Last week, it was discovered that OnePlus was silently collecting some key user data through the analytics app in OxygenOS. This includes the IMEI number, MAC addresses of Wi-Fi networks, when the handset is unlocked, and when a user opens an app etc. The discovery led to a huge outcry among OnePlus users who found the move from the company unethical and in violation of their privacy.
OnePlus’ OxygenOS Analytics Program to Collect Less Information; Opt-Out Option to Be Added to Setup Wizard
The latest flagship smartphone from OnePlus is seeing some negative feedback from some users, after they discovered their handset has a major issue.
Customers of the OnePlus 5 will be interested to know that amidst the flurry of bugs that the company has already acknowledged, it now has a new one to contend with. This one isn’t as severe as the others, although it’s still pretty concerning. Well, when you record a video on the OnePlus 5 in landscape orientation, it seems like the audio is recorded in opposite channels i.e. inversely.
Benchmarks are a bane to the world of smartphones. While they numerically suggest the maximum performance a device can deliver, the numbers typically do not correlate to how it performs in the real world. For example, a device with a 40,000 score in a benchmark suite is not twice as fast as a device with a 20,000 score in the real world. There is no doubt that the recently launched OnePlus 5 is a fast smartphone, thanks to the combination of the Snapdragon 835 chip, 6 or 8GB RAM, fast UFS 2.1 storage, a modest 1080p display, and bloatware-free Android. But alas, the company seems to have faltered yet again in artificially inflating benchmark scores in a bid to showcase a numerical superiority.
A lot is known about the OnePlus 5, successor to last year’s popular OnePlus 3 and 3T made by the popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer. Today, a leaked image on Chinese social media network Weibo suggests that the 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage SKU of the new handset will be sold for Rs. 32,999. There’s also a unit with 128GB storage and a whopping 8GB of RAM, which the image suggests will be priced at Rs. 37,999. It is further suggested that the phone will be an Amazon exclusive and the sale of the handset will commence on 22nd June at 4.30pm.
In 2013, it was discovered that many top tier OEMs were cheating in popular benchmarking apps by putting their Android devices into an overdrive mode. Since being publicly caught and shamed, many OEMs removed such behaviour from their devices. However, a new investigation from XDA folks reveals that some companies continue to indulge in such practices even now.