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OnePlus 3 Soft Gold launch dates announced

OnePlus 3 Soft Gold launch dates announced

No one really knew, or probably bothered, about the different shades of gold (not grey) until Apple decided it was time to go with a dash of pink. Since then, we've seen various permutations of Rose Gold, Pink Gold, and now, Soft Gold. This last color is what OnePlus has confirmed to be coming for the OnePlus 3, to add a somewhat luxurious spin to a wallet-friendly but premium flagship smartphone. Those who are enamored with this new tone won't have to wait long, as the OnePlus 3 Soft Gold launches tomorrow, or next week, depending on where you are.

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OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus definitely dodged a bullet on this one. The relatively small Chinese company was one of the few Android manufacturers to jump on the new USB Type-C train with the OnePlus 2. However, it missed to get a perfect score when Google engineer and USB-C Crusader Benson Leung revealed that the company's USB-C accessories weren't up to spec. Now it's the OnePlus 3's turn to almost get a scathing review because it didn't support USB Host Mode, a.k.a. USB OTG, right out of the box without flipping a switch.

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OnePlus 3 reported to have worse battery life after update

OnePlus 3 reported to have worse battery life after update

It seems that OnePlus' woes with the otherwise delectale OnePlus 3 are far from over. The company just recently rolled out, pulled, and then rolled out again an update that addressed many of users' complaints about the smartphone, particularly about RAM management and sRGB support. And while those seem to have been resolved as promised, it might have come at a price. Some users, whose exact numbers have not been revealed, are reporting a faster battery drain after installing the update, seemingly forcing them to trade one bug for another.

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OnePlus: the unexpected rise of a new superstar

OnePlus: the unexpected rise of a new superstar

There are literally dozens of smartphone brands in the market today, even more so in China, where the mobile market thrives on cheap components and knock off designs. That is why very few smartphone makers from that region ever gain international renown. Even the likes of OPPO and Vivo, long time players in this game are overshadowed by the big league players. So when a never before heard Chinese startup named OnePlus dared to challenge the status quo, some wonder if its execs were smoking something. It turned out, it wasn't all hot air after all.

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OnePlus 3 OTA rollout begins anew with OxygenOS 3.2.1

OnePlus 3 OTA rollout begins anew with OxygenOS 3.2.1

OnePlus is definitely working overtime to ensure that its recently launched OnePlus 3 doesn't get drowned in controversy and bad press, despite already encountering hurdles in just a few weeks. The OxygenOS 3.2.0 OTA that was supposed to address some complaints had to be abruptly pulled out due to equally serious issues. Now the company is rolling out update 3.2.1 to both continue the previously halted update as well include fixes to the broken updates, though it hasn't responded to some other concerns raised in the previous OTA.

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OnePlus X goes out of stock, goes bye-bye for good

OnePlus X goes out of stock, goes bye-bye for good

With OnePlus taking hit after hit of negative publicity with the OnePlus 3, first due to hardware issues, then with an unavoidable UK price hike, the startup is probably hunkering down on its resources and shedding excess baggage. Sadly, that means something has to give and in this case it is the OnePlus X that is apparently taking the fall. User reports are coming in saying that the mid-range smartphone is marked out of stock in almost all markets. And those who still have pending orders are being informed that those stocks will no longer be replenished and they will be given refunds instead.

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OnePlus 3 is king of AnTuTu’s Top 10 smartphones for 2016

OnePlus 3 is king of AnTuTu’s Top 10 smartphones for 2016

OnePlus may be having a bit of a hard time since it launched the OnePlus 3 last month, but it has gotten some reprieve in at least one corner. Popular benchmark maker AnTuTu has just released its chart for the Top 10 Performance Smartphones for the first half of 2016, and the OnePlus 3 is leading the pack, tough not by a wide margin. Considering the criticism the smartphone got over its less than desired RAM management, some might actually doubt those results.

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OnePlus 3 UK price hike starts July 11, OTA put on hold

OnePlus 3 UK price hike starts July 11, OTA put on hold

Things don't seem to be looking good for OnePlus, both in the UK and everywhere else. As it had earlier predicted, the economic repercussions from the "Brexit" vote will have an impact in the price of its new OnePlus 3 flagship. That is indeed the case and the company is confirming that starting July 11, those putting in an order for the OnePlus 3 will be facing a higher 329 GBP price tag than early birds who already bought or pre-ordered the smartphone.

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OnePlus 3 OTA goes out to everyone to fix display, RAM woes

OnePlus 3 OTA goes out to everyone to fix display, RAM woes

True to its word, OnePlus has indeed finally made available the update that will bring the features that the Interwebs has been crying for. The latest OxygenOS 3.2.0 OTA for the OnePlus 3, among other things, adds an sRGB mode to the device and promises to have an improved RAM management for its ample 6 GB of memory. Whether that finally puts an end to the series of criticisms that both the flagship and the company as well have received ever since the smartphone launched last month.

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OnePlus 3: Brexit may force price increase

OnePlus 3: Brexit may force price increase

The surprising ‘Brexit’ vote may force OnePlus to increase its prices, the company said in a statement. Note, that price increase hasn’t happened yet, and if it does come about (hint: it probably will), it’ll be one of the “hard choices that need to be made,” per OnePlus’s statement. The reality of the situation — that is, the impact Brexit has had on the Pound — will in all likelihood result in the company’s second-ever price increase, though.

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OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

Today we're having another look at the insides of the OnePlus 3. Thanks to a helpful anonymous friend who's supplied photos, we've got a deep-dive look at the insides of the OnePlus 3 and some insight into how easy it will be for an at-home repair person such as yourself to go ahead and replace broken bits. Today we're looking at the motherboard and all the fun little parts attached to it. Behold how similar this device is to the rest of the battlefield.

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OnePlus 3 UK rollout experiencing delays, vouchers issued

OnePlus 3 UK rollout experiencing delays, vouchers issued

OnePlus proudly announced before launching the OnePlus 3 that they were finally doing away with invitations once and for all. The teething pains that necessitated that queuing system no longer exist. Or so OnePlus thought. It seems, however, that OnePlus still has a few lessons to learn in supply and demand. It has just apologized for and explained the delays that its UK customers are going through and offering discounts for their next purchase as compensation for the delay and stress it has caused.

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