Can you win our $1000 straw challenge? UFS 3.0 vs 2.1 explained.

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  1. Ruby G.
    NA Community Manager May 31, 2019

    Ruby G. , May 31, 2019 :


    Are you ready for a brain teaser that requires deft skill, agility and accuracy? We invite you to join our $1000 straw challenge!

    The OnePlus 7 Pro is the first mass market smartphone to have two-lane UFS 3.0, bringing up to 79% faster sequential read and write speeds as UFS 2.1. Okay, now if you read this groundbreaking fact aloud to the person closest to you right now, what are the chances they would get it?

    We found a fun way to show how this future-proof technology changes how fast you can do everything you want on your phone.

    Devices with UFS 2.1 are like transferring liquids with a regular straw whereas UFS 3.0 on the OnePlus 7 Pro is like transferring liquids with a thick boba straw. Experience the difference yourself in this challenge!

    How to enter the $1000 Straw Challenge:
    1. Post a video on Twitter showing how fast you can transfer 8 fl. oz. of water with a boba straw (UFS 3.0) vs regular straw (< UFS 3.0, everyone else). Face the timer on your phone towards the camera. Start with two clear cups face down. Fill one with water. End with the empty cup flipped over. One round with the boba straw, then repeat with the regular straw.
    2. Paste this text in your Tweet: The OnePlus 7 Pro is first mass market smartphone to have two-lane UFS 3.0. Here’s how much faster this device is than your phone. #OPStrawChallenge @OnePlus_USA
    3. To make sure we see your entry, post the link to your entry here on this thread.
    How you execute the straw challenge to max your speeds is up to your own ingenuity. Entries are valid as along as all three of the above requirements are met. Fastest entry will receive $1000 cash prize! Everyone who replies to this thread with an entry by June 17 11:00 AM ET will be entered into a drawing for limited edition OnePlus straws. Here’s how two of our team members approached the challenge.


    The entries don’t have to be perfect (as shown above), but we will take into account splash/spill etc. Videos discovered to be sped up will be disqualified. As this is a USA region contest, all prizes can only be mailed to U.S. addresses and given in USD. In the case that multiple videos are tied in time, we will invite the contestants to submit a face-off video via livestream.

    Let us know in the thread if you have any questions. We are beyond excited to see your entries :D

    7/8 Update
    Thank you to everyone who participated! This was a fun one I will contact the winners by forums PM by the end of the week.

    $1000 Cash Prize

    Limited Edition OnePlus Straws Drawing

  2. Ruby G.
    NA Community Manager May 31, 2019

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    Ruby G. , May 31, 2019 :
    Running Q&A

    Do we have to buy the exact straws you linked to?
    No, you can pick up a standard straw (7.75 inches and .25 inches, ~6.35mm) or boba straw (8 inches long and 2/5 inches, 10mm) when you order at your local drink shop. We have no affiliation with the links. You can use the Amazon link as a reference for dimensions if you need place an order online for your straws.

    I still don’t understand what UFS is...
    Here’s a snippet from @KnightofScorpio.
    “UFS stands for Universal Flash Storage, and it is most notably used as the storage solution on digital cameras, electronic devices, and the current crop of smartphones. UFS was created to bring higher data transfer speeds, and performance to mobile storage, making devices more reliable to handle task. This storage allows for smooth multitasking and/or operation of single task, such as recording and viewing high-quality videos, capturing high-quality imaging, loading apps, playing videos games, browsing and scrolling through streaming services music database including playlist, albums, singles, and more. UFS 3.0 offers nearly twice the speeds of its predecessor UFS 2.1, maxing out at speeds of 2666 MB/s as opposed to 1333 MB/s of UFS 2.1.”

    I suspect someone cheated by using modified straws, using a sped-up timer etc.
    Welcome to report all suspicions via Forums PM to @Ruby G. We reserve the right to qualify and disqualify entries based on internal voting in the cases of disputed factors. Standard terms and conditions apply for this US region contest. Read them here.

    I am not a resident of the US - can I still join this contest?
    We will not be checking proof of residency for this contest, so welcome to submit an entry. However all prizes will only be mailed to U.S. addresses and given in USD. You can enter for fun, or ask a friend in the US to forward.

    Can I use carbonated water, flavored water, ice etc?
    Please use liquid state of regular H2O.

    At what exact moment should I start the timer?
    You should begin the timer when you are in position to start the transfer process with the straw. So setting up the cups and water does not count into your time.

    I don't live near a bubble tea shop. Can I make my own boba straw or order ____?
    The amazon link I hyperlinked as a reference has the straws at 8 inches long and 2/5 inches (10mm) hole size. Fit those dimensions and you should be fine! We do not specify straw materials in the rules, so that factor is fair game.

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  18. Cheetosdust
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    Cheetosdust , May 31, 2019 :
    What a time to be alive! :p

    Good luck to everyone who is going to participate. Have fun. :cool:

  19. luigimario
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer May 31, 2019

    luigimario , May 31, 2019 :
    Maybe you should see how many Cheetos you can transfer through a straw? Prize = lifetime supply of cheesy goodness!

  20. Logancd1
    Ice Cream Sandwich May 31, 2019

    Logancd1 , May 31, 2019 :
    I'm willing to accept shipment of anyone's prizes who aren't in the US, and I'll forward it to you however is most convenient.

    I just want to be able to tell people "I got a $1000 check in the mail!"

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    meatandy , May 31, 2019 :
    I'll think about participating.

    Operation Boba straw 3.0 complete,
    See you in the morning!
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    venchenzo , May 31, 2019 :
    The desperation of phone manufactures to push their product is unbelievable, this is what their resulting to prove a point. Lol:worried:

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    camohan , May 31, 2019 :
    I dint get what the lady is doing with the straw in hand. Is she trying to use the air pressure?

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    jasoncress24 , May 31, 2019 :
    To clarify - do you have to attempt 2 rounds of transfer: 1 round with a boba/fat straw and 1 round of a regular straw?

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