OnePlus makes its smartphones using flagship components – Nord CE coming to India

OnePlus has gained reputation as company that makes smartphones using flagship components and offers them at affordable prices.

Phones have become more and more expensive as time passed, but OnePlus is likely to be returning to its roots with a new series.

A news report say that OnePlus is working on a new line of smartphones that will focus on performance and games. It is aid that this series is likely to cost between 2,000 and 3,000 yuan

The report also said that this series will have a flagship processor and a flat, non-curved screen. The flagship components, of course, do not mean that Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will appear there. 

It is assumed that we can see processors such as Mediatek Dimensity 9000 and older ones: Snapdragon 888, 870 or Dimensity 1200. Nevertheless, it would be an improvement over other models available on the market in this price.

Another leak report has revealed that OnePlus will launch a successor to Nord CE in India next month. 

Nord CE will comes with three cameras on the back, successively 64 Mpx, 8 Mpx and 2 Mpx. On the front there would be a 16 Mpx camera and an AMOLED screen with a 6.4-inch display. Moreover, it can be powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 900 system. 

The Nord N20 is to be delivered to the European market in February 2022. It is to have the aforementioned flat screen and 3 cameras. OnePlus together with Oppo are developing a new operating system for their devices. This phone can run on Android 12, while a unified operating system could appear in April this year. There are no details about the release of this series, although the information partially overlaps. However, we hope that it will hit the market soon if it is to be a cheap alternative to other similar models.

OnePlus is ending software support for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T

OnePlus has announced the end of updates for two smartphones. Software support for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T is ending, and both phones will no longer receive any updates. The step may not come as a surprise, but the OnePlus 6T in particular leaves a bitter aftertaste. 

 OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T will no longer receive updates
If you still have a OnePlus 6 or OnePlus 6T in your pocket, you should start looking for a replacement. Both smartphones have now reached their “EOL”, i.e. the end of their lifespan. The Chinese manufacturer is phasing out software support and will no longer provide updates for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T . So the devices remain on OxygenOS 11, which is based on Android 11. There will no longer be an update to Android 12, nor will there be any security updates.

“After three major Android updates and more than three years of general updates,” says a OnePlus employee in the manufacturer forum, “it is now time to end this chapter.” OnePlus would like to thank the community, without which support would not have been possible would. The manufacturer also sends a special thank you to the beta testers.

Of course, the same applies to software updates: everything is relative. Compared to the Realme Pad, which doesn’t even get a single Android update, OnePlus has done well on the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. Since their release in 2018, OnePlus smartphones have received three major Android updates and countless security updates. The now announced end of updates for the two devices could be accepted with a shrug of the shoulders – business as usual in the Android world, one might think.

OnePlus promises three years of Android updates and four years of security updates
on the other hand , manufacturers such as Apple and, more recently, Samsung are showing how things can be done differently . What an outcry would there be if Apple ended software support for the iPhone Xs – unimaginable. Just like the OnePlus 6T, it was launched at the end of 2018 and should well receive the next two or even three iOS updates.

After all, OnePlus is capable of learning: In July of last year, the group announced that give new OnePlus models three major Android updates and four years of security updates . The innovation will take effect for the first time in the OnePlus 8 series from 2020.

Owners of OnePlus 6 or OnePlus 6T should not get panic over the news. Their smartphones will run smoothly on old OS. 

Samsung is planning to launch a new Galaxy Tab S8 series – Without power adaptors

Amazon Italy’s display of Galaxy S8 lineup has generated a lot of news. It is said that Samsung is planning to launch Galaxy S8 Series in Europe soon.

It is said that Galaxy Tab S8, S8 Plus and S8 Ultra will have Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. These tabs will come with pre-installed Android 12. These tabs will come with the display sizes 11 inches, 12.4 inches and 14.6 inches respectively. Samsung Tab S8 Ultra will also come with dual-selfie camera. 

All three models will be powered by 8,000, 10,090, and 11,200 mAh battery respectively.  Samsung is launching Tab S8 and S8+ in silver, rose gold and gray colors. However, the Ultra is being launched in gray color. 

Samsung has given S Pen  and 13MP main camera k in all three models.

I would like to report some disappointing things for buyers of Galaxy S8 Series. the Galaxy Tab S8, S8 Plus and S8 Ultra should no longer be supplied with a power supply unit. This was reported by LetsGoDigital.

So far, Samsung has always included a power adapter with its tablets. Even the recently introduced Galaxy Tab S7 FE still comes with a power adapter so that you can charge the Android tablet. That will probably change in 2022. At least with the Galaxy Tab S8, that would fit the concept. After all, Samsung has started to omit the power supply from the smartphones, even from the high-end models. So it would only be logical to continue this with other devices.

The Samsung tablet should be able to be charged with up to 45 watts. 

The tablet would then be completely full again in a short time. At least the pen wasn’t deleted. Then all you need is a keyboard cover and you have a 2-in-1 device. It’s quite possible that it will be available again for free for pre-orders.

For the first time, Samsung will also offer an Ultra model with a huge 14.6-inch display with the Galaxy Tab S8 . This should then cost well over 1,000 euros . So if you want the best of the best, you will have to dig deep into your pockets. It is not known exactly when the performance will take place. It certainly won’t take too long.

Sony Xperia 5 III : a smartphone different from the others

The Xperia 5 III is an expensive smartphone. Sony has tried to  offer a high-end experience to people looking for a compact terminal (6.1 inches). Sony also relies on the photo with a variable zoom and on the audio thanks to a jack.

Sony no longer represents much in the smartphone market. The Japanese brand, still essential in many sectors (televisions, PlayStation, etc.), does not seem to maintain its smartphone division a little out of pride, without really believing in it anymore.

However, the Xperias are good smartphones. If they suffer from certain fairly restrictive defects (such as their prices being totally out of step with the rest of the market), Sony mobiles generally manage to stand out thanks to some of their characteristics. 

To justify its low market share, Sony says it assumes the fact of marketing “specialty products”. According to him, the Xperia are not intended for Mr. and Mrs. everyone but for informed consumers, in search of a specific characteristic. This is what allows Sony to explain its pricing policy. The company does not think like its competitors and can therefore increase the prices of smartphones, even if the previous models have not met with the expected success, at least according to him.  

Aesthetically alone, the Xperia do not look like other smartphones. At the time of the punch and the invisible camera, Sony still does not eliminate screen borders. The Xperia 5 III is a phone that stretches in length, which can be confusing on first try. Fortunately, it is quite narrow and therefore very easy to hold. The design of the mobile is very pleasant, especially since its 163 grams give it an advantage over the competition (too bad its back slips a lot, it sometimes fell off a table all by itself).

Another particularity, the Xperia 5 III has several physical buttons. In addition to the essential volume keys and the unlock button, the Sony smartphone has a key reserved for Google Assistant and another dedicated to the camera. An amazing choice in 2021.

We also note that the slot for changing the SIM card is removed with a fingernail rather than a paper clip, that it can accommodate a Micro SD and that, in the upper border, there is a vestige of another time: a LED that flashes when you receive a message. Another resurrection: the jack. The Xperia 5 III might appeal to a few subscribers to a lossless music streaming service . None of these features are truly groundbreaking, but if you’re looking for a device that flashes when you’ve missed a notification, Sony has very few competitors.

There are other elements on which Sony does not like everyone else. In photography, for example, a “Pro” mode allows you to take photos with manual settings. Sony also had the idea of ​​making the phone vibrate according to the sound emitted by the speakers which, in our opinion, is not at all convincing. We recommend disabling this feature. 

A small cinema-sized screen

Despite its price, the Xperia 5 III is Sony’s small smartphone. With its 6.1-inch screen in 21:9 format, the terminal is incredibly easy to handle. It holds well in hand since its display surface extends only in height. Sony uses an LTPS OLED panel with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz (with a starting point of 60Hz). The manufacturer’s idea is to allow you to watch films in their original format, even if more and more productions are shot in 16:9 or 18:9. The cinema format of the Xperia 5 III also has the advantage of allowing it to display two applications simultaneously without rendering them unusable. We get used to it really quickly.

Strangely disappointing battery life

On this point, we are quite divided. With a 4500 mAh battery, the Xperia 5 III achieved good scores in our battery life tests. 15:59 hours of versatile autonomy, 12:18 hours of video streaming, 23:59 hours in communication… It’s frankly satisfactory, especially since the other Xperias were really less good.

However, our actual use of the product leaves us puzzled. Even in standby, the Xperia 5 III seems to lose autonomy stupidly. In ten days, we found it three times at 0% when we had left it at 30% a few hours earlier. It is necessary to recharge the smartphone every evening at the risk of not having a battery the next day. The activation of 120 Hz certainly plays a role, the Xperia 5 III consumes too much.

Level recharge, we are also disappointed. It takes 1h51 for the smartphone to go from 0 to 100%, which seems like a lot to us in the era of ultra-fast charging. At 999 euros, Sony also thought it smart to deprive the Xperia 5 III of wireless charging to reserve this feature for its most high-end devices such as the Xperia 1 III. It’s not fair to consumers.

A pro camera… but slow

To stand out in the market, Sony plays the photography card a lot. The Japanese manufacturer is trying to reduce the boundary between phones and its cameras using software… which obviously will not make everyone agree. The interface of the Camera application of the Xperia 5 III, which allows you to choose between “Basic” mode and “Pro” mode, is an illustration of this.

On the back of the Xperia 5 III, there are three 12 Mpix sensors. One is used for ultra wide-angle (16 mm equivalent), the second for everyday photos (24 mm) and, finally, the third offers two zoom levels. It can switch between 70 and 105 mm, which therefore makes it possible to obtain x3 zoom or x4.3 zoom. It is not possible to choose an alternative position, you can only switch from one to the other.

The big problem with the Xperia 5 III is its slowness. Often, especially at night, the Camera app is very unresponsive and takes too long to take a photo. It’s not at all worthy of a high-end experience. By wanting to replicate the feeling of its cameras, Sony is wasting our time. This messes up the photo partition of the Xperia 5 III which, as you may have noticed, takes good quality photos most of the time. When it is too dark, however, it fails completely. The color management is convincing, but the result is blurry. 

High-end features… but 999 euros?

Finally, let’s finish with the characteristics. Beneath the bowels of the Xperia 5 III is the Snapdragon 888 processor paired with 8GB RAM. The smartphone is obviously 5G compatible and, fortunately, runs all applications without problems. The opposite would be surprising.

Only question: is it worth 999 euros? The Xperia 5 III arrived on the market late and now there are devices equipped with this chip at much lower prices. Given the shortcomings of the smartphone on certain points (such as the slowness of its cameras), the price of 999 euros seems to us once again unjustified.

Blackmail Trojans by mail: Notorious hacker group attacks in bizarre ways

In order to crack companies and authorities, hackers use sophisticated tools and complex vulnerabilities. A particularly feared group tried to get through the front door, so to speak, and sent the malicious code by post.

While for years it was random victims who were supposed to pay a ransom of several hundred euros, blackmail Trojans have long since developed into a billion-dollar business. And the hacker groups are increasingly targeting profitable business and government targets. The US Federal Police  FBI is now warning of a particularly brazen attack scam.

It sounds a bit as if it came from the last millennium: Instead of via the Internet and an e-mail, the attack came from the physical world this time – and landed in a package on the desks of the attacked companies. But the USB sticks it contained had a lot to offer: they contained the “BadUSB” and “Bad Beetle USB” programs, with which computers can be taken over simply by connecting the stick.

Danger from the mail department

According to the investigators, the packages arrived at various companies between August and November, including companies in the transport , insurance and defense sectors. The attackers used various disguises to make it tempting for the victims to insert the sticks. The packages allegedly came from Amazon, sometimes from the health authorities. Depending on the destination, the recipients should find voucher cards on the sticks or important data on new Covid guidelines.

The actual effect was of course different. Once plugged in, the sticks began sending commands to the computer and installing more malware, investigators said. To do this, they disguised themselves as a supposed keyboard that entered console commands. Even a lock on external data carriers should be unlocked in this way. However, the FBI report did not reveal whether this was actually successful in the current attacks and what the specific consequences were for the companies affected.

Notorious cyber gangsters

If you consider who is held responsible for the attack, the victims are likely to have been threatened. The FBI names the hacker group Fin7 as the main suspect. The group, which appears to be from Eastern Europe, is notorious. She is credited with hundreds of attacks on businesses. The attacks are always creative and sometimes highly complex. And not just technically: Fin7 is said to have founded and built up its own camouflage companies for some attacks. The attacks are specially tailored to the target in question. They are referred to as “spear phishing” because the high-precision methods do not correspond to the old e-mail trawl, but to the targeted launching of a harpoon. As early as 2018, a company had examined and described the group’s sometimes frighteningly clever approach,learn more here ).

That Fin7 still exists is quite remarkable. The group, which has been active since at least 2015, was considered disbanded after its alleged leaders were arrested in 2018. One of them had been sentenced to ten years in prison last year. At the same time, however, the number of attacks attributed to it increased again rapidly

Netflix: “Ozark” starts with a dark look in the grand finale

The fourth season of the Netflix series “Ozark” is entering the big series finale. The Byrde family is far from off the hook, is there any hope of a happy ending?

The Byrde family actually left Chicago to finally get some rest from their criminal career. No more drugs and above all no more money laundering, away from drug lord Omar Navarro (Felix Solis). But her ability to launder money on a grand scale digs deeper and deeper into the flesh like a thorn and the tranquil life in the Ozarks turns into a maelstrom of criminal machinations. When Father Marty (Jason Bateman) seems to solve one problem, two more arise.

Now the Netflix series is fast approaching the finale and the future doesn’t seem rosy. Can the Byrds get their heads out of the noose one last time, or will they become victims of organized crime themselves? The prospects at the end of season three were extremely bleak as Wendy (Laura Linney) stood with blood in her hair next to the shot attorney Helen (Jaet McTeer). But what does season four have to offer?

Ozark: Life-threatening attack on family

The Byrdes pick up where they left off in season four. Marty manages millions of dollars in coolers and on small boats from A to B and Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) only want to get away from Ozark. The Langmores with their heroin business give the family a hard time, but Navarro is quite moderate. He’s willing to let the Byrdes go if he can immigrate to the United States with impunity.

Marty faces an almost impossible task in order to finally be able to let his family live in peace. An attack on the family van follows, which could kill everyone. But it wouldn’t be the Byrdes if they couldn’t rise from the ashes. At the end of the first part of the final season, the situation seems hopeless, but the family is still alive and is always good for a surprise. The fourth season “Ozark” has been running on Netflix since January 21.

WhatsApp: Move data from Android phone to iPhone

WhatsApp does not want to restrict itself  on the individual platforms. For this reason, a function was activated some time ago that allows iPhone users to move their data to Samsung smartphones. Much more should soon be possible – namely if Android users want to switch to the iPhone.

WhatsApp: Change from Android phone to iPhone is coming

You can already switch from an Android smartphone to an iPhone via WhatsApp and take your data with you. That will change soon. After WhatsApp made it possible some time ago to switch from an iPhone to a Samsung smartphone , and soon all Android 12 cell phones will follow, the reverse path should also be possible (source: WABetaInfo ).

This function has appeared in a new beta version of WhatsApp for Android – but is not yet active. You will soon be able to switch from any Android smartphone to the iPhone and simply take your chats and other data with you. So far, as I said, this has not been possible with official means and was probably not wanted at all in recent years. Otherwise such a system would have been integrated long ago.

This will soon make it even easier to switch from an Android smartphone to an iPhone. Often one does not want to take the arduous path because one always has to leave something behind. If WhatsApp unlocks the feature in the future, even more people could switch to the iPhone . Apple should be happy.

How exactly WhatsApp plans to implement the new function is not known. The current solution when switching from iPhone to Samsung phone is to use a cable. So it doesn’t just work via the cloud and your own phone number. It will be interesting to see if there might be a better solution.

Xiaomi cell phone: What’s new in the Xiaomi smartphones

Xiaomi will unveil its new Redmi smartphones for the international market next week. Technically and visually, a lot should change will be witnessed in comparison with the Chinese versions. Now a retailer has at least unveiled the Redmi Note 11 in advance and is already showing us what to expect in the new models.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 with Qualcomm processor
The new Redmi smartphones were unveiled in China some time ago. The international launch will take place on February 26th. Previously it was announced that we will receive a slightly different configuration and this is exactly what a dealer from the Philippines confirms :

The optics will not differ compared to the Chinese model. There’s the 90Hz AMOLED display here too, which is believed to be 6.6 inches. In addition, the Snapdragon 680 processor, which should offer solid equipment. This configuration has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The battery measures 5,000 mAh and can be quickly recharged with 33 watts charger. There’s the 50MP quad camera here too.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 costs 154 euros in the Philippines. We will most likely pay significantly more. Probably a little over 200 euros . But that would still be a very good price for the equipment. At the latest in the coming week we will find out whether the information from the dealer is confirmed.

Tecno has introduced a new low cost smartphone-Pop 5

Pop 5 Pro – Photo courtesy Tecno

The new iPhone 5 Pro of Techno’s Pop series is being launched for the first time in India.

The entry level phone has MediaTek’s Helio A22 processor.

With a 6.52-inch FHD Plus display, the phone uses the Android 11 operating system Go Edition, which is integrated with the company’s HiOS 7.6. The smartphone has 269 ppi and 480 nits, which seems reasonable at the price which it is offered.

In the Android Go edition, Google apps use Internet data and work faster on slower Internet.

A special feature of the Pop5 Pro is the powerful 6000 mAh battery.

The company claims that with a full charge, the battery can talk up to 54 hours and listen to music for more than 120 hours.

The phone has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage while the feature of splash resistant is also given.

The back of the phone has a dual camera setup with an 8-megapixel main camera and an AI helper camera.

There is a 5 megapixel selfie camera hidden in the water drop notch on the front of the phone.

The Pope 5 Pro will be available in 3 colors, priced at 4 114 (over 20,000 Pakistani rupees).

Tecno Pop 5 Pro is a reasonable smartphone that can fulfil the desire of an average smartphone users in India and Pakistan. 

Realme 9 Pro Plus

photo: OnLeaks and Smartprix

A few days ago, we got to know the unofficial specification of Realme 9 Pro . Today, the same source revealed the data of the above-positioned model, i.e. Realme 9 Pro +.

According to information from the Smartprix website , Realme 9 Pro + is to be smaller than the Realme 9 Pro model . It will receive a Super AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.43 inches, a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a resolution of Full HD +. Recall: Realme 9 Pro is to have a 6.59 inch diagonal. The heart of the Plus model will be the MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor with a 5G modem – while in the Realme 9 Pro we will find the Snapdragon 695.

Realme 9 Pro + will have 8 + 256GB memory, but there may be other memory kits to choose from. The smartphone will be powered by a 4500 mAh battery – with fast charging. In the front we find a 16-megapixel selfie camera, while on the back we expect a set of 50 + 8 + 2 Mpx matrices. The main Sony matrix is ​​to be modified – but it is not known what Realme will propose in this case. We expect the premieres of Realme 9 Pro and Realme 9 Pro + in February

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