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#7DayReviewChallenge - A geek's dream!

  1. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 5, 2017

    MOBOSdata , Dec 5, 2017 :
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    #7DayReviewChallenge

    Greetings to all! We are a team consisted of young people from Balkan (Ex Yugoslavia) either working as a programmer, journalist or simply interested in the world of technology. Our team is called MOBOSdata and exists as such since 2011. On our website you can see what we have to offer – enormous phone specification base, reviews of latest mobile phone models from all over the world as well as daily updated news concerning GSM world.

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    Our experience with OnePlus company


    In the world of Android devices we recognized OnePlus as a serious competitor to other leading manufacturing brands. When it launched its first model, OnePlus proved that it can make powerful devices able to stand up to the rest of flagship models. Manner in which it was reserved added to its exclusivity – you had to be invited by OnePlus in order to buy it. This is our third OnePlus model in a raw and we have to admit we are anxious to see it. Delivery time was extended due to poor availability of its models in our country, which we hope will improve in the near future. After so much wait and troubles with its delivery, package has arrived and we can start unpacking every geek’s dream – OnePlus 5T.


    "Day #1 OnePlus 5T unboxing"

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    Because we had already used and tested its previous models, OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T box design didn’t come as a surprise to us, moreover if you look at it frontally it could easily be confused for OnePlus 5 model box. However, when you flip the box then you can see the name of OnePlus 5T revealing that something totally different is hidden inside. Combination of colors remained the same since 3T model – white color dominates while red brand name is engraved on the front side, where as in the back there is a sticker with phone details written in red. On the sticker there are details written, such as version, color, internal memory capacity, IMEI numbers for both SIM slots and serial number of the device. After removing protective foil from the back of the device you can see NFC sensor location as well as some basic warnings. Let’s just take two minutes to admire the look of the BEA5T. Excellent manufacturing, screen stretching from edge to edge and new design have blasted our minds. And we are yet to turn it on. Earlier mentioned bearing is a box, actually, containing transparent gel mask, ejection pin, user manual and OnePlus stickers – for true fans of the brand. A great detail. Other things in the box include white Dash Charge adapter for incredibly fast charging and, complementary with the rest of the device color tone, there is a red USB Type-C. Everything is in sync as we are used to when it comes to OnerPlus. We are thrilled with the addition of gel mask that will protest BEA5T from micro scratches and as always there are headphones added which can also be ordered from the official website under Accessories>Audio tab.


    First fans of the OnePlus brand are used to pretty much the same look of the box since “3” model – so there are not going to be any unpleasant surprises with this one either. What we found great in the previous edition is a picture placed taken by the same model, and placed in the box with it, presenting OnePlus 5 as a serious “photographer”. Such detail, unfortunately, lacks in this box.


    Impressions

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    As real enthusiasts when it comes to GSM technology we weren’t disappointed this time either. Device specifications were promising and now that we have opened it we can’t wait to go deeper with our analysis and in the next few days check out what can we get from BEA5T.
     
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  2. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 6, 2017

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    MOBOSdata , Dec 6, 2017 :
    "Day #2 OnePlus 5T Design/Display Day"

    This part of OP 5T review we are going to start by talking about its design. Although released in 2017, OnePlus 5 lacks one important feature characteristic for 2017 mobile phones – screen that stretches from edge to edge, buttonles frontally and bezel-less. That is where OnePlus 5T made up for and refreshed already solid design of OnePlus 5 model and made it a modern flagship model.

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    Thinning of the edges and screen stretching from edge to edge caused relocation of the fingerprint sensor to the back right above OP logo and below LED flash. This location of the fingerprint sensor may appear unusual at first for old OnePlus users, but it proves to be solid later.

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    On the front part of the phone there are no physical buttons, but softbuttons do exist and are located below the screen. Frontal part of the device is quite neat: above the screen on the left there are front camera sensor and speakerphone.

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    The upper part of the phone is without any features while in the lower part there are loudspeaker, Type-C connector and 3.5 mm headphone jack with microphone next to it.

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    Right edge of the phone contains POWER/LOCK button and Dual nanoSIM slot.

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    Left edge of the phone contains button for mode switch (Do Not Disturb/Ring/Silent) and right below it, volume buttons.

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    On the back of the phone, next to the fingerprint sensor, in the left upper part, there are two camera sensors and next to them, second mic and LED flash. The device is very comfortable in the hand and although display is enlarged to 6“, size of the model remained the same.


    What is new OnePlus 5T display really like?


    Looking at the physical features of the display one could argue that it is completely new display. Although it's a new panel with different shape and edge ratio what remained the same is the core of the display – Optic AMOLED matrix with up to 16 million of colors. OnePlus doesn't mind to spend some money when it comes to its displays, what is easily noticeable here as well. New features include: display diagonal enlarged from 5.5“ to 6.01“ whereas size enlarged just a bit, FHD+ resolution (2160 x 1080) and 18:9 screen ratio (401 ppi) and DCI-P3 support for Wide Color Gamut. Body – screen ratio has been improved to amazing 80%, what is fantastic when compared to competition. For display protection there is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which is standard nowadays and good choice.

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    Now, let's move to personal impressions.

    Many might say that OnePlus falls behind competition, due to QHD or 4K panels they offer, but we think just the opposite. FHD+ resolution is an excellent choice for BEA5T and its amazing hardware. Combination of lower resolution display and excellent hardware will add up to its autonomy which we will discuss in the next few days.

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    Optic AMOLED this time blew our minds. Display is simply amazing. Color depiction is in the range of Samsung SuperAMOLED panels, with one distinction being that OnePlus 5T shows a bit more realistic colors, what is an advantage in our opinion. Black color is reproduced perfectly.

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    Display calibration offers several color modes:

    • Default
    • sRGB
    • DCI-P3
    • Adaptive mode
    • Custom color

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    When it comes to sharpness, although diagonal has been 0.5'' enlarged, number of ppi remained the same, which makes it comparable to 3, 3T and 5 models which were amazingly sharp as well. Display settings do not offer the option of reducing resolution like some Samsung models, but they do offer Reading Mode and Night Mode which will reduce eye accomodation.


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    In a nutshell, a great package, with settings that could be adjusted individually.

    Lastly, icing on the cake is excellent wallpaper OnePlus made for BEA5T that very nicely emphasizes the advantages of Optic AMOLED panel.

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  3. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 7, 2017

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    MOBOSdata , Dec 7, 2017 :
    Day #3 - "Camera Day"


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    OnePlus 5T Camera walktrough by MOBOSdata




    Another part that has been significantly improved when it comes to new OnePlus model are cameras.

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    We are talking in plural because this time, too, there is a double camera. The main difference is in second sensor which isn’t telephoto anymore. OnePlus aims to improve night capture, so it had to sacrifice telephoto sensor which had smaller shutter aperture. This time besides 16 MP sensor there is a 20 MP sensor with the same features: same shutter aperture f/1.7, same capture angle width, and although the size of the pixels has been reduced, its number has been increased.

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    The system is rigged so that you use most of the time 16 MP sensor, which serves primarily for low light surroundings, but when the light drops below 10 lux OnePlus 5T activates its 20 MP sensor. It functions as follows: the process connects 4 vicinal pixels into one, on 20 MP picture, and creates a 5 MP picture that is later being ‘’upscaled’’ into 20 MP picture that results in more than good pictures taken in low light surroundings. If you add to this excellent shutter aperture, quality pictures are guaranteed. Of course, double LED flash deserves to be mentioned, as well. When it comes to the quality of the pictures taken by 16 MP sensor, pictures are detailed with excellent color reproduction and only mild traces of noise detected in the background. Capture and focus speed are excellent, and auto-focus has been implemented through Phase Detection system, sharpening the image almost instantly. Optic zoom is missing this time while 2x magnifying button is still located in the same spot. It’s a digital zoom now. Other features include: Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR ( with AUTO-mode ) and Panorama. Camera interface remained unchanged, and the layout is as follows:

    Upper left corner and below:

    • DualLED mode settings
    • Image aspect ratio settings ( 4:3, 18:9, 1:1 )
    • HDR settings ( On – Off – Auto )
    • Self-Timer
    Upper right corner and below
    • Gallery shortcut
    • Capture button
    • Camera orientation settings
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    If you swipe with your finger from right to left you will get the option to switch to another mode: Video, Photo, Portrait, Slow Motion, PRO mode, Time Lapse and Panorama. In the same window you will get access to more detailed settings which include location tagging, watermark visibility, beauty mode switch and more (shown on the picture below).

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    Portrait shortcut is accessed by holding your phone horizontally and swiping upwards, and video mode by swiping downwards. Separation of the focused object from the background is quite good, although depth effect such as one on Samsung Galaxy Note8 would have been even bigger hit.

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    PRO mode allows manual settings of all features so that with appropriate settings you can make fantastic photos and get the most of OP5T.

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    Video is being recorded in maximal 4K resolution at 30 fps with the implementation of electronic image stabilization (EIS) which does the trick and provides effective stabilization, lots of details and excellent color reproduction. Disadvantage, however, is the lack of the OIS, but there is EIS to replace it. Besides classical 4K recording at 30 fps there is also more fluid 1080p FullHD video recording at 60 fps that looks extraordinary and provides fluid movements and stabilized scenery. Slow motion recordings are recorded at 720p resolution at 120 fps.

    ‘’Wish list’’ includes, however, 4K at 60 fps that we saw on this year’s Apple smartphones.

    If one would use phone without a mask and place it on the back more often, cameras might get dented after some time, which is another disadvantage of this model. However, if you do use the mask, it provides excellent protection.


    Front camera was excellent on 3T model and took pictures in 16 MP resolution. Pretty much the same situation is with 5 and 5T models, with the addition of EIS and Auto-HDR mode. Results are pretty good in both high and low light surroundings due to f/2.0 shutter and software flash. There is also Auto-HDR which functions automatically, while for 1080p video recording stabilization there is EIS – the same one as on main sensor.

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    The disadvantage is the lack of the auto-focus, which would have significantly added to its glory and would have put OP5T in the top of selfie phones.


    The examples of the daytime pictures, macro pictures, Portrait and Selfie. Pictures taken in the low light conditions by 20 MP sensor are yet to come! :)


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  4. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 8, 2017

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    MOBOSdata , Dec 8, 2017 :
    Day #4 - "OnePlus 5T Performance Day"

    Since it was released on the market in 2014, the attention has been focused on its performance and user’s impressions. When it had first appeared OnePlus brought to the market the best chipset there was – Snapdragon 801. Performance was flawless and it put OnePlus in the sole top. Trend continued in the following years installing the best that could be found on the market at the moment. Tradition has continued with 5T model, however, there were no significant changes in comparison to OnePlus 5 model. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is the best chipset at the moment and it has been installed in 5T model as well. Chipset consists of 8-core processor with two clusters ( 4 x 2.45 GHz + 4 x 1.9 GHz ), powerful Adreno 540 graphic processor and 64/128GB of internal memory paired with 6/8GB of RAM memory.

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    We are using the version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory.

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    Applications start without a hitch, which is expected considering powerful 5T hardware. 8GB of RAM memory allows for you to keep all ongoing tasks in the background and get back at them at any time. Face Unlock functions thanks to the front camera and its speed is satisfactory, as well, though not as fast as on iPhone X, but we are overall satisfied.

    Moreover, even the most demanding games were no challenge for 5T, and the most popular games reach over 60 fps which is a gold standard for all gamers. Remarkable results are due to the combination of Adreno 540 and FHD+ panel resolution, which requires much less graphic power in comparison to 4K and QHD panels. Lower resolution results in better performance – simple as that!

    Sony went a step further and in its flagship Compact version installed the same hardware but with 4GB of memory – and all that in HD resolution, so we had to compare loading speed. XZ1 Compact is a beast hidden in small package, but pay attention to 5T’s performance head to head with it.


    Considering all of the above, and especially version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory, BEA5T is a phenomenal featureproof smartphone. Light software without bloatware contributes to immaculate functioning, too. It’s an Android Nougat 7.1.1 version with Oxygen OS UI about which we will speak more in the next few days.


    We tested some of the most demanding games from Google Play Store. Take a look!

     
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  5. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 9, 2017

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    MOBOSdata , Dec 9, 2017 :
    Day #5 - "Dash Charge/Power Consumption Day"


    It’s the 5th day of our review and we’re going to discuss Dash Charge system that was completely developed by OnePlus and represents one of the fastest ways to charge a smartphone nowadays. OnePlus 5T charging port is USB Type-C 2.0 type.
    Dash Charge system specifications include 5V/4A and we’ve managed to charge our phone completely, from 0 to 100%, in 1h 10 min. – which is a remarkable result and puts it in the core top of the class when it comes to fast charging. Similar to the previous models battery is non-removable with the capacity of 3300 mAh.
    To increase battery life there is a Battery Saver option you can turn on manually or wait till your battery life drops below 15% or 5% when it’s activated automatically.
    Moreover, there is a Battery Optimization option which allows you to adjust your applications to minimum energy consumption by ending all the background processes.

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    In the submenu, as we’ve seen it already on previous models, you can check battery status and see what apps are exactly draining the battery. To be upfront with you, fast charging is a must have for all smartphones nowadays, and new Dash Charge charging speed really does the trick, especially if you’re in a hurry and in a need of a fast charging. You need half an hour to charge battery to 50 % and with the wise use of the phone it can last for a day! Just great! About relatively ‘’clean’’ system without background running applications that could drain the battery we’ve already talked about. Battery consumption in extreme hardware use is reasonable considering it’s a quite powerful device. Thermal throttling is absent so there’s no unnecessary waste of energy. The results we achieved with only one charge are 7h of SOT (Screen On Time) and 12h of medium to heavy usage.​
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  6. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 10, 2017

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    MOBOSdata , Dec 10, 2017 :
    Day #6 - "OxygenOS Day"

    Oxygen OS is based on Android OS and represents OnePlus’ version of Google system. First version of Oxygen OS appeared for the first time on the first OnePlus model – OnePlus One. The attractiveness of Oxygen OS is its clean surrounding that resembles Nexus’, and later Pixel’s as well. All this plus excellent hardware that is a constant for OnePlus results in a great user’s experience. Next advantage are regular updates typical for all models. We’ve seen that first model released in the second quarter of 2014 has been updated to 6.0.1 Marshmallow version (similar to Nexus 5, plus strong developing community provides a lot of unofficial updates to newer versions, even after official ones, so we can already see Nougat and Oreo versions for the first OnePlus model.

    Great performance and pretty good system settings have positioned Oxygen OS as a mature UI. OnePlus 5T appears with Oxygen OS 4.7 based on Android 7.1.1 version. 2017 is coming to an end and if we look at other manufacturers who have already installed Android 8.0 Oreo, or had models with Android 8.0 built-in even back in August and September ( Sony Xperia XZ1 ), we find it illogical for OP to release a new flagship without latest update, while last year’s model, 3T, was updated to OxygenOS 5.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo system. Older model with newer OS?! A little bit out of the ordinary, however, BEA5T will probably be updated to the same OxygenOS and Android version by the end of the year.

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    When it comes to system adjustment, options are countless. By pressing and holding your finger on the initial screen you will enter screen settings where you can adjust them. Shortcuts on the initial screen are adjustable in several ways. You can add initial screens, as many as you want, and by swiping to the right you will move to Shelf screen, which contains weather info, as well as, shortcuts to recently used apps, dialed contacts and phone info. This appears appealing to us, and something similar may be found on Pixel devices.

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    When it comes to interface settings there are: icon size and shape (OnePlus, Round, Square) settings, font settings (OnePlus Slate or Roboto), as well as the number of taskbar icons settings. Notification center is adjustable as well, meaning you can add shortcuts to any function you want, even change the color of the icons.

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    Overall, system is clean and simply designed so that you can access around 90 % of the functions through just a few clicks, making it easy to use. OnePlus thought of use simplicity as well, considering it’s a 6’’ panel, so for example you can ‘’call’’ notification center by swiping your finger downwards anywhere on the display. There is a screenshot option also but this time by swiping three fingers on the display, which is very handy.

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    And our favorite, soft button sequence may be changed any way you wish, plus, to any soft button additional option may be added by applying long or short pressure. Excellent really!

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    Status bar is quite clean, plus you can change battery appearance design or remove it completely, see current network speed, or simply decide what you want to see or not. Scheduled turn on/turn off is present also, and what comes as a good addition to 5T is Gaming Do Not Disturb mode which allows for your gaming experience to be unhindered by any notification.

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    Expected novelties with OxygenOS i.e. Android 8.0 update, when it comes to design, are:

    • Added notification dots
    • New app folder design
    • Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus

    Functions added to new OxygenOS update:

    • Update to Android Oreo (8.0)
    • Added Parallel Apps
    • Added Picture in Picture
    • Added Auto-fill
    • Added Smart text selection
    • New Quick Settings design
    • Updated security patch to September
     
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  7. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 10, 2017

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    MOBOSdata , Dec 10, 2017 :
    Day #7 - "Conclusion Day!"

    After 6 days of hanging out with 5T it’s time to end #7DayReviewChallenge. 7th day came with the mixed feelings. Geek side of our mind justifies switching from 5 model, however, other side realizes that differences are minor, plus some changes were made that we didn’t like at all. Let’s start with the design, which we liked. It’s definitely been improved, and looks more modern without losing important functions. For example, fingerprint sensor’s been moved from the front to the back so the device leaves better impression when held. Display’s been improved as well. Optic AMOLED matrix is phenomenal so when it comes to resolution and image appearance we have no remarks.


    What comes as a biggest disadvantage, at least to us, is the removal of the telephoto sensor, which provided excellent optic zoom. In its place there’s night photo sensor now. Night photo’s been improved, however, OnePlus still falls behind competition in that field, for example, excellent Samsung models.


    OxygenOS is again top notch, unfortunately latest update, available on 3T, hasn’t been installed yet, so we hope it will be updated soon.

    The price has gone up again. In comparison to 5, 5T is 20$ pricier. Although it offers a lot we hope OnePlus will keep the price from rising because it will lose its original objective which is high performance – low price. If you possess 5 model, especially if it’s a model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, maybe it would be wise to wait for the next model from OnePlus. Waterproof and stereo speakers would’ve been a good addition, which would’ve made switching from 5 to 5T more reasonable. However, if you can’t resist thin edges, modern design or simply want to try the latest gadget available – 5T won’t disappoint.
     

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  8. Bmorff
    Cupcake Dec 5, 2017


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  9. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 5, 2017

    MOBOSdata , Dec 5, 2017 :
    Same here! We have a 8GB RAM version and you?
     

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  10. Bmorff
    Cupcake Dec 5, 2017


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  11. elanglois
    Lollipop Dec 6, 2017

    elanglois , Dec 6, 2017 :
    Bit too fan-boyish. The display is hardly as good as you claim. There are a lot of compromises and the sharpness is lacking even compared to my OnePlus One.

    Its a FHD+ Pentile display. Its not 4K (good for VR), and pentile displays share pixels so that 401 ppi only applies to green.

    Its good. Its not amazing ... my HORSE is amazing
     

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  12. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 6, 2017

    MOBOSdata , Dec 6, 2017 :
    4K is also good for battery? I share your thoughts about VR, but FHD+ seems like a perfect balance between good battery life and sharpness.

    We believe your horse is amazing, but 5T is a BEA5T!

    Greetings, thanks for the feedback! :)
     
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  13. elanglois
    Lollipop Dec 6, 2017

    elanglois , Dec 6, 2017 :
    Who needs a beast phone? You don't need all that horsepower for Facebook Messenger. Too many people buy Oneplus for bragging rights

    For the full potential, you want a better screen.
     

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  14. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 6, 2017

    MOBOSdata , Dec 6, 2017 :
    This is emphatically not a phone for people who are using only Facebook Messenger and similar applications. This is smartphone for geeks and real enthusiasts. Our thoughts are that for the full potential, you need everything combined to be good. 4K resolution would probably be an "overkill" on such device.
     

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  15. elanglois
    Lollipop Dec 6, 2017

    elanglois , Dec 6, 2017 :
    The 4K makes up for the pentile display.
     

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  16. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Community Expert Dec 7, 2017

    dsmonteiro , Dec 7, 2017 :
    You can report your own posts and ask the mods to pin them so they all show up in the beginning of the thread.
     

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  17. MOBOSdata
    Eclair Dec 7, 2017

    MOBOSdata , Dec 7, 2017 :
    Thank you very much for your suggestion, done!
     

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  18. Bmorff
    Cupcake Dec 13, 2017

    Bmorff , Dec 13, 2017 :
    Beast or not there is no Heatsink sooo yea
     

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    Eclair Dec 14, 2017


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