OnePlus News Daily Dose #8: OnePlus 7 design concepts, visual voicemail bug, giveaway delays and more!

In yesterday’s daily dose of OnePlus News, we discussed about a widely circulated pic of alleged OnePlus 7 and highlighted the shortcomings of it.

In short, we debunked the ‘leak’!

https://twitter.com/Steven_Sbw/status/1095740960573538304

OnePlus fans are eagerly waiting for the new release(s) of 2019 from the Shenzhen based OEM and we are also part of that crowd. Speculations and rumors are tangible at this moment, thus we have decided to look into appropriate places.

OnePlus was co-founded by Pete Lau and Carl Pei who worked for OPPO. I’m not gonna repeat the age-old saga of subsidiaries, shell companies and relation with BBK Electronics – but the historical similarities between OnePlus and OPPO phones are astonishing.

OnePlus’s debut phone was OnePlus One, which was largely based on OPPO Find 7/7a. The Chinese version of OnePlus One even came with OPPO’s ColorOS.

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OPPO Find 7
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OnePlus One

In the subsequent year, OnePlus launched OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. The later was directly influenced by OPPO A30, whereas the former shared design elements with Find 7 lineup once again.

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OnePlus X

For OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, they chose OPPO’s R series. Take a look at OPPO R9/R9 Plus and decide yourself:

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OPPO R9 Plus
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OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 5 vs. OPPO R11, OnePlus 5T vs. OPPO R11S, OnePlus 6 vs OPPO R15 Pro and lastly OnePlus 6T vs OPPO R17 – the legacy just continues.

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OnePlus 6T
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OPPO R17

It is logical to assume that the next in OPPO’s R series will be baseline of the design of OnePlus 7. However, there are some changes at OPPO’s side.

Shen Yiren, the VP of OPPO, announced that OPPO would drop R19 and opt for a flagship powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform. In fact, OPPO launched Find X as a new flagship carrying Find brand after a while and already applied for trademark for ‘Find Z’ at European Union’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Will OnePlus 7 follow OPPO Find X’s motorized camera sliding mechanism? Or will Find Z introduce another engineering marvel which will eventually molded into OnePlus 7? Only time will tell.

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OPPO Find X

Popular concept video maker Concept Creator produced another outstanding video, which actually makes the game of speculation more clumsy.

The new video is the successor of the older one that we talked about in our second daily dose. This one once more highlights the 3.5 mm headphone jack which is too good to be true.

https://twitter.com/getpeid/status/973745407208468485

OnePlus faced a lot of community backslashes after removing the headphone jack from OnePlus 6T. It will be huge if OnePlus brings it back with OnePlus 7.

The concept also shows a triple rear camera setup with a little bump, which has a uncanny resemblance with OPPO F11 Pro. OPPO is currently teasing this phone with utmost passion.

F11 Pro features a pop-up selfie cam, which is not present in the concept video. The maker rather opts for a punched hole design.

Enough speculations! Shall we move it to some real world materials?

Several O2 users from UK have complained that the Visual Voicemail option is getting automatically turned on after upgrading to Android Pie based OxygenOS 9.x. Even after deactivating it manually, it keeps turning itself on.

https://twitter.com/jenidreadful/status/1088795345180680192

Consumers of Tesco Mobile, an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) working on O2’s network, are affected as well. A bug report has been filed in the feedback section of OnePlus forum, but no one from OnePlus bug hunter team has responded yet.

The carrier is also clueless about the situation.

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Moving on, we shift our focus on another fascinating affair in the OnePlus subreddit (r/oneplus). The community is entirely unofficial, but OnePlus guys often collaborate with them.

To celebrate the subreddit reaching 100,000 subscribers, OnePlus provided some goodies to the admin team for organizing a giveaway.

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The event was over and the name of the winners were announced almost a month ago. Problem is, OnePlus has not delivered the items to the winners till now.

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Even the mods are clueless, as OnePlus has stopped responding.

Comment from discussion .

A quick search reveals many such incidents, where unnecessary delays were made while distributing the gift items or goodies.

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Example

Logistical glitches? Probably the most used excuse ever. ?

Did you participate in that giveaway? Let us know by commenting below.

Meanwhile, I’m calling it a day – see you guys tomorrow!

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Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.