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OnePlus 7: Strong Hardware Raises the Bar (Tech Review)

One thing which is lacking in this smartphone is wireless charging which is almost common on premium devices now


Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus which has built a strong fan base in India with its competitively priced devices in the premium category recently launched two phones — OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro — at the same time globally. OnePlus 7 is actually just an improvement on the OnePlus 6T while the 7 Pro is a whole new device.

It is the price of the phone which has garnered a lot of attention because it was released at a far lower cost than expected. The OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant, going up to Rs 37,999 for the 8GB RAM/256GB storage variant.

The 6GB RAM phone is available in “mirror grey” colour, while the 8GB RAM variant is available in both “mirror grey” and red colours.

In terms of design, the OnePlus 7 gets 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a conventional refresh rate of 60Hz. The display seems to be really good for its price.

It looks similar to the 6T which means it has the same notch in the display. The only main difference is a wider earpiece grille.

The OnePlus 7 features a dual rear camera setup, consisting of a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor as its primary camera, with an f/1.7 aperture, electronic image stabilisation (EIS), and phase detection autofocus (PDAF). The secondary camera features a 5MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and 1.12-micron pixels.

The rear camera setup is accompanied by a dual-LED flash module. The OnePlus 7, like its predecessor 6T, scores high in capturing quality pictures. The colour balance is nearly perfect. On the other side, the 16MP selfie camera in the dewdrop notch served very well in almost all kinds of light conditions.

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Smartphone by OnePlus. Flickr

The OnePlus 7 is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 processor and runs Oxygen OS 9.5.2 that is built on Android 9 Pie.

The device we reviewed was 8GB RAM+256GB variant. We did not notice any lag and playing games like PUBG was quite a smooth experience on the device.

OnePlus has added some valuable features like the Zen Mode to the new phone.The Zen Mode completely cuts off access to everything except the camera and emergency phone call access.

One thing which is lacking in this smartphone is wireless charging which is almost common on premium devices now.

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The 3,700 mAh battery of the OnePlus 7 is a good addition which provides enough juice for longer than a day with moderate usage. But the absence of a headphone jack may annoy some.

Conclusion: Overall, we found that OnePlus 7 offers a good upgrade from its predecessor at no extra cost. With an improved processor and new features, the device still bundles capacity to give flagship phones of other brands a run for their money. (IANS)

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HONOR 20: Great Design and Camera Steal the Show (Tech Review)

Conclusion: The HONOR 20 fits the bill when it comes to living up to the standards of a flagship features on a budget. A capable camera, good battery backup and overall performance makes it a great buy

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FILE - A member of the media tries out new Huawei Honor 20 series of phones following their global launch in London, UK, May 21, 2019. VOA

By Krishna SinhaChaudhury

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei and its sub-brand HONOR have been putting up a brave fight against the ban imposed by the US. The handset player confirmed rolling out the next upgrade to Android OS “Android Q” for several of its devices last week that includes the newly-launched HONOR 20 series and Huawei’s flagship P30 Pro.

Huawei captured a double-digit share in the highly-concentrated premium market in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019 on the back of impeccable camera quality, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and superior-build quality of its flagship mate and P series that drove the growth, according to Counterpoint Research.

Its sub-brand’s HONOR 20 was launched alongside the premium HONOR 20 Pro and HONOR 20i which has relatively toned down specs than the other two devices in the series.

The HONOR 20 features top-line specs, including the proprietary Kirin 980 chipset (which fuels the flagship P30 Pro) alongside 6GB RAM and 128GB storage space for Rs 32,999. After using the smartphone for a few days, here is what we think of it.

The glass rear looked beautiful when it caught light; however, there wasn’t much difference between the Pro and the HONOR 20, albeit for the fact that the latter houses a smaller 3,750mAh battery than HONOR 20 Pro.

There’s a 6.2-inch screen with a punch hole selfie camera instead of a conventional notch. The front and rear are both glossy with an aluminium frame. The device feels comfortable, enough for single-handed use.

A refreshing change is the fingerprint scanner that’s placed on the side of the phone.

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Honor consists of the first in class dual camera with 16MP+2MP rear lens and 8MP front lens. Flickr

Camera performance was one of the high points of the device that makes use of 48MP primary sensor with a 16MP ultra wide lens, a dedicated depth-sensing lens and 2MP macro unit.

The camera picks up enough details on the subject with good dynamic range. It beat the beats out the OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera in terms of colour and saturation.

While shooting in low light, the camera used “Night mode” which is works like Google’s Night Sight that is use of software to brighten up the picture taken at night.

The 32MP selfie camera produced detailed and vivid portraits.

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For those accustomed to the company’s proprietary EMUI OS (based on Android) it won’t be a problem but fans of vanilla Android (Google Pixel) or OxygenOS (found in OnePlus phones) may find the software somewhat overwhelming.

The rear camera bump made the device wobbly when placed on a flat surface. The absence of water resistance was another disappointment.

Conclusion: The HONOR 20 fits the bill when it comes to living up to the standards of a flagship features on a budget. A capable camera, good battery backup and overall performance makes it a great buy. (IANS)