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OnePlus 7T: Blazing Fast All-rounder (Tech Review)

Those looking for a better camera phone should consider Pixel 3a which also has a small form factor. If camera is not the priority, then everything else about OnePlus 7T should tick

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By Krishna Sinha Chaudhary

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus broke its two-phones-a-year strategy this year with launching two devices in the OnePlus 7 series in the first half and the OnePlus 7T now.

However, like every year, the handset maker has unveiled the ‘T’ iteration with an additional upgrade. The firm has been following this strategy since the launch of OnePlus 3 in 2016.

The OnePlus 7 has a form factor that is smaller than the 7 Pro but larger than the ‘7’. It is also heavier than OnePlus 7 and weighs a little less than 7 Pro.

We used the Glacier Blue OnePlus 7T with a configuration of 8GB+256GB that was launched for Rs 39,999 in India and here’s our verdict of the smartphone.

OnePlus has brought quality handsets for a relatively cheaper price (when compared to other flagship Android phones) and this phone follows suit.

Talking about physical appearance, the handset sports a big 6.55-inch screen and an aspect ratio of 20:9 with a small tear drop notch that sits at the top.

The Fluid AMOLED screen has a 90Hz refresh rate that translated into smooth scrolling and switching between apps. Contrast and colours were good but they looked way better in the ‘vivid’ mode.

The display is inferior when compared to the pricier 7 Pro and were a little warmer in tone as well.

The rear circular camera module does not sit flush. In fact, the huge bump makes it quite wobbly when placed on a flat surface. It is prone to scratches and damage if used without a protective cover.

The frosted rear was better than most glossy phones and had better resistance against fingerprint smudges.

Despite having curved edges, this is definitely not very ergonomic and operating it with single hand would be a difficult task.

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The under-display fingerprint sensor was reasonably fast.

There’s no official IP rating against water and dust resistance which is a big disappointment.

The physical slider for tweaking the alert modes is still on the right but OnePlus has done away with a standard 3.5mm jack in favour of a USB Type-C.

The triple camera set up is a combination of a 48MP main sensor, a 16MP sensor and a 12MP lens.

All images came out nice in bright light but the camera struggled to produce detailed results. A little noise in the photos was always there. Also, the background blur looked a bit artificial at times.

Battery capacity is 3,800mAh which is supported by Warp Charge 30T and according to the handset maker, it is faster than Warp Charge 30. Once again, there’s no wireless charging.

Despite a slight increase in the battery capacity from the 3,700mAh battery on OnePlus 7, the 90Hz screen and energy consuming Qualcomm Snapdragon’s latest 855+ chipset let this phone deliver average battery life at best.

OnePlus’ proprietary “OxygenOS” based on Android 10 made zipping between apps and multi tasking impressively smooth. Gaming was super easy too, thanks to an upgraded processor.

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Conclusion: The OnePlus 7T competes directly with Asus’ new ROG Phone II which, interestingly, is available in the same configuration and has a higher 120Hz display.

OnePlus 7T looks good, has fluid performance and a sharp screen. However, in the camera department, we think it could be a bit better.

Those looking for a better camera phone should consider Pixel 3a which also has a small form factor. If camera is not the priority, then everything else about OnePlus 7T should tick.(IANS)

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HONOR Unveils MagicWatch 2, will hit Indian Market in December: Report

The latest HONOR smartwatch also provides 4GB internal storage of which 2GB can be used for music storage, allowing up to 500 songs

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The HONOR MagicWatch 2 comes in two sizes, 46mm and 42mm, which will start from 1,099 Yuan and 1,199 Yuan respectively. (Representational image). Wikimedia Commons

BY MD WAQUAR HAIDER 

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 introduced here on Tuesday will be available in India starting December 12, the company said.

The device has up to 14 days battery life enabled by the Kirin A1 chipset, according to HONOR.

“HONOR MagicWatch 2 marks HONOR’s another big step in the brand’s own ecosystem integration of connected smart products as well as the global wearable market,” George Zhao, President of HONOR, told reporters.

“The HONOR MagicWatch 2 cements our forward-thinking in smartwatch design and development of wearable products. Whether you are out for fitness training or work, HONOR MagicWatch 2 will keep you at your optimal performance inside and out,” he said.

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 comes in two sizes, 46mm and 42mm, which will start from 1,099 Yuan and 1,199 Yuan respectively.

In terms of specifications, HONOR MagicWatch 2 features a 1.39-inch full-colour AMOLED touch screen.

The smartwatch supports 15 goal-based fitness modes including eight outdoor and seven indoor sports, from outdoor modes like running, hiking, cycling and triathlons to indoor pool swimming, free training and rowing machine, etc.

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer HONOR also unveiled the HONOR View 30 series, the first dual-mode 5G smartphone lineup from the company. Wikimedia Commons

On top of 15 fitness modes, the latest device is also supported by 13 professional indoor and
outdoor running courses from beginner to advanced levels.

Additionally, it also comes packed with a virtual pace-setter with real-time actionable advice to help enhance workout efforts at one’s own pace.

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 allows users to make or receive Bluetooth calls on the go either through headphones or with the built-in speaker and mic.

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It also supports notifications push from SMS messages, emails, calendar and all contents will be displayed on the screen when the smartwatch is connected to the phone.

Built-in apps including Weather, Alarm, Timer, Find My Phone and more are also available for easy access.

The latest HONOR smartwatch also provides 4GB internal storage of which 2GB can be used for music storage, allowing up to 500 songs. (IANS)