OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: These Are the New Features

OnePlus 5, the successor of OnePlus 3T, has been launched after months of wait, and fans in India will not have to wait too long as it will arrive in the country on Thursday. The OnePlus 5 price in India is yet to be official announced, but if the US and Europe prices are any indication, it will be an affordable alternative to iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8. Of course, in a price sensitive market such as India, there will be many who will be unsure of which model is right for them, OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 3T. We take a look at the new features that set the current OnePlus flagship apart from its predecessor to help you decide where to go for the former or the latter.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: These Are the New Features

Price
As mentioned above, the India prices of the OnePlus 5 are not yet out, but the smartphone is expected to be priced at Rs. 32,999 and Rs. 37,999 for the two variants respectively. OnePlus 5 prices in the US and select European regions for the variant with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, and Slate Gray colour are $479 (roughly Rs. 31,000) and EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 35,900), respectively. The 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant in Midnight Black paintjob costs $539 (approximately Rs. 35,000), and EUR 559 (about Rs. 40,000) in the US and the select European markets, respectively.

To compare, the OnePlus 3T 64GB model at launch was priced at Rs. 29,999, GBP 399 (roughly Rs. 33,700), EUR 439 (roughly Rs. 31,200), and USD 439 (roughly Rs. 29,800), while the 128GB model has been priced at Rs. 34,999, GBP 439 (roughly Rs. 37,100), EUR 479 (roughly Rs. 34,800), and USD 479 (roughly Rs. 32,500).

While in India, the smartphone will be sold on June 22 at 4.30pm IST on Amazon India, the smartphone has currently gone up for pre-orders in US and Europe right now, with an Early Drop system that will see shipments begin on Wednesday, June 21, a full six days ahead of general sales that begin on June 27. Early Drop pre-order buyers will get special launch offers as well.

Design
With respect to design, the OnePlus 5 sees a lot of design changes, evidently inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus. The antenna bands placement, the dual camera setup, and the thin metal rounded frame are all the changes seen in plain sight. The bezels in the front remain at the top and bottom of the device, with the Home Button still donning the capsule shape sits on the front panel, with the fingerprint sensor placed underneath.

Specifications, features
On paper, the OnePlus 5 is a beast with upgrades in almost all departments. It still sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display (goes from Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection to Gorilla Glass 5), but bumps the processor to the latest octa Snapdragon 835 SoC, with four cores clocked at 2.45GHz and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz, as well as the Adreno 540 GPU. The top RAM configuration is now at 8GB of LPDDR4X. The OnePlus 3T on the other hand sports a quad-core Snapdragon 821 SoC with two cores clocked at 2.35GHz and two cores at 1.6GHz, the Adreno 530 GPU, and 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

The dual camera setup is probably the biggest change. There are 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors at the back – with the latter a telephoto lens. The 16-megapixel main camera bears a 1.12-micron pixel Sony IMX398 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, said to capture 34 percent more light than the OnePlus 3T. The 20-megapixel telephoto camera bears a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX350 sensor, with an f/2.6 aperture. At the front, is a 16-megapixel camera with a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX371 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS.

In comparison, the OnePlus 3T bears a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, OIS, and EIS. At the front, it bears a 16-megapixel camera at the front with a Samsung 3P8SP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were both plagued by touch latency issues, and OnePlus claims to have solved the issue on the OnePlus 5 by using high-speed cameras that track the movement of the screen and input speeds. The OnePlus 5 sports LPDDR4X RAM, which OnePlus claims is 17 percent more power efficient than the previous LPDDR4 offering.

The OnePlus 5 sports a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to the OnePlus 3T’s 3400mAh offering, however, with “hardware and software optimisations” manages to deliver 20 percent more battery life than its predecessor – according to the company. Also being touted alongside is a feature called App Priority, which learns the apps users utilise most commonly to load them on startup. Apps that aren’t commonly used are deprioritised. Another performance improvement is the use of UFS 2.1 storage and a 2-lane ROM, which together are said to double bandwidth.

The OnePlus 3T on the other hand uses UFS 2.0 storage. The company carries forward the ceramic fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 3T to the OnePlus 5, with the same boast of unlocking in 0.2 seconds. Finally, OxygenOS running on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the OnePlus 5 gets some new features including Reading Mode, Expanded Screenshots (brought to the OnePlus 3T with OxygenOS 4.1.6 update), and a semi-transparent app drawer.

One other notable addition is the support for Bluetooth v5.0 on the OnePlus 5, compared to Bluetooth v4.2 on the OnePlus 3T. It also adds an additional microphone for better noise cancellation and audio recording. As for dimensions, the OnePlus 5 is slightly slimmer at 7.25mm, compared to the 7.35mm of the OnePlus 3T. It weighs slightly less as well, at 153 grams compared to its predecessor’s 158 grams weight.

 

HTC U11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Price in India, Specifications Compared

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HTC launched the HTC U11 ‘squeezable’ smartphone in India on Friday and interestingly, the company chose to skip the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant for the country and introduced only the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 51,990 and in this price range it will be competing against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. If you are confused whether HTC U11 is the right smartphone for you or another model is better, we will help you figure out how it compares against the competition.

HTC U11
The HTC U11 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with the company’s HTC Sense skin on top. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Powering the HTC U11 is a 2.45GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and, as mentioned earlier, the India variant gets 6GB of RAM. It is offered with 128GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

The smartphone’s unique feature is called Edge Sense, which allows users to launch apps, switch on flash light, or even take screenshots by simply squeezing the smartphone from its sides.

The HTC U11 features a 12-megapixel rear camera with 1.4-micron pixel, ultra spread autofocus, BSI sensor, OIS, f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash, slow-motion, and 4K video recording. Over on the front, you get a 16-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, full-HD recording.

Some of the camera features of the HTC U11 include Face Detection, Pro mode with manual control, 32-second long exposure, and RAW format support, HDR Boost, Panorama, and Hyperlapse. Additionally, the front camera gets live make-up, auto selfie, voice selfie, HDR Boost, and Selfie Panorama options. The company claims that the HTC U11 achieved that highest ever rating for a smartphone camera by independent metric DxOMark1 with a score of 90.

Samsung Galaxy S8
While the South Korean company launched the Galaxy S8 smartphone with Snapdragon 835 processor internationally, it launched the phone with Exynos 9985 processor variant in India. Currently available at Rs. 57,900, the Samsung Galaxy S8 runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5.8-inch bezel-less ‘Infinity Display’ with 1440×2960 pixel resolution. The Galaxy S8 packs 4GB of RAM and features 64GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB.

In terms of optics, the Galaxy S8 comes with a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera and an 8-megapixel camera at front. The connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone houses a 3000mAh battery that supports fast-charging.

While Galaxy S8 comes with powerful hardware, what primarily sets it apart is its design. The near bezel-less curved display at front, which flows from the sides, is not only the distinguishing factor but also the unique selling point of the Samsung flagship.

LG G6
The LG G6 is currently available at Rs. 38,990 for Amazon Prime members in India and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The highlight feature on the smartphone is its 5.7-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) FullVision display with an 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio instead of industry standard (16:9). The LG G6 was launched with the new UX 6.0 that company said has been optimised for the 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The LG G6 comes with 64GB that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

In terms of optics, the LG G6 comes with a dual-camera setup at rear end with two 13-megapixel sensors – one for wide-angle shots with 125-degree lens and f/2.4 aperture, and the other for regular shots with 71-degree lens and OIS 2.0. At front, the smartphone features a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and 100-degree lens. The LG G6 houses a non-removable 3300mAh battery. The connectivity options on the LG G6 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, and USB Type-C 2.0.

While in terms of performance, Snapdragon 835 processor definitely puts HTC U11 ahead of the G6, the recent price drop and the FullVision display might make it the preferable choice for some customers.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony launched its Xperia XZ Premium smartphone in India earlier this month. The smartphone is currently available in India at a price of Rs. 59,990. The highlight feature on the smartphone is its 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera with a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS memory stacked sensor that’s capable of shooting videos at 960 frames per second. At front, the Xperia XZ Premium has a 13-megapixel sensor 1/3.06-inch Exmor RS sensor that’s coupled with 22mm wide-angle f/2.0 lens.

The phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) HDR Triluminos display. Notably, Xperia XZ Premium was the first smartphone with Snapdragon 835 that was launched in India. The phone features 4GB of RAM and comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Xperia XZ Premium houses a 3230mAh non-removable battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

The connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C (3.1), and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Conclusion
As you can see from the specifications, HTC U11 offers more RAM than other smartphones in comparison and has other basics covered too. However, the unique design offered by Galaxy S8 and the FullVision display offered by LG might be preferred by many users. Xperia XZ Premium is the most expensive smartphone under consideration. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our retailed review of the HTC U11 and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

 

DU Speak: What you expect when you join college Vs What you really get

When joining Delhi University, every aspirant has certain expectations from their college and college life. But, as many seniors (the so called ‘DU veterans’) might tell you, things don’t really go the way you planned. What is the usual fuccha expectations towards college? Great infrastructure, rocking cultural fests, a friendly faculty, a canteen that serves delicious food, and all the fun that is usually shown in movies. We decided to talk to a few students and do a reality check on what really happens, and this is what we found.

REEL VS REAL LIFE

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Expectation:

Amish Behl* of Sri Venkateswara College clearly expected a lot from his college. “I had seen the general image of colleges to be these really cool places where one could chill. Bollywood made me believe that I could sneak away from college for parties, have a bash, roll with the coolest gang and forget the school culture we got so used to. College was this mecca of all things cool in my mind,” he says.

Reality:

However, his Bollywood dreams were slashed on the first day of college. “It still is pretty fun, but Bollywood seems to have misled us all along. No fancy cars, or uber cool people roaming around, and what hurts the most is that it sometimes is stricter than school. If you look at it properly, college is basically school where you don’t have to wear a uniform. What a dissapointment.”

WHERE IS THE FEST?

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Expectation:

Neha Bhalla* of Indraprastha College for Women expected her college to have a rocking fest, thanks to the Delhi University’s image of hosting grand college fests. “Since it’s a Delhi University college, and is in close proximity to the North Campus, I expected the fest to be huge and a star-studded affair. I also expected the activities to be super fun,” she says.

Reality:

What she really got was a dud fest that did not live up to her expectations. “There was extremely low footfall (and no celebrities either). The stalls put up and the activities undertaken at the fest were also not that interesting.”

THIS ‘CAFE’ IS NOT SO FANCY

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Expectation:

Much like every other student who joins Lady Shri Ram College, Ishita Sharma, too, expected a lot from the college’s famous cafeteria (just what they really call their canteen). “It is called a café, and if at all you call it a canteen, you are said to have broken the ethical code of college culture. I had high expectations in terms of the quality and taste of food, and also the feel,” she says.

Reality:

The canteen.. errr… cafe did not really amaze her. “The quality and taste deteriorated over time, especially after the cafe was taken over by new contractors. Also, the food was overpriced, despite the low quality offering that lacked in taste too. And it’s not a very happening place.”

REALITY IS BETTER

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Expectation:

When Nishita Sharma got her admission in Aryabhatta College, she wasn’t as pumped with expectations. “Since it is an off-campus college, and also one not many have heard of, I did not expect the college to have a good faculty at all,” she says.

Reality:

However, her perception changed once she attended a few classes. “I felt like I had judged the college too soon. Soon after admission, when a few classes took place, I realised that the faculty is brilliant, especially the ones for our course, B.Com.”

AS FUN AS EXPECTED

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Expectation:

Every student wishes for their college to be chilled out and fun, and Devanshi Malik of SGTB Khalsa College expected the same. “My college is located right at the beginning of North Campus, and I expected it to be really chill. I also expected it to be relaxed in terms of attendance, and hoped the teachers would be approachable and friendly too,” she says.

Reality:

Devanshi says that thankfully the college delivered. “ I am glad my bubble remained intact. You don’t get any marks for low attendance, but at least you are not debarred from attempting the examinations (something that happens in most colleges). The teachers, too, are really friendly and approachable. What else could I want now!”

STRUMMING THE WRONG STRINGS

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Expectation:

Vivek Singh* had really high hopes from the college’s music society when he joined Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), and hoped that it would fuel his passion for playing the guitar. “DCAC had a reputation for having one of the coolest music societies on campus. They were even known for Knight Shades, a band from the college which one many accolades,” he says.

Reality:

He feels that while everything started well, things did not end up the way they should have. “The society was indeed cool and did welcome me in as a member. We still do try to deliver something as great as our previous batches, but the college seems to have a different plan for us. The band, instead of staying true to its image, was asked by the college to perform ‘Vande Mataram’ and other songs (which aren’t really cut out for someone with potential for rock music) when the NAAC team was visiting. So much for all the rockstar dreams.”