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Oh boy! OnePlus can’t stop doing weird things. The smartphone industry just never sits still. (The image above has been machine translated, so don’t judge the wording too much…)
OnePlus announced a product launch for the OnePlus Ace, its new product line, with the announcement for a week: April 21 in China. Quote: “According to the brand, the Ace line (yes, there will be more Ace-branded OnePlus phones in the future) will focus on premium textured designs, reliable quality and strong performance.” Pictures of the phone, a new logo and a few details were released: OnePlus confirmed that it will pack a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chip, and will provide blazing fast and (arguably unnecessary) 150W charging. Unofficially, the tip is that the Ace is in fact an upgraded version of the OnePlus 10R, which will only be released in India. It is also very similar to the Realme GT Neo 3, another Oppo brand, and has the same specs. The launch in China tells us a lot, but leaves a gap, we don’t know if it will come with greater availability. It’s really nice that OnePlus says its new phone focuses on design, performance and quality. It’s not that OnePlus released phones that weren’t focused on these things!
So what’s really going on? The OnePlus brand is now used in the Xiaomi style: Xiaomi uses its sub-brands Redmi and Poco to release a variety of similar phones, with slight differences in software and marketing, as well as regional availability. Realme would be Oppo’s main effort to do so as well, seeing it as a direct Redmi competitor. Now, with its relatively high brand prestige, OnePlus is the next workhorse. Explaining why is a bit tricky: perhaps the new Oppo-OnePlus leadership thinks OnePlus has untapped potential. Perhaps the idea of selling more devices in the US is the strategy, and the launches in China provide a low-risk option to get feedback and feel the market readiness. Maybe something else! Whatever the exact reason, it will be difficult to adapt to this new OnePlus.
To round up
🆕 Breaking: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share so it can be “turned into a private company,” which would cost about $43 billion in total, minus what Musk already owns. Interestingly enough, he did not tweet this (CNBC).
👉 Official: The Poco F4 GT will be released later this month (Android Authority).
🔊 Bigger sound in smaller packages as Sonos buys Mayht for $100 million (TechCrunch).
Windows 3.1 turned 30 on April 6. Astonishing.
Windows 3.1 has a lot of history dug in by How-To Geek to bring elements like the Windows Registry to the world, and things we still use today:
It first introduced the CTRL+C and CTRL+V shortcuts for copy and paste. It also added TrueType fonts, came with screensavers and also a media player. Perhaps most memorable, it came with two (!) games preinstalled: Solitaire, like Windows 3.0, but it booted the Reversi game for the iconic Minesweeper. Good choice!
Tristan Rayner, editor in chief.
This post Daily Authority: ♠️ OnePlus what now?
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