The OnePlus 5T has been put through the JerryRigEverything torture test. The phone features 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 and scratches at a level 6 on the mohs hardness scale. That was to be expected. The front camera won't scratch easily since it sits under the same GG 5 glass. The metal speaker grill however isn't covered and will scratch if you shove something in the slot to scratch it as Zack does in his video.
The fingerprint scanner is made of ceramic and won't scratch very easily. The metal back with it's Anodized Aluminum coating is also quite scratch resistant under Zack's testing. The rear facing camera is covered in scratch resistant glass. As a fun test Zack always burns the display with a lighter. It took the OnePlus 5T's display 20 seconds before the pixels went away and never returned. While the OnePlus 5T does have some minor flexing under severe pressure it does pass the bend test. Overall the OnePlus 5T seems to be quite durable.
Xiaomi has been gaining ground in the world market for many years now, and one of their most popular lineups is the Redmi line. The midranger is popular for providing great specs at an affordable price. The upcoming Redmi Note 5 will be the successor to last years Note 4 which smashed plenty of sales records for Xiaomi last year. We expect to see this device by the end of the year.
We now have an image of the device in the wild. The image first appeared on Chinese social media site Weibo. We can see the 6" display with minimal bezels and 18.9 aspect ratio. We still get a 1080p display. The device info page shows that the phone keeps the Snapdragon 625 SoC from last year. We will also have a 4000mah battery in the device. With this cpu and battery combination we should see some pretty incredible battery life. The phone pictured also comes with 64GB of storage and Android 7.1.2 with the MIUI 9 skin. This looks like a pretty solid midranger.
Android OEMs have wised up to consumer needs over the past few years by incorporating expandable storage. Devices like the Note 8, LG V30, and HTC U11 have an sdcard slot allowing for up to 2TB of extra storage. If you know someone who loves to carry tons of music, photos, video or other media on their devices they may be pretty happy to receive an SDcard in their stocking. Luckily Amazon is holding a pretty great Black Friday Storage sale right now!
The Google Store Black Friday deals are live early! If you somehow get a bit bored while everyone else falls into a tryptophan coma go ahead and get a head start on your Christmas shopping while totally missing the Black Friday carnage. Unfortunately you won't see massive discounts on the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL the rest of Google's products are heavily discounted.
Back in the day if you wanted to root or rom your HTC device you would need to use a tool like SunShine to turn off the security feature and obtain S-OFF status. SunShine still provides S-OFF status for most HTC devices, and can even bootloader unlock Motorola devices. With S-OFF on the Sprint HTC U11 you can unlock the SIM and use the phone as a factory unlocked device.
In the past you could only use Sprint devices on CDMA networks. The U11 actually supports all networks including GSM once unlocked. To achieve this all you need to do is change the CID and then flash the unlocked RUU. Head to the link below for the appropriate links and full instructions.
Earlier in the year it was revealed that several OEMs including OnePlus were cheating on Benchmark scores. This was a pretty major deal with plenty of backlash back in 2013 so to see it pop up again this year was a bit surprising. With a Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a vanilla Android experience it doesn't really seem necessary for OnePlus to cheat on benchmarks with the OnePlus 5T.
OnePlus has made the commitment to no longer cheat on Benchmarks going forward with the OnePlus 5T. They had this to say on why they implemented app targeting on the OnePlus 5 to begin with.
Benchmarking has never really been the best way to gauge real world performance in my opinion. I guess it is best used for gauging overclock high scores and for bragging rights. What are your thoughts are you glad to see OnePlus take this new stand with the new OnePlus 5T?
The OnePlus 5T is finally up for pre-orders. This is actually one heck of an upgrade with a minimum bezel display, rear fingerprint scanner, and new and improved camera. The new OLED panel is meant to display vibrant and full colors. To take full advantage of what this display is capable of OnePlus added some unique wallpapers. You can download the full series now and get a minor taste of the device on your current phone before your OnePlus 5T arrives! Download the wallpapers from the link below.
Once again, the net neutrality rules that ensure the content we receive over the internet is delivered to us equally & unbiased is on the chopping block. The chairman of the FCC seems to believe that allowing ISP's the option of controlling the speed and the content we receive over the internet is good for ISP's. Yeah, it is but it's not good for consumers.
Remember the Wear24? This was Verizon's one (and only) attempt to get into the wearable market. It was actually a decently spec'ced device. With WiFi, BT, NFC and even a promise to get AW 2.0, it checked all the right boxes. Unfortunately for Verizon, the pricing of $350 wasn't a great choice, and it was kind of fat (thick) and the Wear24 was discontinued after only 4 months. Apparently, someone has access to the Verizon warehouse and is selling *NEW* Wear24's for only $129! This is a great price for an NFC Watch if that's what you've been waiting for, although it is NOT compatible with Android Pay, I've heard? Limited quantities available!
The OnePlus 5T will be announced in 2 hours! We are expecting a refreshed version of the OnePlus 5T with most of the same internal specs and a few changes to the design of the device. OnePlus has decided to charge $45 for tickets to attend the announcement. However they will also be live streaming the show. You can watch it above.