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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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    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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    More Marshmallow, more of the time. The clock stands at 106 days — that's three-and-a-half months — since the final images of the first build of Android 6.0 were dropped onto Nexus devices. Motorola gave some encouraging news to Moto G Turbo owners in India today on that front and it looks like we're about to see more Honor phones come online soon along with OnePlus devices. Have an Honor 4X, 6 or 6+? Like Marshmallow, like BETA test? Sign up for our BETA test here https://t.co/Nf6tmNqWPM pic.twitter.com/MTWjiRST23 — Honor UK (@UKHonor) January 19, 2016 The UK-based Honor team ...

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    Wow. Such yuneeq. Very metale. Fone. I'm basically just using this as an excuse to attack every manufacturer going with the same and the same and the same after so many years of sticking with these aluminium chassis or even slapping a couple panes of Gorilla Glass onto them. It's what we praise as "beautiful fit-and-finish" with great "feel in hand." Every. Single. Time. And we're not just talking about the iPhone and HTC, here; even when the build poses a risk to its own integrity — OnePlus X, you're a real special case — we will love it until every corner of the slab shatters in ...

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    When Microsoft first announced back in May that it intended to bring Cortana to both Android and iOS users, it gave itself a deadline: Android support was set to arrive first, but ultimately it wanted to Cortana out for both platforms before the end of the year. And while we've certainly seen Android beta testing get underway – and much, much more recently, an iOS beta – there's been this sense ever since that Microsoft's efforts were taking a little longer to come together than the company might like; sure we had our betas, but would would a wider release be possible before 2016 ...

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    Without going into great detail, OnePlus took to social media earlier this week to preview its “four epic days” of “open sales and holiday deals.” At the time, we presumed only the OnePlus 2 would be available for all between November 27 and 30, but it turns out the X is also invited to the no-invitation party. Unfortunately, the two phones still start at their normal prices of $389 and $249 stateside, and €399 and €269 respectively on the old continent. Yes, that’s 390 bucks and 400 euros for the Chinese company’s newest flagship device, because you don’t get to choose ...

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    Startups make a habit of raising hell in their respective industries because not only do they are out to "fix" said industries, but they have to differentiate and provide better services than the old guard does. OnePlus told us that we should "Never Settle," that we should "Shatter the Past" and that ladies (worth ogling over) come first, but "no nudity please." Taking the company's word at face value has been hard in its infancy, especially because everyone's working off of their own definitions of "settle." Co-founder Carl Pei is insisting that OnePlus isn't settling. He ...

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    They say at least a couple of Samsung phones will begin their over-the-air Android 6.0 rollouts by the end of the year, and HTC has also confirmed the One M8 and M9 won’t be left in the lurch until 2016. Meanwhile, Moto X 2014 and X Style users in a few international markets are already feasting on Marshmallow goodies, with LG struggling to spread the love beyond its homeland for the G4. Narrowly behind these road-openers, BlackBerry and OnePlus should deliver their own silky smooth software packages in the early stages of next year, which isn’t so very bad. It’s not ideal, but ...

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    In less than two years of fairly controversial but also prosperous activity, OnePlus launched three affordable smartphones, a limited edition drone, custom Android fork, a slew of mobile accessories, including super-cheap USB Type-C cables, and most recently, a photo app. However, the Chinese startup refused to capitalize on the wearable boom, and it didn’t try to revive the slowly dying tablet segment or pave the way for mainstream popular virtual reality devices either. What gives? Well, apparently, OnePlus tested the fitness tracker waters, secretly developing a Fitbit or Jawbone ...

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    A rising star of both the Asian and global mobile landscape, China-based OnePlus should soon branch out to even more affordable, lower-end phones, and in order to better handle Indian demand, it’ll start locally manufacturing devices before long. Why India of all places? Three main reasons. First, domestic smartphone penetration sat at a humble 30 percent in 2014, compared to 60+ for China in Q1 2015. Needless to point out we’re talking the world’s second-most populous country, with over 1.2 billion people, and a tremendous gadget growth potential. Second, OnePlus already posted ...

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    Although the company has admitted to bungling the OnePlus 2 launch, and promises were made for a looming hour of totally open sales, the latest publicity-grabbing stunts have looked a little all over the place. OnePlus almost seems more focused on the unreleased mid-range X, aka Mini, and co-founder Carl Pei wants to add Samsung as an employer to an already impressive résumé. Meanwhile, the venerable OnePlus One is kept in the spotlight past its prime, thanks to a pizza-inspired rapid delivery program that sounds too good to be true. But Indian partner Blowhorn swears there are no ...

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    After promising to make amends for the botched launch of the OnePlus 2 with a looming full hour of open sales, no invites needed, a “senior” Chinese startup executive takes his enthusiasm and willingness to learn how to improve future availability of “flagship killers” a step further. Carl Pei was a OnePlus founding father alongside CEO Pete Lau, and also serves as the rapidly rising company’s Head of Global. In the past, he occupied a marketing position at Nokia, handled international marketing for Meizu, then assumed the role of Oppo’s Director of New Markets. It’s safe to ...

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    We’ve long wondered what OnePlus might be planning to cut from its second-gen “flagship killer” to come up with an even cheaper yet still respectable new phone focused on style rather than performance. A few concept renders envisioned a slightly too fancy design for a sub-$250 Android last week, with a rear-positioned circular fingerprint scanner and dual camera setup in tow, and a purported benchmark of a OnePlus A2301 prototype surfaced soon after also alluded to a higher price. But “factory sources” cited by a Chinese gadget-centric publication now claim the OnePlus X or Mini ...

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    For those who feared recent OnePlus 2 availability hiccups would maybe push the debut of the oft-rumored OnePlus Mini to next year, the Chinese startup just sent a clear, encouraging message via its Indian branch. Although the new model’s name and size are far from confirmed, the company’s regional general manager ensured OnePlus fans in India they’ll be charged as little as Rs 12,000, and no more than Rs 20,000 once the “lifestyle and fashion product” goes up for grabs. That converts to around $180 and $300 respectively, which of course is too wide of a range to anticipate a ...

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    OnePlus must be awfully confident the botched release of the company’s second-gen hero phone will be remedied before long, as plans of a third model’s debut by the end of the year are reportedly still on. This is unlikely to eclipse the “2016 flagship killer” in terms of specifications, while possibly shrinking the 5.5-inch display, and most definitely targeting an even lower price point than $330. Wondering exactly what might the OnePlus Mini, OnePlus 2 Mini or OnePlus X offer at $250, besides a suspicious dual camera arrangement, and rear-positioned circular fingerprint scanner? ...

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    There's some other forward movement today from OnePlus as earlier on we found out about some mysterious hardware. Thus, now the software comes around. We come to OnePlus's rolling OS of its own creation, OxygenOS. While the company had to kick into overdrive to get the interface up and running, the sailing so far has been over calmer seas. Well, the churn's stirred up with the recent OTA push to version 2.1 of OxygenOS. The slew of new features bundled into the update include a manual mode for the native camera app and RAW capture support for third-party camera apps. Color temperature is ...

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    And the opinion rounds have come full circle. We praised OnePlus for beginning to wear the big pants now after the OnePlus 2, an underdog that has hopes of clawing its way to the top. And when the big reveal came undone ... whiplash. No NFC, no wireless charging, no Quick Charge 2.0 and furthermore, nothing special. We're at that point in the sub-$400 smartphone bin where consumers are demanding panache for their cash. The LG G4 is wafting down after only a month on the market. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is making treads to Cheaperville. Any manufacturer with good sense to depreciate their ...

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    Okay, the extremely exciting initial news, spec and video blast is over and done with. Great. Breathe in. Breathe out. Now what? Remember how I just said earlier that the OnePlus 2 isn't a "2016 flagship killer" unless you look at it from a certain point of view? Now we're taking a look at whether or not the company itself is in the underdog position to steal the show away from other OEMs. And giving the abuse of the "flagship killer" moniker in their social feed push, OnePlus is really looking to steal the show. A leader that continues to need the spotlight? I would argue that since its ...

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    Welcome to the hype machine, hope you enjoy your stay! The spin cycle on this phone sounds as boastful as ever. It's supposed to be, that's how marketing builds your attention towards a launch event like this one for the OnePlus 2. Sure, it has great specs and the cache the company has with its forum followers is extremely strong. But what does it mean to "kill" a flagship? Flagship Kill la Kill? This phone ain't made of Life Fibers and Honnō City isn't going to fall because of this phone. Few people are treating the OnePlus 2 or even the OnePlus One like it is. Time doesn't make way ...

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    This coming Monday, July 27, OnePlus is set to launch its second smartphone, the OnePlus 2. We've already seen a lot about what to expect from this handset, and weeks of spec teases have finally given way to some pics of actual hardware. But before the new OnePlus phone gets here, company cofounder Carl Pei is talking a little about the journey so far, and brings us up to date on OnePlus One sales performance. As you may remember, last fall OnePlus gave itself a pretty ambitious sales target: having sold over 500,000 handsets already, the company wanted to bring that up to a cool million ...

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    We're down to the final weeks of waiting for the launch of the OnePlus 2, with the new smartphone set to make its formal debut before the end of the month. And while we're understandably excited to get the full story on that handset, the tale's not over quite yet for last year's OnePlus One. Even with the hardware around for as long as it's been, OnePlus isn't finished tweaking things just yet, and co-founder Carl Pei shared word of a recent change on Twitter overnight. The OnePlus One is already protected against unwanted scratches with the help of Gorilla Glass 3, but as Pei notes on ...

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    For being the first product coming from a small startup company with a vague history and questionable PR stunts, the One from OnePlus sold like crazy when it was made available last year. In the end, it turned out to be quite a good phone, but even before anyone knew how it performed, there were two main selling points that largely drove the OnePlus One to its viral success: its price and its specs. The market has grown significantly since the One’s release, with phones like the Idol 3 and Zenfone 2 taking over the budget space, but at the time there were very few low-cost phones worth ...

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    Back at the start of the month, OnePlus teased what was supposed to be a major announcement – one that would “shake up” the industry. Well, we didn't get the launch of any new hardware or anything so interesting, and found ourselves left with the consolation prize of a $50 discount on the OnePlus One. On its own, that wasn't huge news – sales comes and sales go, and especially for a one-year-old phone, a price cut now and then is to be expected. Today, however, OnePlus tweaks that deal in a very important way that suddenly has us a bit more interested, making the price cur ...

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    It took the better part of a year, but back in April we saw the OnePlus One take a big step forward as it put the invite system that had long plagued sales of the handset behind it. In the weeks since, we've been keeping an eye on some OnePlus One software developments, while also thinking about what we'd like to see from the OnePlus 2. That model's not expected until Q3, but now a new teaser has us wondering if OnePlus might not have some early news to share with us, as the company mentions something coming on June 1 with the potential to “shake up the tech industry.” OnePlus tells us ...

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    The vast majority of our interactions with smartphone occur through the devices' touchscreens. Sure, we'll use voice commands now and then, and maybe even connect a Bluetooth controller, but without touchscreen input, we'd be utterly lost. So some OnePlus One owners have been understandably frustrated as they deal with touchscreen glitches that seem to have been plaguing the handset since it launched. Despite OnePlus delivering update after update that attempted to put these touchscreen bugs to rest, problems have persisted. At least, they have so far, but it looks like salvation may have ...

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