OnePlus 5T vs Oppo R11s – same shell, different story

What’s different..

Let’s start with the physical appearance of both – although they use the same exact screen, OnePlus is just a hair taller and just a little thicker (thanks to extra 100mAh battery) while being a smidgen narrower. The 5T is about 10 grams heavier. R11s has a little different design to it’s fingerprint scanner – it’s not quite round like the 5T’s, it’s a little taller. It’s unknown which material is used on the fingerprint scanner on the R11s but the 5T continues to use ceramic on it’s fingerprint scanner. Oppo thankfully allows some customisation when it comes to devices appearance, as it currently has 3 colours available – black, champagne and red while 5T is only available in black (at least for now). 5T uses USB Type-C connector while Oppo is still using Micro USB.. for some unknown reason..

.. and Oppo is still against using flagship grade processors it seems. The R11s is powered by Qualcomm 660, comes with only 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage configuration and has Bluetooth 4.2.

The 5T on the other hand uses the latest and greatest Snapdragon 835, alongside 6 or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage and Bluetooth 5.0.

R11s supports micro-SD cards in 1 SIM + 1 micro-SD card or 2 SIM cards configuration. The 5T only allows SIM cards, no micro-SD storage. 5T makes up for that with it’s vast array of 4G LTE bands, Oppo ships with just a few.

OnePlus uses a really light version of their own custom Android software – Oxygen OS. Oppo has taken a totally different approach and uses ColorOS, which is a heavily modified skin of Android.

The price for R11s is about 500 yuan ($75, 65€) cheaper than the base model of 5T.

And what’s the same..

The display’s are identical. Both use the same back cameras (and have the same camera bump) and support Oppo’s VOOC fast-charging (OnePlus has re-branded to Dash Charge). Both transfer files at USB 2.0 speeds. Both have a 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s about it.

Razer Phone – spec review

With the official retail launch of Razer Phone imminent – this is our specification review of the Razer Phone. Note: we don’t haven’t tried a phone in our own hands and this is just our opinion and from scarce reviews available on the internet – mainly GSMArena and various Youtube channels.

The Good

Razer targets this phone towards gamers and on paper, it looks rock solid. Latest and greatest from Qualcomm – Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM, 64GB internal storage (with an SD card slot).

The screen looks awesome from the spec sheet. 120Hz refresh rate? Yes, awesome! This is the first phone that is officially available in the European and the US market that has a 120Hz screen.

Razer’s phone has ample power on paper with a 4000mAh battery cell inside and you can fill that battery up real fast thanks to Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ – first phone to feature this charging standard. It should be able to fill up 80% in 30 minutes which is just fantastic.

The phone features very big front stereo speakers, featuring Dolby Atmos and they are THX Certified. Judging from the first reviewers opinions, they are very loud and really good for phone speakers. Unfortunately, the Razer Phone doesn’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Razer said during the presentation, that they’d have to make battery smaller to have 3.5mm jack in place. The phone ships with a special 3.5mm to USB-C adapter, certified by THX.

The phone ships with a lot of 4G bands, 21 to be precise and is both usable in Europe, on select carriers in the US and in Asia.

The phone offers a good value – $699 in the US and 749€ in Europe. If you’re after the beefiest specs available for gaming, this seems like a good value.

The Not So Good

Although it has a 120Hz screen, based on the GSMArena review, the screen is really dim. 300 nits is not flagship worthy, it should be brighter. You will struggle to use the phone outdoors. Also the screen uses older Gorilla Glass 3, but there’s probably not much difference with the newest Gorilla Glass 5.

The camera app at launch is very barebones and picture quality will probably suffer because of it. Razer has promised to bring new modes to the camera after launch.

Although the phone has a lot of bands, the phone only supports a single SIM. This is quite interesting, dual SIM variants are not very popular in Europe and the US and it seems to indicate that maybe the phone won’t be arriving to Asia.

Phone has Bluetooth 4.2 while Snapdragon 835 supports (and most, if not all Snapdragon 835 phones produced so far ship with) Bluetooth 5.0.

 

Xiaomi officially enters the European market

Around 2 weeks ago, Xiaomi officially entered the European market with it’s first offline store opening in Spain. Among products being sold in the EU are the very popular Redmi Note 4, Mi6 and their latest and greatest flagship – Mi MIX 2. Xiaomi will also sell their Mi Scooter (the original one), the Mi Band 2 and Xiaomi Action Camera.

Fully list of products being sold in Spain by Xiaomi:

  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 – 499€ (64GB ROM variant)
  • Xiaomi Mi6 – 449€ (only 64GB ROM variant, 6GB ram)
  • Xiaomi Mi A1 – 229€
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 – 279€ (4GB RAM, 64GB RAM variant)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – 169€
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A – 99€
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4X – 149€
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A – 129€
  • Xiaomi Mi Scooter (first model) – 350€, not released yet at the time of writing
  • Xiaomi Mi Action Camera 4K (newest model) – 135€
  • Xiaomi Mi Box 3 – 75€
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – 25€

The colour options on available phones are quite limited as are the configurations but it’s a start, and a very welcome one. Xiaomi will be selling their products in their official store in Madrid, as well as on their website (http://mi.com/es) and also, most importantly for citizens of other European countries – some products are available officially on Amazon.es. This is a big move and hopefully Xiaomi will continue to expand their network of stores across the European Union. Another store might open soon in Poland, but online sales there will begin soon.

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