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OnePlus 5 launches in North America, Europe, and Asia

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OnePlus fans have been eagerly waiting for the release of the brand’s newest flagship phone and finally, they need not wait any longer. OnePlus has just announced the newest and most anticipated member of its smartphone family.

This is the OnePlus 5.

The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB of RAM and runs on OxygenOS. With a 5.5-inch display and a thickness of 7.25mm, OnePlus claims it’s the thinnest and sleekest smartphone they’ve ever produced.

It seems that OnePlus is shifting focus to cameras as well (much to my delight). The dual-camera phone sports a 20- and 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. It features a portrait mode with bokeh effect, 2X optical zoom and an additional 8X zoom using software, and a pro camera mode which allows you to tweak your camera settings and save photos in RAW format.

OnePlus’ Smart Capture software promises to optimize the shots you take depending on the scenario at hand and an improved HDR algorithm ensures automatic adjustments to light. This means better selfies for one and all!

Similar to its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, the OnePlus 5 has a battery capacity of 3300mAh. However, software optimizations allow for the battery on the OnePlus 5 to last 20 percent longer than with the OnePlus 3T. Dash Charge is also back to power your smartphone for the whole day in half an hour’s worth of charging.

Available colors are black and slate gray with 64GB and 128GB variants. The OnePlus 5 is available as early as now on OnePlus.net for those with the special code announced at the keynote event. There will be a one-day pop-up store in New York on June 20 and in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Helsinki, and Copenhagen on June 21. Open sales will start on June 27 at OnePlus.net.

As for the lucky countries part of the open sale, those are North America (US and Canada), Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom) and Asia (Mainland China, Hong Kong, and India).

The 64GB version retails for USD 479/EUR 499/GBP 449/CAD 649/DKK 3,799/SEK 4,995/HKD 3,688 and the 128GB version retails at USD 539/EUR 559/GBP 499/CAD 719/DKK 4,299/SEK 5,495/HKD 4,188. Information for other countries can be found at OnePlus.net/retailers.

SEE MORE: OnePlus 3T review (3 months later)

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Snapdragon’s upcoming chipset beats Kirin 980 and A12 Bionic on AnTuTu Benchmark

The battle of next-gen mobile processors!

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Huawei already unveiled the Kirin 980 processor for the Mate 20 series and Apple has the powerful A12 Bionic chip for their new iPhones. Meanwhile, Samsung just announced its next-gen chip — the Exynos 9820 — which will most likely power the upcoming Galaxy phones. Qualcomm, on the other hand, is still cooking the successor to the popular Snapdragon 845, although a leaked AnTuTu Benchmark result shows that it’ll be ready for primetime soon.

The official name of Qualcomm’s upcoming chipset is yet to be confirmed, although it’s rumored to be called Snapdragon 8150. It’ll not be Snapdragon 850 because that’s already taken, but the Snapdragon 855 moniker is still available.

Moving on to what matters, the soon-to-be-unveiled chipset skyrocketed on AnTuTu Benchmark with a score of 362,292 points. This is an unconfirmed test, but if this is true, Qualcomm will soon have the most powerful processor for smartphones. It beats Kirin 980’s official score of 309,628 and A12 Bionic’s 352,405 points.

Again, nothing is certain about the leaked score which came from Weibo. We’ll just have to wait for Qualcomm to officially announce the chip and let users benchmark it on their own. Just in case the numbers are true, Android flagships are in for a treat.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils Exynos 9820 chipset based on 8nm LPP FinFET

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OnePlus 6T now comes in a beautiful gradient color

The color we’ve always wanted

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Finally, OnePlus releases a phone color I can get behind!

OnePlus phones have always been known for their performance and great value, but I’ve always found their color choices to be lacking. Black, graphite, red, or white works for a lot of different folks but for those, like me, who want a flashier and prettier option, we are left wanting.

Not anymore.

OnePlus has just announced that we’re getting the OnePlus 6T in a dreamy new shade called Thunder Purple. This particular device has a beautiful black to purple gradient and a shiny curve on its back that moves with the light. So pretty!

Just look at that subtle, stunning color pop

The same color, announced in China last week, will be available in the US and Europe starting today on the OnePlus website. It rocks 8GB of memory with 128GB of storage and retails for US$ 579.

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An iPhone X allegedly exploded after installing iOS 12.1

In Washington, USA

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Goodbyes are always difficult. Some can go graceful; some, however, lash out in weird directions. As the 2018 iPhones go on their successful world tour, the iPhone X tries to get one more stab at the spotlight. However, the headline is far from positive. One might even call it fiery.

Reported in Washington, an iPhone X supposedly exploded in a user’s home. Rahel Mohamad, the user, posted about the incident on Twitter. According to Mohamed, the iPhone was in the process of installing the iOS 12.1 update.

In an interview with Gadgets 360, Mohamed was using and charging the phone normally. Amid installing the recent update, he plugged the phone into Apple’s original charger and cable. (Of note, Redditors have countered that Mohamed used an iPad charger, instead of an iPhone one.) Shortly after, the phone started heating up, spewing out gray smoke. After the update’s completion, it caught fire and exploded.

Since then, Apple has responded to Mohamed’s original tweet. “That’s definitely not expected behavior,” @AppleSupport replied. According to Mohamed, Apple has invited him to mail the destroyed model for an official investigation. The company has not issued an official statement regarding the explosion yet.

Curiously, this isn’t the first Apple explosion this year. Back in January, a Chinese customer bit into an iPhone’s battery, causing it to explode in his face. In August, an iPad exploded inside an Apple store in Amsterdam, injuring several employees.

To Apple’s luck, none of the three incidents has incited enough controversy to turn into another Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster. At the moment, Apple’s explosions are isolated incidents. We can only hope that the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR don’t suffer the same fate.

SEE ALSO: Apple patents a holed iPhone design

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