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Apple iPhone SE Review: It is Small, Fast, Charming And Does Not Empty Your Bank Account

This is truly the affordable iPhone you were waiting for. This does not compromise at all in terms of the specs and the experience. It is a thoroughbred iPhone, albeit in a compact form factor. Which also makes this a very rare combination of compact and powerful. How many Android phone options do you get which offer a similarly handy footprint and yet pack in the most powerful specifications there are at this time? The answer lies in a word that starts with “Z” and ends with “ero”. The second generation of the Apple iPhone SE is a melding of the past with the present, representative of the future.

The Apple iPhone SE prices start at Rs 42,500 and that is before you take advantage of an HDFC Bank cashback offer which brings the effective price down to Rs 38,900. For an iPhone that runs largely the same specs as an iPhone 11, that is a steal deal.

Apple iPhone SE

Design is familiar, and yet very likeable

There is no running away from the fact that the second-generation Apple iPhone SE is basically the same body as an Apple iPhone 8 from 2017. It may have been a good-looking phone then, but it’s a beautiful phone now. And that came after the iPhone 7, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6. There could perhaps have been the argument that Apple should have gone with the iPhone 8 Plus body instead, but that 5.5-inch size would have not appealed to anyone who wanted a compact phone and would have pegged it too close to the 6.1-inch iPhone 11 in the size stakes. Apple says that the 4.7-inch screen size has been its most popular, and continues to be its most popular screen size, over the years. There must be some merit in the argument that not everyone wants a bulky phone.

You could be on the other side of the fence and say that the design looks a bit out of place now, and you would have a point there. The thick bezel above the screen stands out now, and the space below the screen for the Touch ID fingerprint sensor integrated within the Home button does add to it vertically. But Apple will counter that with pristine build quality. It feels fantastic to hold, much thinner than what our hands have become used to, no rough edges, no flex and everything is just right in place. It weighs just 148 grams, which is featherweight category in these times. You can have this in three colours at this time—Black, White and the gorgeous (PRODUCT)RED.

It is IP67 water resistant which means it isn’t averse to getting a bit wet, and the glass on the back enables wireless charging as well in case that catches your fancy. Incidentally, it also supports fast charging, but Apple doesn’t bundle that charger this time around.

All said and done, this is a proper iPhone. The build. The design. The attention to detail. The experience. Need I also remind you that there are no good compact Android phones right now.

Home button: a blast from the past

The Home button had stopped being a physical button quite a while ago. Good to see Apple has carried that forward with that reassuring haptic feedback every time you press on it. Touch ID on the iPhone SE is fast, very fast.

The magic number on the canvas is 4.7

It also isn’t the same 4.7-inch display carried forward. Apart from all the under-the-hood improvements, you will surely notice the True Tone Display feature, which that matches everything you see on the screen with the ambient lighting around you. The result, as we have experienced with the MacBook, the iPhones and the iPad Pro is that there is much less strain on the eyes than otherwise. This screen is LCD, and not an OLED. In the real world, people really don’t care. As long as it works, they are happy. And this most definitely works. It is bright, shuns reflections quite well and colours look good too. Yes, you’ll probably feel it’s a bit more restrained if you are using a higher resolution display all this while, but the thing is, most iPhone SE buyers will likely be the ones who have held on to their older iPhones till now—and for them, this is familiar yet an upgrade.

That being said, if you do intend to switch from a larger phone to this, you will feel the keyboard is a bit more compressed than what you are used to. It is a learning curve, make no doubt about it.

Apple iPhone SE

It is Futureproof, including for iOS updates: Leaving Android far behind

Power isn’t in short supply either. And that is putting it diplomatically. The iPhone SE runs the same A13 Bionic chip as the iPhone 11 series, which means it isn’t playing catch up. There is no faster smartphone processor right now, all chipmakers considered, and that gives the iPhone SE a solid foundation to build on. It also means that iOS updates will be available for this phone for many years to come. That is immediately better than most Android phones, including the expensive flagships, which see the end of the update goodness after about 2 years. If you are lucky, that is.

We have come such a long way since the iPhone 8’s time, that the A13 Bionic chip is 1.4x faster than the A11 which powered that phone back in the day. And it is 2.4x faster than the original iPhone SE. The party piece of the A13 Bionic is the 8-core Neural Engine that does 5 trillion operations per second.

Battery life is a day, and comfortably so. A lot of that is limited by the physics of size, which means it doesn’t get a battery pack as large as an iPhone 11. But since there are less display pixels to light up, the tradeoff has worked well.

But you do miss out on some things: 5G and more

The iPhone SE doesn’t make the shift to USB C, nor does it show any love for the headphone jack. This does not have 5G as well, and Apple for some reason doesn’t bundle a faster charger in the box even though the iPhone SE is fast charging capable.

Camera relies on software: More than ever before

The 2020 iteration of the Apple iPhone SE gets a 12-megapixel camera at the back. Yes, it is a single-camera system. It does get a new image signal processor, the enhancements of the Neural Engine of the A13 Bionic and new algorithms working behind the scenes after you tap the shutter button in the camera app to take a photo. The biggest beneficiary has to be the Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting. It is all software based, but the iPhone SE can take some really good portrait photos. The neural engine is trained to focus on people, and you get depth control as well. If you are wondering that this is already more versatile than the photography capabilities of the iPhone XR, which also has a single camera system, you would be absolutely right. It is not just the new hardware, but also updated algorithms and image processing that makes all the difference.

Apple iPhone SE-3

The full gamut of Portrait Lighting modes are available as well—Natural Light, Studio Light, Contour Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono and High-Key Light Mono are all available on the iPhone SE. Then there is Smart HDR as well and the ability to shoot 4K videos at 60fps. For the price that you pay for this iPhone SE, the photography performance is absolutely fantastic—great dynamic range, sharp, vivid colours that are well distinguished and overall photography that is quite close to the iPhone 11. It will struggle a bit in low light, because there isn’t a second sensor to provide more data, and there isn’t a night mode either. It’s a bit perplexing that, considering Google has managed better low light photos all thanks to AI and software, on single camera systems for a while now.

At the front sits a 7-megapixel FaceTime camera, and to be honest, we would have loved an upgrade here.

WHAT ABOUT THE ANDROID ALTERNATIVES?

Purely in terms of price, there will be the persistent debate about how the iPhone SE matches up to the Android counterparts. The thing is, the fact that you are considering the Apple iPhone SE second-generation means you want top-notch performance. That discounts a lot of the pretend flagship killer Android phones, and we get into the business end of that debate with the OnePlus 7T with prices starting Rs 34,999 and the new OnePlus 8 with prices starting at Rs 44,999 though availability is limited at this time. But they only get factored into the equation if you aren’t adamant about a compact screen size. In which case, why wouldn’t you also consider the iPhone 11? It is all too complicated, isn’t it? That is the power of choice.

The Last Word: Smaller size does not mean a compromise

The thing is, the 2020 iPhone SE would be a definite upgrade for anyone still rocking an iPhone older than let us say the iPhone XR—the performance boost will hit you in the face in the most pleasant manner. The camera matches the much more expensive iPhone 11 for the most part, which is a huge bonus for the new iPhone SE. There are three storage options to choose from, and I would seriously recommend paying a little more for the 128GB option over the 64GB one, just to add to the longevity aspect of your purchase. You want an iPhone. You got an iPhone. And this wouldn’t leave you penniless either.



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OnePlus 8 Special Limited Sale Today at 12PM: Price, Specifications, and More

OnePlus 8 Special Limited Sale Today at 12PM: Price, Specifications, and More

The OnePlus 8 will be up for grabs via a special sale however it seems that there could be limited units.

  • Last Updated: May 29, 2020, 11:09 AM IST

OnePlus had announced that its new OnePlus 8 series would finally go on open sale in India today, May 29. However, due to some production issues last week, the sale was postponed. OnePlus had made the announcement on its forums saying that the full-fledged sale will not be happening this Friday. Instead, a special limited sale across online and offline channels for the OnePlus 8 was announced.

Expect limited stocks of the handsets during this sale which will begin at 12PM today on Amazon India and OnePlus.in. 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.

Some of the launch offers include flat Rs 2,000 off for customers paying via State Bank of India credit cards and EMI as well as an additional Rs 1,000 Amazon Pay cashback for pre-booked users. There will also be no-cost EMI option of up to 12 months and Jio benefits worth Rs 6,000. There is no confirmation as to when the OnePlus 8 Pro would go on sale in India.

ONEPLUS 8 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 handset is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset and is offered with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.

The device offers a 4,300mAh battery, which 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. Other features include an in-display fingerprint scanner, 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C port and Warp Charge 30T (5V/ 6A).




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OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro Open Sale Delayed, Special Limited Sale Announced For May 29

OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro Open Sale Delayed, Special Limited Sale Announced For May 29

OnePlus is facing production issues in India and has delayed the open sale of its new OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones.

  • Last Updated: May 28, 2020, 3:48 PM IST

OnePlus had announced that its new OnePlus 8 series would finally go on open sale in India from May 29. Due to some production issues last week, the sale has been postponed. OnePlus made the announcement on its forums saying that the full-fledged sale will not be happening this Friday.

However a special limited sale across online and offline channels for the OnePlus 8 has been announced that will be held at 12PM on May 29. Expect limited stocks of the handsets during this sale. Pre-order customers who booked either of the phone on Amazon India or via OnePlus’ official channels will now have to wait to make the final purchase. The company hasn’t confirmed as to when the official open sale will begin in India.

“Although we were looking to have 29th May as our open sales date for the OnePlus 8 Series 5G, due to unforeseen circumstances, our production was temporarily halted last week and has altered our sales plan. Because of this, we had to reschedule our date for open sales in India” said Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India in a forum post.

Last week the company had hosted a special early access sale on Amazon India to sell limited quantities of the OnePlus 8. All three memory and storage variants, as well as all colour options, were offered in limited quantities during the special sale.

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. 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 packed with a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 3168×1440-pixel resolution and a 19:8:9 aspect ratio. Interestingly, the device comes with a faster 120Hz refresh rate. The OnePlus 8 Pro also offers the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. There is a quad-camera setup taking care of the photography needs, as well as 4,510mAh battery.

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.




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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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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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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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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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