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Oh boy! OnePlus can’t stop doing weird things. The smartphone industry is never static. (The image above is self-translated, so don’t condemn the word too much …)
- OnePlus has announced a product launch for the OnePlus Ace, its new product line, the announcement is set for one week: April 21, in China.
- Quote: “According to the brand, the Ace line (yes, there will be more Ace brand OnePlus phones in the future) will focus on high-end textured design, reliable quality and robust performance.“
- Pictures of the phone, a new logo and some details have been revealed: OnePlus has confirmed that it will pack a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chip, and it is charging very fast and (arguably unnecessary) 150W.
- Unofficially, the tip is that Ace is effectively a beef-up version of the OnePlus 10R, released only in India.
- It also looks a lot like the Realme GT Neo 3, which has another Oppo brand and the same space.
- The Chinese launch tells us a lot, but leaves a gap, we don’t know if it is coming with more widespread availability.
- It’s really funny that OnePlus says its new phone is focusing on design, performance and quality. It’s not that OnePlus phones didn’t focus on these things!
- So what’s really going on?
- The OnePlus brand is now being used in Xiaomi style: Xiaomi uses its Redmi and Poco sub-brands, revealing a wide variety of similar phones, with minor differences in software and marketing, as well as regional availability.
- Realme must be the main Oppo effort to do this, it has been seen as a direct Redmi competitor.
- Now, OnePlus, with its relatively high brand reputation, is the next work horse.
- Why a little hard to explain: Maybe the new Oppo-OnePlus leadership thinks the OnePlus has unnecessary potential. Perhaps the idea of selling more devices in the US is a strategy, and China launches provide a low-risk option to get feedback and market appetite.
- Maybe something else! Whatever the exact reason, it will be difficult to keep up with the new OnePlus.
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Official: The Poco F4 GT will arrive later this month (Android Authority).
Big sound in that small package, because Sonos bought Mayht with $ 100M (TechCrunch).
Windows 3.1 6 April 30 years back. Amazing.
Windows 3.1 has a long history How-to geek Introducing elements such as the Windows Registry, and the things we still use:
- It first launches CTRL + C and CTRL + V shortcuts for copying and pasting.
- It also adds TrueType fonts, comes with a screensaver, and has a media player.
- Perhaps most memorable, it has two (!) Games already installed: Solitaire, similar to Windows 3.0, but it booted the reverse game for the iconic Minesweeper. Good choice!
Tristan Rainer, Senior Editor.