Smartphone giant OnePlus made a name for itself in the industry by creating good phones with top shelf specifications and selling them at a relatively cheaper price. Ever since the first flagship killer phone was launched in 2014, OnePlus mobiles have built a loyal consumer base which increased with every new release.
This flagship killer company has been giving tough competition to smartphone market giants such as Apple and Samsung. Post releasing their latest phone OnePlus 5T last year, the company is gearing up to reveal the next model OnePlus 6 very soon. Here’s what we know about the device so far.
Name and Release Date
The company will stick with its tradition and name the phone OnePlus 6 like every device before. The phone, however, may be released earlier this year as rumors began popping up well in advance. With the previous releases, OnePlus has always released the first model in June, following it up with the ‘T’ version in November. This year, users may not have to wait until June for the first model.
The OnePlus 5T supported a 5.5 inch full HD display, the OnePlus 6 may feature a 5.7 inch display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Images leaked in February featured the OnePlus 6 phone having a glass back which could mean the flagship killer is finally getting wireless charging. OnePlus’ dash charger is one of the most loved and distinctive features of the phone. Wireless charging would only add to this feature. However, there has not been any other news to verify this piece of information. Along with a glass back, if the leaked images are to be believed, then the famous dual camera has also been moved to the middle of the back panel, above the fingerprint scanner.
OnePlus 5T was launched with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. The OnePlus 6, however, may be launched with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with an AnTuTu score of 276,510. If these rumors are true, the OnePlus 6 will be the fastest phone at the moment surpassing the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S which has a purported AnTuTu score of 273,741. The AnTuTu score gives Android devices an overall numerical score as well as individual scores for each test it performs. These tests include testing different parts of a device, such as how fast a phone’s storage performs.
This latest smartphone will run on Android v8.0 (Oreo) and will be powered by Octa core processor paired with 8 GB of RAM. While multiple rumors suggest the OnePlus 6 may have an iPhone X like notch, Carl Pei tweeted against it.
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) February 24, 2018
However, a tweet cannot be taken as an official statement. So the ‘notch’ may actually become a reality. Whether the company will also be featuring a Face Unlock like the iPhone X is yet to be seen. In terms of battery, gadgets review website, GadgetsNow reported, this new phone may have a 3500 mAh battery. The phone will also support a Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass and Gyroscope. All the users who love the OnePlus camera have one more thing to look forward to. The OnePlus 6 may come equipped with a 23 MP camera with a dual LED flash and 16 MP dual lens camera on the front.
Finally, OnePlus mobiles are known for providing the best specifications at much lower price points. That being said, every new iteration has seen an increase in its price. If the company sticks to the trend, then OnePlus 6 may be the first phone to be launched above the $500 benchmark.
Let us know what you think about this flagship killer in the comments section! Stay tuned to this space for more information.
Suki: This Startup Wants To Transform Healthcare With Its Artificial Intelligence Tool
We live in a rapidly transforming era where humanity is making exponential leaps in technology. Thirty years ago, no one would have believed you could talk to an online voice assistant to create tasks and get things done. Ten years ago, no one would have believed humanity would land robots on Mars. Technology truly has improved the quality of living of every human who owns a smartphone and has access to an internet connection. Voice assistants are slowly replacing manual tasks and making lives easier and efficient. Siri, Alexa, Google Voice Assistant are just some of the widely used artificial intelligence based tools which are employed on a daily basis. Artificial intelligence, which is hailed as the technology of the future is now slowly making its way into much more complex domains like self driving vehicles, quantum computing and also health care.
Suki, a United States of America based startup founded by Punit Soni, developed their own voice assistant which runs on artificial intelligence to simplify healthcare for doctors and other healthcare professionals. In simple terms, Suki is akin to Siri for doctors. While you could order a pizza or schedule an appointment on Siri, doctors could modify, edit and add health records of their patients. Suki is a powerful tool to help doctors with documentation of health records which often take hours of their (doctors) time.
Suki currently focuses on documentation but has the potential to expand its usage to data queries, ordering, prescribing and billing. According to a white paper published by Suki, using its technology increases the time a doctor spends with a patient by 12% by cutting note taking time by 76%. The time which is saved also brings in a financial benefit of $30,000 more in revenue a year on average for doctors.
Suki raised a $ 20 million Series B round from Flare Capital Partners, First Round Capital, and Venrock, doubling its total funding to $ 40 million since its 2017 launch. Suki is also looking to expand its reach in India and has decided to establish Bangalore as their base of operations. India holds a lot of potential for Suki considering the amount of manual work which goes into almost any sector.
It would be interesting to watch how Suki and other similar AI based startups would transform healthcare across the world.
Leher Versus Clubhouse: Which Audio Listening Startup Would You Choose?
Clubhouse is a new type of social networking platform which is an audio only platform. This means every conversation takes place through audio where users speak to let their thoughts known. Users can create and host rooms where speakers will talk about a particular topic. Originating in the Silicon Valley, Clubhouse attracted some major names onto its platform like Elon Musk, Evan Williams, Reddit co founder Alexis Ohanian, former Y Combinator President Sam Altman, AngelList co founder Naval Ravikant, Ashton Kuthcer, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Kevin Hart and many others are some of the influential personalities who are on Clubhouse. There is however a catch as Clubhouse is currently limited to iOS.
Leher is an Indian made alternative to Clubhouse and is a similar audio sharing and listening startup. Leher also has video support unlike Clubhouse and is also available for both Android and iOS. However, Leher does not have the biggest names in the world on its platform but it does have significant micro influencers and is growing at a rapid pace. Within 180 days of its beta version launch, the company claimed to have its users spend about 44 minutes every day and 250,000 minutes per month for live video sessions.
We at Startup Stories are curious to see which among Leher or Clubhouse would our readers choose to take part in a virtual discussion. Please let us know your answer in the poll below.
Facebook Launches BARS For Creating Raps To Counter TikTok’s Growing Popularity
Facebook is leaving no stone unturned to tackle the surging popularity of the Chinese video making app TikTok. As part of its redoubled efforts Facebook is launching a new app named BARS which could be used to create and share raps. The core idea behind the app is rappers could focus on creating content without having to worry about investing heavily in production and equipment.
Facebook said, “Audio production tools can be complicated, expensive and difficult to use. With BARS, you can select one of our professionally-created beats, write lyrics and record yourself dropping bars (sic.)” The company also added, “BARS auto-suggests rhymes as you’re writing to keep your flow going. You can also jump into Challenge mode and freestyle with auto-suggested word cues. Choose from a variety of audio and visual filters to take your creations to the next level (sic.)”
The app is now available in the Apple App Store in the United States of America. The invites for using BARS would be sent out in batches beginning in the USA and then expanded worldwide.
This would be the second app which Facebook is launching to counter TikTok’s growing popularity. Instagram Reels was the latest offering from the photo sharing platform Instagram (owned by Facebook) and was launched as a replacement for the video sharing application TikTok. TikTok was enjoying an unrivalled popularity in India as it became a means to keep boredom at bay during the nationwide lockdown which was imposed in light of the COVID-19 virus. However, the Indian government announced that it would ban 59 Chinese applications in which TikTok was one, along with WeChat, Helo, Cam Scanner and many others. This left a sudden void in video making applications, and Instagram realised the need for urgency to capitalize on this void. Therefore, Instagram immediately pushed their latest feature Instagram Reels which lets its users create 15 second videos with music from Instagram’s database. These videos look very similar to the ones made on TikTok and has gained a lot of popularity in India where Tik Tok continues to be banned.
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Google also took advantage of the Indian Government’s ban of the viral application TikTok. Google introduced a new feature on YouTube called YouTube Shorts. The feature for all intents and purposes mimics the same features TikTok used to provide. The new feature mimics many of TikTok’s most popular features, allowing users to make and post 15 second videos with built in creative tools encouraging them to add licensed music and more.
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