OnePlus is the pioneer in bringing flagship grade smartphones at an affordable price and unlike most other Chinese vendors who flood the market with offerings in every price segment, they stick to releasing one or two smartphones per year. This year, OnePlus is rumoured to release a second more powerful version of its OnePlus 3, aka the OnePlus 3T. While there have been no official confirmation regarding the handset, rumors are going haywire. Here's a short overview of what we have heard so far.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC will replace the older SD 820
Upgraded Sony IMX395 16-mp camera sensor with f/1.7 aperture and dual-core autofocus
Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed.
According to Evan Blass (@evleaks), the OnePlus 3T will be priced at $80 more than the original OnePlus 3. If that is indeed the case then the 64GB version of the 3T might just be priced at $480.
Rumors suggest that the OnePlus 3T will see the light of day in December and we tend to agree. A December release would mean a six-month gap in-between both the older OnePlus 3 and the upcoming OnePlus 4. There's also the Holiday season coming up, so December does seem quite likely, provided such a device actually exists of course!
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Evan Blass does it again as he releases the eagerly awaited specifications of the upcoming OnePlus 3. If he is right, then it's all good news for fans of the Chinese OEM. NFC makes a comeback to this year's OnePlus and we love that. Also, as expected, the OnePlus 3 will come equipped with the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC and 6 gigabytes of RAM on the premium variant. There will also be a cheaper 4GB variant apparently.
Since manufacturing OLED panels are now cheaper than ever, it is not really surprising to see that the OnePlus 3 will be adopting an AMOLED panel for its display. The resolution has not yet been revealed, but rumors suggest that OnePlus will stick to the 1080p resolution for this year as well.
Reportedly, there will be a 3,000 mAh battery, state of the art fingerprint scanner and an USB Type-C port. What is interesting is that OnePlus might actually be testing out Android N on its upcoming flagship phone as you read this. However, it would be highly unlikely (but an excellent surprise!) for the Plus 3 to operate on Android N right out of the box. The chances of the budget flagship device running on Marshmallow at launch are far greater.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
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)
Has the next "flagship killer" from OnePlus been revealed already via "unofficial" means? Carl Pei mentioned back in February that the OnePlus 3 is scheduled for a release near the end of June, but the curtains might have already been lifted. It has now become customary for almost all popular smartphones to get "leaked" prior to its official release date and the OnePlus 3 has seen its own share of that as well. Nonetheless, the latest leaked photos that we are seeing here seem like the genuine deal.
The first thing that hits us on looking at the photos is the metal body. It looks like the Sandstone Black finish will be rested for now in favor of metal. Whether you liked it on the previous models or not, the fingerprint scanner is still a part of the Home button, as per the images we are seeing here. There isn't much else that the photos reveal, but more of these leaked photos are sure to turn up soon.
If you want specifications of the OnePlus 3, there are plenty of rumors going around about them. The popular idea is that there will be two versions of the smartphone with slightly varying hardware inside. The premium model will allegedly sport 6GB of RAM, along with 64GB of in-built storage, while the comparatively cheaper model will have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Both versions will most likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC just like most other flagships this year.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
OnePlus has officially confirmed that it is indeed about to launch its next flagship smartphone and the date is set on November 15. The company tweeted the following message on November 8 and confirmed what the rumor mill is still calling the OnePlus 3T.
"T-7: The @Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2.35GHz) is coming your way. Find out more on November 15."
Apart from the bump in processor as stated by the Tweet, Carl Pei has confirmed that the upcoming OnePlus device will also be sporting the same Optic AMOLED display as the OnePlus 3. As AMOLED displays provide punchier colors and deeper blacks to produce an overall better display quality than LCD panels, we were glad to hear that the rumor about OnePlus shifting to LCD in light of production issues with the AMOLED panels isn't true for now.
Speculations regarding other specs include a 4,000 mAh battery, redesigned OxygenOS powered by Android 7.0 Nougat and most astoundingly, 8GB of RAM! We are not yet sure that OnePlus will actually opt for 8GB of RAM, but it can happen. We will find out everything in a few hours from now as the world prepares for the launch of the next "flagship killer" tomorrow.
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The OnePlus 3 is an extremely well made smartphone, especially considering the price and it's about to get even better. Engadget has received confirmation from the head of OnePlus's software department, Brian Yoon, that a beta build for the OnePlus community will be ready by the end of November. What this also means is that the final build of Android 7.0 with the new Oxygen OS on top will be reaching OnePlus 3 smartphones all over the world via OTA by the end of 2016. Considering that 2016 only has one more month left in it, it would be safe to conclude that the final build will land on the OnePlus 3 next month.
OnePlus isn't a company that's known for providing speedy updates, but that seems to have changed thanks to a pretty big decision. They have merged the development teams responsible for maintaining and updating the HydrogenOS in China with their counterpart for the international OxygenOS to create one unified strong software department that will provide their customers with much faster updates. In fact, even the OnePlus 2 will receive the upgrade to Android Nougat, later in 2017.
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It was made official in November that OnePlus would be updating its current-gen flagship handsets to Android Nougat by the end of 2016. OnePlus has kept true to that promise as Carl Pei (CEO of OnePlus) confirmed that the company has managed to release the final stable version of the OS on 31st December, 2016. The Oxygen OS v4.0 firmware based on Nougat 7.0 is now live and rolling out to OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones around the world via OTA.
Some of the changes that this update will bring to the two devices include the following.
Improved shelf customization
Redesigned notification menu and settings overlay
The ability to reply to messages from the notifications menu
The ability to change icons in the status bar
Support for custom DPI
Quick Launch for third-party applications
Available only to the OnePlus 3 earlier, the Open Beta 1 program is now also available to the OnePlus 3T, as announced by the OEM. If you want, the beta firmware is available for downloading and flashing manually onto your OnePlus 3/3T, but keep in mind that this will make your device a part of OnePlus's beta release cycle and the subsequent OTA updates will keep coming accordingly. If you don't want that then just wait a few days until the official, stable version arrives for your smartphone.
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The speculations regarding the next OnePlus smartphone's numbering was right on point, as made evident by the Chinese OEM itself today. The rumors were confident that the next OnePlus would be named OnePlus 5, intentionally skipping the number 4 for superstitious reasons. The superstition behind the belief in work is (allegedly) the fact that the Chinese associate the umber 4 with death. We are not sure about the story, but whatever the reasons are, they were right! OnePlus has just released a teaser image on Weibo which you can check out above. It shows the 1+ Logo and a text that simply reads, "HELLO 5." The image was accompanied by some added text which read, "Hey Summer! Give me five."
In case you haven't figured it out already, the "HELLO 5" is a confirmation that the next smartphone from the company's stable will indeed be called OnePlus 5. The text on the other hand, clearly teases a summer release. If we were to make an intelligent guess, we would say that the phone will be released at least in China by the end of July (latest), if not sooner. The dual camera module at the back, the SD 835 chip and the 3,600mAh Dash Charging battery sounds amazing, but we do hope the resolution is bumped up to 1440p this time around.
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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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We are not sure about it so don't blame us if it isn't so! However, from the latest barrage of leaks, photos and renders, it seems like OnePlus has done something that Chinese smartphone makers are often accused of doing; they have copied Apple and dropped the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack... Check out some of the photos yourself and let us know if you think these are fakes or if it is indeed the sad truth. They do look mighty realistic though, unfortunately...
Nevertheless, the OnePlus 5's dual camera (which is all but confirmed at this point) does look pretty sick and there are after all quite a few perks like Lossless audio and virtual surround sound associated with delivering audio via the USB Type-C port. Also, just like all other manufacturers, I am pretty sure OnePlus will at least be bundling in the adapter, if not the USB Type-C headphones. I will never understand why you would skimp out on a headphone jack if you have the room, but that seems to be the norm nowadays. On a positive note, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ still does retain their headphone jacks, so you will always have the best Android flagship smartphone of 2017 (yet) to fall back on if the OnePlus 5 fails its fans.
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Inarguably, the OnePlus 5 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017 and even if you are a diehard fan of Samsung or Apple, chances are that you are taking a look at this article now just to see what the Chinese manufacturer might have cooked up this year. We won't disappoint you because we do have a lot of info on the OnePlus 5 for you today.
The Slimmest Flagship
According to CEO Pete Lau, the upcoming smartphone is going to be the slimmest flagship smartphone ever made, but that slimness will not come at the cost of performance or functionality in any way. However, there is a bit of confusion regarding whether the OnePlus 5 will indeed be the slimmest flagship smartphone in the world or just the slimmest flagship ever made by the company.
The Phone Beneath
In the latest teaser, we see a phone that is smaller in dimensions than the OnePlus 3, hidden beneath the OnePlus 3T. While this serves to show that it will be smaller and slimmer than the 3T, nothing else was revealed.
The Release Date
A "leaked" poster on Weibo shows the release date of an OnePlus device to be June 15; whether or not it can be trusted is something that is beyond us at the moment.
What We Know
The OnePlus 5 will without a shred of doubt, will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Adreno 540 combo, helped by at least 6GB or even 8GB of RAM for an unprecedented multitasking experience. The 5.5-inch screen size will be retained with a bumped up QHD resolution. 64GB should be available from the start and a 128GB variant could be making an appearance later in the year as well.
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The OnePlus 5 is about to launch on June 20, according to the latest leak and although it's not confirmed news, I am pretty sure that it's not far from the actual date anyway. However, should that influence your decision to buy the Galaxy S8/S8+? Let's find out.
Similar but Not Same
The OnePlus 5 will feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC which is powering the Galaxy S8, but that's where the "sameness" ends in-between these two smartphones. The OnePlus 5 may sport a QHD AMOLED display as well, but it will most likely not be as good as the Super AMOLED QHD+ panels on the S8, because nothing really is at the moment! The OnePlus 5 may have an edge in the RAM department as it's rumoured to pack 8 gigs of RAM. We will have to wait on the camera quality though.
The Bottom Line
Yes, you should wait and the reason is not because I think that the OnePlus 5 will be better than the S8. The truth is that if you really like the Galaxy S8 for its screen, camera and design, the OnePlus 5 will probably not be able to deliver anything better than that. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 will feature a better fingerprint scanner, a more responsive UI and most importantly, a price tag that will make the S8+ in particular, seem overpriced. The main reason I would suggest that you wait is because the OnePlus 5 will come out by the end of the month and since you have already held on for this long, why not a few more days?
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Although OnePlus isn't particularly keen on keeping secrets and have already teased the OnePlus 5 quite a few times officially, we have not yet been treated to everything that there is to see. The front mostly remains a mystery with some claiming that the smartphone will feature a QHD Super AMOLED display. The price itself is a very hot topic given that some sources are claiming that the phone will be priced significantly higher than the OnePlus 3T. However, a recent leak by True-Tech is indicating that may not be the case in India at least.
Make no mistake! The OnePlus 5 will still be higher priced than the OnePlus 3T, but that is to be expected really. Nevertheless, the Rs 32,999 ($512) price tag for the 6GB/64GB version is actually cheaper than the OnePlus 3T 6GB/128GB version, which is priced currently at 34,999 ($544). The 8GB/128GB version on the other hand will allegedly have a price tag of Rs 37,999 ($590) and that's roughly half the Rs 75,000 ($1165) price tag which the 6GB/128GB Galaxy S8+ is carrying in the country. If this does turn out to be true and the OnePlus 5 is priced similarly in other countries as well, that definitely qualifies as amazing pricing!
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After months of rumors and leaks, the OnePlus 5 has finally been unveiled and although you will still have to wait a while before the images are available, we have every specification and a few confirmed pre-release images for you. As it turns out, the budget flagship king of the smartphone world has not taken any risks this year at all.
The OnePlus 5 comes in with a flat 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and 6GB/8GB of RAM. While the higher RAM variant does look impressive on paper, we are not sure how much more it will add to the device in terms of actual performance and multitasking. The battery is 3,300mAh as predicted by rumors and support's OnePlus's in-house world's fastest charging technology, Dash Charge. There's also Bluetooth v5, NFC, a ceramic fingerprint scanner, a 3.5mm headphone jack and the interesting 20mp + 16mp dual rear camera. OnePlus has upgraded the 64GB/128GB storage options to UFS 2.1.2 which will allow for faster boot time, faster app opening, faster file transfer, faster installation and an overall smoother experience.
What do I think about the OnePlus 5? It's a very safe device that unfortunately fails to bring anything new to the field. The slimmer profile and the interesting set of cameras will need to be tested first, but my guess is that they will both be significant upgrades over the OnePlus 3T. While all this makes it a solid offering, especially if the price is kept as low as OnePlus is famous for doing, it just doesn't seem like a huge upgrade over its predecessor at this point of time.
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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.
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A YouTuber has just leaked the OnePlus 5T ahead of time in all its full glory! Although the video has been deleted from YouTube officially, Dailymotion still has it so do check it out by clicking on this link right here. You better hurry up because it might not be there for too long now! Also, check out our screenshots just in case the video is deleted by the time you get to it.
One might question the need for upgrading to an OnePlus 5T though, because all the phone really has over the OnePlus 5 is the "edge-to-edge" form factor which in truth, is purely aesthetic. Do not get me wrong, people's buying decisions are indeed influenced greatly by the aesthetics of the phone, but unlike the OnePlus 3T, which came with a faster SD 821 SoC (OnePlus 3 had SD 820), the 5T does not really offer any significant improvement over the OnePlus 5. The fingerprint scanner is at the back now, but I am not sure whether that's an improvement! Everything else from the dual rear cameras to the 1080p AMOLED panel seems to be the same, only with a higher price tag.
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The OnePlus 5T is supposed to replace the OnePlus 5 and the company has confirmed that once stocks clear out, OnePlus will not be making any more OnePlus 5 models. However, does it mean that you should buy the handset? Well, that is not an easy question to answer but we will try to do that here.
OnePlus smartphones were once famous for selling flagship hardware at unbelievably affordable rates, but those days are long gone. Make no mistake, in nations like India and the company's own home country of China, the phone is still a lot cheaper than other flagships such as the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2, etc. Nevertheless, in America and Canada particularly, the carrier offers and Samsung's own offers make these flagships almost as affordable as the OnePlus 5T, but with better hardware. The OnePlus 5T cannot beat flagships from other more established OEMs in terms of display quality, camera or even water resistance (it doesn't have any!) and if it cannot even beat the price by much, they need to up their game. Nevertheless, if you are in one of those regions where the 5T is a lot cheaper than its competition, it makes for a good buy. By the way, if you already do have an OnePlus 5, do not even bother to buy a 5T because everything about the two phones is identical, except the full-screen display and the back-mounted fingerprint scanner. It might look a bit better, but that facelift doesn't warrant buying a 5T by any logical means.
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We knew that the "notch" from the iPhone X is going to make a debut on a bunch of Android smartphones this year and as expected, the OnePlus 6 is going to be one of them as well. In fact, in an interview with The Verge, Director and co-founder Carl Pei even admitted to the fact that the upcoming OnePlus 6 will sport the notch because of the iPhone X! On being asked if OnePlus would have adopted the notch had it not been for the iPhone X, this is what he said;
"Maybe not as fast. But we have access to the roadmaps of all the screen manufacturers, and when they gave us the opportunity to make cutouts at the top of the screen, it just made sense." - Carl Pei.
If that's not copying, then it would be hard to define the term! In my humble opinion, it makes no sense in buying a phone that clearly draws its "inspiration" from the latest iPhones way too closely because irrespective of how good it may or may not be, it would still be known as an iPhone X clone. When you are going to spend $500+ on a smartphone, that's not a tag which you would want to carry around to be honest. Besides, OnePlus doesn't seem to be bothered with being the innovator and disruptor that it once was in the smartphone market. Finally, why on earth would anyone put a notch on their product! It may add to the aesthetic value, but as far as utility is concerned, it would essentially cut down the screen size while watching videos.
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OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer famed for building cutting edge handsets without the expensive price tag has been reportedly working on a budget model for several months now.
The company made a big splash when it launched its first phone in 2014 with an asking price of just $299. Its prices have crept up since, partly from inflation, partly from more expensive components, and partly because it's possible to get away with it. This new budget model, currently known as the OnePlus Z, but previously referred to as the OnePlus 8 Lite is thought to be a way for the company to cater to consumers who aren't prepared to splash out $649 on a new phone.
A series of leaks in May and June have given us an ever-clearer picture of what the OnePlus Z will look like and what it will contain under the hood.
OnePlus Z Release Date
It's believed that OnePlus may have originally planned to launch the OnePlus Z at the same time as the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, however, it was delayed to the summer. Recent leaks have suggested the OnePlus Z will hit shelves on 10th July.
The same leak suggested that it would go on sale first in India before getting a global launch. This was corroborated by the company's CEO, Pete Lau, who said an "unnamed budget device" would first launch in India.
OnePlus Z Cameras
This is an area that isn't conclusive. A leak from December 2019 that was published on the website OnLeaks showed renders of the OnePlus Z with a two-camera setup on the back. The images also show that the cameras had been moved to the top left corner of the device, moving away from the centre like the most recent handsets.
This would make the most sense since the flagship OnePlus 8 has three lenses on the rear. However, a tweet from renowned phone leaker, @MaxJmb is believed to suggest that the OnePlus Z will have four rear cameras. This seems a little unlikely though since the budget phone would have better photography capabilities than the top of the range OnePlus 8 Pro.
OnePluz Z Processor
One of the most important elements of a smartphone is its processor. A slow one will make the device feel sluggish, create lag, and cause frustration for the user. While flagship phones are usually packed with the most powerful chipsets on the market, corners are usually cut for budget devices.
Although the OnePlus Z isn't believed to be getting the same Snapdragon 865 processor as the OnePlus 8, a benchmark test published by Geekbench is believed to show a Snapdragon 765.
The 765 is an octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz, which delivers less performance than the latest flagship smartphones, but is still very respectable. Crucially, it also supports 5G, meaning the OnePlus Z will be able to take advantage of the new highspeed mobile networks being built across the world.
Despite having a less powerful processor, OnePlus Z will still be capable of running all the latest apps and games. This means you'll be able to enjoy everything from card games from PokerStars to augmented reality gaming with Minecraft Earth, with no performance issues whatsoever.
Since it'll also be running Android 10, you'll get access to the latest features like Desktop Mode so you can take a tiny computer with you, wherever you go.
OnePlus Z Price
The price of OnePlus Z will be one of the most important factors in its success. A leak from Agarwal has suggested the UK retail price would be £400 ($499). That's £199 less than the cheapest OnePlus 8.
Another suggestion, published by Android Authority was that OnePlus Z will go on sale in India priced at Rs. 25,000 ($330). This would mean that the OnePlus Z would be almost as cheap as the original OnePlus 1 back in 2014.
With a rumoured July release, we don't have much longer to wait before we find out.
On Friday, OnePlus released a teaser in a tweet for its upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro phone. The company dunked its smartphone in awater bucket despite the fact that the phone doesn't have an official water-resistance IP rating. And it is trying to show that even without the un-necessary rating phone has water resistance.
The company has taken a stance on IP ratings for resistance to water and dust. It suggests that getting the IP rating isn't cheap. To obtain official water and dust resistance the companies have to spend money and the smartphone manufacturers are transferring that cost down to its customers.
OnePlus seems confident enough that the OnePlus 7 Pro will have enough resistance against water that it can easily withstand a good water-bucket dunk. Still, the company doesn't suggest you to intentionally expose its upcoming smartphone to water. The fine print in the video says "Water resistant under optimal test conditions.
OnePlus makes no guarantees regarding water/liquid resistance." This means that if you are exposing your OnePlus 7 to water, you are responsible for any damage and the company isn't entitled to pay any money for the repair or bound to replace the phone if it does more harm to the phone.
This kind of written warning isn't a new thing. You may find the same printed text on phones that have a high official IP rating. Apple's support page has a disclaimer about any water damage which says, "if liquid damages an iPhone or iPod (for example, coffee or a soft drink), the service for the liquid damage isn't covered by the Apple One-Year Limited Warranty."
You have to buy AppleCare Plus for $6 per month and pay another $100 for the repair, which is what you have to pay even if the iPhone doesn't have an official IP rating. To be fair, the official IP rating is just for peace of mind. In the case of OnePlus Pro 7 you have to take its word for it.
Since OnePlus has started to create smartphones, it has been loved by Android users all around the world. Its rapid growth is a clear sign of its positive impact on the industry. With time, it is getting even better and manufacturing phones after listening to the feedback of its customers. With OnePlus 7 Pro, company has entered into the true hyper-premium category. It is bigger, faster, and more expensive than any other OnePlus devices before. The company has put everything they could, added extra features, create an astonishing design and it also shows in the price tag. The OnePlus 7 Pro feels like competing directly with Samsung and Huawei.
It is an edge-to-edge Samsung's infinity-like display that has ditched the notch for a mechanical pop-up selfie camera. The new high resolution display looks amazing. But the key selling feature for this device isn't camera - it is battery. The device comes with a 30W charger which isn't as fast as Huawei but does close to it. It can charge your device really fast, and it keeps the phone from getting too hot by converting the voltage to 5V in the charger itself, rather than handled by the device. The phone also comes with a clear case.
The camera comes out really silent and fast. You can even use it for face unlock. OnePlus claims that it takes 0.53 seconds for the camera to emerge from the casing and 0.65 seconds to take a picture, match, and compare your face for unlocking the device. The camera body is made of soft touch glass as the OnePlus 6T. Although it feels more like metal than glass. The phone has come in three colors: Nebula Blue, Mirror Grey, and Almond Red. For connectivity it uses USB-C port. There is no micro-SD card expansion slot or headphone jack in the device though. The device has a 6.67-inch display that is great for watching movies or if you want to play games on it. The resolution is 3120 x 1440 Quad HD+ with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 516 ppi pixel density and 90Hz AMOLED display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core and Adreno 640 GPU. The memory is 8GB or 12GB of RAM with 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.0 Storage.
Earlier this year, OnePlus launched a flagship smartphone for the U.S consumers, the OnePlus 7 Pro, while releasing the low-cost variant of the phone with some flagship features missing in other countries. Now the company took the same route to launch its successor - - the OnePlus 7T along with its flagship device. This time both phones were launched in the U.S. The OnePlus 7 had some premium features at low cost which leaves others to wonder what they should buy the OnePlus 7T or OnePlus 7T Pro. So, here is the comparison.
Surprisingly, the OnePlus 7T has the better processing power than the Pro version and it offers a comparable camera with a great display at 90Hz refresh rate. But its price is lower than the Pro version. The OnePlus 7T starts at $599 and has 6.55-inch fluid AMOLED display at 1080 pixels. The rear camera on the phone side has a 48-MP camera. The primary camera is 16MP ultra-wide lens, 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The front camera is of 16MP on both devices. So if you are someone who considers the camera system before making the purchase decision of a smartphone the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro has the same camera.
The 7T comes with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM whereas the 7T Pro comes in variants with 128GB and 25GB storage, and 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB in memory. None of these have support for MicroSD. The OnePlus 7T has a 3,800mAh battery whereas the Pro version has a 4,000 mAh battery. You can purchase the 7T in frosted silver, glacier blue colors, and 7T Pro in nebula blue, mirror gray, and almond color. The Pro expands on that screen real estate with a pop-up selfie cam; the 7T houses its front camera in a teardrop-size notch, and while it's minimally invasive, it takes up space that the OnePlus 7 Pro doesn't have to yield.
Earlier this year, the OnePlus 7 was released alongside the OnePlus 7 Pro. For the second half of the year, the US got the OnePlus 7T, while the rest of the world had OnePlus 7T Pro. The 7T Pro is similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro from the design perspective. Although, the 7T pro is a big phone, just as Galaxy Note 10 plus and the iPhone 11 pro Max. The device doesn\'t have any official IP rating. It has a 6.7-inch large display with a high refresh rate around 90Hz that has a slightly negative impact on battery life, but it\'s a treat to watch movies or play video games at such high rate. The device has a curved display and you may feel some glare effect.
For security, the device features an optical fingerprint scanner which is fast and reliable. There was some hype around optical fingerprint scanner but since the latest incident with an optical fingerprint sensor, people prefer to use the optical one. There is also a face unlock but it is not reliable, to begin with and you have to wait for the selfie camera to pop up. The phone comes with Android 10 right out of the box.
OnePlus 7T Pro is powered by the snapdragon 855+ on deck, which makes it a little faster than the OnePlus 7 Pro in terms of performance. Memory-wise, the OnePlus 7T Pro is available with either 8 or 12GB of RAM and 256GB of fast UFS 3.0 storage. That\'s a generous amount of storage, especially considering the price tag of the device. Speaking of the OnePlus 7T Pro, its camera setup is the same as the one on the OnePlus 7 Pro, with just a few slight differences. It features 48MP main camera, f/1.6, OIS, 1/2\" sensor size, 8MP 3x telephoto camera, f/2.4, OIS, 16MP ultra-wide-angle, f/2.2, 16MP pop-up selfie camera. While it uses the ultra-wide-angle camera, the phone lets you choose three different levels of zoom - 0.6x ultra-wide, 1x regular and 2x zoom.
OnePlus is working on the next device in the OnePlus 8 series after OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. As per reports, the OnePlus 8 Pro is already in the development stage, which means that the design may or may not be finalized yet. Recently, there were some new leaked images of the alleged OnePlus 8 Pro, reaffirming the design. The OnePlus 8 Pro will have a noticeable difference in the design as compared to its predecessor. The management at OnePlus has already said that they will be working on exciting camera features and the leaked images justify the claim.
The leaked diagram shows that the device will come with four camera lens on the rear side. This will be the first phone by the company to have four cameras on the backside. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with three cameras on the rear side with the primary being a 48MP image sensor and a single image sensor on the front. The extra camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro is likely a ToF sensor.
Another leak suggests that the upcoming flagship device will be available in two variants. One version appears with a single punch-hole camera with the second device that will be launched with a punch-hole display. There is no clarity for now but it should likely be the OnePlus 8 with single punch-hole while the model with two punch-hole cameras. The fingerprint sensor could be an in-screen display as the diagram doesn't show any rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The display will be similar to its predecessor with curved design and 90Hz fresh rate. We will be seeing the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro around the first quarter of the next year. This is only the expected and rumored date which isn't confirmed by the official sources yet. Stay tuned for more information on the OnePlus 8 series.
Only a few weeks ago, back in November 2019, OnePlus rolled out its first operating system update for its flagship smartphones OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. The update included an upgrade of OS with several software-related features that improved the performance and gesture navigation system of the device. The device now supports full-screen gestures and other gestures including inward swipes from the left or right edge of the screen to go back and a bottom navigation bar to allow switching left or right for recently used apps.
OnePlus has a reputation for early OS update schedule as compared to other major smartphone manufacturers. However, the early doesn't mean the smooth transition. The last update rolled out for the OnePlus 7 and 7T were riddled with security issues and bugs, which were fixed later on with the help of security patches and minor fixes.
After this year's flagship, it was turn for the last year's flagship devices - OnePlus 6 and 6T from the year 2018. The first update was quick, but it also appeared to have some issues and bugs. The customers gave their feedback and OnePlus listened to it. The second update which was early in the December addressed some of these complaints on an urgency basis. The third update is an attempt to cover what was left unresolved in the second update.
Despite the bugs and fixes, the company's early and appropriate response shows how serious the company considers its consumers. In an industry, where not manufacturers take updates seriously, OnePlus is doing it. Even it is not ready to give on the one-year-old devices. Meanwhile, very old devices like OnePlus 3 and 3T got their last security update. Last year, the company stated, "As per the OnePlus software maintenance schedule, OnePlus 3 and 3T will be getting regular OTA updates till November of 2018 and 1 year of extended Android security patches. "
Here is the changelog for OnePlus 6 and 6T Updates:
• Updated system to Android 10
• Brand new UI for Android 10
• Fixed the automatic reboot issue
• Added the notch area display option in the Settings (Settings > Display > Notch display > Hide the notch area)
• Fixed the issue with lock screen appearing even after unlocking the device with the password
• Fixed the issue with Navigation bar after upgrade
• Fixed the Digital wellbeing option missing in the settings
• Updated Android security patch to 2019.11
• Full-Screen Gestures
• Added inward swipes from the left or right edge of the screen to go back
• Added a bottom navigation bar to allow switching left or right for recent apps
If you are the OnePlus 6 and 6T user and got a new update, let us know about the update in the comment sections below.
The OnePlus Concept One prototype smartphone is all set to make its debut at CES 2020. The company has created some mystery around its cameras that will be revealed by then. Recently, OnePlus uploaded a video that teased the device and shows its design in 10 seconds. As it is shown in the video, the OnePlus Concept One features an invisible camera setup that no one has manufactured in the industry yet. Wired further explains that OnePlus has teamed up with long-time collaborator McLaren to use the glass technology in mobile devices that are already found in high-end cars and special aircraft windows.
The rear side camera setup hides under the glass of the phone. The tint of the glass reveals hidden cameras once it is triggered by electrical signals. This makes the triple camera array comes on the front side when you open the camera app and hides it when not in use. Wired suggests that the OnePlus concept Once has a race-car-like design, which isn't exactly surprising considering the device is designed by McLaren. The company is still working on the design and it may not reveal shortly. The CEO Pete Lau of OnePlus says, "With this approach, we'll be able to produce smaller amounts of the product and, with feedback from a small group of users, look at the possibility of making a device that's available for users more widely,"
According to the leaks, the OnePlus concept one has the same camera specs as the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition. It will feature a 48MP lens as a primary camera, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, and an 8MP lens to act as a telephoto snapper. The only major difference here is the addition of the special appearance of the glass. When activated, the back of the phone becomes completely black, making the lenses disappear and gives a uniform look to the rear camera. This is the same electrochromic glass used on the optional sunroof on the McLaren 720S supercar. OnePlus was inspired by the car and started working on incorporating the glass in a phone in 2018.
Foldable phones have become the reality after years of research and rumors. Samsung was the first tech company to launch and re-launch the foldable phone. Despite its earlier disaster release, the foldable phone is working just fine and people have bought it like crazy. Huawei was another company to follow the trend, and then there was foldable from Razr. But if you own OnePlus or love their technology and wonder why there is no foldable from the OnePlus so far then here is why. The CEO Pete Lau has some skeptical views about foldable devices. The verge caught up with the OnePlus head on the sidelines of the OnePlus concept one launch event. In a podcast interview, Lau expressed his concerns that OnePlus hasn't found any significant value in making a foldable phone just yet.
He believes that the appeal of foldables is "outweighed by the shortcomings or the disadvantages of the current state of the technology." Lau says he has qualms with the way creases appear on the displays of foldable phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Due to the plastic nature of current foldable displays, the screen can scratch easily and issues can occur at the point where the actual fold happens, Lau explains. "This isn't something that I can accept in products that are built,".
Lau says that the technology needs to mature to a level where display folds are crisp and don't impact the potential usability of phones. He further commented about the redesigned Moto Razr. In his opinion, though it is a different implementation, its display faces the same challenges as the Galaxy Fold. He isn't the only head of the tech company who has concerns about the device flexibility and usability. LG has also shared the same sentiments. The company had planned to manufacture a foldable phone in 2018 but later on dumped it. So, what do you think about the foldable.
2019 was the year of success for OnePlus. In 2020 the company isn't likely to slow down, as we have already witnessed a new streak of rumors about OnePlus 8 series as these devices are on the way. There is also a rumor about a new mid-range or budget-friendly device coming from the company, which is tagged as OnePlus 8 Lite. If it does launch, it would be the first mid-range smartphone from the company since the OnePlus X, that was launched back in 2015.
The mid-range device OnePlus 8 Lite was named as "Lite" by rumors because it seems more sensible than using the X, as OnePlus did in the past. It might be possible that the Lite version has some other name, but until we hear from the company, we will continue to use the OnePlus 8, Pro, and Lite. As per leaks, the devices will be launched in May of 2020. It's predecessor OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 6 both were released in May.
As per leak images, the OnePlus 8 looks slightly different than the OnePlus 7. There is an addition of a lens on the rear side of the device. Earlier, the phone had only two lenses. On the front side, the waterdrop notch is gone. Instead, the company adopted the punch-hole route by adding a single camera lens for taking selfies as a cutout in the upper left corner.
As per the physical buttons are concerned, the volume rocker is on the left side, and the power button is a layout on the right side along with the alert slider. The USB-C port is in its usual place and there is still no 3.5mm headphone jack. From the back, the device looks similar to the OnePlus 7T Pro. The camera has left-of-center ToF sensor, all arranged in pretty much a similar way as in 7T pro. In short, the OnePlus 8 Lite is different than any other OnePlus phone from the front side.
As per confirmed leaks, the OnePlus 8 series is going to have a 120Hz display refresh rate. With its predecessor, the display rate was 90Hz. However, it is unlikely that the Lite version will feature such a high refresh rate. OnePlus could use wireless charging with the upcoming series.
At CES 2020 OnePlus unveiled its latest concept smartphone - called the Concept One. Although the design is beautiful, in a recent interview with the company's industrial design team revealed a more stunning early prototype of the device. In such pictures showcasing the design, you don't see the front side because usually there isn't much difference there. What we do see is that same leather back on the Concept One we recently got into our hands. The device is available in black and orange color, whereas this one is completely black, featuring a subtle carbon fiber design around the camera sensors.
According to the team lead in the interview, the company might do some experiments with the design to create more environmentally-friendly alternatives in the future that achieve a similar look and feel to the concept one.
"We believe leather is a material that achieves the premium build quality we strive for, providing a soft touch, while also create a thinner hand feel when compared to glass," said Tao. "In the future, if we intend to apply similar back design, we will look into alternative materials that can achieve the same look and feel with leather, while being more environmentally friendly and easier to keep clean in the long run."
OnePlus has done a few new design experiments with concept one. The biggest surprise perhaps is the use of electrochromic glass. This technology can turn the glass opaque and you will find this technology in fancy hotels and airplanes. This would hide the cameras in the phone OnePlus has encased three camera lens in a slot between two big pieces of orange leather. This phone looks good as you won't see any camera lens in the view. The device takes just 0.7 seconds to switch from opaque to transparent which is the fastest in the industry. As per the company, this type of technology won't be affecting the quality of the photos being taken.
The recent leak comes from the website RootMyGalaxy, courtesy of leaker @Thedroidleaks, who has been active for some time in the tech industry. Although the leak isn't confirmed officially, still it sounds pretty surprising. While the OnePlus 8 Pro is one of the most popular smartphones recently, but it might not be as biggest as we might expect. As per leaks, the device is going to even smaller than its predecessor. There isn't much information on the specs of the device so far, but we are not expecting a huge change from the OnePlus 7 Pro in terms of screen resolution, features, or hardware specs like the camera.
The leak suggests that the OnePlus 8 Pro will have a 6.5-inch screen, making it smaller than the OnePlus 7T Pro or Pro, both of which had a 6.67-inch display. Usually, smartphone manufacturers are aiming for a bigger screen every year and going backward seems strange. For the lite version, the phone could be even smaller than this. Other reports suggest that there will be 8GB of RAM and 12GB RAM variants. This is the same as OnePlus 7T Pro. The 12GB of RAM was in the McLaren Edition phone though, so the standard 7T Pro had the same 8GB of RAM. But since other companies are integrating into even 16GB at this point, 8GB of RAM feels a little less than the required memory.
Another leak suggests that the phone is going to have a 4,500mAh power pack. That's higher than the 4,085mAh of the OnePlusl 7T Pro. Other rumors are claiming a much higher display refresh rate that goes up to 120HZ. The device will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 865 processing chip, 4,500mAh battery, and 50W fast charging. We can expect some delay in the release of the phone due to coronavirus spread in China. But hopefully, we will see it in the second quarter of this year.
It has only a few months since OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7T and 7T pro in October, but we already have rumors about the next flagship smartphone coming in. OnePlus is good when it comes to not telling everything to everyone. It has kept its PR strategy to the minimal level since the beginning. Recently it teased about its next headset on Facebook, "We're working on something really cool and we really can't tell you yet. To be continued. Surprisingly, there is no picture of any mobile device along with the post, just a blue image.
Some Snapchat account also posted a screenshot that was supposed to be hands-on pictures of the OnePlus 8 Pro 5G. According to the screenshot, the device will have a punch-hole display. Along with the image of the device, there are also some specifications being listed. As per leaked image specification, the device will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 processing chip. The OnePlus 8 pro features four rear-facing cameras, instead of three. Secondly, there appears to be uneven spacing between the written hardware specs that arises the doubt on the authenticity of the leaked specs.
As per rumors, the upcoming OnePlus 8 series is consists of three smartphones - Oneplus 8, OnePlus 8 lite, and OnePlus 8 Pro. The former two are expected to launch with Snapdragon 865 SoC, while the OnePlus 8 Lite is rumored to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset. As per the official statement, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are expected to have 120Hz display. As per rumors, OnePlus 8 may feature a 32MP front camera, a 48MP triple camera, and 4,000mAh battery with wrap charge 30T support. The OnePlus 8 Pro will feature a quad-camera setup, a larger 4,500mAh battery, 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, and a faster 50W fast charging technology. It is expected to be launched in the last week of March or the first week of April.
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.
OnePlus has officially announced that it will be using its fast warp charge technology for the next flagship smartphone. That's to say, the OnePlus 8T will have a 65W warp fast charging adapter in the box. The company has confirmed the news via a press release it recently released and states that warp charge 65 will be able to fully charge the 4,500mAh battery in the OnePlus 8T in less than 40 minutes.
The OnePlus 8T won't be a case of ‘A day's power in half an hour' but would upgrade to a day's power in 15 minutes. A lot of the speed delivered by these fast chargers is achieved in the first 0 to 70 percent of the charge. Specifically, OnePlus claimed that you will be getting from 0 to 58 percent within 15 minutes of charge. That's almost double the speed the warp charge 30 offered with the OnePlus 8.
As we all know that OnePlus' warp charge and Oppo's VOOC charge has been the same charging technology. It is safe to say that this 65W charging is quite similar to the 65W super VOOC charging that is used in the Oppo Find X2 Pro. To achieve such a fast charging technology without heating up the smartphone too much, the company uses a battery that's manufactured using the two individual cells, or rather, its two smaller 2,250mAh batteries to make the total 4,500mAh capacity.
OnePlus has verified that each battery can charge at 30W speeds simultaneously while the design of the adapter and cable ensures that the device doesn't get overheated. It has a built-in temperature sensor to monitor the internal temperature of the phone as it charges and adapts the speed of the phone is about to overheat. The OnePlus 8T is going to be unveiled on 14 October 2020, and you can read more about its leaks and rumors in the upcoming blog posts.
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.
OnePlus is ready to release its next smartphone OnePlus Z that falls under the upper mid-range category. It could be a flagship killing phone with high-end features without getting the user ripped. Recently, the OnePlus 8 Pro was released, but it is slightly more expensive than regular OnePlus phones as it is priced at $899. So far the company manages to keep the prices of their smartphones at the lower cap while providing some premium features.
Initially, there were rumors about OnePlus 8 lite, and the name did make some sense. But on April 14, the OnePlus 8 series was introduced without any lite variant of the phone. In late March, phone tipster Max Weinbach tweeted that OnePlus would adopt a new name for its budget phone; the OnePlus Z. In the past, the company sold a lower-cost variant of its flagship phone after branding it as OnePlus X. The OnePlus Z might be the next phone according to the tradition of the company.
Another leak suggests from the Max J on Twitter, OnePlus Z might be launched in July 2020. He also tweeted an image along with the release date leak. It is unclear if that image is coming from OnePlus itself or some graphic designer created this image according to the leaks available so far, but we may expect that the device might debut later in the year. There might be some delay in the launch of the phone, as many other phones got delayed, due to the coronavirus situation.
Earlier leaks suggest that the OnePlus 8 lite will be around $499, but we don't know if this is the price for OnePlus Z as well. The same online store that leaked about its earlier prices, called Giztop has shown off some specs and prices for OnePlus' upcoming phones. There might be a paid difference of $50 to $100 between the OnePlus Z and the OnePlus 8 if the earlier one needs to be a budget-friendly variant. Rumors suggest that the phone will feature a 6.4-inch display, with front-camera on the top. The phone will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G system-on-a-chip. That's a mid-range processor that features a faster clock speed for the chipset's main core, plus more graphics improvements. The phone will have a 4,000mAh battery with wired charging.
OnePlus has officially come up with the upcoming smartphone in the budget category. The phone costs less than $500 and called Nord. It won't just another smartphone in the market as it will comprise a range of devices that mark the affordability. The phone is getting released to the UK, European, and Indian markets. The Nord phone is going to be the first phone of a new series line that will make the premium OnePlus experience accessible for more users. The device was initially rumored to be called as OnePlus 8 lite and OnePlus Z, but the company decided to settle for OnePlus Nord.
The company is focusing on ‘never-settle' spirit and creating some of the best product lines for its consumers, but it is also about challenging ourselves and going beyond our comfort zone, said OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau. He further added, "We are immensely proud of our flagship products and will continue to create more tech-leading flagships for our users. Now we are excited to share the OnePlus experience with even more users around the world through this new product line. OnePlus also confirmed, via its Instagram channel, that 100 units of its new smartphone will be available to order at 9 am BST (4 am EDT, 1 am PDT) on July 1.
OnePlus launched its affordable handset back in 2015 and since then it hasn't introduced any budget-friendly phone. So, far there isn't much information on the device. A few leaks are about its camera and processing chips. According to the rumors, the OnePlus Nord is designed to feature a dual-facing camera system that includes a 32MP lens for the primary camera and an 8MP depth-sensor camera lens in a punch-hole cutout in the corner of the display. The other leaks suggest a device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, 6GB of Ram, and a 6.65-inch display screen with three cameras at the rear side. A limited batch of 100 pre-orders are set to open on July 1, so we should have a better idea of the final price by then.
OnePlus used an untraditional platform to announce a feature pack of its next device. Usually, phone manufacturers use Twitter to share news, leaks, or updates about their mobile phones or products. But recently OnePlus uploaded a new teaser on Instagram. The new revelation comes just before a few days of the launch of the next OnePlus phone. As per the Instagram post, OnePlus Nord will come with preloaded with Google's Duo, Messages, and phone apps. The company has already revealed that the OnePlus Nord uses an Android-based Oxygen OS. Some of its key specs have already been leaked or confirmed previously. The company called it a flagship killer phone as it will notably the most affordable phone by the company.
As per the teaser video posted on Instagram, the OnePlus Nord has to offer the smoothest experience possible due to these integrated Google apps. Some of the other phones including the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are using the proprietary alternatives to Google apps and come with the company's software used for dialer and SMS messaging instead. The latest flagships, however, seems to stick with the default options to offer an improved user experience.
The OnePlus Nord will be running OxygenOS, which is known for providing an almost bloatware-free, Android-like experience. With the default Google apps, the OnePlus Nord will be able to offer rich communication services functionality to users. In another video on Instagram, OnePlus has highlighted that the OnePlus Nord would have a tough build that would resist drop, shock, and water. The phone will, however, not come with an Ingress Protection (IP) certification, as confirmed by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei in an interview with YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD).
The recent teasers have also highlighted the earlier rumors that the OnePlus Nord will feature a quad-camera system at the rear side, with a 48-megapixel primary camera that also comes with optical image stabilization. The phone features a 90Hz AMOLED display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC. The device will be powered by a reasonably huge 4,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. For the front camera, you get a 32-megapixel primary sensor. The OnePlus Nord launch is scheduled for 7:30 pm IST on Tuesday. Alongside the new smartphone, OnePlus is launching its first truly wireless (TWS) earbuds that are called the OnePlus Buds.
There have been lots of hype around OnePlus new affordable phone - OnePlus Nord. A phone that promises a lot with a relatively smaller price. The new OnePlus Nord was rumored to offer a similar Android experience as any premium phone probably would provide, but at a lower price. The OnePlus Nord hasn't skipped an essential ingredient of a successful phone - a bright AMOLED display, a bigger battery, and multiple cameras. With its other series elevated to the flagship-tier, consumers were asking for a budget-friendly phone for many years, and now, we finally have it.
The phone falls into the sub Rs. 30,000 category and needed something to compete with the same category phones like Vivo's X50 series and Realme's X3. OnePlus Nord is the start of more budget-oriented series, and the company had established this even from the design and feel of its new phone's box. Instead of its typical red long boxes, the phone comes in a relatively compact black box with a large branding name on top of it.
Inside the box, you will find a new silicone case, red Type-c cable, 30T charger, and a SIM eject pin. The OnePlus Nord is much lighter than it looks like, and this is something you might notice even when holding it for the first time. The phone has a glossy finish look with a marble blue color. The camera cutout in the display and the positioning of the rear camera to the left is similar to how Realme X50 5G has placed their camera system.
OnePlus Nord has an AMOLED display with a 6.44-inch display and a Full HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. You also get an in-display fingerprint sensor, which works well. The OnePlus Nord features a Snapdragon 765G octa-core SoC. The phone is available in three variants - with 8GBRAM/128GB storage, the 12GBRAM/256GB storage, and an India exclusive variant with 6GBRAM/64GB storage.
The phone has a 4,115mAh battery which supports Warp charge 30T fast charging. Other features include NFC, dual-SIM support, and dual-band Wi-Fi. The rear camera is of 48-megapixel with optical image stabilization. The other cameras on the rear side are an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth camera lens.
OnePlus Nord has just started to receive a new Oxygen OS update that comes with improved system stability. This is the third Oxygen OS update by the company since the phone was launched in July and it is being rolled out in India, Europe, and America. The news comes as the phone is set for sale in India today and can be purchased through Amazon site, OnePlus official store as well as OnePlus experience stores in India.
As per the official statement, the latest update OnePlus Nord is getting brings Oxygen OS 10.5.3 - firmware version OxygenOS 10.5.3.AC01DA - in India. The company only mentions the ‘Improved system stability' without giving us any further detail on the update that what kind of improvements this update has to offer. As mentioned earlier, this will be the third update for the phone has gotten since its launch about two weeks ago.
The first update brought an optimized video calling experience as well as improve the performance of the rear camera by giving a higher-level of treatment to the depth sensor effect on the software side. Other improvements OnePlus Nord got included better power efficiency for video recording at 4K 60fps and system stability. The second update that was rolled in July 2020 brought the Android security patch, and fix some general issues users were having. OnePlus Buds firmware allowed you to quickly connect your phone with the company's first truly wireless earbuds.
OnePlus Nord is now available in the market in India. You can purchase the smartphone through Amazon, OnePlus online store, Reliance Digital, and MyJlio store starting August 7. The phone is available in two variants with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage priced at Rs. 27,999. The second variant is available with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage for Rs. 29,999, and the third variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs. 24,999. The phone is available in blue marble and gray onyx colors.
The OnePlus Nord is a dual-SIM cord and features a 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processing chip with Adreno 620 GP. The phone runs on a 4,115mAh battery that comes with 30W fast charging technology. The device comes with Android 10-based OxygenOS 10.6 out of the boxy.
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.
Recently, new render images of the OnePlus 8T surfaced on the internet, thanks to OnLeaks and Pricebaba. Such render images not only give us some idea on the device but also shows some of its specs-related information such as design, notch, display style, etc.
According to the images, the upcoming OnePlus 8T looks very similar to the OnePlus existing devices from this year, but the rear side looks more different. It seems they were inspired by the great design of the Samsung Galaxy S20 launched recently. The devices use a rectangle bump in the top-left corner with camera lenses. This phone is reported to have at least four cameras with 48MP being the primary camera, a 16MP ultra-wide camera lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP portrait camera lens. On the front side, the phone is using a 32MP camera, which is bigger than the camera sensors on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.
The device will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor, though, there was some news about having the plus variant of the chip for this device. So, we are not sure about the processing chip yet. What's agreed, however, is that there will be at least two models with 8GB RAM/128GB storage and 12GB RAM/256GB internal storage.
The device will have a big 6.5-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone will have a big 4500mAh battery to keep it alive all day long. The battery comes with a fast-charging speed up to 65W. The phone runs on the latest Android 11 out of the box. The phone has a USB-C port on its button, a power button to start/shut down the phone, an alert slider on the right, and a plus volume rocker on the left side.
OnePlus recently confirmed camera specs through its official twitter page. The company has confirmed that the 8T will have an ultra-wide camera on the rear side. This confirms the earlier rumors about the rear camera specs. The leaks also suggest that the company has placed rear cameras in a relatively large rectangular protrusion, that looks similar to one we have in Samsung's latest phones.
OnePlus also confirmed that the 8T will have the same refresh rate as the OnePlus 8 pro. That will give the display refresh rate a boost from 90Hz to 120Hz to reach peak frame rates of 120 frames per second. While phone manufacturers are moving the refresh rate to a higher level, some apps and softwares seem to lag behind. If you are using an app that is incompatible with such a higher refresh rate, the phone will return to 60Hz or 90Hz depending on the app. This mean that the interface of the phone will experience some shuttering or lag while switching to normal refresh rate.
Another leak suggest that the phone will be using the 2.5+D flexible panel. This also means that the phone will be much brighter than before with a peak brightness of 1100 nits. Those high levels of brightness, coupled with AMOLED panel and the graphics processing capabilities will also ensure the screen is displaying HDR10+ content. The phone covers 100 percent DCI-P3, which is the best color accuracy you can find in any android smartphone by today.
Other details include the 65W warp charging technology that can get a 4,500mAh from zero to hundred percent in less than 40 minutes, plus a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED display. Additional rumored specs suggest a flat display with the curved panel on the OnePlus 8. The phone features a single hole-punch camera in the top-left corner of the display. The phone is expected to be announced on 14 October, at which point we will know the rest of the details on hardware and software.
OnePlus' intention was clear from the very fast Nord phone. They wanted to introduce a new line of more affordable range of products. As it turns out, the next series of nord phones will be available in the market within a few weeks. A prominent leaker on Twitter claims that the N10 and N100 could both be launched before the end of october. There isn't much information on N100 but there are a few leaks surface often related to Nord N10, which seems to be a slightly less powerful version of Nord to be sold in the US.
The N10 will feature a Snapdragon 690 processing chip with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The phone will also feature a 64-megapixel primary camera and a 6.49-inch full HD+ display screen. If rumors are correct, it will be priced somewhere around $400. As for the N100, the price might go slightly up. The reports suggest that the OnePlus Nord N10 will feature a 90Hz display refresh rate. The smartphone is also tipped to be powered by the Snapdragon 690 SoC, which is the first processor from Qualcomm's 600 series to feature 5G connectivity.
According to the report, the OnePlus Nord N10 and N100 are going to be launched in the United States and in some selected countries because the Snapdragon 765G powered OnePlus Nord didn't make its way to the US market at the time of launch. Right now we don't have much information about the colors or design of the upcoming OnePlus. However, we would like to keep you informed in the near future as we are expecting the release of the phone by the end of this month.
In recent years we saw a trend of expensive and bigger smartphones being manufactured by smartphone companies but now companies are moving back to more affordable devices. Smartphone users are becoming more smart and deliberate with their purchase choice now and choose features over brand names. Chinese smartphone manufacturers have played a great role when it comes to introducing affordable smartphones with premium-like features. OnePlus has always been a leading name in the affordable category - including the OnePlus 8. Now, big names like Samsung and Apple are following the trend and coming up with more affordable versions of their phones.
If you think that a cheaper phone is of less quality, think again. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and OnePlus 8 come with the same Snapdragon 865 processor. Galaxy S20 FE has 6GB RAM whereas the latter has 8GB RAM. But surprisingly, the OnePlus 8 cost less than S20 FE. It's just not the processing power, but the OnePlus 8 offers a better software experience too. It runs on the light Oxygen OS that is optimized to deliver a faster and smoother user experience. You can also choose to customize the look and feel according to your personal preference to match your style.
OnePlus 8 is a light and thin smartphone, specifically designed for people who prefer beautiful phones. The phone supports 30w wrap charging, which can do a full charge in just 30 minutes. The phone has slightly slimmer bezels and a punch-hole camera on the top-left side. As per camera, the phone features a 48-megapixel as a primary camera, 16-megapixel, and a 2-megapixel camera sensor. OnePlus 8 is available as low as $599 and eligible Verizon users can get the OnePlus 8 as low as $10 a month. The phone has a premium glass finish that makes it a really stylish phone to keep in hand. So, what do you prefer on a phone? Its brand name, features, or price tag? Do let us know your opinion in the comments section below.
The Galaxy C10 is coming soon as the device has now officially entered the final software testing phase. We are not saying that firmware version C9150ZCU0AQF2 is the final version, but it isn't impossible either. When the smartphone comes out, it will be the first Samsung device to carry the C10 moniker. The specs seem pretty good on paper (figuratively speaking!) too, thanks to the Qualcomm SD 660 chipset and 6GB of RAM. Rumor has it that the famous (or infamous) Bixby hardware button will be making its way onto the C10 as well.
The OnePlus 5 rumors will soon come to an end as the release date is probably about two weeks away from now (June 20), but that time is not yet here! Today's leaks are probably as realistic as it can get though with press renders. If it is showing the right phone then the OnePlus 5 will not have a curved bezel-less display, unlike previous rumors had suggested. Nevertheless, it does look gorgeous though.
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The title of this article is probably one of the most searched keywords in the world right now and there's good reason for it. While it is impossible to compare the two without stretching this article well beyond its limits, it is possible to tell you all about the most significant things that matter more than the others.
In short, the Galaxy S8's 12-mp rear shooter is a better camera and that's just something you have to deal with if you are an OnePlus fan. That is not to say that the 16-mp + 20-mp camera can't stand up to Samsung's single 12-mp sensor in broad daylight, because it can in most cases. However, when the lights dim down, the S8 mops the floor with the OnePlus 5 on account of better image processing, excellent OIS and an overall better sensor. The front camera is neck and neck though, but the higher (16-mp) resolution on the OnePlus 5 might just give you a bit of an edge but that's only when you zoom in. Also, the Samsung selfie shooter has a wider angle lens which enables you to include more people in your group selfies.
Check out the full comparison at Android Authority
After a short stint on the throne, OnePlus has now been dethroned by Samsung again, as the Korean giant managed to regain their number one status in the world's second largest smartphone market.
Now, Samsung never really lost its position as the supreme smartphone manufacturer as far as over all sales was concerned, but it did temporarily lose the throne to OnePlus, as far in the premium sector of the Indian smartphone market.
For the last three-quarters (Q2, 2018 - Q4, 2018) OnePlus led the smartphone sales figures in the premium segment, but according to a study by Counterpoint, Samsung is now back on top again.
This isn't exactly bad news for OnePlus mind you, but it is good news for Samsung nonetheless. The thing is, while this does again put Samsung on top of the market in the premium segment, we have to keep in mind that OnePlus has not released any new phones in 2019, while Samsung has launched the Galaxy S10 series with three separate phones this time around!
Once the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro is released though, the tables could turn again by the end of Q2, 2019. We will just have to wait and see about that one, but for now, Samsung is back on top in India.
OnePlus start-up posted a comparison between its upcoming flagship OnePlus One and the Best Android Smartphones on the market currently the Samsung Galaxy S5. The comparison Infographic showing the difference between the two smartphones in CPU, RAM, Camera type, Battery, Display, UI and finally price.
The OnePlus One device wins many points over the S5, like in the Ram (3GB), display type and size (5.5" IPS), Battery (3100mAh + power saving technology) and also in the User Interface as the OnePlus One use CyanogenMod 11S while the S5 using TouchWiz UI. The Price different between both devices is BIG $699 to $400.
Which is Better in your Opinion ?
OnePlus has attempted contests in the past, such as Smash The Past and a controversial photo competition. Neither went well. Their new approach is good in theory, but customers aren't likely to enjoy it any more than past contests.
The company wants customers to donate their Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge / S6 Edge+ and Note 5 devices for a free OnePlus 2. All donated phones go to Hope Phones, an organization dedicated to providing medical technology to people in need.
With the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ being worth nearly double the OnePlus 2, it's unlikely many customers will take their deal. It might also have been better if they'd opened up the program to more flagship phones in 2015 than just Samsung.
An OTA update is currently rolling out to the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. The OTA will be rolled out incrementally so please be patient if you don't get it right away. The update version is 2.1.2.
Improvements for OnePlus 2 includes:
- Improved UX for preview in Camera
- Performance improvements on app install and launch
- Individual icon customization support
- Fixes for RAW format on 3rd party camera apps
- Russian & Turkish language support
- Lockscreen wallpaper support
- Security patches
- Bug fixes to System Update to improve OTA stability
- General bug fixes and performance improvements
Improvements for OnePlus X includes:
- UX bug fixes in the Camera app
- Improvement to color offset in HDR mode
- Bug fixes to System Update to improve OTA stability
- System optimizations in low battery state
- General bug fixes and performance improvements
Please let us know your feedback.
Oneplus recently announced in the official forum that Marshmallow will be supported by its devices in the first quarter of 2016. Oneplus 2, currently running on Oxygen OS will be upgraded to Android Marshmallow in Q1, 2016. This will bring native support for the finger print sensor via the new Marshmallow API. The post also shed light on the company's plan to switch over to standard Android M implementation, although in case of OxygenOS it was requested to create an API.
When it comes to Oneplus One smartphone, it will get the upgrade to Marshmallow from Cyanogen OS in the same time in 2016. As per Oneplus, it has also released a community build of Oxygen OS and it will be upgraded when the time will be right. It will be worthy to note that OnePlus also offers Oxygen ROM for the OnePlus One, but this will get the Marshmallow update at a later point, after the Cyanogen OS release.
According to sources, Oneplus is putting a lot of effort to bring Android Marshmallow to its recently launched Oneplus X devices. But, any specific time frame is yet available. Looking at the update plans of One and Two in first quarter, it can be estimated that in Q2 Oneplus X might get the update.
When we first got word from OnePlus 1+ on the goal it has set for itself, it seems very Ambitious, big talk is easy, but executing on it is another topic altogether. We all are getting more and more anxious to meet their first flagship, the One.
The key features that OnePlus has already outlined are pretty compelling a large, 5.5-display with an impressive body/screen ratio of at least 72% (think Nexus 5), a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 3100 mAh cell with "mystery tech".
The LTE-capable phone will also come running a specially-crafted CyanogenMod OS. with an always-on, always-listening feature, and an early camera samples comparison OnePlus staged leads us to believe that the company is quite comfortable with its camera tech.
Best of all, that whole package will be wrapped into an aluminum unibody HTC One-like style, according to a design sketch obtained by BGR (Photo above) from a "trusted source". Sure, these are not exactly confirmed, not to mention that making any grand conclusions based on what could very well be just prototype drawings, is kind of like putting the horse in front of the cart.