OnePlus Nord 2 5G Unboxing And First Impressions ⚡ Dimensity 1200, 90Hz AMOLED, 50MP Camera & More

The much awaited OnePlus Nord 2 is here. After a long time OnePlus seems to be back with a Flagship Killer. OnePlus made its name as Flagship Killer & this time we have the OnePlus Nord 2(successor of the OnePlus Nord). When it comes to performance, battery & a lot other things, it’s a huge leap. This is the 1st phone to come with OPPO-OnePlus integrated code based OS. There are many new things in the OnePlus Nord 2 & we’re going to unbox it & give its first impressions. We’ll tell you all about it & I’m really hoping it comes close to the Flagship territory. It comes with a black box with NORD written on it. Box Contents – Upfront you get the phone & there’s Nord’s signature blue colour.

There’s documentation with stickers, red cable membership card, quick start guide & safety information. There’s a sim card tool, a Type C cable in signature red & a 65W Warp Charge fast charger. There’s a good quality case which we’ll put on OnePlus Nord 2 Looks – Should I call it OnePlus Nord 2 or OnePlus 9 Lite because it’s very similar to OnePlus 9. It looks familiar with 2 big sensors on the OnePlus Nord 2. This is Haze Blue color, you get Grey Sierra & Green Wood color options too. In Hand Feel – It feels slightly hefty & is a little on the heavy side, but it’s built very well.

It feels premium, fits well in the hand & it also looks close to a flagship phone. Build Quality – The case is good & bulky but it looks nice with the case [Drop Test] The case is good so it wouldn’t matter even if I drop it harder. It comes with a preinstalled scratch guard , so I’ll take it out. The in hand feel is not the best nor the worst, but feels good & it’ll feel big with small hands. Let’s weigh, I think it’ll be close to 200g. It is 189g! Maybe, I thought it’s heavier because of the heft. And the weight distribution is ok, it’s not bad at all. There’s glass both on the front & back. We aren’t sure of the Gorilla Glass version & the frame is plastic. Ports & Buttons – Below, there’s a speaker grill, a USB Type C port, a microphone & sim card tray. On the left, you get volume rocker(up & down). And the buttons are solid & clicky. There’s a noise cancelling mic on top. On the right, there’s the alert slider with the power button below.

The sim card tray has a dual nano sim card slot & there’s no expandable storage. Let’s start the phone & while you’re enjoying our unboxing, do hit LIKE, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE! Display – It’s a typical OnePlus display with 6.43” Super AMOLED with 90Hz fast refresh rate & HDR10 support. There’s no exact screen-to-body ratio but the top & side bezels are thin & the chin is smaller than average. Specifications – It has MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G SoC which is based on 6Nm fabricated technology. There are 3 variants : 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB & we have 12GB+256GB top variant. Good thing, it has UFS 3.1 storage type making good read-write speeds & has LPDDR4X RAM type. Performance – It’s the successor of the OnePlus Nord which had Qualcomm SD 765G SoC. And if I compare it with Dimensity 1200’s AnTuTu Score, the performance has nearly doubled! The AnTuTu Score on this 12+256GB variant is around 6.87L which is a big jump. The AnTuTu Score on SD 765G was around 4L. And Dimensity 1200 clearly has a big jump.

Battery – It has a 4500mAh battery with 65W Warp charging & battery capacity is big compared to 4115mAh on OnePlus Nord. The 4500mAh battery will charge 0-100% in 30 minutes. Overall, a great upgrade in battery & performance. OS UI – It’s my favourite clean OxygenOS & having 90Hz fast refresh makes overall scrolling & animations smoother. But due to the integrated code base, the camera UI is from ColorOS. Being a daily OnePlus user, it looks a little out of place. There are 2-3 things added from ColorOS. In the battery section, you’ll get a high performance mode. Looks like ColorOS is creeping into OxygenUI. The thing missing from ColorOS is the level of customization of AOD, which would’ve a welcome feature. So I’d say it's a mixed bag of OxygenOS. For regular usage there wouldn’t be a problem. Especially, you’ll have fun using it with Dimensity 1200 & UFS 3.1.

You can play games with high-very high & HDR settings. We played for a long time & it was fun & smooth. Camera – The OnePlus Nord had a quad camera setup (48MP+8MP+5MP+2MP). This one has a 50MP+8MP+2MP(triple camera). The 50MP sensor is an IMX766 Sony sensor. On the front, there’s a 32MP selfie sensor. And looking at the photos, the IMX766 sensor works well. But when you move to Ultrawide, it lacks sharpness & results in softer images. Even the selfies’ the colors & dynamic range is good. Let us know what you think in the comments. The 50MP sensor works very well. Surprisingly, the video quality options are downgraded compared to the Nord. With rear camera, you’d be able to take [email protected] which was possible with the OnePlus Nord but with the 32MP front camera in Nord, you were able to shoot [email protected] videos. In the Nord 2 there isn’t any support for 4K, but maybe with updates it’ll be available.

Sensors – All sensors are available, in-display fingerprint sensor & face unlock both work fast & are reliable. Connectivity – It’s excellent as you get 5G with 11 band support which is a benefit of Dimensity processors. You get more band support(11 bands) with dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi Calling, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 & NFC support. We tried testing carrier aggregation but there’s some issue with Dimensity 1200, so I’m not sure if it’s there. Multimedia – It's bright AMOLED screen is great & the viewing angles are also good. You get stereo speakers, one below & another in the ear piece above, which are good & loud.

You’ll get a flagship multimedia experience on the Nord 2. And there is no 3.5mm jack. Features – You get Camera2api support, so you can use GCam, there’s Widevine L1 for HD streaming.

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OnePlus Mobile Filmmaking Masterclass 1 – Start with an idea

Hi everyone my name is Giacomo Mantovani and I'm a producer and director specialised in commercials and short films. Since OnePlus released their first device the OnePlus One I've been shooting videos entirely shot with OnePlus devices becoming a true ambassador for mobile filmmaking. The main point of mobile filmmaking is that it allows everyone to become a storyteller because everyone has access to such a powerful camera. And because of the small size of smartphones nowadays we can shooot things in a way we couldn't do before with any other standard camera. An example of this is the Students video linked in the description below. Check it out. With this series of videos I'm gonna do my best to give you the most simple to understand and basic introduction to mobile filmmaking but please be aware that in reality there are many more steps which I'm not going to go through right now to make things simple for you.

After this video we're gonna release a total amount of three videos each one focusing on a different step of the filmmaking process: the pre-production the production and the post-production so please make sure you follow us you sign up for updates and you watch the whole series as you'll have the chance to participate in the competition and win very generous prizes. With this said one of the most important things when you make a film if not the most important is the idea. My suggestion for you is to think about something easy original and doable with your own resources. And when you've found a great idea you need to develop it. Basically you have to structure it with a very clear beginning middle and end and when you do that write it in the most simple and essential way exactly like the camera sees it. So I would like to invite you to submit your ideas for a short film you would like to shoot.

Remember, it needs to be something that you can shoot with your smartphone and to participate just follow the instructions in our forum post. So, this is it for now thanks a lot for watching and see you in the next video. All the best. Bye..

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OnePlus Nord 2 5G Unboxing And First Impressions ⚡ Dimensity 1200, 90Hz AMOLED, 50MP Camera & More

The much awaited OnePlus Nord 2 is here. After a long time OnePlus seems to be back with a Flagship Killer. OnePlus made its name as Flagship Killer & this time we have the OnePlus Nord 2(successor of the OnePlus Nord).
When it comes to performance, battery & a lot other things, it’s a huge leap.
This is the 1st phone to come with OPPO-OnePlus integrated code based OS. There are many new things in the OnePlus Nord 2 & we’re going to unbox it & give its first impressions. We’ll tell you all about it & I’m really hoping it comes close to the Flagship territory. It comes with a black box with NORD written on it. Box Contents – Upfront you get the phone & there’s Nord’s signature blue colour. There’s documentation with stickers, red cable membership card, quick start guide & safety information. There’s a sim card tool, a Type C cable in signature red & a 65W Warp Charge fast charger.
There’s a good quality case which we’ll put on OnePlus Nord 2
Looks – Should I call it OnePlus Nord 2 or OnePlus 9 Lite because it’s very similar to OnePlus 9.
It looks familiar with 2 big sensors on the OnePlus Nord 2.

This is Haze Blue color, you get Grey Sierra & Green Wood color options too.
In Hand Feel – It feels slightly hefty & is a little on the heavy side, but it’s built very well.
It feels premium, fits well in the hand & it also looks close to a flagship phone.
Build Quality – The case is good & bulky but it looks nice with the case [Drop Test] The case is good so it wouldn’t matter even if I drop it harder.
It comes with a preinstalled scratch guard , so I’ll take it out.
The in hand feel is not the best nor the worst, but feels good & it’ll feel big with small hands.

Let’s weigh, I think it’ll be close to 200g. It is 189g! Maybe, I thought it’s heavier because of the heft.
And the weight distribution is ok, it’s not bad at all.
There’s glass both on the front & back. We aren’t sure of the Gorilla Glass version & the frame is plastic. Ports & Buttons – Below, there’s a speaker grill, a USB Type C port, a microphone & sim card tray.
On the left, you get volume rocker(up & down).

And the buttons are solid & clicky. There’s a noise cancelling mic on top. On the right, there’s the alert slider with the power button below. The sim card tray has a dual nano sim card slot & there’s no expandable storage. Let’s start the phone & while you’re enjoying our unboxing, do hit LIKE, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE! Display – It’s a typical OnePlus display with 6.43” Super AMOLED with 90Hz fast refresh rate & HDR10 support. There’s no exact screen-to-body ratio but the top & side bezels are thin & the chin is smaller than average. Specifications – It has MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G SoC which is based on 6Nm fabricated technology. There are 3 variants : 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB & we have 12GB+256GB top variant.
Good thing, it has UFS 3.1 storage type making good read-write speeds & has LPDDR4X RAM type. Performance – It’s the successor of the OnePlus Nord which had Qualcomm SD 765G SoC. And if I compare it with Dimensity 1200’s AnTuTu Score, the performance has nearly doubled! The AnTuTu Score on this 12+256GB variant is around 6.87L which is a big jump.
The AnTuTu Score on SD 765G was around 4L.

And Dimensity 1200 clearly has a big jump.
Battery – It has a 4500mAh battery with 65W Warp charging & battery capacity is big compared to 4115mAh on OnePlus Nord.
The 4500mAh battery will charge 0-100% in 30 minutes. Overall, a great upgrade in battery & performance.
OS UI – It’s my favourite clean OxygenOS & having 90Hz fast refresh makes overall scrolling & animations smoother.
But due to the integrated code base, the camera UI is from ColorOS.
Being a daily OnePlus user, it looks a little out of place. There are 2-3 things added from ColorOS. In the battery section, you’ll get a high performance mode. Looks like ColorOS is creeping into OxygenUI. The thing missing from ColorOS is the level of customization of AOD, which would’ve a welcome feature. So I’d say it's a mixed bag of OxygenOS. For regular usage there wouldn’t be a problem.

Especially, you’ll have fun using it with Dimensity 1200 & UFS 3.1. You can play games with high-very high & HDR settings. We played for a long time & it was fun & smooth. Camera – The OnePlus Nord had a quad camera setup (48MP+8MP+5MP+2MP). This one has a 50MP+8MP+2MP(triple camera). The 50MP sensor is an IMX766 Sony sensor. On the front, there’s a 32MP selfie sensor.

And looking at the photos, the IMX766 sensor works well.
But when you move to Ultrawide, it lacks sharpness & results in softer images.
Even the selfies’ the colors & dynamic range is good. Let us know what you think in the comments. The 50MP sensor works very well. Surprisingly, the video quality options are downgraded compared to the Nord. With rear camera, you’d be able to take [email protected] which was possible with the OnePlus Nord
but with the 32MP front camera in Nord, you were able to shoot [email protected] videos.

In the Nord 2 there isn’t any support for 4K, but maybe with updates it’ll be available. Sensors – All sensors are available, in-display fingerprint sensor & face unlock both work fast & are reliable.
Connectivity – It’s excellent as you get 5G with 11 band support which is a benefit of Dimensity processors. You get more band support(11 bands) with dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi Calling, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 & NFC support.
We tried testing carrier aggregation but there’s some issue with Dimensity 1200, so I’m not sure if it’s there.
Multimedia – It's bright AMOLED screen is great & the viewing angles are also good. You get stereo speakers, one below & another in the ear piece above, which are good & loud. You’ll get a flagship multimedia experience on the Nord 2. And there is no 3.5mm jack.
Features – You get Camera2api support, so you can use GCam, there’s Widevine L1 for HD streaming..

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OnePlus Nord 2 vs OnePlus 9 – Which should you buy?

– The OnePlus Nord 2 is finally official. And in this video, we're
going to be putting it up against its bigger brother, the OnePlus 9. Looking at all the key
differences side-by-side including camera samples, SuperSaf style, really to see if it's worth spending the extra 230
pounds on the OnePlus 9 or saving that money and
going for the OnePlus Nord 2. Right now, let's initially
start off with the display. So both devices do have, I'd say, relatively similar looking displays. We've got small bezels with a punch out. However, the OnePlus 9 does
have smaller overall bezels. We've got a bit of a chin on the Nord 2. Not something that I think
is going to be a big deal for most people, but
something to bear in mind.

We've also got a slightly larger display on the OnePlus 9 compared to the Nord 2. And although both devices
do have AMOLED technology, we do have some key
advantages on the OnePlus 9. So we've got firstly,
a higher refresh rate, 120 hertz versus 90 hertz. Now, 90 hertz is still really good, but you're just getting a bit
more of a smooth experience on the OnePlus 9. And also the OnePlus 9 is much brighter. You've got a peak brightness
of around 1100 nits versus just 600 nits
on the OnePlus Nord 2. So if you are somebody who
uses your device outdoors in bright sunlight or wear
sunglasses all the time like I do, then the OnePlus 9
definitely has an edge here. Now, this is not to say that the display in the OnePlus Nord 2 is bad. It's actually really, really good, especially for the price point. But the OnePlus 9 just
has a better display. Both devices also have an in
display fingerprint scanner, which works really well.

Moving onto the build and design, so you'll notice right away that we do have a very similar design, especially with the camera module. And we've also got a very
similar building materials. So we do have Gorilla
Glass 5 here on the back. And then we've got what OnePlus call a fiberglass polymer frame, and that's a fancy word for plastic. So we do have plastic
frames on both devices. Now, they are coated to look
metallic but they are plastic. Generally, in terms of durability, I think you should be fine and we do get a case out of
the box with both devices. I'm not somebody who does durability tests and I'm not going to try
to bend these either, but in my experience, they have been fine. Something that you might
want to bear in mind though. Now, neither of these have an official IP water
and dust resistant rating, but OnePlus do say that
these are water tight.

Getting an IP rating
does cost a bit of money and OnePlus does try
to save a bit of money when it comes to this area. And looking at the size,
realistically speaking, they are very, very similar in size and they also weigh about the same. Now, if you are in China or in India, then the OnePlus 9 is going
to be slightly lighter and it's also going to be slightly thinner compared to the Nord 2. And that is because in India and China, the OnePlus 9 does not come
with Qi wireless charging. However, it does come
with Qi wireless charging in the UK and US. We will be talking about
battery and charging a little bit later, but I do want to go
straight to the cameras. Now, before I do, if you're
enjoying the video so far, be sure to subscribe
and hit that bell icon. So you don't miss a
future content like this. Right, so the cameras, we do have the Hasselblad partnership on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. We do not have this on the OnePlus Nord 2.

So even though the camera
module is kind of similar, there isn't this Hasselblad partnership. And this is also noticeable
in the camera in the face. So although generally things
are in similar places, the OnePlus Nord 2 seems to be much more on the ColorOS side of
things compared to OxygenOS. Now remember, that OnePlus has
now been taken over by OPPO, its parent company. So we were bound to see
a few of these changes coming to the new devices, and this is something
that's very obvious here in the camera app anyway.

And because we have the
Hasselblad partnership on the OnePlus 9, we do get this big,
large red shutter button. What about the cameras themselves? So we've got a very similar
camera setup on both devices. We've got an ultra-wide camera,
we've got a primary camera, as well as a 2MP Monochrome camera. Now, in my opinion, the
2MP Monochrome camera is really there just to
have an additional camera. So you can see that you've
got a triple camera setup. It's not something that I
personally find it useful. So we're not really going
to be looking at that. We will be looking at the
other cameras, however. Now what's interesting is
that the primary camera on the OnePlus Nord 2
is using the same sensor as the ultra-wide camera on the OnePlus 9, the Sony IMX766.

This is the same ultra-wide camera sensor that we've got on the
OnePlus 9 Pro as well. Now, let's take a look at some samples. So both actually do
really good in good light. So the primary cameras do go head to head. And I actually found
that the OnePlus Nord 2 had better overall dynamic range. You can definitely notice
this in this example, if you look towards the shadow areas. We've got a lot more detail
on the OnePlus Nord 2 versus the OnePlus 9, which was quite a bit
surprising for me actually. And we do get a bit of a process
look on the OnePlus Nord 2, colors are quite saturated. This is the result when you
have AI scene detection on.

If you do switch this off, then the colors are not as vibrant as you
can see in this example. But again, you do seem to
get a bit of a processed look on the OnePlus Nord 2 versus
the more neutral, natural look on the OnePlus 9. Now, one area where I was very
surprised was in low light. So using the night modes on both devices, the OnePlus Nord 2 actually
seem to perform a lot better as you can see in this example. You've got a much
brighter and better shot.

On testing out indoors, you've
got a much brighter shot, but you can definitely
see a lot of processing on the Nord 2. But overall you are getting
brighter, low light images on the Nord 2. So, this was a bit of a surprise to me. Now when it comes to
the ultra-wide camera, things are getting interesting. Initially, at first
glance, the OnePlus Nord 2 once again seems to have
better dynamic range. But when you do examine the images closer, the ultra-wide camera
on the OnePlus Nord 2 is very, very soft. Like if you do go in 100%, you
can notice this difference. Here's another example. If you look towards the
car, the tire of the car, the wheel, it's so soft
in the OnePlus Nord 2 compare to the very crisp
looking image on the OnePlus 9.

Now, to be honest, this is
something that I was expecting. As mentioned, the ultra-wide
camera on the OnePlus 9 does have the same sensor
as the primary camera of the OnePlus Nord 2. Now, another advantage that you
get on the ultra-wide camera of the OnePlus 9 is the
ability to shoot macro images. So it's going to refocus and give you some very
good looking, macro shots. This is something that you can't do with the ultra-wide camera
of the OnePlus Nord 2. So the ultra-wide camera, in my opinion, easy, easy win for the OnePlus 9. Although the primary
cameras, it's arguable and I did seem to prefer the
OnePlus Nord 2 a bit more.

For video, I think both
take good quality video, but the OnePlus 9 does get the advantage because it does have up
to 8K video recording, as well as 4K, up to 60 frames a second. Whereas the OnePlus Nord
2 only has up to 4K, 30 frames a second from
the primary camera. The ultra wide camera, the video, I mean, it's an easy, easy
win for the OnePlus 9. You've got up to 8K, whereas
on the OnePlus Nord 2, you've only got 10 ATP.

And honestly speaking, the
video from the ultra-wide camera of the Nord 2 is quite a bit of a mess. There's really no stabilization
as you can see here. So it's, in my opinion, not very usable. I think the ultra-wide
camera is just there to have that additional camera. It's not something that really competes. Now for selfies, you do
have a high resolution on the OnePlus Nord 2. And here are some examples. I think both do a pretty decent job, some differences in color, and you also get good,
dynamic range in images. Portrait mode also seems
to work pretty well.

But when it comes to
video, it's not so great. You may have heard any
complaints about the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro front facing cameras, this is the same case
with the OnePlus Nord 2. The dynamic range is
pretty much nonexistent. As you can see from this example, the background is completely blown out. Now the OnePlus Nord 2 does have a wider angle of view, however, compared to the OnePlus
9, which you may prefer. Now let's move on to performance. So OnePlus has actually
opted to go with MediaTek, not Qualcomm for the Nord 2 this time. We've got the MediaTek
Dimensity 1200 chip set, which is a very capable chip set. However, it doesn't quite live up to the flagship Qualcomm
Snapdragon 8888 chip set that we've got on the OnePlus 9. So you are going to get
overall better performance on the OnePlus 9. You also got faster LPDDR5
RAM on the OnePlus 9, compared to the LPDDR4X
RAM on the OnePlus Nord 2. Now this is not to say
that the OnePlus Nord 2 is going to be bad by any means. It's a very capable in my testing.

It's really good, also for gaming. You're just going to get
that additional performance with the OnePlus 9. Now for software, we do have Android 11
with OxygenOS on top. I really like OxygenOS. We do have some slight
variations I've notice, just some slight
positioning here and there that's different. And obviously the camera app, which we talked about earlier on, which is different on the OnePlus Nord 2. So it does look like OnePlus is going for more of a merge
with ColorOS going forward.

Now, I did say we're going to
come back to the batteries. So we have the same size 4,500
milliamp hour power batteries on both devices. And they both actually
did last me all day. However, I did find
that the OnePlus Nord 2 did give me slightly better
battery life, around 10 to 15%. Now this may be because it's
got a lower refresh rates, and also because it's
using a different chip set. But this is a newer device, whereas I've had the OnePlus 9 for quite some time as well, so that might have a factor towards it. But generally speaking,
I'd say both of these have very good battery life. For charging as well, both
come with 65 watt charging included out of the box. Now remember having a charger included is considered a bit of a bonus these days.

And not only are you getting a charger, you are getting the 65 watt charger. That's going to get you from
zero to around 50% in 30 minutes on both devices, which is great. As I mentioned earlier on as well, the OnePlus 9 does have Qi
wireless charging supported. 15 Watts in the UK and US,
not in India and China. We don't have any form
of wireless charging on the OnePlus Nord 2. For the speakers, we
do have stereo speakers on both devices, one on the ear piece
and one bottom firing.

And both of them do get pretty loud. I would say that the
OnePlus 9 does get the edge. I just thought it was more crisp, and it also has support for Dolby Atmos. Finally, we're going
to look at the pricing. So the OnePlus Nord 2 does
start at a very good competitive 400 pounds here for the base model. If we look at the equivalent
OnePlus 9, same storage, that is at 630 pounds. So that's 230 pounds more. So it's almost like
one and a half Nord 2s. Now granted, the OnePlus 9 has been out for a couple of months
and you may be able to get a better deal on it, but
you're going to be paying significantly more for the OnePlus 9 compared to the OnePlus Nord 2. Is it worth spending that
extra money on the OnePlus 9? Well, what are you getting
for that extra money? You're getting a better display with the higher refresh
rates, the brighter display. You're getting the better
overall performance. You're also getting the
better ultra-wide camera, as well as the more video options.

Qi wireless charging in the UK and US. But on the OnePlus Nord 2, you are getting better battery life. You're getting arguably
a better primary camera from with some of the tests that I did. And most importantly, is coming
in significantly cheaper. If you were to ask me, I would say that the more compelling
option is the OnePlus Nord 2 coming in at that price point. It goes back to what OnePlus
was really about, initially, the flagship killer. Sure you are making some compromises, but you're getting a very capable device for around half the
price of other flagships. That's what I think, anyway. What do you guys think? Do drop me a comment below. Let me know your thoughts.

If you want to pick one of these up, I'll leave some links down
in the description as well. I hope you enjoyed this
video on founding your soul. If you did, then do smash
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OnePlus 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – Which should you buy?

– The OnePlus 9 Pro versus the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra it's the comparison
everybody wants to see. What's up guys, Saf here on SuperSaf TV. And I posted a camera comparison between these two a couple of days ago, following on from that a lot of you guys wanted me to do a detailed comparison looking at all of the other features.

So that's exactly what we'll
be doing in this video. We're going to look at all
of the different categories, display, build, battery life. We're going to put them
up against each other. I'll tell you the differences, the advantages, the disadvantages. And I'll also give you my opinion on which I think is better
personally, in each category. And hopefully that will help you decide which one of these is right for you. So I've been using the S21 Ultra as one of my daily drivers
for around two months. And my sim card went from the S21 ultra into the OnePlus 9 Pro
a couple of weeks ago. And I want to say straight away that both of these are really,
really good smartphones, some of the best out there.

Let's initially start
off with the displays. I think both of these have some of the best displays in
the market right now. They are quite similar because we've got small bezels, slight curves on the edges with a punch outs. Now, of course, we've
got a center punch out on the S21 Ultra. We've got a side punch
out on the OnePlus 9 Pro. Honestly speaking, I don't
mind either of these. They both are quite small and you forget about
them very, very quickly. Both devices are using Amoled technology. So we've got amazing colors, deep blacks, both also have a quad HD plus resolution so things are very, very sharp.

And both also supports
a 120 Hertz refresh rate making things very, very smooth. Both are also LTPO displays which means they can adapt the
refresh rate to save battery. The OnePlus 9 Pro can go all
the way down to one Hertz. Whereas the S21 Ultra can go
all the way down 10 Hertz. And we've also got always
on displays on both devices. This is something that OnePlus devices haven't traditionally had and they introduced this
finally from last year. Now the similarities do stop there. The S21 Ultra is slightly larger but it's really not that
much of a big difference.

And it also has a higher peak brightness. Something that you might
not notice on the day-to-day but if you're like me and
you always wear sunglasses and if you are out on a sunny day then this is an edge that
the S21 Ultra will have. The OnePlus 9 Pro however
does have a higher touch sampling rates. And this can make it feel more responsive especially if you are
playing a supported game.

And finally, on the displays the S21 ultra does have
gorilla glass Victus. Whereas on the OnePlus 9 Pro you do have the older gorilla glass five. Making the S21 Ultra a
little bit more durable. Now, moving on to the fingerprint scanners both devices do have an in
display fingerprint scanner. We've got an optical-in-display fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 9 Pro. We've got an ultrasonic
in-display fingerprint scanner on the S21 Ultra. Now, in terms of speed, honestly speaking both of these have very, very fast really can't pick one or the other. But I would say that the S21 Ultra has the overall better
fingerprint scanner. First up, it's using ultrasonic technology which means it's more secure. And it also doesn't rely
on a light to unlock which is a big advantage. If you use your smartphone
a lot in the dark. With the OnePlus 9 Pro, it could be dark but
as soon as you activate the fingerprint scanner
it shines a bright light in order to be able to
read your fingerprint. With the S21 Ultra it doesn't mess around with
the brightness of the display when you are trying to unlock.

It's also got a larger area and the positioning is also a better it's a more reachable compared to the very low down fingerprint scanner of the OnePlus 9 Pro. So for the fingerprint scanner it is a win for the S21 Ultra. Right, now moving on to the
size, built and designed. So both devices are pretty big, but the OnePlus 9 Pro
weighs quite a bit less compared to the S21 Ultra. It's also thinner and just more compact. So the OnePlus 9 Pro is definitely the more comfortable device to use overall especially for longer periods of time.

Now for the design,
obviously it's subjective but the OnePlus 9 Pro there's lots of other devices
that do look like this with the camera module. I would say that the S21
Ultra is a lot more unique with this camera module
that kind of blends and bleeds into the edges. The S21 Ultra also only
comes in matte finishes which I'm definitely glad about because they don't attract
as many fingerprints. The OnePlus 9 Pro the version
I've got here is very glossy. And although it can look really good, it only looked good until
you actually pick it up and put it in your hands because you get so many
fingerprints on here. Both devices are IP68
water and dust resistant and we've got a metal
frame with gorilla glass.

The S21 Ultra however, once again, does have gorilla glass Victus making it more durable compared
to the gorilla glass five on the OnePlus 9 Pro. Now I'm not somebody who does drop tests but gorilla glass Victus, as we've seen time and time again is definitely more durable. So if you are after something that's more compact and comfortable then the win would go
to the OnePlus 9 Pro. But if you are after
something that's more durable and it looks more unique then the win would go to the S21 Ultra. Right now, before we
move on to the cameras, if you're enjoying the video then do smash that like button it really helps out with
the YouTube algorithm and also consider subscribing if you want to see more content like this. Okay, cameras. Now as mentioned I have done a detailed SuperSaf style camera
comparison between these two. I'll link that video in the cards and down in the description.

So do go ahead and check that out but to give you a brief summary we have very good overall
cameras on both devices. We have an ultra-wide, a primary, as well as a telephoto camera. However, the S21 Ultra does
have two telephoto cameras. Now we do have this huge
Hasselblad partnership that OnePlus has been going on about what that results in is
much more natural colors. They've worked a lot with Hasselblad to tune their color science
and this really does show. The S21 Ultra tends to go for some more vibrant, punchy colors, which some of you may actually prefer. Now for the primary camera. It was pretty much neck and neck, I think both do a really good job. For the ultra-wide camera, the OnePlus 9 Pro does
have less distortion because it has a free form lens but the S21 Ultra does give
you a wider field of view with better dynamic range. Now for zoom, I would say it's a pretty
easy win for the S21 Ultra.

We've got three times optical
zoom at the first stage. The OnePlus 9 Pro has 3.3 times zoom. But even at that stage, I did prefer results from the S21 Ultra just giving you overall cleaner images and then anything, 10 times or above the S21 Ultra does have
Periscope zoom technology. So you do get optical zoom at 10 times. You can even get some
usable results out around 20 possibly even 30 times. Now it does go all the
way up to a hundred times but it's something that I wouldn't use, but yeah zoom clearly
went for the S21 Ultra. Now the OnePlus 9 Pro also has a two megapixel monochrome camera which is supposed to help
with black and white images. I really don't think it
makes much of a difference. I think it's there just for the sake of having an additional camera.

Now for video, both devices do film
great quality 4k video. Although I did find that the
S21 Utra was more stable. However, the OnePlus 9 Pro you can film at 4k 120 frames a second which gives you some really nice high quality slow motion footage. Also both devices do film at 8K. However, the S21 Ultra you can only film at 8K
from the primary camera. And it has a significant crop which really my experience
makes it unusable. The OnePlus 9 Pro you can film 8K video, not only from the primary camera, which doesn't crop in massively but also from the ultra wide camera giving you a lot more flexibility. So for 8K video, the OnePlus 9 Pro gets the win.

Now for the front facing cameras it's a very one-sided story. The S21 Ultra gives you just better colors and better details from
the front facing camera. I found the OnePlus 9 Pro all of that color science
that we talked about kind of goes out the window
for the front facing camera. Also for video, the OnePlus 9 Pro, you can only film at 1080P
up to 30 frames a second. The S21 Ultra, you can film
at 4K up to 60 frames a second and the difference is quite significant. This is one area where OnePlus
I think really did fail. It was very much an afterthought, the front facing camera. And I think for a flagship device in 2021 not having 4k is a big, big downside. If you are somebody who
takes lots of selfies and vlogs from your camera then the S21 Ultra is
the clear choice here. Right, for the speakers. We do have stereo speakers on both one in the EPS on one bottom firing.

And both of them sound
really, really good. I am not an audio experts. However, my friend Thunder
E from Bored at Work is, so if you are very much interested in which one of these is slightly better then do go ahead and
check out his speaker test which I will link down in the description. Right now Let's talk about software.

So both of these are based on Android 11 but we have different software skins. We have One UI on the S21 Ultra, we have OxygenOS on the OnePlus 9 Pro. Now, honestly speaking, I like both skins. The OnePlus 9 pro has been
inspired by One UI recently and has improved one handed
usage which I do like but overall, this will come down to personal preference I believe. Now when it comes to updates OnePlus has promised two
years of software updates, three years of security updates, where Samsung has promised three years of software updates, with four years of security updates. So if you are thinking
of keeping your device for quite some time, then the S21 Ultra will
be giving you updates for a longer period of time. However OnePlus does have
a really good track record for bringing updates very
quickly, compared to Samsung.

So something to keep in mind. Now, I want to talk a little bit about the additional features that
you get with the S21 Ultra which really go with the
whole Samsung ecosystem. So firstly, you do have
support for the S pen. This is something that you
would have to buy separately but if you are somebody
who likes to use a stylist on your smartphone maybe to do some quick
doodles signed documents then this is something
you'll be able to do on the S21 Ultra. The S21 Ultra also has
support for Samsung Dex which will allow you to connect your S21 Ultra to a display and have a desktop experience. The S21 Ultra also comes with
ultra wide band technology which will allow it to easily connect to lots of different accessories. Also things like your car,
maybe some smart tags. And it also comes with wifi 6E. So if you do have a compatible router you will be able to get
fastest speeds on the S21 Ultra compared to just wifi
6 on the OnePlus 9 Pro. Okay, now let's talk about the
batteries and battery life. So the S21 Ultra does have a larger 5,000 milliamp power battery.

And in my day-to-day use, I did find that the S21 Ultra does have better battery life overall. I would say around 15% better battery life I'm getting on the S21 Ultra. Now, obviously usage varies,
and so does screen on time. But if I give you my personal
screen on time for reference I'm getting around six
hours of screen on time on the S21 Ultra. Whereas I'm getting around five hours of screen on time on the OnePlus 9 Pro. Now, I do want to say that the S21 Ultra the Exynos version when I initially got it the battery life was really not that good, but after a software update, it actually improved quite a bit. So I do want to give OnePlus a chance to make some software updates to improve the battery
life of the OnePlus 9 Pro. Now, when it comes to charging, it's an easy, easy win
for the OnePlus 9 Pro. Firstly, the charging speed the S21 ultra can only do 25 Watts which is pretty fast for most people but the OnePlus 9 Pro
supports 65 watt charging.

Not only that, it comes with the charger included out of the box. The S21 Ultra does not come with a charger included out of the box. The OnePlus 9 Pro can
charge from one to 100% in around 30 minutes,
which is very, very fast and so-so convenient. Both devices also support
wireless charging, but once again the OnePlus 9 Pro can charge much, much faster 50 watt wireless charging. Now to get those speeds you
will need a specific charger that costs around 70 pounds, but it's nice to have
that option on there. The S21 Ultra can only
charge at around 15 Watts. Both devices also have
reverse wireless charging where you can charge other devices or maybe some ear buds on
the back of each device. Now let's talk about performance. So both devices do come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip set which is currently the fastest chip sets on the Android side of things, depending on your region however, you may get the Exynos
version of the S21 Ultra. But you will be pleased to know that the Exynos version of the
S21 Ultra is quite comparable to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 this year.

However, the overall edge for performance I would say does go to the OnePlus 9 Pro. They've got a vapor chamber and generally after using the device for a longer period of time the temperatures are
lower on the OnePlus 9 Pro compared to the S21 Ultra. Also, you do have that
higher touch sampling rate which can have an impact
on compatible games. If you are interested in
a detailed performance in gaming comparison between these two then I'm going to link
to my buddy once again, to Thunder E from Bored at Work, who's done a separate video looking at temperatures and everything. But generally speaking I think performance is very,
very good on both devices.

Now when it comes to storage and Ram, the S21 Ultra gets the advantage because you get a higher
base Ram of 12 gigabytes and you can go all the way up to 16. Also, you do have an
option of 512 gigabytes, which you will of course
be paying more for, but that option is there. The OnePlus 9 Pro does come with a base of eight gigabytes of Ram with the 128 gigabyte storage version. And if you do want 12 gigabytes of Ram you will have to go for
the 256 gigabyte option. Now, finally, let's look at the pricing. So if we look at the launch pricing then the S21 Ultra did
come in quite a bit higher compared to the OnePlus 9 Pro.

But you have to remember that the S21 Ultra has been
out for a couple of months which means you can get
some better deals for it. If we look in the UK, you're still looking at
around 200 pounds more for the S21 ultra I've just had a look on Amazon, the S21 Ultra based model is
going for around 1050 pounds. But the story is quite
different in the U S because the S21 Ultra has
gone down all the way to $999, which makes it just $30 more compared to the OnePlus 9 Pro. So here's what I think. I think both of these
overall are great devices. If you're based in the UK, then I would say that the OnePlus 9 Pro is the overall better deal. You are saving quite a bit
compared to the S21 Ultra.

However, if you're based in the U S then I would say the S21 Ultra with all of its additional features, potentially for just $30 more when it comes back on offer
is the better overall option. And I would definitely
go for the S21 Ultra if I was based in the U S. That's what I think anyway, what do you guys think? Do drop me a comment below. Let me know your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed this video and found it useful if you did then do smashed the like button for me. And if you haven't already then you should subscribe
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OnePlus Nord 2 5G Unboxing And First Impressions ⚡ Dimensity 1200, 90Hz AMOLED, 50MP Camera & More

The much awaited OnePlus Nord 2 is here. After a long time OnePlus seems to be back with a Flagship Killer. OnePlus made its name as Flagship Killer & this time we have the OnePlus Nord 2(successor of the OnePlus Nord).
When it comes to performance, battery & a lot other things, it’s a huge leap.
This is the 1st phone to come with OPPO-OnePlus integrated code based OS. There are many new things in the OnePlus Nord 2 & we’re going to unbox it & give its first impressions. We’ll tell you all about it & I’m really hoping it comes close to the Flagship territory. It comes with a black box with NORD written on it. Box Contents – Upfront you get the phone & there’s Nord’s signature blue colour.

There’s documentation with stickers, red cable membership card, quick start guide & safety information. There’s a sim card tool, a Type C cable in signature red & a 65W Warp Charge fast charger.
There’s a good quality case which we’ll put on OnePlus Nord 2
Looks – Should I call it OnePlus Nord 2 or OnePlus 9 Lite because it’s very similar to OnePlus 9.
It looks familiar with 2 big sensors on the OnePlus Nord 2. This is Haze Blue color, you get Grey Sierra & Green Wood color options too.
In Hand Feel – It feels slightly hefty & is a little on the heavy side, but it’s built very well.
It feels premium, fits well in the hand & it also looks close to a flagship phone.
Build Quality – The case is good & bulky but it looks nice with the case [Drop Test] The case is good so it wouldn’t matter even if I drop it harder.
It comes with a preinstalled scratch guard , so I’ll take it out.
The in hand feel is not the best nor the worst, but feels good & it’ll feel big with small hands.

Let’s weigh, I think it’ll be close to 200g. It is 189g! Maybe, I thought it’s heavier because of the heft.
And the weight distribution is ok, it’s not bad at all.
There’s glass both on the front & back. We aren’t sure of the Gorilla Glass version & the frame is plastic. Ports & Buttons – Below, there’s a speaker grill, a USB Type C port, a microphone & sim card tray.
On the left, you get volume rocker(up & down). And the buttons are solid & clicky. There’s a noise cancelling mic on top. On the right, there’s the alert slider with the power button below. The sim card tray has a dual nano sim card slot & there’s no expandable storage. Let’s start the phone & while you’re enjoying our unboxing, do hit LIKE, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE! Display – It’s a typical OnePlus display with 6.43” Super AMOLED with 90Hz fast refresh rate & HDR10 support. There’s no exact screen-to-body ratio but the top & side bezels are thin & the chin is smaller than average.

Specifications – It has MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G SoC which is based on 6Nm fabricated technology. There are 3 variants : 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB & we have 12GB+256GB top variant.
Good thing, it has UFS 3.1 storage type making good read-write speeds & has LPDDR4X RAM type. Performance – It’s the successor of the OnePlus Nord which had Qualcomm SD 765G SoC. And if I compare it with Dimensity 1200’s AnTuTu Score, the performance has nearly doubled! The AnTuTu Score on this 12+256GB variant is around 6.87L which is a big jump.
The AnTuTu Score on SD 765G was around 4L.

And Dimensity 1200 clearly has a big jump.
Battery – It has a 4500mAh battery with 65W Warp charging & battery capacity is big compared to 4115mAh on OnePlus Nord.
The 4500mAh battery will charge 0-100% in 30 minutes. Overall, a great upgrade in battery & performance.
OS UI – It’s my favourite clean OxygenOS & having 90Hz fast refresh makes overall scrolling & animations smoother.
But due to the integrated code base, the camera UI is from ColorOS.
Being a daily OnePlus user, it looks a little out of place.

There are 2-3 things added from ColorOS. In the battery section, you’ll get a high performance mode. Looks like ColorOS is creeping into OxygenUI. The thing missing from ColorOS is the level of customization of AOD, which would’ve a welcome feature. So I’d say it's a mixed bag of OxygenOS. For regular usage there wouldn’t be a problem. Especially, you’ll have fun using it with Dimensity 1200 & UFS 3.1. You can play games with high-very high & HDR settings. We played for a long time & it was fun & smooth. Camera – The OnePlus Nord had a quad camera setup (48MP+8MP+5MP+2MP). This one has a 50MP+8MP+2MP(triple camera). The 50MP sensor is an IMX766 Sony sensor. On the front, there’s a 32MP selfie sensor. And looking at the photos, the IMX766 sensor works well.
But when you move to Ultrawide, it lacks sharpness & results in softer images.
Even the selfies’ the colors & dynamic range is good.

Let us know what you think in the comments. The 50MP sensor works very well. Surprisingly, the video quality options are downgraded compared to the Nord. With rear camera, you’d be able to take [email protected] which was possible with the OnePlus Nord
but with the 32MP front camera in Nord, you were able to shoot [email protected] videos. In the Nord 2 there isn’t any support for 4K, but maybe with updates it’ll be available. Sensors – All sensors are available, in-display fingerprint sensor & face unlock both work fast & are reliable.
Connectivity – It’s excellent as you get 5G with 11 band support which is a benefit of Dimensity processors. You get more band support(11 bands) with dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi Calling, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 & NFC support.
We tried testing carrier aggregation but there’s some issue with Dimensity 1200, so I’m not sure if it’s there.
Multimedia – It's bright AMOLED screen is great & the viewing angles are also good.

You get stereo speakers, one below & another in the ear piece above, which are good & loud. You’ll get a flagship multimedia experience on the Nord 2. And there is no 3.5mm jack.
Features – You get Camera2api support, so you can use GCam, there’s Widevine L1 for HD streaming..

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OnePlus Nord 2 5G Unboxing And First Impressions ⚡ Dimensity 1200, 90Hz AMOLED, 50MP Camera & More

The much awaited OnePlus Nord 2 is here. After a long time OnePlus seems to be back with a Flagship Killer. OnePlus made its name as Flagship Killer & this time we have the OnePlus Nord 2(successor of the OnePlus Nord).
When it comes to performance, battery & a lot other things, it’s a huge leap.
This is the 1st phone to come with OPPO-OnePlus integrated code based OS. There are many new things in the OnePlus Nord 2 & we’re going to unbox it & give its first impressions.

We’ll tell you all about it & I’m really hoping it comes close to the Flagship territory. It comes with a black box with NORD written on it. Box Contents – Upfront you get the phone & there’s Nord’s signature blue colour. There’s documentation with stickers, red cable membership card, quick start guide & safety information. There’s a sim card tool, a Type C cable in signature red & a 65W Warp Charge fast charger.
There’s a good quality case which we’ll put on OnePlus Nord 2
Looks – Should I call it OnePlus Nord 2 or OnePlus 9 Lite because it’s very similar to OnePlus 9.
It looks familiar with 2 big sensors on the OnePlus Nord 2. This is Haze Blue color, you get Grey Sierra & Green Wood color options too.
In Hand Feel – It feels slightly hefty & is a little on the heavy side, but it’s built very well.
It feels premium, fits well in the hand & it also looks close to a flagship phone.
Build Quality – The case is good & bulky but it looks nice with the case [Drop Test] The case is good so it wouldn’t matter even if I drop it harder.
It comes with a preinstalled scratch guard , so I’ll take it out.
The in hand feel is not the best nor the worst, but feels good & it’ll feel big with small hands.

Let’s weigh, I think it’ll be close to 200g. It is 189g! Maybe, I thought it’s heavier because of the heft.
And the weight distribution is ok, it’s not bad at all.
There’s glass both on the front & back. We aren’t sure of the Gorilla Glass version & the frame is plastic. Ports & Buttons – Below, there’s a speaker grill, a USB Type C port, a microphone & sim card tray.
On the left, you get volume rocker(up & down). And the buttons are solid & clicky. There’s a noise cancelling mic on top. On the right, there’s the alert slider with the power button below. The sim card tray has a dual nano sim card slot & there’s no expandable storage. Let’s start the phone & while you’re enjoying our unboxing, do hit LIKE, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE! Display – It’s a typical OnePlus display with 6.43” Super AMOLED with 90Hz fast refresh rate & HDR10 support.

There’s no exact screen-to-body ratio but the top & side bezels are thin & the chin is smaller than average. Specifications – It has MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G SoC which is based on 6Nm fabricated technology. There are 3 variants : 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB & we have 12GB+256GB top variant.
Good thing, it has UFS 3.1 storage type making good read-write speeds & has LPDDR4X RAM type. Performance – It’s the successor of the OnePlus Nord which had Qualcomm SD 765G SoC.

And if I compare it with Dimensity 1200’s AnTuTu Score, the performance has nearly doubled! The AnTuTu Score on this 12+256GB variant is around 6.87L which is a big jump.
The AnTuTu Score on SD 765G was around 4L. And Dimensity 1200 clearly has a big jump.
Battery – It has a 4500mAh battery with 65W Warp charging & battery capacity is big compared to 4115mAh on OnePlus Nord.
The 4500mAh battery will charge 0-100% in 30 minutes.

Overall, a great upgrade in battery & performance.
OS UI – It’s my favourite clean OxygenOS & having 90Hz fast refresh makes overall scrolling & animations smoother.
But due to the integrated code base, the camera UI is from ColorOS.
Being a daily OnePlus user, it looks a little out of place. There are 2-3 things added from ColorOS. In the battery section, you’ll get a high performance mode. Looks like ColorOS is creeping into OxygenUI. The thing missing from ColorOS is the level of customization of AOD, which would’ve a welcome feature. So I’d say it's a mixed bag of OxygenOS. For regular usage there wouldn’t be a problem. Especially, you’ll have fun using it with Dimensity 1200 & UFS 3.1. You can play games with high-very high & HDR settings. We played for a long time & it was fun & smooth. Camera – The OnePlus Nord had a quad camera setup (48MP+8MP+5MP+2MP). This one has a 50MP+8MP+2MP(triple camera). The 50MP sensor is an IMX766 Sony sensor.

On the front, there’s a 32MP selfie sensor. And looking at the photos, the IMX766 sensor works well.
But when you move to Ultrawide, it lacks sharpness & results in softer images.
Even the selfies’ the colors & dynamic range is good. Let us know what you think in the comments. The 50MP sensor works very well. Surprisingly, the video quality options are downgraded compared to the Nord. With rear camera, you’d be able to take [email protected] which was possible with the OnePlus Nord
but with the 32MP front camera in Nord, you were able to shoot [email protected] videos. In the Nord 2 there isn’t any support for 4K, but maybe with updates it’ll be available. Sensors – All sensors are available, in-display fingerprint sensor & face unlock both work fast & are reliable.
Connectivity – It’s excellent as you get 5G with 11 band support which is a benefit of Dimensity processors. You get more band support(11 bands) with dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi Calling, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 & NFC support.
We tried testing carrier aggregation but there’s some issue with Dimensity 1200, so I’m not sure if it’s there.
Multimedia – It's bright AMOLED screen is great & the viewing angles are also good.

You get stereo speakers, one below & another in the ear piece above, which are good & loud. You’ll get a flagship multimedia experience on the Nord 2. And there is no 3.5mm jack.
Features – You get Camera2api support, so you can use GCam, there’s Widevine L1 for HD streaming..

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Unboxing EVERY ONEPLUS Smartphone EVER!

(upbeat electronic music) – What's up guys? Saf here on SuperSafTV and this is a very, very special video. With the help of OnePlus, I've managed to get a hold of every single OnePlus smartphone ever. What's really interesting is
that I've personally owned every single one of these
at some point or another, so in this video, we're going to go ahead and
unbox every single one of them. It will be a bit of a
trip down memory lane, and towards the end, there is going to be
an exclusive surprise, so stay tuned for that.

Don't skip towards the end. I've got an algorithm on this video, which will let me know if you've skipped, so you won't be able to see the ending unless you watch every
single minute of it. Okay, I totally made that
up, but nevertheless, it's going to be a very exciting video, so you're going to want to see it all. Let's get through it to it. Firstly, it is of course the OnePlus One. This is where the journey
really started in 2014. This device was dubbed the flagship killer and that is because it
offered flagship specs, but at around half the price. This started in the UK at 229 pounds.

You will see the box is quite flat, this is something that could pretty much fit through the letterbox, and that's because you
had a separate little box, which had the power brick, and here's where we also
saw the introduction of the red and white OnePlus theme. Here it is. This theme also continued
over onto the USB cable, which we still see to this
day with the red wire. It was actually flat
initially with USB type-A going to micro USB. And this is it, the OnePlus One. This sandstone back really
brings back a lot of memories. It was very unique, gave it a lot of grip and
a very different texture. The display, a 5.5 inch
full HD LCD display, which was really good for
this price, and for software, we had CyanogenMod. For those of you guys who
don't remember CyanogenMod, it was an open source OS that
was built on top of Android and it allowed lots of
little customizations, which people actually wanted, something that really
made the OnePlus unique.

Internally, this was powered
by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip set, which was the
flagship chip set at the time, with 3 gigabytes of RAM and either 16 or 64 gigabytes of storage. A single 5 megapixel
front-facing camera, a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with a 3,100 milliamp power battery. The OnePlus One, as well as being dubbed
the flagship killer, was also dubbed the best
smartphone that you could not buy and that was because it was only available on an invite only basis. In my opinion, this was
absolute marketing genius from OnePlus. A new player on the market
that nobody's really heard of, how do you get people talking about it? If you make it exclusive and
something that you can only get with an invite, invites
were given out as giveaways and if you did manage to buy one, you would get a couple of
invites to share with friends, and this really got a lot of people talking about the OnePlus One, but it also made it very
difficult to get ahold of.

My OnePlus One, I actually had to get it
shipped in from China and that had color OS on it and I had to kind of flash
it and get CyanogenMod on, but an excellent smartphone. I actually still see people using the OnePlus One to this day. Every one of my brothers had a OnePlus One because it was such an
affordable smartphone that offered everything
that you really needed.

Then in 2015, OnePlus
introduced the OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 2 also came with an option with this sandstone finish back, but what was cool about
the OnePlus 2 was that you could actually
remove these back covers and replace them with different styles. We still had a 5.5 inch
full HD LCD display powered by the Qualcomm
Snapdragon 810 chip set with 3 or 4 gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM and either 16 or 64 gigabytes of memory. A 5 megapixel front-facing camera, an updated 13 megapixel
rear-facing camera, this time with optical
image stabilization, and the OnePlus 2 also
introduced a few new things. Firstly, USB type-C. Back in 2015, pretty much
all devices had micro USB, even a lot of the flagships, and OnePlus really were one of the first to adopt USB type-C. It's funny because in 2020, there's still some
manufacturers using micro USB, which should definitely not happen. It also introduced the iconic
alert slider from OnePlus, something which we are very used to from OnePlus devices now.

This was the first OnePlus device with a fingerprint scanner here at the bottom, and most importantly, the OnePlus 2 was the first
device to come with Oxygen OS, OnePlus' very own skin
based on Android Lollipop. Oxygen OS had the aim to
improve Android by giving users a customizable, yet faster and smoother
software experience. You have to remember that back in 2015, most Android smartphones came with a very heavy cartoony looking skin, which had lots and lots of bloatware and then along comes
OnePlus with Oxygen OS, which is super clean, super light and very close to stock Android, but with useful features
such as a dedicated dark mode way before this was a
thing, app permissions, which were not available
on Android at the time, as well as onscreen navigation keys.

It still came in at a very
competitive 239 pounds, which was really, really
good, but once again, it was on the invite only system. I remember to get a hold of this myself, I had to get an invite from
a friend and then on my video that I uploaded with this, literally, every other comment was Saf, do you have an invite
that you can give me? It was in such high demand, but it was still on
that invite only system, which eventually did go. Next is a OnePlus device that
not everybody will know about because it was just one of its kind.

This is the OnePlus X, which came a little bit
after the OnePlus 2. This was an even more
affordable OnePlus device, starting at just 199 pounds, still very premium with a
metal frame and a glass back and an overall smaller form
factor with a 5 inch LCD full HD display and a lot of the specs that we had on the OnePlus One, so the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 3 gigabytes of RAM,
16 gigabytes of storage, a micro USB port, an 8
megapixel front-facing camera, a 13 megapixel rear-facing
camera, and like the OnePlus 2, it came with Oxygen OS out of the box. This was just one of its kind. It was only available in 2015 and then after, it was discontinued.

We didn't have OnePlus X1,
or X2 or anything like that. Then we move on to 2016
with the OnePlus 3. Gone is the invite system and now you can go ahead and pick this up, which I straight away jumped
on and got a hold of this. This was the first
OnePlus device to feature a full uni body aluminum design and it was also the first OnePlus device to feature an AMOLED
display, so gone is LCD, and now we have much better colors and deeper blacks with AMOLED,
a 5.5 inch full HD display. It was also the introduction
of dash charging from OnePlus, which was very fast charging, giving you a day's power in half an hour. That was the tagline. A 3000 milliamp power battery, the Qualcomm Snapdragon
820 chip set this time with 6 gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM and a base of 64 gigabytes
of UFS 2.0 storage.

8 megapixel front-facing camera, an improved 16 megapixel
rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization. Oxygen OS based on Android Marshmallow now with more customization options like configurable soft keys, quick wallpaper swapping
and shelf widgets, really making Oxygen OS
a more unique experience. This whole package was
still coming in at a very competitive 309 pounds, which was still around half
the price of a lot of other flagships at the time. Later that year, we had the
introduction of the T series, not the Bollywood music
channel, the OnePlus T series, and here we have the OnePlus 3 T. This was an incremental
update to the OnePlus 3 with a very similar overall
design, the same display, but some key improvements. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip set with now up to 128 gigabytes of storage, a larger 4,300 milliamp power battery as well as a high resolution
16 megapixel selfie camera. The OnePlus 3 T did
come in at a higher price, so this did start at around 399 pounds. Next we had the OnePlus 4. – There wasn't actually a OnePlus 4. – What do you mean there
wasn't a OnePlus 4? – I think it's because the number 4 is considered bad luck in
some cultures, so yeah.

– Yeah. I totally knew that. Anyway, 2017 and we have the OnePlus 5. I remember this device
very clearly because it was my first OnePlus video
to pass over a million views, but that's of course not the
only reason why I remember it. The OnePlus 5 was
the first OnePlus device with a dual rear-facing camera, so we had a 16 megapixel
primary camera with optical image stabilization
as well as a 20 megapixel telephoto camera with optical zoom, 16 megapixel selfie camera, once again, a 5.5 inch full HD AMOLED display with a fingerprint scanner here at the bottom. Powered by the Qualcomm
Snapdragon 835 chip set with either 6 or 8
gigabytes of LPDD4X RAM, 64 or 128 gigabytes of
UFS 2.1 2 lane storage. Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat, continuing the clean, close
to stock Android experience, but with even more new
features like a reading mode, which turn the entire
screen to gray scale, a blue light filter for
easier viewing in the dark and a do not disturb mode. I think this is really for
me the time when I started appreciating how fast and smooth the interface was with Oxygen OS.

An aluminum uni body,
which was very premium, with a 3,300 milliamp power
battery as well as dash charge. This came in at around 450 pounds. Later in 2017, we had the OnePlus 5 T, so another update to the OnePlus line, and now we're getting
really used to seeing 2 major OnePlus devices a year. You will see that although
the overall design language is quite similar to the OnePlus 5, we now have the fingerprint
scanner on the back. One of the main reasons
for that is this larger 6 inch AMOLED display
with much smaller bezels. Similar internals to the OnePlus 5, same front-facing camera, but the rear-facing camera
had a bit of a change-up. We had the same primary
16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, but the secondary camera
was a low light camera, which was a little bit
confusing as a secondary camera.

The OnePlus 5 T also
came with Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat, but with even more features like the introduction of parallel apps, allowing you to have multiple
instances of the same apps and a gaming do not disturb mode, which mutes your notifications to give you an uninterrupted gaming experience. The OnePlus 5 T still came
in at around the same price, so around 450 pounds, which was
definitely quite reasonable. Now we come into 2018
with the OnePlus 6. Although the design
language is quite similar, instead of an aluminum uni body, we now have a glass back. You'll also see that the
camera and the fingerprint is now all center aligned on the back, which gives it a lot more symmetry. 2018 was definitely the year of the notch, so we can see this notch here, but the bezels have
now shrunk even further and we have a 6.28 inch
full HD AMOLED display. Of course, the Qualcomm
Snapdragon 845 chip set with either 6 or 8
gigabytes of LPDD4X RAM, UFS 2.1 2 lane 64, 128 gigabytes, and also this time, up to
256 gigabytes of storage, a 3,300 milliamp power battery,
16 megapixel selfie camera, 16 megapixel primary rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, a 20 megapixel kind of
depth camera, I believe, and Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo, now with super fast face unlock
and an improved gaming mode, with the price now starting at 469 pounds.

The OnePlus 6 was
the last OnePlus device with a 3.5 millimeter jack. The OnePlus 6 T. Again, a similar design to the OnePlus 6 with the metal frame and the glass back. You'll notice, however, on the back, there is no fingerprint scatter and that is because this was
the first OnePlus device where the fingerprint scanner
was in the display. Having the optical in-display
fingerprint scanner meant that there was more tech that was
going inside the OnePlus 6 T, one of the reasons why the 3.5
millimeter jack was removed, and this also allowed
space for a bigger battery, 3,700 milliamp power.

Bezels also now smaller, so we do have a larger 6.41
inch full HD AMOLED display and this time, we've got
a smaller teardrop notch. The OnePlus 6 T also jumped
from Oxygen OS 5.0 to 9.0 to coincide with Android
Nine, Android Pie, now with adaptive battery
support, new gesture navigators, do not disturb mode with
adjustable settings, as well as gaming mode 3.0
with many more options, and we were looking at a
starting price of 499 pounds. Then we moved to 2019. What an amazing year 2019 was, right? You know, before the whole world
was on fire and everything. I mean, I'm fine. Everything's okay. I'm fine. But anyway, 2019 was the
first year when we had 2 OnePlus devices announced
at the same time, the OnePlus 7 and
the OnePlus 7 Pro. The OnePlus 7 Pro
did come in a regular as well as a 5G version. These devices were quite different. Starting with the OnePlus 7, an incremental update
to the OnePlus 6 T, coming in at same the price, 499 pounds. We still had the teardrop notch, a 6.41 inch full HD AMOLED display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip set, 6 or 8 gigabytes of RAM, 128 or 256 gigabytes of UFS 3.0 storage, 16 megapixel front-facing camera, 2 rear-facing cameras, a 48 megapixel primary camera with OIS as well as a 5 megapixel depth sensor, under 3,700 milliamp power battery.

The real star of the show was of course the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the OnePlus 7
Pro was really one of the biggest updates we had seen
from OnePlus in many years and that was mostly around
this beautiful display. This is a 6.67 inch quad HD plus display, so we have now gone
from full HD to quad HD. The bezels are absolutely
minimal, no notch, no punch outs. We've got a pop-up selfie
camera, but most importantly, this is a fluid AMOLED display with a 90 hertz refresh rate, and OnePlus was one of
the first manufacturers to introduce 90 hertz on
a mainstream smartphone and this really tied
in well with Oxygen OS on Android Nine, making
things very fast and smooth. Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 7 Pro also brought a built-in screen recorder, something which still wasn't
available on stock Android. It didn't stop there. As well as the 16 megapixel
pop-up front-facing camera, we did now have a triple
rear-facing camera setup, 48 megapixel primary camera,
now for the first time, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera and an 8 megapixel telephoto camera, so this really put it in line
with a lot of the flagships out there by giving us that
triple rear-facing camera setup.

You also had, of course, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip set with up to 12 gigabytes of RAM and up to 256 gigabytes
of UFS 3.0 storage. The combination of these
high-end specs, Oxygen OS, along with that smooth
90 hertz refresh rate made this one of the fastest
smartphones out there and even now, this is
absolutely fine to use. My brother still uses
this as his daily driver. The OnePlus 7 Pro
also saw the introduction of warp charge 30, 30 watt wide charging with a 4,000 milliamp power battery. The OnePlus 7 and the
OnePlus 7 Pro were also the first OnePlus devices
to support stereo speakers, something that we had been
asking from OnePlus for for a long time, so it was
great to see this here. The OnePlus 7 Pro
was priced at 649 pounds, which was still a very, very
good price for everything that you were getting. Now we move on later into 2019
and you'll notice that the box design has changed quite a bit.

We've got some messaging
here at the front. Here, we've got the OnePlus 7 T as well as the OnePlus 7 T Pro. Now the OnePlus 7 T Pro, very much an incremental update
to the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the OnePlus 7 T
was quite a bit different, so we'll have a look at the
OnePlus 7 T Pro first and then we'll look at
the OnePlus 7 T. The design, pretty much the
same as the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, the blue is slightly lighter, and the biggest updates
really came on the inside. First up, the 7 T Pro
has the 855 plus chip set, compared to the 855, making it 50% faster, and although the camera
setup is very similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro, we now see the introduction
of being able to use the ultra-wide 16 megapixel camera as a macro camera and being
able to focus right up close.

This is something that
I really liked about the OnePlus 7 T Pro. The OnePlus 7 Pro
also came with Oxygen OS based on Android 10 out of the box with an improved UI redesign,
enhanced location permissions, and new quick setting icon customizations. A slightly larger battery
with now warp charge 30T, which is around 23% faster
compared to warp charge 30. This started at around 699 pounds. The OnePlus 7 T. This was priced at around 549 pounds, but cutting back on some
of the features of the OnePlus 7 T Pro to achieve that price, firstly, with the display. A 6.55 inch display with 90 hertz, so we've still got that high refresh rate, but as you can see, we
do have a teardrop notch rather than the popup camera.

A 16 megapixel front-facing camera and a very unique looking
circular camera module here at the back with
a triple camera setup, 48 megapixel primary camera with OIS, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera, as well as a 12 megapixel
telephoto camera. For me, what was really
interesting about the OnePlus 7 T was that
even though it was priced at a very reasonable 550 pounds, you still had the triple
rear-facing camera setup. Not only that, this is powered
by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus chip set with
8 gigabytes of RAM and either 128 or 256 gigabytes
of UFS 3.0 storage. As with the OnePlus 7 T Pro, the OnePlus 7 T
did come with Oxygen OS based on Android 10 out of the box.

Now we come to the year 2020. I mean, it actually
started off pretty good, so let's not complain there. The OnePlus 8 and
the OnePlus 8 Pro. You'll see that the
boxes look very similar and the overall design of both
devices is also very similar. You'll see that we do have
a metal frame with this frosted glass back finish,
which I'm definitely a fan of, as well as the center
aligned camera modules.

Also from the front, I
almost forgot I had this. I made this wallpaper for the review. Anyway, as I was saying, from the front, very similar as well, curved displays, minimal bezels with a
punch out towards the side. However, the OnePlus 8
does have a 6.55 inch full HD 90 hertz AMOLED display
whereas the OnePlus 8 Pro has a larger 6.78 inch quad HD plus 120 hertz fluid AMOLED display. Both smartphones are very smooth and both are also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip set, both did come with Oxygen OS
10.5 on top of Android 10, and we did finally get an official IP 68 water and dust resistant rating
on the OnePlus 8 Pro. With the cameras, both have a 16 megapixel
front-facing camera. The OnePlus 8 has a 48
megapixel primary camera, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera, and this is also where we saw the 2 megapixel macro camera. I'm not going to give OnePlus
too much stick for it because they did help me find all of these phones, which was not easy, but you guys know exactly how I feel about 2 megapixel macro cameras.

However, the OnePlus 8
Pro did have the biggest leap in cameras for a OnePlus device. A primary 48 megapixel camera with OIS, a 48 megapixel ultra-wide camera, an 8 megapixel telephoto camera, as well as a 5 megapixel
color filter camera. The color filter camera was
definitely controversial after some people figured out
that it could see through thin materials and thin
plastics and things like that. All of that's covered in my
full OnePlus 8 Pro review. I'll link that in the cards
and in the description. The OnePlus 8 has a
4,300 milliamp power battery, does support warp charge 30 T, but the OnePlus 8 Pro
finally gave us what we had been asking for for a long time, so not only do we have warp charge 30 T on the 4,510 milliamp power battery, for the first time on a OnePlus device, we have wireless charging. Not only that, this is 30
watt wireless charging. Reverse wireless charging is also supported on the OnePlus 8 Pro. For pricing, the OnePlus 8
started at around 600 pounds whereas the OnePlus 8
Pro, in true flagship style, started at around 800 pounds.

That brings us on to the most
recent OnePlus smartphone at the time of this video. That is the OnePlus Nord. For me, the Nord has been
one of the best smartphones at this price, and that
price is 379 pounds. For that, you get a 6.44 inch 90 hertz fluid AMOLED display with minimal bezels and a dual punch out, so that does mean that you
get 2 selfie cameras, a 32 megapixel primary camera, as well as an 8 megapixel ultra-wide, a quad rear-facing camera setup, 48 megapixel primary camera, 12 megapixel ultra-wide camera,
5 megapixel depth camera as well as that 2
megapixel macro camera. Anyway, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip set, so 5G supported, 8 or 12 gigabytes of RAM, 128 or 256 gigabytes of storage, Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10 with a promise of 2
years of software updates and 3 years of security updates, a 4,115 milliamp power
battery with support for warp charge 30 T, and of course, Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10, and that gives it one of
the fastest and smoothest experiences that you're
going to find at this price.

That's all of the OnePlus devices so far, but I did promise you
an exclusive, didn't I? Inside this box is nothing, actually. It's not the OnePlus 8 T. I've not got it as yet. I'm not Marques. I've not been using it for a
couple of weeks now already, but I do have some exclusive information about the OnePlus 8 T. We already know officially
from OnePlus that the 8 T will have a 120
hertz fluid display. We also know that it will
support warp charge 65, which is twice as fast as
30 T that we have right now.

However, what I can now
tell you exclusively, so this is where you're hearing
about this first anywhere, is that the OnePlus 8 T
will be coming out of the box with Oxygen OS 11 based on Android 11, and that will make it one
of the first smartphones in the world that will be coming out of the box with Android 11. I have been using Oxygen
OS 11 for the past couple of weeks now, even though
I'm not Marques, but anyway, I've got the beta version
here on my OnePlus 8 Pro.

OnePlus have been working
on multiple software optimizations to further
improve the overall experience, particularly when it comes to using your device with one hand. If you remember my
OnePlus 8 Pro review, one of the pieces of
feedback I had in that video was that I would like OnePlus to improve the one-handed usage experience, and this really goes back
to the core of Oxygen OS, which is to take feedback
from the community fans, tech reviewers like myself,
and implement that for us. I can show you a few examples here. When you are in the gallery, for example, you'll see that we've got the heading and subheading here at the top, but I can easily access
everything here with one hand. I'm not going to have to use 2 hands or I have to do some gymnastics
to reach towards the top.

Another quick example, you can see here that
I'm in the settings menu and I've got the header portion here, but I can easily access
everything with one hand, so OnePlus has been working, doing lots of testing
with users to find out what the best way is to implement this. OnePlus engineers have also implemented as many as 142 software optimizations. This means with Oxygen OS
11 on the OnePlus 8 T's 120 hertz refresh rate display
will be very optimized, continuing that fast
and smooth experience. We also now finally have
an always on display with Oxygen OS 11, something that I've been
asking about forever. There we have it guys, every OnePlus smartphone
that we've had so far laid on the table side-by-side, first time I'm seeing it like this.

I'm sure it's the first
time you're seeing them all like this as well. Of course, there is going
to be a new addition to this family with the OnePlus 8
T in just a couple of weeks. If you want to see that coverage
first here on the channel, as soon as I'm officially
allowed to talk about it, then do subscribe and hit that bell icon. (bell rings) You're not going to want to miss out. Which OnePlus smartphone has
been your favorite of all time? Do let me know in the comments below.

I think for me personally,
it's probably the OnePlus One, the OG, but after that, it'd probably have to be
the OnePlus 7 Pro. I hope you enjoyed this video as much as I enjoyed making it. If you did, then do hit
that thumbs up for me. Thanks for watching. This is Saf on SuperSafTV
and I'll see you next time. (upbeat electronic music).

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Introducing the OnePlus 7 Pro

What does it take to be truly innovative? It all starts before you wake Introducing the OnePlus 7 Pro We set out to create a fully captivating experience With a powerful Dolby Atmos
sound from top to bottom And an immersive display that redefines
the term bezel-less on mobile devices Couple that with a 90 Hz refresh rate
and you can scroll smoothly through your favorite apps Or play the most intense mobile games available
with no compromises That's because we put more computing power
into this device than ever before Now you can move seamlessly between apps with software that anticipates your next move Our adaptive brightness feature gives your eyes the least strenuous experience possible No matter the shot or scene
the OnePlus 7 Pro is up to the task That's because we've added 3
rear camera lenses To make sure you're capable
of catching every moment And, of course,
we didn't forget the selfie camera Power through your day and night
worry free Because with Warp Charge
you're good to go in 20 minutes That means your phone is ready before you are And the camera capabilities don't
diminish when the sun goes down Thanks to our nightscape feature you'll be able to take gorgeous photographs no matter the time of day That's the OnePlus 7 Pro Our most advanced phone ever

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Sony Xperia 1 review: a tall order

The thing that I like about Android is there can be so many
different kinds of phones, just a lot of weird choices. But lately, it seems like
there are really only two choices, at least in terms of screen size. There's regular and there's extra large, which is why I was so excited
to try this phone right here, the Sony Xperia 1. I mean, just look at this good tall boy. It's got a 21:9 aspect ratio, which makes it relatively
narrow and super, well, tall. I think it's a fascinating phone, and it's way nicer than
I expected it to be. But I don't think it can
really justify its $950 price. Let me tell you why. Now, a lot of people would
like to have a big-screened phone, but they're put off by
how big these phones feel.

And that's the reason I like the Xperia 1. It has a big screen, there
is no doubt about it. It's 6.5 inches. But it's quite a bit narrower
than this OnePlus 7 Pro here. So you get the benefits of
seeing more stuff on your screen, like on the web or on Twitter, without the drawback of
feeling like you have a big honking glass slab you can barely wrap your fingers around. This phone is also really good if you like to do split-screen apps, which… I don’t know, I guess
people still do that. I never do. Anyway, it's nicer to hold, but that doesn't make
it a one-handed phone by any stretch of the imagination.

You're still going to need
to use your second hand to reach the top of the screen. Sony has a couple of
software tricks that help with how tall this phone is, but neither of them are great. You can double tap the home button to make a smaller version of the screen. Or there's this other thing with… Er, wow. What are you
doing there, Chuckles? Huh. Sorry, let's back up. Or you're supposed to be able to tap either side of the screen or swipe on it to do other stuff. It's called Side Sense,
and it kind of sucks. I can never get it to
work when I want it to, and it pops up all of the time when I don't want it to.

Now the reason that Sony
says it made this phone at this weird, tall aspect ratio is for watching movies, and Sony says that it
has a 4K HDR OLED screen. It also has, quote, “professional
level color reproduction.” So it can be in the DCI-P3 color gamut. It can also be in the BT.2020 color space if you care about that. And it has the D65 white point. There's this whole “Creator Mode” thing. Basically, Sony is
trying to make this phone appeal to people who really
care about video quality, both watching it and recording it. But Sony, the thing is, if you're going to do that, this screen should get way brighter. It is way more dim compared
to other OLED screens. Anyway, yeah, I will say
watching a 21:9 movie on this phone with its Dolby
stuff, without letterboxing or weird camera cutouts, is great. But the truth is that most
of the video that I watch is not 21:9.

It’s stuff on YouTube, and so I still end up
having big black bars on the left or the right. Or, if I expand it full screen, I end up cutting off people's heads. Now, I do think this phone is pretty good from a build quality perspective. It's got Gorilla Glass and IP68. It's got some bezels,
but they're not too big, and it's just nice to hold. But, you know, of course
there's no headphone jack. But there's no getting around how it being this tall
makes it really awkward. It's so tall, it couldn't
fit in my pocket. I was sitting down, and it just slid right out of my pocket and clattered on the concrete, which is why there are dings on the edges of the
phone on our review unit, which is sad. The buttons are also awkward.

They're all on the right side of the phone and, I don’t know, the fingerprint sensor is separate from the power
button for some reason. And sometimes it gets a little dirty and you have to wipe it off
before it will actually work. I do like that there is
a dedicated camera button. But overall, when I'm
trying to use this phone, I just end up hitting the wrong button, like, all of the time.

On the back, there are
three 12-megapixel cameras. There's a regular, a 2X
telephoto, and a wide. Sony put some nice optical
image stabilization on the main lens, and you know what? Finally, Sony has made
a phone with a camera that's pretty good. It's not quite as good as a Pixel 3 or a OnePlus 7 Pro to my eyes, but it's finally respectable.

I do wish that the
telephoto was more than 2X, but the wide angle one, it's really fun. I kind of love it. But I don't love Sony's camera software. The wide angle thing makes you pick between prioritizing image
quality or distortion. The auto made doesn't do HDR by default, and there's just a bunch of other settings that just really look
and feel kind of silly. Anyway, let's get into the results of what I actually get
out of these lenses. I think that Sony
prefers leaving detail in, even though that also
leaves in a bunch of noise. It also doesn't do as
aggressive HDR as I would like unless you have to, you
know, manually turn it on.

But the thing that did surprise me is that even though there's
no dedicated night mode, sometimes it actually
really nails it anyway, even if it's incredibly dark. Now, you can shoot 4K, and
that's one of the reasons this phone exists. And so Sony also
included a Cinema Pro app that lets you really dial
in all these manual settings for shooting 4K video. Unfortunately, the 8-megapixel camera on the front is junk.

It's really not good. I don't know, man. If this phone didn't cost $950, I'd probably be a little
bit less nit-picky, but you know what? It does. So I am. In terms of software and performance, I actually don't have a ton of complaints. It's a fairly clean version of Android 9 with just a few bells and whistles. It has a Snapdragon 855 processor so it's fast, and there's 6GB of RAM, which is decent, but not stellar. I am a little bit grumpy that there's only one storage option:
128GB of storage. If you're going to want more, and especially if you're
going to want to shoot 4K, you're going to need to expand it. And you can because there's
a microSD card slot. Battery life is
average-ish for big phones. I'm getting over four hours of screen time, and it's lasting through a day, but there's only a 3,300mAh battery in here, and I kind of feel like that's not enough.

I would be happier with that if there was wireless
charging on this phone. But no, there's not. It does do fast charging, but one neat thing Sony does is it won't fast-charge when it knows that you’re charging overnight, which helps with the overall
life span of the battery, which means it should last longer, a year or two for now — at least in theory. Now, after all that, if you're still interested in this phone, you should also know
that Sony as a company has kind of been deemphasizing phones since it hasn't been
really successful with them in the past few years.

And that kind of makes sense, and I also think it makes sense for Sony to try something new and move into this niche
of making tall boys, like this guy right here. Now, of course, you can spend less money and get a better phone
like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but what you can't get is any other phone in this tall aspect ratio, so I like the idea of this form factor. I think that it should exist in
the world of Android phones. So I'm glad that Sony's
trying to make 21:9 happen. But I don't know that I'd
recommend this particular phone to anybody. If you really, really,
really love the tall screen or you really love what
Sony does with video, then maybe.

But there's no getting around the fact that this is an expensive phone. For $950, I expect more,
and you should, too. Hey, thank you for watching. Do you want a tall phone? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you're wondering if
there are other tall phones, we did review the Xperia 10 last month. It's kind of the same idea but cheaper and also, it's really bad for a whole other set of reasons.

But if you want to see a
review of a good big phone, click here..

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