Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has been rumored to be developing a pair of true wireless earbuds for some time now. However, we haven’t had a lot of leaks on the product as we see for the Apple Airpods or the Samsung Galaxy Buds. However, a new leak shows a pair of OnePlus Buds in black color, along with what looks like a curved, triangular case.
The image comes via tipster Max J and provides what could be our first proper look at the black OnePlus Buds. As per the image, the shape of the earbuds themselves looks a lot like the earbuds on the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, complete with the brushed aluminum finish on the back of the buds. It pretty much looks like the brand took the buds from the Bullets Wireless 2 and turned them into True Wireless Earbuds.
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The in-ear design of the Bullets Wireless 2 implemented here also is great for passive noise cancellation, thanks to the tight seal formed by the tips. Whether the new OnePlus Buds will provide Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) too is still up in the air.
Are the OnePlus Buds the same as the OnePlus Pods?
A recent clue to the upcoming OnePlus Buds, which could also be called the OnePlus Pods was also spotted in an OnePlus 8 Android 11 beta by XDA. The developers uncovered a string referring to OnePlus Pods in the Android 11 Beta 1 build. Previous leaks have already hinted at an Apple AirPods-like design. The report also noted that this string was located in the new “Settings” APK present in the test build. Beyond the one reference in the Settings APK, the report also noted multiple references to “OnePlus Pods”.
It also looks like the company is working on a dedicated app to control the OnePlus Pods. The report indicated that this app will come with “com.oneplus.twspods”. It is unclear if the company will release the app on Google Play Store or limited it to OxygenOS.
OnePlus could perhaps launch its true wireless earbuds with the launch of the upcoming OnePlus Nord / OnePlus Z phone. Irrespective of whether they are called the OnePlus Pods, OnePlus Buds, or whether they both end up being separate products, the TWS buds will be an interesting addition to the brand’s audio portfolio.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 passes FCC and Bluetooth SIG
Samsung is close to launching another tablet in the market. The company’s Galaxy Tab A7 has cleared FCC and Bluetooth SIG this week. This suggests the product could be announced in the market very soon. As given in this report, the new model numbers of the Galaxy Tab A7 have got the respective certifications. This is usually the final step before a product is launched.
The report also includes design render of the purported tablet which is likely to get a single rear camera. We still don’t know the other features of the device. But going by Samsung’s usual formula for tablets, expect the Galaxy Tab A7 to sport an 8-inch or bigger display. In addition to this, we’re hoping the Galaxy Tab A7 packs an octa-core processor with 4 or even 6GB RAM with 64 or 128GB storage.
Tablets have largely found it hard to succeed in the Android ecosystem. But Samsung is one of the brands that continues to push devices for consumers and other segment of buyers. They have tablets across different price range as well. You have the Galaxy Tab A in the mid-range segment, while there’s the Galaxy Tab S for the premium market. And the brand is readying to launch the Galaxy Tab S7 in the coming weeks as well.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 launch on the cards
The South Korean brand accidentally posted details of the tablet on its website. And before it was taken down, people managed to find the product details for the upcoming device. Guys at GSMarena cross-checked the tablet’s model number with one of the device spotted on Geekbench tests recently. And voila, the details matched.
The Galaxy Tab S7 will come with upcoming 5G Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset. The tablet is likely come with Super AMOLED display with size between 11 to 12-inch and slim bezels. As always, the device will be compatible with S Pen stylus, and come with rear and front cameras. It is possible that Samsung could launch the Tab S7 alongside the Galaxy Note 20 in the coming weeks.
Samsung could end up using Exynos 990 for Galaxy Note 20
Samsung was expected to use the new Snapdragon 865+ chipset for the Galaxy Note 20 series. But new reports seem to quash those rumours. So instead of going for the latest flagship processor, Samsung is likely to persist with its Exynos chipset.
The new update was shared by reliable Samsung insider who goes by the alias Ice Universe. He says Samsung is going to offer the new Galaxy Note 20 with Exynos 990 chipset. “Damn, Exynos990 continues,” he mentioned in his tweet. The worrying part is that many reviewers have talked about its lack of performance compared to the Snapdragon 865 processor.
So we’re not sure if this was the best possible move. Either ways, the update means users in India will yet again get the Exynos variant of the Galaxy Note 20. Using its in-house chipset seems to have allowed Samsung to keep the prices lower. And we believe, using Exynos could help the brand keep the pricing lower once again.
As per Korean publication Naver, the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ will be cheaper by $40 (Rs 3,000 approx). You might say this is not a big price drop but for a flagship phone series in 2020 to cost lower than its previous model is more than welcome. The main reason behind the change of heart could be the overall situation because of the pandemic. The company is likely to have observed tepid demand for high-end phones since March this year, when the Galaxy S20 series launched.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 expected specifications
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series is expected to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Just like the Galaxy S20 series will come with 5G support, 120Hz refresh rate. Being a Galaxy Note series device, the phone will also feature an S-Pen too. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy M01s spotted on official website, reveals 3GB RAM variant
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will be the highest variant of the series and the most expensive. The device could have a 4500 mAh battery and a 108MP primary camera with 50X digital zoom. Reports suggest Note 20 series will also be the first to use the new Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset.
The Galaxy Note 20 would come apparently come with Full HD+ resolution and a conventional refresh rate of 60Hz. While the Note 20+ and Note 20 Ultra will be arriving with 120Hz LTPO displays that will offer Quad HD+ resolution.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro gets June security update with new features and bug fixes
Oppo, last week, rolled out the June security update for the Reno 3 smartphone. Now, the company has pushed out the same software update for its recently-launched Reno 3 Pro device in India, as well. It brings the month-old June 2020 security patch along with several new features, bug fixes, and overall system stability.
The new update for the Oppo Reno 3 Pro handset bumps up the software version to CPH2035_11_A.19, and its OTA firmware is about 3286 MB in size. The new software runs on the latest Android 10 OS based on top of ColorOS 7. It is likely to receive the latest month July security patch soon with ColorOS 7.1 update.
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As per the changelog, the update adds the new Built-in Mail application to support various email services and manage multiple accounts simultaneously. It also comes with the new Oppo Relax application, which helps users breathe better, sleep better, and stay focus. The update further mentions a fix for the FM crash issue in certain system languages.
The Reno 3 Pro OTA update is rolling out incrementally. Hence, it may take a while before reaching all units in the country. Users will get a push notification to download the update. Alternatively, the update can also be checked by going to the Settings menu > About Phone > Software updates.
The Reno 3 Pro flaunts a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with Full HD+ (1080×2400 pixels) resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The device also features a quad-camera setup at the back. It includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 2-megapixel depth camera.
The Reno 3 Pro features a Mediatek Helio P95 SoC and packs a 4,025 mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. In connectivity, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and USB Type C port for charging.
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