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  1. OnePlus is trying its hand at budget smartphones for the second time with the Nord CE, which I’ve been using for quite some time. While the phone does get everything right on paper, the story is a little different when you consider the overall Indian smartphone market. The successor to the first Nord isn’t really an upgrade that users would be willing to spend on. It’s more of the same by OnePlus which may impress first-time buyers but raise even more doubt amongst customers who look at other choices. Here’s what I think about the OnePlus Nord CE after using it for over ten days: Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When you hold the Nord CE, you will first doubt that it’s even a OnePlus phone. That’s because the device is lighter than its predecessor and uses a body that would find on smartphones priced half the value. The polycarbonate body on the OnePlus Nord CE isn’t of the best quality and can easily break if dropped from a waist-level height. Staple OnePlus features like the notification slider are missing while it does come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It really is a stripped out version of a OnePlus smartphone that only offers the ‘Core Experience’. I still prefer last year’s OnePlus Nord simply because it was a cheaper device that retained OnePlus’ identity. However in CE’s case; I cannot say the same. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus Nord comes with a 6.4-inch Fluid AMOLED display that is roughly the same panel as its predecessor. At least in the display department OnePlus did not sacrifice the quality as the panel presented a vivid, colourful and sharp image. While it’s not on the same level as OnePlus flagship phones, it’s still amongst the best you will find in a smartphone that costs between Rs 20,000 - Rs 30,000. The display also supports a 90Hz refresh rate which works exactly as it would on the flagship devices. The overall experience was ultra-smooth where animations were snappy and I did not notice any stuttering or throttling. Overall, I was quite satisfied with the display which is a huge contrast to how I feel about the rest of the phone. CamerasThe OnePlus Nord CE’s camera is not entirely what I expected. The image quality from the smartphone at times looked great while other times it didn’t really live up to OnePlus’ own standards. There were instances where images had white balancing issues even after an update that was said to fix it. The CE comes with a 64MP primary sensor ultra-wide sensor that has a field of view of 119-degrees and a mono lens. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The camera also struggled to focus on objects especially in low light which made it unusable most of the time. In daylight, the Nord CE camera does take good images but it’s nothing that would command a price tag the Nord CE wants to. I’ve used cheaper budget smartphones by Xiaomi, Poco and other companies that do a better job than the Nord CE. In my honest opinion, OnePlus really needs to work on the camera app and improve its imaging quality for more consistent quality. As of now, the 64MP does not deliver quality images which may change in the future, if OnePlus fixes the camera app via updates. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus Nord CE also supports NightScape photography which works better than it did on its predecessor. It’s not at par with the OnePlus 9 series which was expected since the Nord CE is OnePlus’ budget offering for 2021. Having said that, there is still room for improvement and to bring it to par with other smartphones in the same price category. Here are some camera samples from the OnePlus Nord CE for your reference. Performance and Battery Life The Nord CE is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G chipset that isn’t much of an upgrade from last year’s Nord’s hardware. The 750G in almost every scene is not even a significant upgrade from Nord’s Snapdragon 765G SoC. The 750G has a lower clock speed and does not offer a significant improvement in GPU performance. In fact, in games like Genshin Impact, Free Fire and other competitive games, there’s an overall gain of only 1 FPS. Having said that, the 750G does have better CPU performance which resulted in the Nord giving a Geekbench 5 result of 638 (single-core) and 1735 (multi-core). © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of real-life usage, the OnePlus Nord CE works like a charm and does not falter when doing daily tasks. The phone rarely throttles and I did not notice any app crashes during my usage. For an average user, the OnePlus Nord CE does everything you expect it to do. In gaming, even though there isn’t a significant performance gain, it still manages to run most games smoothly with less frequent frame rate drops. However, I do recommend running competitive games in medium settings to conserve battery life and get good frames. The OnePlus Nord CE comes with a 4,500 mAh battery that can get fully charged in under an hour as it supports Warp Charge 30T. In my usage, the smartphone lasted well over an entire day with moderate usage however it is necessary to point out that I’m stuck at home connected to Wi-Fi. There will be a little drop in battery life when used with a mobile network. Software: OxygenOS 11 The Nord CE ships with OxygenOS 11 out of the box which has almost all of your favourite features from the main flagship phones. Features such as Zen Mode, AOD, Reading Mode and other features make a return. It also has all of the customisation options intact and offers the full experience you want from a OnePlus device. The Final Say The OnePlus Nord CE is a cheaper version of a device that already exists. In fact, the company has not lived up to its name and instead delivered a smartphone that does not represent the brand well. The build quality is cheaper than its predecessor and it doesn’t offer any significant upgrades either. If you are willing to spend a bit extra, you’re better off getting last year’s OnePlus Nord instead of the CE. If you are a first-time buyer who isn’t looking to spend too much, the Nord CE is a great starting point for Rs 22,999. View the full article
  2. OnePlus has finally made the Nord (Core Edition) official and has launched the device in India starting at Rs 22,999. The new smartphone is the second iteration of the Nord lineup by the company and will be available to purchase in India from 16th June 2021 from Amazon and OnePlus' official wesbite. © OnePlus_Twitter The new budget offering comes with a polycarbonate body and this time around it even comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone also has a triple camera setup at the back with the primary lens being a 64MP sensor. The primary camera has been coupled with an ultra-wide sensor that has a field of view of 119-degrees and a mono lens. The smartphone also supports Nightscape photography for low-light imaging purposes. The OnePlus Nord CE comes with a 6.43-inch AMOLED display that has a refresh rate of 90Hz and an in-display fingerprint sensor. © OnePlus_Twitter Under the hood, the OnePlus Nord CE is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G chipset and comes with up to 12GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the Nord CE is available in configurations up to 256GB. The OnePlus Nord CE has a 4,500 mAh battery that can be fast-charged using the WarpCharge 30T charger. In terms of connectivity, the Nord CE also supports 5G, Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC. © OnePlus_Twitter In terms of software, the OnePlus Nord CE comes with Oxygen OS 11 out of the box and comes with all of the main features from its flagship devices such as Zen Mode, always-on display, and new optimisations. OnePlus will also be offering two years of software updates and three years of security updates as well. Finally, the Nord CE will be available in three colour variants i.e. Blue Void, Charcoal Ink and Silver Ray. For full prices and different variants, check out the full pricing table below: Nord CE India Pricing 6GB + 128GB : Rs 22,999 (Charcoal Ink) 8GB + 128GB: Rs 24,999 (Blue Void, Charcoal Ink) 12GB + 256GB: Rs 27,999 (Blue Void, Charcoal Ink and Silver Ray) View the full article
  3. OnePlus will be launching its next mid-range smartphone called the ‘OnePlus Nord CE’ on June 10th in India. The company is also expected to launch the new OnePlus TV U1S LED TV alongside the smartphone. The company also has assured gifts worth Rs 2,699 for customers who pre-order the smartphone. © Voice Having said that, the specifications of the smartphone have leaked ahead of the launch. Leaks show the smartphone will be getting a downgraded processor and a camera upgrade when compared to the previous iteration. According to an Android Central report, the OnePlus Nord CE is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G chipset. The phone is also expected to come with a triple-camera setup at the back, one less sensor than 2020 Nord’s quad-camera setup. © OnePlus The Snapdragon 750G chipset is considered a downgrade since the OnePlus Nord is powered by the Snapdragon 765 chipset. The phone is also expected to come with a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, identical to the previous model. In the camera department, the phone will have a 64-megapixel camera and a 16-megapixel front camera. Previous leaks have also hinted at a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In terms of design, the OnePlus Nord CE is expected to take design cues from the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. It is expected to have an enlarged camera module on the top-left corner. However, the device will be using a polycarbonate body similar to the OnePlus Nord. The OnePlus Nord CE will be launched on June 10th with pre-orders going live the next day. The smartphone will be available for purchase from June 16th in India and European markets. View the full article
  4. If you wanted the OnePlus Watch to hold its own against the Apple Watch, then this review isn’t for you. The OnePlus Watch might be just another wearable accessory for your Android smartphone that gets the job done. Whether you want it to track exercises, SpO2, steps and manage notifications, the OnePlus Watch can do that. However, the experience on the OnePlus Watch is not the best at the moment especially since there are plenty of cheaper alternatives available. Here’s what I think about the OnePlus Watch and my experience with the latest wearable: DesignThe OnePlus Watch is designed with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in mind, at least that's what I have gathered. It has a round face that doesn’t have any unique attributes and has rubber straps stuck on either end. There are two buttons on the right and a touchscreen AMOLED display. The 46-mm smartwatch does have a stainless steel case which gives off a more premium feel than its competition. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While the display is quite large for navigation and browsing menus, it does not have an always-on display which makes the experience a bit annoying. You will end up flicking your wrist each time you want to check the time or any of the notifications you receive throughout the day. The OnePlus Watch is fairly light and does not feel heavy on the wrist. Overall, it looks like a premium smartwatch from afar. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If you feel like customising the OnePlus Watch, you have 50 watch face options to choose from and possibly more in the future. Some watch faces are quite detailed and show relevant information while others are quite basic for users who just want to manage notifications and look at the time. Having said that, the watch faces don’t give off that premium vibe when compared to the Apple Watch or any of the Galaxy Watches. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus Watch is also rated for water resistance up to 164 feet which means you can use the smartwatch while swimming too. Features and Experience The OnePlus Watch comes with a plethora of features that you would expect from a smartwatch. You can track many exercises, track heart rate, measure SpO2, analyse sleep and stress level. The OnePlus Watch also has its respiration app that has copied animations from Apple’s ‘Breathe app’. Most features work out of the box as advertised, however in our experience, tracking heart rate can be a bit tedious. So far, all the features that I’ve mentioned can also be found in a budget-friendly fitness tracker. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus Watch can be used for managing notifications, responding to texts or emails and answering phone calls. The notification system on the OnePlus Watch is quite straightforward and it does not have any delay when viewing them. However, there are other problems such as syncing notifications between the watch and phone. For example, even after I cleared a notification on the smartphone, the same notification would persist on the OnePlus Watch. It gives off a very unconnected experience that you don’t expect from a smartwatch. The OnePlus Watch is marketed as an advanced smartwatch for OnePlus users but that couldn’t be further from the truth. For starters, at launch the smartwatch only tracks 12-13 workout modes. The SpO2 reading from the smartwatch is not accurate when comparing results with the Apple Watch and an Oximeter. The OnePlus Watch also lets you control music but it does not have support for apps like Spotify which can be cumbersome to use. While working out, playback controls on the smartwatch is a basic feature that even budget alternatives offer. Since there is no support for Spotify, you will have to manually transfer music to the OnePlus Watch’s memory which is very inconvenient. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the overall experience on the OnePlus Watch, the software does not feel as intuitive or smooth as other smartwatches we’ve used in the past. Navigating the main menu is a cumbersome task that doesn’t look pleasing to the eye. Even the OnePlus health app is quite basic and doesn’t always relay data from the smartwatch. For example, the app fails to display some manual SpO2 readings. Other details such as heart rate data during workout sessions are missing and it does not sync data with the Google Fitness app either. The OnePlus Health app requires a major overhaul if it wants to compete with the big guys as it does not offer a satisfactory experience at the moment. Battery Life © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus Watch offers incredible battery life and can last tup 14 days on a single charge. Of course, that number goes down if you use features such as GPS tracking and Bluetooth music playback. In my experience, the OnePlus Watch lasts longer than advertised and can get a week’s worth of power in about 20 minutes. The OnePlus Watch charges extremely fast, similar to its smartphones which comes in handy when you are in a hurry. The Final Say The OnePus Watch is not the perfect smartwatch as the company makes it out to be. It is often held back by its software and the companion health app which reduces it to just another fitness tracker. The OnePlus Watch for what it's worth faces tough competition from cheaper alternatives that offer the same features and a better experience for less. The OnePlus Watch retails for Rs 14,999 which is hard to justify when you can get a cheaper alternative from Amazfit that offers more robust features. View the full article
  5. The OnePlus 9 may just be the best smartphone to get in India right now especially after my experience with the device for the past two weeks. It has everything an average user needs in a smartphone and excels at delivering in the most important departments. It puts flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S21 Ultra to shame simply with its raw power and asking price. In exchange for the lower price, the smartphone does compromise a few features that I honestly don’t think are that important. Most people don’t care about wireless charging or an official IP rating, and that’s exactly where the OnePlus 9 cuts costs. Here’s what I think about the OnePlus 9 after using it for the past two weeks alongside the OnePlus 9 Pro. Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus 9 borrows a lot of the design ethos from its more expensive brother while changing a few things to keep the cost low. For starters, the build quality is not as premium as the OnePlus 9 Pro but it is still better than anything you might have used in this price range. The build quality of the OnePlus 9 is at par with devices like the Galaxy S21 which says a lot as there is a huge price difference between the two. The only reason why I say the OnePlus 9 does not have a more premium feel is because I’m coming from the OnePlus 9 Pro. In comparison to other devices that are priced similarly, the OnePlus 9’s design and quality clearly stand out. Unlike the OnePlus 9 Pro, you will also notice that there is one less camera lens in the camera module and that’s because the phone does not have a telephoto lens. Now, the reason why it doesn’t really bother me is that the telephoto lens on the OnePlus 9 Pro is rather useless. It’s not a sensor that I use often unless I’m at a concert and for most people, it doesn’t make a huge difference either. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The smartphone has a 6.55-inch display however a lower resolution than the 9 Pro. The 1080p OLED display is still a dream to use as it supports a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate mode. While using the smartphone’s display, the OnePlus 9 feels just as smooth as the 9 Pro and quite fast while browsing and playing games. The only main difference here is the resolution of the display which shouldn’t really be a cause for concern as it is more than enough for viewing content on OTT platforms and social media. OnePlus has also removed some of the key premium features you find on the OnePlus 9 Pro. For example, there is no wireless charging in the Indian retail unit and it does not come with an IP rating. I really don’t need these features in the phone considering what I’m getting in return for the price. If you do want to take advantage of wireless charging and have a phone that is rated for water/dust resistance, the OnePlus 9 Pro might be a better fit for you. Performance The OnePlus 9’s performance is as exemplary as its more expensive variant as it is powered by the same Snapdragon 888 chipset. In fact, both phones perform almost identical and have similar benchmark scores. I used the 12GB RAM variant of the phone and it blows most Android devices out of the water. It’s still not as good as the iPhone but it beats every Android device out there. Most apps launch and close quickly, scrolling feels smooth with zero stutters and it runs games with no frame drop either. The OnePlus 9 also churns out a better battery life than the OnePlus 9 Pro due to its lower-resolution screen and less power consumption. While using the smartphone with Smart 120Hz mode, I got around 5.5 hours of screen-on-time and lasted about a full day with moderate use. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In my benchmark tests, the OnePlus 9 scored 1055 (single-core) and 3676 (multi-core) on Geekbench 5. It’s amongst the highest scores you can get from an Android device in 2021 and proves that the OnePlus 9 is capable of delivering a flagship experience. The case remains the same with the graphics test where it had almost identical results in the 3D mark test as the OnePlus 9 Pro. If you’re a mobile gamer, the OnePlus 9 is a great device to play games on as it can handle graphic intensive games like Genshin Impact with ease and not overheat during gameplay. CamerasThe OnePlus 9 has a different camera setup than the top variant which includes a 48-megapixel main camera, 50-megapixel ultrawide, and 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. All of these sensors have been colour-tuned by Hasselblad just like the OnePlus 9 Pro. However, for the main 49-megapixel sensor, OnePlus is using a Sony IMX689 that was also used on the OnePlus 8 Pro. Last year, we didn’t really like the imaging capabilities, however on this phone, we do see some improvement in overall colours, sharpness and white balance. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In good light, the OnePlus 9 is capable of capturing great images with accurate colours, however there is still a little bit of oversaturation going on in the final images. Daylight imaging is dependable and does not have the same issues as the OnePlus 8 Pro. However, capturing images in darker environments is still quite a challenge even though there is a slightly noticeable improvement. The camera does take its sweet time to focus on the subject and lacks overall sharpness. The 50-MP ultrawide camera is a dream to use where it manages to capture quite detailed images in good lighting conditions. It’s at par with the OnePlus 9 Pro and does not feel like a sensor that has been added on for the sake of it. For the first time, an ultra-wide sensor on a OnePlus device is usable and you won't be disappointed with the results. The monochrome sensor works just like it did on the previous generation of phones where it works in combination with the main camera when using the filter mode. You can’t use the sensor directly which is not that much of a big deal. However, the monochrome sensor is barely used and I would have preferred a telephoto lens instead to make the OnePlus 9 a complete smartphone. Sure, I may not care for the telephoto lens as much but I would certainly use it more often than the monochrome sensor. Here are some camera samples that will give you a better idea about the OnePlus 9’s photography capabilities: The Final Say The OnePlus 9 ticks all the right boxes for customers who are looking for an incredible deal on a flagship-level smartphone. With incredible performance, acceptable photography and great battery life, the OnePlus 9 will fit most people’s needs. Starting at Rs 49,999, the OnePlus 9 is a better alternative to the Galaxy S21 in my opinion. View the full article
  6. The OnePlus 9 may just be the best smartphone to get in India right now especially after my experience with the device for the past two weeks. It has everything an average user needs in a smartphone and excels at delivering in the most important departments. It puts flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S21 Ultra to shame simply with its raw power and asking price. In exchange for the lower price, the smartphone does compromise a few features that I honestly don’t think are that important. Most people don’t care about wireless charging or an official IP rating, and that’s exactly where the OnePlus 9 cuts costs. Here’s what I think about the OnePlus 9 after using it for the past two weeks alongside the OnePlus 9 Pro. Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus 9 borrows a lot of the design ethos from its more expensive brother while changing a few things to keep the cost low. For starters, the build quality is not as premium as the OnePlus 9 Pro but it is still better than anything you might have used in this price range. The build quality of the OnePlus 9 is at par with devices like the Galaxy S21 which says a lot as there is a huge price difference between the two. The only reason why I say the OnePlus 9 does not have a more premium feel is because I’m coming from the OnePlus 9 Pro. In comparison to other devices that are priced similarly, the OnePlus 9’s design and quality clearly stand out. Unlike the OnePlus 9 Pro, you will also notice that there is one less camera lens in the camera module and that’s because the phone does not have a telephoto lens. Now, the reason why it doesn’t really bother me is that the telephoto lens on the OnePlus 9 Pro is rather useless. It’s not a sensor that I use often unless I’m at a concert and for most people, it doesn’t make a huge difference either. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The smartphone has a 6.55-inch display however a lower resolution than the 9 Pro. The 1080p OLED display is still a dream to use as it supports a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate mode. While using the smartphone’s display, the OnePlus 9 feels just as smooth as the 9 Pro and quite fast while browsing and playing games. The only main difference here is the resolution of the display which shouldn’t really be a cause for concern as it is more than enough for viewing content on OTT platforms and social media. OnePlus has also removed some of the key premium features you find on the OnePlus 9 Pro. For example, there is no wireless charging in the Indian retail unit and it does not come with an IP rating. I really don’t need these features in the phone considering what I’m getting in return for the price. If you do want to take advantage of wireless charging and have a phone that is rated for water/dust resistance, the OnePlus 9 Pro might be a better fit for you. Performance The OnePlus 9’s performance is as exemplary as its more expensive variant as it is powered by the same Snapdragon 888 chipset. In fact, both phones perform almost identical and have similar benchmark scores. I used the 12GB RAM variant of the phone and it blows most Android devices out of the water. It’s still not as good as the iPhone but it beats every Android device out there. Most apps launch and close quickly, scrolling feels smooth with zero stutters and it runs games with no frame drop either. The OnePlus 9 also churns out a better battery life than the OnePlus 9 Pro due to its lower-resolution screen and less power consumption. While using the smartphone with Smart 120Hz mode, I got around 5.5 hours of screen-on-time and lasted about a full day with moderate use. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In my benchmark tests, the OnePlus 9 scored 1055 (single-core) and 3676 (multi-core) on Geekbench 5. It’s amongst the highest scores you can get from an Android device in 2021 and proves that the OnePlus 9 is capable of delivering a flagship experience. The case remains the same with the graphics test where it had almost identical results in the 3D mark test as the OnePlus 9 Pro. If you’re a mobile gamer, the OnePlus 9 is a great device to play games on as it can handle graphic intensive games like Genshin Impact with ease and not overheat during gameplay. CamerasThe OnePlus 9 has a different camera setup than the top variant which includes a 48-megapixel main camera, 50-megapixel ultrawide, and 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. All of these sensors have been colour-tuned by Hasselblad just like the OnePlus 9 Pro. However, for the main 49-megapixel sensor, OnePlus is using a Sony IMX689 that was also used on the OnePlus 8 Pro. Last year, we didn’t really like the imaging capabilities, however on this phone, we do see some improvement in overall colours, sharpness and white balance. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In good light, the OnePlus 9 is capable of capturing great images with accurate colours, however there is still a little bit of oversaturation going on in the final images. Daylight imaging is dependable and does not have the same issues as the OnePlus 8 Pro. However, capturing images in darker environments is still quite a challenge even though there is a slightly noticeable improvement. The camera does take its sweet time to focus on the subject and lacks overall sharpness. The 50-MP ultrawide camera is a dream to use where it manages to capture quite detailed images in good lighting conditions. It’s at par with the OnePlus 9 Pro and does not feel like a sensor that has been added on for the sake of it. For the first time, an ultra-wide sensor on a OnePlus device is usable and you won't be disappointed with the results. The monochrome sensor works just like it did on the previous generation of phones where it works in combination with the main camera when using the filter mode. You can’t use the sensor directly which is not that much of a big deal. However, the monochrome sensor is barely used and I would have preferred a telephoto lens instead to make the OnePlus 9 a complete smartphone. Sure, I may not care for the telephoto lens as much but I would certainly use it more often than the monochrome sensor. Here are some camera samples that will give you a better idea about the OnePlus 9’s photography capabilities: The Final Say The OnePlus 9 ticks all the right boxes for customers who are looking for an incredible deal on a flagship-level smartphone. With incredible performance, acceptable photography and great battery life, the OnePlus 9 will fit most people’s needs. Starting at Rs 49,999, the OnePlus 9 is a better alternative to the Galaxy S21 in my opinion. View the full article
  7. The OnePlus 9 Pro is an impressive flagship device that comes with plenty of nifty features. However, the one feature that is by far the most addicting to use is its wireless charging feature. The smartphone supports Qi-wireless charging which is quite common amongst flagship phones these days. However, what sets the OnePlus 9 Pro apart from the rest of the pack is its ability to get fast-charged wirelessly. When used with a regular wireless charger, the OnePlus 9 Pro takes its sweet time to get fully charged. There’s nothing wrong with that, but when you use the Warp Charge 50 Wireless charger with the smartphone, you will probably never go back to using a regular wireless charger. The OnePlus 9 Pro charges twice as fast as the OnePlus 8 Pro wirelessly. The smartphone can be fully charged in 45 minutes. That’s faster than wired fast-charging on most smartphones that support the power-delivery protocol. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Warp Charge 50 Wireless charger retails in India for Rs 3,990 at the moment on OnePlus’ official website. We highly recommend experiencing wireless fast-charging with the OnePlus 9 Pro because it’s unlike anything else out in the market. The OnePlus 9 Series launched in India earlier this week and if you want to know more about the device, you can read all about it here. If you want to know more about the OnePlus 9 Pro in detail, you can read our full review here. View the full article
  8. The OnePlus 9 Pro is a phenomenal flagship Android device that delivers a lot of things you would want from a premium smartphone. When comparing it to the closest competition i.e. the Galaxy S21 Ultra, not only is it cheaper but it does certain things better too. In case, you missed it, we called it the “King of Flagship Android Smartphones” in our review and highlighted some of the things we loved about the OnePlus 9 Pro. However, there are also a few features that certainly need improvement to make it a true all-round flagship. So here are some of the features we love on the OnePlus 9 Pro and features that need improvement: 1. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus 9 Pro has taken a huge leap when it comes to imaging at least in terms of colour science and its ability to take pictures worthy of sharing on social media. The new partnership with Hasselblad definitely helps the main and ultra-wide camera on the OnePlus 9 Pro. Previous OnePlus smartphones were never really contenders with flagship devices due to their mediocre camera performance, however with the OnePlus 9 Pro that seems to have changed. The smartphone is capable of capturing some incredible images in both low-light and daylight environments. The ultra-wide camera is also quite addictive to use since the smartphone is capable of capturing images with a lot of detail. 2. Wireless Fast Charging © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla OnePlus phones already had great wired fast charging technology, however the OnePlus 9 Pro’s ability to get fully charged in under 45 minutes wirelessly is more impressive than we thought. The OnePlus 9 Pro is compatible with Qi-Chargers by default, however, if you charge the phone with the Warp Charge 50 Wireless charger, its charging speed is currently unmatched by any smartphone that supports wireless charging. The charging speed is twice as fast as the OnePlus 8 Pro and even faster than most smartphones that use wired charging. This is thanks to the smartphone having two battery cells that charge at 25W individually with the wireless charger. 3. The Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with a 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO AMOLED display that has a refresh rate of 120Hz. The smartphone also uses an adaptive refresh rate feature where the display adjusts the refresh rate according to what you are doing on the screen. In most cases, the display works great and offers a very smooth experience that is currently unmatched by any other Android device. Navigation, browsing and gaming is extremely smooth on the OnePlus 9 Pro’s camera and future updates may make it even better. The display is also rated for HDR10+ content which brings out the colours in TV shows on OTT platforms like Netflix and Prime Video. Overall, it is one of the best displays we’ve used on a smartphone and it even got an A+ rating from the folks at DisplayMate. 4. Performance © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus 9 Pro’s performance is currently unmatched by any Android device right now and the benchmark scores are quite impressive. In our testing, the smartphone passed with flying colours especially when it came to handling intensive graphics. The smartphone is ideal for playing competitive online games and single-player experiences like Genshin Impact. What Needs Improvement 1. Telephoto Sensor © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While the OnePlus 9 Pro does a great job with the primary and the ultra-wide sensors, the phone still needs to do a better job with the telephoto lens. In our opinion, the lens is absolutely useless right now where you often get blurry images that don’t have a lot of detail in them. There’s also a lot more noise than usual which would often result in unclear images that you probably can’t even share on social media. 2. Battery Life © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla One of the biggest drawbacks of the OnePlus 9 Pro is its battery backup where the smartphone often drains the battery faster than other phones with similar hardware. The phone especially loses a lot more battery when using it in QHD+ resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate. Even though the smartphone uses an LTPO display, it doesn’t do a good job of conserving battery life. The Galaxy S21 series uses the same display with the same refresh rate and does a batter job at adapting the refresh rate to conserve battery. OnePlus might fix this problem in a future update, however as of now the battery backup on the OnePlus 9 Pro is slightly skewed. View the full article
  9. OnePlus just announced its 9 series of smartphones and I’ve been using the ‘Pro’ variant for about 12 days to evaluate how good the phone really is. The OnePlus 9 Pro is the company’s latest flagship device that packs everything you need from a premium smartphone. In my opinion, the OnePlus 9 Pro is leagues ahead of its predecessor thanks to improved photography and performance that is currently unmatched by any Android device in the market right now. Here’s what I think about the OnePlus 9 Pro and all the features it has on offer: Design and Display The OnePlus 9 Pro continues the long tradition of offering a smartphone with premium build quality but for a lower cost than its competition. However, this time around, OnePlus has opted to use a glass back body that is reflective like a mirror. It’s different from the OnePlus 8 Pro’s matte finish back from last year which means the phone does end up being a fingerprint magnet. If you don’t use the smartphone without a cover, you will end up finding yourself cleaning the device every now and then. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla This time around OnePlus has also changed the look of the smartphone instead of lifting a design from its previous smartphones. The camera module on the top left corner looks distinctly unique and blends in well with the rest of the body. The camera module also has Hasselblad’s branding that isn’t too jarring to look at. Overall, the back of the smartphone has a very clean look with minimal branding and gives off a classy vibe. At the front, the smartphone has a punch-hole display like the OnePlus 8 Pro which is now standard on smartphones. OnePlus still has a physical slider for managing notification sounds which I believe many more OEMs should start implementing. Additionally, the smartphone also has an IP68 rating which means the phone can survive in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes. Lastly, much like the OnePlus 8 Pro, the 9 Pro also supports Qi Wireless charging and can be fast-charged using the ‘Warp Wireless Charger’. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of the display, the OnePlus 9 Pro has a 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO AMOLED display that has a refresh rate of 120Hz. The smartphone does utilise a variable refresh rate feature where it automatically adjusts the refresh rate according to what you are doing on the screen. It works very similar to Samsung’s adaptive refresh rate feature and works well in most cases. However, in one instance the smartphone would reduce the refresh rate down to about 5-6Hz when reading articles via Facebook which should be fixed in a future update soon. Apart from the one instance, the smartphone’s display is a dream to use with ultra-smooth scrolling, navigation and gaming. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The display itself is also of high-grade quality where colours are accurate enough for daily use. I would have liked to see the colour calibration similar to the Galaxy S21 Ultra for a bit more sharpness and colour accuracy but it is still amongst the best screens we’ve used yet. The display supports HDR10+ format and has a brightness level of 1300 nits which is enough for using the smartphone under direct sunlight. Content from OTT platforms like Netflix, Prime Video and others look extremely vivid with deep blacks and high colour accuracy. The phone does offer a true-to-life viewing experience in most cases however the display does lose a bit of contrast under sunlight. There is also some weird aliasing happening along with the curved corners of the display. There was little to no artefacting issues that we could notice with the naked eye as it only occurs on higher frequencies. CameraThe camera performance on OnePlus smartphones in the past have been the most criticised feature however this time around it seems like the company took our criticisms seriously. The OnePlus 9 Pro has made the biggest leap in the photography department. It’s probably because the cameras have been tuned in partnership with Hasselblad and the results are quite impressive. The smartphone comes with a Sony IMX789 48MP primary camera, a Sony IMX766 50MP ultra-wide camera that can also take macro shots, and an 8MP telephoto camera. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The ultra-wide camera has seen the most improvement as the smartphone captures highly detailed images and works well in Nightscape mode too. Smartphones often don’t implement a high-fidelity ultra-wide sensor however in this case it was by far the most addicting sensor to use. The ultra-wide sensor on the OnePlus 9 Pro is worthy enough to capture picturesque landscape vistas without compromising any of the details. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In my experience, the phone was capable of handing most scenarios including low-light environments. The camera is also capable of taking impressive ‘Nightscape’ images which have been a hit and miss in the past. The only disappointing sensor was the telephoto lens as it did not capture images with enough detail and would often result in images with a lot of noise. Overall, this is the best camera performance I’ve seen on an OnePlus device up until now. Finally, OnePlus has made a smartphone that doesn’t take images as if you are using a potato. Check out some of our camera samples below to get a better idea: Performance and Battery Life The OnePlus 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 888 chipset and has been paired with LPDDR5 RAM that goes up to 12GB. We tested the 12GB version and it is by far the one of smoothest experience we’ve had on a smartphone all year. The phone was able to handle the most graphic-intensive game like ‘Genshin Impact’ with ease. I did not face any frame-rate drops and could run the game on the highest of settings possible. The phone also has excellent thermals where we did not face any overheating and throttling problems while gaming or trying to capture 8K video. For the 12GB variant, the OnePlus 9 Pro scored 11185 (single-core) and 3661 (multi-core) on Geekbench 5. Those numbers easily beat most Android smartphones that have launched in India as of now including the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It still does not come close to the iPhone 12 Pro's performance but then again no Android device does at the moment. As for the graphics performance, the OnePlus 9 Pro scored 5614 (best loop score) and 3160 (lowest loop score) in 3DMark’s Wild Life Stress Test. The smartphone also easily maxed out the Sling Shot Extreme OpenGL test. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of battery life, the OnePlus 9 Pro could do a better job, especially when using the smartphone in QHD+ 120Hz mode. The smartphone gave me some 4.5 hours of screen-on-time which is not really great considering smartphones with the same LTPO display giving more battery backup. OnePlus should optimise the battery life in a future update as they are aware of the problem however for now it isn’t at par with the competition. At the moment, you can get more battery backup by running the display in 60Hz mode and on full HD resolution. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with a 4,500 mAh battery that can be fast-charging using the Warp Charge 65T power brick that comes in the box. Additionally, the smartphone also supports Warp Charge 50 Wireless where both battery cells charge at 25W wirelessly. The battery can be fully charged in about 30 minutes (wired) and 50% in 30 minutes wirelessly. OxygenOS 11OnePlus’ OxygenOS 11 is still my favourite Android Skin to use even though I sometimes don’t like the way it looks. Having said that, the Android Skin is extremely stable with little to no bugs that I came across during my testing period. All of my favourite features such as detailed customisation options, reverse wireless charging, zen mode, always-on display, dynamic wallpaper colour shifting amongst many others make a return. © OnePlus Since most of us are still working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OxygenOS 11 comes with a new ‘Work-Life Balance’ mode as well where you can schedule downtime for calls, internet connectivity, communication apps and emails. It’s a feature I use extensively every day after 7:00 PM to take a break from work every day and enjoy some time with my dogs. The overall experience on OxygenOS is very smooth and clutter-free which is always what I look for in an Android smartphone. The Final Say The OnePlus 9 Pro is my favourite flagship Android device of 2021 where it offers everything you need from a premium smartphone. With great photography, fast performance and a smooth software experience, currently there is nothing that matches the OnePlus 9 Pro. When considering the competition, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a better and more affordable alternative to the Galaxy S21 Ultra starting at Rs Rs 64,999. View the full article
  10. OnePlus has officially revealed the OnePlus 9 Series along with other devices that the company will be launching soon. The company announced its latest devices that truly seem impressive considering the leaps the company has made in the camera and performance department. Along with smartphones, the company also announced the OnePlus Watch, a smartwatch meant to work with OnePlus phones as a first-party device. The OnePlus 9 Pro will retail in India starting at Rs 64,999 while the OnePlus 9 will retail in India starting at Rs 49,999. The company also announced a third smartphone that is a bit more affordable than the flagship devices. The OnePlus 9 Series will be available from March 27 onwards on Amazon and OnePlus’ own website. Here are all the details about the OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9R that the company announced today. OnePlus 9 Pro Specifications, Pricing and Features © OnePlus The OnePlus 9 Pro features all the specifications you would want from a flagship smartphone. The company also announced major advancements in the camera department thanks to a new partnership with Swedish camera company ‘Hasselblad’. The smartphone features a quad-sensor setup at the back which includes a Sony IMX789 48MP primary camera, a Sony IMX766 50MP ultra-wide camera that can also take macro shots, and an 8MP telephoto camera. The cameras have been colour calibrated in collaboration with Hasselblad and features a ‘Pro’ mode co-developed with the Swedish camera company. © OnePlus The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with a 120Hz 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO AMOLED display that has already gotten an ‘A+’ rating from the folks at DisplayMate. The display supports HDR10+ format and has a peak brightness level of 1,300 nits. Being an LTPO display, the smartphone is capable of adjusting the refresh rate level to as low as 1Hz in order to conserve battery life. The phone uses a Smart 120 Hz feature which automatically matches the refresh rate to the current user scenario. In terms of the hardware, the OnePlus 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset coupled with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The phone has a 4,500 mAh battery that can be fast-charged at 65W using the Warp Charge 65T. In addition, the OnePlus 9 Pro also supports Warp Charge 50 Wireless where both battery cells charge at 25W wirelessly. The bundled charger is also rated for 45W PD charging that can be used on other compatible devices such as Laptops and powerbanks. The OnePlus 9 Pro comes in various configurations and three colours i.e. Morning Mist, Forest Green, Stellar Black. Here’s how much each models costs: OnePlus 9 Pro 8GB/128GB: Rs 64,999 OnePlus 9 Pro 12GB/256GB: Rs 69,999 OnePlus 9 Specifications, Pricing and Features © OnePlus The OnePlus 9 is somewhat similar to the OnePlus 9 Pro with many of the features and hardware being the same with some changes in the configuration. For starters, the smartphone comes with a triple camera setup that has also been co-developed and tuned by Hasselblad. The smartphone comes with a Sony IMX689 48MP main sensor, a 50MP Sony IMX766 ultra-wide sensor that can also take macro shots. The OnePlus 9 features a 6.55-inch full-HD+ LTPO (1,080x2,400 pixels) display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display on the OnePlus 9 is capable of doing the same things as the OnePlus 9 Pro such as automatically matching the refresh rate to the current user scenario. The display supports HDR10+ format and has a peak brightness level of 1,300 nits as well. The OnePlus 9 is also powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset and is paired with up to 12GB of RAM. The phone also supports Warp Charge 65T but lacks wireless charging in the Indian model to keep the cost low. The OnePlus 9 also comes in two configurations and three colours i.e. Winter Mist, Arctic Sky, Astral Black. Here’s how much each models costs: OnePlus 9 8GB/128GB: Rs 49,999 OnePlus 9 12GB/256GB: Rs. 54,999 View the full article
  11. It’s time for OnePlus to bring a successor to the OnePlus Nord in 2021 and the company has already confirmed there will be a budget-friendly smartphone launching alongside the OnePlus 9 Series. There’s a good chance that this smartphone will be exclusive to India which we should know more about at the launch. However, a leak from OnLeaks via voice details the smartphone and its specifications before the launch tomorrow. © OnLeaks_Voice The successor to the OnePlus Nord is expected to be similar with a body made out of a plastic with a metal frame. The smartphone is also expected to come with a 6.49-inch display and could have a 90Hz refresh rate if we take cues from the OnePlus Nord. The smartphone will also come with a fingerprint sensor. However, it will be embedded in the power button on the right side instead. The smartphone’s design also looks quite similar to the Nord 100 if we go by the screenshots leaked. We aren’t sure which SoC will be powering this particular phone; however, our sources say it will either be powered by a Snapdragon 865 chipset or the Snapdragon 690 SoC to keep the costs low. The smartphone will also probably support fast charging using OnePlus’ own Warp Charging technology and will also be compatible with Power Delivery chargers. © OnLeaks_Voice Having said that, we aren’t sure if this will be a true successor to the OnePlus Nord and may use the OnePlus 9R nomenclature instead. The more affordable variant is expected to launch alongside the OnePlus 9 Series on March 23rd. The company is also expected to announce the OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus Watch. OnePlus has already been teasing products launching tomorrow and confirmed quite a bit about the upcoming devices. To know more here’s everything confirmed about the new smartphone. Do you think OnePlus should launch a third affordable model for its Indian customers? Do let us know in the comments what you think about the rumoured OnePlus 9R. View the full article
  12. OnePlus is all set to launch its new smartphone in a few days and a lot about the upcoming smartphones have been confirmed by the company itself. The new smartphone is all set to take on Samsung and Apple in the premium smartphone category while also catering to customers who are looking for an affordable smartphone. It seems like the OnePlus 9 Series is turning out to be the ultimate Android phone to own in 2021 and here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming launch. 1. OnePlus 9 Pro The marquee device to launch on March 23rd will be the OnePlus 9 Pro that is shaping up to be a true flagship filler. It will be the main focus of the company at the launch and we already have a good idea what the phone is all going to be about. For starters, the OnePlus 9 Pro has already been rated to have one of the best displays on a smartphone possible by the folks at DisplayMate. It has already received an A+ grade, a rating shared by the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the iPhone 12 Pro. It has already been revealed that the smartphone will feature a 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO display that has a resolution of 3216x1440 pixels and supports up to 120Hz refresh rate. The smartphone will support 65W fast-charging with the Warp Charger and 50W wireless charging as well. © Oneplus The company also revealed a partnership with Swedish camera company ‘Hasselblad’ where the main camera has been tuned to deliver improved images. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau also revealed via a Tweet that the phones will be using the Sony IMX789 48MP sensor and mentioned it will be capable of shooting 4K videos at 120fps. There will be three additional cameras including an ultra-wide sensor which will know more about at the event. OnePlus also revealed via a Tweet the smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor i.e. the Snapdragon 888 SoC. 2. OnePlus 9 © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus 9 will be the second smartphone the company will be launching alongside the ‘Pro’ model however it will be a cheaper alternative. The phone will be slightly smaller and will not have a few features to keep the cost low. Not much has been revealed about the second phone but we expect it to lack wireless charging and a 6.55-inch Full HD+ display. The display will have a higher refresh rate but it is currently unknown whether it will be 90Hz or 120Hz. The OnePlus 9 is also expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset since OnePlus tends to use the same SoC for its slightly cheaper model as well. 3. OnePlus Watch © Oneplus OnePlus has already confirmed that a smartwatch will be launching alongside the two smartphones however we don’t know what it looks like as of now. The company has also confirmed that the wearable will not be running Google’s WearOS which made us suspect that it may not be a proper smartwatch after all. The smartwatch is said to work more like a fitness band with features that will let users track exercises, heart rate and SpO2 or blood oxygen levels. Leaks have suggested the smartwatch could also be used to control the OnePlus TV however that remains to be confirmed as of now. We should know more about the smartwatch at the launch event and whether it will be a proper smartwatch for OnePlus users. 4. OnePlus 9R? © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla A recent announcement OnePlus points to a third phone that will be a more affordable entry similar to the OnePlus Nord. It seems like this will be an India-exclusive handset that will have similar hardware to the OnePlus Nord. The display might have a 90Hz refresh rate and a 6.55-inch Full HD+ screen which is yet to confirmed by sources as of now. To keep the cost low, the smartphone will not support wireless charging however it should make use of OnePlus’ Warp Charge technology. As for the SoC, there is no news which chipset will be powering the smartphone as of now but we predict it could either be the Snapdragon 865 chipset or even the Snapdragon 690 if OnePlus truly wants to compete in the budget-friendly segment. View the full article
  13. OnePlus users have been hoping for a smartwatch by the company that could rival other players in the market. However, a recent leak suggests quite the opposite where it seems more like a fitness tracker rather than a full-blown smartwatch. © OnePlus OnePlus leaker Ishan Agarwal shared some key information about the upcoming smartphone via PriceBaba and it seems like the upcoming smartwatch is not going to be what you expect. Having said that, it could be a good cheaper alternative for OnePlus fans who have been wanting a wearable that works with OnePlus phones. Exclusive: OnePlus Watch Specifications - 46mm - IP68 - Warp Charge (A week of charge in 20 minutes) - Sleep, Stress, Blood Saturation, Heart Rate Monitoring - Check Notifications, Calls - Control OnePlus TV - 4GB Storage - Auto Workout Detection More: https://t.co/m4Cr3ckTWR pic.twitter.com/TP75nMCmXd — Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) March 17, 2021 Having said that, Agarwal revealed that the OnePlus Watch does not appear to run on Google’s Wear OS. However, this bit of news has not been verified yet and it seems Agarwal isn’t sure himself, based on his recent tweets. The watch will be able to control the OnePlus TV, however beyond that, it has all the features a regular fitness tracker does. In fact, the OnePlus Band itself has most of the rumoured features. The only exclusive feature the OnePlus Watch is expected to have are call controls and warp charge. Apparently, the OnePlus Watch can be fully charged in 20 minutes and can last for an entire day. © The Score OnePlus has already promised that the smartwatch will be available at an “affordable price point” and is expected to launch alongside the OnePlus 9 Series. The smartwatch is expected to have a 46mm dial size and will be available in two colours i.e. Silver and Black. The smartwatch will also have an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The smartwatch is also said to be able to detect workouts automatically and has specific tracking modes for swimming exercises. Additionally, the OnePlus Watch will also have SpO2 sensor and sleep tracking. The smartwatch will also function as a remote control for the OnePlus TV where users will be able to control volume and change channels. Source: Pricebaba View the full article
  14. The OnePlus 9 Pro has been confirmed to feature a 6.7-inch QHD+ display that has a resolution of 3216x1440 pixels and supports up to 120Hz refresh rate. The company revealed the specifications of the display ahead of the launch next week scheduled for March 23rd. The company has been revealing key features and design aspects of the smartphone for the past few days including their partnership with Swedish camera company Hasselblad. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Further details of the display were revealed via a DisplayMate report shared with PCMag. In the report, we get to know more about the display's features such as its colour accuracy and visual capabilities. Even though the smartphone is using a Samsung OLED display, the colour has been tuned by OnePlus for a better experience. The company also revealed via its official forums that the display was awarded an A+ grade from DisplayMate. The display supports 10-bit colour depth with 1 Billion colours, HDR10+ certification and Automatic Color Temperature Adjustment according to the post. © OnePlus “The 9 Pro has a very impressive, excellent, top-tier, world-class smartphone display with close to textbook-perfect calibration accuracy and performance, that is visually indistinguishable from perfect," says DisplayMate President, Dr Raymond Soneira describing the display on the OnePlus 9 Pro. We led the industry in introducing high refresh rate displays, and now we’re leading in … low refresh rates. The #OnePlus9Series LTPO display can switch anywhere from 1-120 Hz, just when you need it. Fast, smooth, and lighter on your battery. pic.twitter.com/erOGmeSYzP — Pete Lau (@PeteLau) March 16, 2021 It was also revealed the OnePlus 9 Pro is using the LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) display technology which we have seen earlier on the Galaxy S21 Ultra as well. LTPO displays can give more control over refresh rates and are ideal for implementing a dynamic refresh rate feature. Earlier OnePlus phones did not feature a dynamic refresh rate feature for its smartphones which could change with the OnePlus 9 Pro. This also means that the smartphone can render visuals as low as 1Hz so that the smartphone does not consume excessive battery. © OnePlus We should know more details about the OnePlus 9 Pro and its hardware next week when the phone is officially announced. To know more about the OnePlus 9 Series and what to expect, check out our feature here. Source: PCMag, OnePlus Forums View the full article
  15. We now have a clear picture of what the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will look like, thanks to renowned leaker WinFuture. It seems the leaker has spoiled OnePlus’ party by releasing information and images ahead of its official launch later this month. Some of the images include official press renders which were going to be made public after the event on March 23rd. This is probably the first official look at the upcoming flagship besides the teaser that was posted by the company on social media. © Winfuture This leak details both the Pro and regular model from various angles and even reveals the different colours the phone will be available in. Prototype devices of the upcoming flagship have been spotted before and these renders are almost identical to them. The OnePlus 9 Pro will allegedly come with a curved 6.7-inch display and the OnePlus 9 will have a smaller 6.5-inch screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. WinFuture also speculates that the OnePlus 9 will use a plastic body instead of a full metal frame. © Winfuture Both models will also come with the Hasselblad branding on the camera modules thanks to a new partnership. The company has already revealed that the phones will have a Sony IMX789 main sensor. The smartphones will also be equipped with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 ultra-wide sensor that should result in clearer ultra-wide shots. © Winfuture Other specifications include the smartphone being powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset. The phone is also rumoured to be paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory. The OnePlus 9 Pro will be available in three colours i.e. sturdy black, olive green, and metallic silver. The OnePlus 9, on the other hand, will be offered in black, blue and purple options. © Winfuture The latest leak has painted a clearer picture of the upcoming OnePlus 9 Series, however if you want to catch up on all of the previous leaks, you can read about them here. View the full article
  16. OnePlus didn’t really launch a new flagship smartphone last year apart from the OnePlus 8 Pro which means all eyes are on the next event for the OnePlus 9 Series. OnePlus devices are known to use the best hardware possible for their smartphones and offer them at an affordable price point that not many other companies can do. However, the company has been increasing the price of its flagship devices year on year due to costlier components, but it is still an affordable flagship to own especially since Samsung and Apple devices cost far more. Having said that, the OnePlus 9 Series is shaping up to be yet another flagship offering by the company and much of it has been leaked online. Here’s everything we know about the OnePlus 9 Series so far: 1. Flagship Components © Weibo The OnePlus 9 Pro was spotted in the subway by onlookers which also captured the 'about' page of the smartphone. The 'about' page on OnePlus phones generally reveals all the hardware one can find in the device and from the leaked image it appears the smartphone will be using the Snapdragon 888 chipset. It is Qualcomm’s latest flagship chip that is said to rival Apple’s A14 Bionic SoC. It is also Qualcomm’s first processor that was manufactured using a 5nm fabrication process which means it packs more transistors than ever before. Much like any OnePlus flagship phone, the latest model is expected to be super fast and more efficient than its predecessor. The phone is also rumoured to be paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory. 2. Speedy Display © Weibo The OnePlus 9 Pro is rumoured to have a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. This doesn’t come as a surprise since the OnePlus 8 Pro also came with a 120Hz refresh rate and it would be logical for the company to have the same feature on the OnePlus 9 Pro as well. What remains to be seen is what type of AMOLED display the smartphone will be using. Recent leaks suggest the phone might use an LTPO AMOLED display similar to the Galaxy S21 Series. OnePlus phones also do not have any adaptive refresh rate feature like other flagship devices which could change with this model if OnePlus chooses to use an LTPO display. 3. Multiple Cameras © Youtube_Dave2D The OnePlus 9 Pro is expected to ship with a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 48-megapixel ultrawide sensor and a third sensor we don’t know much about. A previous leak also showed that the company may also have a partnership with camera company Hasselblad as the branding for the company was present on the camera module. For selfie enthusiasts, the OnePlus 9 Pro is expected to feature a 16-megapixel sensor as well. Having said that, it would be interesting to see if OnePlus has managed to improve its image quality since the OnePlus 8 Pro’s camera performance isn’t even comparable to budget smartphones right now. 4. Battery © Youtube_Dave2D OnePlus has been known to feature its proprietary WarpCharge fast charging feature on all of its phones and the case remains the same with the OnePlus 9 Pro as well. The phone is expected to have a 4,500mAh battery that can be fast-charged at 65W. The phone will also support power delivery fast charging. Interestingly enough, there are no rumours of the phone featuring any form of wireless charging but judging from the OnePlus 8 Pro, it will probably make a return. OnePlus also uses its own fast wireless charging feature which is compatible with its first-party wireless charger. 5. Multiple Models © Youtube_Dave2D Much like every OnePlus series, the OnePlus 9 will also feature multiple models, however this time around we might see three models by the company. Rumours suggest the OnePlus 9 Series is expected to launch with the nomenclature OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 Lite. The OnePlus 9 should ideally sit between the two other smartphones where the “Lite” version might be the cheapest variant with different hardware. View the full article
  17. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei recently announced his new company called "Nothing". With this new venture, Carl Pei and his team want to hit the "giant reset button" in consumer tech and start something new. It's looking very promising, but it remains to be seen what we get from them in the future. Now, Carl Pei has invited users to invest in the company, asking them to get involved in the development of the company and its products. The company essentially wants users to involve its users right from the funding stage to product development. It's a slightly different take on crowdfunding but it's definitely something that we've seen before. Here is the opportunity for you to be part of our journey: https://t.co/Z0jtXGnaub pic.twitter.com/C4E480lnHI — Nothing (@nothing) February 16, 2021 How Do You Invest In 'Nothing'?For now, Nothing has invited users to sign up for the campaign that's set to go live on March 2. All you need to do now is sign up via email with the desired amount that you'd like to pinch in. Signing up will get you early access to the funding platform. Nothing notes that the shares will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. So if you are really interested in investing in an upcoming consumer tech company, that too at an attractive valuation, then now is the time. The minimum amount that you can invest is €50, which is roughly Rs 4,420. A single user can, however, invest a maximum of €20,000, which is approximately Rs 17 lakhs. © Nothing It's worth pointing out that you'll essentially be investing in a startup, so the usual set of risk factors are involved here, including illiquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment, and dilution. Yes, the company is indeed backed by a lot of popular names in the tech industry and beyond, but it's still a startup at the end of the day, which may or may not flourish. Early investors will be a part of the community and will get some special rewards for investing. Nothing also noted that one member from the community will be selected to be a part of the board meetings to represent the voice of the community. View the full article
  18. OnePlus is expected to launch the new OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro in the coming weeks. We already know quite a few things about these phones thanks to all the leaks and rumors. Now, we just came across yet another leak that seemingly confirms a couple of interesting details. According to a reliable tipster Max Jambor, both the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro will be equipped with a 4,500 mAh battery. Max has also confirmed that the phone will also come with a charger in the box. 9 and 9 Pro pic.twitter.com/PHU385KmL9 — Max Jambor (@MaxJmb) February 9, 2021 Honestly, we think a lot of people will be relieved to find out that these phones will indeed come with a charger in the box. A lot of manufacturers are now thinking of not including a charger in the box, and we're glad that OnePlus isn't one of them. This, by the way, isn't the first time we're hearing about the OnePlus 9 getting a 4,500 mAh battery. An earlier report had also confirmed that the vanilla model would get a 4,500 mAh battery. In fact, it was reported that the OnePlus 9 will also support 30W wireless charging and 65W wired charging. If not the regular OnePlus 9, we expect at least the Pro model to support these charging features. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla And if we're looking at 65W wired charging, then we think OnePlus will most definitely bundle a fast-charger capable of doing that speed in the box as well. So it is safe to say that a 65W charger will most definitely be bundled with the phone. We really hope a lot of manufacturers won't follow Apple's lead and ditch the in-box charger. Samsung was the first one to do it and we hope it'll be the only one to ditch this accessory. As of now, there's no official confirmation from OnePlus about the OnePlus 9 series' release. We're expecting the phones to come out in the next few weeks and we're hoping to see some teasers for the devices soon. We'll have more to talk about the phones once we have them, so stay tuned. Source: Android Authority View the full article
  19. OnePlus flagships usually are great smartphones but are often held back by mediocre camera performance that usually puts it at a disadvantage. However, a very detailed leak by YouTube channel Dave 2D shows off the smartphone in its full glory, cementing what we can expect from the next flagship by OnePlus. © Youtube_Dave2D Previously, there were rumours of OnePlus partnering with Leica for its OnePlus 9 Series, however, a new video shows the company has now partnered with a different camera company. The video shows ‘Hasselblad’ branding on the camera module of the leaked OnePlus 9 Pro prototype almost confirming the partnership between the two companies. © Youtube_Dave2D According to the YouTube channel, images of the phone were shared with him by a user on Discord and it revealed far more than we anticipated. The leak also confirms the smartphone will come with four camera lenses where two of them are aligned vertically. The other two sensors are aligned horizontally and have the ‘Hasselblad’ branding between the two pair of lenses. Hasselblad has made accessories for Motorola in the past for the Moto Z camera mod but it was more of a gimmick than improving the smartphone’s camera performance. It would be interesting to see if the new lenses make any difference to the quality of images shot by the upcoming OnePlus 9 Pro. © Weibo In our experience, a smartphone’s camera fidelity depends on the hardware as well as software tuning. Smartphones like the Pixel series, iPhone 12 and even Samsung Galaxy devices use computational photography to take better images with camera sensors. It isn’t clear whether OnePlus have implemented something similar for its own computational photography capabilities as of now. The OnePlus 9 Pro has been leaked in the past in detail where the device is tipped to have a QHD+ display, 120Hz refresh rate and is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset. The device is expected to sport two 48MP sensors, a telephoto lens and a macro lens according to leaks. The OnePlus 9 Series is expected to launch next month in March, a month earlier than the company’s annual cycle. View the full article
  20. OnePlus is known for making flagship-level smartphones that don’t cost as much as its competition. However, even though the company may not have the same ethos anymore, it has still managed to make some incredible smartphones in the past few years. We decided to list some of the best OnePlus smartphones that made the brand a household name in the country. 1. OnePlus One © Youtube_Meteroite Theory OnePlus started off with one of the most iconic devices the company has ever made. The brand launched its first device not so long ago; 2014 to be precise and it did it with the OnePlus One. The smartphone is iconic for various reasons but for many, it was the sandpaper and wooden back panel on this phone that people most remember. The phone also launched with Cyanogen OS, a custom ROM that was most popular amongst the Android modding community. While the company has now moved on to its own Oxygen OS that borrows quite a few features from the custom Android skin, it was the bloat-free experience from Cyanogen OS that users loved the most about the phone. 2. OnePlus 3T © Youtube_Slashdot The OnePlus 3T is often remembered as the biggest leap OnePlus made when it comes to reliability and usability. The 3T was a mid-cycle update to the OnePlus 3 that improved upon the processor and the battery. It was also one of the cleaner designed phones by the company that set a precedent for future smartphones by the company. 3. OnePlus 5T © Youtube_TecworkZ When talking about minimalistic design, OnePlus outdid itself with the update to the OnePlus 5 series. It was the first OnePlus smartphone that came with a full front screen design where it ditched the home button/fingerprint sensor. The phone still had bezels that may seem like a long time ago especially since most phones have adopted an all-screen design today. Instead, OnePlus moved the fingerprint sensor to the back and used the same dual-camera design as the OnePlus 5 at the top. The company also dabbled with releasing special editions for this phone culminating with a Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi version. We later saw the company partner with Marvel, McLaren and Cyberpunk 2077. 4. OnePlus 6T © OnePlus The phone that ruined notch phones for everyone was probably the OnePlus 6T's design before it moved to the full-screen experience. The OnePlus 6T changed the controversial notch on the OnePlus 6 to the water-drop design on the 6T which was an instant success amongst OnePlus users. The OnePlus 6T gets a lot of things right and was the company’s first step towards an all-screen smartphone. It was also the debut of the in-display fingerprint sensor for OnePlus which has now become a staple on every Android device today. 5. OnePlus 7/7T Pro © MensXP_ Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus 7/7T Pro are still the best all-screen experience you can have on a smartphone even in 2021. In fact, both smartphones feature the pop-up camera design which we may never see again on smartphones. The OnePlus 7T Pro/7 Pro aren’t much different from each other apart from the processor under the hood. However, both devices were the mark of OnePlus moving to the premium smartphone segment as it was quite costlier as compared to its predecessors. While the company did launch the OnePlus 8 Series in 2020, it lacked the charm the OnePlus 7/7T Pro has. View the full article
  21. It seems like the OnePlus 9 launch is not too far away especially since it is being spotted in the wild now. The smartphone is tipped to launch in March and has been leaked online multiple times. However, previous leaks were of prototype devices, unlike this latest leak. This leak comes from someone who spotted the smartphone in a local subway in either China or Taiwan as it is not sure at the moment. © Voice The leaked images show the OnePlus 9 in all of its glory and we can make out a few details about the smartphone that were previously rumoured. For starters, the OnePlus 9 will sport the same punch-hole display at the front and a quad-camera module at the back. The picture also shows a silver colour which means it will be one of the variants for the smartphone at launch. At this stage, the smartphone is more or less finalised this close to launch, which further adds more to the leak’s credibility. © Weibo The second image of the leaked smartphone paints a clearer picture of what we can expect. It shows the about section of the smartphone where details like its technical specifications are in full display. The said smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 chipset and has a 4,500 mAh battery with 65W fast charging. The display is also said to have a 120Hz refresh rate according to the image which is not a surprise since the OnePlus 8 Pro/8T series also sports the same specification. From the looks of it, this could be the OnePlus 9 Pro model due to its multiple sensors and high refresh rate display. © LetsGoDigital Other rumours suggest that the OnePlus 9 series will not be coming with a periscope lens and instead use better sensors that its predecessors. Other rumours have also suggested that one of the OnePlus 9 models is expected to use an older Snapdragon chipset. This model is expected to be the cheaper device and puts more credence to the fact that the leaked image could indeed be of the OnePlus 9 Pro. In the camera department, the leak suggests the OnePlus 9 Pro might come with a 20-megapixel Cine Camera, an ultrawide lens and a telephoto lens assisted with OIS and autofocus. What do you think of the leaked OnePlus 9? Do you think it will be OnePlus’ best phone yet? What do you think about the silver colour and the overall design? Let us know your opinions in the comments section. View the full article
  22. OnePlus has officially launched the limited-edition pair of its truly wireless earbuds in India. They're the new OnePlus Buds Z Steven Harrington edition and you can now buy them officially in India. Here, take a look - © OnePlus As you can see, the earbuds themselves have a nice design, making them look much better than the standard version. This particular edition of the OnePlus Buds Z was showed off last year at the event and we're finally glad that it's now officially available in India. Instead of the standard white and grey colorways, this limited edition Steven Harrington OnePlus Buds Z comes with this cool design. We absolutely love the green and purple colors used for the buds. The charging case of the earbuds is also painted in the same dual-tone color and has Steven Harrington's art all over it. This particular design is obviously not for everyone, but it'll surely look awesome and will definitely stand out among the other pair of earbuds on the market. The wait is finally over. We are bringing you the OnePlus Buds Z Steven Harrington Edition. Great music comes with stunning looks.#OnePlusBudsZ pic.twitter.com/oYsotntEiM — OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) January 25, 2021 Besides the design, the OnePlus Buds Z Steven Harrington Edition does not bring any sound upgrade. They're exactly the same as the original earbuds, so we're only looking at the new design. It's a great looking pair of earbuds if you are expecting some sound improvements, then you'll be a little disappointed. Talking about the specs, the OnePlus Buds Z still has an in-ear design, 10nm drivers, bass boost technology, an IP55 rating, and a 20 hours battery life. Pricing & AvailabilityOnePlus Buds Z Steven Harrington Edition has been priced at Rs 3,699 in India. The earbuds will be available for Red Cable Club members from 12:00 PM on 25th January, which is today, as a part of the early access program. You can buy it from OnePlus.in or the OnePlus Store app. An open sale of these designer earbuds will start on 27th Jan. It'll be available to buy from OnePlus.in, OnePlus Store app, Flipkart, Amazon India, and offline stores. There aren't a lot of designer earbuds available in India, so we're glad that this option exists for anybody who's interested. Stay tuned for more info on this. View the full article
  23. OnePlus is making its foray into wearables and their first attempt is with the brand new OnePlus Band. However, the company’s first steps into a new segment is a big disappointment in almost every way. Whether it comes to the performance, features and usability; it all looks quite half baked. We’ve been testing the OnePlus Band for over a week and met with several problems over the course of the review. From battery drain issues to pairing problems, the OnePlus Band is not exactly what we expected. Design When I first opened the box of the OnePlus Band, the first thing that came to my mind was “oh hey! They sent the Oppo fitness tracker.” That’s because the OnePlus Band is a rebranded fitness tracker that we’ve already seen by its sister company Oppo. Even the software that you use with the OnePlus Band is identical to the ColorOS version of it. From the basic design to even the functionality; there’s nothing innovative, new or unique about the OnePlus Band. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus Band comes with a 1.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen that is the only way one can interact with the fitness tracker. There isn’t a single physical button on the fitness tracker that can be used for navigating menus or act as a simple back button. The pill-shaped tracker comes with a silicone strap and needs to be removed for charging. Speaking of the charger, it comes with the smallest USB charging cable that feels awkward to use with a wall charger. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla You cannot use it to charge your device on the nightstand nor can you use it to charge from a wall plug that is high as it dangles the charging module. The other baffling choice is the usage of a USB-A port here as OnePlus has now switched to chargers that come with a USB-C port and will remain the same with future models as well. It might be convenient for older OnePlus users however it isn’t future proof if you plan to buy OnePlus smartphones in the future. The OnePlus Band also comes with an IP68 water resistance rating which means you can use it underwater up to a maximum depth of 1.5m for up to thirty minutes. Having said that, the band does offer swimming tracking as well. Of course, we could not test this feature thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic but it's good to see OnePlus include this form of tracking. The overall design of the tracking device is quite rudimental and very similar to Xiaomi’s Mi Band 5. Which means apart from the logo there’s nothing really unique about the band that will set it apart from millions of Mi Band users. Battery Life © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus Band is said to offer battery life up to seven days on a single charge however that was not the case in our testing. When idle through the night, we notice a 20% drop in battery which is quite unacceptable when compared to what the competition is capable of. With SPO2 turned on, the battery life is even worse and lasts anywhere between 3-4 days. This is after receiving an update after the launch which only means the fitness band is not well optimised for power users right now. Usability and Fitness The OnePlus Band in terms of usage is very basic which is not what I expected from a debut product. You can navigate the interface by using gestures i.e. swipe left, up or down from the top of the display. Swiping up brings up all the settings and different modes you can use while swiping down brings up your notifications. Speaking of notifications, the OnePlus Band does them well and is almost instantaneous. However, there are still some teething issues that need to be fixed. In fact, this is where we noticed the OnePlus Band is not a first-party ecosystem device the company makes it out to be. For example, if you turn on DND on your smartphone, the OnePlus Band ignores that and does not set DND mode on the tracker. You will have to turn on DND on the fitness band manually as it works independently from the phone. As a companion device to OnePlus phones, it’s beneficial for only rejecting calls and locating your phone via the pinging method. The OnePlus Band does offer some smartwatch features, but it's not as comprehensive as I thought it would be. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to fitness, the tracker offers the usual activity tracking such as outdoor runs, indoor run, outdoor walk, cycling, elliptical training amongst others. The tracker also uses connected GPS for tracking your runs which more or less works as advertised. The fitness tracker also calculates steps quite reasonably well and the heart rate monitor is accurate enough for the cost of the fitness band. In addition to all of the fitness tracking, the OnePlus Band also offers sleep tracking. To be honest, I didn’t really use this feature as I cannot wear anything on my wrist while sleeping. However, I have heard from peers the sleep tracking is on point and can even detect sleep apnea. The OnePlus band can also read blood oxygen levels which is a nice feature to have. However, in my usage, the performance of SPo2 detection was all over the place. There were instances where it would read SPo2 levels very accurately when compared to a pulse oximeter and there were times it was not. To be honest, one should not consider the OnePlus Band as a blood oxygen reader in the first place as it is only supposed to indicate approximate blood oxygen levels. Having said that, the OnePlus Band needs to do a better job of bringing all of the health data at the forefront to its users. OnePlus Health AppThe OnePlus Health app is currently the most disappointing part of the whole experience. It is a rebranded app of Oppo’s offering and lacks many features that are a staple for fitness tracking companion apps. There’s no way to track your weight, monitor your diet or export data. The companion definitely needs a bit of work in order to become a comprehensive offer however for now it seems half baked. © OnePlus Having said that, I do like the simplicity of the app and additional features such as the ability to change watch faces. The watch faces aren’t as elaborate as the Apple Watch but it does deliver all the information you need. Other features include having the ability to set alarms (up to 5), set the hours for raise to wake, and set the vibration levels. We can see the OnePlus Health app transform to an all-in-one health tracking app in the future however for now it makes the user feel more like a beta-tester right now. The Final SayThe OnePlus Band retails in India for Rs 2,499 which is great value if OnePlus fixes all the issues with the tracker. At launch, the OnePlus Band is not the ideal fitness trackers for users especially since the competition has a more robust offering. As of now, the OnePlus Band seems like a rushed product that is not ready to compete with the big boys yet. View the full article
  24. One of the coolest features of the OnePlus phones is the Always On Display (AOD) that lets users glance at useful info without unlocking the phone. We think all smartphones with an AMOLED panel should make use of this. It saves a lot of time and helps us get all the info quickly. To make them more useful OnePlus is making a useful addition with the upcoming OxygenOS 11 update. The AOD will soon also show you how many times you've unlocked your phone. This info will be shown on the main 'Always-On Display' along with a slick animation. Here, check it out - As useful as it can be, we know AOD can add distractions. So for OxygenOS 11, we added this option: an AOD that shows you how often you unlock your phone, so you have more control over your digital wellbeing. #NoDetailIsTooSmall pic.twitter.com/HYqWsukIFi — Pete Lau (@PeteLau) January 8, 2021 As you can see, the same was confirmed by Pete Lau in a tweet. He noted how this feature can help you have more control over your digital wellbeing. You can also see the animation in the tweet. It'll show you how many times you've unlocked the phone with a timestamp. Your usual set of notification icons and the battery percentage will still be shown but they've now been pushed below to make room for this new animation. © Akshay Bhalla/MensXP We always appreciate OnePlus for adding new features to its phones. These kinds of digital wellbeing features are always welcome and we'd to see some more innovative features in the future with the introduction of the new phones. View the full article
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