By Team CommerceMashable Shopping2017-07-22 13:00:00 UTC
If we learned anything from 2016, it’s that two-party systems sometimes end in chaos. The same principle applies to smartphone shopping. Why must we choose between Apple and Samsung as our predominant options, when both have their shortcomings and, for some, deal-breakers?
For those fiercely independent smartphone shoppers who refuse to walk the party line, there’s the OnePlus 5. With a click of your mouse and a little bit of luck, this insanely powerful phone could be yours for free.
The OnePlus 5 packs 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage space, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, lending it a caliber of performance comparable to the Samsung Galaxy. Meanwhile, its front and back cameras and intelligent Smart Capture system give the photography features of the iPhone a run for their money. Add to that the OnePlus’s impressive and intuitive OxygenOS, and you’ve got a faster, friendlier phone that performs with the best of them.
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July 22, 2017 / Comments Off on This smartphone could be yours for free
OnePlus, the startup phone company behind the well-reviewed OnePlus 5, appears to have an issue with another sequence of numbers. Unfortunately, that sequence happens to be 9-1-1.
A video shared to Reddit shows one of the sleek new phones rebooting immediately after being used to dial the three-digit distress code in a test run, making it impossible for its owner to reach a dispatcher in the event of an actual emergency.
OnePlus owner Nick Morelli posted about the flaw on the OnePlus subreddit, noting that he was able to replicate the reboot process over multiple test calls.
The video shows the Android phone recognizing the emergency protocol, flashing a bold SOS icon onscreen. But the phone doesn’t appear to actually dial the number (Morelli turned the speaker on to demonstrate the dead noise after placing the call), and after a moment, it immediately reboots.
Check it out below.
At least one other OnePlus owner commented on the original post, reporting the same problem. Others speculated the issue might stem from and issue with connections through the enhanced 911 services code or the phone’s GPS.
When we tried to replicate the problem on our OnePlus 5 model at the office, we found that the phone worked properly. It completed our test 9-1-1 call without a hitch. The flaw doesn’t appear to be widespread either, but it’s still a concerning issue given how important this particular function is.
Mashable reached out to OnePlus for more information about the supposed bug, but did not receive a response.
The Next Web, however, did hear back. The publication was told OnePlus has contacted Morelli about the issue and are currently working to resolve it. If you have a OnePlus 5 and find the flaw in your device, the company says to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 18, 2017 / Comments Off on Some OnePlus 5 phones might have a problem with emergency calls
It’s the perfect phone for anyone who loves Android and wants the iPhone 7 Plus’s cameras, and hates iOS.
The OnePlus 5 didn’t just happen overnight. It’s the end product of years of iteration, and it really shows.
Not to mention, the OnePlus 5 is priced to kill — it’s far more affordable than the premium flagships Samsung and Apple sell.
For the full deep dive on all of the OnePlus 5’s features, you’ll need to read our review. For y’all who are TL;DR (seriously, come onnnn), here’s all that you need to know about the phone, and why you should care about it.
1. It feels incredible
Ignore the fact that it looks very similar to an iPhone 7 Plus. A phone is more than just its appearance. How it feels is just as important, and the OnePlus 5 feels incredible. Though it has the same 5.5-inch display, the OnePlus 5’s smaller footprint and its subtle curves make it a pleasure to hold in your hand and use. And, it has a headphone jack. Boom!
2. Reading Mode will save your eyes
Studies suggest the blue light emitted from LCD screens can have a negative impact on your health, and severely hinder your ability to fall asleep. Phones with “night modes” adjust the color temperature of the screen to warmer tones to emit less blue light, and that’s great, but the OnePlus 5’s “Reading Mode” goes even further.
Turn this setting on (you can also assign which apps automatically activate this feature) and the screen fades from color to black and white with a warmer color temperature. It’s like you’re reading a newspaper or on an e-reader, and it’s made my eyes feel a whole lot less strained.
3. Portrait mode is hot fire
Yeah, yeah, it’s another feature copied from the iPhone 7 Plus. When you’ve reviewed as many phones as I have, you’ll get used to all the rampant copying — everyone copies (even Apple).
All that really matters is photos look great. The regular 16-megapixel with f/1.7 lens takes amazing photos even in low light, but it’s the secondary 20-megapixel f/2.6 telephoto lens that takes your photos to a whole new level. Not only does it enable 2x optical zoom, but it also takes “Portrait mode” shots that blur out the background and make your photos really pop. Like the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait mode, the OnePlus 5’s version isn’t perfect, but it’s still really good and should get better over time.
4. It’s sooo powerful and fast
Tech nerds, this is your phone. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, 6GB RAM with 64GB of storage or 8GB RAM with 128GB of storage, 3300 mAh battery that lasts 20% longer than the OnePlus 3T, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat. 16-megapixel selfie camera, 16-megapixel rear main camera and 20-megapixel telephoto camera.
If these specs make you hot and bothered — good! — because they come together to make the OnePlus 5 a ridiculously powerful, feature-packed, fast, and responsive phone. It feels faster than a Galaxy S8 and smoother than Google’s Pixel.
5. Fingerprint sensor is wicked responsive
Fingerprint sensors have become really good over the last few years that pretty much all of the ones on flagships are excellent. The OnePlus 5’s front-positioned fingerprint sensor is — as on the OnePlus 3T — fast AF and unlocks in 0.2 seconds. It’s almost too quick, but I’ll take it.
6. Price destroys every other flagship
Besides building bitchin’ hardware, OnePlus has always stood for value. It sells premium phones without the premium price tag. Compared to an unlocked 64GB Galaxy S8 ($725) or 32GB — there’s no 64GB — Google Pixel XL ($770) or iPhone 7 Plus ($770), a 64GB OnePlus 5 costs hundreds less at $480. Even the 128GB OnePlus 5 ($540) costs way less than Apple, Samsung, or Google’s flagships. Use all the money you saved and put it towards into your piggybank for another day.
June 20, 2017 / Comments Off on 6 reasons why the OnePlus 5 is the Android phone to get
Clear your calendars and cancel your plans: The OnePlus launch event is coming to you live!
On June 20 at 12:00 PM EDT, viewers can tune in to the live and participate in a number of pop-up events all over the world — all in anticipation for the release of the new OnePlus 5. While still relatively new on the scene, OnePlus now has devices in 42 countries all over the world and only plans to grow.
So, what can we expect from the upcoming launch event? With one of the most anticipated phones of 2017, you’d better believe you can expect a lot.
One feature superfans likely know about already is the OnePlus 5’s core product feature: Their revolutionary dual camera. While the specs have yet to be released, there’s no doubt that the dual camera will lead to some absolutely stunning and clear photos.
Along with the live launch, fans in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and more can swing on by some of the pop-up shops in cities all over the world where they can become the world’s first OnePlus 5 owners, become acclimated with the operation system, and — of course — get their hands on some swag.
In New York, special guest and vlogger Marques Brownlee — better known as MKBHD — will meet OnePlus fans. Don’t forget to keep your eye on twitter for some exclusive pre-launch commentary from OnePlus and MKBHD.
Did we mention there’s ice cream involved? It’s going to be an event you don’t want to miss, stay tuned. Tune in to the live launch event on OnePlus.net at June 20 at 12:00 PM EDT — plus we’ll be hosting the launch live on Mashable.
June 15, 2017 / Comments Off on Why you should be excited about the upcoming launch of OnePlus 5
The smartphone startup that’s taken the world by storm will officially unveil its next flagship Android phone on June 20 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time during a live online keynote.
Sounds good, but a new leak might have just spoiled everything.
Android Police, which has a solid track record with leaks,published what it claims is a press image of the front and back of the OnePlus 5. Needless to say, it looks like a blatant copy of the iPhone 7 Plus.
Noted phone leaker Evan Blass also says the image is the real deal. SlashLeaks also posted the same image with profile views and the bottom half of the phone.
Yep, it looks just like the iPhone 7 Plus. The similarities are uncanny.
Dual cameras with bump in the corner? Check. Microphone and dual-LED flash outside of the camera module in the same exact positions? Check. If you look closer at the purported OnePlus 5 image, you’ll even see a similar antenna band.
Save for different locations for the power button, the notification mute switch, volume rocker, and the OnePlus logo in place of the Apple logo, the two phones look like long-lost twins.
Reactions to the leak have been both positive and negative. The obvious uproar is that it’s an iPhone ripoff, and OnePlus should be ashamed of itself if this is indeed the final design. On the other hand, some fans don’t seem to mind having an iPhone that runs Android. After all, lots of people think Google’s Pixel/Pixel XL look like iPhones (at least from the front) and are fine with that.
It’s easy to mock OnePlus’s lack of originality (again, if this is the final design), but they wouldn’t be the first to blatantly copy the iPhone. YouTuber SuperSaf reminded me Oppo’s R11 looks like an iPhone 7 Plus clone, too:
Yeah, it’s unbelievable how obvious the cloning is, but at the same time, phones have also pretty much reached peak industrial design.
We could sit here pointing fingers, but at the end of the day OnePlus will have last year’s design for its 2017 flagship. Phones like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have long edge-to-edge displays that set them apart (for now), and Apple’s likely to follow with the iPhone 8. Other phones like the Essential Phone are even more daring with edge-to-edge screens on three sides.
As for what to expect inside of the phone? We might know a few things.
OnePlus has teased some of the OnePlus 5’s features over the last few weeks, and it’s shaping up to be quite the device.
We know the phone will come with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chip (same one in the Galaxy S8), some potential new colors, and it’ll likely have a headphone jack.
Though the rest of the phone’s specs haven’t been confirmed, a comprehensive (and unconfirmed) leak in May claims it’ll come with a 5.5-inch Quad HD resolution screen, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 4,000 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery, and dual cameras on the back.
We’ll have to wait a few weeks (unless it leaks out by then) to find out when the phone will be available in the U.S. and Europe. Fans in India, however, might want to start marking their calendars; Evan Blass says the OnePlus 5 will launch on June 22 and sold exclusively on Amazon India.
Let the countdown to June 20 begin.
June 7, 2017 / Comments Off on OnePlus 5 might beat the iPhone 7 Plus by unapologetically copying it