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About this OnePlus 7T Pro review: I tested out the OnePlus 7T Pro as my primary phone for a week before writing this OnePlus 7T Pro review. The phone was tested on the Android 10 based Oxygen OS 10.0.HD01AA software build.

OnePlus 7T Pro review: The big picture

Warp Charge 30T (30W) charging brick

Red OnePlus USB-A to USB-C cable

Clear protective case

162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm

206g

Pop-up selfie camera

Gorilla Glass 5 back

In-display fingerprint scanner

Stereo speakers

6.67-inches Quad HD+ AMOLED

3,120 x 1,440 resolution

516ppi

90Hz display

HDR10+ capable

19.5:9 aspect ratio

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus

1 x 2.96GHz, 3 x 2.42GHz, 4 x 1.78GHz

Adreno 640

8GB of RAM

128 or 256GB UFS 3.0 storage

OnePlus takes its Never Settle motto seriously. Since the beginning, OnePlus has followed its ethos of delivering top-tier performance. Take the best possible components available, pair them with a fast and fluid software layer, and squeeze out the maximum. OnePlus hardware is some of the fastest available. 

The OnePlus 7T Pro upgrades the processor to the bleeding edge Snapdragon 855 Plus. Truthfully, the spec upgrade isn’t exactly substantial. The primary Kryo 485 cores are now clocked at 2.96GHz vs 2.84GHz on the regular Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm claims a 15% upgrade in GPU performance, but the scarcity of hardcore, polygon-pushing content means these gains may go unused. You are essentially future proofing your hardware. 

4,085mAh

30W Warp Charge 30T charging

The battery on the OnePlus 7T gets a minor spec bump to 4,085mAh. It’s a moderate improvement that makes a discernible difference to battery life, but also compensates for the faster chipset. The real upgrade here is in the charging solution. The phone uses the Warp Charge 30T tech that debuted on the OnePlus 7T. It promises up to 23% faster charging speeds, though real-world gains are a bit more conservative. Charging times from scratch clocked in at about 71 minutes, which is in line with our measured time for the OnePlus 7 Pro as well. However, the phone was noticeably cooler this time around.

Oxygen OS 10

Android 10

The OnePlus 7T Pro ships with Oxygen OS 10, based on Google’s new Android 10, and it’s brilliant. OnePlus is known for its excellent approach to smartphone software — taking vanilla Android and sprinkling in useful and helpful features that benefit the user. Fnatic gaming mode and Zen mode return, making for great gaming and well-being experiences, respectively.

Inside Google’s massive Android rebrand

Features

Oxygen OS 10 is a great refinement of 9.5, and many of the improvements were focused on the camera. For example, macro mode and dual-FoV portrait mode have been added to the app, allowing for even more versatility with the 7T Pro’s triple camera setup. On top of these, OnePlus made some notable changes to how the 7T Pro processes images. The company’s UltraShot technology will analyze what you’re shooting and then apply different presets of color, contrast, exposure compensation, and HDR effect. (This is similar to the AI camera features touted by OnePlus’ competitors.)

Rear cameras

Standard: 48MP, f/1.6, OIS

Wide-angle: 16MP, f/2.2, 117 deg

Telephoto: 8MP, f/2.2, OIS

Front camera

16MP, f/2.0

Pop-up selfie

4K 60fps video recording

In most scenarios, colors are represented accurately across both the main and wide-angle cameras. However, the telephoto lens does cast a strange tone across images that changes based on the scenery. This makes for a less accurate overall image.

This image of a washing line has a bit of a warm tone to it when to the naked eye it held more of a blue tone with an overcast sky.

OnePlus’ HDR processing performed admirably across all of its lenses. I found that it was able to capture great detail across the entire range of shadows and highlights, even in pretty extreme situations like this shot of a bright day, through trees and bushes.

The new macro mode — the icon for it is found at the top right when holding the phone in portrait — is really cool. It moves a motor in the camera assembly to bring the lens further from the sensor to allow for a much closer focusing distance. This shot of my computer monitor shows even the sub-pixels with the red, green, and blue elements making up each pixel. I couldn’t have been able to capture these details without mode.

OnePlus 7 Pro camera review: Average at best

Reviews

The 7T Pro’s selfie camera is pretty much just the 7 Pro’s with some software tweaks. The images are sharp and detailed with great color across the board. Portrait selfies could use a bit of work, since the edge detection isn’t quite up to par with phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Google Pixel 3, which have an extra front sensor to help with depth and background separation.

The 7T Pro’s main video shooting features haven’t expanded or improved compared to the 7 Pro. You can still shoot up to 960fps slow motion, and up to Ultra HD/4K video at 60fps. I’ve found the front-facing video to be much smoother than the 7 Pro’s, however, thanks to OnePlus’ improved software stabilization. It does crop in a bit to make that happen, but the result is super-smooth motion, almost as though the phone were on a gimbal.

You can check out full-res OnePlus 7T Pro camera samples at this link.

Audio

No headphone jack

No dongle / earphones in box

LDAC support

OnePlus 7T Pro 8GB RAM, 256GB storage — £699, Rs. 53,999 (~$762)

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition 12GB RAM, 256GB storage — £799, Rs. 58,999 (~$832)

OnePlus 7T Pro review: The verdict

The OnePlus 7T is the very definition of an incremental update. Part of the standard half-yearly refresh cycle for OnePlus, it brings a few quality-of-life improvements aimed squarely at those who are upgrading from older phones, and perhaps those who want to be on the absolute bleeding edge of hardware. As such, there is absolutely no reason for anyone on the OnePlus 7 Pro to consider the update.

For everyone else, though, OnePlus is finally inching close to the level of perfection it needs to compete with top-tier flagships. That it manages to do so while undercutting the competition by hundreds of dollars is what really seals the deal.

The OnePlus 7T is a fantastic device that goes overboard on hardware, all while providing one of the best software builds on Android. Dare I say that Oxygen OS does Android even better than vanilla Android? The cameras, too, have improved to a point where they are good enough for the majority of users. Let’s not forget other genuinely useful additions such as 30W charging.

The OnePlus 7T Pro isn’t a drastic upgrade over the OnePlus 7 Pro because it just doesn’t need to be. This is the flagship for everyone who doesn’t want to fork out top-dollar, and OnePlus has absolutely nailed it once again.

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Oneplus Buds Pro 2 Review: Overachiever

Pros

Great overall sound

Outstanding bass response

Very good noise cancellation

Hi-res support

Cons

Cheap plastic build

Hi-res limited to few phones

Iffy in-ear detection

Software bugs and gripes

Our Verdict

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are very good true wireless earbuds with superb noise cancelling and above average bass. They’re a well-priced option if you have an Android phone.

Although they have only been popular for the last five years or so, wireless earbuds are now so ubiquitous it’s difficult to know where to begin when buying a pair (unless you just go and buy AirPods, of course).

The bottom line with the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 is they are some of the best wireless earbuds for under $200/£200/€200, with features you don’t normally find at this price range such as superb active noise cancelling (ANC) and Hi-Res Audio support.

The successor to the OnePlus Buds Pro feel a little cheaply made and I experienced some connection issues but judged on their sound quality and ANC the Buds Pro 2 are a success.

Design & build

Lightweight

Squeezable stems

Matt plastic

The Buds Pro 2’s slightly cheap looking and feeling plastic case flips up to reveal black buds that are made from matt plastic. The buds pick up surface scuffs easily, as does the case. But at 4.9g per bud they are very lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Each bud has a shiny metal accent on the stem to spice up the look a bit, with a couple of grilles on the head of the buds, mics on the bottom of each stem, and two silver contacts for charging in the case.

This is standard fare for earbuds and the case is quite compact, hardly noticeable even in a front trouser pocket. My review unit was black but you can also get green, the colours matching the two hues of OnePlus 11 phone.

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I found the best fit with the small size silicone ear tips, which are included with medium and large sizes too. OnePlus has sensibly opted for slightly flatter oval shaped tips that stay in my ears better than circular ones.

The buds snap magnetically flat into the case to charge, with a single USB-C port on the case to charge the whole package. The buds are IP55 water and dust resistant, so can withstand light rain but not much else beyond that if you want to be safe.

… at 4.9g per bud they are very lightweight and comfortable to wear

Sound quality

Very good bass response

Excellent soundstage

Hi-Res support

The Buds Pro 2 sound phenomenally good out of the box, and I became more impressed the more I used them. They have dual 11mm and 6mm drivers co-designed by audio company Dynaudio, a partnership that appears to have paid off.

They have a very good, punchy bass response that doesn’t overpower the mix, giving many songs the drive that the original recording had but is lost on lesser earphones.

Days by Television shines with good separation of the guitar arpeggios and the bass guitar well represented. It’s a busy song, but the buds offer a distinct soundstage.

The bass guitar, drums and horns on Jazz on the Autobahn by The Felice Brothers are well produced with the right emphasis on all the right frequencies and with good stereo field.

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Kim Deal’s Wish I Was pulses with its intended menace while the guitars on Chaise Longue by Wet Leg punch through the mix where intended. Not all wireless earbuds are this clear and well-calibrated for the compressed Spotify streams I tested them with and via which most people will be listening to them.

The buds can also get incredibly loud – almost too loud. The high end of One More Time by Daft Punk got on the verge of grating, but the buds gave a good thud to the track despite being at the edge of their capabilities with such a full mix.

The Buds Pro 2 sound phenomenally good

Dipping into some Beethoven was also not out of the question with the Buds Pro 2 showing considered balance and warmth with a recording of Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor. I was impressed with how many genres the Buds Pro 2 handle well, perhaps electronic music aside as mentioned.

The buds’ secret weapon is their Hi-Res audio playback compatibility thanks to the LHDC 4.0 lossless codec (OnePlus says an update to 5.0 will come soon). At their time of release in February 2023 this is still relatively rare for wireless earbuds, and partly because you need to pair them with a compatible playback device and file formats.

I tested them with the compatible OnePlus 11 and some of my favourite tracks in locally stored FLAC format. REM songs Harborcoat and So. Central Rain sounded incredible, with almost as much roundness and clarity as I found them when played on a dedicated Sony Walkman player with good quality wired in-ear monitors.

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The downside is LHDC is a less common codec for phones to be compatible with than LDAC. You’ll need to check if your phone supports LHDC, or the Buds Pro 2 won’t play back in hi-res. Aside from the OnePlus 11, the Oppo Find X5 Pro supports it, but not many other popular phones. Check the specs of your phone before you buy the buds or you’ll be disappointed.

The same hardware match up limitations apply to the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, which are limited to hi-res only on Samsung phones.

Overall, the Buds Pro 2 are powerful, punchy earbuds with the bonus of Hi-Res support, futureproofing them for when such a feature, hopefully, becomes more widely available on popular streaming platforms.

Despite this, I came across some connection issues. The buds would sporadically pause audio in both Spotify and Pocket Casts, particularly when I used them with a Samsung Galaxy phone, but it also happened with the OnePlus 11 regardless.

I had to take my phone out to press play again, as the bug meant the squeezable stems became momentarily unresponsive to pressing, which usually plays or pauses.

It happened often enough in my testing that I’m confident this is a bug. Hopefully, it can be fixed with a software update but for now, it’s putting me off fully recommending them.

… I came across some connection issues. The buds would sporadically pause audio

Noise cancelling & smart features

Outstanding ANC

Bad in-ear detection

Spatial audio support

The noise cancelling on the buds is very good. The only pairs I’ve personally used that I think best the OnePlus are Apple’s second-gen AirPods Pro and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2. Sony’s WF-100XM4 are also great, but I struggled with the fit.

Those competitors truly shut the world out as well as the best over-ear ANC headphones can. OnePlus is nearly there though, which is mightily impressive considering their price.

On a packed London Underground train, I could hear all the details of my favourite Interpol album with only the uncancellable rattle of the loudest rail noises on the capital’s Tube system hovering in the background – very dampened though.

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You can select from mild, moderate, and max levels of cancellation or set the buds to smart mode to sense which is best. I tended to leave them on smart mode, so impressive is the effect. There’s also a transparency mode for listening to the world around you when you’re wearing the buds.

Finding the controls for the buds is a pain. Even on the same-brand OnePlus 11 it’s not obvious you must tap through to the controls via the Bluetooth settings menu. On other Android phones, you must download the HeyMelody app, which isn’t even OnePlus branded and is not pushed to the user by the software.

You can also select from EQ presets or create your own to tailor the sound profile. The buds are also capable of spatial audio but without many compatible Android apps using the technology yet it was a little difficult to test. OnePlus says it works with any dual-channel audio.

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To test I had to play songs then go into the buds’ settings and turn on the function. It made songs sound very tinny and they would frequently distort. This is likely because the buds and phone (running Android 13) is trying to create a spatial reproduction of a song that is a compressed stereo stream. Apple is having more success with its own Spatial Audio for Apple Music because the tracks are only compatible when they have been actually mastered for the 3D effect.

I appreciate the tracks I tried weren’t necessarily compatible but when you give users the option to use a function on audio it’s not designed for then you’ll get people (like me) using it incorrectly and have a bad experience.

To control playback audio playback, OnePlus has nabbed the AirPods Pro’s squeezable stem. It works well, but like Apple’s buds, you can’t control volume without whipping your phone or smartwatch out. You can also skip tracks and switch between ANC and transparency modes, or invoke a voice assistant.

Also the in-ear detection is so unreliable that I was convinced the buds didn’t have the feature. It’s meant to pause audio when you take one bud out of your ear and resumes it when you pop it back. It worked very infrequently compared to competing products such as the Google Pixel Buds Pro where it works flawlessly.

I never ran out of battery in one sitting with the buds

Battery & charging

Solid all-day battery

Several charges with case

Wireless charging

OnePlus promises 25 hours of battery life with ANC and 39 with it off, which includes the charges from a fully charged case. There’s a small USB-C cable in the box, but no wall plug as per usual.

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I never ran out of battery in one sitting with the buds but I used them how I normally use buds – for an hour or so at a time and never for eight hours straight without a break.

The case (and buds) can be charged for 10 minutes to get three hours of playback, which is a neat feature, and the case can recharge on a Qi wireless charging pad too.

Price & availability

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 cost $179/£179/€179 which is a very good price considering their sound quality and noise cancelling chops alone.

You can buy them direct from OnePlus in the US, UK and Europe.

The buds are less than the $249/£249/€299 second-gen Apple AirPods Pro by some distance, and a much better pick if you use an Android phone. They also undercut the £250/$280 Sony WF-1000XM4 and $299/£279.95/€299.95 Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2, suggesting the OnePlus aren’t truly premium earbuds – but I think they hold their own, particularly with their excellent ANC and hi-res audio support.

Samsung’s Buds 2 Pro also support hi-res (with the right set up) at $229/£219/€229.

You can find the Sony for about the price of the OnePlus these days though, which I would recommend for their superior sound, ANC and smart features. But if you prefer the AirPod-esque OnePlus design then you should go for the Buds Pro 2 – I have small ears and they fit me much better than the Sony.

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Verdict

OnePlus has a great product in the Buds Pro 2. They have good universal fit, superb ANC, excellently tuned audio with impressive bass response and good battery life to boot.

Hi-Res support also ensures they are future-proofed for the still-emerging technology (in terms of Hi-Res wireless audio at least) but you must make sure your phone supports the LHDC standard, and I’d ignore using the spatial audio feature at all until that standard has also matured.

The wireless earbuds market is a crowded place but if you use an Android phone then the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are an excellent option. They have surprised me by being better than their price tag suggests and can hold a candle to products by audio titans Sony and Bose for around $100/£100/€100 RRP less.

Specs

Active Noise Cancelling

Wireless: Bluetooth 5.3 LE, LHDC 4.0

Voice control: Yes (not automatic)

Touch controls: Yes

Battery life: 25 hours total with ANC, 39 without (both with case)

Ear tips and wing tips: Three sizes

IP55 sweat and weather resistant (buds)

Weight: 4.9g per earbud, 47.3g case

Xiaomi 13 Pro Review: Good Omens

Xiaomi 13 Pro (12GB RAM, 256GB): £1,099 / €1,399 (~$1,338)

Xiaomi 13 Pro (12GB RAM, 512GB): TBC

The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro arrived in China in late 2023 before coming to Europe during Mobile World Congress 2023, following an increasingly popular — and endlessly confusing — launch schedule. It’s accompanied by the Xiaomi 13, which offers a slightly pared-down camera setup and a more portable overall footprint. Americans can all but stop here, as the Xiaomi 13 series won’t be coming to the US, nor will it have the proper band support to play nicely with any of Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile if you decide to import it. For the rest of the world, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is as premium of a package as the company has ever produced, and it starts with the hardware.

Xiaomi isn’t pulling any punches, offering top-notch materials from top to bottom, front and back. The Xiaomi 13 Pro sports an aluminum frame sandwiched between a stunning ceramic back panel and a sweeping 6.73-inch Gorilla Glass Victus display. That LTPO AMOLED panel offers a sharp WQHD Plus resolution, a crisp, dynamic 120Hz refresh rate (with 240Hz touch sampling), and 1,900 nits of peak brightness. Its buttons and ports are easy to reach, with a volume rocker and power button on the right edge and a SIM tray tucked next to the USB-C port on the bottom.

What’s good?

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The Xiaomi 13 Pro is less a witch’s cat than it is a mighty black panther (they sent me the black ceramic version, after all). It’s large, in charge, and it came to claw faces, not bat a ball of yarn around the room. The ceramic finish, slightly rounded side rails, and expansive display felt premium from the moment I took it out of the box. Some might not love Xiaomi’s massive new camera bump, but I like how it bleeds into the sweeping ceramic expanse. For comparison, it’s not as seamless as the OPPO Find X5 Pro’s elegant camera module, but not as detached as the OnePlus 11’s chunky bump, either. Also, props to Xiaomi for finally bringing a full IP68 rating after leaving the Xiaomi 12 Pro high and dry — literally.

That excellent build quality extends to the front of the Xiaomi 13 Pro, too. Its WQHD Plus panel is crisp, and the 1,900 nits of peak brightness shine through, even in direct sunlight. I never noticed any issues with the 120Hz refresh rate, whether I was swiping through a long Spotify playlist or searching Google News for a positive headline. Xiaomi’s flagship might — might — just rival the Galaxy S23 Ultra with its speakers, too. It achieves excellent volume through the stereo setup, combining a down-firing unit with the earpiece and adding Dolby Atmos tuning. I blasted a loud trailer for the Total War: Warhammer 3 video game through it and didn’t notice any distortion, even with the sounds of battle and soundtrack competing against each other.

Battery life is a bright spot for the Xiaomi 13 Pro, unlike its predecessor. We felt that the Xiaomi 12 Pro came up short with its combination of a 4,600mAh cell and thermal-hogging Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and this version rights both wrongs. The 4,820mAh cell is slightly bigger and lasts significantly longer, thanks in no small part to the much more efficient Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. While my battery results don’t reflect perfect performance — I couldn’t see how passive cellular data hurts the chipset due to US compatibility — the Xiaomi 13 Pro was a star while gaming and streaming music over Wi-Fi (which Xiaomi soon be future-proofed to Wi-Fi 7 via a software update).

The Xiaomi 13 Pro is a sustained performance champion.

And the peaks are there if you want them. I could not complete all 20 loops of the Wild Life Stress Test without the Xiaomi 13 Pro completely overheating, forcing the test to an end. Likewise, a single run maxed the test out. The Wild Life Extreme test did return a score of 3,748, however, which is within touching distance of the results we’ve seen from the overclocked Galaxy S23 series. Impressive.

We’ll return to the cameras in a much bigger way in a moment, but Xiaomi deserves some praise for letting Leica sink its teeth into every aspect of the experience. There are quirks, like the unusual portrait mode options, but the Leica optics are excellent, and the Authentic color profile has quickly become one of my favorites. If that concept device with an attachable Leica lens became reality, I’d almost consider it — other than the fact that the lens would cost nine times what the phone would.

What’s not so good?

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While I’ve decided that most of the superstition around the number 13 is for naught, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is not without its quirks. For starters, this is one hefty cat. Weighing in at 229g (~8oz), it’s in the same neighborhood as the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro Max — two phones you’ll never forget are in your pocket. On top of that, the huge camera bump gives the Xiaomi 13 Pro a slightly top-heavy feel.

Although the single black ceramic finish looks great and feels premium in hand, you’re going to leave traces of your hand all over it. This phone is an absolute fingerprint magnet, as many high-gloss designs are. I found myself wiping smudges from the Xiaomi 13 Pro the entire time I tried to take photos of it, only to have them come back with a vengeance. Thankfully, the included silicone case offers an easy way to keep fingerprints off, even if it does add some bulk to the overall package.

While the Xiaomi 13 Pro has no shortage of portrait power, this is one lens with a bit of a learning curve. For starters, there is no 1x option — all portraits default to the telephoto lens. That can make framing your subject tough, as you might find yourself far too close for the standard portrait effect. If you want to fit more in your shot, you’ll have to turn to one of Xiaomi’s Leica lens profiles. The Xiaomi 13 Pro offers 35mm Black & White, 50mm Swirly Bokeh, 75mm Portrait, and 90mm Soft Focus options — each with a distinct look.

The two shots of the James Buchanan statue below show the differences between Xiaomi’s default portrait mode and the 75mm Portrait profile. You may want the more extreme bokeh and pronounced vignette effect, but it won’t be to everyone’s liking. I also found that the Xiaomi 13 Pro regularly missed small edge details, like that of the pig’s left ear or the bottom of the light post.

I didn’t use the ultrawide camera too much, though it’s more of a personal preference than a quality issue. The Xiaomi 13 Pro is capable of dramatic images like the one to the bottom right, which easily establishes the scale of the building, but you have to put up with a bit of distortion. There’s a slight curve to the ordinarily straight brick wall, and some details, like the railroad crossing sign, are a bit stretched.

Finally, the 32MP selfie camera. There’s no shortage of detail from Xiaomi’s punch hole shooter. In fact, the opposite might be true. My face shows every last detail, down to individual pores on my nose (please don’t crop in). Portrait detection is also excellent from the selfie camera, perhaps even better than the primary sensor. It accurately detailed the pom pom on top of my hat and where my hair overlapped the sculpture behind me. My face is perhaps slightly brighter in the portrait sample, though the difference isn’t extreme.

Sticking to the premium camera theme, the Xiaomi 13 Pro has no shortage of video features to explore. It can go up to 8K recording at 24fps from the primary sensor or 4K at up to 60fps. Video samples at both resolutions are great, but the selfie camera leaves something to be desired. It’s only capable of 1080p video at 30fps whereas all of the phone’s main rivals offer front-facing 4K/60fps in some capacity. 1080p is fine for a quick TikTok or Instagram Reel, but the lack of 60fps support will mean your clips are a lot less smooth.

You can check out full-resolution versions of these images (and several more) at this Google Drive link.

Xiaomi 13 Pro specs

Xiaomi 13 Pro

Xiaomi 13 Pro

Powerful sustained performance • Really fast charging • Great design

MSRP: ¥4,999.00

Power and polish

The Xiaomi 13 Pro ticks all the right boxes for a high-end flagship, including a large and vibrant high-resolution display, a 1-inch 50MP primary camera sensor, 120W charging, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 performance.

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Top Xiaomi 13 Pro questions and answers

The Xiaomi 13 Pro packs an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, meaning that it can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.

Yes, the Xiaomi 13 Pro offers either dual nano-SIM or nano-SIM + eSIM support, depending on the region.

The Xiaomi 13 Pro offers some 4G LTE band support on the major US carriers, though it does not have the correct 5G support to receive top data speeds.

Oneplus 9 Pro Vs Oneplus 10 Pro: Should You Upgrade?

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The OnePlus 10 Pro is the latest effort from OnePlus, packing the brand’s latest and greatest tech to take on the competition. After releasing it in China earlier this year, OnePlus has finally made its 2023 flagship available to global markets. But how does it compare to the 2023 OnePlus 9 Pro? Is it worth upgrading to the newer phone?

Let’s jump into all the specs and details that separate the two devices in our OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 10 Pro deep-dive comparison.

Although the display specs may be very similar, there are bigger differences once we focus on the internals. The OnePlus 9 Pro featured a 2023 flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor inside, while the OnePlus 10 Pro upgrades to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The new chip boasts improvements to gaming performance, but the CPU doesn’t see the same uplift in our benchmarks. The 9 Pro and 10 Pro both come in 8GB and 12GB LPDDR5 RAM variants, though it’s worth pointing out that the former never materialized in the US in 2023. Similarly, both phones are offered with either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, but neither has microSD card support.

Check out: The best camera phone of 2023 so far

Last, the software. The OnePlus 9 Pro shipped with Android 11 and Oxygen OS 11. It has since been updated to Android 12 and Oxygen OS 12, a collaborative software effort between OPPO and Oneplus. The 10 Pro ships with Android 12 and Oxygen OS 12 out of the box. OnePlus says the 10 Pro will receive three major OS updates and four years of security updates. That’s the same pledge as last year’s model.

Price and colors

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OnePlus 10 Pro Volcanic Black (8GB/128GB): $899 / £799 / €899

OnePlus 10 Pro Volcanic Black (12GB/256GB): €999 / $969

OnePlus 10 Pro Emerald Forest (12GB/256GB): £899 / €999

OnePlus 9 Pro (12GB/256GB): $799 / £629 / €799 / Rs. 49,999

More reading: OnePlus’ mobile strategy is going from bad to worse

Pricing for the OnePlus 9 Pro has been reduced permanently from the original retail price of $969 to $799, which is also a very good deal. It is still available from chúng tôi as well as Amazon and Best Buy. It’s not clear how long OnePlus will keep the outgoing model around.

In addition to price changes, OnePlus has tweaked this year’s colorways. The 9 Pro’s appealing Morning Mist colorway is gone. OnePlus carried over the black and green options, but the fresh Volcanic Black and Emerald Forest are now different shades. The Emerald Forest model is only available in the pricier 12GB/256GB variant.

OnePlus 9 Pro

The OnePlus 9 Pro reaches the market with a refreshed design, a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 888 processor, and a new Hasselblad camera partnership for improved imaging.

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$370.00

OnePlus 10 Pro

OnePlus 10 Pro

Great performance • Capable primary camera • Gorgeous display

MSRP: $799.99

Great performance and fast charging

The OnePlus 10 Pro has a brilliant display and offers long battery life along with fast charging that gets the battery from zero to full in about 35 minutes. The performance is solid and the main camera is quite good as well.

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$300.99

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The OnePlus 10 Pro may be the latest and greatest thing, but it’s not that much better than 2023’s OnePlus 9 Pro.

What’s a OnePlus 9 Pro owner to do? Well, it appears that OnePlus is not offering any trade-in deals on the new phone like Samsung or Apple. This means you’d have to pay full price for the OnePlus 10 Pro. Given the OnePlus 9 Pro’s permanent price cut, getting top dollar for your existing 9 Pro may be a challenge if you attempt to sell it.

Bottom line, the OnePlus 10 Pro may be the latest and greatest thing, but it’s not that much better than 2023’s OnePlus 9 Pro. Unless you’re a super-fan who absolutely needs the newest thing, you may be best served by sticking with what you already own.

Do you plan to upgrade from the OnePlus 9 Pro to the OnePlus 10 Pro?

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Zhiyun Smooth 4 Review: A Top Smartphone Gimbal, But Is It The Very Best?

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ZHIYUN Smooth 4 (SMA04): $99/£89/€99

What’s good?

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Spoiler alert: there’s a lot to like about the ZHIYUN Smooth 4 and the company’s whole line-up. Only a couple of brands have gone mainstream in the smartphone stabilizer market. ZHIYUN is one of them. The ZHIYUN Smooth 4 is proof the Chinese manufacturer has what it takes to go against giant DJI.

The ZHIYUN Smooth 4 features one of the best build qualities we’ve seen in smartphone stabilizers. Its handle is made of plastic, but nothing feels loose or cheap. The arms in the smartphone holder are sturdy. The included tripod has longer legs, measuring at about four inches, which ensure increased stability. Most other stabilizer tripods we’ve tested have legs that measure half that length.

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Spoiler alert: there’s a lot to like about the ZHIYUN Smooth 4.

I love the number of buttons and shortcuts on the ZHIYUN Smooth 4. It’s rare to find a smartphone stabilizer with nearly as many buttons for quick access. In addition, a wheel doubles as four shortcut buttons for quick actions, and there’s an enormous wheel on the side that allows you to either focus or zoom manually. The trigger buttons in the back allow you to switch follow modes in a pinch. Some buttons feel less sturdy, but that has not affected performance yet. The wheels offer good resistance and circulate smoothly, too.

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What’s not so good?

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Nothing’s perfect, and the ZHIYUN Smooth 4 is no exception. While I wish it had every single feature the competition offers, this is simply not something reasonable to expect.

A very important feature missing from the ZHIYUN Smooth 4 is object tracking. The DJI OM3 and OM4, along with the lower-end ZHIYUN gimbals like the Smooth X and Smooth XS, have this capability. Why does the higher-end model lack this? Also missing is the ability to control movement using a joystick or buttons, which is also available from ZHIYUN’s own alternatives.

ZHIYUN Smooth 4 review: Should I buy it?

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The ZHIYUN Smooth 4 is an accomplished stabilizer with plenty of features to keep mobile creators happy. It has the highest build quality of any smartphone gimbal, and it comes with the best gimbal mini tripod. The selection of buttons and manual controls is also unmatched. It’s definitely worth the $99 and then some.

The ZHIYUN Smooth 4 is an accomplished stabilizer with plenty of features to keep mobile creators happy.

The only issue is that it’s hard to beat a brand name like DJI. The DJI OM3 available for the same $99 price point. The OM3 also has active tracking, gesture control, and a more portable form factor. If you want to spend up, the OM4 also has a magnetic mounting mechanism that is very convenient.

The final decision on which to buy depends on what you value. If tracking, gestures, and portability are priorities, the DJI OM3 or OM4 may be a better bet. However, the ZHIYUN Smooth 4 wins in every other category.

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The ZHIYUN Smooth 4 offers great build quality, amazing performance, and good value.

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The tablet’s big selling point is the projector — without it, the tablet becomes more of a stylish novelty rather than a serious and exciting tool that stands out among its competitors. This particular model has a brighter DLP projector than Lenovo’s past models, and it can be rotated 180-degrees thanks to the unique (and quite stable) hinge. If you can’t find a decent enough surface upon which to place the tablet, there’s also a hole in the hinged portion that can be used to hang the tablet from a nail or hook on the chúng tôi like a picture frame.

The projector, as you likely suspect, doesn’t have a very high brightness rating at 50 lumen. That doesn’t mean it is excessively dim, though your estimation of it will probably depend on your past experiences with larger projectors. Lenovo says the projector can produce images up to 70-inches, which is true, though of course you can go bigger than that — the image will become fuzzier and dimmer, though (not to mention you’d have to get the tablet many feet away from your projection panel or wall).

Because the projector is only 50 lumen, you’ll need your room to be as dark as possible for anything larger than about a 12-inch projection — and even then, the darker the better. That said, 50 lumen probably isn’t as dim as you’re imagining; I did watch a movie using the projector in the late evening when the room was still notable lit, and while the projection was washed out, it was still watchable.

Note: this picture was taken at about 3PM on an overcast day. The curtains were only partly closed. As you can see, the darkest parts of the picture are washed out, but the brighter parts are very visible. The projected image is about 3ft across.

The real fun started, though, when the tablet was positioned so that it projected a 6ft+ image onto a white angled vault ceiling. We dimmed the lights completely and laid on the floor watching various movies and TV shows with the aid of a Bluetooth speaker. Was it top-of-the-line projection quality? No. Did it matter? No. It was fun, and the picture produced by the tiny projector far eclipsed the quality I expected. If you’re considering the tablet because you like the idea of watching movies on the ‘big screen’ without toting around a projector, you’ll probably love the tablet, too.

Note: This image was taken during an overcast day in the mid-afternoon. The curtains were fully opened. The image, while washed out, is still quite visible.

With that said, the projector would be less useful if you’re thinking about using it to get work done — that’s largely because, again, the best quality comes with the lowest light, and so if the room is bright (a daytime office, let’s say), you’re not going to see much.

As far as the finer details go, the tablet itself has projector settings available in Android’s “Settings” menu as well as the drop-down shortcut menu. For focusing, one is presented with a virtual dial on the display that is adjusted using a finger. You’ll have to adjust the focus depending on how close or far you have the tablet positioned from the projection screen or wall.

There’s also a calibration tool for calibrating the projector. With angles, the tablet automatically adjusts the projection angle to produce as square of a display as possible based on the angle of the projection surface. If you’re shining it on an angled vault ceiling like we did, for example, the tablet will adjust the picture after a few seconds so that it still appears flat and square.

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