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OnePlus Buds review: cheap AirPods for OnePlus phones – The Verge

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OnePlus has been making excellent earbuds for years now, and today, the company is introducing its first true wireless pair. The aggressively priced $79 OnePlus Buds have an AirPod-like rigid design that’s all hard plastic — marking a shift away from the Bullets, Bullets Wireless 2, and other OnePlus earbuds that used silicone tips for a sealed-off, in-ear fit.

The OnePlus Buds require a OnePlus phone if you want to get the most from them, so these really won’t appeal to owners of other Android devices. You won’t get features like wireless charging or noise cancellation at a price this low, but if you’ve found yourself envious of Apple’s AirPods and don’t like how in-ear earbuds feel, it’s hard to beat the value factor here. The OnePlus Buds have strong battery life, decent sound, and a stable wireless connection. They’re available in white and gray in the US, with the divisive blue / green combo reserved for international markets. I think it looks very toy-like, but such a bold color option might be a breath of fresh air to some.

The reality is that a one-size-fits-most approach — OnePlus calls it a “half in-ear” design — is always going to leave some people out of luck. I’ve never enjoyed how regular AirPods feel in my ears; they’re not particularly stable, and for all the praise they receive for all-day comfort, my ears don’t seem well-suited for them.

The OnePlus Buds haven’t fared much better. When in my ears, I found that they held in place just fine while I was seated or walking around. But if I tried to run with them, they’d eventually get jostled loose. Other people I let try them on told me that they felt just as snug as AirPods and they’d have no hesitation working out while wearing them, so this comes down to your ear shape.

A person wearing the OnePlus Buds earbuds.

At a distance, the OnePlus Buds look a lot like Apple’s standard AirPods.

As for why OnePlus went this route, the company gave me this explanation:

Half in-ear buds are generally more comfortable for more people, so we wanted to make the OnePlus Buds more friendly for a wider range of users, especially users who are looking for their first truly wireless earphones. We do understand that different people have different preferences, so we will continue to listen to user feedback for future products. Our goal is always to provide a great balance between high-quality sound, fast charging, comfort, and a reasonable price.

Like with AirPods, the open-air design of the OnePlus Buds will limit their sound potential. You’re going to hear a whole lot of the world around you, and there’s no avoiding that without cranking the volume to a potentially uncomfortable and possibly unsafe level. OnePlus says it tuned the earbuds to boost bass, but without an in-ear seal, the result still falls short of the low-end oomph you’ll hear from the Bullets Wireless 2 neckband earbuds or our top true wireless picks.

If you can live with that, the sound they produce has a pleasantly wide soundstage; Phoebe Bridgers’ “Graceland Too” shines with ample separation for the acoustic instruments and harmonies. But other tracks like The Weeknd’s enduring “Blinding Lights” sound hollow without that full seal. The OnePlus Buds will do the job for casual, through-the-day listening but if you want more powerful bass and better noise isolation, you’ll have to spend a bit more money. OnePlus supports SBC and AAC codecs with the Buds; the company went with a non-Qualcomm chipset inside, so it couldn’t use higher-quality codecs like apt-X HD. (You’re not going to be able to tell any difference between codecs with this open style of earbud anyway.)

A close-up photo of the OnePlus earbuds in a person’s hand.

The OnePlus Buds feature a hard plastic, one-size-fits-most design.

The charging case looks like a squished, squatter version of the Pixel Buds case. OnePlus claims it worked for around 90 days to perfect the case’s matte texture. I like the end result, and matte always wins over glossy — especially in the dog days of summer. Take note, Samsung. (The earbuds themselves are glossy, however.) The Buds can reach up to seven hours of continuous battery life, and the case has enough juice to get you to around 30 hours of total listening time.

During my time testing the OnePlus Buds so far, I’ve been unable to do much with the tap controls on each side. There’s no way to pause music with the earbuds right now; all you can do is double-tap to skip to the next song or hold down for three seconds to switch between synced devices. More customization is on the way, thankfully: by the time these start shipping at the end of July, OnePlus will roll out a software update to its phones that will allow you to choose your preferred action for a double-tap so you can pause, activate Google Assistant, or go back to the last song instead of always skipping forward. It’s a bit strange that the controls are so limited out of the box — and this is why you should avoid the OnePlus Buds if you’ve got a different Android phone — but at least a fix is coming.

A side profile shot of the OnePlus Buds that shows the circular tap area for controls.

The “CD-like” outer circle is a design touch from previous OnePlus earbuds.

You can’t deny their AirPodish looks, but the OnePlus Buds benefit from those long stems. Each bud has three mics — at the top, middle, and bottom — and runs some noise-reduction algorithms to help people hear you more clearly on calls. Everyone I called while wearing the OnePlus Buds was able to hear me without any issue. The company is also touting extremely low latency between the earbuds and OnePlus phones when in game / fanatic mode, which should help them keep up with all of the action on-screen.

They lack wireless charging, but the OnePlus Buds do pack some frills despite the low price: they’re rated IPX4 water resistant, so they can withstand sweat and some splashes of water. They’ll automatically pause music when one earbud is removed, and they also support Android’s Fast Pair feature, which ties them to your Google account, shows battery levels for the buds and case, and lets you find a misplaced earbud by playing a sound. Unfortunately, you can’t use either of the earbuds standalone for audio or making calls, and they can only pair to one device at a time.

A photo of the white and blue/green OnePlus Buds.

The blue color option won’t be for everyone, but it most definitely stands out.

I think future OnePlus true wireless earbuds will put a bigger emphasis on sound and have a design more in line with the company’s Bullets series. But with the OnePlus Buds, the focus was clearly trying to come up with a cheaper version of AirPods for OnePlus customers. You’re getting a very solid set of earbuds for that $79 — if the fit is right.

Photography by Chris Welch / The Verge

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The OnePlus Nord will be officially revealed on July 21st – The Verge

The midrange OnePlus Nord is due to be officially announced with an augmented reality event on July 21st, the company announced today. OnePlus said the Nord will be a “more affordable” device compared to its recent flagships, and it’s initially due for release in Europe and India. Along with the news of the launch, the company has also released the second part of its documentary series about the phone today.

OnePlus says you’ll be able to use its app to view the launch event in augmented reality on July 21st at 3PM BST / 10AM ET / 7AM PT. The app will be available for both iOS and Android. OnePlus is also producing physical invitations to the event, which it says will give people a “unique hands-on experience” of the device in AR. Physical invitations will contain a QR code that you can scan to access the AR experience. This isn’t the first time OnePlus has experimented with new formats for its product launches; it used a virtual reality event to announce the OnePlus 2 in 2015.

Although its official launch date is still a couple of weeks away, we already have a pretty good idea about what form the OnePlus Nord will take, thanks to a combination of official announcements and unofficial leaks. As well as confirming its name, OnePlus has also revealed that the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 765G 5G processor, and it will cost less than $500.

A prototype device briefly shown in a recent video has dual selfie cameras contained within a hole-punch notch.
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When an image of an early prototype was briefly shown in a recent video from OnePlus, it appeared to have dual selfie cameras contained within a hole-punch notch. Meanwhile, the rear of the device has been shown with a vertically orientated camera bump on its left.

Unofficially, reports also suggest that the phone will feature a 6.55-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4,300mAh battery with 30W fast charging, according to XDA-Developers.

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OnePlus mistakenly rolls out update that disables the 8 Pro’s ‘X-ray’ camera in Oxygen OS – Android Police

OnePlus initially claimed that the color filter camera and associated Photochrom color mode for the OnePlus 8 Pro, accused of allowing people to see through clothing, would only be disabled in China pending an undefined fix. However, an Oxygen OS update disabling the feature globally has started rolling out. OnePlus tells us this updated rolled out “inadvertently,” and a subsequent OTA will re-enable the feature.

If you’re out of the loop, you can click through above to our prior coverage for more details, but the short version is that one of the cameras included with the OnePlus 8 Pro can see at least partly into the infrared spectrum, though it was only used for a single thing: a Photochrom color filter mode. After the phone was released, some folks found that color filter mode was able to see through certain types of plastic and fabric in some cases. Following that news cycle, OnePlus said it would disable the feature in Hydrogen OS (the Chinese version of its ROM). However, the company explicitly told customers it wouldn’t disable it in other markets, saying “we do not plan to disable this filter on OxygenOS, our global operating system, so we can focus on bringing the OTA to you as quickly as possible.”

Changelog for the update. Image via u/mmy3rs0876. Note that the OTA is much smaller (~125MB) if you aren’t rooted. 

This latest update, Oxygen OS 10.5.9, has but a single item in its changelog: the disabled Photochrom mode (for some reason spelled with an extra “e”). The changelog also provides a timeline for a fix, with the camera mode expected to return as soon as June.

We’ve downloaded the latest update for ourselves via Oxygen Updater, and can confirm that the color filter camera’s Photochrom mode has been disabled and is no longer present at the end of the list of color filter modes in OnePlus’ camera app.

Left: OnePlux 8 Pro running Oxygen OS 10.5.8. Right: The same running 10.5.9. 

This change contradicts the company’s previous stance in its product forums, though a representative speaking on behalf of OnePlus tells us this wasn’t supposed to happen, providing us with the following statement:

“This OTA inadvertently went out to a limited number of devices. We will re-enable that filter in the next OTA.”

We also asked OnePlus if the Oxygen OS 10.5.9 update that disables the color filter camera (and which still seems to be rolling out) will be pulled, but no further information was forthcoming.

In the meantime, if you liked the feature, or simply want to retain full quad-camera functionality, you might want to skip this update if you see it available.

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OnePlus 8 Pro battery: Can you run that 120Hz display all day? – Android Authority

OnePlus 8 Pro camera array

The desire for better smartphone battery life is in a constant tug-of-war with demands for superior hardware. With the OnePlus 8 Pro, not only is the move to 5G more draining on battery life but the handset sports a cutting edge 120Hz QHD display as well. To ensure the phone hands in a full day of use, OnePlus packs in its largest every battery into the 8 Pro.

The OnePlus 8 Pro battery capacity is 4,510mAh, slightly larger than the regular OnePlus 8’s 4,300mAh and larger than the OnePlus 7 Pro’s 4,085mAh cell. That should really help offset some of the phone’s more power-hungry technologies. Although as we’ll find out, bigger batteries don’t always mean longer battery life.

Here’s everything that you need to know about the OnePlus8 Pro’s battery life.

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How long does OnePlus 8 Pro battery last?

For starters, how much battery life can you get from a full OnePlus 8 Pro charge? We noted about a day and a half’s use from the device with some heavy workloads during our review. We typically unplugged the OnePlus 8 Pro at around 10am and it didn’t run out of battery until 6pm the next day. Using data rather than WiFi drains the battery a tad faster, giving you about 1.25 days of full use. Either way, you won’t be reaching for the charger by mid-afternoon.

If you’re curious how the phone stacks up against the competition, we’ve run the phone through our brutal Speed Test G suite for a look at worst-case battery life.

Smartphone STG battery life

The OnePlus 8 Pro is a decent performer, clocking in 3 hours 30 minutes as a minimum, with plenty of demanding gaming thrown in. That’s right in the mix with current-gen flagships, but some way behind the leaders. Interestingly, the standard OnePlus 8 manages longer screen on time, due to its slower 90Hz refresh rate. Still, the OnePlus 8 series does a fraction better than the last-gen OnePlus 7T range.

If you do need to charge the phone up in a hurry, OnePlus has you covered with a 30W charger included in the box. There’s also 30W wireless charging support, although it’s not quite as fast as the wired option. Wireless is about 15 minutes slower to full charge but still hits 50% capacity in just 29 minutes compared to 23 minutes for wired. The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging to power up your other gadgets, but it’s very slow at just 3W.

Related: How fast is OnePlus’ Warp Charge 30 Wireless?

OnePlus 8 Pro battery life at 120Hz

The OnePlus 8 Pro has a big enough battery to easily take you through more than a full day of use. But can you obtain an even longer battery life by switching the 120Hz display down to 60Hz? We’ve crunched the numbers for you.

Switching the OnePlus 8 Pro to 60Hz mode yields a notable 36-minute improvement in this extreme test. Heavy users and gamers will definitely notice a longer screen on time with 60Hz. However, this difference won’t be anywhere near as pronounced for lighter use cases, such as web and social browsing. Oddly, the standard OnePlus 8 shows absolutely no difference between 60Hz and 90Hz modes. This is likely due to the display processing hardware differences between the two handsets, and the fact that 120Hz content processing is more demanding than 90Hz.

The OnePlus 8 Pro easily lasts a full day, even in 120Hz mode. But it lasts even longer running at 60Hz.

Overall, switching to 60Hz isn’t necessary unless you’re an extremely heavy user who needs to eke out up to an extra hour in a day. Remember, the OnePlus 8 Pro’s display already dynamically scales its frame rate depending on the content you’re watching. Our extreme battery test is heavy on the 3D gaming, which has a greater impact on the OnePlus 8 Pro battery life than the display alone.

The bottom line is you’re fine to leave 120Hz on without having to worry about battery life. The OnePlus 8 Pro easily lasts a full day and then some.

Read more: The OnePlus 8 Pro has the best display we’ve ever tested

Other frequently asked questions

Q: How to improve battery life on the OnePlus 8 Pro?

A: Turning the display resolution down to FHD+ and 60Hz can improve battery life slightly. Using a 4G rather than 5G data connection can also lower power consumption. For more tips, be sure to check out our battery life-saving guide.

Q: Does the OnePlus 8 Pro offer wireless charging?

A: Yes, the OnePlus 8 Pro offers fast 30W wireless charging and 3W reverse wireless charging. Wireless charging isn’t quite as fast as wired, but OnePlus’ solution is one of the fastest around.

Q: Does the OnePlus 8 Pro support Quick Charge?

A: Yes. But it’s faster to charge with the in-box charger or a USB Power Delivery charger.

Q: Does the OnePlus 8 Pro support USB Power Delivery?

A: Yes. However it is faster to charge with the in-box charger.

Q: Is the OnePlus 8 Pro battery removable?

A: No, the OnePlus 8 Pro does not feature a removable battery.

Q: Can the OnePlus 8 Pro battery be replaced?

A: Yes. OnePlus offers official battery replacements through its repair service. The price at the time of writing is $20 for a new battery, not including labor and shipping costs.

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The OnePlus 8 Pro’s color filter camera will be temporarily disabled in a future update – XDA Developers

The OnePlus 8 Pro is OnePlus’ latest flagship and inarguably the best smartphone yet from the company. Users have been pushing for better camera performance on OnePlus flagships, and the OEM seems to have finally delivered with the OnePlus 8 Pro. Instead of using a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor or a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, the OnePlus 8 Pro packs in a 48MP Sony IMX689 primary sensor, the consensus on which is that it is pretty good. Alongside this, the device also has a 48MP ultra-wide sensor, an 8MP telephoto camera, and a new 5MP Color Filter camera. The last sensor was written off as a gimmick until users found that they could see through some plastic objects, and shockingly, also through some thin clothing. Now, OnePlus has announced that it will disable the color filter camera temporarily in a future update.

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The Color Filter camera was marketed as being able to apply certain false-color camera filters on the shot, extending it beyond what could be achieved through software filters. Using the new Photochrome mode on the OnePlus 8 Pro, the sensor could be used for infrared photography. The same use case was then found to be useful for seeing through some thin plastics, some fluids like red wine and coke, and through very thin clothing. The last bit is where it gets problematic, as it could possibly enable perverse and depraved behavior that violates the privacy of individuals. Needless to say, there was some action needed on this end.

In a Weibo post, OnePlus has apologized for this and announced that it would temporarily disable the color filter camera. The update to disable this camera will be delivered within a week in the Chinese region, and we presume the same will be rolled out to other regions as well. OnePlus hopes that this will be a temporary measure, and they will work on ensuring that the privacy concerns are addressed before re-enabling the color filter camera.

We do appreciate the company addressing these concerns. But, in the same conversation, this also entirely disables the functionality of the color filter camera, which is a hardware component that users are paying for, downgrading the OnePlus 8 Pro from a “quad-camera phone” to a “triple-camera phone” while still burdening it with dead weight in terms of component and cost. OnePlus should have been careful with the features it chooses to integrate into its phones, especially if it requires additional specialized hardware.

Source: Weibo

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