Rumours counsel OnePlus 9RT will arrive in October

New information suggests that OnePlus will be releasing another phone this year, though it might not be the phone you thought.

Since we already know that there will be no OnePlus 9T this year, and OnePlus itself has taken a new approach when it only released the OnePlus 8T and not the 8T Pro, people were wondering what new phone would be on the cards for 2021.

As reported by Android Central, it seems that in October OnePlus will be debuting the OnePlus 9RT, which will be an update to the OnePlus 9R and only be available in select markets. This also seems like the only phone that OnePlus will be releasing this year, with no new devices aimed at the high-end segment planned.

As for what we know about the phone, we can imagine since the 9RT will be the big brother of the 9R, it will likely have similar specs. It’s suggested the new smartphone will have the same 120Hz AMOLED panel and a slightly more impressive version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870.

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The 9RT should also have a 4500mAh battery with 65W charging, which is the same as the 9R. But there should be some improvements, noticeably the camera, with the new phone getting the 50MP Sony IMX766.

The new phone in the OnePlus 9 Series also is being rumoured to be the first OnePlus phone to run OxygenOS 12, based on Android 12, straight out the box.

Currently, OnePlus uses Colour OS as the base for Oxygen OS, which we can already see in action on the Nord 2. Oxygen OS 12 helps bring together OnePlus and OPPO’s software, so we’ll have to see how it fares on the 9RT when it comes out.

It does seem, however, that the OnePlus 9RT will only be available in certain markets, with the first being China and India, similar to the 9R. It looks like there will not be another phone up for grabs in Europe or North America this year, so anyone in those regions will have to hold out until next year.

Steve Jobs was planning an iPhone Nano

Resurfaced emails have confirmed that Steve Jobs and Apple were working on an iPhone nano back in 2011.

It seems that the iPhone family tree could have looked much different, as in 2011 there were rumours Apple would be working on the iPhone ‘nano’, which would have been a smaller and cheaper alternative to the iPhone 4, the flagship Apple phone at the time.

According to a recent report by The Verge, despite the fact the iPhone nano never saw the light of day, old emails were uncovered that proved Steve Jobs was looking into the possibility of a nano phone at one point.

The email, unfortunately, doesn’t give us much information on what the aforementioned phone would have looked like, but there is a sub-section for the ‘iPhone nano plan’ and ‘cost goal’, so it seems that the idea was likely still in very early development.

Credit: The Verge/Apple

Looking at the email above, it seems that there was a possibility of an “iPhone model based on iPod touch to replace 3GS,” though it’s not totally clear what iPhone model they were referencing.

Around this time period, the iPod nano was still going strong with the 6th generation model, so it would have made sense to utilise some of that branding and use it on the line of iPhones.

However, we haven’t heard anything about an iPhone nano since, and the last iPod nano debuted in 2015 and was discontinued in 2017, so it’s safe to say that whatever power the nano used to hold has gone now.

Instead, Apple took a turn and started branding its tech as ‘Mini’, which has bought us such devices as the iPhone 12 Mini and the HomePod Mini, so if you’re after a smaller version of some of Apple’s flagship products, it seems like you’ll have to make do with Mini and not nano.

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When will Apple ditch Lightning on iPhone?

A new proposal from the EU might force all mobile manufacturers to use the same charging ports across all new devices.

For the longest time, Apple has set itself apart from most other mobile manufacturers by not having the standard USB-C port on its phones, opting instead to use its proprietary charger, the Lightning connector.

However, a new EU proposal may force Apple to go the way of Android phones, as a new legislative proposal will be presented next month by the European Commission that will require all mobiles to have a standard charging port, as reported by Reuters.

We also saw similar proposals in 2018 and 2020, the latter going through with a vote which overwhelmingly saw the EU pushing for a global charging port, with 582-40 votes in favour of scrapping the Lightning adaptor.

But, for anyone that’s been paying attention to Apple recently, it seems it’s still not switching to USB-C, and there has been no mention of it appearing on the next iPhone.

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There also hasn’t been any official reports that suggest that it would have to be a USB-C charger that becomes the global standard, however, given that almost every mobile phone and laptop use them, including the MacBook and iPad lines, it wouldn’t be an unreasonable compromise.

It’s no surprise that Apple is vehemently against any move away from what it’s used to, with its defence in 2019 being that proposals like this stifle innovation, are bad for the environment and disrupt customers.

We reached out to Apple, and it said the company had nothing to contribute at the moment.

But, as of right now, there doesn’t seem to be any law being confirmed and Apple haven’t been able to write up how it feels on the matter, so only time will tell if the Lightning connector gets to stick around or if we’ll all be going the way of the USB-C.

Trusted Take

I don’t think that changing over to USB-C would cause massive disruption, it wouldn’t take long before everyone was familiar with a new charging port and it would be nice to use one cable for all your devices.

Plus, if every mobile manufacturer switched to USB-C, maybe we could go back to the time where companies actually included a charger with the phone since Apple and Samsung have since stopped that practice.

Google Pixel 6 may be getting a 50MP digital camera

As the Galaxy Watch 4 gets Google’s Wear OS, it seems that Pixel will be borrowing some camera tech from Samsung.

A few days after the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 launch, some light has been shed on Google’s soon-to-be-released phone, the Pixel 6.

As reported by Android Central, it seems that the Pixel 6 will feature a Samsung-made camera, as a string of code was spotted in the latest Android 12 beta 4 update. Pixel phones have previously used Sony sensors.

The code reads gn_wide_p21, which many have said links to Samsung’s GN1 sensor in Google’s upcoming phone. It was posted on Twitter recently.

Credit: Twitter

The Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro were teased by Google, but no information about the camera specs was revealed, with the company just claiming that there would be two sensors on the 6 and three on the 6 Pro.

It was rumoured that both models would feature a 50MP wide sensor, as Google did claim the 6 would be capable of capturing 150% more light.

If Google does choose to implement a Samsung camera in its newest phones, it could be a marked improvement from the Pixel’s current camera of choice, which is a 12.2MP Sony sensor.

With the two companies already teaming up to develop Samsung’s newest smartwatches operating software Wear OS, it wouldn’t be too incredulous to suggest that future Pixel phones might feature more Samsung tech.

The Pixel 6’s Google Tensor chip is apparently built by Samsung, based on its 5nm process, and the modem is also rumoured to be Samsung as well.

At this point, we don’t know all the details about Google’s flagship phone line, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if Samsung has a hand in a few of the tech aspects, and we’ll have to wait until Autumn is upon us to find out more.

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Some Galaxy Watch 4 could possibly be Android' s Apple Watch – Skilled

The team-up between Google and Samsung might be what finally knocks the Apple Watch Series off its throne.

Samsung has been busy recently, with the launch of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3, alongside other items like the Galaxy Air Buds 2, the company has been working hard on a lot of new projects.

Samsung’s latest wearable, the Galaxy Watch 4, comes from a team-up between Google and Samsung, bringing Wear OS to the Android smartwatch.

We asked some experts what they thought about the latest Galaxy Watch and how it could help Samsung and Google finally get a leg up on Apple’s wearable line.

Did Samsung and Google do enough to give Wear OS a fighting chance against the Apple Watch?

“It is too early to say. But it is a win-win situation for both Samsung and Google. Samsung’s smartwatches have struggled with developer and app support and Google has that in abundance. Google has struggled with hardware. A partnership gives Samsung the app support that comes with Google and gives Google the hardware expertise of Samsung,” Anisha Bhatia, Senior Analyst at GolbalData told Trusted Reviews.

“Collaboration also allows them access to non-Apple customers that was denied to them due to Android fragmentation. Volumes will bring in scale, cost efficiencies and more developers, which is what both Google and Samsung need to become viable competitors to Apple.”

Other experts agree that while it is too early to say for sure, the team-up between Samsung and Google should be a good thing for the future of the Galaxy Watch 4.

“If we look at the Apple Watch’s success, it’s built on seamless interoperability with the iPhone, giving users the knowledge that their smartwatch will just work with their phone, with no hassle. In contrast, Samsung and Google are trying to appeal to a wider base,” Leo Gebbie, principal analyst, Connected Devices at CCS Insight revealed to Trusted Reviews.

“For example, will using the Watch4 with a non-Samsung smartphone deliver a premium experience? Will people with other Android-powered smartphones – for instance, OnePlus – be aware of the benefits of a Wear OS device as opposed to a OnePlus watch?

“It’s a far trickier message for Google and Samsung to pitch to customers, and until Wear OS becomes more widespread and consistent, it will likely remain hard to communicate.”

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It is assumed that the team-up will also mean that the Galaxy Watch 4 could be the Apple equivalent but for Android.

“Regarding software, third-party apps have been a challenge for almost all smartwatch makers aside from Apple. Samsung is looking to have cracked this with the reignition of their partnership with Goggle, providing users with a wealth of familiar apps from Google Play,” Jack Hamlin, Global Client Manager at Kantar Worldpanel told Trusted Reviews.

“This development makes Samsung Galaxy Watch an extremely compelling choice for Android smartphone owners, in many ways making it the ‘Apple Watch’ of the Android world.”

How do you see Wear OS devices doing in the next year?

“We have seen increased sales and engagement in the wearables category following Covid. Wear OS devices’ sleek design and third-party app support will stand them in good stead for success in the coming year,” Hamlin continued to say.

“However competition is set to intensify, Google’s acquisition of Fitbit has sparked rumours of a possible Pixel watch, which would directly compete with the Wear OS series.”

While the experts agree Samsung’s newest wearable will do well, it will have to overcome strong competition from Apple’s wearables, such as the Apple Watch 6.

“This year, I expect the Galaxy Watch 4 to perform well. However, it’s very difficult to say how other Wear OS devices will perform, because we still don’t know exactly what devices will use it,” Gebbie went on to say.

“Google has confirmed that some Mobvoi TicWatch and Fossil watches will support the new software, but these are fairly small players in terms of shipments. I’m also expecting to see new Fitbit devices running Wear OS but little is known about these right now.

“Ultimately, I think it could take some time before we’ll have any indication of the level of success that the new Wear OS has achieved, but Google and Samsung have invested heavily and are certainly in it for the long haul.”