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Samsung has been meticulously building its high-end Galaxy S and Note series handsets for quite some time now. Last year’s Galaxy Note 7, however, had left a massive dent on the company’s reputation after being recalled not once, but twice.
That didn’t stop Samsung from making a huge come back this year with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. And now, the company is gearing up to launch its second flagship for the year which is the Galaxy Note 8.
As most of you may already know, the Galaxy Note 8 will be the first Note series handset from the company after last year’s Galaxy Note 7 fiasco (the Note FE doesn’t count), and Samsung has a lot of expectations to live up to.
Sure, the all-new Galaxy S8 line does inspire some confidence, but the Galaxy Note 8 has to be nothing short of magical to match the expectations. And, judging by the leaks, the Note 8 will be one hell of a phone.
Speaking of which, we’ve tried to put all the major leaks in one place in this post. Continue reading to learn everything we know so far about the device.
Samsung has already sent out invites for the Galaxy Note 8 unveiling on August 23, which falls in line with the information rumor mill has been throwing at us for a while. Also, according to industry sources, Galaxy Note 8 is expected to go on sale on September 15 in Samsung’s home country, South Korea. As for the US, reports suggest that the company will be making the smartphone available right after the day following its announcement, i.e., on August 24. This will automatically give the company’s S Pen smartphone a head-start over the Apple iPhone 8 (or whatever it ends up being called).
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specs
Design and Display
The Galaxy Note series phones have always been synonymous with big displays and Galaxy Note 8 will not be an exception to this trend, obviously.
According to the rumors, the Note 8 will be getting the same “Infinity Display” as seen on the Galaxy S8 (that’s quite obvious too) but will come with an even higher screen-to-body ratio. Also, the display will be slightly bigger than the S8+, around 6.3-inch as suggested by the latest rumors.
Okay, now that we’ve talked enough about the display aspects of the phone let’s get to the design part. The Galaxy Note 8 will, for the most part, feature a design similar to the Galaxy S8+ (including the Bixby button), only it will be slightly wider and come with the S Pen.
Also, it will be much flatter than the Galaxy S8 or the S8+ which has been the case with most of Note series handsets.
A Samsung official had already confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 would not have an on-screen fingerprint scanner. Which means, the fingerprint scanner will still be on the back which is definitely a bummer.
What’s even worse, though, is that the fingerprint scanner will be even farther to reach, courtesy the dual camera setup on the back as can be seen on this leak as well as on the latest press render of the Note 8.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were launched with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 SoC in the US and the company’s in-house Exynos 8895 chipset in regions other than the US.
The upcoming smartphone, in all its likelihood, will be unveiled with the Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 SoCs in different markets which has also been confirmed by Evan Blass aka @evleaks, a famous tipster. No wonder, since both the chipsets are manufactured by the same company, i.e., yours truly — Samsung.
There were a few rumors initially suggesting that the Note 8 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 chipset which btw, is yet-to-be-announced. In fact, the Snapdragon 836 was tipped to debut with the Note 8. But, you can strike this one off since the Galaxy Note 8 has appeared on multiple benchmarking sites either with the Exynos 8895 SoC or the Snapdragon 835 chip.
RAM and Storage
While the Galaxy S8+ was launched with 6GB of RAM onboard, that particular variant was limited only to a few markets. With the Galaxy Note 8, however, the company will be finally making the switch to 6GB RAM for all the markets.
As for the storage, the Note 8 will offer at least 64GB of storage. In addition, you’ll also get the microSD card slot which will allow you to expand the storage further up to 256GB.
There were a couple of reports hinting that the upcoming S Pen phone will feature 8GB of RAM. But again, this is highly unlikely to happen.
Read: Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition for Asian markets to feature 6GB RAM and 256GB storage
On the software side of things, Samsung has made several changes which reflect quite well on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The TouchWiz UI, which is now called Samsung Experience, is lighter than ever and feels surprisingly fresh. Besides, it brings a ton of refinements with it.
We expect the Note 8 to provide the same experience as the current generation S series handsets do. Of course, there will be a few software chops reserved for the S Pen. That’s a given, anyway.
The Galaxy Note 8 is rumored to come with the Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board. Needless to say, it will then be upgraded to Android 8.0 (O) once Google rolls out the stable version.
If you’ve been following our Galaxy Note 8 coverage closely, you’d by now know that the handset will come with a dual camera setup on the back.
As mentioned above, the dual camera module on the Galaxy Note 8 will be placed horizontally on the back with the fingerprint scanner placed adjacent to it. Leaks point at the inclusion of two 12MP sensors (standard f/1.7 lens and a telephoto f/2.4 lens) along with dual-pixel autofocus.
Also, the handset will reportedly allow you to achieve up to 2x optical zoom similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. And most importantly, both the sensors will get OIS which will come in quite handy during low-light imaging as well as videography.
Selfie enthusiasts can expect the handset to feature an 8MP f/1.7 shooter at the front similar to the one seen on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
Galaxy Note 7’s fiasco can pretty much be attributed to the battery failures, and we expect the company to be extremely wary with the batteries this time around.
As a result, the company could be cramming in a relatively smaller battery despite the fact that it could fit a bigger battery. We are expecting the battery capacity to be somewhere close to 3,500mAh (like the Note 7).
Recent rumors point at a 3,300mAh battery. Akin to its predecessors and the current-gen Galaxy S phones, the Note 8 will also come with fast charging capabilities irrespective of the chipset used.
Apart from the ones mentioned above, the Galaxy Note 8 will come with a bunch load of other features including an improved iris scanner, S Pen (obviously), IP68 certified water and dust resistance, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bixby, AKG-powered headphones, and more. Word has it that the South Korean tech giant will be bundling a transparent plastic case along with the smartphone as well.
And btw, the Note 8 will be available in these colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey/Violet, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Dark Blue, Deep Sea Blue, and Pink.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Price
As it is evident from the above, the Galaxy Note 8 will essentially be a Galaxy S8 Plus in a slightly bigger and wider body combined with S Pen and a dual camera module at the back.
Including these additional features will obviously have a direct impact on the price of the Galaxy Note 8. At this point, rumors hint at a €999 price tag which approximately translates to $1,150.
This means the Galaxy Note 8 will surely burn a hole in your pocket (pun intended). So, you better start keeping some money aside right away.
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After months of rumors, Samsung Galaxy M10 is finally among us. The phone was unveiled in India, debuting alongside the slightly superior Galaxy M20 as the first of devices in the new lineup of Samsung Galaxy M series.
The major highlight of the Galaxy M10 is the Infinity V display panel that rocks a cool-looking waterdrop-style notch housing the front camera. Much like what you find on the tri-lens and quad-lens Galaxy A7 2023 and A9 2023, the M10 also comes with an ultra-wide camera on the dual-lens setup on the back.
Let’s check out the full specs.
Samsung Galaxy M10 specs
6.2-inch 19.5:9 HD+ (720 x 1520) LCD display
Exynos 7870 processor
2GB or 3GB RAM
16GB or 32GB expandable storage
Dual 13MP + 5MP (ultra-wide) back camera
5MP front camera
Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.5
The 6.2-inch LCD panel is big enough to fit into the idea of what Samsung’s target market – millennials – wants. With a 3400mAh battery, the HD+ panel shouldn’t cause any excessive strain to the Galaxy M10 battery, but the lower resolution leaves it a step behind the M20 and its full HD resolution, although this is something the naked eye can easily miss to spot.
For the raw power, the Galaxy M10 packs an Exynos 7870 chipset allied to either 2GB RAM and 16GB storage or 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Whichever memory option you pick, there is room to expand via a microSD card.
Samsung chose to go with Android 8.1 Oreo with Experience 9.5 for the M10’s software, but we know an update to Android 9 Pie with One UI on top will be released somewhere in August 2023.
Design and photography
Unfortunately, there is no fingerprint scanner on the back of the Galaxy M10 and neither is it on the front like the Galaxy S10 or side-mounted like the Galaxy A7 2023. It’s simply not there, leaving the back panel as clean as it can get.
Interestingly, ditching the fingerprint scanner is not even strange considering the pricing of the phone, what’s weird about the design of the M10 is the speaker placement, where it appears on the back. This means when the phone is resting on a table with the screen facing up, sound output will be affected.
Samsung launched the Galaxy M10 in India on January 28 and begins selling on February 5th via Amazon India and Samsung online store. Just so you know, these phones will only be available online, although things could change in future.
We know the Galaxy M10 is a budget phone aimed at the developing markets and not just India. That said, we expect it to be unveiled in more markets across Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and probably North America too.
Samsung Galaxy M10 competition
With the Galaxy M10, Samsung hopes to recapture its lost glory in the budget segment where the Galaxy J series has been a mainstay. Just by looking at the pricing, many will agree that the Korean company is after the likes of Xiaomi’s Redmi and Huawei’s Honor divisions.
Xiaomi recently announced the Redmi Note 7 that boasts a premium design, impeccable features, a massive 48MP camera, runs the latest Android 9 Pie out of the box, yet priced at the usual Xiaomi-like figures of under $150. The company is also expected to unveil the Redmi 7 and Redmi 7A, all of which are expected to pose serious threats to the survival of the Galaxy M10 and M20.
Huawei and Honor are also doing a great job in the budget segment. With devices like the Huawei Y7 Prime 2023, Huawei Y7 Pro, Honor 7A, Honor 7C, Honor 10 Lite, as well as the upcoming Honor 8A and probably Honor 8C be huge stumbling blocks for the Galaxy M10.
Asus also has something to offer in the budget segment, including devices like the ZenFone Max M2 that packs some punch yet it goes for INR 9,999 for the base model of 3/32GB. The Taiwanese company is also expected to refresh its line of ZenFone Live devices that are known to offer great value for money.
Samsung Galaxy M10 U.S. availability
Samsung has yet to reveal the release roadmap for the Galaxy M10, but based on previous happenings, we could say a thing or two regarding this matter, especially for those in the U.S. There is no doubt that most emerging markets will get the M10, but the only proof we have of the possible coming of the phone in the U.S. is an FCC listing for model number SM-M105F.
This listing was spotted way before the launch of the Galaxy M10 and while such an appearance on the FCC should naturally translate to U.S. availability, we can’t guarantee this for now. Still, we have heard rumors that the Galaxy M series will replace the Galaxy J series and since this family of phones was sold in the U.S., their replacements should also be sold stateside.
After releasing the tablet-focused Android 12L update, Google has shifted its focus to its next major Android release, Android 13. After two developer previews and two beta builds, the company has now released the third beta of Android 13. With the latest beta, Android 13 has reached platform stability, meaning all app-facing behaviors and APIs are final. So in this article, we have rounded up everything we know about Android 13 right now, including the release date, the entire beta rollout timeline, known and leaked features, and more.Android 13: Everything We Know So Far (June 2023)
Google has released a total of two developer previews and three beta builds of Android 13 so far. The first Android 13 beta arrived in the last week of April 2023, one month ahead of the usual May release that coincides with the Google I/O event. Since then, we have received two more builds.
Google has attained the platform stability milestone with the third Android 13 beta build. To recall, Android 12 reached platform stability in August 2023, and the stable build was launched in October 2023. Going by the Android 13 release timeline and assuming there are no major hurdles in the update schedule, we could expect Google to release the stable version of Android 13 sometime in August or September this year.Android 13 Eligible Devices
Google Pixel 4
Google Pixel 4 XL
Google Pixel 4a
Google Pixel 4a (5G)
Google Pixel 5
Google Pixel 5a (5G)
Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6 Pro
Google Pixel 6a
If you recall, Pixel 2 series reached end-of-life before the Android 12 release and wasn’t included in the list of Android 12 devices. Similarly, Google dropped support for Pixel 3 and 3 XL before the Android 12L update. This time around, Google has dropped support for Pixel 3a and 3a XL.Android 13 Dessert Name
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Google has a tradition of using dessert names for Android. Although Google stopped marketing the dessert name after Android 9 Pie back in 2023, it still uses dessert names internally as codenames for Android releases. For instance, Quince Tart is the codename for Android 10, Red Velvet Cake is Android 11’s codename, and Android 12 was internally known as Snow Cone.
Coming to Android 13, we already know that the internal codename of Android 13 is Tiramisu. Google didn’t shy away from using Android 13’s codename in the first developer preview. Although newer builds use the version number “13”, Google had mentioned “Tiramisu” on the “About Phone” page in the first developer preview build. For those wondering, Tiramisu is a coffee-flavored Italian dessert. According to Wikipedia, Tiramisu is usually made of savoiardi, egg yolks, mascarpone, cocoa, and coffee. Meanwhile, it’s in the air that Android 14’s dessert name is Upside Down Cake.Android 13: Top New Features (Public Beta 3) Themed Icons for Third-party Apps
Starting with Android 12, Google introduced support for themed icons on Android 12. However, it was limited just to Google apps at the moment. With Android 13, Google is making dynamic color themed icons available for all app icons. App developers will be required to use a monochromatic app icon and update the adaptive icon XML to incorporate themed app icons support to their apps. Google says themed third-party icons will first arrive on Pixel phones, and it is working with device OEMs to bring this feature to their custom skins.Flashlight Alert and Quick Tap to Enable Flashlight
As an improvement to Android 12’s double tap gestures, you now get the option to toggle the flashlight. Going forward, you can double-tap the back of your phone to enable or disable the flash. This is undoubtedly a convenient feature to have, especially for those who often use their phone’s flashlight in the dark.Faster Access to QR Code Scanning
Thanks to the pandemic, we have witnessed widespread adoption of QR codes. Ranging from payment terminals to restaurant menus, QR codes are now almost everywhere. Considering the rejuvenated interest, Android 13 will let you access the QR code scanner right from your phone’s lock screen. In addition, you will also get a Quick Settings tile to access the QR code scanner.Redesigned Audio Output Picker
In a noticeable visual change, Google is redesigning the media output picker in Android 13. The output picker, not to be confused with the expanded volume bar, lets you switch between available output devices such as Bluetooth headphones or phone speakers. It looks similar to Android 12’s Quick Settings tiles (read: they are thick) and accommodates the device name in the volume slider. It’s functionally the same as Android 12, but it will come in a design refresh to improve consistency throughout the interface.New Photo Picker
In an attempt to unify the file picker experience and protect the privacy of its users, Google is adding a new system photo picker with Android 13. Building on Android’s document picker that shares specific documents with the app without giving the app access to all media files on the device, the new photo picker API makes it easier for apps to efficiently access shared images and videos. Furthermore, Google plans to bring the new photo picker to Android 11 and higher through Google Play system updates.Prompts to Add New Quick Settings Tiles New Material You Color Styles
While Material You revamped customization features on Android 12, one criticism of the feature was the inability to set your own colors. That gave birth to third-party apps to use custom Material You accent colors. Listening to feedback, Google is now offering a total of 16 color options in the Settings, as opposed to the 4 found in Android 12. While this is a step in the right direction, it’s still disappointing to see the lack of a color palette or the option to enter a HEX code for setting the accent color in Android 13.Edit Text from Clipboard
Google is making it easier for Android users to edit copied text. Much like how screenshots work now, Android 13 introduces a pencil icon to edit the content when you cut or copy text. With this feature, you can paste the text from the clipboard and add/remove content to it. Furthermore, if you copy a number or link, you are given additional options to call/message and open the link in Chrome.
Google has added a squiggly line to the media player progress bar in Android 13. The squiggly line appears only when you’re playing music and goes back to the usual straight line when you have paused the media. It’s not limited to the notifications shade though, you get the same wavy progress bar on the lock screen too. While this doesn’t change the functionality, it looks like a nice visual upgrade.Panlingual App-Specific Languages
Codenamed Panlingual, Android 13 finally brings the ability to set languages on a per-app basis. Ideal for polyglots, the feature makes it convenient to use some apps in a specific language. For instance, one could use Google Chrome in Hindi while interacting with the rest of the phone in English.Android 13: Leaked/ Hidden Features
Although Google has released the first developer preview of Android 13, some interesting features are disabled by default. However, we do know a few tidbits, courtesy of Mishaal Rahman’s Android 13 deep dive and previous Android 13 reports from the folks at XDA Developers and Android Police. As always, we have added consumer-centric features first, followed by developer-focused features towards the end.Weekly View in Privacy Dashboard
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Privacy Dashboard is getting a much-needed improvement in Android 13. Moving forward, you will have the option to view the permission log for the past seven days. For the uninitiated, Android 12 currently preserves the permission log for the camera, microphone, and location access for the past 24 hours.Tap to Transfer Media Playback Between Devices
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According to a recent Android Police report, Android 13 may offer a media tap to transfer feature. It could potentially let users switch media between your phone and other devices, presumably smart speakers. From what it looks like, the feature could be akin to how you can seamlessly transfer media playback from an iPhone to HomePod. The report speculates that it could rely on NFC or UWB to transfer media playback. Esper’s Mishaal Rahman has managed to enable the feature’s prototype, and you can check it out in action above.Runtime Notifications
Starting with Android 13, Google is expected to introduce runtime permissions for notifications. In other words, the apps will have to request permission from the user before sending notifications, much like how other permissions like location and microphone access are handled on Android today. The idea is to help users make a cautious decision whether they’d like to receive notifications from an app. Will this solve Android’s spam notifications problem? To an extent, but not really.
If an app has properly implemented notification channels, you have the option to manually block out spam notifications today. And you can continue to receive important notifications. In a nutshell, if you are tired of that one food delivery app constantly nudging you to order good food online, go through our guide to disable spam notifications on Android to stop it for good.
A minor change in Android 13 would make it easier to use NFC payments for multiple profiles. So far, the option to make NFC payments is only available to the primary profile. However, if you are someone who shares your phone with a family member and lives in a country that has embraced NFC payments, this Android 13 feature is likely to come as good news to you.Bluetooth LE Audio Support
Remember when Bluetooth SIG announced LC3 codec with Bluetooth LE Audio at CES 2023? It looks like Android 13 may completely embrace Bluetooth LE Audio. According to the AOSP Gerrit commit spotted by Mishaal Rahman, Google may add LC3 codec as an option in the settings. To recall, the LC3 codec offers better audio quality when compared to SBC codec, even at a 50% lower bit rate.DNS over HTTPS Support
Google introduced DNS-over-TLS with Android 9 Pie, and the feature has been available as “Private DNS” since then. According to the commit spotted by XDA Developers, Google is planning to support DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) on Android 13. Most popular web browsers, including Google Chrome and Firefox, introduced DoH support over the past few years. It is also possible to turn on DNS-over-HTTPS on Windows 11. Until Android 13 arrives, you can check this guide on how to enable DNS-over-TLS on Android.The Android Resource Economy (TARE)
“TARE will delegate “credits” to apps that they can then “spend” on queuing tasks. The total number of “credits” that TARE will assign (called the “balance”) depends on factors such as the current battery level of the device, whereas the number of “credits” it takes to queue a task will depend on what that task is for,” explains Esper’s Mishaal Rahman.
Moreover, TARE may limit the number of tasks an app can schedule through the JobScheduler and AlarmManager policies based on the battery level. As you might have guessed by now, this is a developer-focused feature, and we will have to wait to learn more about how the feature works behind the scenes.Android 13 is Right Around the Corner
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Command Prompt is a native command-line shell for Windows NT-based systems, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Also available in Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012.
Its function is to execute the commands entered in its dialog box. Basically, CMD commands are tasks performed autonomously with scripts and .bat files.What is the use of Command Prompt?
The program performs troubleshoot, solves certain errors and has several administrative functions.
Officially, Command Prompt is referred to as Windows Command Processor. In other less official settings, it’s called:
Command Prompt is not a DOS prompt or MS-DOS itself. Some people make this mistake because it has certain resemblances. Still, Command Prompt is a Windows program that can use the command lines available in MS-DOS.How to open Command Prompt
Of course, like any other program, before you start using it, you should know how to open it first. Fortunately, for Command Prompt, the procedure is really simple.
Just type “command prompt” in the search box from the Start menu. It will appear as the first search result. For an added comfort, you can just type “cmd”, the result would be the same.
Still, using the shortcut is way faster and easier. As you can see, even with Run, there are additional steps to be followed.
Keep in mind that most of the repair commands can only be executed if you run it with administrator rights. Here’s what to do if you can’t run Command Prompt as administrator on Windows 10.How to use Command Prompt
In order to use Command Prompt, you must enter a valid command along with the needed parameters required by the task at hand.
There’s no room for mistakes when you enter a command. The Command Prompt will not recognize a command if you misspell a word, so, it will fail to execute or worse, it will execute a wrong command.
The syntax is also very important. For example, if you want to delete a certain document, but by mistake, you leave a space, the Command Prompt would delete the entire folder.
Speaking of “del” command, you can use it to delete a certain type of file. Just write “*”, followed by the extension of the file (eg: .jpg, .mp3, .iso etc.).
You can use a large variety of commands. The most commonly used are chkdsk, format, ping, del, shutdown, help, and copy.
So, as you can see, the commands are logical and intuitive. For example, “chkdsk” stands for “check disk”. It is a very useful tool, where Windows will check your disk for errors. Also, chkdsk will fix certain issues.
For more details about this tool, check out our guide on how to use CHKDSK.
Moreover, the Command Prompt is probably the most efficient tool for fixing corrupted files.
In short, the Command Prompt is a tool where you can do almost everything, from repairing your computer, running programs or even deleting your files.
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OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro at a glance
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The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro were launched on April 14, 2023, and released on April 29 in markets around the world.
The OnePlus 8 (launch price: $699 in the US) is the phone you’ll want if you’re primarily interested in smooth performance on a budget. It lacks some bells and whistles, like a 120Hz display and wireless charging, but it’s one of the most affordable ways to get a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G, and a high-quality screen.
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The OnePlus 8 Pro (launch price: $899 in the US) is the best choice for those who want a true flagship. It gets the fast core specs and smooth interface OnePlus is known for, and it ups the ante with fast wireless charging, water resistance, a super-smooth 120Hz display, and a superior camera. It’s not cheap, but it’s not supposed to be, so OnePlus cut no corners here.
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Are the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro worth buying?
With the launch of the OnePlus 9 series, the OnePlus 8 series is now officially “last year’s model.” As such, you might want to check out our buyer’s guide for the latest models instead.
However, the OnePlus 8 series is still filled with good phones. Additionally, it is now easier to find OnePlus 8 phones at a discount. If you don’t mind being a year behind the curve, it’s still worth checking out these devices.
The OnePlus 8 Pro, specifically, would still be a great buy even in 2023. Its specs are still great, its design is still premium, and it still has flagship-quality features like wireless charging and a full IP rating. Granted, the OnePlus 9 Pro is definitely superior, but that phone will also invariably be much more expensive.
Read up: Our full OnePlus 8 reviewWhat other reviewers from around the web think
To give you the best picture, we looked at what reviewers from other publications had to say about the phones:
Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo noted the OnePlus 8 Pro was the best Android flagship on the market at that time, even if “it’s not the slam-dunk value champion that past OnePlus smartphones have been.” Ron loved the display, the mostly stock Android software, and the addition of long-requested features like wireless charging and water resistance.
Marques Brownlee of MKBHD checked out the OnePlus 8 and loved its high-refresh display (even if it’s only 90Hz), but found the camera lacking; overall, he thought the $699 OnePlus 8 “is not special anymore.” Meanwhile, Marques said the OnePlus 8 Pro is “a bona fide, complete-feeling flagship” that finally includes a great camera.
Wired’s Julian Chokkattu praised the OnePlus 8 Pro’s “fantastic” screen and called the phone’s camera “surprisingly good.” Still, Julian didn’t forget about the elephant in the room — the fact that OnePlus phones used to provide “spectacular value,” which is not the case with the latest generation.
The OnePlus 8 Pro fared worse against OnePlus’ own 7T, though (from 16,500 votes). Three-quarters of respondents thought last year’s phone is a better deal.
Meanwhile, when asked what score they would assign to the OnePlus 8 Pro, 33% of respondents gave it a five-star rating. Another 29% gave it four stars, and only 6% thought the OnePlus 8 is a terrible, one-star phone.
Can the Color filter camera really see through clothes and plastic?
A few weeks after the phone’s launch, social media became awash with images taken with the OnePlus 8 Pro’s color filter camera, specifically the Photocrom filter, that revealed the camera can actually see through certain types of materials. These include plastic casings of electronics including TV remotes, Apple TV, Nintendo Switch, game controllers, and more.
More troubling, the camera can also “see” through some thin layers of clothing.
Needless to say, this ability is problematic, and OnePlus moved quickly to assuage any privacy fears. The company said it would disable the Photocrom filter via OTA, but only on phones sold in China and running Hydrogen OS. In the rest of the world, OnePlus said it would update the OnePlus 8 Pro in order to tone down this ability. In May, an update for the global variant has actually completely disabled the controversial filter. Now, the main camera uses the filter lens for certain things, but the original idea of the filter is gone.Does the OnePlus 8 have good battery life?
Both the OnePlus 8 (4,300mAh) and the OnePlus 8 Pro (4,510mAh) have solid battery life, despite their high-refresh-rate screens. Based on our testing, both phones can last about a day and a half of normal use. The smaller phone actually has better battery life, consistently pushing towards one day and three-quarters of use.
While neither model is the best phone around when it comes to batteries, the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro have solid battery life. You can also eke out a bit more screen-on time by lowering the refresh rate to 60Hz, which is easy to do from the settings menu.
Check out this article for a more in-depth look at OnePlus 8 Pro’s battery life.
Competition and alternatives
In 2023, it was clear the OnePlus 8 Pro targeted the Galaxy S20 Plus and that makes sense — it was the Android flagship to beat. The good news is that it came on top in our comparison with the Galaxy S20 Plus, thanks to the comparable user experience and a similar set of features, offered at a lower price.
When compared to the HUAWEI P40 Pro, the OnePlus device has the clear upper hand thanks to the preloaded Google apps and services. The P40 Pro has the better camera by some margin though.
If you’re in a market where it’s sold, the cheaper realme X50 Pro is a decent OnePlus 8 Pro alternative. It has blazing-fast performance, great build quality, and super-fast 65W charging, though the camera will probably disappoint.
But the biggest competitor to the OnePlus 8 Pro is this year’s OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. Both phones are more expensive than the list prices of the OnePlus 8 series. However, if you were planning on spending $900 on a OnePlus 8 Pro, you’re likely going to be OK spending $1,000 on the superior OnePlus 9 Pro. The 9 Pro is far and away the best camera ever from OnePlus, which is a big deal.
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A: Yes, on May 26, OnePlus announced that both variants will support playing Fortnite at 90Hz.
This is the first time that Apple has released 3 flagship iPhones in one year. There is the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. Since this the first time that 3 new flagship iPhones are being launched, the buyers are a little confused. People are asking all sorts of questions about these new iPhones as they prepare to open their wallets to purchase their brand new iPhones. While which one should you choose is a bigger question, and will depend on many factors, like your older phone, your budget, and your requirement among other things, you should at least know everything about the device you are about to buy. This is an attempt to answer all those questions which might be floating around in your head. In this article, we are going to focus specifically on iPhone 8 Plus. We scoured the internet to find the most frequently asked questions and prepared the iPhone 8 Plus FAQ, which will help you learn everything about your device.iPhone 8 Plus FAQ
Since there are a lot of questions that we are going to cover in this article, we have divided the article into various sub-headings to categorize the questions. If you have a specific question in mind, you can directly go to that sub-heading to find the answer to your question. Although, I would recommend that you read the entire article, as it will increase your knowledge about the device that you are buying.
iPhone 8 Plus FAQ: GeneralHow much the iPhone 8 Plus is going to cost?
If you are not a member of Apple’s upgrade program and want to buy an unlocked version, the new iPhone 8 Plus is going to cost your $799 for its base variant which has a 64GB of internal storage. If you want to upgrade the storage to 256 GB, you will have to pay a hefty price of $949. The members of the upgrade program can get this phone for $39.50/month. Of course, these are the US pricing models, if you happen to live in another country, your pricing will vary.Has it become costlier?
Yes, the iPhone 8 Plus which is launching at $799 for the base model is costlier than the last year’s iPhone 7 Plus which launched at $749. That’s a $50 markup in the price of the new iPhone. However, it should also be mentioned that the last year’s base model had 32 GB of storage, while this year it has been increased to 64 GB.What are the storage options I can choose? When can I get it?
If you are living in the United States, iPhone 8 Plus has started shipping from 22nd September. This means that at the time of publishing this article, you can easily go and purchase your iPhone, and it will ship immediately. The timeline is the same for most of the major markets around the world with some exceptions. For example, in India, the pre-order starts on 22nd September with shipping on 29th September.Can I buy the carrier unlocked version?
Yes, you can absolutely buy carrier unlocked version of the iPhone 8 Plus.
iPhone 8 Plus FAQ: Design and buildDoes the new iPhone 8 Plus has bezel-less display?
No, the iPhone 8 Plus sports bezels just like its predecessor iPhone 7 Plus. If you want the bezel-less iPhone, you will have to go for iPhone X.Does it have a glass back?
Yes, Apple has switched to a glass back design with the new iPhone 8 Plus. Both the front display and the back panel are made of glass which is flanked by a metal frame.Is the metal frame made from steel? What colours I get to choose from?
This year iPhone 8 Plus is launching in 3 colours which are Space Grey, Silver, and Blush Gold. The Space Gray looks more like the last year’s Jet Black. There’s is no Rose Gold option this year though.Is my iPhone water-proof?
Technically, your iPhone is not water-proof. The iPhone 8 Plus, just like its predecessor iPhone 7 Plus is water resistant. It is rated IP67, which means it can withstand about 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. So, you don’t have to worry if you accidentally dropped in your toilet or swimming pool.Has my iPhone become heavier?
Yes, your new iPhone 8 Plus has become slightly heavier than its predecessor iPhone 7 Plus. While the iPhone 7 Plus weighed 188 grams (6.63 oz), the iPhone 8 Plus now weighs 202 grams (7.13 oz).Is my iPhone thicker?
Yes, the iPhone 8 plus is also slightly thicker at 7.5 mm (0.3 inches) from the older iPhone 7 Plus which was 7.3mm (0.29 inches) thick.
iPhone 8 Plus FAQ: HardwareWhat are the Tech Specs of iPhone 8 Plus?
Display5.5-inch IPS LCD True Tone Display (1920x1080p) resolution at 401 ppi, 3D Touch,
ProcessorA11 Bionic chip (64-bit ARM SoC) with AI accelerator (“Neural Engine”). hexa-core CPU with 4x low-power ‘Mistral’ cores and 2x high-power ‘Monsoon’ cores. Embedded M11 motion co-processor, tri-core GPU.
Storage64GB and 256GB
Rear Camera SetupDual 12MP cameras, 1x wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture and 1x telephoto with f/2.8 aperture, 2x optical zoom, OIS.
Front CameraSingle 7MP
Waterproof and dust-resistantIP67-certified
Sensors3-axis Gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
ConnectivityLTE-A, nano SIM slot, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 5, VoLTE, Wi-Fi Calling, Lightning
ColorsSpace Grey, Silver, and Blush Gold
Dimensions158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
Weight202 gWhat’s new in the A11 Bionic chip? Has the headphone jack returned?
Sadly, there’s still no headphone jack on iPhone 8 Plus.What about the new speakers?
Apple introduced the new stereo-speakers with the iPhone 7 Plus. The same stereo-speakers are present on the iPhone 8 Plus too, however, the speakers themselves have been improved upon. Apple is claiming about 25% improvement in loudness, and I can definitely attest to that. The speakers sound better than those present on the older iPhones.Does it still have the Touch ID?
Yes, iPhone 8 Plus still has the Touch ID baked inside the home button.Does it have the new Face ID?
No, the Face ID is an exclusive iPhone X feature.
iPhone 8 Plus FAQ: CamerasAre the new cameras any better? Does they really shoot 4K?
Yes, the new iPhone 8 Plus shoots 4K, that too at 60 FPS. Considering the fact that eveb many high priced studio cameras are not able to achieve that feat, it’s a huge win for the new iPhones. Preliminary camera tests have shown that the 4K video is smooth and the device doesn’t even get hot while shooting in 4K which is normally the case with other devices.What are the enhancements in portrait mode?
Portrait mode or the bokeh effect was launched with the iPhone 7 Plus which used its dual-lens setup to produce a cool background fade effect. iPhone 8 Plus cameras enhance on these features by including various lighting effects to the portrait mode like studio lighting, contour lighting, and mono lighting among others.Does the portrait mode also works in front facing camera?
No, this feature is exclusive to iPhone X.Has the slow-motion video capture improved?
Yes, now you can capture slow-motion videos at 240 FPS in 1080p or Full HD.Does it have OIS on the telephoto lens? Does it have flash for the front camera?
No, it doesn’t have a hardware selfie flash in the front camera. However, it does support the software flash feature which Apple calls the retina flash.
iPhone 8 Plus FAQ: Wired and Wireless ChargingDoes it support wireless charging?
Yes, the glass back on the iPhone 8 Plus allowed Apple to integrate the wireless charging.Which wireless charging standard is supported?
Thankfully Apple is not using any propriety wireless charging standard, instead, it is using the Qi wireless charging standard which is the most popular and the most used wireless charging standard in the world.Does it support the PMA wireless charging standard?
No, unlike Samsung flagship devices which support both Qi and PMA wireless charging standard, iPhone 8 Plus along with iPhone 8 and X only supports the Qi standard.Is the wireless charging feature faster or slower than the wired charging? What do I need to use wireless charging? Does it support fast wired charging?
Yes, the new iPhones support fast wired charging.Will the included adapter work for fast charging?
Sadly no, as the included adapter only outputs 5 watts, hence, it will not support fast charging. To enjoy fast charging you will have to but a 29 Watt adapter (which is the same which comes with the new MacBooks) and a USB-C to lighting cable. Both of them together will cost you around $80. If you own a new MacBook, you will only need to buy the cable.How fast will my iPhone charge with the fast charging?
With fast wired charging, you can get up to 50% charge in just 30 minutes.
iPhone 8 Plus FAQ: DisplayDoes it have the OLED Panel? What is the new “True Tone” display technology?
Apple launched its new True-Tone display technology with the iPad Pro. Basically it uses built-in sensors on your iPhone to determine your ambient lighting condition, and then calibrate the colour temperature of your display to give you a better viewing experience in all kinds of environments.Does it also support “Pro Motion”?
No, the Pro-Motion technology is exclusive to iPad Pro.
iPhone 8 Plus FAQ: BatteryWhat’s the battery capacity?
The iPhone 8 Plus has a Li-ion battery with a capacity of 2675 mAh.How long the battery will last when compared to my iPhone 7 Plus?
Although the battery is a little smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus, the new A11 Bionic chip’s power efficiency ensures that your battery life won’t take a hit. You should expect a similar battery life as your iPhone 7 Plus.
iPhone 8 Plus FAQ: SoftwareWhich iOS version will the iPhone 8 Plus ship with? What is this Augmented reality thing I am hearing about?
The new A11 bionic chip when combined the with Apple’s own ARkit platform and the new cameras, give the new iPhones enough power to run Augmented Reality apps. Augmented reality is basically a technology which uses your iPhone’s cameras to place virtual objects in the real environment. For example, you can place a virtual table in your dining room to see if it looks good or not. Think of it as Pokemon Go, but 100 times better.Will I need to buy extra hardware to make AR work?
No, you don’t need any extra hardware as the new iPhones are already equipped with hardware which is capable of running AR.Will my iPhone 8 Plus have the new dock? Can I turn off the WiFi and Bluetooth from the Control Center?
Although the new Control Center might give you an illusion of disabling the WiFi and Bluetooth, in reality the controls only work to disconnect your phone from the network. If you want to turn on/off the WiFi or Bluetooth, you will have to do that from the settings menu.Does it have a File Manager? What about that Drag and Drop feature?
The Drag and Drop feature will work perfectly on your new iPhones. However, due to the screen size limitations, you cannot enjoy the benefits of this feature as much as you can on an iPad.
iPhone 8 Plus FAQ: ConnectivityWill the iPhone 8 Plus support LTE-A carrier aggregation in the U.S.?
Yes, the iPhone 8 Plus supports the LTE-A carrier aggregation in the U.S. So, if your carrier also supports it, you can enjoy the benefits like faster mobile data on your new iPhone.Does it support dual-SIM?
No, all the new iPhones only support a single nano-SIM card.Does it have Bluetooth 5.0?
Yes, all the new iPhones including the 8 Plus has Bluetooth 5.0.Does it support USB-OTG? Is there a microSD card slot?
No, just like all the other iPhones that have ever been released, the iPhone 8 Plus doesn’t have a microSD slot.Does it have a lightning or a USB-C connector?
Although Apple has pushed USB-C in its MacBooks, the new iPhones including the 8 Plus still has a lightning connector.Will the iPhone X be Compatible With Reliance Jio VoLTE in India?
Yes, the iPhone 8 Plus is fully compatible with Reliance Jio VoLTE in India. In fact, Reliance Jio has launched specific benefit plans for the iPhone 8 Plus customers in India.
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