What has been amazing about the OnePlus brand is that it’s hype has grown at such a level in such a small amount of time, with members of mobile forums raving about how cheap and great the flagship OnePlus One smartphone is, just like the hype that accompanied the Oppo Find 7.
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Interesting facts about Oneplus-
->OnePlus produces smartphones from China, founded in December of 2013 and headquartered in Shenzhen.
->OnePlus is a sub-brand of OPPO
OPPO is a consumer electronics manufacturer based in Dongguan, Guangdong, China. The brand has grown famous in Malaysia with the hoopla surrounding the Oppo Find 7 smartphone, offering some of the best specs on an Android smartphone for an incredibly reasonable price.
According to Gizmodo China, OnePlus is definitely a wholly-owned sub-brand of OPPO. OPPO and OnePlus share the same shareholders, and the ratio of OPPO’s investment in OnePlus is in fact 100%. Not to mention the similarity of design and technology used on their smartphones.
->OnePlus One uses CyanogenMod-
CyanogenMod is an open source OS based on the Android platform. The version that the OnePlus One runs, the 11s, is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is custom built for the OnePlus One.
The best part of utilising a customised open source OS is that you are still able to have the best of the Android experience and casual users would not even realize that it is actually a custom OS. This phone looks a little different in terms of their UI design, which can be seen in the unique application icon design.
->Mind-blowing specs for a budget handset-
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The OnePlus One uses the Snapdragon 801 processor that is also used to power the Samsung Galaxy S5. OnePlus One has also one of the bigger displays compared to other flagship smartphones, holding a 5.5-inch screen. But what is even more impressive is the thinness of the phone (8.9mm) and the fact that it is cheaper than the Galaxy S5 by around RM400 to RM600 in Malaysia.
The 3100mAh battery is pretty much able to last the whole day, more than most phablets with a similar form factor, and the One also sports a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor sensor which allows for great shots in low-light situations. There is also a 5MP front camera and great bottom-facing stereo speakers for audio. These little things make you wonder how can OnePlus afford to sell this smartphone at such a low cost. Which brings us to our next fact.
OnePlus calls its next phone the “2016 Flagship Killer,” like it’s ready to keep up with next year’s crop of phones as well.
And while the price is bumped up a small bit, it still seems remarkably cheap for what you’re getting ñ it’s about half the price of this year’s flagships, but based on specs, it certainly isn’t half the device.
OnePlus opted to reveal the phone via a streaming VR presentation through Google Cardboard, and if you missed it, congratulations. Seriously, you saved yourself 30 minutes of tedium. But we stuck with it, so why not take five of those minutes and read through our list of the eight things you need to know about the OnePlus 2.
The OnePlus 2 is built around the Snapdragon 810, the 64-bit processor which was plagued by overheating concerns in phones such as the LG G Flex 2 and HTC One M9. The issue was a bit overblown, in our experience, but undeniably a problem for some, so the fact that the OnePlus 2 runs on a revised version should be good news. The new model is supposed to minimize overheating concerns ñ so you get the great performance without the snags when things run too warm.
Add to that a whopping 4GB of RAM and OnePlus’ claim that it’s the most powerful phone on the market may well be true. Then again, Samsung is rumoured to be putting 4GB into the Galaxy Note 5 (and Galaxy S6 Plus Edge), as well, so it might be a short reign at the top.
OnePlus will surely have Samsung beat on price, though-
The OnePlus 2 keeps the general footprint of the original: it still has a 5.5in display running at 1080p, although a community member in the VR experience who used the phone said it runs much brighter than before. However, it looks a lot nicer, with metal buttons and frame, a curved rear, and sleeker backing options. And the 3300mAh battery should do pretty well without a 2K screen here.
And despite the familiar size, OnePlus has jammed in a few new hardware additions that all look like welcome features. For example, the three-click alert slider does more than merely mute notifications: there’s a middle setting for priority notifications to still come through, which aligns perfectly with Android Lollipop.
The OnePlus 2 also embraces USB-C before its rivals and comes with the new cable, plus it’s a dual-SIM device.
As announced prior to the full reveal, the OnePlus 2 implements a fingerprint sensor, and it’s on a button below the display. Only it’s not really a button: it looks like one, but it can’t be depressed or clicked. Still, it recognizes fingerprints, and you can tap it to get to the home screen, as well as assign a custom shortcut for double taps.
We were pretty happy with the OnePlus One’s 13-megapixel camera in day-to-day use, even if it didn’t quite hang tough with the Galaxy S5 or LG G3 back when ñ but the OnePlus 2 is packing some significant perks that could help make up the difference.
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Optical image stabilisation is one addition; laser focusing is another. Add those together and the result should be better-focused, crisper-looking shots. The six-element lens also has large 1.3µm pixels for better low-light shots, as well, which should be a big improvement over the results from the One. Up front is still just a 5MP shooter, but we didn’t really need a selfie upgrade (and neither should most of you out there).
OnePlus moved away from CyanogenMod and replaced it with OxygenOS (shown above on the One) ñ a very clean take on Android Lollipop that looks pretty close to what you’d see on a Nexus phone, without quite being stock Android. That’s because OnePlus added its own extra functionality, and the version seen on the OnePlus 2 brings a couple of helpful features into the fray.
For example, you can set individual app permissions ñ as you’ll be able to in Android M, but ahead of the curve here ñ and you can switch to a night theme with a tap of a button. There are other little tweaks that seem to only enhance the experience, so as long as it stays steadily updated, it should be a nice near-stock Android option.
Sadly, despite selling more than a million handsets, OnePlus isn’t quite ready to embrace open availability for the OnePlus 2. That means that the invite system will return for the second model, although the company claims that it’ll be a much better experience this time round.
According to OnePlus, there will be many more devices available from the start, plus phones will ship faster. They’ll also have physical invite cards to give away, and purchasers will get invites for friends much more quickly. With some 350,000+ people on the list for potential invites, wellÖ let’s hope they’ve really stepped up production this time around.
Can we take a moment to talk about the VR launch experience?
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The focus on community was a nice break from typical, corporate press conferences, and we applaud OnePlus for that (and trying something new here) ñ but every part of the 30-minute-plus stream went on for too long and didn’t even take advantage of the perks of the format.
Virtual reality should be used to create immersive experiences. Ideally, we should have had the phone in our virtual hands, able to view it from all angles and really feel like we were holding it for the first time. Instead, we basically watched a series of 360-degree video feeds of people talking in offices, and never got an especially great look at the device. In fact, we didn’t really see anything we wouldn’t have rather watched on YouTube on our computers.
And the lack of enthusiasm was hard to shrug off. At once point, the experience brought in Qualcomm’s marketing man via a videoconferencing screen to talk about the processor. We put on a VR headset to field a fake conference call with a suit. Brutal.
It had fun moments ñ like seeing someone in a Spider-Man suit slyly write out an invite code on a wall with post-it notes ñ but by and large, the stream missed the point of VR and simply dragged the entire way through.
OnePlus 3, the latest device from OnePlus has everything that you look for in a perfect smartphone. Released in June 2016 it boasts of 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. OnePlus 3 comes covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and has per pixel density of 401 ppi. Currently running on Android Marshmallow (6.0.1) it has Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo + dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo CPU and Adreno 530 GPU. To make it awesome with gestures and other unique features, it comes with its own Oxygen OS skin.
The most phenomenal thing about OnePlus 3 is its 6 GB RAM which is 2 GB more than any of the other present-day smartphones provide. People are still debating whether this much amount of RAM is required in smartphones or not. This time, OnePlus has ditched SD card slot and instead extended the internal memory to 64 GB. The front camera is 8 MP and the rear camera is just double (16 MP).
After hearing these mind-blowing super-awesome features, who wouldnít like to get their hands on the OnePlus 3. So before you buy it, hereís a bunch of must-know facts about OnePlus 3.
Fast Charge your OnePlus 3 with Dash Charge-
Thinking about the power-consuming users, OnePlus has included a fast charging system on its latest OnePlus 3. Instead of using Qualcommís Quick Charge feature, OnePlus introduced its own ìDash Chargeî system. With ìDash Chargeî system, OnePlus promises 60% charge in less than 30 minutes. Dash Charge from OnePlus almost matches the speed of Quick Charge and Nexus Rapid Charge. To use the Dash Charge system, you will have to use the Dash Charger and the cable included in the box. If you will use any other charger, then your device will charge but it wonít give the speeds of Dash Charge.
Built In Dark Mode-
OnePlus has continued its trend of offering Built In Dark Mode. You just need to head into Settings-> Customization and toggle into Dark Mode. Everything on your device will turn into dark color except text which will change into white color and accent color will convert into dark turquoise color. Dark Mode looks great on AMOLED display and it also saves some amount of battery %.
The most awesome thing which OnePlus gives to developers is you can unlock the Bootloader without much hassle. Unlocking bootloader will help you to wipe Oxygen OS and install your own custom ROM or to get away from future software updates. Another great thing about OnePlus is it wonít void your warranty if you unlock bootloader or root your device which isnít a case with other companies out there. This gives you full freedom to tinker and tweak your Android device.
Stop Worrying about Screen Pixels-
You might be worried about your screen pixels which are just 1920 x 1080 while other flagship devices are offering 2560 x 1440 display resolution. But donít worry. Fewer pixels doesnít mean that screen quality isnít good. OnePlus 3 has AMOLED screen which performs and displays colors well and 401 ppi means you wonít have jagged line texts or images. Besides, having 1080 pixels also has many advantages like processor works fast in 1080 pixels which lead to better performance and optimization of apps along with increasing the battery life.
Manual Camera Control-
OnePlus has improved a great deal when it comes to Camera. You can extra control on your Camera by using Manual mode in OnePlus 3. In Manual mode, you have features like tweaking white balance, shutter speed- up to 30 seconds, ISO, and focal distance. You also have the option to click RAW images in manual mode. RAW images will be taken along with JPG images but the size of images differ. Each JPG image is of 5 MB while each RAW image is of 30 MB.
Alert Slider is a unique 3-stage hardware button present above the volume rocker. It helps you to manage sounds and notifications on your device without turning on the screen. The Alert Slider works along with the Marshmallowís notification priority settings. It toggles your device into ìallî, ìpriorityî and ìnoneî mode. In ìAllî mode, you will get all your sounds and notifications, alarm and events without muting the sound. In ìpriorityî mode, you can choose the things you want to mute and for what duration you want to mute. In ìnoneî mode, your device will be completed silenced. You can do all this without waking up the screen. This awesome feature is not present in any other Android smartphones out there.
Donít Remove the Screen Protector-
OnePlus 3 comes with a proper screen protector installed on your device along with cut-outs for camera and sensors. It is not the best screen protector available in the market but it competes well with the inexpensive protector you may put on your phone. You should use the screen protector for a while before replacing it. Maybe you will start to like it. You can also buy tempered glass from OnePlus website if you require higher end of protection.
Radio Bands for AT&T and T-Mobile–
If you are residing in the US, then be rest assured you will get all the radio bands for AT&T and T-Mobile along with their prepaid services. OnePlus has also introduced support for enhanced network services like Voice over LTE.
Dual-Sim Card Slot–
Although Dual-Sim isnít a popular feature in the US, it may be handy to keep 2 Sim cards while travelling in order to ensure you get network services on either one of them. In OnePlus 3, both the sim cards will get dual standby support which means both your sim cards can receive calls. You can setup both the sim cards in the settings menu and both will receive enhanced LTE services. And if you donít need dual-sim then primary sim card will do just fine.
Buy OnePlus 3 Without Invite–
Finally, OnePlus has ditched the invite system. Now you can buy any OnePlus device without any invitation. Although OnePlus took the time to ditch invite system, this new freedom for fans will still be celebrated.
The 5 best things about the OnePlus 5
If you are the sort of person that enjoys activities like rooting and ROMing, and the utility gained from them, then the selection of phones that can please you is somewhat limited. Lots of manufacturers like to lock their phones down as tightly as they can, which prevents enthusiasts of that sort from being able to pick up a Galaxy S8 with any expectation of success. And while eventually, most popular devices end up with an exploit, itís often more trouble than it is worth, and a security issue in itself.
ROMing isnít just a matter of entertainment, feature-chasing, or a hobby. Often times itís the only way to keep a device up to date when OEMs abandon it, leaving you with gaping security holes and no expectation for a patch. While OnePlusí track record on promised updates is questionable, at least with an easily unlocked bootloader, youíll be able to take matters into your own hands.
OnePlus phones also have fantastic developer support. The ROM selection is incredibly wide, and if you do run into a problem, itís much more likely youíll be able to find documentation by someone else with the same issue. With the ease of unlocking, rooting, and ROMing their phones, OnePlus has deftly dressed itself in the Nexus mantle. So if you are big into ROMs, or want to get root-level access on your device, the OnePlus 5 is an excellent choice.
The OnePlus 5 is an exceedingly inexpensive phone, given its specifications. For $479-$539 you get a Snapdragon 835, 6-8GB RAM, 64-128GB UFS 2.1 storage, dual cameras, and a dual-sim globetrotting radio. Some people might prefer a higher resolution display, microSD expandability, or a better camera sensor. And, if that’s your preference, you can even have it with a phone like the Galaxy S8. But, you definitely wonít be spending $479 to get it.
It isn’t that the OnePlus 5 is the best phone out there, but it’s 90% there for 60% of the price, making it a great value. You get most of the same experience, but for much less. Right now the US unlocked Galaxy S8 is $725 at Best Buy. But you can get the same SoC, the same storage space, more RAM, subjectively better software, plus dual-sim support, and better frequency support, and all for almost $250 less. For some people, the extra cash isnít worth the improved screen and camera.
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Android modifications can be a polarizing subject. Some users find a lot of value in OEM skins, but the opinion varies. Often times it seems that skins come with a cost of decreased performance. So regardless of how much you might like or dislike how a particular manufacturer has tweaked things, you may find the dropped frames and jank to be too much to bear on a brand new phone. Or you may even just prefer the simplicity of stock Android. But either way, the software on the OnePlus 5 is fantastic.
In an era when OEMs think 7.0 is enough Nougat for you, OnePlus takes that extra step up to deliver 7.1. So you get app shortcuts, gif support in keyboards, Night Light, and all that 7.1 jazz. Oxygen OS might be the brainchild of OnePlus, but when it started the project back in 2015, OnePlus brought on some of the best minds it could, including some developers from AOSPA. While those developers may have left, the quality of software on the OnePlus 5 is still quite good, and security updates for the OP3 have been fairly regular.
OnePlus took what I call the ìstock+î approach when designing its Oxygen OS 4.5 ROM. Nothing has been changed or removed, but there are a bunch of new features on top of what you already expect, and those you can mostly ignore, if you choose to. So if you are coming from a Pixel or Nexus device, there wonít be any learning curve. There are just a few more options on top, like basic theming and gestures. The stock launcher is even decent if you donít immediately replace it.
This isnít the sort of thing everyone makes a big deal over, but nothing is more annoying than having to tap more than once for your fingerprint sensor to get a reading. Especially if you have callused hands that might interfere with a good imprint. But, try as I might, I canít get the OnePlus 5 to fail me. It is incredibly accurate.
The Snapdragon 835 in the OnePlus 5 isnít just one of the fastest processors around, itís also much more power efficient than the last generation. The Snapdragon 820 may have fixed the mess that the 808 and 810 brought to the flagship space, but the 835 is an even bigger improvement. Qualcomm even showed a full watt of savings (20%) in some workloads vs the 820. So you wonít just have one of the snappiest phones on the block, youíll be able to last a good long while between charges, too.
In more anecdotal tests, we found battery life to be quite good. In our review, we saw up to 20 hours of use, with 6 of screen-on time. And thatís with heavy use. If you perform lighter workloads and donít use your phone as much, you might be able to stretch things out to a day and a half. And even if your battery does run out, with OnePlusí Dash Charging youíll be ready for another day in just a few minutes. Or, as OnePlus likes to say ìA dayís power in half an hour,î which I have found holds true.
The phone has so much going for it that it can be tough to just pick out five things worth saying, but we felt the five features above were the most noteworthy. There are a few features left on the OnePlus 5 worth an honorable mention, though.
The camera in the OnePlus 5 is a bit divisive. But itís one of the few good Android phones with any optical zoom. The electronic stabilization also works pretty well, and the camera is fast to focus. The choice between capacitive and software keys is also nice to have. Most of us prefer one over the other, and the way OnePlus has things set up means that each type of user can be happy without being bothered by a busy bezel. The display on the phone may be the same model as what was in the OnePlus 3, but the OnePlus 5 has brought some new color configuration options to the table. In sRGB mode, the screen remains well calibrated. And, of course, thereís the X16 modem, which has 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM for crazy-fast LTE speeds.
Honestly, we could go on. The OnePlus 5 is a great phone. Itís hard to pick out just a few features to talk about. But, Iím confident this list can help you to make a decision.