One Plus 3, the biggest threat for high-end phones

The Chinese company has presented on Tuesday its new “smartphone” which is now available at a price of £320. It has a 5.5-inch Amoled screen, 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with four cores at 2.2 GHz.

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OnePlus always arouses great expectations. And they have yet again achieved it. It couldn’t be less… A new smartphone was about to leave the oven: the OnePlus 3. And if anything if perfectly pictures how China is impressive for its powerful ability to manufacture terminals, with their own high-end performance at a low price in comparison to Apple, Samsung or HTC.

With the OnePlus 3 they have not been disappointing. “It is a device built by technology enthusiasts for technology enthusiasts,” Carl assured Pei, co-founder of the company, in the corporate blog.

To start OnePlus 3 reinvents the rapid charge system Charge Dash, a technology that ensures a full day of battery with only the need of charging for only half an hour. They say it is faster, safer and efficient, since the terminal does not over heat.

The smartphone has a Optic Amoled 5.5-inch screen, that has been equipped with 6GB of RAM, something impressive as it’s surpassing the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S. And mounts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with four cores at 2.2 Ghz.

It operates on the latest version of OxygenOS, a fast, clean and lightweight operating system based on Android Marshmallow. “It integrates several functions that give you more control to customise the experience with your smartphone as gesture recognition with the screen off and customisable buttons,” says the company.

On the other hand, OnePlus were terminals with good technical characteristics but unattractive design. This time, the company has decided to improve the aesthetics and quality of its device which means the metal body of a OnePlus 3 is carved from a single block of aluminium of the highest quality. The result? An ultra-thin and robust safe design.

The camera is another great achievement. With 16 Megapixels, it has an ultra-fast shutter, a fast auto-focus and clean software. In addition, the company has provided the OnePlus 3 with technology that comes with noise reduction, ensuring that every shot is sharp and defined, while two advanced stabilisation methods prevent vibration and unwanted movements.

The OnePlus 3 is now available at a price of £320. The purchase also can be done in virtual reality mode. In fact, fans were able to follow the presentation of the terminal on Google Cardboard and purchase directly.

Has Samsung dropped the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?

Qualcomm confirmed on Wednesday that a key customer had dropped their Snapdragon 810 processor. The announcement was made as the company released their first-quarter earnings report.

As we mentioned in our other blog there are reports of Samsung wanting to drop the processor due to the overheating rumours. Our guess is that Samsung have dropped the processor in order to put their own Exynos processor in their S6. Whether this is to do with overheating or not we cannot confirm but our guess is that Samsung may be focusing on their Exynos brand.

Qualcomm haven’t hinted at who the key customer may be but it definitely aligns with the speculation and rumours that we reported on.

Should Qualcomm be worried?

Now Samsung generates a lot of business for Qualcomm and losing their custom has led to it’s after-hours trading being down by more that 8%. The company is also behind most of the non-Apple mobile phones on the market with companies like HTC, LG and many more using their extremely favourable processors but is that enough for them?

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Are Qualcomm re-designing the Snapdragon 810 for Samsung?

The Snapdragon 810 processor is the processor to have. The first handset to use the 64-bit processor was the LG G Flex 2 which was announced in CES 2015. Other big brand that were planning on using the 810 were HTC and Samsung but after the recent stories about the processor heating hasn’t kept Samsung interested at all. 

Now this would possibly be the worst news for Qualcomm as not only would the processor be used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge but Samsung are a huge customer for Qualcomm so it’s said that they are now redesigning the Snapdragon 810 specially for Samsung.

LG have released a statement about the chip saying that this issue is not with the processor but with the design of the phone and that the LG G Flex 2 was designed around that…ouch. Now that’s some bad mouthing about Samsung’s ability to make phones which could easily be dismissed as the quality of Samsung phones is not disputed by many people.

As you may have read from our previous blog about Samsung’s first major chip many think that the tech giant may just be trying to find an excuse to use their Exynos processor but could not find a good reason to leave behind the most wanted processor on the market at the moment. 

I guess we’ll have to sit and wait for Samsung’s statement on the issue and see whether or not they’ll use the chip. Personally I think they should and then also release a series with their Exynos chip to show people that it’s good and could possibly replace the Snapdragon but we’ll have to see how confident Samsung are about their processor.

 

LG G Flex 2 – What we know so far

LG are releasing a new Flex as of February 2015, exclusively available on Vodafone 6 weeks prior to launch. The LG G Flex 2 is a 5.5 inch screen – matching the size of the LG G3 – making the screen 0.5 inches smaller than the original Flex.
Unlike Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, the Flex 2 is a deliberately curved screen handset, following its original handset, the LG G Flex, which was the world’s first curved handset. The shape may be the same, but the new Flex 2 has new dimensions and specs to back it up. The display is 403 pixels per inch, whereas the original Flex only displayed 245ppi. Although the display is of higher quality, it is not yet a quad HD display like the LG G3. The original Flex supported a high resolution display of 720p, luckily for Flex 2 users, this display will be 1080p, with a P-OLED touch screen.
The design is a perfect match for the curved 4K TV – which is currently being displayed at CES 2015, the company states it naturally meets the contour of the eyes. The self healing back causes light scratches to disappear in as little as 10 seconds, 18 times faster than the first Flex. It comes in two colours, platinum silver and flamenco red.
This device should certainly have better performance due to its new Snapdragon 810 processor. According to LG, with it’s 3000 mAh non-removable battery, the phone will gain 50% battery life within 40 minutes of charging. The Flex 2 has 2GB RAM, apparently LG are not ready to support 4GB as of yet, the on board storage will be 16GB and 32GB, with a memory card slot that maxes out at an amazing size of 2TB. The device contains 64-bit Octa-core and speeds of 2.0GHz.
Another upside for users of the Flex 2 is that the camera is 13 megapixel, with a front camera of 2.1 megapixels. The original Flex’s camera did not meet up to users expectations, maybe this time around LG will fulfill all of their users needs.
The phone is rumoured to cost around £499 SIM free, and will most certainly be available on 4G.

Overall the LG G Flex 2 looks like the phone to look out for.