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OnePlus shares Android 10 rollout schedule for OnePlus 6T, 6, 5T, and 5


The official rollout of Android 10 has already started for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, but older OnePlus devices are still without the latest software. That won't be the case for too much longer, though, at least for some phones. OnePlus has shared a tentative schedule of when the OnePlus 6T, 6, 5T, and 5 will see the update, and it's as soon as this month.

The OnePlus 6T and 6 are scheduled to get an Oxygen OS Open Beta based on Android 10 sometime in the next couple of weeks, before the end of October. A stable build is expected to follow in November. The 5T and 5 won't be getting Android 10 Open Betas at all, but a stable update is planned for the second quarter of 2020 — that's sometime between April and the end of June.
In a forum post, OnePlus notes that "software development requires rigorous development and meticulous testings," and reiterates that the above dates are approximations that assume there aren't any hiccups in development. Considering how quickly the 7 Pro moved from Open Beta to stable, though, it seems likely the 6 and 5 families will stay on track.
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OnePlus 7T vs OnePlus 7T Pro – Here Are The Differences






OnePlus had introduced two new flagship-grade smartphones in the last couple of weeks. The OnePlus 7T initially launched back on September 26, while the OnePlus 7T Pro arrived yesterday, on October 10.
These two handsets are quite similar in terms of specs, though the "Pro" variant is arguably superior. They are not that similar in terms of the design, other than the fact they're both made out of metal and glass.
In this article, we'll try to give you a better idea as to what the differences are between the OnePlus 7T handsets. That will hopefully help you make a purchasing decision in the end. So, let's get started.
OnePlus 7T & OnePlus 7T Pro differences: notched vs notchless & flat vs curved

Let's talk about the design first, shall we. Both of these phones adopt the so-called 'metal sandwich' design. They also feature similar curves on the back, and their buttons are in pretty much the same places. Other than that, they're not exactly the same from the design standpoint.
The power / lock button is placed on the right on both devices, the same goes for an alert slider. The volume up and volume down buttons sit on the left. The main speaker is placed on the bottom of both phones, while the secondary sits in an earpiece.
The OnePlus 7T features a waterdrop display notch, while the OnePlus 7T Pro has a clean display, no notches or display holes. The OnePlus 7T's camera sits in that notch, while the OnePlus 7T Pro's is placed at the top of the phone. The Pro variant has a pop-up selfie camera.
The regular OnePlus 7T unit features a flat display, while the OnePlus 7T Pro adopts the same display as the OnePlus 7 Pro. In other words, the Pro model features a curved panel. We'll talk more about that later on.
Differences are visible on the back as well. The OnePlus 7T includes a circular camera setup, with three cameras inside it. The Pro variant, on the other hand, also has three cameras on the back, but they're vertically-aligned.
CPU, RAM & storage setups are similar

In the CPU department, these two phones are completely identical. Both phones feature Qualcomm's most powerful chip, the Snapdragon 855 Plus. This is an improved iteration of the Snapdragon 855, basically. It comes with some gaming-related improvements, and a higher clock speed.
As far as RAM is concerned, both phones utilize LPDDR4X RAM. The OnePlus 7T comes in one RAM variant, and the same goes for the Pro model… unless you count the McLaren Edition of the device, of course. Both the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro ship with 8GB of RAM, while the special edition McLaren OnePlus 7T Pro includes 12GB of RAM.
The OnePlus 7T does come in two storage options, though, 128GB and 256GB flavors. That does not apply for Europe, though, as only the 128GB storage variant is available. The OnePlus 7T Pro, on the other hand, has 256GB of storage. Both phones utilize UFS 3.0 flash storage, by the way.
OnePlus 7T Pro has a higher-res display & larger battery

Both OnePlus 7T series handsets come with Fluid AMOLED displays, but they're not identical. The OnePlus 7T's panel is flat, and we're looking at a fullHD+ display on that phone. The OnePlus 7T Pro offers a QHD+ curved display. Both displays offer 90Hz refresh rate, though. The OnePlus 7T Pro's display is larger as well, it measures 6.65 inches, compared to a 6.55-inch display on the OnePlus 7T.
The smaller 7T handset includes a 3,800mAh battery, compared to a 4,085mAh unit on the OnePlus 7T Pro. So, both battery packs are a bit larger than on the OnePlus 7 series. Both units also offer faster charging than their predecessors, with Warp Charge 30T (23-percent improvement). Wireless charging is not a part of either phone.
There are some differences in the camera department as well

There is some difference in the camera department. Both phones utilize a 48-megapixel main camera. Both are covered with the same f/1.6 lens, and come with both OIS and EIS. A 16-megapixel ultrawide camera is also included on both phones, though there's a slight difference in the lens itself. On the OnePlus 7T, we're looking at a 17mm lens, while a 13mm one is included in the Pro model.
The two phones do not offer the same telephoto camera, though. The OnePlus 7T features a 12-megapixel telephoto camera (f/2.2 aperture, 1.0um pixel size, PDAF), that offers 2x optical zoom. The OnePlus 7T Pro, on the other hand, has the OnePlus 7 Pro's 8-megapixel telephoto camera (f/2.4 aperture, 1.0um pixel size, PDAF). This camera offers 3x optical zoom.
The OnePlus 7T Pro's camera setup may seem like a winner here, but that's not the whole story. The OnePlus 7T also includes a motor for macro photography, which allows you to get really close to subjects. So… it all depends on what you need. A 16-megapixel camera is included on both phones, the same one.
Different colors & pricing

The OnePlus 7T comes in Frosted Silver and Glacier Blue color variants. The Pro model, on the other hand, has been announced in the Haze Blue option. If you count in the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, though, then the phone is available in the Papaya Orange variant as well.
The OnePlus 7T is priced at £549 in the UK, while it costs €599 elsewhere in Europe. The OnePlus 7T Pro, on the other hand, costs £699 in the UK. Its price tag for the rest of Europe is €759.
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OnePlus Teases Feature That May Replace An LED Notification Light






OnePlus has released a new, and rather interesting teaser. If we had to guess, we'd say that this is a new feature that will replace an LED notification light that is missing from recent OnePlus devices.
Do note that is just our guess, though, as OnePlus did not confirm it just yet. This feature has been teased by the company's OnePlus UK Twitter handle. It has been teased via an image that you can check above.
This new OnePlus feature may replace an LED notification light

As you can see, it shows a phone whose sides light up. This is probably a part of the Horizon Light feature that the company's flagships already utilize.
OnePlus already confirmed that this is not a teaser for a new phone, nor a new tempered glass screen protector, as one user suggested. Along with that image, OnePlus simply wrote 'Coming soon'.
What makes us think this is a replacement for an LED notification light? Well, OnePlus confirmed on several occasions that it is planning to offer a replacement for it. Many users have been requesting it, and this could be it.
Horizon Light is already a part of the company's phones. It does light up the sides when you receive a message, if enabled. It also offers you some additional settings that you can utilize.
This is a neat feature, but it does not replace an LED notification light, not at all. An LED notification light, which got removed with the OnePlus 6T, signalizes new notification(s) all the time. It will be there until you unlock the phone, and actually read the notification or at least mark it as read.
This is how we think it will work

If we had to guess how will this feature work, well… we presume that the sides will light up in different ways. OnePlus will probably offer several different styles and colors that you can choose from.
We presume that you'll be able to set a fixed place for the sides to light up. As a second option, that vertical ray of light may dance on the sides from top to bottom, or vice versa… and then disappear for a moment.
These are just our guesses, of course, but it seems like that's exactly what will happen. In any case, OnePlus is expected to announce this feature soon, so stay tuned for that.
This feature has been shown to run on a phone with a curved display, in the company's teaser image. We do believe that it will arrive to both the OnePlus 7 and 7T as well, though. Both of those phones have a flat display, but this is a software feature, and it can work well on both flat and curved displays (as long as they're OLED). It may look better on phones with curved displays, but that's beside the point.
OnePlus will hopefully reveal what exactly this teaser is about in the coming weeks. We could be completely wrong with our assumption… we'll see.
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OnePlus 8 Pro May Ship With A Silky Smooth 120Hz Display






The OnePlus 8 Pro may feature a 120Hz display, a recent tip suggests. This information comes from Max J., a well-known tipster. Now, it is a rather cryptic tip, at least at first, as he clears things up in the comments.
Max J. tweeted out a "120 Hz" picture, along with a "Be a pro" caption. In the comments, he did say that he's not talking about the Galaxy S11, and in a separate tweet, he simply wrote "1+". This is a clear confirmation that he's referring to the OnePlus 8 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 Pro coming in Q2 2020 with a 120Hz display

OnePlus is expected to introduce two handsets in Q2 2020, the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. Based on this tweet, only the OnePlus 8 Pro will include a 120Hz display. The OnePlus 8 will probably stick with a 90Hz display which the company used in three phones thus far.
The OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T, and 7T Pro feature 90Hz displays. OnePlus was not the first smartphone manufacturer to include a high refresh rate display in its phones, but it sure has popularized them.
Since then, Google boarded the high refresh rate train, and many more OEMs are expected to do it as well. The Galaxy S11 series is expected to include displays with high refresh rates, and the same goes for the iPhone 12 series.
The iPhone 12 series is actually rumored to include the 'ProMotion OLED' display, which is already a part of the iPad Pro, and comes with a 120Hz refresh rate. That may turn out to be false, though, as Apple may be looking to jump to 90Hz first. In any case, the iPhone 12 series is not expected to arrive until September next year, so… there's plenty of time for rumors and leaks.
OnePlus did commit to releasing smartphones with high refresh rate displays quite recently. The company basically said that we will not see a phone with a 60Hz display anymore. That suggested that they'll switch to 90Hz at least for the foreseeable future.
Some people expected both the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro to include 90Hz displays, but it seems like OnePlus has other plans. A 120Hz display refresh rate may give consumers extra incentive to get the OnePlus 8 Pro over the regular model.
OnePlus will not be the first company to include a 120Hz panel on a phone

If that ends up happening, OnePlus will not be the first OEMs to include a 120Hz display into a phone. ASUS already did that with the ROG Phone II. That is a gaming smartphone, and is nowhere near as popular as OnePlus' devices. It's not exactly mainstream.
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are expected to arrive in April or May. OnePlus is expected to stick with its release cycle, which is why we can predict this.
Both devices will be fueled by Qualcomm's upcoming flagship SoC, quite probably the Snapdragon 865. Both will include plenty of RAM, and ship with Android 10 out of the box.
You can also expect to get curved displays on both phones, as OnLeaks' leaked renders suggested. The company is planning to ditch tiny notches and motorized selfie cameras, it seems, and opt for a display camera hole. That may not be the best solution, but there you have it.
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OnePlus 8 Pro design leak hints at hole-punch display












Now that the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro are on store shelves and in users' hands, lots of folks are wondering what OnePlus might do for its next round of flagships. A new leak claims to have some answers.
New drawings have leaked that claim to show the design of the OnePlus 8 Pro. TrueTech says that they received the drawings from an "anonymous OnePlus official". One of the major changes with this new design is a hole-punch in the upper-left corner, which suggests that OnePlus will ditch the pop-up camera found on the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro.
The drawings show single and dual-hole-punch cameras, so it's unclear which style OnePlus might ultimately decide on. However, a OnePlus 8 Pro leak from last month suggested that the company could use just a single front-facing camera.
We can also see slim bezels all around the display of the OnePlus 8 Pro and an elongated earpiece above it. On the left of the phone is a volume rocker and on the right is OnePlus' popular alert slider and a power button.
Around back we can see three cameras that are stacked vertically. Below them is a dual LED flash, and to the left is a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor that would help the OnePlus 8 Pro gather depth information.
Overall, this OnePlus 8 Pro design doesn't deviate much from the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro, but that's not necessarily a bad thing since those are good-looking phones. One big change is the move from a pop-up camera to a hole-punch, which could frustrate some folks who like the clean, full-screen design of the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro. The change to a hole-punch does eliminate a moving part that could eventually fail, so that's one positive about the swap.
What would you like to see from the OnePlus 8 Pro?
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OnePlus 6 and 6T Android 10 update rolling out again as Oxygen OS 10.0.1 (Updated)


Reports have been trickling in for the last couple of hours that the stable Android 10 update for the OnePlus 6T has been rolling out — apparently without any fanfare or an associated announcement at the OnePlus forums, as is customary. In addition to bringing all the Android 10 features you can expect, the OxygenOS 10 update for the 6T also includes the company's Game Space feature and the "Contextual display" ambient display feature.

This timing corresponds to the best-case scenario for the company's initially projected roadmap, which claimed the OnePlus 6T and 6 would get Android 10 sometime in November. Today, being the first of the month, would be the earliest that could happen. It also follows the Open Beta release late last month.
The full changelog for this update (which mostly matches the previous Open Beta) is just below:
System
  • Upgraded to Android 10
  • Brand new UI design
  • Enhanced location permissions for privacy
  • New customization feature in Settings allowing you to choose icon shapes to be displayed in the Quick Settings
  • General bug fixes and improvements
Full Screen Gestures
  • Added inward swipes from the left or right edge of the screen to go back
  • Added a bottom navigation bar to allow switching left or right for recent apps
Game Space
  • New Game Space feature now joins all your favorite games in one place for easier access and better gaming experience
Contextual display
  • Intelligent info based on specific times, locations, and events for Ambient Display (Settings - Display - Ambient Display - Smart Display)
Message
  • Now possible to block spam by keywords for Message (Messages - Spam - Settings - Blocking settings)


About half of the log, by volume, corresponds to general Android 10-related changes like the new gesture navigation system, enhanced permissions model, and icon shape customization. A few of the features are OnePlus/OxygenOS-specific and new to the 6T, like the keyword blocking in the OnePlus Messages app and the contextual display feature (previously called smart display), which was one of my favorite features our recent OnePlus 7T review.
Update notification and changelog for the OxygenOS 10.0 update on the OnePlus 6T in Oxygen Updater.
As usual, the update is rolling out in a limited fashion for the time being. None of my own devices see it on their own. Some have had luck pulling it down using a VPN to connect to one of OnePlus' test markets, like Germany. You can also grab the update for the 6T right now via the third-party Oxygen Updater app (also available on APK Mirror). Note that there are a few reports of image verification failing upon download, though I didn't have an issue, myself.
It's a pretty big update in size, too, clocking in at around 1.8GB for what we assume is the full image. You might want to get on Wi-Fi before you pull it down. As warned in the Oxygen Updater app, if you converted a T-Mobile branded 6T to the international model, you might want to hold off updating until others have verified if there are any issues, since the previous Open Beta had some serious problems for converted devices. (Update: Reports appear to indicate the converted T-Mobile units don't have a problem this time around, though YMMV.)
At the time of writing, the update doesn't appear to be rolling out for the older OnePlus 6 just yet, though historically updates come to the pair of phones at around the same time. More anecdotally, my OnePlus 6 doesn't see any available update in either settings or Oxygen Updater, and reports online appear to be limited to the 6T for the time being. Our friends at XDA claim the folks running the Oxygen Updater app have seen it start to roll out for the OnePlus 6. (Update: The Oxygen Updater developers have told us that XDA's coverage was in error.)
We'll be sure to let you know when the update is spotted in the wild on that device, or if an official announcement lands for the update.
Update 1: 2019/11/02 2:12am PDT by Rita El Khoury
The update has been officially announced on the OnePlus Forums. It's a staged rollout coming to a limited number of devices today, then ramping up to all users in a few days once OnePlus is sure there aren't any critical bugs.
Rollout for the OnePlus 6 may have hit a snag and could suffer a small delay, though.
End of Update

Update 2: 2019/11/04 2:54pm PST by Ryne Hager Rolling out to OnePlus 6 following delay

The update is FINALLY rolling out for the OnePlus 6 as well. We can confirm that the download is now available in the Oxygen Updater app on our own devices, and it should be slowly rolling out via the traditional means as well.
End of Update

Update 3: 2019/11/15 12:49pm PST by Ryne Hager Update may be paused pending a bug-fix build

The update may be paused pending a new build, based on some information provided over the last week on OnePlus' forums. The company is frustratingly non-explicit with the details, but a recent weekly update thread has revealed that the update still has yet to roll out globally. "The team is working on a new build with more issue fixing, and they'll release it once it's ready (from partially to globally). Your patience is much appreciated."
It isn't immediately clear if the rollout has actually been paused/pulled, or if the company is restricting it to certain markets until it can fix whatever issues are present. There have been reports of a wide variety of problems on the Android 10 update for the phones, including SafetyNet verification breaking, picture-in-picture breaking, third-party launchers crashing, and general stability problems, all among a much longer list.
We've reached out to OnePlus for more information, as well as explicit confirmation if the update has been pulled/paused, but we have yet to receive a response. If and when we get more information, we'll let you know.
End of Update

Update 4: 2019/11/24 8:22am PST by Ryne Hager New build expected as early as next week

In yesterday's "Weekly Update," a OnePlus staff member revealed that a fixed version of the OnePlus 6 and 6T's Android 10 Update may start rolling out as early as "next week" (probably meaning this upcoming calendar week, given the statement was made on a Saturday). This is all assuming that this new update passes CTS — in other words, if it doesn't have anything wrong with it.
This is getting to be quite a long, drawn-out story, but we'll let you know just as soon as we spot the update rolling out.
End of Update

Update 5: 2019/12/04 3:15pm PST by Ryne Hager Oxygen OS 10.0.1 hotfix rolling out

Hopefully, we're drawing near the end of OnePlus's now multi-month OnePlus 6/6T Android 10 saga. A new hotfix update has been spotted rolling out in the form of Oxygen OS 10.0.1. Although the company hasn't updated its announcement post at the OnePlus forums yet for this new release, it's available now via Oxygen Updater for both devices.
The update changelog for the 10.0.1 hotfix on the OnePlus 6T.
There were several reports of issues with the original Oxygen OS 10.0 update (mentioned above in previous updates), but presumably, this new version fixes at least some of them. According to the incremental update's changelog (above), fixes for the fingerprint sensor bug and connectivity issues are included, among several others. It's still just the October security patches, so OnePlus is two months behind as of this release, though it's better than being four months behind, as many owners were until now.
If you don't see the update on your own devices — likely, since it's in a slow rollout — you can pull it down early via Oxygen Updater. However, if you'd prefer to manually install it yourself, we've also got download links to both the incremental update (if you already installed Oxygen OS 10.0) and the full update for those still on older versions:
OnePlus 6
OnePlus 6T
Once downloaded, you can install these images via the manual installer in Settings -> System -> System updates -> the cog icon -> Local upgrade, just be sure to delete them later once they're installed. Alternatively, you can wait for it to land on your device naturally. That might be the wise choice, in case there are any new issues with this release like there were with the last one.
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OnePlus may return to low-cost phones with the 8 Lite

You may have to settle, if just a little bit.





OnePlus might be returning to truly low-cost phones years after the OnePlus X faded away. OnLeaks and 91Mobiles have posted renders and early tidbits of what they say is the OnePlus 8 Lite, a budget model that would sit below the rumored OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Not surprisingly, this phone would scale back to 'just' two cameras on the back versus three on other variants (though there appears to be a depth sensor), and it wouldn't have flashy features like a curved display. Given the name, we'd also expect a lower-cost processor and other sacrifices.






However, there are signs that you might not have to compromise too much. It would have a hole-punch front camera as expected with other OnePlus 8 models, and the lack of an obvious fingerprint reader suggests the Lite would use under-screen tech like existing models. This more affordable model might still have a 6.4- or 6.5-inch screen, too, although we wouldn't count on a silky-smooth 90Hz OLED panel.


It's not certain whether this would launch alongside the rest of the 8 series, assuming the rumor is accurate in the first place. With that said, we wouldn't be shocked if there was an 8 Lite. It's no secret that OnePlus' pricing has creeped upward over the years, to the point where you're paying nearly $700 for a flagship like the 7 Pro. The 8 Lite could fill the gap for those customers who miss OnePlus' early days of bargain-basement prices, or just those who like OnePlus' software but can't justify the outlay for its higher-end hardware.
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OnePlus Concept One to feature 'invisible camera' thanks to color-shifting glass (Updated)



OnePlus turns 6 today, and it's come a long way since its first budget flagship killer. We now get four phones from the Chinese brand each year, including higher-specced Pro models, but we've not yet had the pleasure of a OnePlus concept phone — until now.


To celebrate its 6th anniversary, OnePlus has announced the forthcoming announcement (yep, that's a thing now) of its first concept device at next month's CES 2020 trade show. A special event will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas from January 7 to 10 where the experimental phone will be shown off in all its supposed glory.




The OnePlus Concept One will apparently serve as "a vision of both new technology and an alternate design approach for the future of smartphones." It's also been made clear that this won't be the last such model to come from the company. Whether or not this technological exploration will have any bearing on what we see in the upcoming OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro remains to be seen, but let's hope it's not just another flimsy folding phone with little chance of becoming a compelling reality.
Update: 2020/01/03 4:55am PST by Scott Scrivens Details emerge about electrochromic glass camera cover on first OnePlus concept phone



OnePlus has posted a teaser video on Twitter showing us a glimpse of its upcoming Concept One phone and a nifty trick that will hide the rear cameras when not in use. Using electrochromic glass technology, as outlined in this Wired piece, the experimental OnePlus handset will be able to display and conceal its camera module at will.


The color-changing technology is borrowed from car sunroofs and aircraft windows and uses an electrical signal to shift the tint of the glass. Whether this serves any practical purpose outside of looking cool remains to be seen, but that's what concept products are for, I guess. As with previous limited edition phones OnePlus has produced, it's working with high-end car maker McLaren on this "bold exploration," but don't expect anything similar to ship in a consumer-ready device any time soon.


According to Wired's Lauren Goode, the phone has "a papaya orange leather back, with visible stitching along the edges and a thin spatula of black electrochromic glass running down the center spine." The camera specs are said to be the same as the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, which makes sense, but we'll have to wait and see what else the futuristic device has to offer. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has previewed it in this forum post ahead of its official unveiling at CES in Las Vegas next week.


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OnePlus Announces Its First Concept Phone Will Debut at CES as Part of its 6th Anniversary Celebration
December 17th, 2019, Shenzhen: OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau recently revealed that the global mobile technology company will host its own special event at CES next month. Today, on the anniversary of its founding six years ago, the company has announced that it will be introducing its first-ever concept phone, the OnePlus Concept One, at CES 2020.
For the past six years, OnePlus has been striving to share the absolute best in technology with the world, producing a total of 13 industry-leading smartphones. With this year’s OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus delivered the world’s first QHD+ AMOLED 90Hz display and set a new bar for the industry.
OnePlus’ aspirations in technology have evolved from creating peerless flagship phones to finding the true potential of every technology. Now, on the arrival of its sixth anniversary, OnePlus has formally announced that it will unveil its first ever concept phone, the OnePlus Concept One.
The name itself, Concept One, is a clear promise that this device is only the first in a series to come and shows OnePlus’ commitment to applied, innovative technology - bringing users an ever smoother, faster, and more “burdenless” experience. The OnePlus Concept One, demonstrates a vision of both new technology and alternate design approach for the future of smartphones.
The OnePlus Concept One special event will be held from January 7 to 10 2020, from 10 AM to 5 PM (until 4PM on 9-10 January), at the Wynn Las Vegas.
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The OnePlus 8 will launch on Verizon in the US, packs 5G connectivity



Speaking to a source familiar with the companies' plans, Android Police has learned that the OnePlus 8—the next smartphone from OnePlus—will be launching on Verizon in the United States, and that it will have 5G connectivity on board. That connectivity would likely mean support for Verizon's ultra-fast but ultra-small mmWave network.
This will be the first time a OnePlus phone has been available on Verizon, though the company's handsets have been largely compatible with the carrier for some time, as OnePlus has submitted devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro for certification on the network.
We previously reported that Verizon was planning to launch a OnePlus device in 2020, but were sketchy on the details. We can now be more precise, though some questions do remain. For one, we're only aware of one model of the OnePlus 8 coming to Verizon, and it would appear to be the smaller, non-pro variant, of which renders have already leaked. Renders of the larger OnePlus 8 Pro have also been published, but we have no indication that Verizon intends to sell this version of the phone at this time.
We have a high degree of confidence in our source for this story, and believe that a Verizon version of the OnePlus 8 with 5G connectivity is essentially imminent at this point. We have no indication of what OnePlus' plans are with regard to other US carriers, though I would be surprised if the company's partnership with T-Mobile didn't continue on in 2020 after the launch of the McLaren 5G version of the OnePlus 7T Pro.


No information about pricing or an exact release date was available. We can state with a high degree of confidence that this phone will be fully Verizonified, meaning the carrier's suite of preloaded apps and functionality like Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE, and other Verizon network features should all be supported out of the box.
This is a big deal for OnePlus' US market ambitions. While T-Mobile has proven an effective jumping-off point for a larger presence in the US smartphone market, AT&T and Verizon still hold the keys to the large majority of American post-paid wireless subscribers. Those subscribers overwhelmingly purchase their smartphone from their carrier, meaning that even if a phone is compatible with that carrier, it's unlikely to see significant traction unless that carrier also sells it. If Verizon is willing to get on board with OnePlus, that also gives OnePlus more leverage with other operators, and potentially access to Verizon's rapidly-growing don't-call-it-an-MVNO Visible.

Still, as Google's Pixel has shown, getting inside those carrier stores is only half the battle. OnePlus will need Verizon's help to market its phones, and Verizon retail employees will have to be incentivized to sell them. In a market where most consumers are paying off their smartphones on two-year payment plans, OnePlus' lower MSRPs give it much less of an edge than in the world of unlocked sales. American customers don't see a phone's retail price, they see their monthly bill. If a OnePlus phone costs $22 a month to an iPhone's $37, that's a mere $15 difference, not the hundreds that a sticker price comparison would yield. The numbers all work out the same in the end, but the psychology is decidedly different.
All things considered, though, things just seem to keep looking up for OnePlus. We'll let you know more as learn it.
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Yep, OnePlus 8 Will Have 120Hz Fluid Display





As one of the first to upgrade an AMOLED to a higher refresh rate, OnePlus certainly deserves some credit for the push in 2019 to 90Hz displays by other phone makers. In 2020, they are going to go a step beyond by helping usher in the era of 120Hz displays and an ever smoother experience.
The upcoming event we told you about last week from OnePlus that hinted at a breakthrough in display technology happened this morning and the company did indeed announce that for 2020, they’ll give us a 120Hz refresh rate in a display. Not only that, but we’ll get better brightness, improved color accuracy, and MEMC for video playback.
In a post on the company’s community forum, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau discussed their new 120Hz “Fluid Display” for 2020. Lau noted first that it is another Samsung OLED, has peak brightness of more than 1,000 nits, and uses MEMC to help up the framerates of video to play at 60 or 120fps like a TV would. That might mean motion smoothing or that fun soap opera look that you either love or hate on your TV, so hopefully OnePlus will let us turn that off if we want.
Finally, for the super display nerds, this new OnePlus panel supports 10-bit color and has a 0.8 JNCD (Just Noticeable Color Difference) rating, which will lead to an even truer-to-life color experience. More accurate color should help a lot for those who do a lot of photo editing on phone or want the confidence in their screen to know that what they are seeing on-display is correct.
All of these improvements added another 30 seconds on the production line, OnePlus said. I’m fine with whatever it added, because this display is probably going to look incredible.
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