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OnePlus 6 is officially a complete Android flagship phone

Another sleek and bold phone from OnePlus

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OnePlus‘ latest phone is official! After months of leaks, rumors, and speculation, we finally have the OnePlus 6.

Since OnePlus launched their line of premium Android phones, it’s been a tradition to wait and see what they have in store for us, and convince die-hard fans of Apple and Samsung to consider having a phone that practically has everything you’d need in a modern smartphone without the hefty price. It sounds pretty much like Xiaomi, right?

The Chinese company first embraced the tall display ratio trend with the OnePlus 5T. Going further into the limits of the borderless design, OnePlus resorted to having a notched 6.28-inch 19:9 Optic AMOLED display. The infamous notch found its way to the OnePlus 6 and it makes the phone look too generic. The bezels are not as edge-to-edge on all sides as the iPhone X’s, but the chin of the OnePlus 6 is a bit smaller than other chins of phones with a similar design.

OnePlus 6 in Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White

To make the phone stand out, OnePlus made its new phone’s back a bit special. While other manufacturers go for loud and bold colors, OnePlus keeps it sleek like they always do.

Thankfully, the rear doesn’t look like an iPhone anymore but it’s still made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that subtly reflects light. This glossy mirror variant is aptly called Mirror Black. If gloss is not your thing, there are always matte options (but still made of glass) dubbed Midnight Black and Silk White. Before we forget, the phone is now water resistant.

OnePlus wants to give more focus to the camera of the OnePlus 6. It still has a dual rear camera setup with 20- and 16-megapixel sensors working together to shoot better low-light images with support from optical image stabilization which will further help take clearer photos. It can shoot 4K at 60fps and HD slow-motion videos, as well. The 16-megapixel front camera is paired with AI technology to capture portrait selfies.

Now to the internal specifications, the OnePlus 6 is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor just like other flagship phones, with up to 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage. Of course, it already boots OxygenOS based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. If you like to try, you can flash Android P Beta which the phone fully supports.

The device is also a global phone with support for 40 bands and 4×4 MIMO, along with dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0. The phone’s battery is a respectable 3300mAh cell with support for Dash Charge, and lastly, there’s a 3.5mm audio port which is already a missing feature on other premium phones.

Pricing for the OnePlus 6 are as follows:

  • 6GB+64GB   — US$ 529 / EUR 519 / GBP 469
  • 8GB+128GB — US$ 579 / EUR 569 / GBP 519
  • 8GB+256GB — US$ 629 / EUR 619 / GBP 569

The OnePlus 6 is going to be available through OnePlus.com and partner stores on May 22 for the Mirror Black and Midnight Black variants while the limited edition Silk White will go on sale starting June 5.

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Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 675 chip is based on 11nm process

A gaming-based chipset

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Qualcomm introduced a new member of its Snapdragon family. After having the Snapdragon 670 chipset, there’s now the Snapdragon 675. The improvement is little because the predecessor is still fresh, but the new one comes with better CPU cores and slightly updated features.

The Snapdragon 675 is a midrange chipset with eight cores: two performance-focused cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and six efficient cores running at 1.78 GHz.

The most prominent update for the Snapdragon 675 is its two Kyro 460 cores. They’re built around ARM’s Cortex-A76 cores, which are originally designed for flagship devices. Actually, the first major chipset to feature this is Huawei’s Kirin 980.

Apart from the new cores, the Snapdragon 675 remains pretty similar to its predecessor with the Spectra 250 ISP and an Adreno 612 GPU. But, that doesn’t mean there are no further improvements.

The chipset’s Adreno 612 GPU comes with gaming optimizations for Unity, Unreal, Messiah, and NeoX. It also supports popular tools and APIs such as Vulkan, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL, and Snapdragon profiler. Basically, it’s got enhancement similar to GPU Turbo.

Of course, the camera capabilities have been updated as well to support triple cameras up to 16 megapixels, or 25 megapixels if there’s only one sensor. It has a new multi-core AI Engine which promises an improvement of up to 50 percent.

Quick Charge 4+ is also available on the Snapdragon 675 if the phone manufacturer decides to implement the latest fast charging technology from Qualcomm.

The chipset is manufactured on Samsung’s new 11LPP manufacturing node, which is a mix of 14nm and 10nm nodes as a cost-effective solution.

The Snapdragon 675 is expected to be available in consumer devices by early 2019.

Source: Qualcomm
Via: AnandTech

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Samsung patents the world’s first all-screen fingerprint sensor

Features a waterdrop-notched phone

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Within the past year, the tech industry has successfully developed a working in-screen fingerprint sensor. However, like conventional fingerprint readers, the technology works only in select areas. For example, Vivo’s fingerprint sensor lies cozily on the bottom-center portion of the screen.

Despite all the hype, the current technology is still a far cry from 100 percent screen integration. This can drastically change within the near future.

Following supporting rumors, Samsung has confirmed progressive steps towards the technology’s development. Last week, the Korean company patented two versions of the in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Image source: LetsGoDigital

In the first one, the sensor remains largely similar to today’s current sensors. It works only on one portion of the screen. In this case, it lies front and center, a bit above the usual. As far as differences go, the technology uses Samsung’s old smartphone design — thick bezels like the Galaxy S4. Potentially, this conventional form will be an exclusive for the company’s midrange phones.

On the other hand, the second patent includes a more advanced version of the feature. Unlike the previous one, this version uses the entire screen. Further, it utilizes a separate processor to increase accuracy and convenience. The patented sensor scans fingerprints thrice and increases screen brightness after access.

Another surprising aspect of the second patent lies in the portrayed device. Instead of a traditional Galaxy smartphone, the patent uses a bezel-less smartphone with a small waterdrop notch. At the least, this points to a future release within the next few years.

Curiously, the second patent runs slightly counter to Samsung’s latest plans. Recently, the company revealed full-screen sensor integration for the future. Among other things, they promised to eliminate the notch going forward. The new patent, instead, points to a notched phone.

If anything, both reports indicate a new form factor coming in the next few months. We’ll just have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A7 hands-on review: Beyond the cameras

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Vivo Y81i arrives in Philippines with price

One of Vivo’s budget-friendly offers

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After a quiet debut in Malaysia, the Vivo Y81i has made its way — in a subtle fashion, too — to the Philippines with an affordable price.

Retailing for PhP 7,999, Y81i enters the market as one of Vivo’s more budget-friendly smartphones. For comparison, the older Y81 is priced at PhP 9,999.

This is close to the Malaysian pricing, making it competitive in both Southeast Asian countries.

Again, it’s similar to the Y81, but is equipped with less-desirable specifications to keep the price down, such as the MediaTek MT6761 processor, 2GB of memory, and 16GB of storage for the Y81i.

On the bright side, it still comes with a notched 6.22-inch 720p display, 13- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras, and 3260mAh battery.

The only serious exclusion is the fingerprint scanner, but there’s facial recognition to make up for it.

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