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OnePlus has a grand event planned for tomorrow, March 23. It will unveil the OnePlus 9 series, the first products from its new partnership with medium format camera maker Hasselblad. The company will also unveil its first smartwatch.

Here’s a summary of all the official info that was posted leading up to the event (there was plenty). We’ll use rumors and leaks to supplement it where there are still gaps.

Three phones

The OnePlus 9 series will have at least three members – vanilla, Pro and an affordable R version. And we’ll see all three of them at tomorrow’s event. We’ll focus on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro here as those have been the stars of the company’s teaser campaign (and plenty of leaks).

We’ll still come back to the OnePlus 9R to cover what we know about it.

Hasselblad enters the smartphone segment

OnePlus and Hasselblad signed a three year partnership and committed $150 million in R&D funds to develop better mobile camera systems. We know that the OnePlus 9 series will feature a Natural Color Calibration system developed by legendary camera maker. The Pro Mode on the phones will feature Hasselblad-developed image processing and will be able to output 12-bit RAW images.

Official camera samples from the OnePlus 9 series
Official camera samples from the OnePlus 9 series
Official camera samples from the OnePlus 9 series
Official camera samples from the OnePlus 9 series
Official camera samples from the OnePlus 9 series
Official camera samples from the OnePlus 9 series
Official camera samples from the OnePlus 9 series

Official camera samples from the OnePlus 9 series

As for the hardware, that comes from Sony. Both OnePlus 9 phones will use a 48 MP Sony IMX789 image sensor for the main camera with Digital Overlap HDR and full-pixel omnidirectional autofocus. It will be able to record 4K videos at 120 fps. The ultra wide camera gets the 50MP IMX766 module, which is behind both the wide and ultra wide lenses on the Oppo Find X3 Pro.

More OnePlus 9 series camera samples
More OnePlus 9 series camera samples
More OnePlus 9 series camera samples
More OnePlus 9 series camera samples
More OnePlus 9 series camera samples
More OnePlus 9 series camera samples

More OnePlus 9 series camera samples

OnePlus has elected to skip over the periscope lens for this generation (perhaps, it’s something we’ll see with the inevitable T-phone). From what we’ve heard, the Pro will have a standard telephoto lens with 3x magnification. Here are some official photos from the three cameras:

OnePlus 9 Pro camera samples: ultra wide
OnePlus 9 Pro camera samples: wide
OnePlus 9 Pro camera samples: telephoto

OnePlus 9 Pro camera samples: ultra wide • wide • telephoto

If we’re reading the tweets right, the vanilla OnePlus 9 will skip the zoom in favor of a microscope camera:

Microscope lens for the vanilla OnePlus 9 is strongly hinted at
Microscope lens for the vanilla OnePlus 9 is strongly hinted at

Microscope lens for the vanilla OnePlus 9 is strongly hinted at

LTPO display with 1-120 Hz adaptive refresh rate

OnePlus will become an early adopter of LTPO panels and the AMOLED display on the OnePlus 9 Pro will be able to dynamically adjust its refresh rate from 1 Hz to 120 Hz. It will be a curved 1440p+ panel with 10-bit color support, which already received an excellent A+ mark from DisplayMate.

The panel will have very low touch latency too, thanks to a high touch sampling rate. Unofficial info points to a 6.78” curved display with 1440p+ resolution. The Always On Display will save power by throttling down to 1 Hz.

As for the OnePlus 9, there’s no official info yet, but we expect to see a 6.55” 1080p+ panel with 120 Hz refresh rate (likely non-adaptive).

Upgraded wired and wireless fast charging

The OnePlus 9 Pro will support 65W wired charging, which can fill the battery from zero to 100% in just 29 minutes. The company will also launch a new 50W wireless charger that can accomplish the same task in 43 minutes.

4,500 mAh batteries
The OnePlus 9 Pro will support 50W wireless charging

4,500 mAh batteries • The OnePlus 9 Pro will support 50W wireless charging

The OnePlus 9 is much more restrained and only supports wireless charging at 15W. Still, it would be the first non-Pro to offer wireless charging, so it’ still an improvement.

Both phones should be powered by 4,500 mAh batteries and should include the 65W wired charger in their retail package.

Snapdragon 888 running OxygenOS (mostly)

Both premium OnePlus 9 phones will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset paired with LPDDR5 RAM. The Pro model will feature the new OnePlus Cool Play technology, which promises to keep the 888 running a couple of degrees cooler than the chipset inside a Galaxy S21 Ultra.

There will be some software reshuffling in China – the phones will adopt Oppo’s ColorOS (replacing HydrogenOS). This will not affect global units, which will continue to run OxygenOS (starting with Android 11).

New colorways

Two colors – Winter Mist (violet) and Morning Mist (silver) – were shown officially. They are for the vanilla OnePlus 9 and the 9 Pro, respectively.

OnePlus 9 in Winter Mist and OnePlus 9 Pro in Morning Mist
OnePlus 9 in Winter Mist and OnePlus 9 Pro in Morning Mist

Earlier today, CEO Pete Lau detailed the story behind Pine Green:

OnePlus 9 Pro in Pine Green
OnePlus 9 Pro in Morning Mist
OnePlus 9 Pro in Morning Mist

OnePlus 9 Pro in Pine Green • OnePlus 9 Pro in Morning Mist

Leaks add a few more colors to the palette – Black for the OnePlus 9 and Pro, plus Blue for the vanilla model.

OnePlus 9
OnePlus 9
OnePlus 9
OnePlus 9 Pro
OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 • OnePlus 9 Pro

2 years of warranty

The company promised 2 years of warranty for the OnePlus 9. This probably won’t have an impact on regions like the EU, which already mandates that for new products, but it’s still great news for millions of users.

The OnePlus 9 series will enjoy 2 years of warranty

The OnePlus 9 series will enjoy 2 years of warranty

OnePlus 9R, one for the gamers

There were plenty of rumors about a lite OnePlus 9. Such a phone is coming under the OnePlus 9R name and it will be unveiled on the 23rd alongside the other two.

The OnePlus 9R 5G will be the company's first gaming phone
The OnePlus 9R 5G will be the company's first gaming phone

The OnePlus 9R 5G will be the company’s first gaming phone

It’s a “premium-tier” device with a focus on mobile gaming. To that end, the company is teasing add-on shoulder buttons for the phone. And the hashtag reveals that this will be a 5G-connected phone, but it’s not clear how it will be positioned in relation to the Nord series.

We heard that the OnePlus 9E will be powered by the Snapdragon 690, however, we’re not sure if the 9E is the same phone as the 9R.

OnePlus Watch follows the Band

The company will unveil its first smartwatch, predictably called the OnePlus Watch. It will have a circular body and it will not run Google’s Wear OS. Instead, it will feature proprietary software, perhaps an souped up version of the OnePlus Band software.

An officially-acknowledged image of the OnePlus Watch
OnePlus Watch in Black and Silver (unofficial image)

An officially-acknowledged image of the OnePlus Watch • Unofficial image

According to rumors, the watch will measure 46 mm in diameter and will be available in standard and LTE versions. With 4 GB of on board storage, we expect some music playback ability. The watch is expected to have an SpO2 blood-oxygen sensor in addition to the standard heart rate sensor. With its own version of Warp Charge, the watch will get a week’s worth of juice in just 20 minutes.

The latest rumors peg the OnePlus Watch cost at around €150 in Europe. It will be available in two colors, silver and black (and note the silicone wrist strap).

A while ago a Cyberpunk 2077 edition of the watch leaked, but we haven’t heard about it since (and the game didn’t have the smoothest launch, so this might have been scrapped).

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Canada’s Telesat takes on Musk and Bezos in space race to provide fast broadband



By Steve Scherer

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s Telesat is racing to launch a low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite constellation to provide high-speed global broadband from space, pitting the satellite communications firm founded in 1969 against two trailblazing billionaires, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

Musk, the Tesla Inc CEO who was only a year old when Telesat launched its first satellite, is putting the so-called Starlink LEO into orbit with his company SpaceX, and Inc, which Bezos founded, is planning a LEO called Project Kuiper. Bezos also owns Blue Origin, which builds rockets.

Despite the competition, Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s chief executive officer, voices confidence when he calls Telesat’s LEO constellation “the Holy Grail” for his shareholders – “a sustainable competitive advantage in global broadband delivery.”

Telesat’s LEO has a much lighter price tag than SpaceX and Amazon’s, and the company has been in satellite services decades longer. In addition, instead of focusing on the consumer market like SpaceX and Amazon, Telesat seeks deep-pocketed business clients.

Goldberg said he was literally losing sleep six years ago when he realized the company’s business model was in peril as Netflix and video streaming took off and fiber optics guaranteed lightning-fast internet connectivity.

Telesat’s 15 geostationary (GEO) satellites provide services mainly to TV broadcasters, internet service providers and government networks, all of whom were growing increasingly worried about the latency, or time delay, of bouncing signals off orbiters more than 35,000 km (22,200 miles) above earth.

Then in 2015 on a flight home from a Paris industry conference where latency was a constant theme, Goldberg wrote down his initial ideas for a LEO constellation on an Air Canada napkin.

Those ideas eventually led to Telesat’s LEO constellation, dubbed Lightspeed, which will orbit about 35 times closer to earth than GEO satellites, and will provide internet connectivity at a speed akin to fiber optics.

Telesat’s first launch is planned in early 2023, while there are already some 1,200 of Musk’s Starlink satellites in orbit.

“Starlink is going to be in service much sooner … and that gives SpaceX the opportunity to win customers,” said Caleb Henry, a senior analyst at Quilty Analytics.

Starlink’s “first mover” advantage is at most 24 months and “no one’s going to lock this whole market up in that amount of time,” Goldberg said.

Telesat in 2019 signed a launch deal with Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin. Discussions are ongoing with three others, said David Wendling, Telesat’s chief technical officer.

They are Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Europe’s ArianeGroup , and Musk’s SpaceX, which launches the Starlink satellites. Wendling said a decision would be taken in a matter of months.

Telesat aims to launch its first batch of 298 satellites being built by Thales Alenia Space in early 2023, with partial service in higher latitudes later that same year, and full global service in 2024.


The Lightspeed constellation is estimated to cost half as much as the $10 billion SpaceX and Amazon projects.

“We think we’re in the sweet spot,” Goldberg said. “When we look at some of these other constellations, we don’t get it.”

Analyst Henry said Telesat’s focus on business clients is the right one.

“You have two heavyweight players, SpaceX and Amazon, that are already pledging to spend $10 billion on satellite constellations optimized for the consumer market,” he said. “If Telesat can spend half that amount creating a high-performance system for businesses, then yeah, they stand to be very competitive.”

Telesat’s industry experience may also provide an edge.

“We’ve worked with many of these customers for decades … That’s going to give us a real advantage,” Goldberg said.

Telesat “is a satellite operator, has been a satellite operator, and has both the advantage of expertise and experience in that business,” said Carissa Christensen, chief executive officer of the research firm BryceTech, adding, however, that she sees only two to three LEO constellations surviving.

Telesat is nailing down financing – one-third equity and two-thirds debt – and will become publicly traded on the Nasdaq sometime this summer, and it could also list on the Toronto exchange after that. Currently, Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc are the company’s main shareholders.

France and Canada’s export credit agencies, BPI and EDC respectively, are expected to be the main lenders, Goldberg said. Quebec’s provincial government is lending C$400 million ($317 million), and Canada’s federal government has promised C$600 million to be a preferred customer. The company also posted C$246 million in net income in 2020.

Executing the LEO plan is what keeps Goldberg up at night now, he said.

“When we decided to go down this path, the two richest people in the universe weren’t focused on their own LEO constellations.”

($1 = 1.2622 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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$600K donation to boost online mental health programming in Nova Scotia



Nova Scotia Health’s mental health and addictions program hopes to offer more online support to people across the province after receiving a significant donation this week.

The QEII Foundation announced that RBC is contributing $600,000 toward the province’s e-mental health programming.

“It’s particularly important for the current time under all the strains of COVID,” said Dr. Andrew Harris, a psychiatrist and the senior medical director for the program.

The plan for online programming has been in the works for years, he said, but the pandemic expedited the push. Last June, the department launched a number of applications that can be used to help those with anxiety, depression and addictions.

Since then, as many as 3,000 Nova Scotians have used the site to access mental health services.

“There’s a persistent difficulty in accessing services,” Harris said of traditional models in Nova Scotia. He said those who don’t need intensive therapy may find the support they need through the online programs.

He uses the example of someone who can’t take time off work to speak to a clinician.

“It’s better for them to be able to access a service after hours or on the weekend. So our e-mental health services are tailored a little bit to meet that need.”

Calls to crisis line increase

Harris said the province’s mental health crisis line continues to see a 30 per cent increase in calls for help, so he’s trying to raise awareness that services can be accessed immediately online.

“I think everyone is aware that for a lot of people it’s much easier to talk about a physical illness than a mental illness. So there’s an allowance there for privacy, for some anonymity but still making available things that can help the person who is struggling in the community.”

The online portal has a list of programs that people can use, covering things like reducing stress, solving problems and becoming mindful. It mirrors a site in Newfoundland and Labrador that Harris said is used to help people in remote areas.

Harris said the donation from RBC will be used to continue to evaluate more services, and pay for the licensing of the products that are mostly developed by other organizations.

He encourages anyone who is struggling to test out the site, and use it as an entry point into the mental health system.

“It’s important for people to acknowledge when they’re struggling. It happens to all of us through our lives in different times.”

Anyone in Nova Scotia looking to access the tools can visit:


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Samsung’s cheapest 5G Galaxy phones yet are launching this month




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  • Samsung is launching five new phones in its Galaxy A series this month.
  • Three of them will support 5G connectivity, and the most expensive phone is just $500.
  • The cheapest phone of the five still has three cameras but lacks 5G and other features.
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Samsung may be best known for its high-end Galaxy S phones that rival the iPhone. But the tech giant is proving that it can appeal to cost-conscious customers with the launch of five new smartphones in the United States, the priciest of which only costs $500.

Samsung’s new lineup of budget phones, which debuted in other markets before coming to the US, are all launching this month. Some of them will be released as soon as this week, while the least expensive model will debut on April 29. The launch comes as competitors like Apple and Google have also been focusing on cheaper smartphones to boost sales.

Three of these new Samsung devices also support 5G, another sign that shoppers no longer have to pay a premium to get access to next-generation wireless networks. All five of the new phones also have the traditional headphone jack for wired listening and run on an octa-core processor.

Here’s a look at the new Samsung Galaxy A series phones that will be launching soon.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

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  • Release date: April 9
  • Price: $499.99

The Galaxy A52 5G is the most expensive smartphone of the bunch. It comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ screen and a quad-camera system that includes some of the same features as Samsung’s more expensive Galaxy S phones. These include Single Take, which creates several different photos or video clips with different effects with a single press of the shutter button.

Its screen can also boost its refresh rate up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling and performance, a feature that has become common on pricier flagship phones but is rare on cheaper models. It’s also the only phone in this A-series lineup to include Samsung’s notch-free screen design.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

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  • Release date: April 8
  • Price: $399.99

The less expensive Galaxy A42 5G has a slightly larger screen than the A52 5G, but scales back on certain features when it comes to the camera and screen refresh rate.

Still, it has a triple-lens camera with high-resolution sensors, and like its pricier sibling it also supports Single Take.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

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Release date: April 9

Price: $279.99

The Galaxy A32 5G is Samsung’s cheapest 5G smartphone to date. It has a large 6.5-inch screen, but it’s made from an LCD panel instead of Super AMOLED. That means it will likely lack some of the contrast and boldness of Samsung’s other devices. But Samsung hasn’t skimped on the camera considering this model has a quad-lens main camera, which is rare if not unheard of at that price.

Samsung Galaxy A12

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Release date: April 9

Price: $179.99

Samsung’s Galaxy A12 doesn’t come with 5G support, but it still gives you a lot for the price. For less than $200, you’re getting a quad-lens camera and a large 6.5-inch LCD screen. But remember this phone only has 32GB of storage, so it’s best suited for those who don’t store a lot of photos and videos on their device.

Samsung Galaxy A02s

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  • Release date: April 29
  • Price: $109.99

The Galaxy A02s is Samsung’s cheapest phone, offering a 6.5-inch LCD screen and three main cameras. It doesn’t have 5G support or as much computing power or camera prowess as Samsung’s other A-series phones, but that’s to be expected for a device at this price. This phone is truly for those who just need the basics and little else.

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