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    Part of the outstanding buzz surrounding OnePlus phones a while ago seems to have ironically fizzled out as marketing controversy died down and invite-based sales gradually transitioned towards normal, open practices. The device manufacturer was probably not among the world’s top ten in shipment figures last year, as it no doubt hoped, and both domestically and internationally, brands like Huawei, OPPO, Vivo or Meizu appear to be growing at a much faster pace. In response, OnePlus reportedly plans to do what it knows best in a few weeks, unveiling yet another ridiculously affordable ...

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    OnePlus is a company that seeks to give its users impeccable value for their smartphone-buying dollar, and while that means paying a lot less for your handset than you might with a bigger-name OEM, it can also mean making a few sacrifices along the way. With last year's OnePlus 2, users did without a number of features that we might expect to see on a more full-featured flagship, especially in the power department: not only did the phone lack a wireless charging option (forgivable), but there was no quick-charge mode to be found (a much harder pill to swallow). Can we expect OnePlus to ...

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    If OnePlus wants to put out another one of its "Flagship Killers" in 2016, it should "Never Settle" for 4GB of RAM. That's only going to kill last year's flagships, right? Well, it's been a while since we last talked about what the OnePlus 3 will bring, so we might as well update you with a couple of benchmarks. As a baseline, we're dealing with a typical powerhouse: Snapdragon 820, a five-inch, full HD display, Android Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel main camera and, well, only 4GB of RAM. Yikes. Since the AnTuTu benchmark of the "OnePlus A3000" we covered on March 25, we saw a GFXBench ...

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    OnePlus already sells some of the most affordable smartphones around, and while that's great for those of us looking for a good value, it becomes tricky when the manufacturer is trying to boost sales with a new promotional offer – how far can you cut costs before you start taking a loss? Instead, OnePlus has taken to the idea of making its handsets more attractive with some free bundle deals, like we saw it do back in February for Valentine's Day. Now it's back with a very similar offer, hooking new orders of the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X up with a free StyleSwap cover or case. Shoppers ...

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    India, with its billion-plus population in some pretty densely packed spots, has been able to develop an immediacy-based economy. Everything can come to you in a snap or two. So, OnePlus is partnering with Amazon.in and product end-of-life management firm ReGlobe in order to deliver instant cash back for a smartphone trade-in. You can see the rules in full detail at our source link, but the gist of it is that you buy a OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 or OnePlus X from Amazon.in, then relay details of that order through a special page. Evaluate your old smartphone as well as your location for ...

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    In addition to an OxygenOS update to version 2.2.1 for the OnePlus X, OnePlus also announced that Cyanogen has been able to finish the Cyanogenmod 13 update package — based on Android Marshmallow — for the OnePlus One. This update is a sight for sore eyes as it's been more than four months since CM13 hit the decks — though only less than a month since a more stable non-nightly came up — and a bit over six months since the Android 6.0 images landed. But hey, if you were a OnePlus trailblazer back a couple years ago, you're getting support that looked a bit tenuous at some points. ...

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    Like so many other Android device manufacturers, some a lot more popular and experienced with these sort of things, OnePlus missed its own self-imposed Marshmallow upgrade deadline. But maybe not by much. Both the OnePlus One and 2 were initially due for major software renovations between January and March, which obviously didn’t happen. Granted, the newer flagship lets its users try out a fairly smooth and stable OxygenOS 3.0 public beta, but that’s not the same as a fully polished, commercial 6.0-based port. Meanwhile, despite little to no recent movement on the OnePlus One UI ...

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    This year has already brought OnePlus X users no shortage of updates: from bug fixes, to new features, we've seen manufacturer come through with new OxygenOS updates time and time again. And while that level of support has been great to see, so far OnePlus has yet to come through with the big one: Android Marshmallow in the form of OxygenOS 3.0. Users of the OnePlus 2 at least have the option to install an early 3.0 public beta, but OnePlus has been markedly silent about its latest plans for the update on the OnePlus X, not even giving us a broad ETA. Today we catch word about a new ...

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    Let’s be honest, it was completely unrealistic to expect something funnier from Samsung this year than the brilliant Galaxy Blade Edge 2015 April Fools’ Day hoax. That had it all. Ridiculousness, self-mockery, and even a hint of authenticity. After all, if watches, refrigerators and belts can be “intelligent”, why wouldn’t a smart knife be developed too down the line? Or how about a series of Wi-Fi-connected pantaloons? Samsung seems to have put slightly less thought into today’s Internet of Trousers prank, but there’s still plenty to make you chuckle in the company’s April ...

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    If OnePlus users plan on holding the company to its word, they'd better hope for a miracle, as we're just one day away from the end of the quarter, and we've still yet to see the release of Android Marshmallow (in the form of OxygenOS 3.0) for the OnePlus 2. Last fall, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei told OnePlus 2 owners they'd get their Marshmallow before Q2, and so far the best we've had is word that a soak test of an OP2 OxygenOS 3.0 release got underway a couple weeks back. A final build doesn't seem to likely to emerge before the quarter's out, but OnePlus may still be able to give users ...

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    When are we going to see OnePlus introduce its next smartphone? The company's already confirmed that such a device is very much in the works, and that we should see it go official before the end of next quarter. OK, but when? Will we be waiting until the tail-end of June, or could the smartphone arrive months earlier? Just earlier today we found ourselves checking out some possible benchmarks of an in-development OnePlus 3 while hearing the rumor that OnePlus might be gearing up for a very early launch, announcing the phone at an April 7 event in China. Well, the OnePlus 3 will still be ...

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    Right around this time a couple of years ago, OnePlus was making all the headlines, despite not yet launching or even unveiling a single phone. Advertising shenanigans left their mark on the company’s first year of existence, and while they weren’t altogether scrapped in 2015, 2016 seems to be a new beginning for the ambitious Chinese startup. OnePlus is less talk and more action lately, cranking up its marketing efforts where they truly count, and gradually phasing out the controversial invite system for both the 2 and X. The handhelds, which were never expensive, are now cheaper than ...

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    When you buy your smartphone from an Apple, a Samsung, or an LG, you largely know what you're getting from that experience, and so a lot of shoppers put their faith in these big manufacturers. Going with a smaller company, though, can be a bit like rolling the dice: will they still be around for hardware and software support months, or years after you make your purchase? Two years back, we saw smartphone consumers bet big on OnePlus, and they returned in 2015 to snatch up the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. And as the OnePlus user base grows, more and more of these owners are expectantly looking ...

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    When you think about OnePlus phones, what comes to mind? That weird invite system? Hardware that offers some of the best smartphone values around? What about alternative, forked platforms like Cyanogen OS or OxygenOS? All valid answers, no doubt, but pay attention to some of the most recent software updates to come to OnePlus devices and it becomes clear that the company is very serious about one phone feature in particular: photography. We've seen updates that fix camera bugs, updates that deliver new RAW camera modes, and today we're checking out a new development that seeks to help ...

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    For a company that started selling smartphones in such an unusual manner, OnePlus has taken some major strides towards normalcy lately, moving past invites for its current crop of handsets and even scoring some major promo deals. While's we're not positive exactly where things will go from here, talk of a new focus on US sales and bringing shoppers a “better buying process” has left us all sorts of hopeful. But just what sort of changes is OnePlus planning? We may be getting the first taste of its new attitude towards sales today, as the company that it's bringing the option for ...

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    You know you’ve truly made it as a tech company when the leader of the free world uses your products. In the case of OnePlus, a China-based smartphone manufacturer with only three gadgets under its belt and less than three years of existence, we’re of course merely talking a fictional United States President. But Frank Underwood is probably quoted more on the interwebs than Barack Obama, and even if he’s killed a few people, he could definitely take on the likes of Donald Drumpf (sic), Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in one of those insult-filled debates going on lately. Let’s not ...

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    If there's one phone component OnePlus devs like to work on, it's cameras. Just look at the software updates we've seen land already this year: back in January the OnePlus X saw the arrival of an OxygenOS update that delivered a new manual camera mode, and then in February we got an update fixing a bug with image corruption. Today we're turning our attention to the OnePlus 2 instead, as the manufacturer comes out with a new OxygenOS 2.2.1 release, and wouldn't you know it, but we've got some more camera features on board. Not only does OxygenOS 2.2.1 bring the OnePlus 2 the same ...

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    Right now, if you go and ask a bunch of OnePlus users what they're looking forward to most eagerly, you're likely to get one answer that pops up a lot more frequently – and is voiced a lot more enthusiastically – than the others: they want Marshmallow. And while OnePlus is still working on that, it has managed to deliver a number of other updates in recent months – and for OnePlus X users, those updates have largely focused on their phones' camera. Just about a month ago we saw the OnePlus X score OxygenOS 2.2.0, delivering among other things a new manual camera mode. OnePlus has ...

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    When the OnePlus One first launched, it was a bit of a grand experiment: would users respond to a phone sold in such an unusual invite-only manner, one from an unproven manufacturer, and running something of an enthusiast version of Android? There were plenty of rough moments, sure, and OnePlus's ambition clearly exceeded its means in key ways – like the failure of the StyleSwap cover idea – but OnePlus pushed on, and last year we saw the company really start coming into its own. The arrival of the OnePlus 2 proceeded much more smoothly, and the debut of the OnePlus X gave shoppers an ...

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    The Chinese startup that rocked the smartphone world back in 2014 is no longer a fumbling rookie, and in addition to a gradual phasing out of its controversial invite purchase system, it’s intent to show it with frequent and much more inspired discounts than ever. Not only are you able to freely buy the OnePlus X already, and score gratis cases for Valentine’s Day, but the OnePlus 2 is now available at a brand new price globally forever. Or at least until production costs increase again, which will probably never happen, given the 5.5-incher’s components won’t be getting any ...

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    Is there no holiday that's not a good opportunity to sell some smartphones? Arbor Day coming up? How about some half-priced wearables? Cinco de Mayo right around the corner? Let's offer some free USB power packs with new phone purchases! So while you may not think of Valentine's Day as a particularly phone-related celebration, hardware manufacturers are doing their darnedest to cash in on the inevitable swell of gift-giving all the same, and OnePlus is trying its hand and that by offering some free-case deals. Whether you're in the market for a OnePlus 2 or a OnePlus X (both finally ...

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    One by one, the three affordable flagships initially sold through a controversial invitation-based system by Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus have ditched restrictions, catches and long waiting periods in the past months. First, OnePlus One production was ramped up (or demand finally dwindled), so the “original flagship killer” opened online orders for all a full year after its commercial launch. Then, OnePlus 2’s turn to extend a hand to impatient prospective buyers came, approximately four months on the heels of the Snapdragon 810 beast’s debut. And now, you can also freely ...

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    It's been just over a month now since we first saw OnePlus begin making available OxygenOS 2.2.0, initially releasing the system software as an update for the OnePlus 2. There the release delivered the company's latest bugfixes and tweaks, expanding access to removable USB storage, and correcting some issues with dual-SIM settings. It was all well and good, but what about the OnePlus 2's little brother, the super-affordable OnePlus X? It's taken some time to prepare 2.2.0 for the five-incher, and we're only just now about to see it head out, as OnePlus lets us know that the incremental ...

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    Did any of you Londoners take OnePlus up on yesterday's one-hour-or-it's-free delivery offer? The promotion sounded pretty neat, and we're only upset that it wasn't available in more areas. Today's OnePlus news, on the other hand, has a much broader reach – though not all of it is particularly good news, depending on your shopping preferences. First we've got some news about OnePlus 2 sales. Historically, OnePlus has made the handset available in two main configurations, dictated by their storage capacity: a 16GB and a 64GB edition. According to OnePlus, shoppers interest in the 64GB ...

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    Is OnePlus a smartphone company with an image problem? Use of an invite-only sales strategy may have allowed OnePlus to sell phones when it might not have otherwise been able to, and while the invite situation is dramatically improved now compared to twenty months ago, is the manufacturer's reputation as a company whose phones are difficult to get your hands on continuing to harm it? We've recently seen OnePlus take some big steps to start smoothing things over, including dropping the invite requirement for the OnePlus 2 and offering shoppers free standard shipping. But now a new stunt ...

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