 5G enabled processor at the moment, which is the flagsip-tier Dimensity 1000 chipset. The interesting thing here is the comparison between Snadpdragon 765G and Dimensity 1000, as the Dimensity 1000 beats the later in terms of power.
According to the unofficial sources, TENNA telecommunications the device will have a punch-hole cutout on the left side of the display, with an identical quad rear camera housing. The TENNA listing also gives some detail on the specs, like a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, an in-display fingerprint, a 3.935mAh battery, 8GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. The quad camera system will have a 48MP primary camera, a 13MP, 8MP, and 2MP camera with 5X zoom. The front camera will have a 32MP selfie lens. The device comes with an Android 10 out-of-box. As per leaked images, there seems no headphone port for this device.
Today a few leaked images of the possible Oppo Reno 3 5G and Oppo Reno 3 Pro just surfaced on Weibo. The photos has a blue color phone with a triple camera at the rear side, though it could also be a quad-camera array. There is a small notch in front of the device. The device in the picture doesn't have any logo of the company at the backside, but probably, it will be included before the launch.
The Oppo Reno 3 5G and Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G will be releasing on December 26 just before the end of the year 2019. The phone will likely be available in the market by the January 2020. The event will be held at the Hangzhou International Expo Center in Hangzhou, China. According to the leaks so far, the phone will be available in two different colors. There will be a hole-punch style camera cutout on the front of the device for the selfie camera. The Reno 3 5G is running Android 10 with Color OS 7 at the top. It has 8G RAM, 128GB internal storage. While the phone supports a dual-SIM.
Both Reno 3 devices supports dual-band 5G connectivity. There won't be a 4G-only version of either devices, as far as rumors are concerned, so if you are going to buy Oppo Reno 3, you will be getting 5G phone. The vertically aligned quad camera system is in much the same spot as the one on the P30 Pro. According to the official sources, Oppo Reno 3 is powered by a Snapdrogon 765G processor, while the vanilla 5G model is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset.
This is interesting because MediTek chipset is more powerful than the Snapdragon chip. The device has a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint sensor. Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G has a 4,025mAh battery, while rumors suggest the vanilla Reno 3 5G will sport a 3,935mAh battery. Other specs listed by TENAA include a 48MP+13MP+8MP+2MP quad rear camera (with 5X zoom on one camera), a 32MP selfie snapper, Android 10, and no headphone port.
We reported before about the Lexus Hoverboard and showed couple of teasers that were published on YouTube showing this cool thing Hovering on air.
Is it Real ? YES... Lexus has officially unveiled its Hoverboard in Spain. It's sadly not as cool as we expected. firstly, It can't be used anywhere you want... it needs a special "Track" in the ground like the train.
In the video ads, Lexus build a special Park for it, The park is made out of wood that has been painted to look like cement, with an embedded magnetic track that had clearly been covered with some sort of plaster in an effort to conceal it. Strike one: the Lexus board can't be used anywhere you want. Marty McFly would be disappointed.
One more let-down, Lexus hoverboard works with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets, which means it needs to be cooled down to around -180 degrees Celsius using liquid nitrogen in order to achieve levitation. so you gonna need a fresh supply of liquid nitrogen with you all the time. You can watch the full story in the video below.
If you are even remotely interested about Apple and its products, then you probably already know that the company is going to reveal the next iPhones on September 12. However, that's not going to be all that the Cupertino giant will reveal, as you will see next.
The New iPhones
There will be three iPhones this year and none of them will have a Home button or a fingerprint scanner, just like the current gen iPhone X doesn't. They will be named iPhone X (same 5.8" OLED with updated internals), iPhone Xs (6.1" LCD with single camera) and iPhone Xs Max (6.5" with dual cameras).
The Next iPad Pro
The next iPad Pro will be launched in the same 12.9" model, but a newer 11-inch model might just replace the 10.5-inch form factor this year. Aside from updated internals, it is expected that the new iPad Pro will not have the Home button either, giving us the first bezel-less tablet!
A new MacBook Air with a cheaper price tag might be headed towards us this year, but we will have to see where Apple decides to cut corners to keep the price down.
Mac Mini Pro?
An affordable Mac without a display and a small form factor is what the Mac Mini has been so far, but this year, Apple is rumored to add more juice to the mini computers for professional users.
New Apple Watch
The Apple Watch Series 4 will definitely be coming with the latest iPhones and there will probably be two variants this year. Both the variants will sport bigger displays and higher resolution for better visibility thankfully. They will also be shipped with the new WatchOS 5.
Those are the main attractions at the show of course, but rumor also has it that the previously announced AirPower wireless charging pad with the capability of charging three Apple devices (Apple Watch, iPhone ad AirPods) simultaneously will also be unveiled at the show, along with a charging case for the AirPods. We will find out how much of these rumors are true in just three days' time.
The release date of Apple's iPhone 12 is still a few months far, but we have already seen some leaks and rumors coming to the surface. Apple's fans are hoping that iPhone 12 gets some big changes to the design and OS. To be honest, we haven't seen any big improvements in the iPhone series since the iPhone X. Even the iPhone XS was a similar phone with very changes in the hardware here and there. The rumors suggest that Apple might release four phones in the next series that is unlikely. There might be an affordable version for iPhone 12 this year as well, the new iPhone SE become the hottest selling phone this year.
The recent rumors suggest the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max are set to be released around the second week of September. It's almost always unveiled on a Tuesday too, so we can assume that it might be released on September 8 or September 15. Although, some rumors suggest that it might delay due to COVID-19 pandemic but it is unlikely to happen as Apple is a very disciplined company. As of May 2020, the most recent news on this subject comes from a report in The Wall Street Journal, which states that the production of the iPhone 12 has been delayed by around a month.
When it comes to the iPhone 12 price, it's likely to stay broadly in line with the current models. For reference, the iPhone 11 started at $699, the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099. As rumors, there will be four different sizes for iPhone 12 series to choose from. iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch display, iPhone 12 Max, and iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1-inch display, iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display. Apple analyst Ming-Cho Kuo suggests that iPhone 12 will have a metal frame. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max were available in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold alongside the Midnight Green. Those shades may remain for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, but we've yet to hear any firm evidence those colors will return.
Since the Motorola re-joined the mobile industry, it was relying on the small budget but last year in December Motorola President Sergio Buniac announced that it would bring a flagship smartphone in early 2020. The company didn't say much about the phone and kept everything so secret - even we had to know about its name (now confirmed) through rumors. But that doesn't stop rumors to surface as the New Year started. Thanks to the renders leaked by OnLeaks and PriceBaba, now we know how the Motorola Edge Plus might look like. After looking at the pictures the first thing you might notices is one of the 2019's most polarizing features - a waterfall display.
For the selfie camera, the smartphone uses a cutout to house the front camera lens. On the back of the phone, you will see a triple-lens camera array arranged in a vertically aligned fashion. Another imagery leak suggests that the smartphone will feature a 108MP primary sensor on the standard variant of the phone. The back of the device doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, and we might expect the in-display fingerprint sensor on the phone. There is also a possibility that the fingerprint reader is integrated with one of the buttons on the side, but that might not be the case.
Furthermore, the leaked renders of the Motorola Edge Plus suggests a headphone jack at the top and a USB-C port at the bottom of the device.
Rumors suggest that the Motorola Edge plus has a 6.67-inch 2,340 x 1,080 display that runs from edge to edge. It will most likely support a 90Hz display refresh rate. It is also expected to come with Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity support. The phone also supports the 5G network.
The Motorola President Buniac said it would be the fastest 5G phone on the Qualcomm's flagship smartphone with 5G speeds greater than 5Gbps. The phone may launch several new applications with the phone including the Moto assistant, Moto Game Time, and Moto audio. Game Time has introduced a customizable toolbar for users to easily access settings and other tools useful while playing games. Some of these features could include notification blocking, brightness locking, and more.