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OnePlus Hints At Launching Affordable Smartphone in India: Is it The OnePlus Z

OnePlus Hints At Launching Affordable Smartphone in India: Is it The OnePlus Z

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau’s comments come at a time when the upcoming OnePlus Z has been the subject of many leaks over the past few weeks.

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  • Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 3:42 PM IST

Right before the launch of the OnePlus 8 series, there was a rumour that the company is planning to bring a third variant this year which would be a more affordable option for the masses. While OnePlus did not reveal the handset, it was assumed to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eventually, speculations suggested that the company would launch this affordable ‘OnePlus Z’ later in the summer. Now according to new development, it seems that OnePlus has sort of confirmed its plans.

In an interview with Fast Company, CEO Pete Lau spoke about how they want to go back to the company’s early years and deliver a more affordable offering. of course he didn’t mention the name, but it could very well be the rumoured OnePlus Z. OnePlus, which made its debut in the smartphone market by launching budget-friendly smartphones in the past, has recently diverted from its promises by launching OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones.

Lau also said that OnePlus does not have any plans to stop making higher-end smartphones but indicated that the company doesn’t want to stay in the premium segments and wants to add its product portfolio with more lower-margin smartphones. He also teased that this affordable device is coming soon and that we can soon expect an announcement in India as well.

Lau’s comments come at a time when the upcoming OnePlus Z has been the subject of many leaks over the past few weeks and has been widely tipped to launch later this year. Moreover, Lau has assured that the upcoming budget-friendly smartphones would be up to the standard of the existing OnePlus devices as well. The OnePluz Z is rumoured to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset. It will also sport a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 2400X1080 pixel resolution with a 90Hz refresh rate and along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage.

OnePlus recently launched its OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 pro smartphones, that are priced between Rs 41,999 and Rs 59,999. It also plans to launch truly wireless earphones known was OnePlus Buds in July.




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Fortnite Gets 90FPS on Mobile, OnePlus Becomes First Exclusive Partner

Fortnite Gets 90FPS on Mobile, OnePlus Becomes First Exclusive Partner

Fortnite with 90fps is exclusively coming to the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, which also marks the arrival of the fast framerate on any platform.

  • Last Updated: May 26, 2020, 7:15 PM IST

OnePlus has partnered with Epic Games and will be the first to get Fortnite with 90fps. According to the company, the OnePlus 8 series will be the first to get the new update. The company has also confirmed that OnePlus is an exclusive partner to get support for the fast refresh rate. This is also the first time Fortnite is getting 90fps as the game is capped at 60fps on consoles.

It has taken months for the two companies to bring 90fps to Fortnite on the OnePlus 8. To kick off the launch, OnePlus will be offering users (OnePlus 6 and newer) the ability to download Fortnite via a “One-touch” easy installation of the Epic Games App through the “Game Space” app.

As of now, OnePlus users with the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro can play Fortnite at a maximum of 60fps, while the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will currently be the only two devices to run Fortnite at 90fps.

“OnePlus and Epic Games have created one of the best Fortnite experiences ever on a smartphone. The OnePlus 8 Series delivers a smooth, high frame rate Fortnite gameplay experience – that even current generation console game systems can’t match. OnePlus creates the best devices for mobile gaming through our industry-leading display, speedy performance, and overall user experience designed with power-users in mind,” said Pete Lau, Founder & CEO, OnePlus.

Speaking to Kyle Kiang, CMO at OnePlus, “This marks a huge milestone for both Epic and OnePlus and it took around 10 months of development to bring the 90fps experience.” Now considering the phone maker’s close association with PUBG Mobile, Kiang said that this will be a completely different partnership which focuses on a combination of hardware and software partnership. He refused to comment on the future of the partnership however he did mention the fact the two companies are working together to give a push to Fortnite among the Indian audience and we should stay tuned for more.




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Get a Chance to Play PUBG Mobile With Indian Cricketers in The OnePlus Domin8 Tournament

Get a Chance to Play PUBG Mobile With Indian Cricketers in The OnePlus Domin8 Tournament

The tournament will give participants a chance to play with popular pro-gamers as well as Indian Cricket stars.

  • Last Updated: May 21, 2020, 7:08 PM IST

OnePlus is hosting its own PUBG Mobile Tournament in India. The phone maker has made this announcement in association with its esports partner Fnatic Gaming. The tournament will feature pro-gamers and Indian cricketers and according to OnePlus this is a new engagement initiative for the company and PUBG Mobile community where it will enable virtual interaction with pro-gamers and Indian cricketers.

Registrations are open for Red Cable Club members while non-members will be able to register starting tomorrow, May 22, from 12 PM. To register, interested participants will need to fill a simple form with basic information, as well as their Red Cable Club membership number, PUBG Mobile nickname, PUBG Mobile Character ID, an answer as to why they want to participate in the tournament. Presumably, one would not need a Red Club membership if they register tomorrow.

According to OnePlus, exhibition matches will begin June 2, 6PM and the MVP (Most Valuable Player) in each match will win a OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone. The tournament will include a set of three matches and will include pro-gamers Dynamo and Ahsaas Channa, as well as Fnatic members including Sc0ut, Owais, Nixon, Ash, Franky, and Ronak. As for the Indian cricketers, expect KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Smriti Mandhana, and Yuzvendra Chahal to be a part of the tournament as well. OnePlus says that participants could get a chance to play with both the pro-gamers and Indian cricketers.

OnePlus is yet to share fine details of the tournament so expect things like the number of teams, match format, point system (if any) to be shared in the coming days.




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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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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

Image for Representation.

Image for Representation.

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.

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  • 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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You Can Finally Pre-Order The OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro in India: Here Are The Details

The OnePlus 8 series was launched earlier this month and while we are still waiting for the company to announce the date of availability, Amazon India has begun taking pre-orders. According to the e-commerce website, you can now pre-order the OnePlus 8 or the OnePlus 8 Pro by purchasing an Amazon Pay eGift Card.

All you need to do is buy a Rs 1000 gift card before May 10. A coupon will be sent to your registered email address and you can use it to buy the phone from May 11 to June 30. Customers will also get Rs 1000 back in their Amazon Pay account within 30 days of purchase of the phone.

ONEPLUS 8

The new OnePlus 8 comes with the new and more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. OnePlus is offering a high-end 12GB RAM this time apart from the 8GB RAM version. Notably, this will be the LPDDR4X memory unlike the LPDDR5 RAM being offered on the Pro variant, which doesn’t necessarily make it slow by any means. Storage options include 128GB and 256GB UFS 3.0 dual-lane.

The display seems to be similar to the OnePlus 7T, but is now curved at the edges. It 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). Considering the 7T offered peak display brightness of 1000nits, so we are expecting similar performance from this display.

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 sadly no wireless charging like the OnePlus 8 Pro.

The camera department hasn’t seen a big update. 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 are however different, including 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, NFC and so on. The handset will be offered in three colours- Onyx Black, Interstellar, Glow, and Glacial Green.

As for pricing, the 6GB RAM and 128GB base variant is priced at Rs 41,999, the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs 44,999 while the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage version comes at Rs 49,999.

ONEPLUS 8 PRO

This one also comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. There is also 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. You will be able to buy the OnePlus 8 Pro in Onyx Black, Glacial Green and Ultramarine Blue colourways.

This is the first OnePlus phone which offers wireless charging. And it isn’t just for the sake of ticking off the spec sheet—OnePlus calls this the 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. For a massive 4,510mAh battery, that is actually a great stat to show off. 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.

Apart from the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, OnePlus is also using the LPDDR5 RAM modules, which are 30% faster than before and also consume up to 20% lesser power—all this means even faster performance with lesser battery usage.

The 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display has the 3168 x 1440-pixel resolution and the 19.8:9 aspect ratio. This also gets the 120Hz refresh rate, which means the display refreshes 120 times per second. There is also a punch hole on the top left corner, which means the pop-up selfie camera is no more.

OnePlus has also tweaked the animations in the Oxygen OS to take better advantage of these fine new capabilities. In fact, the OnePlus 8 Pro also gets the MEMC chip, often found in large screen TVs, which alter the frame rates in videos to upgrade, let’s say a 30fps video to a 120fps video, so that it looks better on this more fluid display. This display is HDR10+ compatible.

OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 8 Pro’s 10-bit colour display produces more than a billion unique colours, which they say is 60X more than standard smartphone displays. This is also expected to be a very bright display, touching as much as 1,300nits of brightness outdoors.

A lot of work has definitely gone into potentially improving photography performance. There is a 48-megapixel main camera, there is 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.