Apply now to go to the OnePlus OxygenOS Open Ears Forum in NYC

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

OnePlus regularly holds Open Ears Forums, which are events in which OnePlus fans can directly communicate with OnePlus staff regarding the company’s highly-regarded Android skin, OxygenOS. The next Open Ears Forum will happen in New York City on April 13, 2019.

If you’d like to attend the event, you’ll need to apply. There will only be up to 30 participants invited to the event, so competition is likely to be fierce.

Editor’s Pick

Although OnePlus doesn’t officially limit the applications as such, it does say in its announcement on the matter that it is specifically looking for people from the tri-state area surrounding New York. If you happen to live in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or other neighboring states, your chances of acceptance go up.

However, OnePlus fans from anywhere in the United States are welcome to apply to attend the event.

Applying to attend is fairly simple:

  1. Submit your basic details on this five-question form: https://goo.gl/forms/gDsjKKp3IEY51RCt2
  2. Comment on this thread on why you should be picked (you will need a OnePlus account). You can write out your pitch or submit a video if you feel comfortable with that.

OnePlus is accepting applications right now, but the cut-off time is 11:59 PM ET on March 24, 2019. Get your application in as soon as possible, as that cut-off date is this coming Sunday.

If you were able to attend this Open Ears Forum, what suggestions would you give to OnePlus when it comes to OxygenOS? Let us know in the c0mments.

NEXT: OnePlus 7 — All the rumors in one place

The Samsung Galaxy S10 might just steal this OnePlus fan’s money

The distracted boyfriend meme with the girl in the red dress being the Samsung Galaxy S10, the man being the author, and the girlfriend being OnePlus.

Opinion post by
C. Scott Brown

It’s no secret I’m a fan of OnePlus phones. I appreciate the company’s attention to design detail and how it offers flagship features at much lower prices than most of the competition. I also am absolutely in love with OxygenOS, the company’s beautifully simple Android skin.

But I gotta tell you: the Samsung Galaxy S10 is looking mighty fine.

I recently had the chance to visit one of the three brand new Samsung Experience Stores here in the U.S. While I was there, I got to play with three models in the new S10 lineup: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10e. All three devices left me very impressed.

As I left the store, I found myself imagining buying one of the phones. I won’t lie: I haven’t seriously thought about buying a Samsung phone in years. It was like running into an old flame and finding myself imagining getting back together, even though my brain is saying, “Don’t do it! It’ll be a mistake!”

Let me tell you why the Samsung Galaxy S10 is enticing me away from my beloved OnePlus — and talk a bit about why I might not make the switch.

Why I might buy the Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs OnePlus 6T camera

Just for a little backstory here, the last Samsung phone I owned was the Samsung Galaxy S4 which I bought in 2013. Prior to that, I owned the Samsung Galaxy S3 (one of my favorite phones ever) and before that, I owned the original Samsung Galaxy S. I am no stranger to Samsung phones.

While I loved the form factor of its devices and the myriad cool features they offer, I absolutely loathed TouchWiz, Samsung’s original Android skin. I hated it from the very beginning but kept giving it new chances with each new device.

Inevitably, with almost all my Samsung phones, I flashed CyanogenMod as soon as I could to avoid using TouchWiz. This worked, for sure, but was also a huge pain.

When OnePlus came around and announced the OnePlus One, it was like my prayers had been answered: a device with almost all the specs of a Galaxy S device pre-loaded with CyanogenMod — and it only cost a measly $300.

As soon as I got an invite for a OnePlus One I bought it and never looked back — I was officially done with Samsung.

Samsung has made huge strides in software with One UI and offers hardware features OnePlus phones don’t have.

Fast-forward to today, and we have the brand new One UI, a different kind of Android skin from Samsung. While it is still a little too cutesy for my tastes, it is light years ahead of TouchWiz and Samsung Experience (TouchWiz 2.0).

I appreciate how One UI is cleaner, simpler, and more intuitive than anything Samsung’s done in the past. I also appreciate how Samsung is looking at how we use our phones today and modifying the software to accommodate — a true “customer first” approach.

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Along with One UI, the Samsung Galaxy S10 features an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, which is perfect for me. As I discuss in my smartphone essentials article, I hate having to pick my phone up off my desk to unlock it using a rear sensor. The in-display fingerprint sensor on my current daily driver — the OnePlus 6T — is one of my favorite features. From everything I know so far, it appears Samsung’s ultrasonic sensor is even better.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 also features a remappable hardware button, something OnePlus doesn’t offer. The button opens Bixby by default, but Samsung is finally listening to users and letting them map it. A single press could launch just about any app, while a double-press could do something completely different. I would have so much fun playing around with this.

Lots of little things make the Galaxy S10 pretty enticing, such as the headphone jack, wireless charging, and a triple camera setup on the rear — all of which the OnePlus 6T doesn’t have. There’s also a wide variety of specs configurations to choose from, including a Plus model with a totally bonkers 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage.

All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S10 packs a lot of punches the OnePlus 6T can’t counter.

Why I might stick with OnePlus

OnePlus 6T vs Samsung Galaxy S10e

One UI and the ultrasonic sensor are awesome, and the other new features in the Samsung Galaxy S10 are quite enticing, but a few things still make me nervous about switching.

The most glaringly obvious thing OnePlus has over any Galaxy S device is price. I got the maxed-out version of the OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it cost me $630. The cheapest variant of the Samsung Galaxy S10e still costs over $100 more, at $749. If I wanted to get a Galaxy S10 model with an equivalent RAM and storage configuration to my 6T, I’d have to spend at least $850 on an S10e.

Related: Who is the Samsung Galaxy S10e for?

Of course, the S10e wouldn’t get me the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor (the S10e has a side-mounted sensor), so I would have to spend a whopping $1,150 to get the standard Galaxy S10 with 512GB of storage to avoid downgrading my current storage level.

When it comes to price, OnePlus can deliver a device very close to what Samsung offers at literally half the cost.

If I decided to do that, I would be getting a smaller device, as the OnePlus 6T is bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10e. I would have to get a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, which would cost me an absolutely jaw-dropping $1,250 — about double what I paid for my OnePlus 6T.

Editor’s Pick

To quote The Big Lebowski: “The Dude does not abide.” I can’t imagine spending that much on a smartphone. Even if I sold my OnePlus 6T to help pay for the S10 Plus, I’d still be on the hook for $700, assuming my 6T sells for $550, which is what I’m seeing now on Swappa.

To be fair, the Galaxy S10 family does feature microSD expansion, something that OnePlus doesn’t. Obviously, microSD has it’s own limitations when it comes to speed and performance, but if I just wanted the same amount of space as my 6T I could get a base model S10 device and pick up a memory card.

Aside from price, another thing holding me back is software updates. Yes, Samsung is doing a much better job rolling out Android updates these days, but OnePlus is doing so much better. It took OnePlus all of 45 days to release a stable version of Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6, while Samsung took over six months to do the same for the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9. Even if Samsung halves that for the upcoming release of Android Q, I’d still probably be waiting months longer than OnePlus users.

Until Samsung proves it can work on par with OnePlus in this respect, it’s difficult to see myself making the switch.

An important question becomes: how long will Galaxy S10 owners have to wait for Android Q?

The OnePlus 6T’s waterdrop notch is a lot nicer, in my opinion, than the punch hole cutouts on the Galaxy S10 line. This isn’t a deal-breaker or anything, but the Infinity-O display design is kind of “meh” to me. I certainly don’t hate it as much as I do the iPhone XS-style notch on the OnePlus 6 (or the godawful “bathtub” on the Google Pixel 3 XL), but I’m not a fan of it, either. In my opinion, the waterdrop notch makes the OnePlus 6T look more symmetrical and thus more appealing.

Despite my concerns with pricing, the big takeaway is that Samsung’s Galaxy S10 has a level of polish that is hard to ignore. If it’s been a while since your last encounter with a Samsung, it’s worth giving the Galaxy S10 a closer look. Today’s Galaxy is clearly a different beast from the one you might remember.

Can OnePlus win me over with the OnePlus 7? If it can’t, I might just have to keep my eye out for future discounts on the Galaxy S10 Plus.

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OnePlus 7: Here’s what it needs to take on the best

OnePlus 7

The OnePlus 7 has to be more than just a minor upgrade over the OnePlus 6T to take on the best phones of 2019.

The upcoming flagship has to improve on the weaknesses of its predecessor and come with features OnePlus fans really want. Can the company do it, and still undercut competing flagships by a big margin?

The obvious fixes

The first thing the OnePlus 7 needs is a faster in-display fingerprint scanner. The one on the OnePlus 6T isn’t the best — it’s both slower and less accurate than traditional fingerprint readers typically located on the back of smartphones.

Sure, the OnePlus 6T arguably offered the best technology available at the time, but that excuse won’t work for the 7. Fingerprint sensing tech has advanced. Qualcomm announced the world’s first 3D ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor back in December, which can read fingerprints through contaminants like oil and water. Oppo also announced an improved in-display fingerprint scanner said to be 15 times larger than current solutions, and it can read two fingerprints at the same time for improved security. Xiaomi revealed something similar, and we can expect more companies to do the same in the near future.

A better in-display fingerprint reader would improve the overall user experience.

Using one of these solutions on the OnePlus 7 is essential, especially since most 2019 flagships are expected to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, including the Galaxy S10 series.

The next thing the OnePlus 7 needs to take on the best of them is an IP rating (IP67 or IP68) for protection against water and dust. OnePlus fans have long requested this feature, which is present on most high-end phones released last year. The majority of 2019 flagships that will compete with the OnePlus 7 are expected to be waterproof as well, including the Galaxy S10, Huawei P30 Pro, and LG G8 ThinQ.

Having an IP rating gives you peace of mind that your expensive phone won’t stop working when you get caught in the rain or accidentally spill a glass of water on it. It’s a popular feature and it’s why many decided to skip the OnePlus 6T. Not including it on the OnePlus 7 would be a mistake.

The OnePlus 7 needs a better camera than its predecessor.

Top-tier phones stand out through the camera experience they provide, an area where OnePlus has never really shined. The cameras on the 6 and 6T aren’t bad and can take great-looking shots in well-lit conditions, but they struggle in low-light. OnePlus’ Nightscape tech helps a little in increasing sharpness and dynamic range, but the difference is hardly noticeable.

The company doesn’t have to equip the OnePlus 7 with three or four rear cameras to improve image quality. The Pixel 3, for example, is one of the best phones for photography on the market despite its single camera.

This is where OnePlus should focus, potentially improving Nightscape to make it competitive with Google’s Night Sight and Huawei’s Night Mode. A lot of phones — even budget ones — can capture decent images when there’s plenty of light, but only great ones can handle low-light photography. The OnePlus 7 should be one of them.

Another no-brainer is wireless charging. It’s in high demand, mainly because of the convenience it offers.

OnePlus 6T camera

Stand up on your own

This one’s subjective, but OnePlus fans might also appreciate a new and original design for the upcoming flagship. OnePlus tends to borrow designs from its sister-company Oppo — both brands are part of BBK Electronics. This copy-paste strategy should end with the OnePlus 7. It doesn’t sit well with many fans and gives the products a sense of cheapness OnePlus should definitely avoid.

Editor’s Pick

The OnePlus 7 needs to be a little bolder. A simple design element can make a big difference in the overall look of a device. Good examples of this are the Pixel 3 with its two-tone glass back and the older Huawei Mate 10 Pro‘s reflective stripe running horizontally across the cameras.

A photo from the OnePlus 6T pop-up event in New York City.

Thinking beyond the product itself, more carrier deals could bring the OnePlus 7 in front of more users, which could have a big impact on sales. Most phones in Western markets are sold through carriers, mainly because they are subsidized and can be paid off monthly. Better distribution would also improve OnePlus’ overall brand awareness. Since the company sells most of its phones online, a lot of consumers have never heard of it. Even those who have heard of OnePlus may not be comfortable buying a phone online before seeing it in person.

One of the drawbacks of this strategy is that it could reduce OnePlus’ margins, as the carriers would take a cut from each phone sold. However, OnePlus would likely still make more money overall due to the increase in sales.

What about pricing?

Oxygen OS

There’s a good chance the OnePlus 7 will be more expensive than its predecessors. I think most OnePlus fans will be able to live with a price hike, but only if the OnePlus 7 delivers some of the features mentioned in this post — and possibly a few additional ones. However, the company has to be careful not to jack up the price too high.

From day one, OnePlus has sold competitive devices for far less than handsets from Samsung, Huawei, and LG. This must not change with the OnePlus 7. Despite its popularity, the company’s brand is still not strong enough to charge $800 for the entry-level version of its flagship. At that price, most people will pick the latest Galaxy S or Pixel phone.

OnePlus could get away with raising pricing by up to $40.

The OnePlus 6T starts at $550, $20 more than its predecessor. The company could get away with charging up to around $40 more for the OnePlus 7 if it delivers in all the areas we’ve discussed. This would still make it considerably cheaper than Samsung’s latest Galaxy S series and high-end phones from LG, Huawei, and other brands.

People are willing to pay more for a device if it offers more value. OnePlus shouldn’t be scared to raise prices for adding extra features in high demand. Gimmicks are another matter. Things like adding 10GB of RAM — which is expected to happen on the OP7 — only increase the price without adding any true value.


Which features do you think the OnePlus 7 needs in order to grab more attention and outsell its predecessor? Let me know in the comments!

This week in Android: It’s weird phone week

We got to play with a lot of cool tech at CES 2019, but little was cooler than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm had a reference device sporting the new SoC and we were able to put it through its paces, including our very own Speed Test G. The results are impressive.

In other big news this week, we found out Motorola is planning on bringing back the Razr phone, made famous in the mid 2000s. We don’t know a lot about the phone itself, but we can make some guesses based on a patent from August of last year.

Plus, we look ahead at the future of LG and OnePlus, including a new peculiar accessory for LG. Also, we have good news and bad news about Huawei’s security.

Here are your top stories for the week

4:20 – Snapdragon 855 performance and benchmarking: Speed Test G, AnTuTu & Geekbench

At CES, Gary Sims previewed the Snapdragon 855 processor in reference hardware. He had some fun with it.


21:45 – You’ll flip for the foldable Motorola Razr smartphone reboot

Motorola (read: Lenovo) is talking about releasing a new version of the Razr phone, this time with a folding screen.


34:40 – Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks in video review: Should you expect flagship photo quality?

The back of the Google Pixel 3 Lite. Andro News

The Google Pixel 3 Lite wanted to be just like its older siblings and come out with a full leak before its official announcement. Mission accomplished.


44:20 – Yes, there is a system-wide dark theme in this early Android Q build

You’ve been asking for it. Google’s giving it to you. A full, system-wide dark theme for those late-night phone-using sessions.


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

OnePlus in 2019: A force to be reckoned with

OnePlus made some remarkable strides in 2018, including working with a U.S. carrier for the first time. Will OnePlus be able to keep that momentum going in 2019?


Huawei Mate 20 Pro camera review

Huawei Mate 20 Pro triple camera close up

We took a deep dive into the camera on Huawei’s latest flagship and the results are a little surprising. No spoilers here though. You gotta click through.


LG in 2019: No more excuses

LG has not made great strides in the mobile space of late. It’s time for LG to do something to finally gain some world-wide ground.


LG might make a phone you can add another screen to… no joke

But honestly, LG, this probably isn’t it.


Opinion: Slider phones might seem cool, but are a design dead end

Slider phones are a great way to get smaller bezels, but they’re not a permanent solution. We break down why.


Huawei founder breaks years-long public silence to talk company security

The founder of Huawei had a few things to say about security and how the company handles security. Which is nice and all, but…


Huawei is reportedly under federal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department

Now don’t get us wrong, this particular case isn’t as bad as it sounds, but it’s not good either.


Xiaomi’s new in-display fingerprint sensor solves one big issue

Xiaomi showed off a video of a new kind of in-screen fingerprint sensor which has a larger touch area, making it easier to unlock your phone.


Galaxy S10 Plus photo leak: Is this Samsung’s new flagship?

A Samsung Galaxy S10 was spotted in the wild. Check it out here!


Who wants to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 9Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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Best phones with 8GB of RAM — what are your current options?

It wasn’t that long ago that 8GB of RAM was considered a pretty sizeable capacity, even for a computer. Now, phones with 8GB of RAM are a thing – in fact, phones are even starting to offer 10GB of RAM! While that’s arguably an overkill, more RAM is never a bad thing, especially if you plan to keep your handset for several years. More RAM doesn’t necessarily mean you’re totally future proof, but it certainly helps.

If you’re in the market for a phone with 8GB of RAM, you’ll be happy to hear there are already quite a few of them to choose from — check out the five best ones below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

phones with 8GB of RAM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was announced in August and is currently one of the best smartphones you can get your hands on. We here at Android Authority named it the smartphone of the year. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, although a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is also available.

The flagship sports a 6.4-inch display with QHD+ resolution and is powered by the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset, depending on the region. There’s a dual-camera setup on the back with two 12MP sensors featuring dual aperture and scene recognition. It’s IP68 rated for protection against water and dust, has an 8MP selfie snapper, and packs a massive 4,000mAh battery.

Read next: Best Samsung phones you can buy right now

The handset also comes with the S Pen, which is a signature feature of the Note series. It now supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that lets you remotely control the camera with the button on the stylus. Samsung’s flagship is quite expensive, with the version sporting 8GB of RAM retailing for $1,250.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 516ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g

Read more


OnePlus 6T

OnePLus 6t large display

The OnePlus 6T features 8GB of RAM paired with either 128 or 256GB of storage. However, a cheaper variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is also available.

Editor’s Pick

The device sports a 6.41-inch Full HD+ display with a notch and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset and has a dual-camera setup at the back with 16 and 20MP sensors. Other specs and features include a 3,700mAh battery, a 16MP front-facing camera, and Android 9.0 Pie with the popular OxygenOS skin on top.

What makes the OnePlus 6T so popular is its price. The 128GB variant can be yours for $580, while the 256GB model retails for $630. This is a great deal, but keep in mind that the device is missing a few flagship features like an IP rating and wireless charging, to name a few. There’s also no headphone jack on board.

Specs

  • 6.41-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 16 and 20MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,700mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm, 185g

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro in-display fingerprint sensor

The Mate 20 Pro is the best phone in Huawei’s lineup, as well as one of the best phones you can get. It comes with high-end specs, a gorgeous design, and a few extra bells and whistles you won’t find on any of its competitors.

The Mate 20 Pro sports a curved display, a triple-camera setup, and a massive 4,200mAh battery.

The flagship sports a large 6.39-inch screen with curved edges, similar to the ones found on the Galaxy S9 series. It has an in-display fingerprint scanner, a triple-camera setup on the back, and 3D facial recognition. There even a feature called reverse wireless charging on board that allows the phone to double as a wireless charger — learn more here.

The Mate 20 Pro is the class leader when it comes to battery life thanks to its a massive 4,200mAh cell. It’s also IP68 rated for protection against water and dust and supports expandable storage via Huawei’s new Nano Memory standard. The 6GB RAM version of the handset launched with a price tag of 900 pounds in the U.K and 1,000 euros (~$1,145) in the rest of Europe, but you can get it from around 850 euros at the moment — depending on where you buy it. The variant with 8GB of RAM is exclusive to certain markets and is a bit harder to track down — but you can get the international model on Amazon for around $1,200.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via NM (nano memory)
  • 40, 8, 20MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm, 189g

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

The front of Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro has top-of-the-line specs including the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM. It also sports a dual-camera setup on the back, a 6.21-inch Full HD+ display, and 128GB of storage. 

Editor’s Pick

The phone has an in-display fingerprint scanner, allowing you to unlock it by placing your finger on a specific part of the screen. But in his review, our very own Oliver Cragg said it only worked maybe 40 percent of the time.

Xiaomi’s flagship has an eye-catching design thanks to its transparent back, which allows you to see the internals of the device — kind of. Other specs include a 3,000mAh battery, dual-SIM support, and Android Oreo with the company’s MIUI skin on top.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro was announced in September and is available in a number of European markets. In the U.K., you can currently get it for 480 pounds (~$605), which isn’t a bad deal. 

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro -- one of the best phones with 8GB of RAM

Specs

  • 6.21-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,248 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm, 177g

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Asus ROG Phone

Asus ROG Phone display

This is a gaming phone. In addition to high-end specs, which include the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM, it sports an attention-grabbing design with a customizable RGB logo at the back.

You can get the Asus ROG Phone with a range of accessories.

The phone comes with a range of accessories that improve the gaming experience. These include a TwinView handheld dock with a secondary display and 6,000mAh battery, a third-party GameVice controller with WiGig functionality so you can play on an external display, and more. The flagship even sports a performance mode called X Mode, which raises the minimum clock speed and restricts tasks to the four fastest cores.

Other specs and features of the handset include a 6.0-inch display, a massive 4,000mAh battery, and dual front-facing speakers. The entry-level version with 128GB of space can be yours for $900, while the 512GB variant will set you back $1,100.

The back of the Asus ROG Phone.

Specs

  • 6.0-inch AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 8MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.3 mm, 200g

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There you have it, folks. These are our picks for the five best phones with 8GB of RAM, although there are quite a few others out there to choose from. These include the Oppo Find X, Asus Zenfone 5z, and the Huawei P20 Pro. Then there’s also the Pocophone F1, but the version with 8GB of RAM is exclusive to certain markets and kind of hard to get. Let’s not forget about the Honor View 20 that recently made its debut in China, with the global announcement scheduled for January 22. Which ones would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.

OnePlus 6 and 6T open beta updates bring app and display improvements

On its forums, OnePlus announced Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 6T and Open Beta 10 for the OnePlus 6. The OnePlus 6T received Open Beta 1 a little over a week ago, so this is a quick turnaround for the flagship smartphone.

The updates include app and display improvements for both phones, along with bug fixes and system stability improvements. Interestingly, those in India also get a caller ID feature that should help them identify unknown callers.

Editor’s Pick

Before you download the updates, remember that this is beta software. If you’re okay with the quirks that usually come with beta software, you can go here to learn how to install it on your OnePlus 6 or 6T.

If your OnePlus 6 or 6T is already running open beta software, the new update will arrive as an OTA update. We will provide download links once they are available.

In the meantime, you can check out the changelog below:

  • System
    • Improvements for screen brightness control
    • Confirm PIN without tapping √ for app locker
    • Improved color adaptation for navigation bar when using third-party apps
    • General bug fixes and system stability improvements
  • Phone
    • Added the caller identification feature (for India only)
    • Improved UI for Call History
  • Gallery
    • Added create a collection, copy and move photos features
    • New illustrations and design on blank pages
    • General bug fixes and overall experience improvements
  • Launcher
    • Added recommended tools in Toolbox
    • Improved UI for category tags in app drawer

OxygenOS beta 24/22 for OnePlus 5/5T rolling out, fixes audio crashes

OnePlus is delivering a small Christmas Eve present to open beta users of the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5: a new version of OxygenOS beta (based on Android 9 Pie) with a significant bug fix.

The newest OxygenOS betas — version 24 for the 5 and version 22 for the 5T — will appear as an OTA update for those of you who are part of the open beta program.

Editor’s Pick

The updates are fairly large at about 1.7GB but bring a big fix: a patch for the audio tuner crashes present on the previous open betas for the 5 and 5T. This is the only major fix for the update, other than the usual bug fixes and improvements.

This is the official changelog for the new betas:

System

  • Fixed random audio tuner crashes
  • General bug fixes and system stability improvements

If you are currently on the stable Android 8.1 Oreo version of OxygenOS on your OnePlus 5/5T, you can click here to find instructions on how to give the beta a shot. Along with getting to use Android 9 Pie on your 5/5T, you’ll get access to new features before anyone else.

NEXT: How the price of OnePlus phones changed over the years

This week in Android: Only the best of 2018

Huawei Mate 20

It’s the end of 2018 — well, almost anyway — and we’re taking a look back over the year that was. Our resident app expert, Joe Hindy, is breaking down the very best apps of 2018 and the very best games of 2018. Who knew some many awesome new apps hit the Play Store this year? Plus, while we saw some great phones this year, we also saw a few that may have gone a bit unrecognized.

Speaking of underrated phones, our full review of the Huawei Mate 20 is in and it’s still pretty impressive, even when compared to the Mate 20 Pro. This gorgeous phone boasts a triple camera setup and even has a headphone jack. That’s not easy to come by these days, and we appreciate it. Still, with impressive specifications under the hood, this is a mighty capable phone on its own.

We also take a look at the future of messaging, the future of 5G, and the future of OnePlus. We’re very futuristic.

Here are your top stories for the week

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XX:XX – 15 best Android apps released in 2018!

2018 was a great year for new apps. Joe Hindy breaks down all the best apps that came out this year, including new browsers and VPNs — you name it!


XX:XX – 15 best Android games released in 2018!

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XX:XX – Huawei Mate 20 review: Packing premium performance for a high price

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OnePlus 6T update tracker: OxygenOS 9.0.10 rolls out to unlocked variant

Welcome to the OnePlus 6T Android update tracker page. This page covers all major software news for the OnePlus 6T and will be updated regularly with new information.

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Since the OnePlus 6T is the first device from OnePlus to launch in both an unlocked and a carrier variant, this is the first time OnePlus fans have had to deal with certain models getting updates much faster than others. This OnePlus 6T updates hub will hopefully help you understand when you’re getting an update and what it will contain.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest OnePlus 6T updates.

SEE ALSO: Android 9 Pie update tracker

OnePlus 6T vs T-Mobile OnePlus 6T

There are two versions of the OnePlus 6T: the global, unlocked model you buy directly from OnePlus and the T-Mobile exclusive variant. Both devices look the same and feature the same hardware specs, but there are some notable differences.

You can read the full description of the differences in our summary article here, but the basic differences are listed below:

  T-Mobile Unlocked
Dual SIM Card No Yes
Carrier Locked Yes No
Bootloader Unlock Yes (per T-Mobile guidelines) Yes
Software Updates Source T-Mobile OnePlus
Pre-Installed Apps T-Mobile + OnePlus apps OnePlus apps

OnePlus 6T Latest Updates

OnePlus launched the OxygenOS 9.0.10 update for the unlocked variant of the OnePlus 6T on December 20, 2018.

The update brings the December 2018 security patch and a few bug fixes and improvements. Now, the T-Mobile variant is stuck on the November 2018 security patch while the unlocked variant is up-to-date.

The OxygenOS 9.0.10 update has the following fixes and upgrades:

  • Updated Android security patch to 2018.12
  • Improved Wi-Fi stability for better connectivity
  • Face Unlock improvements
  • Improved Nightscape performance

Consult the table below to see the latest available OxygenOS versions for the unlocked and T-Mobile variants:

  T-Mobile Unlocked
Latest Update Date December 11, 2018 December 20, 2018
Latest Update Version OxygenOS v9.0.1 OxygenOS v9.0.10
Android Base Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie

Previous Unlocked OnePlus 6T updates:

  • December 3, 2018: Update to OxygenOS 9.0.7
    • Addition of a special audio tuner for Bluetooth earphones
    • Improved Bluetooth stability for better connectivity
    • Optimized stability for Wi-Fi connection
    • Optimized standby power consumption
    • Fixed display issues for lock screen wallpaper
    • General bug fixes and improvements
    • Improved performance for slow-motion videos
  • November 21, 2018: Update to OxygenOS 9.0.6
    • Improved unlocking experience
    • Optimized standby power consumption
    • Fixed issues with adding APN on Verizon network
    • Fixed issues with no notifications from Play Store
    • Optimized image processing
    • General bug fixes and improvements
  • November 6, 2018: Update to OxygenOS 9.0.5
    • Improvements for Screen Unlock
    • General bug fixes and improvements

Previous T-Mobile OnePlus 6T updates:

  • December 11, 2018: Update to OxygenOS 9.0.1
    • Updated camera app
    • Updated in-display fingerprint sensor algorithm
    • Fixed Google Play Store download notification issues
    • Optimized face unlock
    • Optimized hidden Wi-Fi AP login UI
    • Optimized unlock speed with live wallpapers
    • Improved audio quality
  • November 20, 2018: Update to OxygenOS 9.0.0
    • Google monthly security updates
    • Various bug fixes and system improvements

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It looks like OnePlus won’t have the first Snapdragon 855 phone after all

  • OnePlus has reportedly confirmed that its 2019 flagship will not be the first to offer the Snapdragon 855 chipset.
  • OnePlus attributed the mistake to a miscommunication.
  • We may still see a OnePlus phone launch earlier than usual in 2019, however.

OnePlus made tech headlines yesterday when it announced that it would launch the first phone with a Snapdragon 855 chipset.

It came as a big surprise, because Samsung is usually the first to adopt Qualcomm‘s newest flagship chips. Now, it seems like the Chinese manufacturer’s claim was actually in error.

According to Engadget, Chinese versions of the slide deck used by CEO Pete Lau show that OnePlus would be “among the first” manufacturers to use the new chipset. However, the English version used during Lau’s address boldly stated that OnePlus would be “first” to offer the processor.

A OnePlus spokesperson later confirmed the error to the outlet and said the brand would be “one of the first” to use the chip, rather than the first.

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The change is a pretty big deal, because it means that OnePlus hasn’t quite pulled off a massive upset over the likes of Samsung. It’s still noteworthy to see the brand being among the first to use the chipset however, as it suggests we’ll be seeing a new phone launch sooner than we traditionally expect from OnePlus. The company usually launches its first handset of the year in May or June.

The news also comes after OnePlus revealed in a press release that it’s teaming up with the EE network to be “first to release a 5G commercial smartphone in Europe.” The Chinese brand didn’t reveal a release date beyond 2019, but said the new phone would be powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset.

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