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OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s most premium phone with all the newest tech

Now belongs on the premium throne

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OnePlus went super premium with its latest flagship phone: the OnePlus 7 Pro. With all the latest tech packed into one device, OnePlus is not aiming to become a flagship killer anymore. The company’s new goal is to become one of the big names in the premium segment.

Right off the bat, the OnePlus 7 Pro is not your usual OnePlus phone with just the high-end essentials. The “Pro” in its name is more than just extra memory or storage.


First, it has the “most advanced smartphone display” featuring a 6.67-inch curved Fluid AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. On top of that, the screen also supports both HDR10 and HDR10+ standard.

With all these screen technologies, the OnePlus 7 Pro is able to earn DisplayMate’s highest A+ rating. Additionally, the phone sports a stereo dual-speaker system tuned by Dolby with an amplifier for better sound quality.

Under the hood, the OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, a must-have among flagship phones this 2019. What will set the OnePlus 7 Pro apart is its memory option of up to 12GB, which is more than enough to run even a desktop PC smoothly. It also has liquid cooling to keep the phone’s temperature in check.

A first for OnePlus is the triple camera system on the back of the phone. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a main 48-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and OIS, and a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. These cameras are aided by a three-pronged autofocus system like PDAF, CAF, and Laser to ensure it knows where to focus even in low light.

As for taking selfies, OnePlus copied from the textbooks of OPPO and Vivo. Using a motorized pop-up module, OnePlus is able to hide a 20-megapixel f/2.0 camera. This means the phone has no notch that takes away precious pixels in the display.

If you’re particular about a phone’s DxOMark score, you’ll be glad to know that the OnePlus 7 is able to get a total score of 111. It’s just a point shy of Huawei’s P30 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G.

The phone’s hardware draws power from a massive 4000mAh battery. Not only that, but it also has the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition’s Warp Charge 30 which will fill up the OnePlus 7 Pro’s battery up to almost half in just 20 minutes.

On the software side of things, an updated Oxygen OS (still based on Android 9 Pie) with extra features like a screen recorder and Zen Mode, Oxygen OS’ take on the Do Not Disturb Mode, runs out of the box. The phone has improved haptic vibration as well with multiple levels of feedback making it ideal for gaming, and a faster in-display fingerprint scanner.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s most premium phone to date and most expensive, too. The phone will be available on May 17 in Almond, Nebula Blue, and Mirror Gray colors through OnePlus.com starting at US$ 669 for the 6GB+128GB variant. The 8GB+256GB model will go for US$ 699, while the top-dog 12GB+256GB version is at US$ 749.

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OPPO K3 is a fancier looking Realme X at the same price

The design is also inspired by OPPO Reno

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Realme operates as an independent brand now, but when it first started last year, it was technically a sub-brand of OPPO. Since then, the Indian smartphone market has changed quite a lot. Realme has been successful in taking up a huge chunk of the market, Xiaomi is slowly inching forward, and Samsung is no longer sleeping.

In the midst of all the noise, OPPO and Vivo are treading cautiously. They’re focused on grabbing the offline market that relies on brick and mortar stores. Taking a step forward, OPPO has launched a new phone called the K3 in India, and it looks eerily similar to the Realme X. In fact, even the specs sheet is pretty much the same.


What sets it apart is that it shares the new design language OPPO’s Reno line first introduced, which OPPO said will serve as the catalyst for the company’s smartphone development for the next 10 years.

While OPPO and Realme are busy sharing resources, it’s the best time for a consumer to buy a new phone. There are simply too many options to choose from and pricing has never been this competitive.

To start with, the OPPO K3 sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display that also integrates a fingerprint scanner. The phone ships with ColorOS out of the box and relies on a Snapdragon 710 chipset to chug along.

The rear has a 16-megapixel primary camera coupled with a 2-megapixel secondary lens. The front camera is housed in a pop-up sliding module and consists of a 16-megapixel lens. The software incorporates standard AI-backed scene recognition and Ultra Clear Night View 2.0 feature. Lastly, backing these internals is a 3765mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology.

The 6GB+128GB option is priced at INR 16,990 (US$ 245) and the 8GB+128GB variant costs 19,990 (US$ 290). It’ll be available in Aurora Blue and Jade Black from July 23 via Amazon.in and offline retail stores.

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The Pixel 3a’s DxOMark score proves how capable its single-lens camera is

It’s just one point behind the Pixel 3

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Google has released three flagship phones till now and they’ve all had one thing in common: a single-lens camera on the rear. The internet giant is trying to make a mark in the smartphone industry by directly supplying the hardware, and it hasn’t actually worked out for them yet.

The Pixel brand intended to take on Apple’s iPhone lineup but is far from it. The idea that the maker of Android will also supply a closely-knit smartphone was exciting, but the end result has been lukewarm. The number of units shipped has been below expectations and a budget-friendly phone was built to counter this.


One thing that Google actually got right was the camera. Using its onboard image processing unit and constantly learning AI (algorithm), the phones are able to capture stunning pictures in well lit as well as low-light scenarios. In fact, the rear has a single-lens camera while the competition relies on an array of sensors to get the right mix.

This same setup of software and hardware was made available on the budget Pixel 3a. The results have been amazing like always. DxOMark released their review of the Google Pixel 3a’s camera and we’ve got a deeper insight on how good it actually is.

The Pixel 3a scores almost identically to the flagship Pixel 3’s DxOMark scores, in some cases, scoring higher thanks to better colors and noise. It has scored 100 points overall, with 103 for pictures and 95 for video.

In comparison, the iPhone XR scored 103 but costs a whopping US$ 749 against the Pixel 3a’s US$ 399.

Keep in mind, DxOMark scores are just for comparison and the testing rounds have a few flaws. For example, the Pixel 3a has scored pretty much like the Pixel 3, but the former lacks Google’s Visual Core chipset and yet able to score better. This either means the testing metrics are flawed, or Google’s chipset brings nothing extraordinary to the table.

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Revamped Galaxy Fold passed durability tests, ready for launch

When will we see it again?

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After much ado, the Galaxy Fold is finally ready for action… again. The controversial foldable smartphone passed its final durability test, prefacing an eventual relaunch.

Previously, Samsung called off its huge Galaxy Fold launch considering widespread durability issues. The foldable phone’s first testers found interesting ways to destroy the device’s flexible screen. Samsung forcibly shelved the project for further tweaking. The company even canceled pre-orders after delaying the launch. They went back to the drawing board.


After months in redevelopment, Samsung has sparked the conversation anew. Last month, the company declared that the phone is ready for manufacturing. They have a new design. However, how much better will it be? Samsung’s high hopes did not reveal the new design, leaving the foldable phone’s future shrouded in mystery.

Fortunately, a new report hints at a more optimistic outlook. According to an insider, Samsung has tested the new design under a team of experts. The testing team reportedly consisted of “industry professionals and professors at Seoul National University.” The Galaxy Fold passed gloriously. The phone will launch very soon.

In another report, Samsung is restarting marketing efforts for the foldable phone. The company is on an incredibly fast track, facing both internal and external pressure. On the inside, the Galaxy Fold faces an internal competition with the impending Galaxy Note 10 launch. The premium smartphone will launch next month.

Externally, Samsung is in an arms race with Huawei. Like Samsung, Huawei delayed its own foldable phone launch to prevent a similar mishap. However, they have also hinted at a renewed launch soon. Samsung and Huawei are locking horns for foldable phone supremacy.

Regardless, we’re finally getting the foldable phone again soon. All that’s left is to ensure the new design’s durability out in the real world.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s rescheduled Galaxy Fold launch ‘will not be too late’

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