Posts tagged with: Oppo
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    The Oppo N1 didn't really take the world by storm in the way many of us expected. Surely it did give us a variant that included CyanogenMod out of the box, and yes, we even received a swivel camera mechanism, which was actually more than just a novelty, as many smartphones don't really offer a compelling front-facing camera. If you were in the market for the Oppo N1, but don't want a phone that's so big, you might want to hold up a bit. Oppo has now made the launch date of the N1 Mini official, if you want most of these N1 features in a smaller package. You can expect the phone as soon as ...

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    It seems another device from Oppo is on the way, as FCC documents are revealing an interesting new device we haven't seen sold before. The company is close to announcing a lower-specced version of their N1, with model number N5116. We are dealing with a device very similar to the Oppo N1, as the rotating camera and other design aspects are still present. The size has been cut down, however, as the display is reportedly 5 inches on the diagonal as opposed to its bigger brother's hefty 5.9-inch frame. The images do not reveal much more than the obvious, and all are embedded right down below ...

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    For the better part of the last five years, battery life has been an issue. I've never managed to get the alleged four hours of screen-on time some forum users claim, and I've rarely been able last a full day with just about any non-BlackBerry smartphone. It happens, but it's rare. "It's just the way or how much you use your phones." That's what everyone always tells me, but that's not the problem, I assure you. Just because I'm a "tech blogger" doesn't mean I use my phones endlessly. It's quite the opposite, actually. I have countless devices, all of which get a fairly even spread of use, ...

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    Before December 2013 few had ever heard of OnePlus. These days however, the Hong-Kong based company and its recently launched handset are all over the news. OnePlus promises its consumers they will never have to settle when choosing their next smartphone.  Indeed, the OnePlus One boasts some impressive specs and an equally impressive price-tag. Although currently the purchase of the One is possible through an invitation system only, increased availability is expected in late June. Until then, we sat down with the company's Director, Carl Pei, to discuss the OnePlus One, its creation and ...

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    Bought an Oppo Find 7a (our review), but can't bring yourself to live with the proprietary manufacturer skin? Don't fret -- you can now make your device into a OnePlus One. The drama surrounding the fact that OnePlus has close ties with Oppo has finally amounted to something, it seems. The various similarities between the One and the Find 7a in hardware have made it possible for developers to port the ROM from the One to the Find 7a. To flash the ROM, all you have to do on your Find 7a is install a custom recovery such as TWRP or ClockworkMod. Then, install the ROM you find at the source ...

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    Within China, native phone manufacturer Oppo is a well-known and respected brand. Elsewhere, it's presence isn't nearly as domineering or demanding of attention. However, that hasn't stopped the Chinese maker from turning heads around the world. Oppo first grabbed the attention of many with the Find 5, followed by the N1, a highly regarded phone amongst the tech enthusiasts in which comes in a Cyanogenmod flavor. Just months later, the company announced two new smartphones, the Find 7 and Find 7a. On paper, these two smartphones look rather impressive. The latter of the two is actually ...

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    Last week marked the official launch of the OnePlus One, the first smartphone from OnePlus, itself a new company founded by ex-Oppo employees. At least, that's the story we were given, but are we missing an important detail? Over the weekend, a minor controversy has gotten stirred up over allegations that OnePlus isn't quite the plucky independent startup the company has presented itself as, and may instead be owned to one extent or another by Oppo. The first suspicious connection turned up in historic DNS records, with connected Oppo contact details to the oneplus.net domain name. Then ...

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    Two of the weirdest smartphones accessories to surface last year were Sony's QX10 and QX100 “lens-cameras,” devices that looked a bit like the interchangeable lenses you might attach to an SLR camera, but fully-contained cameras in and of themselves. They had their own power, storage, and connectivity, really lacking only a display. Users would clip them onto existing phones (and later, tablets) to take advantage of the photographic flexibility big sensors and optical zoom provided. While pretty cool (if questionably practical), relatively high prices kept them at arm's length: you'll ...

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    Oppo has been slowly building momentum over the years, creating seemingly great smartphones which equally appeal to the masses and nerds like us. The N1 from last year, which came in a CyanogenMod edition, was one of the first moves which put Oppo on our map here in the States. The Find 5 was a step in the right direction, as well. But the company has been leaking and dropping hints about the Find 7 and Find 7a for months now, and we've got our hands on the Find 7a for review. Can the phone compete with the likes of some of the more popular global brands? Can the Oppo Find 7a give what ...

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    Skipping listener mail for two weeks in a row? We know, we know ... unconscionable. But we also know you'll forgive us in exchange for two things: a packed review schedule, and an awesome podcast guest. We're bringing you both of those as the week winds down to a close. In addition to the usual news segment narrated by the soothing voice of Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck, we've got additional insights on Samsung's new Galaxy S5: how it compares to its forebears, how well it fares against competition like the HTC One M8, and a debate on the merits of standout features like the ...

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    Oppo, unlike many other manufacturers, is taking this camera race to a new level, but not through hardware. Instead, Oppo is taking it to the competition via software, and in a way that, logically, doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. The Find 7 and Find 7a both come with 13-megapixel IMX214 CMOS sensors from Sony. In the standard shooting mode, they max out at … 13-megapixels, of course. But if you enable what Oppo calls Super Zoom (or HD Picture, soon to be Ultra-HD … trust us, we're just as confused as you are), the pair of phones are capable of capturing 50-megapixel images. No. ...

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    Per usual, all eyes are on the major Android manufacturers as the 2014 flagships come out. We've reviewed the One M8 twice. Despite my initial takeaway from the announcement, I ended up buying one as my personal device anyway. And Michael is in the process of reviewing the Galaxy S 5. Sony's flagship is just around the bend, and a handful of other major smartphones will launch in the second half of the year. But there are two other manufacturers enthusiasts are eyeing this spring, two up-and-comers determined to make waves and bring some of their own flare to a stagnating market: Oppo, out ...

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    We've been hearing about the Oppo Find 7 for quite some time. Oppo itself has teased the existence of the phone, only to later confirm and announce it last month. Revealed alongside the Find 7, however, was a slightly more tame version of the phone, dubbed the Find 7a. That's what we currently have on hand. Can Oppo compete with the likes of its biggest competitors, like Samsung, HTC, or LG? Is the Find 7a a phone worthy of your hard-earned cash? We can't answer those questions with any certainty just yet, but we'll be slaving away in our labs trying to find answers over the next few days. ...

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    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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    With other smartphone technology advancements beginning to plateau, such as display quality (resolution, color, black levels, etc.) and CPU capabilities, OEMs are looking to other areas for differentiation. Alongside things like software features and packing massive batteries, one area several manufacturers have started focusing efforts is image sensing, as indicated by the massive achievements in both 2012 and 2013. First was Nokia's PureView technology with the not-so-mainstream, Symbian-powered 808 PureView, which came packed with a 41-megapixel sensor capable of taking up to ...

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