(upbeat techno music) – What's up, guys, Saf here on Supersaf TV, and this is the Legion Phone Duel 2. One of the first videos with this in the world, so a thumbs up for your boy would be appreciated. Big thanks to Lenovo for getting this to me early, as well as sponsoring this video. So the Legion Phone Duel 2 is a smartphone built from the ground up for gaming, and it offers a few things which you're not going to find on any other device. Let's go ahead and get it unboxed. So inside the box, as well as the device, you do get two USB type C cables and a 65-watt charger with two USB-C ports.
We'll talk about this a little bit later. You also get a USB type C to 3.5-millimeter converter, some paperwork, and a clear case. And here it is. You'll notice right away that this has been built for landscape mode to make the most out of your gaming. We've got the RGB logo here at the back. This has 16.8 million colors, and with the Legion Assistant app, the colors can be set to react in real time. Now let's take a look at the display. So we do have an in-display fingerprint scanner, and we have a 6.92-inch AMOLED display with 144 Hertz refresh rate. It supports HDR10+, has 1300 nits of peak brightness. However, what's unique about the Legion Phone Duel 2 is a world-leading 720 Hertz touch sampling rate. Now this not only makes things very smooth, but it also makes things very responsive, and if you are playing a game that can support the touch sampling rate, you'll really notice the difference.
Now of course, we've got the latest and greatest in terms of the specs. So this is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chip set. We've got 12, 16, or up to 18 gigabytes of LPDDR5 RAM. We've got 256 or 512 gigabytes of UFS 3.1 storage. So obviously it's going to be right up there in terms of performance, but the Duel 2 has a few features that will help it maintain that peak performance when you're gaming for long periods of time. We've got the Advanced Technology Architecture 2.0 design, and this optimizes its heat management through an improved internal layout, massive vapor chamber, and integrated cooling fans to deliver peak performance at all times.
We've also got the world's first active twin turbo-fan cooling system. The dual fans work together as a push/pull system to force the cool air flow through the independent copper wind tunnel. This tunnel is connected to the large vapor chamber via two copper pillars, increasing thermal transfer performance. Now you may have seen other gaming devices which have a separate attachment for a fan, but the Duel 2 has this all built in in a compact form factor. Now for the controls, we've got an Octa-Trigger console controller-like experience. So we've got four ultrasonic shoulder keys, there's two rear touch points, as well as two in-display force touchpoints. So you can customize all of these controls to give you that gaming edge. Now for software, we've got Android 11 with a very light skin, so everything is very close to stock Android. However, we've got some customizations which really help you get the most out of the Duel 2. There's the Legion Assistant app, which gives you real-time performance metrics, one-click ultimate performance mode called Rampage, which will give you the maximum performance based on the hardware, as well as fan speed control.
We've then got the Legion Realm network, which will help you share experiences, videos, screenshots with other Legion gaming fans, and also give you access to Lenovo's support system. Now of course, with the visuals, you're going to want great audio, so we do have dual stereo front-firing speakers with large chambers, and these are equivalent to dual 1.6cc speakers. And there's also low-latency Bluetooth low-energy audio if you are going to be using some wireless headphones. Now let's move over onto the battery, or should I say, batteries.
We have a total of 5,500 milliamp hours, and this is actually split into dual batteries, firstly for better weight distribution when you're gaming, but also for faster charging. So you saw earlier on that we do have two USB-C ports on the 65-watt charger, and we've also got two USB type C cables. Now, the Duel 2 has two USB type C ports. One is here at the bottom, and one is on the side. Now we've got a few advantages because of this layout. The side USB type C port allows you to have the device plugged in when you're gaming, so it's not going to interrupt your gaming or come in the way. But also, with the 65-watt included charger you can plug in both USB-C cables into the device, giving you dual turbo charging. This will charge the device from zero to 50% in just 12 minutes. There is also a 90-watt charger available, and with that you can get from zero to 100% in 30 minutes. And if we compare this to a 4500 milliamp hour single battery on a device with 120-watt charging, this will still be faster because it's filling up both of those cells at the same time.
So you'll be able to get around 4500 milliamps in just 17 minutes. Now for safety, we do have a battery protection system giving you three layers of protection. There's bypass charging, which allows the phone to switch to the power provided by the cable exclusively instead of the battery, avoiding the heat generated through charging or draining that could impact the smartphone's performance during gaming sessions. Slow charging recognizes when fast charging is not required, lowering the charging performance to prolong battery quality and lower internal temperatures.
Overcharging protection monitors the battery and charging performance to ensure that, once the battery is full and the phone remains plugged in, the charging stops and the system switches to bypass charging. Now let's talk about the cameras. So we've got a dual rear-facing camera setup, I like that Lenovo haven't just put some cameras in here for the hell of it, all of these are useful. There's a 64-megapixel primary camera, and this can shoot HDR10 as well as raw images and 8K at up to 24 frames a second. We've then got a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera with a 123-degree angle of view. And then we've got a 44-megapixel livestreaming pop-up selfie camera. Now, this is very interesting because it's actually placed up here.
So you'll see, it's just popped up, and again, it is placed in landscape mode so it's not going to be off to the side or something, and it's going to give you the best viewing angle when you are gaming and livestreaming at the same time. Also, an additional bonus of a popup camera is that, when you're not using it, it is completely hidden, so you don't have to have any concerns over privacy. Now with the AI capabilities of the Snapdragon 888, the Duel 2 can perform real-time back on replacement as well. So that is the Legion Phone Duel 2, one of the most powerful gaming smartphones out there. If you want to see the latest pricing and availability and want to find out more, there will be a link down below in the description.
What do you guys think of the Legion Phone Duel 2? Do drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed this video and found it useful. If you did, then do hit that thumbs up button for me, and if you haven't already, then be sure to subscribe and hit that bell icon so you don't miss any future coverage. Thanks for watching, this is Saf on SuperSaf TV. I'll see you next time. (smooth techno music)
(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).
– What's up, guys? SuperSaf here, and believe it or not we're almost halfway through 2021 already. Time really does fly. And, so far this year we've had some amazing smartphones already. Now, like I've been doing for the past few years, halfway through the year I do give you my top five personal picks of the year so far. Now, before we get into the list, a few disclaimers. I've tested a lot of smartphones this year, but obviously I've not tested every single one. So there may be a smartphone that you think should have been featured, which hasn't been. That's absolutely fine. Please drop that in the comments below and I'll try to test it out and include it in the final end of year list. Second disclaimer, this is my personal top five list.
It might be different to your list. That's absolutely fine guys. We can still be friends. There's no need to fight. Please drop your top picks down in the comments below. This list is in no particular order. I'm just giving you my top five. And because this list is of devices released in 2021, there are no iPhones in this top five list. Yes, we did have the purple iPhone 12, but that's just a different color. It doesn't really count as a different smartphone. If you must know, the iPhone that I use most is the iPhone 12 Pro Max. I've had it since the day it was released. I really like the cameras, they're very consistent. It's got some of the best video on any smartphone right now and it's got excellent battery life.
Now there's definitely room for improvement. We don't have the best display on the iPhone. There's lots of other smartphones, this year especially, that do overtake the iPhone in terms of display with high refresh rates. And the iPhone that I think most people will opt for is the iPhone 12. I've covered both the iPhone 12 Pro Max as well as the iPhone 12 in separate reviews. I'll link those in the comments and the description. And if you are thinking about buying an iPhone, personally speaking, I would recommend you wait a few months.
September is likely when we're going to be hearing about the next new iPhones, the iPhone 13s. So it might be worth just waiting a little bit longer unless you get a great deal. Now, with all of that out of the way, let's go ahead and get to the 2021 top five list. So, the first smartphone on my list in no particular order, is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Now the S21 Ultra came out very early this year and it has been the Android smartphone that's been in my pocket for the longest period of time.
And that's because Samsung really did take a lot of feedback from users on the S20 Ultra and pretty much improved everything that we had asked for. So we've got an excellent display with 120 hertz. We've got a very unique design, which we don't really see on any other smartphone, with a camera module really blending into the sides. And I'm a little bit biased but the matte black version looks absolutely stunning.
We've got excellent overall cameras with, in my opinion the best zoom on any smartphone right now. 10x obstacle zoom, which can be extended quite a bit. Now, we no longer get a charger included out of the box which isn't great for a smartphone of this price. And the charging is also not the fastest out there. It's only 25 watts wired charging. And this year we no longer have a MicroSD card slot. Something that a lot of people are used to on Samsung Galaxy devices. But, regardless, it's an excellent smartphone and I can easily recommend it. Right, moving on. The next smartphone on my list was also a smartphone that came up pretty early but has kind of got forgotten a little bit and that is the Oppo Find X3 Pro. Now Oppo really did try to tick all of the boxes with this device.
We've got an excellent display. We've got some great overall cameras and what's quite unique is that we have the same sensor for the primary as well as the ultra wide camera, which you don't really see on many of the devices. And we also have the world's first microscope camera on a smartphone. Now this is something that I initially thought was a bit of a gimmick, but after using it, I actually found I was using it more than the telephoto camera. Just kind of getting my camera close up to things and really being able to see the details is just so, so much fun. There's also 65 watt charging included out of the box with 35 watt wireless charging. And it's also quite compact for a full size flagship. It's only around 8.26 millimeters thin, which makes it a lot lighter and a lot easier to use compared to some of the other flagships out there. Now, of course it's not perfect. There's definitely room for improvement.
I think the selfie camera could be improved, it's only 1080p and with the design, although the way the camera module rises up is quite unique, the overall design does look very similar to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. I also think the device is priced slightly high, especially if we compare it to the next smartphone on this list and that is the OnePlus 9 Pro. Now OnePlus and Oppo are partner companies so we do see a lot of similarities, especially from the front. The displays look almost identical. This is not a bad thing. We do have 120 hertz on both displays and they're very good. The OnePlus 9 Pro, however does come in quite a bit cheaper compared to the Oppo Find X3 Pro. And for that, you're not really missing out on too much. You do get a premium built design Warp Charge 65T included out of the box with support for wireless charge 50T, which is very, very fast.
And although the internals are very similar to other flagships out there, what you find with the OnePlus 9 Pro is that, thanks to OxygenOS, it is very, very fast and smooth. We also have some big improvements for the cameras this year on the OnePlus 9 Pro with the ability to record 8K from both the primary as well as the ultra wide camera. And we have this massive Hassleblad partnership which in my opinion, didn't fully live up to the hype and although the cameras have improved with time with software updates, I still think that the Hassleblad partnership fruits will be seen a few years down the line.
Now the front facing camera is still not good as with the Find X3 Pro, it's just 1080p but overall, the one plus nine pro is a great package. Now, before we move on, if you're enjoying this video so far, please do consider subscribing to the channel. Around 60% of you watching are not subscribed. What's that all about? Do subscribe, hit that bell icon, so you don't miss future coverage like this. Right, now the next smartphone on my list I mean, it's complete overkill, it ticks pretty much all of the boxes and that is the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. Now this device arguably has one of the best displays on the market right now. Definitely one of the brightest displays out there with 1700 nits. You've got 120 hertz refresh rate with 480 hertz touch sampling. It's got a very premium ceramic build. You've got 67 watts wired charging included but you've also got support for 67 watt wireless charging, some of the fastest wireless charging you're going to find out there.
You also get a secondary display on the back which can be used as a viewfinder for the rear facing cameras, which means you can get some very high quality selfies. Now, the cameras overall, in my experience did not live up to the hype. Yes, they have been improved over time, but things like the 120X at the back on a zoom camera that only has five times optical zoom capability in my opinion, was just bad at marketing. I mean, sure, the Zoom's good, but it doesn't not compare to the zoom on something like the S21 Ultra. Now moving on, the final smartphone on my list. This was definitely very difficult to choose, but I think it's going to have to be the best compact Android smartphone out there, in my opinion and that is the ASus Zenfone 8. Now this was a bit of a surprise from ASus. Traditionally we've had the flip, which we still have but the Zenfone 8, for me, was a device that comes in at a very competitive price point with pretty much all of the internals that you have on any other flagship.
There's really not many compromises made. You've got 120 hertz display. You do have a respectable 4,000 milliampere battery with 30 watt charging included out of the box and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack which you're not going to find on any other smartphone on this list. So, very impressive there. Now, you don't get wireless charging included and it can seem like a pretty basic phone. It's not got any bells and whistles but if you are after a compact flagship smartphone, then the Asus Zenfone 8 is an easy recommendation. Now, I do have lots of honorable mentions because there's so many great smartphones that I have used. We do have the gaming smartphone, such as the ROG Phone 5, the pro the one that I liked best, which was the ultimate edition 144 hertz display, 6,000 milliampere battery with lots of triggers for gaming. And then we also had the Legion Phone Duel 2, which, in my opinion, is more of a gaming device than a smartphone.
And that's because it's really been built for gaming completely in landscape, including the pop-up selfie camera, 144 hertz display, a built-in fan to keep your device cool after long gaming periods, as well as two USB ports, which you can use simultaneously for dual turbo charging. This just absolutely blew my mind. The ability to plug in two USB-C cables to up to a 90 watt charger which give you some very, very fast charging. We also had the ASus Zenfone Flip, which allows you to use the rear facing cameras as front facing cameras with 8K video recording. Overall, a great smartphone.
The S21 as well as the 21 Plus, which offer a lot of features that the S 21 ultra offers, but at a lower price, even compared to last year. We've also had the Vivo X60 Pro as well as the X60 Pro Plus. Very promising devices, which unfortunately, I have not had a massive amount of time to play with. And let's not forget some of the budget options that we've had this year, such as the Realme 8 Pro which I was very impressed with. 108 megapixel camera, 50 watt dock charging included out of the box, all for under 300 pounds. We also had the Poco F3 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, 120 hertz refresh rate, again coming in at around 300 pounds, which is absolutely insane.
And then I also got to test out the Infinix Note 10 Pro which is a device that retails for around 259 dollars, has a 90 hertz display, 256 gigabytes of storage with 8 gigabytes of RAM at that very competitive price. I mean, I could potentially do a separate video altogether for the top five budget smartphones. Definitely let me know in the comments below if you'd like me to do that. And that is my top five list with the honorable mentions. What are your favorite smartphones of the year so far? Do drop those in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed this video and found it useful. If you did, then do smash that like that for me. And if you haven't already, then be sure to subscribe and hit that bell icon. We are going to be having the end year full roundup as well as the SuperSaf Style collaboration with all my friends, which you definitely don't want to miss. Thanks for watching. This is Saf on SuperSaf TV. I'll see you next time..
The Samsung galaxy s 21 series is finally official I’ve had an early first look and here’s everything you need to know what’s up guys saf here on supersaf tv and it looks like pretty much all the leaks and rumors were spot on accurate but uh now we have the official information we can break everything down look at the differences between the devices and hopefully by the end of this video you’ll know which one to go for so as expected we’ve got three new Samsung galaxy s21s there is the s21 the s21 plus and the s21 ultra the s21 is the smallest with a 6.2 inch display the s21 plus has a 6.7 inch display and the s21 ultra the largest with a 6.8 inch display all devices have small bezels with an Infiniti or punch out they all have gorilla glass vectors they all have dynamic amoled displays and they all have a maximum refresh rate of 120 hertz the similarities stop there however the s20 1 and the s21 plus are quite different otherwise compared to the s21 ultra let’s break down all of the differences firstly the brightness the s21 and the s21 plus have a peak brightness of 1300 nits the s21 ultra does have a peak brightness of 1500 nits 1300 is more than good enough but 1500 just means that the s21 ultra will be better to view outdoors the s21 and the s21 plus also have a full hd plus resolution the s21 ultra has a quad hd plus resolution now this is the first time in many years that Samsung has gone back on the resolution on one of their s devices so it might be disappointing for some of you however i think for most people it should be fine if we do go back to last year and take a look at the likes of the s20 series as well as the note 20 ultra all of those although they did have quad hd plus resolution you could only have that resolution at 60 hats as soon as you wanted to switch to that smoother 120 hertz you would drop down to full hd plus resolution and personally speaking on my note 20 ultra which I’ve been using since last year it has been on full hd and it’s been generally absolutely fine so this is going to come down to your personal preference if you do want all the bezel and whistles then the s21 ultra is the one to go for and for the first time on a Samsung device the s21 ultra also can support 120 hertz with quad hd plus resolution so you can have that high resolution with that high refresh rate also the s21 ultra does have the ability to switch between 11 or 120 hertz making it a lot more efficient the s21 and the s21 plus however can only switch between 48 and 120 hertz so although you do have that adaptive refresh rate it’s not going to be as efficient as the s21 ultra and the final difference between the displays is something that you might actually prefer on the s21 and the s21 plus and that’s that they have a flat display whereas the s21 ultra does have some curves on the side now this is something that Samsung has had for quite some time but it looks like they are starting to move away from it i think it’s going to come down to personal preference some people do prefer curved displays some people do prefer flat displays now let’s move on to the design and the build so Samsung has now updated their design and we have the camera modules kind of melting in to the edges of the devices and we do have metal frames across all the devices however there are some key differences in terms of the material the s21 plus and the s21 ultra do have glass panels on the back whereas the s21 standard has a plastic back what Samsung like to call glastic so it’s not going to be as premium as the s21 plus and the s21 ultra again i think this is going to come down to personal preference most people do tend to put their device in a case and if that is the case for you case case for you then i don’t think it’s going to be that much of a big deal because you’re not necessarily going to be feeling that all the time and having used the Samsung galaxy s20 fe for the past few months i can tell you that personally speaking it’s not a big deal for me it might be for you now all three devices do have an ip68 water and dust resistance rating which is always nice to have and they all have a matte finish which I’m a big big fan of in previous years Samsung has usually offered matte as well as glossy backs but this time we have got matte across the board now we’ve got some different color options there’s four color options available for the s21 three color options available for the s21 plus and two color options available for the s21 ultra and the flagship color for the s21 and the s21 plus is the phantom violet which let’s be real let’s just call it the thanos edition perfectly balanced [Music] it looks like there are lots of marvel fans in Samsung’s design team now let’s move over on to the cameras so we do have more differences here the camera module on the s21 ultra is much larger compared to the s21 and the s21 plus that is because it has more cameras initially let’s look at the s21 and the s21 plus they have the same cameras there’s a 10 megapixel selfie camera and then we have a triple rear facing camera setup there’s a 12 megapixel ultra wide camera a 12 megapixel primary camera and then a 64 megapixel telephoto zoom camera which is going to give you three times optical zoom now the camera setup seems very similar to what we had on the s20 series last year but the s21 ultra is really where we have a lot more of the improvements firstly there’s a 40 megapixel selfie camera and on the rear we’ve got quite a few cameras we’ve got four cameras in total as well as a laser autofocus sensor let’s break these cameras down so we’ve got a 12 megapixel ultra wide camera now the key thing here is this camera has dual pixel autofocus which we don’t have on the s21 and the s21 plus and this is going to allow you to also use the ultra wide camera as a macro camera so when you do get to subjects around 10 centimeters or closer then it’s gonna switch to focus and you’ll be able to get some really nice macro shots now this isn’t the gimmicky 2 megapixel macro cameras that we’re talking about this is actually going to be using the 12 megapixel ultra wide camera sensor to focus in closer we’ve seen something like this on the oneplus series as well as a few oppo devices and it’s something that i really really do like we then have the primary 108 megapixel sensor now this is the same size as what we had last year but it is an improved sensor which is supposed to give you three times more dynamic range and it’s also capable of capturing 12-bit raw files it also has optical image stabilization and it’s going to use the laser autofocus sensor to help it focus which was a problem with the s20 so it’s nice that Samsung has improved this and then we have two telephoto cameras there is a three times as well as a 10 times zoom camera both have optical image stabilization as well as dual pixel autofocus now this is a similar setup to what we’ve seen on the Huawei p40 pro plus last year and it just gives you a lot more scope with your zoom you’re not just stuck to one extreme or another Samsung has said that they’ve also improved the zoom so we do have a zoom lock feature which kicks in when you are zooming in at extremes you can zoom all the way up to 100 times which i’m still not too keen on but of course guys we are going to be doing a supersaf style camera comparison as soon as we can definitely let me know in the comments below which device you’d like me to compare the s21 ultra cameras to first and also be sure to subscribe and hit the bell icon if you haven’t already now we’ve also got some improvements for videos so firstly we do have 8k at up to 24 frames a second as we did have last year this is across all the s21 series devices but we now have 4k at 60 frames a second across all of the cameras of the s21 ultra we also do have 4k up to 60 frames a second on most the s21 and the s21 plus his cameras except the telephoto camera the telephoto camera does not have 4k60 that only goes up to 4k 30 frames a second I’m not sure how much of a big deal that’s going to be for most people but it’s nice to see that consistency at least on the s21 ultra there’s also a lot of new software features one of those is directive view which will give you some more advanced features for the cameras and also let you preview the different lenses before you do switch to them we’ve also got single take 2.
Which is going to use multiple cameras to put together a piece for you i personally don’t use this that much myself but we’ll see how much it’s been improved and we also have vlogger view which will let you capture video from the front and the rear facing cameras at the same time now let’s move on to the performance so the s21 series as we’ve seen previously from Samsung will vary depending on your region some reasons we’ll be getting the QUALCOMM snapdragon 888 chipset other regions will be getting Samsung’s exynos 2100 now the 2100 was announced by Samsung a few days ago and it does seem to have lots of improvements compared to last year but we’re gonna have to wait until I’ve got the devices in hand both the UK version and the us version so i can really do more of a comparison for longer term usage make sure you are subscribed to see that as soon as i can get hold of the QUALCOMM version i will be doing lots of tests for storage and ram the s21 and the s21 plus come with eight gigabytes of ram the s21 ultra does come with 12 gigabytes of ram so it is going to be a multitasking beast and for storage we do have 128 and 256 gigabytes across all devices and the s21 ultra does come with a 512 gigabyte version ufs 3. 1 storage but as you may have already heard there is some bad news the s21 series does not have a micro SD card slot rip to the micro SD card slot should we should we have a moment of silence for it no no right so when it comes to the micro sd card slot personally speaking because of the differences of speed based on its 3.1 storage and even some of the fastest micro sd card slots I do see why Samsung has done this but let me know what you think one of the positives that we do have is that Samsung is only going to be charging around 50 pounds more if you do want to go for the 256 gigabyte option so I think that is pretty reasonable if we look at it that way I’m not defending them again let me know what you guys think for software all devices do come with androids 11 out of the box with Samsung’s one ui 3.1 and all of the devices also have a brand new fingerprint sensor it is the QUALCOMM 3d sonic sensor gen 2.
Now this is 1 times larger compared to the previous generation and it’s also 50 faster this is something that I’m really looking forward to i really do like good in-display fingerprint scanners and this improvement is definitely welcomed the s21 plus and the s21 ultra also have ultra wideband technology and this will allow a few things Samsung have talked about using the devices as a digital touchless key for your car there is improved android auto and there’s also integration with smart things from Samsung so you’ll be able to get some smart tags to be able to locate them much more easily the s21 ultra also comes with some unique features which you won’t get on the s21 and the s21 plus firstly we do have hyper fast wi-fi 6e which can give you up to four times faster Wi-Fi speeds and the s21 ultra as you may have already heard does have support for the s pen this is the first time we’ve got s pen supports on a galaxy s device and this isn’t going to be included it’s going to be an accessory that’s sold separately bundled with a case because there is no space in the s21 ultra for the s pen like you have on the note series I’m not sure of the exact pricing as yet for the cases but i really think this is a good move from Samsung because it does bring the s pen which i personally use all the time to the galaxy s series but it is optional so it’s not something that you have to have to have all devices do have stereo speakers and let’s move on to the batteries so based on the size of the devices of course the s21 does have the smallest battery 4 000 milliamps the s21 plus has a 4 800 milliamp battery and the s21 ultra with the biggest 5000 milliamp hour battery all devices do support up to 25 watt fast charging up to 15 watts wireless charging they will also have reverse wireless charging where you can use the devices to charge maybe some galaxy buds or another device altogether but none of the devices come with a charger or earphones out of the box now this has been something that’s been rumored for some time but it’s now officially confirmed Samsung is not including this and i mean it’s controversial personally speaking i do use wireless charging mostly so not having a charger is not the biggest deal for me the problem i do have is the fact that Samsung wore taking digs at apple just a few months ago when apple didn’t include a charger and this is something that you know really does work me up I’ve gone on about this in a full rant in my podcast on supersaf speaks shameless plug there why not if you do want to hear that podcast then I’ll be linking that down below let me know what you guys think of Samsung not including the charger out of the box one thing that might help the blow of not having a charger out of the box is the fact that the s21 series is priced lower quite a bit lower actually compared to what the s20 series came in at last year so the Samsung galaxy s21 is going to be starting at 800 or 769 pounds the s21 plus will be coming in at a thousand dollars or 950 pounds the s21 ultra starts at 1300 or 1150 pounds which is at least in the uk significantly lower compared to what the s20 ultra came in last year in terms of the release date you can pre-order now 29th of jan is the official release dates but obviously before that we are going to be doing lots more coverage here on the channel unboxing camera comparison hands-on if you want to see all of that content first you know what to do hit that subscribe button and that bell icon so you don’t miss any of that coverage that’s coming up what do you guys think of the Samsung galaxy s21 series will you be picking one up which one would you be picking up definitely drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts i hope you enjoyed this video and found it useful if you did then do hit that thumbs up button for me thanks for watching this is saf on supersaf tv and I’ll see you next time you