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OnePlus Nord Documentary Episode 1 out; confirms price below $500, minimal Scandinavian design

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Smartphone maker OnePlus has just launched the first episode of its much-hyped documentary about a new beginning. The device maker shared the video on IGTV about two hours back while sharing some details regarding the upcoming device. First up, the company confirmed that it is calling the project, “OnePlus Nord”. It is also worth noting that the smartphone maker is not just looking at “Nord” as a name. Instead, the company wanted to ensure that it takes minimalistic, clean, calm, and modern design. The visual identity of the upcoming device is supposed to be designed by the “Scandinavian” design. Let’s check out the details regarding the upcoming OnePlus Nord smartphone here.

OnePlus Nord Documentary Episode 1 out; details

The 9 minutes, 54-second long video is aimed at showcasing the creation of the upcoming device. OnePlus is aptly calling this documentary series, “New Beginnings”. The company also likely showcased the design of the upcoming smartphone along with a dual-camera setup on the front. Beyond the front panel, we also so the bottom with speaker grills along with the USB Type-C port. The prototype also featured what appeared to be a triple-camera setup on the top left corner of the rear panel. It is worth noting that the triple camera setup appeared somewhat identical to box-like design on the iPhone 11 series.

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Though we are not sure about the final design, the dual-camera setup on the front does align with the leaks. We also got a glimpse of the interior of the OnePlus HQ in Shenzhen with soft drinks at every desk and a nod to Steve Jobs. OnePlus included come snippets of product development meetings under Carl Pei. The video also showcased that the development of the device continued at a neck-break pace under a tense situation. We also saw Pete Lau shared a ballpark estimate of the pricing of OnePlus Nord.

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Lau noted that this device will be the first to cost less than $500 in the last couple of years. However, this information is not really new and the company has already confirmed it in previous announcements. The ending of the video also showcased the beginning of the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak in China. The company concluded the video by noting that the next episode will likely drop on July 7, 2020. Previous reports have also noted that it will start the first pre-order drop of the OnePlus Nord device tomorrow.

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Realme C3 update rolling out with June 2020 security patch

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Realme has started rolling out a new software update for its Realme C3 device in India. The latest update brings the month-old June 2020 Android security patch to the smartphone, along with several new optimizations, and bug fixes. The Realme C3 latest update carries the software Build version RMX2020_11_A.33, and its OTA firmware size is around 409 MB.

As per the changelog, the update brings optimizations for the game quality audio and probabilistic lagging issue. It also brings enhancements to the stability of the overall system. Realme has fixed several problems in the smartphone with the update, among the lag issue with the power button to light up the screen and fingerprint to unlock bug.

The update further details some major fixes with the weather app location problem, games center FPS was shown as zero, and the phone was not getting charged in some scenarios. Additionally, the June 2020 security patch fixes a host of security vulnerabilities in the smartphone.

The Realme C3 June security OTA update is rolling out to limited users incrementally. So, it may take a while in reaching all units in the country. Users will be notified to download the update. Alternatively, the update can also be checked by going to Settings > About Phone > System update.

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Realme C3 features, specifications

To recall, the Realme C3 flaunts a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ (720×1560 pixels) resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device also features a dual-camera setup at the back. That includes a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, the smartphone equips a 5-megapixel selfie camera.

The Realme C3 has a Mediatek Helio G70 SoC and Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU. It packs a 5,000 mAh battery but comes with standard 10W charging support. In connectivity, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and a micro-USB port for charging.

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Realme Buds Q available on open sale: Price, offers, and all you need to know

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Realme’s newly launched Buds Q wireless earphones are now available on open sale. The company launched it about a week back, and we saw its debut sale on July 1. Following the first sale, Realme announced that the earbuds sold over 25,000 units in the first sale.

Consumers looking to buy Realme Buds Q wireless can head over to Realme.com and Amazon India for the open sale. Realme hasn’t announced anything officially, so we are not sure if this open sale remains active permanently, or the company is trying to sell out extra stock. Typically, Realme keeps 4-5 flash sales before putting the product on open sale.

Realme Buds Q: Price in India

Anyway, the Realme Buds Q true wireless earbuds were launched alongside the Realme X3 series in India on June 25. The Realme Buds Q are available in three color options. These are black, white, and yellow. The earbuds are priced at Rs 1,999.

Realme Buds Q specifications

The budget Buds Q features 10mm drivers and supports both the SBC and AAC codec. The Buds Q also offers a super low latency gaming mode at 119ms. They feature Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity and IPX4 certification for water resistance.

The Realme truly wireless earphones also come with touch gestures support on each bud. These can further be customized to a user’s preference using the Realme Link app. The Buds Q wireless was first launched in China last month. The Buds Q earbuds have been designed in collaboration with French designer Jose Levy. They feature 10mm drivers under the hood and have interchangeable ear tips made of silicone. These are also IPX4 rated, which means it can survive water and dust splashes.

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The case of the Realme Buds Q features a micro-USB port for charging. However, there is no wireless charging like the Buds Air. The earbuds offer support for the Realme Link app, super-low latency mode, touch controls, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The company claims that users will get up to 4.5 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. Along with the case, a full charge can last you up to 20 hours.

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OnePlus Nord India pre-orders to go live soon; Amazon listing indicates at a lineup of smartphones

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Smartphone maker OnePlus is all set to launch its much-anticipated smartphone in the Indian market, the OnePlus Nord. As part of the preparation, the company is running an elaborate campaign to drum up hype around the upcoming device. This includes a documentary series, sharing teasers on Instagram, regular posts, and even pre-orders. The company even opened limited pre-orders for 100 users in the international market on July 1. An interesting aspect of this pre-order was that the company has not shared any details regarding the upcoming device. It is also worth noting that the July 1 pre-order was not open for Indian users. However, the company did share some information about the pre-orders in India. Let’s take a closer look at the new information about the OnePlus Nord here.

OnePlus Nord India pre-orders likely coming soon; details

The company revealed in stories on the official OnePlus Nord Instagram that it is planning to bring pre-orders to India. OnePlus did not share any concrete dates regarding the sale of the upcoming device for India. The company added, “To all our fans in India – you didn’t really think you were going to miss our on Nord pre-orders, did you?” in a story. It continued in the next story, “We’ll have more to say about this soon.” The company has already listed Nord on the Amazon India website. It is likely that the company will start the pre-orders on Amazon in the coming weeks if not days.

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Inspecting the listing, the company also likely shared some more information regarding the OnePlus Nord. As per the Amazon India listing, the company asked the users to get ready for the “OnePlus Nord series”. This likely hints at more than one device launch in the coming weeks.

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We are not sure if the company is talking about different RAM and storage variants. Or, the company is actually talking about multiple smartphone models as part of the OnePlus Nord lineup. Beyond this, the company has already shared the reason behind naming the series, “Nord”. We also likely know some important hardware details from recent leaks.

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