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OnePlus 6T will not have a headphone jack

But promises more battery life

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Today, staunch Android users will adamantly proclaim that their favored brands started Apple’s “innovations” first. Even before, the debate raged on fruitlessly, regardless of its truth.

However, in today’s iPhone-infested world, Android phones are curiously adopting some of Apple’s unique features, too. Unfortunately, some of these shared features often irk both Apple and Android users. Besides the controversial notch, these include the removal of the celebrated 3.5mm audio port.

Since Apple’s decision to remove theirs, other phones have followed suit. Thankfully, a few brands have established themselves as bastions for the dying feature, as headlined by Samsung. Sadly, today, we wave goodbye to one of those stalwart defenders — OnePlus.

Through an interview with TechRadar, OnePlus founder Carl Pei confirmed his company’s tough decision to remove the jack. Despite previous defenses for the jack, he states that now is the right time to make that decision.

Pei claims that 59 percent of OnePlus users already own a wireless headset. He hopes that removing the port now will upset less than half of OnePlus’ market.

Additionally, Pei also claims that the decision allowed OnePlus to fit in more features. Across the industry, brands have always used the same reason to justify the jack’s removal. In OnePlus’ case, the first jack-less phone will flaunt more battery.

Speaking of phones, Pei does not name the OnePlus 6T directly. He only points to the brand’s next model. At this point, multiple leaks have already implied that this is the OnePlus 6T.

Curiously (or perhaps, not), OnePlus is also launching the new Bullets V2. Citing improvements over its predecessor, the new brand-exclusive earphones have switched to a USB Type-C cable from the 3.5mm standard. Timely coincidence or something else?

Regardless of their reasons, Pei and OnePlus will face significant backlash when their first jack-less phone launches.

(In fact, the OnePlus 6 previously bagged extra points on our list for best smartphones with a headphone jack. With the latest decision, that advantage has now been rescinded.)

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6 review: 3 months later

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Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy Flex will cost so much

Hint: it has something to do with the screen

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Based on the current rumors, next year’s foldable phones will take the mantle as history’s most expensive smartphones. Currently, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Flex is already slated to come with price tags above the US$ 2,000 mark. Even without rumors, the revolutionary form factor will easily break banks because of the new screen alone.

Of course, as with all major purchases, we want to know why we’re paying so much. Finally, we have an insider’s look into what’s ticking inside these foldable screens. Via LetsGoDigitalKorean firm CGS-CIMB Research has broken down the list of materials needed to make the Galaxy Flex. For reference, the report also compares the Galaxy Flex’s breakdown with the iPhone XS Max’s and the Galaxy S9+’s.

According to the report, the Galaxy Flex almost completely uses more expensive components than today’s smartphones.

Naturally, the phone’s foldable display takes the cake. The foldable display costs US$ 218.80 per screen. The amount is almost double the price of the iPhone XS Max’s display. It’s also almost thrice the price of the Galaxy S9+’s display.

Image source: CGS-CIMB Research

As for the rest, the Galaxy Flex’s components are a few more dollars more expensive than its comparisons. The comparison only falters in power management. The iPhone XS Max spent almost two dollars more on power management than the Galaxy Flex.

All in all, the Galaxy Flex costs US$ 636.70. This is a huge leap from contemporary flagships. (The iPhone XS Max costs US$ 390.00; the Galaxy S9+ costs US$ 375.80.)

Because of this massive price increase, Samsung can charge more than today’s flat phones. The report estimates a US$ 1,800 SRP. Arguably, a huge chunk of this price will come from the extensive research done to manufacture the product. Regardless, the bank-breaking price tag is still worlds apart from today’s most expensive smartphones.

According to the report, this awful trend will likely continue. In 2022, the industry is expected to ship 24 million foldable phones, compared to next year’s paltry 3.5 million units. Despite the rush in supply, the price will still stay the same, averaging around US$ 1,300 per unit.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A8s debuts with Infinity-O display

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Price and availability in the Philippines

The most expensive OnePlus phone, yet

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Shortly after its international debut, the most expensive OnePlus phone is (surprisingly) already on its way to the Philippines.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is now available for pre-order online through Argomall. It’s priced at PhP 39,990, which is slightly higher than its US$ 699 retail price in the US.

Compared to the regular OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of memory, 256GB of storage, and the latest Warp Charge technology that can fill up half of the phone’s battery in just 20 minutes.

Also, the special edition phone features a carbon fiber pattern, orange accents, and the McLaren logo on the back.

There’s no exact shipping date for the phone, but it’s already listed on Argomall’s website.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition introduces Warp Charge, 10GB RAM

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Philippine telcos are now required to unlock phones after lock-in period

Finally, a pro-consumer measure

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The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and telcos for the mandatory unlocking of phones and devices after the subscriber’s lock-in period.

The policy is based on the Memorandum Order 004, Series of 2018 issued by DICT on December 14.

According to the memo, subscribers who have completed their contract and have no outstanding obligations can demand telcos to unlock their phones or devices. The process must also be done conveniently and should be shouldered by the service providers.

The NTC is now tasked to draft the Memorandum Circular for the memo’s appropriate rules and regulations and conduct consultations and hearings with affected parties.

There’s no exact date of implementation, but with order already announced to the public, Filipinos will soon have freedom for their network-locked phones given that they have already fulfilled their contract.

Source: DICT

SEE ALSO: Mislatel confirmed as Philippines’ new telco

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