All the best Cyber Monday deals on phones, chromebooks, headphones, smart home hardware, and more

Black Friday has come and gone, but we’re not done with pre-holiday deals by a long shot. Cyber Monday starts in just a few hours, and many retailers have their sales live already. For tonight, the bargains are pretty similar to what they were earlier this week, but plenty of them are still really great deals. New deals are sure to be flying all day Monday, so be sure to check back often. Read MoreAll the best Cyber Monday deals on phones, chromebooks, headphones, smart home hardware, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Bizarre messages sent to OnePlus 7 Pro handsets undergoing investigation

Some OnePlus 7 Pro owners woke up today to multiple notifications on their phones from OnePlus. While manufacturers to use the push notification system at times to share important information, the messages in questions included Chiese characters and other random letters. Those venturous enough to click on the messages were then greeted with a “browser not found” error. 
In the confusion, some wondered if OnePlus has been hacked.

Did @oneplus just get hacked? What’s up with these push notifications? Anyone else?
— Nicole Scott in Berlin (@Nicole_Scooter) July 1, 2019

Fortunately, the bizarre messages were simply a mistake. OnePlus issues a statement on Twitter, claiming that the issue was caused by the OxygenOS team. SOmeone apparently set out a global notification to some OnePlus 7 Pro owners. It’s not clear how many messages were sent out, but our OnePlus 7 Pro did not receive the messages.
The company is currently investigating what happened and will share more details when they come to light. While the random messages may have simply been annoying, we’re hoping that OnePlus puts a few extra security measures in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

During an internal test, our OxygenOS team accidentally sent out a global push notification to some OnePlus 7 Pro owners. We would like to apologize for any difficulties, and assure you that our team is currently investigating the error. We’ll share more information soon.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) July 1, 2019


This is the OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus has been making full use of its marketing budget with the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro with a number of features either revealed by the company itself or leaked out. Now, we have our closest look yet at the OnePlus 7 Pro with pictures of the device in all its glory showing off the zero-bezel design.
The leaks come courtesy of Ishan Agarwal, who has been very vocal (and accurate) with a number of leaks over the last few months. The image below shows the OnePlus 7 Pro in the Nebula Blue color and also shows the vertical camera array.

OnePlus has already shared images teasing the lens setup in the OnePlus 7 Pro and having already confirmed a 48-megapixel primary sensor with a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, the third camera is likely a wide-angle lens. As far as button placement goes, the volume and power button remains in the same place as last year.
The biggest talking point of the OnePlus 7 Pro is the new display where the bezels have been reduced and the notch removed. This resigns the OnePlus 7 Pro to a popup camera mechanism that will popup the front-facing camera on demand. At QHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, the display is gearing up to be absolutely stunning and a stand out feature of the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The device will also be available in a Mirror Grey finish and will be unveiled on May 14. The OnePlus 7 Pro will cost €749/$749, cementing OnePlus firmly in the premium device bracket.
Via: Android Central

OnePlus 6/6T users in India wary of Tencent involvement in File Manager app

The latest OxygenOS Open Betas for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T bring a new storage-cleaning feature to Indian users. But some of them are concerned about the updated File Manager app as Chinese internet giant Tencent is now involved with it. The app uses an odd permissions scheme and there are concerns about how these changes will affect user data and OnePlus’s commitment against bloatware.

The new feature appears in the existing File Manager app on Indian OnePlus 6 units with Open Beta 17 and OnePlus 6T devices with Open Beta 9. Read MoreOnePlus 6/6T users in India wary of Tencent involvement in File Manager app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

OnePlus 7 Pro benchmarks reveal it’s the worlds faster Android device

There’s always a lot of excitement around the launch of a new OnePlus device, but the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro is getting more attention than usual thanks to its rumored 90hz refresh rate, 12GB of RAM and triple camera system.
While we’ve known that the OnePlus 7 would be quite powerful since it’s expected to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, benchmark results from Geekbench have surfaced, placing the OnePlus 7 Pro at the very top of the list, showing that it’s the fastest Android device ever to be benchmarked using the app.
The OnePlus 7 Pro posted a 11,012 multi-core score and a 3,551 single-core score. While the multi-core performance puts the OnePlus 7 Pro in first place, the single-core score of the phone was only good enough for fourth place, right behind the new Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
With the launch of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro scheduled for May 14th, expect the excitement level for this phone to increase. That being said, we’re likely not going to be too thrilled about the price of the OnePlus 7 Pro. The company has always managed to deliver great value with its flagship smartphones, but we have a feeling that the 7 Pro’s price will be significantly higher than what we’ve traditionally paid for a OnePlus smartphone.
Source: WCCFTech

OnePlus 7 Pro camera samples have already made their way online

OnePlus will be officially announcing their OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro (and maybe the 5G model) in the coming weeks. We have to say that out of the two models, we are excited for the OnePlus 7 Pro because it feels like for the first time ever, OnePlus seems to be taking photography more seriously than before with the use of a triple lens camera design.
We suppose this can’t be helped given the stiff competition from Samsung, Huawei, and Oppo, but the question is, how good will the company’s efforts be? Thanks to the folks at WIRED, they managed to get their hands on an early production model of the upcoming handset and took several photos, testing out the camera in the process, namely the new 3x zoom lens.
Image credit – Andrew Williams/WIRED
Now based on WIRED’s initial testing, they found that while the 3x zoom lens on the OnePlus 7 Pro was an upgrade over the 2x zoom that was offered on previous models, it still seems to lack details and actually has more noise when compared to competing handsets like the Huawei P30 Pro. Interestingly enough, OnePlus imaging director Simon Liu seems to acknowledge that they might not be able to beat the competition.
“I think we have a shot at competing with the first tier phones. I don’t think we can beat them, but the imaging world is always subjective.”
We should point out that the model that WIRED managed to review is a pre-production model. This means that there is a chance the final model could be tweaked further (and maybe even for the better), so don’t take these image samples as being final.
Source: WIRED

New OnePlus 7 renders and video imagines what the phone could look like

Earlier this month renders of the upcoming OnePlus 7 was leaked. The phone was spotted again on a retailer’s website. Now thanks to a series of freshly-created renders and a video put together by Waqar Khan, we have a much better idea of what the phone could look like upon its launch.
We should point out that these aren’t “leaked” renders per se, but rather they are mock-ups created by Khan based on previously leaked images and rumors, but if the actual phone ends up looking like this, we’re finding it hard to complain. The renders show a phone with an edge-to-edge display without a notch or a cutout for the front-facing camera.
Instead as per the previous leaks and rumors, OnePlus could actually be opting for a popup camera. We’re not quite sold on a popup camera as it does look like it could be easily broken off, but from a design perspective, it does lend to a rather seamless-looking design. The phone is also rumored to be packing a triple camera setup on the back, and will most likely be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.

There is also the question of whether the phone could support 5G. There have been some talks about how the OnePlus 5G smartphone could be launched as a separate handset which would put the OnePlus 7 in a bit of an awkward spot, but we’ll just have to wait and find out.
Also based on the company’s previous comments, wireless charging will most likely not make an appearance on the handset either.
Source: Waqar Khan

Oxygen OS Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 6T is now available for download

Owners of OnePlus phones keen to get the latest features fastest will be aware of the Open Beta program. New Android versions and the latest Oxygen OS enhancements are tested there before being rolled out to everyone. Now, the first of these betas for the OnePlus 6T has dropped.

Don’t expect a massive overhaul — it’s still Oxygen OS on top of Android 9 Pie — but it does include support for migrating data from iPhones and some upgrades for the phone app. Read MoreOxygen OS Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 6T is now available for download was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Oppo R17 Pro and OnePlus 6T are twins separated at birth – but why?

OnePlus is something of a Cinderella story in the smartphone world. It seemed to appear out of nowhere, releasing a phone with numbers that matched the best the likes of Samsung and HTC had to offer – and did it at half the price. The OnePlus One went viral in a way few products do, and the rest is history (well, as much as four years can be “history”). OnePlus just keeps improving on that formula, most recently with the excellent OnePlus 6T, which I’ve had a chance to use for the last few weeks. Read MoreThe Oppo R17 Pro and OnePlus 6T are twins separated at birth – but why? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Liquipel review: OnePlus 6 water resistance test

It’s pretty easy to find smartphones and other gadgets with IP dust and water resistance ratings these days. Often times, we purchase water-resistant devices without even knowing it. But if you’re using a device from OnePlus of a smartphone that didn’t have an excessively-high price tag, there’s a good chance that won’t do too well if exposed to water or moisture. Sure, most smartphones which lack an official IP (ingress protection) rating will be just fine if they get a little wet from a few drops of rain, but you’ll be lucky if they survive an accidental dip in the pool or a drop in the toilet (yes, most water damages smartphones are from toilet drops).
That’s where’s Liquipel come in with its Liquipel Watersafe Technology. A few years back, Liquipel developed its Watersafe nanocoating which can be applied to smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and other gadgets, creating a water-resistant barrier which blocks liquid from coming into contact with a device’s circuitry, dramatically reducing the chance that an internal component will fail after it’s been submerged into water. Liquipel doesn’t claim that its nanocoating is a substitute for an official IP certification, but it does offer a “you break it, we fix it” guarantee.

To put the Liquipel Watersafe Technology to the test we dug up a OnePlus 6 and mailed it to Liquipel’s facility. The nanocoating process only takes roughly 20 minutes. The device is placed into a proprietary machine that applies a liquid repellent substance to electronics and fabrics. Once the vacuum process is complete, the Liquipel formulation is injected and transforms from a liquid to a gas as it enters the chamber. To complete the process, a plasma is introduced that decomposes the liquid repellent’s molecules and polymerizes them to themselves.
The company managed to apply the coating to our OnePlus 6 within 24 hours of receiving it and shipped it back with express 2-day shipping. Once we got it back, we decided that the best way to test it out was by dunking the OnePlus 6 in a bucket of water and leaving it there for 30 minutes (make sure you watch the video). The OnePlus 6 managed to survive being submerged in water for 30 minutes, but that’s not uncommon since corrosion of the phone’s circuitry typically happens when water evaporates while the phone dries out. The only issue we did identify was a muffled speaker which was easily remedied why shaking the phone a few times and then turning on some music so that the speaker’s vibrations could push the remaining water out of its audio chamber.

One thing that the Liquipel coating can’t really protect against is water of moisture build-up in the cameras of your phone, but that’s typically not an issue unless you drop the phone into water that’s a few feet deep. We didn’t have any moisture build-up in the camera of our OnePlus 6, but that’s something to be aware of if you’re considering the Liquipel treatment for your device.
Our initial plan was to test the phone after 24 hours to see if it was still functional, but we pushed that back to 72 hours since we were not able to find any issues after the first day. As promised by Liquipel, after three full days, the OnePlus 6 was working perfectly. The phone’s two speakers produced crisp audio when listening to music or taking a call, the 3.5mm headphone jack didn’t have any issues and the USB-C port on the bottom had no issues charging or connecting the phone to a computer.
At $60, the Liquipel treatment isn’t necessarily cheap, but it’s definitely not too much to ask for a product that will keep your device safe from water and moisture. The price also includes the return shipping costs, Liquipel’s screen protector coating and a case for your device. If you have a OnePlus or any other device that doesn’t have an official water resistance rating, the Liquipel Watersafe Technology is one of the only real options out there if you’d like to keep your device alive if it’s accidentally submerged in water, so $60 is certainly not too much to pay for peace of mind.