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New Facebook App 'CatchUp' Allows Audio Calls With Up to 8 People Simultaneously

New Facebook App 'CatchUp' Allows Audio Calls With Up to 8 People Simultaneously

CatchUp is currently being tested in the US for a limited number of users on iOS and Android.

  • Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 1:10 PM IST

Social networking giant Facebook has unveiled a new app called CatchUp. Developed by Facebook’s NPE (new product experimentation) team, the app is said to let users engage in audio calls with up to 8 members simultaneously. It is currently being tested in the US for a limited number of users on iOS and Android. Interestingly, apps developed by Facebook’s NPE team are experimental products and they are subject to change or can be taken down as well if Facebook believes they are not benefiting users.

CatchUp is not the first platform from Facebook that offers the group-chatting facility, as it currently has WhatsApp, Messenger Rooms, etc. However, one interesting feature about CatchUp is that it tells users when other members are available to speak. Furthermore, CatchUp only offers audio-calling facility. It also offers a “Ready to Talk” feature which is pretty similar to a feature offered on social networking app HouseParty. Those who would be available to talk can be clubbed under this ‘Ready to Talk’ feature with an option called ‘Join’. CatchUp also has a second section called ‘Offline’ which will show users who are not available to talk right now and can be poked. Users will also get the option to invite others who are not on the platform. Alternatively, users can also create and join family members, friends, and mutual contacts or even place one-on-one calls through the app.

While users have to download the app, it’s not necessary for them to have an existing Facebook account or an account with companies that are owned by Facebook. According to Facebook, CatchUp will serve as a one-screen experience with a toggle button that will be useful to older people. The social networking giant also said that while the idea behind CatchUp came prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, it is the NPI team that accelerated the app’s development due to COVID-19-induced lockdown almost all over the world. Therefore, going forward, it will be interesting to see if Facebook’s intentions behind developing CatchUp really pays off.




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OnePlus Will Not Disable The See Through Colour Filter on The OnePlus 8 Pro, Except in China

An image taken on the OnePlus 8 Pro using the Photochrom filter (Image: OnePlus)

An image taken on the OnePlus 8 Pro using the Photochrom filter (Image: OnePlus)

The OnePlus 8 Pro’s Color Filter camera has a filter called Photochrom. This uses the infrared sensors to add a special effect to photos. It turns out that allows you to see through some plastic materials.

  • Last Updated: May 20, 2020, 9:15 AM IST

There has been considerable excitement about the camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro which has X-Ray Vision capabilities, in the sense that it can potentially see through certain materials and objects. The Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has now confirmed that this feature will be disabled on phones in China for the time being, but users globally may be able to continue.

“While we think this camera gives users the ability to get more creative with smartphone photography, we also understand the concerns that have been raised. Therefore, we are already working on an OTA that we’ll push out in the coming weeks to offer the Photochrom filter while limiting other functionality that may be of concern,” says OnePlus in an official statement. The OnePlus 8 Pro’s Color Filter camera has a filter called Photochrom. This uses the infrared sensors to add a special effect to photos. Recently, OnePlus 8 Pro users found that it could see through certain materials such as plastic.

If you have purchased a OnePlus 8 Pro outside China, you will be able to keep using the Photochrom filter. “We decided to temporarily disable this filter on HydrogenOS out of an abundance of caution about some false and misleading information circulating on social media in China. However, we do not plan to disable this filter on OxygenOS, our global operating system, so we can focus on bringing the OTA to you as quickly as possible,” says OnePlus. The OnePlus phones in China run what is called the HydrogenOS while the global versions of the OnePlus phones, including the OnePlus 8 Pro, run what is called the OxygenOS.

So, what all can this X-Ray vision capabilities see through? The good folks over at Gizmodo UK tested this feature (read more here) on a OnePlus 8 Pro phone running OxygenOS and found that it is able to look inside certain gadgets that may have a plastic body—the Apple TV box, for example.

“After grabbing a OP8 Pro, I went around my home looking for devices I could exploit with this so called X-ray vision, and didn’t end up finding much. I tried multiple phones, computer mice, laptops, and game controllers without much success (aside from the tiny IR window on a Nintendo Switch controller),” says Gizmodo’s Sam Rutherford. “The only thing that really worked was the remote for my old Sony TV, which let me see through its removable back and verify that yes, there are batteries in there and what looks like a serial number of some sort. But then, when I did the same thing to my Nvidia Shield TV remote, nothing. So, while the OP8 Pro’s Photochrom filter allows you to see inside a handful of gadgets, I definitely wouldn’t call it X-Ray vision.”

The testing done by Gizmodo UK also confirms that the OnePlus 8 Pro’s Photochrom filter cannot look through clothes or fabric. That is good news for almost everyone. Well almost!

The OnePlus 8 Pro is on sale in India on the OnePlus Store and Amazon.in for Rs 54,999 (8GB + 128GB) and Rs 59,999 (12GB + 256GB) and is available in Onyx Black, Glacial Green and Ultramarine Blue, depending on the variant you choose.



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Motorola Edge Plus vs OnePlus 8 Pro: Which One Should You Buy?

Earlier this year we saw Motorola taking a shot at the ultra-premium smartphone segment with its new foldable Moto Razr. Shortly after the company announced a new high-end flagship smartphone series, Moto Edge and Moto Edge Plus. Boasting of large bezel-less curved displays, the new handsets were quite unlike Motorola but definitely turned some heads. The company recently launched the Edge Plus in India in an attempt to compete with the like of Samsung, OnePlus and Apple. But is the handset actually worth Rs 75,000? Well, we haven’t got our hands on the device yet, but that doesn’t stop us from comparing it on paper. So let’s take a look at how it compares with the highly popular OnePlus 8 Pro.

MOTOROLA EDGE PLUS

The new Moto Edge Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, paired with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage. The display is a 6.7-inch, full HD+, OLED display panel that is curved by almost 90 degrees at both the edges. The display also supports HDR10+ along with a 90Hz refresh rate. There are also software optimisations that give the ‘edge’ display some functionality. These include capacitive points that work as shoulder triggers for gaming, notification alerts, app switching and battery charging status.

The handset also comes with a quad-camera module highlighted by a 108-megapixel primary unit with optical stabilisation and 6K video recording support. Other modules include a 16-megapixel ultra-wide unit with 117-degree field of view, an 8-megapixel telephoto unit with 3x optical zoom. The front camera is embedded in the display in a punch-hole layout, with a 25-megapixel sensor. As for the battery, the Motorola Edge+ features a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging, as well as 15W fast wireless charging and 5W reverse charging as well. Other features include 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit-class Wi-Fi, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The Motorola Edge Plus is priced at Rs 74,999 in India and is available in Smoky Sangria and Thunder Grey colour options.

ONEPLUS 8 PRO

The OnePlus 8 Pro also rocks the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. It also offers up to 12GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, a quad-camera setup taking care of the photography duties, as well as a large 4510mAh battery. This is the first OnePlus phone which offers wireless charging featuring Warp Charge 30 Wireless, which charges a fully discharged OnePlus 8 Pro’s battery to 50% charge in 30 minutes. And of course, if you are using the 30-watt wall charger, the 0-50% charge happens in 23 minutes. It also has the Reverse Wireless Charging feature, which lets you also charge other wireless charging capable products (such as phones and earbuds) by simply placing them flat on the back of the OnePlus 8 Pro.

The 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display has a 3168 x 1440-pixel resolution, a 19.8:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+ and most importantly a 120Hz refresh rate, which means the display refreshes 120 times per second. There is also a punch hole on the top left corner for the selfie camera. The display is also expected to be a very bright display, touching as much as 1,300nits of brightness outdoors.

In the photography department, you get a 48-megapixel main camera, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera and a 5-megapixel colour filter camera. There is 3x hybrid zoom and the main Sony IMX689 sensor, as well as the telephoto camera, have optical image stabilization as well. What is new is the colour filter camera, which should allow you to add more lighting effects and colour filters to your photos—though how that works, we will only really know when we get to use the OnePlus 8 Pro. The Single Frame 3-HDR technology will surely be very relevant for high contrast photos that have a backlighting scenario.

This also supports the Wi-Fi 6 standard which offers maximum speeds of 9.8Gbps, and that is up to 2.7 times faster than the current Wi-Fi 5 standard. As for pricing, the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant has been priced at Rs 54,999 and the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant has been priced at Rs 59,999.

WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU BUY?

Now we haven’t managed to get our hands on either of these phones, but in my experience, OnePlus has been doing an impressive job especially when it comes to software optimisations. having said that, Motorola is also offering clean stock Android as it has for all of its phones. On top of that, Motorola has been a legacy brand although it seems to have lost some of its glory in recent years. OnePlus is offering faster battery charging, but Moto is offering a bigger battery. Even the camera packages seem to be at par unless that 108-megapixel sensor can create some magic. In my opinion, the OnePlus 8 Pro could be the right choice. The Moto Edge Plus does seem like a true and true flagship, but spending Rs 15,000 extra just does not seem worth.



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The OnePlus 8 Pro Camera Flawed WIth X-Ray Bug, Company to Rollout Update Soon

The OnePlus 8 Pro Camera Flawed WIth X-Ray Bug, Company to Rollout Update Soon

The special photochrom filter on the OnePlus 8 Pro camera is apparently letting users see through thin objects including clothes,

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 9:21 PM IST

OnePlus seems to have stumbled on a particular issue with its new handset, the OnePlus 8 Pro. The camera on the smartphone comes with a photochrom filter which apparently, can see through plastic and other thin materials including clothes just like an X-Ray. The ‘bug’ caught the attention of many and sparked privacy concerns all around.

The company has said in a statement that it will remove the accidental functionality from the device in an upcoming update. The camera filter is also going to temporarily disable the camera filter in HydrogenOS, the Chinese version of its operating system until an update is released. As for the global version of the phone, the company is choosing to leave it until the rolled out.

Additionally, the company has said that the filter cannot see through thick materials and has apologised for “creating privacy concerns and causing troubles for OnePlus users and other netizens.”

The special colour filter lens on the OnePlus 8 Pro was originally marketed as a way to click some unique photos with false-color camera filters on them. Just days ago, it was reported that the lens could also be used for infrared photography allowing people to see through thin materials like a t-shirt. Hopefully, the company can fix the issues before the handset goes on sale in India which is scheduled for May 29.




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Motorola Edge Plus India Launch at 12PM Today: Will it Rival the OnePlus 8 Pro?

The new Motorola Edge+, the brand's flagship smartphone.

The new Motorola Edge+, the brand’s flagship smartphone.

Motorola Edge Plus price in India and launch offers are set to be unveiled today, hence bringing new competition to the OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 8:17 AM IST
  • Edited by: Shouvik Das

Motorola Edge Plus is set for its India launch at 12PM today. The flagship Motorola smartphone comes after its earlier launch, the foldable Motorola Razr (2019), somewhat flopped due to underwhelming reviews and major questions about its durability and longevity. With a more ‘regular’ flagship device, the Motorola Edge Plus will look to take on competition in the premium smartphone market in India. The smartphone is launching just in time as the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted, hence allowing individuals to buy smartphones once again. Having been unveiled already in USA, here’s taking a look at what the Motorola Edge Plus may mean for the Indian smartphone industry.

Specifications

The Motorola Edge Plus will be the latest smartphone in India to run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the flagship processor of the year. As a result, 5G connectivity will be an integrated feature as well, although India has no signs of 5G at least in the foreseeable future. The processor is paired with 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. All of this performance prowess can be seen in the dual-edge type display, which not only looks quite impressive, but will come with some sort of edge functionality as well.

The display itself is 6.7 inches in size, with full HD+ resolution, HDR10+ content rating and a 90Hz fast refresh rate. To the rear, it features a quad camera setup, headlined by a 108-megapixel sensor with optical stabilisation. The other units include 8-megapixel telephoto module with 3x optical zoom range and OIS, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide module, and a depth-sensing 3D time of flight (ToF) module. The camera unit will be able to record up to 6K videos at 30fps, and full HD slow motion videos at up to 120fps.

Up front, the display punch hole houses a 25-megapixel snapper that can take HDR shots and record full HD videos at up to 120fps. All of this is powered by a 5,000mAh battery, with 18W fast charging, 15W wireless fast charging, and 5W reverse wireless charging as well with compatible devices. Connectivity and sensor chops of the Motorola Edge Plus include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 (with support for the new Bluetooth LE standard), USB-C 3.1, an under-display optical fingerprint sensor and a barometer.

Launch details

While the Motorola Edge Plus India launch is confirmed for 12PM today, Motorola has not announced any live stream to mark the device’s launch in India. Unless last moment change of plans are put forth, it is likely that the Motorola Edge Plus will be directly made available on Flipkart, the exclusive launch partner. It remains to be seen if any launch offers are also made available once the sale goes live.

Comparison with rivals

In USA, the Motorola Edge Plus was priced at $999 (~Rs 75,700) upon launch, which is a rather steep point of pricing. Given its specifications, the prime rivals for the Motorola Edge Plus in India would be the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus, and the recently launched OnePlus 8 Pro. While Samsung’s flagship duo are priced at Rs 70,499 and Rs 73,999 in India respectively, OnePlus pulled off a major pricing coup with the flagship OnePlus 8 Pro. Despite its $999 price tag in USA, the company priced it at Rs 54,999 in India, thereby giving it some degree of ‘value’ considering its flagship bearings.

With this in mind, pricing will likely play the major deciding factor behind how impactful the Motorola Edge Plus may turn out to be in the industry. While the premium segment is typically a slow mover, it has picked up pace in India of late, and the Motorola Edge Plus will be looking to eat into a share of this market, should it get its bearings right.



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Indian Firms Forked Out Rs 8 Crore on Average To Fix Ransomware Attacks: Report

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(Image only for representational purpose)

The report revealed that data was encrypted in 91 per cent of attacks that successfully breached an organisation in India.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 6:15 PM IST

Indian firms paid over Rs 8 crore ransom on average to mitigate the impact of ransomware on its operations and overall, 82 percent Indian firms were hit by ransomware in the past 12 months, a 15 percent increase from 2017, a new report said on Tuesday. Two out of three (66 percent) organisations hit by ransomware in India admitted paying the ransom. Data was encrypted in 91 percent of attacks that successfully breached an organisation in India. The average cost of addressing the impact of such an attack in India, including business downtime, lost orders, operational costs, and more, was a little over Rs 8 crore.

Delhi topped the list as 85 percent organisations in the national capital were hit by ransomware attacks in the past 12 months, followed by Bengaluru (83 percent) and Kolkata (81 percent). At fourth spot was Mumbai-based firms (81 percent), Chennai (79 percent) at sixth place and Hyderabad (74 percent) seventh, according to the “state of ransomware 2020” global survey by cybersecurity firm Sophos.

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts a victim’s files. The attacker then demands a ransom from the victim to restore access to the files. According to Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist, Sophos, organizations may feel intense pressure to pay the ransom to avoid damaging downtime.

“On the face of it, paying the ransom appears to be an effective way of getting data restored, but this is illusory. Paying the ransom makes little difference to the recovery burden in terms of time and cost,” he said. This could be because it is unlikely that a single magical decryption key is all that’s needed to recover.

“Often, the attackers may share several keys and using them to restore data may be a complex and time-consuming affair,” said Wisniewski. According to the report, only 8 per cent of victims in India were able to stop the attack before their data could be encrypted, compared with a global average of 24 percent.

Nearly 29 percent of the IT managers surveyed were able to recover their data from backups without paying the ransom. Globally, the average cost of recovery is $1.4 million if organisations pay the ransom and $730,000 if they don’t. The survey polled 5,000 IT decision-makers in organisations in 26 countries across six continents. Every organization in India that paid the ransom got their data back, although this was not always the case elsewhere.

Globally, nearly 5 percent of public sector organizations paid the ransom but didn’t get their data back. In fact, 13 percent of the public sector organizations surveyed never managed to restore their encrypted data, compared to 6% overall. “An effective backup system that enables organizations to restore encrypted data without paying the attackers is business critical, but there are other important elements to consider if a company is to be truly resilient to ransomware,” informed Wisniewski.



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OnePlus 8 Special Early Sale on Amazon Today at 2PM: Here Are All The Details

The all-new OnePlus 8 series is officially going to be available starting May 29. However, the company is hosting a special early access sale today at 2PM on Amazon India to sell limited quantities of the OnePlus 8. As per the listing, all three memory and storage variants, as well as all colour options, will be available during the special sale.

As for the price, the OnePlus 8 is going to sell for Rs 41,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant, Rs 44,999, for the 8GB + 128GB variant and Rs 49,999 for the 12GB + 256GB variant. The handset is available in three colour options including Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, and Onyx Black. The top 12GB + 256GB variant is available in all three colours, while the 8GB + 128GB is available in Glacial Green and Onyx Black, and the 6GB + 128GB is available in only Glacial Green.

There are also some offers including a discount of Rs 2,000 off for SBI card users opting for EMI transactions. A Rs 1,000 cashback on Amazon Pay will also be given to customers who pre-booked the OnePlus 8. Other than that, there will be an option of no-cost EMI of 12 and Reliance Jio users can get benefits of up to Rs 6,000.

ONEPLUS 8 SPECIFICATIONS

The OnePlus 8 comes with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. OnePlus is offering a high-end 12GB RAM this time apart from the 8GB RAM version. Storage options include 128GB and 256GB UFS 3.0 dual-lane.

The display is a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate and a FullHD+ resolution of 2400×1080 pixels. It also supports HDR10+ and is said to be ‘meticulously tuned’ color accuracy rating of JNCD around 0.4. (JNCD means “Just Noticeable Color Difference” which is an indicator for measuring color accuracy used by companies including DisplayMate).

Probably the most important upgrade is the battery. While the OnePlus 7T had a 3,800mAh battery, the OnePlus 8 offers a 4,300mAh battery. According to the company, the large battery provides 13% more battery capacity compared to the 7T. Of course, there is Warp Charge 30T which is claimed to charge from 1% to 50% in 22 minutes.

There is a triple camera setup at the back highlighted by the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor as last year. Rest of the cameras include a 16-megapixel sensor with an ultrawide lens, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. This means that there is no telephoto camera on the new OnePlus 8. The front camera is a 16-megapixel sensor with a fixed focus.

Other important features including an in-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, USB-C 3.1 and NFC.



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Samsung Galaxy A51 Beats Xiaomi Redmi 8 to Become Most Sold Android Phone in Q1 2020

File photo of a Samsung Galaxy A51

File photo of a Samsung Galaxy A51

The Galaxy A51, which is popular in all regions, particularly across Europe and Asia, captured a 2.3 per cent share of all smartphones shipped globally in this quarter

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  • Last Updated: May 14, 2020, 6:49 PM IST

With six million units shipped globally, Samsung Galaxy A51 became the worlds bestselling Android smartphone model in the first quarter of 2020, revealed new research on Thursday. Xiaomi Redmi 8 became the second most popular Android smartphone worldwide in Q1, said the study by research firm Strategy Analytics.

Samsung’s A51 smartphone, which is popular in all regions, particularly across Europe and Asia, captured 2.3 per cent share of all smartphones shipped globally in the quarter, while Xiaomi Redmi 8 grabbed 1.9 per cent market share.

“Global smartphone shipments reached a total of 275 million units in Q1 2020. The Android segment accounted for a dominant 86 per cent share of all smartphones shipped worldwide in the quarter,” Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement. The research revealed that four out of six best-selling Android smartphones are from Samsung. The other two are from Xiaomi.

While Samsung’s Galaxy S20+ held the third position with 1.7 per cent share, Samsung Galaxy A10s, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, and Samsung Galaxy A20s rounded out the fourth, fifth and sixth most popular Android smartphone models worldwide, according to Strategy Analytics.

“As mobile operators have reduced subsidies in recent years, and many countries are now tumbling into post-virus recession, smartphone consumers globally are becoming increasingly price-sensitive and they are seeking out new Android models that deliver the biggest bang for their buck,” said Juha Winter, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics.

The writing on the wall is now clear that many consumers want value-for-money devices with good-enough specs at affordable prices. “Android is entering a post-premium era,” Winter said.




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Here's When You Can Buy the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro in India

OnePlus has confirmed that its new OnePlus 8 series will finally go on sale in India from May 29. Making the announcement on its Red Cable Club community program, the company has also rolled out some exclusive offers as well. While both the phones are listed on Amazon India for pre-order, the company is also going to host a special early access sale on May 18, to sell limited quantities of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.

Price and Sale Offers

The base model of the OnePlus 8 (6GB RAM + 128GB storage) is priced at Rs 41,999 while the 8GB + 128GB storage model is priced at Rs 44,999. The top 12GB + 256GB variant has been priced at Rs 49,999. On the other hand, the OnePlus 8 Pro 8GB + 128GB variant has a price tag of Rs 54,999. The top-end 12GB RAM + 256GB storage model for the OnePlus 8 Pro will be available for Rs 59,999.

The company has also announced some sale offers to woo more customers, including an instant discount of Rs 3,000 on the OnePlus 8 Pro and Rs 2,000 one the OnePlus 8. However, these offers are only available for SBI credit card owners. Customers can also avail up to 12 months of no-cost EMI facility across OnePlus.in and Amazon.in via all popular debit and credit cards. Furthermore, with Bajaj Finance, customers can also purchase the OnePlus 8 series smartphones at “one-third of the total value” and pay the remaining amount at low monthly installments of a 12-month period. Reliance Jio has also announced that it will be giving benefits worth Rs 6,000, which includes Rs 150 off on 40 prepaid charges of Rs 349.

The company has also announced that the limited edition Pop-Up Bundle for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro is going to cost a mere Rs 1,000 more than the retail price of the phones. The Pop-Up bundle includes the phone itself along with a pair of the company’s new Bullets Wireless Z earphones, a bumper case, and a Karbon case. An exclusive sale will be offered only to the OnePlus Red Cable Club members on May 28.

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro Specifications

The OnePlus 8 comes with a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display with 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR 10+ support, and 3D corning gorilla glass. It offers support for sRGB, and Display P3 colour profiles and a 90Hz refresh rate display. The panel operates at FHD+ resolution. The Pro version, on the other hand, features a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 19.8:9 aspect ratio, HDR 10+ and QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Another important feature is the battery of OnePlus 8. The device offers a 4,300mAh battery, and what more, it is said to provide 13% more capacity than its predecessor, OnePlus 7T. There is also a triple-camera setup at the back. The primary camera is a 48-megapixel powered by the Sony IMX586 sensor just like last year. The rest is a 16-megapixel sensor with an ultrawide lens, and the third one is a 2-megapixel macro camera.

The OnePlus 8 Pro, is also packed with the 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 3168 X 1440-pixel resolution and a 19:8:9 aspect ratio. Interestingly, the device also has a 120Hz refresh rate. The OnePlus 8 Pro also offers the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. The device offers up to 12GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage. There is a quad-camera setup taking care of the photography needs, as well as 4,510mAh battery. The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will be available on Amazon.in, OnePlus India website, and select retail stores as well.



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One Plus 8 Series to be Available in India by the End of This Month

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The company has also said that it has resumed standalone customer service centres in 18 cities as of now while aligning with the government advisory.

  • IANS
  • Last Updated: May 13, 2020, 2:56 PM IST

The much-awaited OnePlus 8 series which is being manufactured at the company’s factory in Noida, will be available in the Indian market by the end of this month, a top company executive confirmed on Wednesday. Launched last month, the new flagship OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 witnessed the delay in arrival owing to the COVID-19 lockdown. According to Vikas Agarwal, General Manager of OnePlus India, the initial assessment of the OnePlus 8 series 5G has been very positive in the country. “We are expecting it to transition into robust sales in the coming months. The OnePlus 8 series will be available in the Indian market by May end,” Agarwal said.

“We have resumed operations in the Noida facility last week itself in line with the health safety regulations laid out by the government,” he added. Aligned with the government-issued health safety directives and advisory, the company has resumed its doorstep repair service across six cities – Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai.

“In addition to this, we have resumed services in our standalone customer service centres in 18 cities as of now, while aligning with the government advisory and guidelines on health safety measures,” informed the OnePlus executive. OnePlus 8 series 5G received an immensely positive response globally including in the US, Europe and China markets. OnePlus 8 Pro with 8GB/128GB will cost Rs 54,999 and the top-end model of the phone with 12GB/256GB will be available for Rs 59,999 in India. The compact OnePlus 8 base variant with 6GB/128GB will come for Rs 41,999, while the top-end model of the phone with 12GB/256GB will cost Rs 49,999.

There is also an 8GB/128GB version of the OnePlus 8 that will be available for Rs 44,999. Agarwal said that the India R&D team has contributed significantly towards innovative product development for the OnePlus 8 flagship series globally. “These include innovations across OxygenOS, camera features, 5G network optimisations and much more. A lot of these innovations were also a result of our community co-creation efforts, wherein we work closely with beta testers to acquire valuable feedback on how to improve and further innovate on the product design and overall user experience,” he elaborated.

As a consumer-centric brand, OnePlus has always implemented unique initiatives to engage with its consumers while also offering them a truly premium experience. Since the brand’s inception in India in December 2014, OnePlus has achieved several milestones, said Agarwal, and has grown to become a leading premium smartphone player in India. “With our growing business success in the Indian market, OnePlus has been increasingly investing in India in line with its commitment to delve deeper into its ‘Make in India’ strategy,” he added. While the manufacturing sector witnessed a slowdown, recent government directives to begin relaxing restrictions have led to manufacturing operations in India picking up momentum.

“We are confident that we will soon overcome this situation, and regain normalcy in due time while ensuring that we protect our employees’ health through necessary precautionary measures,” said Agarwal, adding that they are currently exploring new, innovative formats with the partners to provide a seamless experience to customers using the omnichannel approach.



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