After months of speculations and variation of internet renders, OnePlus’ big augmented reality (AR) launch event is over. The event finally saw the introduction of not only a new mid-range phone but also a pair of its first truly wireless buds for its fans.
We’ll get to that in a second!
Both products are quite interesting and offering something entirely new in their own right. This is especially true for the OnePlus Nord, which in many ways is the company’s move back to the mid-range segment that the company had recently vacated because of the rise in prices of its premium flagships.
However, asides the big announcement that is the Nord smartphone, OnePlus also revealed other amazing devices.
Here’s everything OnePlus announced at its recently concluded AR event.
Arguably the biggest announcement from the event was the OnePlus Nord which in all fairness deserves every bit of accolade it gets but then
We ain’t giving away much spoilers just
OnePlus has announced the Nord smartphone as a budget offering but it really brings much more to the table. For the display, the OnePlus Nord brings a rather manageable 6.44-inch AMOLED panel running at a refresh rate of 90Hz.
The phone is powered by a mid-range chipset in the Snapdragon 756G which has been paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage. The hardware tasked with running a clean copy of OxygenOS 10 operating system based on Android 10.
For camera optics, the OnePlus Nord is getting a quad-camera set-up that houses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor with an f/1.75 lens and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) + Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) support. This sits next to an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with 119 field-of-view (FOV), a 5-megapixel macro lens with an f/2.4 aperture, and 2-megapixel depth sensor unit.
The front camera is a 32-megapixel Sony IMX616 sensor. The battery onboard is a 4115 mAh rechargeable pack that can be charged at a fast 30-watt using the Warp Charger on USB Type-C port.
In all fairness, OnePlus has giving invariably all that could be expected on a budget smartphone but their could be a limitation though.
With Xiaomi known for its flagship-breaker smartphone and arguably the kind of budget device, OnePlus will have a fair fight on their hands pricing the Nord at an affordable rate.
The phone has been announced in three variants in India and begins at a starting price of Rs 24,999 — going all the way up to Rs 29,999 for the top-end 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant.
Wireless earbuds don’t necessarily generate much fuss with several launch happening each day but then, it looks like OnePlus have got a very exciting deal with its first truly wireless earphones for the public
The OnePlus Buds have an AirPod-like rigid design that’s all hard plastic — marking a shift away from the Bullets, Bullets Wireless 2, and other
OnePlus earbuds that used silicone tips for a sealed-off, in-ear fit.
The new accessory comes with three active microphones built into each bud to reduce ambient noise, the OnePlus Buds designed to “pick up vocal frequencies easily and produce clear and crisp voice recordings and calls.”
In addition to enhanced 13.4mm dynamic drivers, the OnePlus Buds also come with Bass Boost and Dolby Atmos support. Low latency pairing technology allows the buds to quickly and easily pair with smartphones, especially OnePlus devices, and seamlessly switch between speakers and earphones.
The OnePlus Buds also come with an IPX4 water resistance rating to handle splashes of water from any direction though promise of a “high-quality audio playback and wireless freedom for a more immersive on-the-go sound experience” already sounds like the new normal we have come to expect from premium earbuds.
Moreover, the OnePlus Buds also support Warp Charge technology which is really a major plus and huge selling point, with additional promises of 10 hours of playback only with a brief 10-minute charge. A full charge along with filling up the charging case offers up to 30 hours of high-quality music playback.
OnePlus Nord and OnePlus Buds Prices & Availability in Nigeria
The OnePlus Buds are available at $79 in three colors — Gray, White, and Nord Blue while it’s launch counterpart, the OnePlus Nord begins at a starting price of Rs 24,999 — going all the way up to Rs 29,999 for the top-end 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variants.
The White and Nord Blue variants will be available in an early access sale on 31 July 2020 on Oneplus.in and will be available for open sale starting Aug 4, 2020, on Oneplus.in, Amazon.in, Flipkart.com, all OnePlus exclusive offline stores and Croma and Reliance Digital outlets. However, there is no news yet on the OnePlus Nord having a global variation or even making it to the United States.
OnePlus Nord Key Specs
- Display: 6.44 inch, 1080 x 2400
- Build: Glass
- Weight: 184g
- Platform: Android 10
- Processor: Snapdragon 765G
- Storage: 6/8/12GB RAM + 64/128/256GB
- Colors: Gray, White and Nord Blue
- Selfie Camera: Dual [32MP + 8MP]
- Rear Camera: Quad [48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP]
- Battery: 4115mAh
Mediatek unveils Helio G95 gaming Processor for budget smartphones, could debut on Tecno Camon 16 or Realme 7
Adding to its ever-growing portfolio and stern competition to it’s Qualcomm counterpart, Taiwanese chipmaker, Mediatek has announced a new gaming Chipset for the Helio G90 series. The Helio G95 SoC offers a 5% boost in GPU performance over the G90T though the rest of the feature set is identical to the latter.
With the G95, MediaTek aims at closing the huge gap existing between the mid-range and flagship gaming smartphone segment and the first phone to use this processor could be the Tecno Camon 16 or Realme 7 with both due for official releases on September 3.
The G90T ended up on phones like the Redmi Note 8 and Note 9 Pro and Realme 6 , so the odds are on we likely get to see more phones with the G95 chip launch in the final lap of the third quarter of the year.
Here’s everything the Mediatek Helio G95 has on offer
Mediatek Helio G95 Features
Essentially, it would be best to understand that the Helio G95 SoC is an overclocked G90T processor, in that it comes with an upgraded Mali-G76 GPU running at 900MHz. The G90T, on the other hand, is equipped with a Mali-G57 GPU that’s running at 800MHz.
Features like HyperEngine game technology, multi-camera support of upto 4 sensors and an APU (AI processing unit) are also very much welcome. The chip also supports upto HDR10+ enhancement quality in real-time.
The G95 processor is manufactured using the 12nm fabrication process and has two Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.05GHz while the six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores can run upto 2.0GHz.
MediaTek’s famed HyperEngine game technology is responsible for optimizing the gaming experience to provide the best connection speed, picture quality and ensures a smooth gameplay experience on budget devices. There are several customisation options that users can fine-tune further.
Furthermore, Helio G95 chipset supports upto 10GB LPDDR4x RAM, UFS 2.1 storage, upto Full HD+ displays with 90Hz refresh rate and dual 4G SIM cards.
Additionally, the chip can be paired with upto 64MP cameras with upto 4K UHD rerecording.
The MediaTek Helio G95 will power many phones set to launch in September. The first of such as confirmed by Naijatechguy could be the Tecno Camon 16 set to launch on September 3 in India.
The smartphone has been teased with stunning bezeles display, a 64MP camera unit with Samsung’s GM1 or Sony’s IMX686 sensor here which could all play into the hands of the new Helio G95 processor.
Samsung Galaxy M51 launched: A notable upgrade from the M31s? – Full specifications, features and price
After weeks of intense leaks and rumours, Samsung has finally albeit quietly lifted the gaze on its latest mid-range offering, the Samsung Galaxy M51 smartphone.
Enough have been said on the success of the Samsung Galaxy A-series lineup and now the company is looking to add some sauce and spice to further make the competition for spaces very much stiff.
As a brand new entry in Samsung’s popular Galaxy M series, the Galaxy M51 exists as a higher-placed alternative to the Galaxy M31s , which was launched earlier in July. However, belaying expectations, the Galaxy M51 has only been launched in Germany for now, with news about the global launch still anyone’s guess.
The Galaxy M51 smartphone brings with it several notable improvements appearing to be very much in line with what the leaks had suggested over the past few days, with the biggest selling point of the device being the 7000mAh battery pack, which also supports up to 25W fast charging. A switch to Snapdragon processor has also been muted.
Here’s a complete laydown on everything new with the Samsung Galaxy M51 smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy M51 Specifications and Features
The Samsung Galaxy M51 is anything to go by any Samsung phone with the device sporting a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a centered hole-punch and full HD+ resolution.
Although Samsung’s official listing doesn’t make it clear which processor the phone is using, reports point to the device been powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC, as previously speculations.
The phone offers a single 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage variant with support for MicroSD card expansion. The smartphone runs on Samsung’s custom OneUI, based on Android 10 operating system.
In the camera department, the Galaxy M51 features the same setup as the Galaxy M31s, packing a rear camera 64MP primary sensor, coupled with an f/1.8 lens. Sat next to it is a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens that brings with itself the promise of 123-degree field-of-view, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 5MP macro camera. For selfies, there is a 32MP lens which remains unchanged from the Galaxy M31s.
However, the insane 7,000 mAh battery is what gives the Galaxy M51 its headline. The 6000 mAh battery fitted on previous Galaxy M series phones was the largest in its segment. Also, Samsung has includey a 25W fast charger inside the box, the same one that comes with the Galaxy M31s and some of Samsung’s recently launched flagships.
Other usual connectivity and security features include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a USB Type C port, a single bottom-firing speaker, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Bluetooth 5.
Samsung Galaxy M51 Price and Availability
Samsung Galaxy M51 has only been launched in Germany at a starting price of €360 ($429) and can be pre-ordered via Samsung’s German website at the moment. Pre-orders will start shipping out starting September 11.
Samsung hasn’t yet made any announcements regarding when it will bring the device to other markets such, but your guess is as good as ours, we hope to see it launch in the country. The device is available in White and Black colour options.
A major competitor to the recently launched OnePlus Nord smartphone? That’s a different post for another day.
Samsung Galaxy M51 Key Specifications
- Display: 6.7-inch (16.95cm) Super AMOLED & Full HD+
- SoC: Octa-core processor
- RAM & Storage: 6GB RAM + 128GB storage
- Battery & Charging: 7,000 mAh battery
- Fingerprint sensor: Side-mounted
- Rear Camera: 64MP, f/1.8 + 12MP ultra-wide, f/2.2 + 5MP depth sensor + 5MP macro sensor
- Front Camera: 32MP
- OS: Android 10 with One UI 2.1