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Google's been making an initiative this year to stay ahead of Pixel 4 leaks, but over the last week or so, that plan doesn't seem to have done much good. Following an endless stream of hands-on photos and some low-res videos, we now have three high-quality videos showcasing the Pixel 4 in its full glory.
The videos were uploaded by YouTube channels AnhEm TV, Duy Thẩm, and Rabbit TV and they offer the best look we've had yet at Google's upcoming flagship.
We've already had a good idea of what the Pixel 4 will look like, and these videos further confirm its design. The recently-leaked "panda" color of the Pixel 4 is shown here, and it appears to have a matte/frosted texture to it. This is also true for the phone's frame, and we get a nice look at the bright orange power button. The camera hump is large, but at the very least, it doesn't look to protrude too much from the backside of the phone.
The Pixel 4 in the video is, unsurprisingly, running Android 10, albeit with a few settings that are specific to the Pixel 4 — such as Ambient EQ, Pixel Themes, a new Recorder app, and something called "Screen attention." A leak from earlier this morning mentioned that the Pixel 4 would use its Soli sensor to offer an ambient display of sorts that only turned on when the phone detected you were near it, and this could be another iteration of that.
Also in the video is a look at the Pixel 4's settings for the 90Hz display, an updated UI for the Camera app, and more.
In the video from Rabbit TV, we get to see all three colors of the Pixel 4 — including the gorgeous Coral model that's recently been making its way around the internet. The Coral Pixel 4 also has a matte finish similar to the white one, whereas the black model is very glossy.
We still have about a month to go before Google's expected to unveil the Pixel 4, so who knows what else we'll see leading up to that.
Subtle changes in all the right places.
Last year's Fitbit Versa stuck out as one of my favorite wearables of 2018. Following up on the chunky and expensive Ionic smartwatch, Fitbit went in a different direction with the Versa by creating something that was accessible to wrists and wallets of all sizes.
However, as strong as the Versa was considering it was just Fitbit's second true smartwatch, perfect it was not. Inconsistent performance, missing features, and a juvenile OS held it back from true greatness.
The Versa 2 looks a lot like the original Versa, but it addresses many of the pain points I had with its predecessor. It's still not the "perfect" smartwatch Fitbit wants it to be, but it's the best attempt we've seen from the company yet.
Minor updates create for an even better fitness smartwatch.
The Fitbit Versa 2 isn't a drastic upgrade from its predecessor, but the changes it makes are all for the better. The shift to an AMOLED display is great to see, Fitbit Pay is now included by default, and battery life is outstanding. FitbitOS still has room to grow, but as a new entry into Fitbit's ever-growing ecosystem, the Versa 2 stands out as a strong addition.
Fitbit Versa 2 Design and display
As someone that liked the design of the original Versa, I'm happy to see that Fitbit kept the form factor around for another year while subtly refining it to be just a tad nicer. The squircle body remains, and even though the Versa 2 is slightly taller, longer, and thicker than the Versa and Versa Lite, it still looks and feels fantastic on my tiny wrists.
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I also really like the squircle design because of how well it works in just about any setting. It looks the part of a fitness tracker when worn with the standard silicone band, but when you pair it with a leather or metal one and tie that together with an analog watch face, the Versa 2 clean up quite nicely.
One of the most significant design changes, save for the slightly larger footprint, is the fact that the Versa 2 now has just one physical button compared to the original Versa's three-button layout. Similar to what we saw on the Versa Lite, this was done to simplify the Versa 2's design language.
The one button that remains works well, feels good to press, and can be mapped to open Fitbit Pay or Alexa with a press-and-hold, but I do miss the added functionality that the other two buttons used to offer. On last year's Versa, you could use these for quickly opening your two most-used apps with a single press from the home screen and navigate certain UI elements without touching the display. That's been ripped away from the Versa 2, and while it's not a deal-breaker, I do wish it had stuck around for another year.
While the body of the Versa 2 is fantastic, I really, really don't like its watchband system.
The Versa 2 uses the same proprietary bands of the Versa and Versa Lite, and while this is great for Fitbit to build up an extensive collection of bands that work interchangeably with the Versa ecosystem, the bands themselves are not good. Don't get me wrong — the quality of the official silicone and leather bands I have are fantastic, but the pin system that's used for swapping them in and out is terrible. Taking a band off is easy enough, but trying to attach a new one is a nightmare. If you don't believe me here, take a read through a step-by-step guide I had to write about how to do this. The pin is finicky, difficult to get precisely in the hole, and almost impossible if you don't have long fingernails. It's that bad.
Moving back to the Versa 2 itself, I want to give Fitbit a lot of credit for the new display. Fitbit's only ever used LCD panels for its smartwatches, but with the Versa 2, it's finally transitioned to an AMOLED one. Simply put, it looks fantastic.
As you'd expect going from LCD to AMOLED, everything on the Versa 2 looks considerably better than its predecessor. Colors are more vibrant, blacks are truly black, and it just gives off a more premium feel than an LCD panel would have. Furthermore, it also allows for a new Always-On Display mode. You can turn this on at any time from the Versa 2's quick settings menu, and when enabled, the Versa 2 will always show the time, date, battery, along with your current steps and active minutes goals.
I wish you could customize the appearance of the Always-On Display, but for a first attempt, I'll take what I can get.
Rounding out this portion of the review, I have a couple of last points I want to hit on.
While the Versa 2's display looks fantastic, the bezels surrounding it are quite huge. The blacks of the AMOLED display do a good job at hiding them most of the time, but I was hoping that Fitbit would be able to shrink these down for gen 2.
Lastly, the ugly Fitbit logo that used to be stamped below the display is no more ????.
Fitbit Versa 2 Battery life and performance
For a lot of smartwatches, it's become the norm that they need to be charged around every other day. It's difficult to get long battery life out of what's essentially a tiny computer on your wrist, but this is one of the Versa 2's strongest features.
Battery life on the Fitbit Versa 2 is a dream come true.
Building upon the original Versa's 4+ days of battery life, the Versa 2 promises even more endurance with an advertised 5+ days of battery on a single charge. In my experience, I found that claim highly accurate. Your mileage will vary depending on how much you use the Versa, but I was able to get through almost six days on a single charge. During that time, I tracked multiple workouts on the treadmill, had the Always-on-Display enabled for a couple of days, and wore the Versa 2 to bed to track my sleep.
In other words, the Versa 2's endurance is outstanding. Whether you compare it to something with Wear OS, such as the excellent Fossil Gen 5, or the $400 Apple Watch, the Versa 2 puts them to shame when it comes to battery life.
When it does come time to charge the Versa 2, you'll need to use its chunky, proprietary charging cradle. It's relatively easy to use and gets the job done, but having to keep track of yet another charger isn't ideal. I'd love to see Fitbit adopt something like Qi wireless charging for the Versa 3, but such is life.
Similar to the slightly improved battery life, Fitbit also gave the Versa 2 a new processor to improve its performance across the board. While it's still not the snappiest watch out there, the new (and unnamed) silicon does make the Versa 2 feel noticeably faster than the Versa and Versa Lite.
Navigating the UI is smoother and less janky, apps open more quickly, and there's a general boost to the Versa 2's responsiveness that makes it more enjoyable to use day-to-day. Some of the animations continue to be a bit choppy, but the core improvements to the actual speed of everything makes up for it in my eyes.
Fitbit Versa 2 Health tracking and software
With the Versa 2 carrying the Fitbit name, you probably already have a good idea of its health-tracking capabilities. I won't go into great detail about each and every one since most of them have been around for a while, but as a quick recap, here's what the Versa 2 can do:
All of these things work exactly how you'd expect, but there is a new feature for the Versa 2 (and all Fitbits with a heart-rate monitor) called "Sleep Score."
Sleep Score ties into Fitbit's existing sleep tracking, but you'll now see a single number to represent the quality of your sleep for a given night. The score ranges from 0-100, and it's affected by things like staying up later, how much time you spend in various sleep stages, and a variety of other factors.
No one does health tracking like Fitbit.
Fitbit's already one of the only companies that offers native sleep tracking on its wearables, and Sleep Score builds upon its already great formula. The in-depth details on your time asleep and how much of that time you spent awake, in REM, light, and deep sleep is all still there, but having a single number to compare every single night makes understanding the quality of your rest that much easier.
I do have one gripe, though. Not including a built-in GPS chip on the Versa 2 was a big swing and a miss from Fitbit. I understand the company's desire to reserve that for the more expensive Ionic, but with options like the Galaxy Watch Active including GPS and selling for the same price, Fitbit's not keeping up with the rest of the market in these regards.
All of the data the Versa 2 collects is synced with the Fitbit app on your phone, and at least in my opinion, Fitbit has one of the best health companion apps on the market. The app was given a design refresh recently, and while all of the core functionality remains the same, it's been simplified to just three main pages and has a welcome fresh coat of paint.
FitbitOS remains mostly unchanged on the Versa 2, save for a couple of new quick settings menus. When you swipe down to access your notifications, another drop-down appears with shortcuts to your music, Fitbit Pay/Alexa, and an additional page with expanded settings. There, you can access things like Do Not Disturb, Sleep Mode, Always-On Display, brightness, and screen wake options.
Everything else is pretty much the same. A swipe to the left shows a list of your apps, swiping up reveals your Today View with a quick recap of your most important health stats, and as mentioned above, swiping down shows a list of any notifications you've received.
FitbitOS is easy to navigate and works incredibly well for fitness-related tasks, but it's trailing behind other platforms such as WearOS and Tizen. You have to use the Fitbit app if you want to change your watch face, there's still a limited number of apps and watch faces available for FitbitOS that are worth downloading, and the ones that are offered (like the Starbucks app) tend to pale in comparison compared to their Apple Watch counterparts.
With that said, things are getting better.
There's now a Spotify app that Spotify Premium subscribers can use to control music playback, and it's pretty great! It's responsive, allows you to favorite/like songs, and access your library. It works just like the Spotify app for the Apple Watch, and that's encouraging to see. If Fitbit can get more dedicated developer support like this, it can start to address one of FitbitOS's biggest drawbacks.
The Versa 2 is also the first Fitbit to ship with a microphone, and with this, you can use your voice to reply to text messages (except when using the Versa 2 with an iPhone) and talk to Amazon's Alexa.
Alexa is a very welcome addition to the Versa 2's feature-set.
Having a mic makes responding to texts and other messages world's easier than relying on Fitbit's Quick Reply feature, and with Alexa on-board, the Versa 2 gains a lot of much-needed functionality. You can use Alexa for just about anything, ranging from finding out about the weather, controlling smart home devices, adding items to your Amazon shopping list, etc.
The Fitbit app on your phone needs to be open in the background for Alexa to work, otherwise you'll get a prompt on the Versa 2 letting you know that Alexa needs to sync with the app. That's slightly annoying and makes the experience not quite as seamless compared to the way Google Assistant is built natively into Wear OS watches themselves, but for the most part, it works as expected.
Lastly, Fitbit Pay is now included by default on the Versa 2 rather than being limited to the Special Edition. Card compatibility is growing with support from the likes of Chase, Capital One, Bank of America, and American Express, but there are still some big names that are missing — Discover and Citibank being the most notable exceptions.
Fitbit Versa 2 Should you buy it?
If you already own a first-gen Versa, I can understand not being that excited about the Versa 2. It's a pretty minor refresh in the grand scheme of things, but when you add all of the various changes together, you end up with a damn compelling smartwatch.
The Versa was already a great wearable, and with the Versa 2, Fitbit fixed most of what didn't work and left everything else the same. As such, we end up with a fantastic package, albeit one that's very familiar. The smartwatch market is extremely competitive, and because of this, gripes about the app selection, watchband system, and missing GPS stand out a lot more than if the Versa 2 was in a vacuum.
Even with those complaints, though, the Versa 2 is still easy to recommend.
The watch is accessible, has unrivaled fitness tracking capabilities, and doesn't falter with core aspects such as the display, performance, and battery life. Fitbit's getting really good at making smartwatches, and as much as I've enjoyed the Versa 2, it makes me that much more excited to see what direction the company takes for the Versa 3.source:androidcentral.com
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Nokia 4.2 officially launches in the U.S. for just $189 on May 14 The phone brings face unlock and a Google Assistant button.05 May, 20190
At this past MWC in February, Nokia unveiled a heap of new smartphones for its 2019 lineup — one of which was the Nokia 4.2. The Nokia 4.2 looked quite promising at the time as a really competitive budget handset, and a few months later, Nokia's confirmed that it's launching in the United States on May 14 for $189.
From a design point of view, the 4.2 looks like a lot of other Nokia phones we've seen over the last year. It has a 5.71-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 19:9 and a very tiny waterdrop notch which houses an 8MP selfie camera.
The frame of the phone is made out of polycarbonate, whereas the back features 2.5D glass. This is also where you'll find the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, but what you won't find is any presence of wireless charging.
One design aspect I particularly like is the dedicated Google Assistant button. Double-tapping it will showcase your visual homepage of any contextual info you need to know while a press and hold enables a walkie-talkie mode with the Assistant.
Internally, the Nokia 4.2 is packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage (up to 400GB), and a 3,000 mAh battery that charges via Micro-USB . Other highlights include NFC for Google Pay, face unlock, and Android 9 Piethat's powered by Google's Android One program.
Pre-orders for the Nokia 4.2 are open right now for $189 at Amazon and Best Buy. Shipments will begin on May 14 followed by in-store sales at some Best Buy locations beginning June 9.
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OnePlus 7 release date, price, news and rumors The OnePlus 7 may be joined by the OnePlus 7 Pro05 May, 20190
The OnePlus 7 launch date has been confirmed as May 14, and it won't show up alone as it'll be joined by the OnePlus 7 Pro.
New OnePlus 7 leaks point to at least two phones that will compete with the best smartphones – especially the best Android smartphones – with a gaming-ready silky smooth screen that has a 90Hz refresh rate.
OnePlus has even told us one core feature about its next handset: the OnePlus 7 will be one of the first phones to support 5G - although this particular feature could be reserved for the pricier OnePlus 7 Pro variant.
Update: We've seen yet more leaked images seemingly showing the OnePlus 7 Pro. Plus, a complete specs list for both the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro has leaked, suggesting the standard phone might have better battery life.
Below you'll find everything that we've heard so far, and we’ll be sure to add any leaks and rumors on the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro to this page when we hear them.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next numbered phone from OnePlus
- When is it out? Launches May 14
- What will it cost? Probably at least $549 / £499 / AU$599
OnePlus 7 release date and price
The OnePlus 7 launch date has been set for May 14 after the Chinese firm sent out invites for simultaneous events in London, New York and Bangalore. TechRadar will be reporting live from both the New York and London events to bring you all the latest on the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro.
As for the OnePlus 7 release date - when you'll actually be able to get your hands on one - that's still up in the air, but going on previous launches we'd expect it to ship before the end May.
If the OnePlus 7 Pro does turn out to be the 5G variant, then you may have to wait a little longer for that to hit shelves though, as carriers will need to enable their 5G networks first.
There's no word on the OnePlus 7 price, but the OnePlus 6T - the most recent handset from the firm – launched at $549 / £499 / AU$599 and prices have been gradually creeping up since the range began, so we’d expect the OnePlus 7 will cost at least that much if not more.
If you want 5G though you might have to pay more. OnePlus has confirmed that it's working on a 5G phone and while it's not known whether the OnePlus 7 will support 5G, the company's CEO has said that its 5G handset will cost between $200 and $300 more than its next 4G device.
And in the US you might be able to buy it from a carrier, as this is something OnePlus has said it's looking into again. Last year's OnePlus 6T was available through T-Mobile if you didn't want to pay for the entire phone upfront and unlocked.
OnePlus 7 design and display rumors
We've seen numerous images seemingly showing the OnePlus 7, with the clearest look coming from the renders below, which show an almost bezel-free screen with a pop-up selfie camera, while the back has a triple-lens camera.
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You can also see this design in some renders from a case-maker. The pop-up selfie camera isn't visible, but a cut-out in the cases to make space for it is. These images can be seen below.
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That same design was suggested in leaked photos too, some of which show an all-screen design with no visible selfie camera, and one of which shows a raised section slightly above the screen, which could be part of the mechanism for a slide-out camera.
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Since then we've seen other photos, but these supposedly show the 'OnePlus 7 Pro', which according to another source is one of three upcoming models - the other two being the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.
The photos of the OnePlus 7 Pro can be seen below, showing a curved screen and no top bezel. The images also list the phone as having a 6.67-inch screen, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and three cameras, with 48MP, 16MP and 8MP lenses.
It seems that all of the images showing a phone with a pop-up camera might actually be the OnePlus 7 Pro though, according to a recent leak, which included renders supposedly showing the standard OnePlus 7.
You can see these below. They look a lot like the OnePlus 6T, with a teardrop notch rather than a pop-up camera and two rather than three rear cameras, though unlike the 6T the flash is inside the camera block, and the screen is apparently 6.2 inches (where the 6T is 6.41).
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We've seen yet more leaked OnePlus 7 Pro renders since, with the images below showing a bezel-free phone in Nebula Blue and Mirror Grey, with the source adding that it has a curved screen, as we've heard before.
We've also heard more details about the possible specs of the OnePlus 7 Pro. According to a reliable source, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a QHD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate.
That makes it higher resolution than any current OnePlus handset and with a higher refresh rate than most phones from any company. A high refresh rate can make interactions feel smoother.
While this is the first we've heard of such a high refresh rate, it looks likely to be the case, as the CEO of OnePlus has also tweeted a teaser saying that the next product from the company will not just be fast but also smooth.
More recently, DisplayMate has revealed than the OnePlus 7 Pro has achieved an A+ rating in its screen lab tests, making the scores of the Samsung Galaxy S10, iPhone XS Max and Google Pixel 3 XL - which further suggests it'll come with a QHD+ resolution.
OnePlus has also advertised that the OnePlus 7 Pro has no notch or bezel, suggesting that the leaked images are accurate. You can see this advert below.
Beyond all this, all models of the OnePlus 7 will probably have a glass back, since OnePlus only recently switched to glass with the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T.
It’s likely to also have an alert slider, since previous handsets in the range do, and it’s sure to have the best Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset available - the Snapdragon 855.
OnePlus 7 camera rumors
We have a few ideas of what camera features we could see in the OnePlus 7, specifically in the OnePlus 7 Pro, after a tech site got their hands on the handset early.
Among the features we know the handset will have, one of the most intriguing is 3x lossless optical zoom on the handset, which lets you zoom that far in without losing any image quality.
In addition the phone is set to scale back its AI scene optimization compared to competitors, and let these processing features be background functions rather than important features of the camera.
We also know that it will be a triple-lens camera, and OnePlus itself has shared camera samples (below) taken with it. It looks from these as though the lenses are standard, wide and telephoto.
This is exactly what we've heard rumored, with sources talking of a 48MP f/1.6 main lens, a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle lens, and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens. The selfie camera meanwhile is said to be a 16MP f/2.0 one.
As for the standard OnePlus 7, that's rumored to have a 48MP f/1.7 lens and a 5MP depth-sensor.
OnePlus 7 spec rumors
According to an in-depth specs leak the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 6.7-inch 1440 x 3120 screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 90Hz refresh rate, a triple-lens camera with a 48MP f/1.6 lens, a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle lens, and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens offering 3x zoom. The front-facing camera is apparently a 16MP f/2.0 one.
The phone apparently has a 4,000mAh battery, 30W fast charging, an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a Snapdragon 855 chipset, along with a choice of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, or 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Finally, it's said to come in blue, grey and brown shades.
The standard OnePlus 7 on the other hand is said to have a 6.4-inch 1080 x 2340 screen, a dual-lens camera with a 48MP f/1.7 main lens and a 5MP depth-sensor, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, a 3,700mAh battery with 20W fast charging, and a choice of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Another similarly comprehensive leak doesn't totally line up though. It says that the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 6.64-inch QHD+ AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, a 4,000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 10GB of RAM, an in-screen scanner, a pop-up selfie camera, a 48MP lens, a telephoto lens, and an ultra-wide lens, and dimensions of 162.6 x 76 x 8.8mm.
The OnePlus 7 meanwhile apparently has a 6.2-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with a 60Hz refresh rate, a 4,150mAh battery, a Snapdragon 855 chip, a 48MP main lens, a telephoto secondary lens, an in-screen scanner, 6GB of RAM and dimensions of 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.1mm, with a camera above the screen, rather than a pop-up one.
The most notable thing there is that the OnePlus 7 has a bigger battery than the 7 Pro according to this leak, as well as a smaller, lower resolution screen, so if accurate it might have better battery life.
We also have an idea of what colors the OnePlus 7 Pro at least might come in. Most images has shown it in black, which is very likely to be one option, but a couple of case renders have shown it in gradient color schemes.
You can see these below - one goes from green to black to blue, while the other shifts from pink to black to purple. We'd take these with a pinch of salt, but they'd certainly help it stand out.
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The OnePlus 7 is sure to also have loads of RAM. The OnePlus 6T tops out at 8GB and the company has also launched OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition which has 10GB of RAM, so the OnePlus 7 may well match that.
Don’t expect a microSD card slot though based on past form and the screen resolution is very much a question mark – OnePlus has consistently stuck with Full HD resolutions, but that’s feeling ever more dated so sooner or later we’d expect a switch to QHD or higher.
Since the 6T got rid of the headphone jack, it's likely OnePlus won't bring it back for the 7.
OnePlus 7 5G rumors
OnePlus announced it will release the first 5G phone in Europe. The company is partnering with the UK network EE to bring said phone to the UK at some point in 2019.
A prototype of that phone has been shown off, complete with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and what appears to be a 21:9 screen - though elsewhere there are reports that the final device won't have a 21:9 screen, and nor will it have wireless charging.
But it's entirely possible that the OnePlus 7 won't be the 5G-connected phone the company has been talking about. Sources said that the 5G device will be the first in an entirely new line, and another rumor hinted that it may start at $649 (or $100 more than the 6T).
That said, as noted above, more than one source reckons the 5G phone will be called the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, suggesting it will be a version of the OnePlus 7.
We've also seen possible case renders for the 5G model, which you can see below. We'd take these with a huge side of salt though, as they look more like the OnePlus 6T than most of the OnePlus 7 leaks we're seeing.
They do look similar to some renders above, supposedly showing the standard OnePlus 7, but we'd expect the 5G model to be more in line with the OnePlus 7 Pro.
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The aforementioned leak of OnePlus 7 Pro specs also mention the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, which sounds to have the same specs as the standard Pro model, just with 5G on board. That's believable, as the company has previously claimed that it will launch one of the first 5G phones this year.
What we want to see
We don’t know anything much about the OnePlus 7 yet but based on the OnePlus 6 and what’s going on in the rest of the phone world we know what we want from it.
1. A QHD screen
OnePlus always packs its phones full of cutting-edge specs and features, yet it always sticks with a Full HD screen, which isn’t a match for most of the top-end flagships.
That may well be keeping costs down, but it’s time the range made the jump to QHD, especially given that its screens are getting bigger, so we want to see that happen for the OnePlus 7.
2. A microSD card slot
You can get a decent amount of storage in the OnePlus 6 but you don’t get a microSD card slot, so if the amount it ships with isn’t enough you’ll have to start deleting things.
That’s not ideal and while the 256GB top size should be plenty for most people it won’t be for everyone – especially those who plan to pack their phone full of music, films and games. So adding a slot into the OnePlus 7 would be much appreciated.
3. Proper water resistance
The OnePlus 6 has some water resistance, but it doesn’t have an IP rating. So it should be able to survive a splash if you dry it off quickly but can’t really be put in the water.
Not that we’d advise doing that in general with most phones, but knowing that it would survive if you did – or if you use it in heavy rain - could give some real peace of mind that you don’t get with the OnePlus 6, so we’d like to see this improved for the OnePlus 7.
4. Stereo speakers
The OnePlus 6 has just a single speaker, and its placement at the base of the phone makes it easy to muffle, so we’d like to see it ideally moved and definitely doubled up for the OnePlus 7, with a second speaker allowing for loud stereo sound.
Sure, you’ll probably mostly use headphones anyway, but having a quality speaker setup can make all the difference when you just want to watch a YouTube video or listen to a podcast without plugging in.
5. No notch
The OnePlus 6T is one of many recent phones to get a notch, and while it can be hidden if you prefer, what we’d really prefer for the OnePlus 7 is no notch at all.
But we don’t want a return to big bezels either. We’re starting to see phones like the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X which have almost no bezel at all and we’d like the OnePlus 7 to join them. This isn’t out of the question, especially as Oppo is heavily linked with OnePlus. In fact, current leaks point in this direction.
6. Wireless charging
Despite having a glass back, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t support wireless charging, which seems like a major omission for a flagship phone.
This is probably a cost-cutting measure and, in a sense, seems reasonable, since we doubt wireless charging is a heavily used feature, but it would be nice to have.
7. An in-screen camera
Along with an all-screen design we’d like the OnePlus 7 to have an in-screen camera. Most leaks point in the direction of a pop-up solution, but an in-screen one would be so much more elegant.
We don't think this is likely for the OnePlus 7, but you never know. After all, just such a camera has been rumored for at least one phone.
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