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OnePlus Seeks OnePlus 6 Reviewers, Offers Free Phones

OnePlus has announced that it is seeking for a pool of tech users for its upcoming Android smartphone. These pool of tech users are expected to give a review, and great incentives await them like a free OnePlus 6 handset.


OnePlus is seeking reviewers for OnePlus 6 handset


In fact, OnePlus has beefed up its campaign to invite people. The company’s call for reviewers has been sent out publicly. The campaign was actually part of the recent iteration of the company’s The Lab.


OnePlus’ The Lab is meant to solicit reviews from the users regarding its upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship. And if you are interested to be part of this initiative, then you must apply. The Shenzhen, Guangdong-based phone maker, is now accepting applicants until 10 PM EDT on May 2.



However, OnePlus noted that they are only targeting English-speaking tech users for the reviewing task. If you are luckily selected as one of the OnePlus 6 reviewers, your name would be announced within 10 days after the submission of entries ended.



And for those applicants who were not selected but fit the company’s requirements would be added to the list as backup reviewers. They would be contacted in case the selected the tech users won’t be able to comply the requirements.


The company’s OnePlus 6 features a display notch and is powered with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and up to 8 GB of random access memory. The company’s flagship device is expected to be sold for $550 as an entry-level price.

OnePlus 6 Update: New Leaked Renders Show Blue, White, and Black Colour Variants

China-based mobile maker OnePlus announced that it would launch its newest flagship smartphone at the end of Q2 this year. OnePlus said the upcoming flagship would OnePlus 6. Before OnePlus’ announcement, there have been several leaked rumours surfaced online.


OnePlus 6 may come in various color variants


The leaked rumours about OnePlus6 include information provided allegedly from the phone’s manufacturer. This includes several renders of the phone that have leaked online. The OnePlus6 renders show that the phone is expected to be in various colour variants.



If the leaked renders are true, OnePlus6 users come in White, Blue and Black colours, respectively. These colours are in fact the same with the OnePlus 5T which is the company’s current flagship smartphone.



More leaked renders of the company’s upcoming flagship could be found on Weibo, a China-based microblogging site, a report from CNMO said. The site also hinted that a new colour variant which is the Blue colored phone would be this year’s highlight.



Meanwhile, aside from the usually leaked colour variants, the renders found at Weibo also revealed the expected phone’s features. This includes that the phone may have a notch which has been confirmed earlier through the announcement made by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau.

OnePlus Update: The OnePlus 6 To Have A Notch

OnePlus users are anticipating about the unveiling of the new OnePlus smartphone. The company’s new flagship killer was based on the OPPO R15 with OnePlus 5T is similar to OPP R11s. While you anticipate for the grand launch, OnePlus 6 has finally revealed with its notch design.


OnePlus 6 to have a notch, report says


The Verge reported earlier this week that OnePlus 6 would have the notch design. Such detail was disclosed by Carl Pei, the OnePlus’ co-founder. Thus, it is clear now that OnePlus smartphones have now bigger screen display.


“What you are essentially doing is moving the entire notification bar up, giving users more content on their screen,” Pei said as quoted saying in The Verge report.


The OnePlus co-founder claims that the notch design of OnePlus 6 is unique. He emphasized that the notch’s design is tailored fit in the smartphone. Pei also pointed out that OnePlus won’t be going to Essential notch as this would compromised other physical features of the phone.

This includes the earpiece, front camera, proximity sensors and LED notification light, among others. In terms of phone’s back part, OnePlus has opted to go back to the classic design. This means that OnePlus users should expect the material is wood.

In fact, a leaked photo of what appears to be OnePlus 6 has surfaced online. The OnePlus 6 purported photo was leaked by @evleaks, a popular tech tipster and leakster. The leaked photo, however, did not show that OnePlus 6 is made of wood. One details that would make users happy is that OnePlus retains the 3.5mm headphone jack.

A closer look of the purported OnePlus 6 revealed that a different placement for its fingerprint and dual-cameras. What could be seen in the leaked photo is that the fingerprint sensor is mounter at the rear of the camera. This placement is similar to Samsung Galaxy S9+. All of these remains speculations but all the given features of the phone suggest that OnePlus 6 is an exact copy of OPPO R15.

OnePlus 5 News, Update & Features: Phone To Get OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock Feature

Mobile users of OnePlus 5 have something to celebrate this yuletide. The popular smartphone will be getting a new feature. The OnePlus 5 is expected to feature a facial recognition technology called the Face Unlock.

The company launched the Face Unlock feature in its latest iteration which is the OnePlus 5T. News about the OnePlus 5’s feature surfaced earlier this week. In a Twitter post on Sunday, OnePlus Co-Founder Carl Pei made the announcement officially to the delight of the OnePlus 5 mobile users.

“Due to popular demand, Face Unlock is coming for the smartphone. Thanks for the feedback, and merry Christmas!,” Pei wrote on Sunday, December 24.

When the OnePlus posted the announcement, several OnePlus mobile users posted on the Twitter thread some questions about the Face Unlock feature. They want to know if such feature supports another phone like OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, respectively. OnePlus has yet to issue an official statement to address the concerns asked by the mobile users.

How does the Face Unlock feature works?

OnePlus explains that the Face Unlock feature works by unlocking a user’s smartphone through the help of the front camera. The Face Unlock feature works similarly with Apple’s Face ID as featured in iPhone X. The company further claims that OnePlus 5T is the first phone in the OnePlus series to sport such facial recognition technology.

OnePlus 5 specs

Meanwhile, the smartphone comes out with a maximum of 8 gigabytes of random access memory. The phone sports a 128 GB built-in storage capacity, a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display.

Also, the OnePlus 5 will be powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The phone has already got the OxygenOS 5.0 update lately, bringing the Android 8.0 Oreo platform.

OnePlus 5T: Phone Won’t Stream Netflix, Amazon Prime Video in HD

OnePlus 5T has earned its reputation to be a smartphone that has a wider screen display. The Android-powered device features a cinematic 18:9 screen. However, OnePlus 5T users won’t be able to enjoy watching movies using any popular streaming service.

But the company explains that it will dispatch an update as soon as possible. The update will fix the bug that hinders movie streaming service to play on the device. OnePlus 5T users claim that their smartphones cannot play Netflix or Amazon Prime Video in high definition( HD).

It is sad to note that the company did not give a hint when an update is coming. What is clear though is that a solution is at hand. According to tech analysts, OnePlus 5T devices lack Widevine rights management certification.

The Widevine Level 1 DRM allows the OnePlus 5T device to play HD movies. The problem has surfaced in a OnePlus public forum. The lack of HD streaming supports only complicates the situation. Currently, OnePlus 5T only supports the standard streams using Widevine Level 3.

This means that both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video were safeguarded with digital rights management. Since OnePlus 5T is an Android device, Google requires that a phone must have Widevine Level 1 solution in order to play HD videos.

What is Widevine?

The Widevine is the widely used DRM solution when it comes to protecting digital content. It is available on 4 billion devices across the globe that include mobiles devices—Apple, Google, PCs, Blu-Ray players, and gaming consoles as well.

Widevine Technologies developed Widevine solution. Google acquired the company back in December 2010 for $160 million.

The Verge reported, on the other hand, said that OnePlus and ZTE might actually decide to skip the process of acquiring the Widevine L1 solution.