OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are now in Open Beta OS with Boot Animation

The time for open beta OS for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3Thas come and with an ugly boot animation, unfortunately.

The official changelog showed that developers worked on adding some ‘soft’ screen calibration, worked on optimizing the clearing of some recent apps, had some minor bug fixes, updated the Community app to the newest version (1.9.5) and last but not least there’s a new boot animation.

To change screen calibration to ‘soft’ you’ll have to look for the setting in the ‘display > screen’ section

The Boot Animation is Mainly Perceived as Ugly, Hideous, Awful

Why ugly? It’s ugly because it could have been better. They just added an animation with a hand continuously writing in different fonts the slogan ‘Never Settle’. There’s nothing very wrong with it but so see this long animation while re-booting is quite annoying.

A lot of users commented on forums that this animation looks bad, it’s an embarrassing booting screen, the animation is awful, hideous, a 1st April joke and so on.

You can see the new animation in open beta builds 15 and 24 for both OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.

Aside from the ugly animation users hope that the new animation is temporary and will not be here to stay with us too much.

Developers have written in their changelog on the official forum that they are happy to receive any bugs that users have encountered. All they have to is go to the feedback section on the OnePlus forums and report the bugs.

Meanwhile, all redditers and users on OnePlus forums hope for a different boot animation that will feature a cleaner and minimal animation.

Criticism is constructive and OnePlus fans hope that the design team will change their minds on this boot animation that won’t do justice to what the OnePlus smartphones have to offer, like a great AMOLED screen.

OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 Diwali discount offers, price in India

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |
Published:September 20, 2017 8:36 pm


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OnePlus today announced offers and discounts on OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T. During the first round of its pre-Diwali sale, the OnePlus 3T 128GB variant will be available at Rs 24,999 against the regular Amazon.in selling price of Rs 29,999. The promotional offer will last between September 21-24.

OnePlus 3T has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass on top. It runs OxygenOS based on Android Marshmallow, though the phone has been upgraded to Android Nougat now. OnePlus 3T is powered by Snapdragon 821 and comes with 6GB RAM. The battery has a 3400mAh capacity complete with Dash Charge support. OnePlus 3T offers a 16MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, OIS, autofocus and 4K video recording and a 16MP shooter on the front.

OnePlus 5 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The phone is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor and comes with two RAM and storage variants: 6GB RAM+64GB storage and 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. OnePlus 5 has a dual rear camera with 16MP +20MP setup. It has a 16-megapixel front camera with a selfie flash. The device comes with a 3300mAh battery with support of Dash charging.

During the 4-day promotion period, customers can avail additional cashback of Rs 1,500 on HDFC bank credit and debit cards and up to 12 months of zero EMI on both phones. On the purchase of the OnePlus 5, customers are eligible for extra Rs 3,000 exchange offer, and domestic and international travel vouchers from Cleartrip worth Rs 25,000. Alternately, customers purchasing OnePlus 5 from oneplusstore.in will get free accessories such as sandstone cover and tempered glass.

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OnePlus 3T Receives Leaked Build of HydrogenOS Based on Android 8.0 Oreo

We’ve seen a number of OEMs such as OnePlus, Nokia, Sony, and others say they’re currently working on the Android 8.0 update, so it’s somewhat of a race to see which one is able to push out an OTA first. It was recently leaked that OnePlus has started a closed beta test of Android Oreo for the OnePlus 3/3T with an alleged goal of rolling out an open beta by the end of this month. But today, OnePlus 3T users who want to get their hands on Android Oreo can do so through a leaked internal build of HydrogenOS that has been shared on our forums.

OnePlus manages two different versions of their software depending on your location. The company installs OxygenOS on most of their devices, but if your phone originated in China (or maybe you just manually flashed it yourself) then it will have HydrogenOS installed on it. For the most part, these two look and function mostly the same but there are some subtle differences (such as no Google apps and some pre-installed Chinese apps on HydrogenOS).

Apparently, a leaked version of a closed beta test for HydrogenOS based on Android 8.0 Oreo has been posted online and can try it out right now. XDA Junior Member  has uploaded a version to our OnePlus 3T forum and this was mirrored by XDA Member standbyme91 so there are multiple sources you can download it from.

Remember though, this is the Chinese version of the ROM so while you can set the language to English, it will not be the same OxygenOS that you are used to. Plus, there are no Google apps pre-installed. However, you can install the Google Play Store from the pre-installed Market App.

Reports say that installing this will lock the bootloader. Nearly all hardware aspects of the device are reported to work, and some users have even tested and confirmed that VoLTE works. A user also confirmed that Project Treble is not on board with this release, but we shouldn’t assume that this will always be the case since we’re still some time away from an official release. On the other hand, users are reporting that rootless Substratum theme support works on this build, which is great news for fans of custom themes!

If you want to try it out, be sure to read the thread in full before flashing because it requires you to use the MsmDownloadTool so it isn’t a conventional installation. Again, do not flash this if you are not comfortable messing with your phone.


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OxygenOS Open Beta 24/15 Released For the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

OnePlus has announced the release of OxygenOS Open Beta 24 and Open Beta 15 for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, respectively. Unlike the last update, which was loaded with a plethora of new features and UX improvements, this has a comparatively smaller changelog.

Speaking of the changes, the new update brings in “Soft” screen calibration mode, new boot animations, optimization to recent apps clearing, an update to Community app, and some bug fixing.

More importantly, though, the changelog for the update states that the recently discovered BlueBorne vulnerability has also been patched in this update. In case you are not aware, earlier this week, IoT security firm Armis Labs discovered a major Bluetooth vulnerability which could enable an attacker to gain unauthorized access to unpatched Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux devices. BlueBorne is pretty dangerous in a sense that the attacker doesn’t even need to pair to the target device nor it requires any user interaction in order to gain the full control of the target device.

OnePlus notes that they have to fixed this vulnerability with their own patch independent of the Android security update, and that some BlueBorne vulnerability scanners may fail to recognize their independent patch.

As always, if you’re already running the latest version of Open Beta, you can look forward to receiving this new update via OTA. If you aren’t, you can head over to the OnePlus download page for more details on how to manually flash the beta ROM on your device.

Here is the complete changelog for OxygenOS Open Beta 24/15:

System:

  • Added “Soft” screen calibration
    We’ve reverted the screen calibration and added the new calibration from last build as “soft.” You can enable the new calibration in the “display> screen” calibration section of settings
  • New boot animation
  • Optimized the clearing of recent apps

Other:

  • Updated Community app to V1.9.5
  • Minor bug fixes

Source: OnePlus

You can buy OnePlus 5 from Croma retail stores from today

OnePlus initially relied on the online sales for its flagship smartphones starting with the OnePlus One. In fact, the company started with the invite basis of sales during its early days.

You can buy OnePlus 5 from Croma retail stores from today

After three successful years of operation in India, it looks like OnePlus is now looking forward to focus on the offline availability. We say so as the company is expanding the presence of its recent flagship – the OnePlus 5. Lately, we came across a teaser put up on the official Twitter handle of OnePlus regarding the availability of the OnePlus 5 via select Croma stores. Starting today, the flagship smartphone will be available offline via the Croma stores in the country in addition to the OnePlus Experience Stores.

OnePlus has teamed up with Croma Retail to expand the availability of the OnePlus 5. Initially, Croma outlets in cities such as Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Hyderabad will sell the OnePlus 5.

As an introductory offer, the company is offering freebies to lure the buyers. Those who purchase the OnePlus 5 from Croma will get free Bullets V2 earphones and a flip cover as well. There is good news for the existing OnePlus 5 users as they can get a free flip cover by visiting a Croma Retail store.

Interestingly, the offline price of the OnePlus 5 at the Croma stores is the same as the pricing on Amazon India. The 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 32,999 and the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 37,999 respectively.

It remains unsurprising to see OnePlus starting to focus on the offline availability as several other smartphone brands are looking forward to increase the sales of their smartphones via the retail stores. Given that Oppo and Vivo are into aggressive marketing of their products via the local mobile retailers, OnePlus has to buck up with the offline availability. Even Xiaomi has started focusing on the same by opening Mi Home Stores in the major cities across the country.

Speed, Thermal & Performance Comparison of Fast Charging Standards

OnePlus DashCharge Takes the Crown

One of the most common qualms from smartphone users is how their phones never last through the whole day. Despite all the advances in smartphones in recent years, such as quick charging solutions like Quick Charge, Dash Charge and SuperCharge, batteries feel like they have not evolved quick enough to keep up with our needs.

Part of the blame goes onto OEMs, who do work towards making our smartphones more efficient year-on-year. But on the flip side, the increasing efficiency of our smartphones are seen as perfect excuses to thin down our phones by yet another millimeter. And to retain the practicality of the phone, advances in the field of charging are advertised as a key feature of the device. So what if your phone dies after 6 hours of standby? Now you can get a day’s power in half an hour, or some other slogan.

Choice, one of Android’s strongest selling points, also ends up confusing users when it comes to charging standards. There are multiple charging solutions available across Android flagships, with their own positive and negatives attributes, intricacies and particularities. Some charging solutions are quick, some are efficient and some aren’t really quite as great as one would expect.

In this article, we will take a look at the performance and efficiency of some popular charging standards, namely Huawei’s SuperCharge, USB Power Delivery, OnePlus’s Dash Charge, Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging, and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

Index

Conclusion
OnePlus Dash ChargeHuawei SuperchargeQuick Charge 3.0Adaptive Fast ChargingUSB Power Delivery


Current Winner 9/16/2017

Offering an excellent balance between speed and stability, Dash Charge surprised us with its ability to charge your phone quickly and painlessly. Its custom charging adapter and signature red cable allow newer OnePlus devices to remain cool while charging, without sacrificing performance on device nor charging rates. This means you use your device while it’s getting topped up and keep on messaging, browsing the web or even playing a game. Dash Charge cannot offer wide compatibility or a diverse set of charger options, but in the end it provides an excellent charging solution that does not get in the way of the user experience.


Methodology

The data we collected involved the use of a script that automatically measured key charging parameters  (as reported by Android) and dumped them into a data file for us to analyze. All charging standards were tested with their stock charging adapter and cable to ensure that the data is representative of what we can expect from each standard. All data collection began with the battery at 5% and ended with the battery at 95%. To test thermal performance and charging speeds during screen-on use cases, the script looped PCMark tests while the phone was charging to simulate a real-world usage environment; temperature readings are gathered from the OS, and they are not measured externally. For the sake of clarity in this presentation, averaged data was rounded off while preparing the graphs.


Quickest Charging Standard

When we measured the charging times of the popular charging solutions, we came across a peculiar conclusion: USB Power Delivery was the slowest of all fast charging solutions that we tested, at least as implemented on the Pixel XL. This is only surprising because USB Power Delivery is the “standard” pushed forth by the USB-IF standards body, and the one that Google strongly encourages as well — once we look at each standard’s workings further down this article, it’ll make more sense.

USB Power Delivery has been implemented in the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. The smaller Google Pixel is marketed at being capable of 15W-18W charging, while the bigger Google Pixel XL is capable of 18W charging. As we noted in our Google Pixel XL review, actual charge times on the device were not competitive, ending up in the last place when compared with other solutions, and our extensive testing on the charging times for the purposes of comparison reveals the same. Below you can see the charging time of each standard from 5% to 80% when scaling the battery capacity across test devices to 3,000mAh — this does not represent how each standard would charge such battery capacity with perfect accuracy, and the graph should be used to get an approximate idea as to how they compare.

When we look at which device charged the fastest, the quickest charging solution we tested is OnePlus’s Dash Charge functionality, which on the OnePlus 3 ends up being quicker than competitors by about 10 minutes in the end (before adjusting for battery capacity), and by a good half hour against USB Power Delivery. On the flip side, Dash Charging is proprietary technology, which adds its own set of complications which we will discuss later on in this article. Dash Charge does end up behind Huawei Supercharge when we take into account, and adjust for, battery capacity in the device, as the Huawei Mate 9 has a substantially larger battery than the OnePlus 3. While Supercharge achieves a faster peak charging rate, the Huawei Mate 9 does not reach 95% charge the earliest because of its larger battery capacity. So while the OnePlus 3 tops up faster in terms of reaching the higher percentages of its battery capacity, the Mate 9 is actually adding more charge per unit of time (a function of Huawei’s higher power delivery ouput).

Huawei Supercharge and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 performed similarly, while Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charge had less of an initial speed advantage but it still managed to reach the goal of 95% charge while giving close competition to the other two.

We also have temperature data alongside the charging time. This graph coincides with the charge percentage, but had to be separated to keep things simpler, uncluttered and easy to understand.

We were unable to finely control all the starting temperatures of our test devices because of the varying temperatures in the different locations they were tested in, so our focus should be on consistency and stability rather than the absolute highs and lows displayed by each data set. Battery temperature was obtained from Android’s low-level system record of battery temperature.

The most thermally consistent of the lot is Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging as it maintains a good hold over the device temperature throughout the entire session. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 was the “coolest”, though again, we would need better-controlled initial conditions with perfect starting points and minimal extraneous variables to crown it the king. Similarly, we cannot call USB Power Delivery the “hottest”, but it definitely displays the widest range of temperatures. It’s also worth noting that most of these devices end up cooling down once their charging rate begins slowing down, and USB-PD does a good job at managing temperature past its peak.

The situation changes when you look at how these technologies perform when the device is subjected to a real-world workload. As stated before, we looped PCMark’s Work 2.0 test to simulate real-world usage while charging these devices, in order to measure how charging times and temperatures differed.

OnePlus’s Dash Charging remains as the top performer primarily because of its implementation, which we’ll detail further down. The voltage and current regulating circuitry is situated in the Dash Charger, which leads to lower temperatures while charging. So Dash Charge’s idle-charging and under-load charging scores tend to show very little variation.

On the other hand, Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging shows the worst performance when subjected to charging under a real-world workload. The device takes about twice the time to charge if it is being used, and the charging also increases in a peculiarly linear fashion (given voltage and current remain constant) that is not seen across any of our other tests. In fact, according to Samsung’s support page for the S6, its Adaptive Fast Charging solution is entirely disabled when the screen is on. Express mentions like these could not be found on newer support pages, but Samsung continues to recommend devices to be switched off while using Fast Charging.

Other standards continue to occupy positions between these extremes, most lying on the better side of the scale. Even USB Power Delivery, the worst performer of idle-charging takes just about 10 minutes more to achieve the same charge levels under load.

Temperature-wise, Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging (if we can call it that under this test) maintains a consistent range of temperatures, flowing within a 5°C range. Huawei’s Supercharge follows along next, followed by OnePlus’s Dash Charge. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Power Delivery are the worst performer temperature-wise with large inconsistencies and variations throughout their cycles.


With inter-standard comparison out of the way, let’s take a closer look at how the standards performed individually under idle-charging and load-charging scenarios, with a short explanation as to why they behave this way and how they work.


Huawei Supercharge

Huawei’s SuperCharge is one of the more interesting standards we’ve tested, showing impressive results under most conditions. Unlike traditional high-voltage charging solutions, Supercharge employs a relatively low-voltage and high-current formula that aims to maximize the amount of current going into the device, while minimizing efficiency losses, heat, and throttling. Coupled with the Smart Charge protocol, the Mate 9 also adapts its charging parameters based on the requirements of the battery, as well as the charger supplied (for example, it can make full use of a USB-PD charger). The actual Supercharge charger comes with 5V 2A, 4.5V 5A, or 5V 4.5A (for up to 25W, or a common 22.5 throughout the most relevant segment) and uses a chipset in-charger to regulate voltage as well — this means that there is no additional in-phone voltage transformation, in turn reducing temperature and efficiency losses. Coupled with what Huawei calls “8- layer thermal mechanics” in its design, the Mate 9 promised fast charging speeds at low temperature. Focusing on current over voltage, and going for a less-lopsided distribution is similar to the Dash Charge standard’s approach, and in many ways both OnePlus (or Oppo’s) solution is similar to Huawei’s Super Charge.

Looking at the data we’ve gathered, we see the typical pattern of temperature beginning to go down past the 55% mark, the point at which current begins dropping off as well. Peak current comes close to the 5A rating of the charger, and sustains the 4.5 nominal current throughout the first 20 minutes, or until around 45%. The fastest charging rate occurs from 10% to 5%, with a linear slope that begins curving at that current drop-off, where voltage starts remaining somewhat constant after a fast climb from 2V to over 3.5V. Throughout this test, peak temperature hits 38° Celsius, which is significantly hotter than most other standards in this list. However, temperature will become really important when we take a look at our “under load” test, where we simulate activity on the device to compare charging speeds. We can clearly see temperature decreasing alongside the current, which doesn’t drop in clearly-defined steps as other standards in this article, but with a set downwards trajectory

In terms of charging speed, Huawei SuperCharge arrives to 90% in about 60 minutes, putting it second in in terms of speed behind OnePlus’ Dash Charge. However, the Huawei Mate 9 we tested also has a 4,000mAh battery, which means the mAh per percentage are higher than on all OnePlus devices, actually putting the standard in a better light and ahead of OnePlus. There are differences, however, in terms of charging speed, as Super Charge begins leveling off harder than Dash Charge at the 30 minute mark. Most of these companies advertise how much battery life one can obtain in half an hour, and Huawei’s claims were surpassed by our testing as the device managed to climb past 60% in that time period.

Under workloads, the rate of charging naturally is lower than during idle charging. Instead of a steep drop off, we see a more relaxed curve that trails off at around 75%. Current and temperature drop off is experienced when the device approaches 60%.


OnePlus Dash Charge

One of the newer champions of fast charging is Dash Charge, which surfaced in 2016 with the OnePlus 3. While the OnePlus 2 had disappointingly long charging via a regular 2A charger, the OnePlus 3 brought what OnePlus called “exclusive technology [that] sets a new benchmark for fast charging solutions”. As with most marketing statements from OEMs, this is only half true. Dash Charging technology is actually licensed from OPPO, which OnePlus is a subsidiary of, and mimics their VOOC charging system — Voltage Open Multi-Step Constant-Current Charging. While Dash Charge is a much better name, VOOC charging can be found on OPPO devices like the R9 and R11, though in this article we are focusing on Dash Charge as implemented on the OnePlus 3 / 3T and OnePlus 5.

So what’s special about Dash Charge? Not unlike Huawei SuperCharge, it produces a larger electrical current of 4A and at 5V for 20W power delivery. Rather than increasing voltage, OnePlus opted for a more even distribution with larger electrical current, meaning more electrical charge delivered per unit of time. This is accomplished via both software and, primarily, through hardware — specifically the charger used, which is non-standard (unlike the plethora of QC chargers, for example) and thus you need a VOOC or Dash Charger to make use of these charging speeds.

Much like Huawei’s solution, OnePlus employs dedicated circuitry in the charger itself, and both VOOC and Dash Charge deliver higher amperage thanks to many components of the charger, including a microcontroller that monitors charge level; voltage and current regulating circuitry; heat management and dissipation components (that contribute to a 5-point safety check); and a thicker cable that delivers greater current, specializing in minimizing power fluctuations. Because the charger converts the high voltage from your wall into the lower voltage the battery requires, most of the heat from this conversion never leaves the charger — in turn, your phone remains cooler. The consistent current going into the phone coupled with the lower temperatures on the actual handset allow for reduced thermal throttling, which impacts both charging speed and consistency as well as the direct user experience.

OnePlus proudly proclaims it can give you “a day of power in half an hour”, which in reality means you are looking at around 60% of battery capacity in 30 minutes. This is not only extremely fast, but there are also a few perks that come with it. The charging speed is fastest and one of the fastest at those lower percentages, ensuring you can get extreme amounts of charge in just a few minutes should you be running low on battery. Moreover, the thermal consistency and lack of throttling is no joke. As we can see from the data supplied, the difference between under-load charging and regular charging is minimal. And this does mean that you will not notice slowdowns, additional stutter or general throttling side effects whilst using your device. This is a great plus and, as we’ve noted in a past analysis, it does truly mean you can play demanding 3D games such as Asphalt 8 while still getting nearly the same charging speed, with the difference being explained by the drain incurred by gaming itself.

Dash Charge does have a major disadvantage, and that’s compatibility. The OnePlus 3 and 3T, for example, are not able to fully utilize USB-PD should you not have a Dash Charge cable and charger handy. And you need both the charger and the cable to make Dash Charge work its magic. Unlike with Qualcomm Quick Charge, you won’t find multiple charger offerings and accessories from various suppliers — you are stuck with OnePlus and their stock, which includes regular chargers and also car chargers (that have been known to be out of stock in regular and somewhat frequent intervals). You could try getting your hands on a VOOC charger, but that’s arguably more difficult in many markets. There’s also a noticeable and disappointing lack of battery packs supporting Dash Charge speeds, as OnePlus offers none — you could try OPPO’s power bank with an adapter, but this is far from ideal.

If you can look past those inconveniences and incompatibilities, Dash Charge is a clear winner in both speed and consistency. It’s a charging standard that does its job quickly and efficiently, without tying down the users to a wall for long periods of time, and without hindering their real-world usage while plugged in. The heat reduction could even lead to increased battery longevity. Your phone will remain cool, but your charger will not — so just make sure not to touch it while it’s doing its thing!


Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Qualcomm Quick Charge is by all accounts the most popular charging standard in this list, and for good reason. Its paradigm is different than what we see with OnePlus and Huawei, because most of the magic happens through Qualcomm’s power management IC, their SoC and the algorithms they employ — all of this enabled Quick Charge to be a relatively low-cost solution (to OEMs) who are already packing a Snapdragon chipset in their smartphones anyway, and while it might not be as impressive as some of the dedicated solutions in this list, the reach of Qualcomm Quick Charge comes with its own set of benefits. While we are focusing on Quick Charge 3.0, keep in mind Quick Charge 4.0 is already available with considerable improvements. The latest revision is also compatible with USB-PD, as strongly recommended by the Android Compatibility Definition Document.

Quick Charge 3.0 has been offered in chipsets including the Snapdragon 820, 620, 618, 617 and 430, and offers backwards compatibility with previous Quick Charge standard chargers (meaning you can benefit from a plethora of lower-cost, slower chargers). This is mainly because the power draw is handled entirely on-device, with you only needing to provide a charge capable of supplying the requisite current to make use of its advantages — there’s no shortage of Quick Charge-certified chargers, so it shouldn’t be hard to stumble upon one. But again, we should re-emphasize that Quick Charge 3.0 even allows a phone to charge faster or more efficiently than non-Quick Charge devices while using a non-certified charger, precisely because so much of what makes it tick is independent of specific charger hardware, unlike Supercharge and Dash Charge.

Quick Charge 3.0 makes use of ‘Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage’ (INOV), and as the name suggests this allows for intelligent voltage control in order to determine the most efficient voltage, for the most efficient power delivery, at any given point while charging. This coupled with a higher voltage than competitors does allow the standard to expedite charging time, while preventing overheating and ensuring battery safety. INOV is also a step up from Quick Charge 2.0, which had rather discrete power modes of 5V/2A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.67A and 20V); instead, this revision allows for fine-grained voltage scaling, anything from 3.6V to 20V in 200mV increments. By determining which power level to request at any point in time, QuickCharge also prevents damaging the chemical composition of the battery while still providing an optimum charging speed taking into account factors like temperature and available power output. A potential downside is more inconsistency in charging speeds across charging scenarios and chargers, and the improvements do manifest in the earlier stages of charging and a noticeable decline around the 80% mark.

Still, looking at the graphs provided, one can see the finer granularity and wider range of voltage steps are clearly being taken advantage of. It’s worth noting that the Quick Charge 3.0 samples shown here do not behave as efficiently under load as other alternatives that offload much of the voltage conversion and heat dissipation to outside hardware; it’s more than serviceable if you want to use it while charging, however we don’t see the lack of throttling and heat buildup found on solutions like Dash Charge. And, unlike with other standards, you really won’t have a hard time finding power banks that’ll provide the rated charging speeds — this isn’t the case for SuperCharge or OnePlus, unless you are willing to spend more money, spend more time, or make extra concessions.

It’s precisely this level of versatility and support that make Quick Charge a great standard, and some OEMs do ultimately rebrand it as a superior “customized” alternative. But in the end, Quick Charge is an excellent solution for most OEMs looking to implement fast charging that’s efficient, highly compatible, and does not need special accessories. This holds extreme significance given Qualcomm is essentially granting the option to provide faster charging to dozens of smaller OEMs, or of bringing faster charging to mid-range devices through mid-range chipsets. This, in turn, improves the minimum baseline of fast charging offerings, in turn promoting competition and prompting those brands that do offer fast charging as a specific selling point to aggressively improve or market their solution.


USB Power Delivery

USB as a standard has been evolving for years, from a simple data interface that eventually became widely-used as a constrained power supplier, to a fully-fledged primary power provider alongside a data interface. Many small devices have featured USB charging for years, and you probably have a handful of peripherals being powered up by USB cables right at this moment. Power management in the initial generations of USB, however, was not meant for battery charging — rather, it was cleverly exploited for that by manufacturers who saw the slow power delivery was enough for the small batteries of their products. Since then, we’ve seen a tremendous jump — from the USB 2.0 power source of 5V/500mA (2.5W), to USB 3.0 and 3.1’s 5V/900mAh (which was very, very underutilized on Android) and finally, USB PDs 100W charging maximum.

Of course, smartphones have no need (and cannot take in!) such power draw — while 20V/5A is a peak for USB PD, actual chargers see a much lower specification with our tested Pixel clocking in at up to 15W (5V/3A), and the Pixel XL up to 18W. In most charging circumstances, however, voltage goes up to 5V with current sitting just under 2A, with the highest power draw we found during charging being just under 12.25W. As shown in the data provided here, USB-PD really isn’t the fastest charging standard, nor does it offer the best thermal consistency/lack of throttling. It does charge quite quickly under load, however, and overall it offers a very satisfactory – if unspectacular – charging profile.

It is, however, an extremely versatile standard that’s relatively easy to implement and that’s increasingly being pushed forth by Google in products like the Pixel C, Pixel Chromebooks, and Pixel smartphones as well as by various other manufacturers for laptops and other devices of varying sizes. Moreover, USB-PD is now part of the Android Compatibility Definition Document. Last year, the following entry made the rounds because it showed Google’s commitment to the standard, and what many interpreted as discouragement of proprietary solutions.

Type-C devices are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to not support proprietary charging methods that modify Vbus voltage beyond default levels, or alter sink/source roles as such may result in interoperability issues with the chargers or devices that support the standard USB Power Delivery methods. While this is called out as “STRONGLY RECOMMENDED”, in future Android versions we might REQUIRE all type-C devices to support full interoperability with standard type-C chargers.

Since then, we’ve seen Qualcomm adopt USB-PD spec compliance with their Quick Charge 4.0 release for newer Snapdragon chipsets, which is a huge victory for both Google and Qualcomm. The increasing proliferation of USB-PD and Type C ports can lead us to a future where we see more device interconnectivity, with a near-universal port for audio, video, data transfer and charging needs. USB Type C devices like the Pixel XL currently allow the option to charge other devices using their battery as a power source, for example, and widespread USB Type C and USB-PD adoption in other devices such as laptops could lead to more convenient charging and cable-management use cases.

There’s also no shortage of charger options available for USB-PD devices, and if the standard can co-exist with proprietary standards, that opens up even more possibilities for device manufacturers. As it stands, though, it’s not present in many Android devices yet, with the Pixel and Pixel XL leading the charge. For these two phones and their adequate battery capacities, the charging rate and resulting times are sufficient, and Pixel / Pixel XL owners have multiple options at their fingertips — one just needs to make sure the charger is able to meet the 9V/2A or 5V/3A requirements of the phone, and that it meets specifications. With the emergence of USB Type C and USB-PD, we did see a few reports of potentially dangerous cables being sold online, as they didn’t meet the specifications of the resistor in the cable, for example. Luckily such issues are disappearing and if you make sure to research your purchase properly, you should be OK. Keep in mind that the standard is scaleable, and there will be more voltage and current configurations that OEMs can experiment with.


Adaptive Fast Charging

Adaptive Fast Charging has been Samsung’s preferred charging solution for many years and, unfortunately, it has largely stayed the same since. While our results show that it’s one of the slowest (yet more stable) standards, Samsung opts for it year after year over either a charging solution more in line with what OnePlus and Huawei are doing, or the proper Qualcomm Quick Charge (however, Samsung devices can make use of Quick Charge chargers for fast chargers!). The latter is a consequence of their split chipset strategy, given that their Exynos chipsets wouldn’t be able to take readily take advantage of Qualcomm’s charging technology. Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging is thus present in their devices across the globe, and limited to Samsung devices.

While Adaptive Fast charging is faster than USB-PD when adjusting for battery capacity, it’s still significantly slower than Supercharge and Dash Charge, and slightly slower than Quick Charge. It features a peak power delivery of 15W (5V/3A) which is in line with other standards, but Samsung seems to be quite conservative with its charging times — this is particularly evident when charging under load, as the charging rate becomes nearly linear, and has the slowest charging rate out of all devices we’ve tested for this article. That being said, the temperature difference is also the smallest of the bunch, and throttling the charging speeds and minimizing temperature led to consistent performance under usage.

 

Under both circumstances (regular charging and charging under load*) Samsung’s solution is the slowest (without adjusting for battery capacities) and the coolest (or, rather, features the smallest range of temperatures). This emphasis on stability and consideration for thermals is now more important to Samsung more than ever, after what happened with their Galaxy Note 7 and its faulty batteries. While there might be no correlation between this approach to fast charging and this incident – after all, as we’ve mentioned, their standard has remained largely constant over time – it’s still worth considering that a safer approach to fast charging is not bad in and of itself.

 

This is especially true for Samsung devices, which also provide an additional different rapid charging solution altogether — fast wireless charging. While conventional wireless charging was gaining popularity a few years back, Samsung is one of the few that stuck with it and then improved upon their implementation by adopting faster wireless charging, which originally cut down charging times from around three hours to just around two. Having this alternative can make up for some of the disadvantages of Adaptive Fast Charging, given wireless charging is a more passive approach that is less cumbersome and thus allows for more regular charging intervals, effectively taking the hassle out of topping up a phone around an office or bedroom space.

* You might notice that the intervals between points in these data sets are smaller than on other stubs and graphs. While gathering data from the GS8+, we stumbled upon a device-specific issue that prevented the PCMark test with UI automation from being carried out properly. We thus revised our data collection and automation tool for the GS8+ and improved the polling mechanism while we were at it. Data added in the future will benefit from these improvements resulting in more accurate or smoother graphs.


This article will be continuously updated as we get our hands on more devices, and get to test newer or updated standards. Stay tuned for more comparisons!

OnePlus 5 to go on sale via select Croma stores from September 19

OnePlus 5 was unveiled on June 20 and released in India on June 22. Even since this launch, the smartphone has been exclusive to the online retailer Amazon India and OnePlus online store. This condition might change from the next week.

OnePlus 5 to go on sale via select Croma stores from September 19

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has joined hands with the retail chain Croma to increase the offline availability of the OnePlus 5. So long, the OnePlus 5 was available offline only via the OnePlus Experience stores and these stores are located only in Bengaluru and Delhi. Starting from September 19, the customers who are interested in buying the OnePlus 5 can do so from select Croma stores in major cities such as Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad.

Notably, this is the first time that OnePlus has teamed up with a retail outlet in order to make its smartphones available offline in India.

Going by the recent media reports, the OnePlus 5 is all set to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update by the end of this year. The company’s founder and CEO, Pete Lau has confirmed the same. The update also hit the yesteryear flagship models – OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. In fact, OnePlus has already started testing the Oreo update on the OnePlus 3 and the testing will soon debut on OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T. The update will be rolled out to the users once the testing is successfully completed

The OnePlus 5 has been made in India by Oppo. It is one of the best sellers in the Indian smartphone arena right now. In fact, a recent report has revealed that OnePlus has achieved the highest customer satisfaction rating with 100% buyers saying that they are satisfied with the brand. Undoubtedly, the company is focusing more on the user experience by rolling out timely updates with bug fixes to its smartphones.

OnePlus 5 Review: 3 Months Later

The OnePlus 5 has been on the market for about 3 months providing a solution for those who want a powerful, near stock Android smartphone with a modest price. A lot has changed in the last few months as new flagships are being launched left and right by the establishment. We have the LG V30, Moto Z2 Force, the Note 8, iPhone 8, and even the iPhone X. Where does the OnePlus 5 fit in with the competition and is it still worth its $479 price?

One area that I’ve always been able to count on with OnePlus devices is the performance. With a Snapdragon 835 processor with up to 8GB of RAM, the OnePlus 5 is still one of the fastest smartphones in the market and it will be for quite some time. I’ll admit, it’s rare you find a mid-tier or high-end smartphone with performance issues these days. But a lot of what alters the speed and smooth experience of a smartphone is the software and the skin running on top of Android. The OnePlus 5 runs OxygenOS which has been updated since launch and the latest version of Android Nougat. Because it is so lightweight and backed up with topnotch hardware, it runs extremely well.

I read a lot of your comments and many of you dislike stock Android, calling it boring because of the lack of OEM features. What’s neat about this phone is that it technically runs OxygenOS, which has a bunch of customizable features to further tweak Android. There are gestures and other features like a reading mode that will turn content black and white to make it easier on the eyes. And in my experience over the last few months, I have yet to really get bored with this phone. It holds up pretty darn well. I think it’s really tough to get bored with Android in general, given how many different ways you can customize an Android smartphone. And when I use this phone as my daily driver, I don’t really find myself severely missing my iPhone 7 Plus or Note 8 when it comes to taking pictures. I mean the 16-megapixel main shooter performs surprisingly well in low-light scenarios, thanks to the wide f/1.7 aperture. And if I’m itching to use my iPhone 7 Plus for the telephoto lens, I just switch to the 16-megapixel telephoto lens in the OnePlus 5. What I actually miss most is Optical Image Stabilization because I do find it a bit tough to get a crispy photo when I’m not completely still, which is often the case when I take photos. The 16-megapixel front-facing sensor has performed as well or better than some of the higher end smartphone front-facing camera sensors that I’ve tested.

The build of the OnePlus 5 is surely high class with the use of predominately aluminum. I doubt we’ll see a 3.5mm headphone jack in the next OnePlus device so definitely cherish it while it lasts if you do decide to upgrade to the OP 5. While I do use wireless headphones. I actually use the headphone jack for playback via my car stereo so I do appreciate it being here.

Now you don’t get a lot of bells and whistles like wireless charging or a fancy S Pen stylus or front-facing speakers. But you’re also not paying for all these extra features. One feature that really jacks up the price of a smartphone that has yet to really prove its worth is an edge-to-edge display. This display, it has very thin side bezels. But as you can see, the top and bottom shins are pretty thick.

For some of you out there, the OnePlus 5 might offer the best of both worlds: an AMOLED display with thin side bezels and a 1080p resolution to conserve battery life. When the OnePlus 5 was first launched, one of my biggest concerns was the battery life, because it has a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to the OnePlus 3T which has 3400mAh battery. But in my testing, I find that it still lasts me through a full day of moderate to heavy usage with auto brightness turned on.

The OnePlus 5 starts at $479 and that price continues to look better and better as all these high-end flagships are released costing nearly $1,000. I can still recommend the OnePlus 5 for those looking for some of the best bang for your buck. The unit you see in this video was sent to us from our friends over at GearBest.com. We partnered with them because they often price the smartphone for less than the $479 price on OnePlus’ website.

 

OnePlus 5 Special Edition Will Launch Next Week Sporting A New Look

OnePlus is all set to launch the special edition of their flagship model, the OnePlus 5, on September 19 and it’s creating a buzz in the social media as expected. The special edition OnePlus 5 has been designed in partnership with famous French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.

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To the slight disappointment of followers, the company is not going to introduce any new variant. More so because they had released the OnePlus 5 just three months ago.

Of course, the Chinese company will not risk the retail value of their flagship smartphone so early.

The invite sent around by OnePlus doesn’t give us any idea about what to expect from the special edition. So far, all that we can speculate is that the OnePlus 5 Special Edition will get a revamp from one of the most celebrated artists in Paris, where the launch event is going to take place.

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Invite for the launch of OnePlus 5 special edition

The new edition may come along with new color options and the designer logo on its back. This is a collaborative move on the part of OnePlus to uphold their design value and boost the style quotient of their flagship model, the OnePlus 5.

The invite itself says, “When the style meets its machine, one night in September in Paris …” This hints at the company’s focus towards re-establishing their USP as the manufacturer of well-designed smartphones.

When the style meets its machine, one night in September in Paris …

If you walk down the memory lane, you’ll remember that OnePlus had done the same thing in March when it joined hands with the Paris-based fashion boutique, Collete, and announced the limited edition OnePlus 3T.

The OnePlus 3T sported a sleek black look and the Collete logo on its back – the same thing may happen to the OnePlus 5.

Hard to Get

It is also being speculated that the special edition OnePlus 5 will have a limited number of units as was the case with the limited edition OnePlus 3T. In March, we saw only 250 units of the OnePlus 3T being rolled out for the public. We can expect something along the same lines with the OnePlus 5, making it hard for customers to get their hands on one.

However, OnePlus still hasn’t announced how many units it will release next week. But we hope the number is higher than what it was for the limited edition OnePlus 3T.

OnePlus 5 Special Edition To Launch On September 19

I have been using OnePlus 5 for the last few weeks. It’s a damn good phone at an affordable price tag. The Chinese vendor launched its latest flagship only about three months ago. Now it is gearing up to launch a OnePlus 5 Special Edition next week. OnePlus will hold an event on Tuesday, September 19 in Paris, where it is widely expected to show off the OnePlus 5 Special Edition, reports Tech Advisor.

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Image Source: OnePlus.net (screenshot)

OnePlus 5 Special Edition to Castelbajac logo on the back?

The smartphone vendor has sent out media invites for the event. Though OnePlus didn’t mention what it is going to unveil at the Paris show, it dropped tons of hints about the special edition flagship phone. The caption reads, “When the style meets its machine, one night in September in Paris…” The term “machine” refers to a phone. The phrase “when the style meets its machine” may refer to a special phone with refined looks.

The company could also offer a new color option with the OnePlus 5 Special Edition. The special versions are often available in limited stock. Tech Advisor says the media invites also include the name of famous French designer Castelbajac. It indicates that OnePlus will team up with designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. We won’t be surprised if the new phone includes the designer’s logo on the back.

“OnePlus and Castelbajac share a common dream: to disrupt the norm and show the world more is possible,” said OnePlus on its website. The vendor did something similar in March this year by joining hands with Colette for a limited edition OnePlus 3T. It came in a new black color, and the Colette logo on the back. In terms of specs, it was similar to the standard version.

However, OnePlus had launched only 250 units of the limited edition OnePlus 3T, which were sold only at Colette stores in Paris. The Castelbajac OnePlus 5 Special Edition is also expected to be available only in limited quantities, though the exact number of units is not known. Fans would appreciate it if OnePlus launches the new variant in sufficient quantities and sells them online as well.

OnePlus 5 is a premium phone at mid-range price

OnePlus 5 was launched in two color options – slate gray and midnight black – in June. The company later added a new soft gold color. The device has a starting price of $479. OnePlus 5 comes in two versions – one packs 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, and another offers 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC, the same chipset that runs the Galaxy S8, LG V30, and Galaxy Note 8.

OnePlus 5 features a 5.5-inch optic AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and 401ppi pixel density. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The device offers dual SIM support and comes with OxygenOS based on Android Nougat software. It has a 3,300mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charge technology. The phone has a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and fingerprint sensor for security. OnePlus 5 has an anodized aluminum body.

OnePlus improves camera with software update

On the camera front, it offers a 16MP wide-angle lens with an f/1.7 aperture and a 20MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. The wide-angle lens supports Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), which allows users to take better pictures in low-light conditions. The device allows you to capture 4K videos at 30fps, and take photos with “bokeh’ effects.

On the front, there is a 16-megapixel camera with EIS and an f/1.7 aperture. OnePlus recently rolled out a software update (OxygenOS version 4.5.10) over the air to further improve the camera performance. The latest version of the software reduces noise when taking photos in low-light conditions. It also offers texture improvements and improved camera stability when shooting videos at 60fps.