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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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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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