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OnePlus officially unveils the OnePlus 5 with Dual Cameras

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OnePlus today unveiled its fifth generation flagship phone — the OnePlus 5 — and it’s the best OnePlus phone ever, according to the company. You’ll find it familiar in looks, if you’ve an iPhone 7 Plus experience. Trust me!

The OnePlus 5, which looks no different from iPhone 7 Plus, is an Android phone that Apple fans will probably love to see from the outside — and yet loathe from the inside, if they’re iOS-locked personalties. Criticism aside, let’s dive into OnePlus’ newest flagship… the OnePlus 4, I mean OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 Slate Gray

OnePlus has put its major focus on the camera while crafting the 5. The Chinese smartphone maker has adopted dual cameras — a trend quite popular among premium smartphone manufacturers — for the first time. The dual cameras come with 16-megapixel (f/1.7) and 20-megapixel (f/2.6) configuration, where the former being “main” camera is supported by the latter. The front-facing camera sets a 16-megapixel lens as well. The handset uses both cameras in “Portrait Mode” to produce crisp foreground and blurred background as part of its DSLR-like qualities. However, there is no support for OIS this time.

OnePlus 5 Midnight Black

Sporting a 5.5-inch 1080p display with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio, the OnePlus 5 has a Snapdragon 835 processor, and comes packed with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM — depending upon the variant you choose. The battery now counts to 3,300mAh, which is slight less than the OnePlus 3T, but this shouldn’t be an issue provided the new and more efficient processor in tow. Dash Charge remains the same, with a day’s power in half an hour.

There’s a fingerprint reader on the front, and yes, the traditional headphone jack remains with the 7.25mm-thick OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5 will ship with the company’s in-house OxygenOS, with new features like automatic Night Mode, Reading Mode, a new launcher, and more.

OnePlus will begin selling the OnePlus 5 starting June 27 in more than 30 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Nepal and most of Europe. The handset will be available in two color choices — Midnight Black and Slate Gray — when it lands next week. Pricing starts at $479 for the 6GB RAM / 64GB storage variant, and $539 for 8GB RAM / 128GB storage.

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HTC U11 Plus receives TENAA certification

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A new HTC phone has recently passed through TENAA certification, and it’s likely the U11 Plus. The images obtained are somewhat similar to what the leaks have suggested lately.

Spotted by Mobilissimo, the listing from TENAA reveals the device in pictures, but fails to provide any specific information. From the images, what we know is the upcoming HTC phone — likely the HTC U11 Plus — will have an all-display front with higher screen-to-body ratio (and no buttons), rear-facing fingerprint sensor, and a single camera setup on the back.

Meanwhile other reports coming from over the internet suggest the HTC handset will pack a 6-inch display, 12-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera, and a Snapdragon 835 chipset.

/ TENAA

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Apple Pay Now Supports ANZ Eftpos Access Cards In Australia

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Apple Pay has expanded to support Eftpos cards from ANZ Bank in Australia. Eftpos (Electronic fund transfer at point of sales) is a popular debit payments network in Australia. The partnership will bring in-store Apple Pay support to 1.6 million ANZ Access cardholders, according to Eftpos.

Apple’s partnership with Eftpos should get more people to use Apple Pay as Eftpos is the most used debit card network in Australia, and offers a much lower processing fee to retailers as well as customers.

High fees have been one of the biggest hindrances for Apple Pay in Australia, but with today’s move things are starting to get better. When a debit card is used via Apple Pay in Australia, there’s about 0.55 percent fee to the merchant; however, Eftpos drops it significantly to 0.15 percent. (Thanks, Business Insider!)

“About 1.6 million ANZ eftpos Access cardholders now have the opportunity to make payments on an iPhone or Apple Watch, many of whom may not have had the opportunity to make in store mobile payments before,” said Eftpos acting CEO Paul Jennings.

“As Australia’s most used debit card network, we are thrilled to be providing ANZ eftpos Access customers with more payment choice, with added benefits of enhanced security and comfort.”

Eftpos ANZ users can switch between a Cheque and Savings account with ease. More details can be found on the Eftpos website. And yes, Apple has also updated its Australian version of Apple Pay website to reflect the Eftpos partnership.

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Google shares first unedited Pixel 2 photos and videos

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Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which the company unveiled during its October event past week, have a highly rated camera. The cameras in both the Google phones have scored 98, the highest-ever on a smartphone camera in DxOMark’s rating.

Last year’s Pixel line-up scored 88X, which was the highest-ever on a smartphone camera back then, therefore it’s not surprising to see Google focusing more on camera lenses in Pixel phones. No matter how greater the rating figure is, it’s much more important to test the device in real world, and camera samples take a perfect stand to all the pixel-and-lens specs the company had touted during the product announcement.

Thanks to Google’s Isaac Reynold, who shared a bunch of unedited photos taken from the Pixel 2 camera, we now know (to some extent) how amazingly Google has improved Pixel’s camera. Reynold also posted two videos comparing the video stabilization that’s on offer with Pixel 2. Some of the sample photographs are attached in this post, while you can watch Reynold’s entire upload here.

For a quick recap, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both have a 12.2-megapixel camera with f/1.8, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), and laser and dual pixel phase detection autofocus.

/ Pixel User Community 

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