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OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro now official

Still not settling

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Yes, the OnePlus 8 series is finally official. After numerous teasers, leaks, and speculations, the lineup details are now out in the open. It’s also particularly interesting because we haven’t seen a high-profile launch for weeks now due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Just like the previous nomenclature, it consists of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. The two phones target a wide spectrum in the pricing structure, providing more options to the end-user. Though, something they share is — flagship-grade Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G support.

OnePlus 8: Stacked for a base option

The phone has a contoured design, thinner body, and glossy as well as matte finish options. On the front is a 6.5-inch Fluid AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, Full HD+ resolution, and Gorilla Glass protection. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner is embedded.

It’ll be available with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage in the base variant. Powering the phone is a 4300mAh battery with 30W fast charging. Other features include dual-stereo speakers, noise cancellation support, and Dolby Atmos.

Coming to the rear, it sports a triple-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. On the front is a 16-megapixel camera for selfies.

It’ll be available in Glacial Green, and lnterstellar Glow color options.

OnePlus 8 Pro: A wider perspective

It follows the same design language as the base model but has radically upgraded specifications. On the front is a 6.8-inch Fluid AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, QHD+ resolution, and Gorilla Glass protection.

The base option will have 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. However, it’s slightly heavier with 20 grams of added weight. Backing the internals is a comparatively bigger 4500mAh battery with support for 30W wired as well as wireless charging, an industry first.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX689 sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, a 48-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel color filter for higher accuracy. On the front is a 16-megapixel camera for selfies.

It’ll be available in Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and Ultramarine Blue color options.

OxygenOS: Cleaner and smoother

Both phones ship with Android 10 based OxygenOS that adds a plethora of features including Dark Mode, gesture support, and more. On the camera front, an built-on video editor is included that can churn out CINE aspect ratio video recording, AI scene detection, Nightscape, and RAW picture format support. The OnePlus 8 Pro will also have a color filter, Smart pet Capture.

Pricing and availability

The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will be available in the following regions: North America, Asia, and Europe. Color variant will vary depending on the region. For specific details see the table below.

Color

RAM+ROM

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US

Price

UK

Date

UK

Price

OnePlus 8 Glacial Green
Interstellar Glow
8GB+128GB 4/29 US$ 699 4/21 GBP 599
12GB+256GB US$ 799 GBP 699
OnePlus 8 Pro Glacial Green
Ultramarine Blue
Onyx Black
8GB+128GB US$ 899 GBP 799
12GB+256GB US$ 999 GBP 899

The 30W Warp Charger is an optional purchase –– it retails for US$ 69.95.

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Digital telco GOMO comes to the Philippines

Offers mobile data with no expiry

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Going digital is the new normal. Digital telco GOMO comes to the Philippines, offering large mobile data allocations with no expiry.

Running under Globe Telecom, GOMO offers 5G and LTE enabled sim cards with non-expiring mobile data. It can be purchased through GOMO’s website, GOMO’s PH app, or via official Lazada and Shopee stores.

Additionally, your mobile data can be used as Mo Creds through GOMO’s app. You can convert your existing data so you can subscribe to other prepaid promos like call and text, for as low as 0.2GB. In essence, your mobile data can be your form of currency.

Prepaid subscribers can buy mobile data promos through GOMO’s app, offering 25GB of mobile data for PhP 299 and more.

GOMO’s app is currently available on the Google Play Store. It’s expected to come to The App Store and Huawei’s AppGallery. Currently, GOMO offers a free sim card with 25GB of non-expiring mobile data at PhP 199, and delivers it for free nationwide.

 

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Facebook is launching messaging between Messenger and Instagram

Rolling out to a few countries first

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Last year, Facebook announced an expansive plan to merge its messaging apps on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The initiative will hopefully create a cohesive ecosystem across their related platforms. In August, the company finally started to take comprehensive steps towards that goal, inviting select users to the future program. Now, the secret’s out. Facebook is launching messaging between Messenger and Instagram.

Officially announced today, Facebook is rolling out a Messenger-centric update to Instagram’s Direct Messaging feature. Obviously, the biggest addition is cross-platform messaging between the two platforms. Instagram users can now message Messenger users directly through the app. Even more, the cross-functionality comes with video call compatibility.

Besides this function, Facebook is also introducing new features to Instagram Messaging. It now has its own Selfie Stickers, customizable chat colors, personalized emoji reactions, and animated message effects. Further,

Instagram and Messengers users can now watch content together. This includes “Facebook Watch, IGTV, Reels, TV shows, movies,” and video calls.

Right now, Facebook is releasing the update for select users in a few countries. The company plans to expand globally soon. However, if users want to, they can opt out of the update entirely. Of course, as Facebook is wont to do, the platform will likely force users int the new update sooner or later.

With Instagram’s integration into Facebook Messenger, Facebook still has WhatsApp left to integrate into its ecosystem.

SEE ALSO: Messenger Rooms is Facebook’s group video chat app

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Google’s Hold for Me feature will kill annoying delivery jingles

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If you were like us during this tempestuous lockdown season, you love (and still love) getting stuff delivered, whether it’s food or something new for the house. Unfortunately, despite our love for new things, one thing we still hate is an unending delivery hotline call. Yes, we mean those annoying-but-needlessly-catchy marketing jingles. (In fact, Sarah Geronimo’s Jollibee jingle is still ringing in my ears as I write this.)

Finally, Google has a solution for this work-from-home nightmare. Announced earlier today, the company is introducing a new functionality for calls on hold. The new Hold for Me feature will place Google Assistant in line for you whenever a hotline places you on hold. You don’t need to listen through 40 loops of hold music anymore.

Using Google’s Duplex AI, the Hold for Me feature will alert you — through a sound, a vibration, or a notification — when the call is ready for you. According to Google, Duplex technology can accurately detect if the hotline finally responds with either a recorded message or a human representative. Despite the need for AI processing, Google assures users that the company isn’t storing call data. All call data will remain inside the phone.

The feature is launching inside Google’s Phone app. Users can toggle the feature on or off through the Settings and activate it manually during calls.

For now, Google is launching the feature through an early preview in the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G. Both smartphones will launch sometime in October and November.

SEE ALSO: Google is officially launching Android 11 today

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