OnePlus last week formally announced its new phones for 2020: the OnePlus 8 series. The higher-end 8 Pro is a straight-up flagship with no missing features to speak of, and it’s also OnePlus’s most expensive phone ever. Equipped and priced as the phone is, it’s in direct competition with other large, premium devices from big manufacturers — like, for example, Samsung’s Galaxy S20+. Here, we discuss which of the two is a better bargain.
Both the 8 Pro and S20+ are pretty stacked, specs-wise: each has a Snapdragon 865 and up to 12 gigabytes of RAM (the S20+ only comes with 12 gigs — the entry-level 8 Pro has eight gigs). In real-world terms, that means both will do anything you could reasonably expect an Android phone to do: games, productivity multitasking, what have you. They each pack beefy batteries, too, with the Samsung housing a 4,500 mAh cell and the OnePlus 4,510.
Performance and longevity are basically a wash with like-equipped models.
OnePlus’s cameras, historically, have been a point of weakness. The 8 Pro has four of ’em (five, if you count the selfie cam). There’s 48-megapixel regular and wide options, plus eight-megapixel telephoto and a baffling “color filter” camera that shouldn’t factor into your decision. On the S20+, you’ll find 12-megapixel primary and wide shooters and a 64-megapixel telephoto.
Although performance has improved since the last generation, Ryne found OnePlus’s image processing a bit heavy-handed on the 8 Pro, with saturation and contrast tuned too high. That’s Samsung’s signature move when it comes to photography, too, though — and frankly, neither of these phones are going to deliver the best mobile photography. They’re both capable, though, and neither has a camera that should dissuade you from buying.
The S20+ and 8 Pro both feature big, beautiful 1440p screens, both just a skosh under 7 inches (6.7 on the Samsung, 6.78 on the OnePlus). They’re both capable of high refresh rates, too, with the option to display content in either 60 or 120Hz. But to save battery, Samsung knocks the resolution down to 1080p when 120Hz is active. OnePlus gives you the option to max both, which is bad for battery, but an objectively better experience if you want it. The 8 Pro has the edge here.
The S20+ and 8 Pro offer a lot of similar features: both are 5G-compatible, IP67 rated, and have wireless charging. There are some differences, though.
Samsung’s new hotness supports millimeter wave 5G (that’s the faster but less-widely-available kind); the 8 Pro does not. It also has expandable storage and an always-on display (OnePlus says that’s coming soon to its phones, but hasn’t said when).
But the 8 Pro has faster charging, both wired and wireless — up to 30 watts with OnePlus’s proprietary chargers. It also has a physical alert slider, a feature that really ought to be standard in all smartphones.
There aren’t any big boxes left unticked by either phone, but differing fringe benefits will speak to different users. Need a ton of storage? The S20+ is probably for you. Love that alert slider? Go with the 8 Pro.
The Galaxy S20+ starts at $1,200 for the model with 128 gigs of storage. The most comparable trim on the OnePlus 8 Pro — the one with 12 gigs of RAM — is $999 and has 256 gigabytes of storage space. If you can live with eight gigs of RAM, the price drops to $899 — even lower in some markets. That’s not cheap, but it’s a savings of at least $200 versus Samsung while still offering most of the features the S20+ does, and even some it doesn’t.
Unless you absolutely need expandable storage — or you can get it on sale or take advantage of Samsung’s surprisingly generous trade-in program — it’s tough to reconcile the S20+’s price tag. At full retail, the OnePlus 8 Pro is the better deal for most people.
Sega Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary With A Micro Version Of The Game Gear – Nintendo Life
Sega has just announced the Game Gear Micro. As the name suggests, this is a mini version of its original 1990 system.
According to a Twitter image within the source code of the official teaser website, this micro device will launch in Japan on 6th October for ¥4,980, which is expected to translate to about $50 / €50 here in the west.
This new but old system will be available in black, blue, yellow, and red.
What do you think? Tell us below.
Safari in iOS and iPadOS 14 Might Include Built-In Translator, Full Apple Pencil Support – MacRumors
Safari’s built-in translation feature would allow users to translate web pages without using a third-party app or service. If such a feature comes to iOS 14, we can probably also count on it coming to the next-generation version of macOS as well.
The code suggests the translation option will be available for each website that’s visited, but an automatic translation feature will also be able to be turned on, similar to Chrome’s automatic translation. Apple also appears to be testing translation options for other apps, such as the App Store, allowing users to do things like read reviews in other languages.
Apple’s translations are powered by the Neural Engine and may work with or without an internet connection.
As for the Apple Pencil, Apple may be planning to add full support for Apple Pencil input on websites, which would allow it to be used for drawing and marking up. This feature would be limited to iPadOS 14 as the Apple Pencil does not work on iPhones.
Earlier this year, MacRumors discovered new PencilKit features that will allow users to handwrite text in any text input field using the Apple Pencil, with the handwritten content then converted into standard text.
The code also indicates Apple is working on a kind of “Magic Fill” feature that will let users draw a general shape in an app and have it filled in by the operating system.
The leaked version of iOS 14 that’s been floating around the internet is an early version of the software and it’s not clear if Apple’s development plans have changed or if some features might be delayed due to the global health crisis.
We’ll find out what we can expect in iOS 14 on June 22, which is when Apple’s virtual WWDC event is set to kick off.
Judge tosses former Maryland basketball players' Fortnite dance lawsuit – ESPN
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which two former University of Maryland men’s basketball players accused makers of the Fortnite video game of misappropriating a dance move that the ex-teammates popularized.
U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm in Maryland ruled Friday that the Copyright Act preempts claims that Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley filed in February 2019 against Epic Games Inc., creator of the wildly popular online shooting game.
Nickens and Brantley claimed the Cary, North Carolina-based company misappropriated their identities by digitally copying the “Running Man Challenge” dance that they performed in social media videos and on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2016.
Their copyright infringement lawsuit claimed the “Running Man” emote — a celebratory dance in Fortnite — that players can purchase for their characters is identical to the dance that Nickens and Brantley took credit for creating.
The judge said the key question is whether plaintiffs have a claim that is “qualitatively different” from the rights protected by the Copyright Act.
“And here Plaintiffs claim is based on Epic Games allegedly ‘capturing and digitally copying’ the Running Man dance to create the Fortnite emote that ‘allows the player’s avatars to execute the Running Man identically to Plaintiffs’ version. This is squarely within the rights protected by the Copyright Act,'” he wrote.
Brantley, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Nickens, of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, were seeking more than $5 million in damages.
Epic Games spokesman Nick Chester declined to comment Monday on the judge’s ruling.
While the game itself is free to play, players can purchase emotes and other character customizations.
Other artists, including Brooklyn-based rapper 2 Milly and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro, also have sued Epic Games over other dances depicted in the shooting game. Ribeiro dropped his lawsuit against Epic Games last year after the U.S. Copyright Office denied him a copyright for the “Carlton” dance that his character performed on the 1990s sitcom.
Nickens and Brantley appeared on DeGeneres’ talk show alongside two New Jersey high school students who were posting videos of the dance online before the two University of Maryland basketball players filmed their own version. Brantley told DeGeneres that Nickens first showed him the dance in a video on Instagram.
“We dance every day for our teammates in the locker room,” Brantley said. “We were like, ‘Hey, let’s make a video and make everybody laugh.'”
One of their dance videos has millions of views on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook, their lawsuit said.
The judge dismissed their lawsuit’s claims for invasion of privacy, unfair competition and unjust enrichment based on preemption under the Copyright Act. He also threw out their trademark claims and claims accusing the company of unfair competition and “false designation of origin” under the Lanham Act.
“Plaintiffs seek to place the same square peg into eight round holes in search of a cause of action against Epic Games for its use of the Running Man dance in its game Fortnite. But Plaintiffs’ claims that Epic Games copied the dance do not support any of their theories,” the judge wrote.
Plaintiffs’ attorney Richard Jaklitsch said his clients may not be able to afford the costs of appealing the judge’s ruling. He said it seems “un-American” for the company to “profit off the backs of” Nickens and Brantley.
“Epic can still step up and do the right thing. Epic can still step up and acknowledge what these kids did,” he said.
Nickens was playing professional basketball in Canada and Brantley was working as a sports agent when they sued last year, according to Jaklitsch.
WhatsApp, Paypal invest in Indonesian payment and ride-hailing firm Gojek – The Journal Pioneer
Australia's economy shrinks in first quarter, signals first recession in 30 years – TheChronicleHerald.ca
Vancouver marathoner inspires community through Strava art – CityNews Vancouver
- Tech22 hours ago
iOS 13.5.1 and iPadOS 13.5.1 release with ‘important security updates
- Tech15 hours ago
Google is sending Android 11 updates to some Pixel 4 owners early – Engadget
- Sports21 hours ago
Jon Jones Has Made Enough Money from Fighting to Retire
- Art23 hours ago
Vankleek Hill Art Show and Scavenger Hunt festival to entertain for entire month of June
- Economy21 hours ago
Australia central bank sees glimmer of hope as economy restarts after pandemic shutdown – The Guardian
- Health16 hours ago
Nova Scotia reports one new case of COVID-19, bringing total to 1057 – Winnipeg Free Press
- Tech19 hours ago
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 launch date set for June 11: All you need to know – Android Authority
- Media22 hours ago
U of G 'taking steps' to address student's racist social media posts – GuelphToday