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    OnePlus entered a new phase of its existence as a smartphone manufacturer last month when it announced the OnePlus X: it wasn't just a company that came out with a new flagship each year – now it had a lineup. A small one, granted, but the combo of the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X means that the company no longer has to focus on a one-size-fits-all design and can instead reach a broader consumer base by delivering different models that cater to different wants and needs. Since launching, the OnePlus X has gone up for sale in Europe, but so far US smartphone fans have been kept waiting. That ...

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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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    If you don't have one yet, the day isn't too far off when you'll find yourself bringing home a gadget with a USB type-C port. And while the new interface offers a number of advantages over the micro USB with which we're now familiar, moving to a new port with a new physical connector also means picking up new accessories – and that spells cables, cables, cables. As shoppers first start looking for cables to connect all this new gear, Google engineer Benson Leung has been doing a public service by reviewing a number of these cables from various manufacturers, advising shoppers as to ...

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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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    We've been so focused on our experiences with the OnePlus X lately that it's easy to forget that this model, new as it may be, is still second fiddle to the OnePlus 2 flagship – already a phone that's starting to feel like last season's model despite having only just became available three months ago. But the OnePlus 2 soldiers on, and OnePlus is committed to keeping the phone at the top of its game with the help of regular software updates. Today we get word of the latest of these on its way to the handset, as OnePlus starts distribution of OxygenOS 2.1.2 for the OnePlus 2. There's not ...

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    Take a look at any roundup of the best smartphones under $300 and you're bound to find a list of compromises. Handsets like Motorola's Moto G and ASUS's ZenFone 2 bring useful features like waterproofing or high-end silicon, but skimp on fit and finish. Devices like the BLU Vivo Air go the other way, delivering a sleek and slender build but sacrificing essentials like LTE in the process. This is understandable given the enormous challenges inherent in modern smartphone design; after all, manufacturers can only deliver so much quality at a given price. With its newest smartphone, ...

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    Update: The weekend is here! Enjoy it with your favorite podcast available at distributors everywhere. If you're tuning into our YouTube edition, a fair warning that almost half of the show is missing for some weird reason. The Android BlackBerry that's got everyone talking; the newest and most affordable smartphone from OnePlus; the obscene forearm-cuff that only a mother could love. Plus, the strap-on that makes any watch a smartwatch and a Cortana clip-on that hints at something familiar. This week's mobile tech avalanche awaits –along with your listener mail– on episode 173 of the ...

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    The OnePlus X is no joke. That's our first impression. Seriously. $249 isn't the cheapest price tag around, but for a phone that looks, feels, and acts this good ... it's pretty damn competitive. Say what you will about OnePlus, with its strange invite-based purchase model, but the company really knows how to build a smartphone. More than that, it knows how to present one: an unpacking experience like this is what makes (otherwise-passé) unboxings worth it. Because with so much obvious effort spent on making for a beautiful retail presentation, unboxing the OnePlus X really is an ...

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    OnePlus stirred up quite the controversy by not including NFC connectivity in its second flagship’s bag of tricks, arguing very few One owners frequently used it, but as far as prospective US buyers of the X are concerned, a much more distressing omission just came to light. To be fair, we heard about the mid-ranger’s scanty LTE support off the bat, but we initially refused to believe the OnePlus X would only connect to high-speed networks on bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8. In contrast, the North American OnePlus 2 came with 4G LTE compatibility on bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8, as well as 12 ...

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    For once, it seems OnePlus didn’t overpromise and underdeliver when teasing customer support would get better after the mid-range X’s launch, as the invite system should perk up before long, and buyers of both the “2016 flagship killer” and this new 5-incher will be covered against… everything on demand. Broken screens, accidental damage of any sort, harm due to dropping the devices, liquid contamination, vandalism, you name it, the On-Guard by simplesurance extended warranty plan will have your back. For a price, obviously, i.e. €39.99 if you only seek one year of protection, ...

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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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    That OnePlus X we've been waiting for is here. Coinciding with it, we have a new X-themed app from OnePlus. No, not X-rated, X-themed. It has a pretty rockin' video with soundtrack by Urban Core and just from those 45 seconds alone, you wouldn't be able to tell that it's a OnePlus app. Okay, well, there's that OnePlus X in there. This is Reflexion. It's for iOS and Android and it is a simple shooter that threads a selfie on the wings of the screen with a rear-camera shot at top and bottom. You can adjust the reflection outputs of each pair; the shots are heavily-cropped to Instagram size ...

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    OnePlus introduced its new OnePlus X mid-ranger in the early morning hours, and as as the day's been unfolding, we've picked up more and more info about how the smartphone will be sold. The initial news didn't sound super-promising, as OnePlus confirmed that just like the OnePlus Two and OnePlus One before it, the OnePlus X would be sold through an invite system – shoppers looking to purchase the phone would need to come across an invite code, either handed out by OnePlus itself or shared from another OnePlus customer. Then we heard about the manufacturer's plans to sell the phone ...

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    Update: Happy Halloween! The podcast is early so you can cover your ears with it while being spooked by pop-scares all around town! Motorola builds a shatterproof phone and we put it to the test. Samsung builds a tablet the size of a TV and we look on with concern. And Nintendo finally makes the jump to your smartphone screen ... and we get all nostalgic for Tetris and Toobin'. All this, plus some learning about the 600 MHz spectrum and an eyes-on session with your listener mail, on episode 172 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 3:30pm Eastern on October ...

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    OnePlus just expanded its smartphone offerings with the launch of the OnePlus X, a mid-range, more affordable alternative to this summer's OnePlus 2. One thing both models share is the invite-based sales system OnePlus employs to keep its overhead low, allowing it to make these phones available at the low prices it does. At least, that's how things work most of the time, but just as the OnePlus 2 occasionally enjoys a brief period of no-invite-needed availability, you're also going to have a few chances to pick up the OnePlus X without needing to track down an invite code. OnePlus is ...

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    More and more manufacturers are building "mini" versions of their flagship phones -- if we can truly call five-inch-ish devices "mini" -- but not all manage to pack the specs some of the potential buyers are expecting. Some manufacturers try to keep the costs down, others try to capitalise on the flagship sibling's brand recognition to sell these devices. And then there are those who try to deliver the best of both worlds, like OnePlus, with its latest offering, the OnePlus X. Announced today, the OnePlus X features a five-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 13MP camera ...

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    OnePlus brought us its sophomore effort earlier this year, delivering the 5.5-inch OnePlus 2 with prices starting as low as $330. While the company's ordering process and customized OS may not be for everyone, it was hard to deny that the phone represented a solid amount of hardware for the money, packed with specs like a Snapdragon 810 SoC and 4GB of RAM. But rumors were already whispering about an even more affordable alternative, and in the months since we've heard a lot about possible plans for a so-called OnePlus Mini, more recently tipped to launch as the OnePlus X. Leaks have ...

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    The first “mid-range” Android smartphone from rapidly rising Chinese startup OnePlus is almost here, and practically all your remaining questions are answered with the support of a few legit-looking advertising presentation slides. Yes, the OnePlus X is just about guaranteed to pack a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, not an octa MediaTek Helio X10, and the easier to pocket screen will be sized at 5 inches, with Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution probably in tow. That doesn’t sound like the textbook definition of an affordable non-flagship handheld, you say? Well, ...

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    How much money would you be willing to pay for a smaller, slightly lower-end OnePlus 2 derivation dubbed X, with an emphasis on style rather than power, and possibly a glass-made back panel? The equivalent of $220 probably sounds positively dreamy, and $250 isn’t excessive either. What about $267, though? Is the OnePlus X drawing dangerously close to the 5.5-inch “2016 flagship killer’s” $330 tag? Mind you, we don’t expect any entry-level internal storage boost after all, and the RAM should get downgraded from 3 to 2GB, while the octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC will likely be ...

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    You may have been sad to hear the OnePlus 2 reservation list was officially closed last week, with the Chinese manufacturer ramping up its efforts to line up production and demand, but if you can still get your hands on an invitation, we also have good news today. Say good-bye to desperately refreshing your e-mail inbox, or asking everyone you know to lend some cash before it’s too late! Instead of expiring in just 24 hours, OnePlus 2 invites are now good for three full days. That could still prove inconvenient for many, and it remains hard to explain why these things need an expiration ...

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    Samsung is yet to respond to the latest controversial publicity stunt from OnePlus, which wants you to donate a 2015 Galaxy flagship for charity and the chance to get a OnePlus 2 in exchange, but Meizu wants to crash the #TakeTheEdgeOff campaign with a #TurnTheHeatOff trade-in program. That’s an obvious dig at the generally unstable octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor inside the OnePlus 2, although the Chinese startup insists its SD810 version was made cucumber cool and blazing fast. Meanwhile, the Meizu Pro 5 packs the same Samsung-made Exynos 7420 chip as the S6 Edge+ and Note 5, where ...

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    Nearly everything about the OnePlus X, aka Mini, has been classified as public knowledge for a while, including a shockingly low $250 recommended price, the looming formal introduction date, the Tenaa-revealed exterior design, and most of the 5-incher’s internals. Nonetheless, a key question mark hovers over the make and model of the processor used inside the “mid-range” Android soldier, and its build materials were never explicitly shown in any of the recent visual exposés. We were also wondering what and how many paint job options to expect, and whether or not the X would be sold ...

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    Lately when we've been talking about OnePlus, our attention has been focused on the OnePlus X, gearing up (in all likelihood) to launch on October 29. But even with this new phone taking so much focus, we're still following the story of the OnePlus 2, as the flagship continues to reach new users. And in spite of that brief period of wide-open sales, getting your hand on a OnePlus 2 continues to require an invite code. Those aren't going away for good anytime soon, but there's still about to be an important shift in how you go about getting that invite, as OnePlus announces plans to put an ...

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    Update: I have exacted my revenge for an opinion that is, I think, well-placed. Enjoy! AT&T launches something pretty cool and T-Mobile makes fun of it. Verizon's prepping a couple of new handhelds and they're called "Droids." OnePlus is cooking up a new smartphone and it's being pretty secretive about it. If I didn't know better, I'd say we've been here before. All this, plus: the BlackBerry Priv finally gets a date, teens roll their eyes at the Apple Watch, and we go eyes-on with your listener mail, on episode 170 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 12:00pm ...

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    The OnePlus X image can already be painted in broad strokes, even though the smaller, lower-cost derivation of the flagship-killing 2 is still a couple of weeks away from an official announcement. Trying to zero in on the 5-incher’s characteristics will yield a number of key questions, like exactly what processor is ticking under the affordable Android soldier’s hood. More importantly, how much does OnePlus intend to charge for the “Mini”, and what are its mainstream success perspectives when the 2 offers a whole lot for a relatively economical $329 starting price? Alas, a slew of ...

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