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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.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones fix common wireless earphones issues

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Xiaomi’s foldable phone spotted in the wild

Is this a prototype?

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Everyone’s getting into foldable smartphones these days. After Samsung’s semi-successful foray into the market, other smartphones are rushing to compete with the South Korean giant. One of the earliest experimenters with the form factor, Xiaomi is apparently making strides in the foldable market. In China, Xiaomi’s foldable phone was spotted out in the wild.

In a now-deleted Weibo post (saved by GSMArena), the leaked phone is a whopper of a device. It’s obviously that Xiaomi’s foldable phone since it runs MIUI 12. It looks a lot larger than Samsung’s Galaxy Z lineup. However, it’s large enough to wield in a subway, as the photo portrays.

Whatever this is, it doesn’t look like it’s doing well. The device has a sizable crease running along its midsection. Back in the Galaxy Fold’s early days, Samsung had the same problem before fixing it in later iterations. Since the technology already exists, it’s likely that the spotted Xiaomi device is an early version of whatever the company is actually working on.

Xiaomi has teased an upcoming foldable phone in the past. However, the company has not outed a consumer-friendly foldable phone outside of prototypes. The last time we heard about a potential Xiaomi foldable phone was an old patent revealed last year.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi patents an upcoming foldable phone

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Samsung will remove the free charger from more phones

Confirmed in an official Q&A

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The cat’s out of the bag. After months of persistent rumors, Samsung has finally ended its free charging adapters and wired earphones starting with the Galaxy S21 series. The controversial decision mimics Apple’s identical ones last October. One question remains, though: Will Samsung remove the free charger in other smartphones? Apparently, yes.

In an official Q&A with Samsung’s officials, the company explained why it chose to remove the free charger from the flagship series. As expected, Samsung is taking the same stance as Apple; that is, everyone already has a bunch of extra chargers lying around anyway. Further, the removal will help in Samsung’s sustainability goals for the future.

However, in explaining their stance, Samsung has revealed its plans for the future. “To support our Galaxy community in this journey, we are transitioning to removal of the charger plug and earphones in our latest line of Galaxy smartphones,” Patrick Chomet, executive vice president of product and innovation, explains.

Besides the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung is likely phasing out the free chargers in future models, too. Thankfully, if you haven’t acclimated to the charger-less future yet, the company is not changing last year’s smartphone packaging; not yet at least, according to online store pages.

If Samsung is truly removing its chargers for future models, we’ll know soon enough. Unlike Apple, who releases smartphones more sporadically, Samsung launches numerous models throughout the year. After starting the year off with a charger-less bang, 2021 is going to be an exciting roller coaster for flagship users.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Hands-on

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Trump administration blacklists Xiaomi, 10 other Chinese companies

Xiaomi headed the Huawei way?

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The US has added Xiaomi and 10 other Chinese companies to a blacklist amid national security concerns. The current blacklist is only focused on companies that have military ties and strategic importance in China.

The Defense Department released names of additional “Communist Chinese military companies” operating directly or indirectly in the United States.

Although adding Xiaomi to the list is surprising, the company has largely remained apolitical and focuses on making affordable smartphones. Considered to be China’s answer to Apple, Xiaomi plays a crucial role in progressing China’s telecommunication industry. It surpassed Apple in global smartphone sales in the third quarter, according to IDC.

Xiaomi is China’s second-largest smartphone maker and dominates multiple developing markets like India. Xiaomi’s stock plunged more than 10 percent following the announcement, although it’s considered to be a knee-jerk reaction at the moment.

The ban means that Xiaomi risks getting delisted from global benchmarks like MSCI and American stock exchanges. Just last week, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom were removed from MSCI indexes. This largely affects their ability to raise capital from the open market in the future due to global compliance complications.

In response, a Xiaomi spokesperson told GadgetMatch, “The Company has been in compliance with the law and operating in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations of jurisdictions where it conducts its businesses. The Company reiterates that it provides products and services for civilian and commercial use. The Company confirms that it is not owned, controlled, or affiliated with the Chinese military, and is not a “Communist Chinese Military Company” defined under the NDAA. The Company will take an appropriate course of actions to protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders.”

Other companies banned

Apart from Xiami, the additional companies blacklisted include Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment, Luokong Technology Corporation, Beijing Zhongguancun Development Investment Center, GOWIN Semiconductor, Grand China Air Company, Global Tone Communication Technology, China National Aviation Holding, and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).

Furthermore, the ban is a stepping stone for US authorities to curb Chinese companies’ growth in the international market. The US took a similar step with Huawei and gradually pushed it out of every possible industry. Today, Huawei can’t use Google Mobile Services, cannot ship phones to the US, and has lost significant ground in supplying 5G equipment to telcos worldwide.

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