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.
The OnePlus 5T is expected to be a pretty great budget friendly device when it releases today. We have already seen it unboxed and yesterday a GFXBench confirmed the included specs. We know just about all there is to know, but OnePlus may have one more trick up their sleeve. An XDA member posted a thread which has since been taken down that included Oxygen OS code that hinted at a Star Wars special edition. The device will apparently feature a red theme. The exterior of the phone may also be red. Would you be interested in a Star Wars themed OnePlus 5T with the release of The Last Jedi right around the corner?
The latest trend in smartphones is Smartphones is getting rid of the display's bezel. Samsung has achieved a virtually bezel free side by curving both sides of their displays. According to sources lesser known Chinese manufacturer Doogee is working on a curved Display of their own. Doogee has recently made a dip on the mobile phone world radar with the release of their affordable Mix 2 device which took design ques from the Xiaomi Mi Mix series. The device might be similar to the LG Flex and have an 18:9 aspect ratio, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If Doogee sticks to their affordable pricing business model this phone has a chance to be pretty popular.
Earlier in the week it was discovered that OnePlus 5T had preinstalled an app "EngineerMode" that allowed for backdoor access to root functions. The app was meant to allow OnePlus the ability to check devices to be sure that certain functions were working, but the app also allowed for ADB commands. This app was preinstalled on the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 5.
OnePlus has released an official statement regarding this issue. In their blogpost discussing the matter the reiterated that the attacker would need physical access to the device, and the device needs usb debugging enabled. The backdoor wouldn't be easily exploitable as the would be attacker would need your PIN or password to access the phone to enable USB debugging. That being said OnePlus has stated they will be removing the ADB function in the EngineeringMode app on their phones.
The OnePlus 5T will be officially announced tomorrow. We already know pretty much everything there is to know about the device with a specs list and unboxing leaking out late last week. Today the specs we already knew were confirmed with a GFXBench. The benchmark shows the Snapdragon 835 with an Adreno 540 GPU, a 6" 1080p display, 8GB RAM, 128 GB storage with 111GB of storage available for the user, and Android 7.1.1. We also expect to see a new minimized bezel display with a fingerprint scanner on the back. Is anyone else getting a bit excited for this budget friendly flagship caliber device.
While there were only several thousand who bought the first round of Essential phones those of you who did pick one up will be happy to know that Essential just released their Android Oreo Beta build. As this is a beta build their will be some bugs. According to Essential if you don't like the beta build you can easily flash back to the stable version of Nougat. Once the beta version has had ample time to be tested Essential will hopefully roll out a stable version of Oreo. Download the Android Oreo Beta for the Essential Phone at the link below.