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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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OnePlus 5, 5T Android 10 Updates are Here: An Impressive Feat for a 3-Year-Old Phone

OnePlus 5, 5T Android 10 Updates are Here: An Impressive Feat for a 3-Year-Old Phone

If indications in the smartphone world hold true, this may be the last major update that the OnePlus 5 and 5T will be getting.

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  • Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 5:33 AM IST

OnePlus is impressively rolling out Android 10 to its three-years-old smartphone generation, the OnePlus 5 and 5T. The update is yet to be officially announced by OnePlus, but users of its official forum have reported that they are indeed receiving the update for the latest version of Android. While the update is arriving with roughly four months to go for Android 11’s expected release, users of the OnePlus 5 and 5T smartphones will take heart from the fact that a device lineup that is three years old was issued the latest Android version and its newest features, which many brands fail to deliver.

According to reports about the update, the latest version of OxygenOS releasing on the two phones includes the typical enhancements that are part of the Android 10 feature set. These include a deeper, system-level implementation of dark mode, full screen gesture operation mode, granular privacy control including clearer control over device location permissions, and the likes. On top of these, OnePlus is said to have implemented its own layer of changes to the latest version of OxygenOS. These include spam message filtering, camera and gaming enhancements and other custom features.

With the OnePlus 5T set to turn three years old soon, Android 10 is likely to be the last major update that it receives in its lifetime. While OnePlus has not made any official announcement regarding the matter so far, it is likely that the company will continue to offer incremental security and service updates for a stipulated period. Smartphones generally run on a two to three-year upgrade cycle, during which it receives all major software updates as well. However, this has also been a bone of contention for many devices, with one notable case being that of Xiaomi and its ill-fated Android 10 upgrade for the Mi A3.

With OnePlus not having announced the Android 10 upgrade for the OnePlus 5 and 5T as yet, it is likely that the update is being phased as of now. Hence, if you are among the users of the two phones, it would prove to be prudent to wait until the update is automatically pushed to your device. Given the pace of phased updates, this should not take too long.




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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 Removed From McLaren's Partner List, Raises Questions on Future Collaborations

File photo of a One Plus 7T Pro McLaren edition.

File photo of a One Plus 7T Pro McLaren edition.

The removal has resulted in the speculation that the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition will most likely not get a successor this year.

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  • Last Updated: May 21, 2020, 6:36 PM IST

OnePlus has released “McLaren Edition” smartphones for a couple of years but now, a Reddit user reports that the British carmaker has not listed OnePlus as a partner for the 2020 F1 season. The removal of the Chinese brand from the list of partners has resulted in the speculation that the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition will most likely not get a successor this year, reports XDA Developers. OnePlus has been doing special editions of its phones for a few years now.

The OnePlus 5T was available in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Edition and the OnePlus 6 was available in a Marvel Avengers Edition. Both of these smartphones were available in limited quantities and in select regions only. The smartphone maker launched the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, with a new and distinct CMF (colour-material-finish), 10GB RAM and Warp Charge 30 charging technology, to expand the scope of these special editions.

The most recent McLaren Edition device from the OnePlus was OnePlus 7T Pro. The company recently launched its 8 series smartphones, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Both are powerful as well as expensive and the smartphone maker will have to find a new partner to give that a special twist worth paying more for.




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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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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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