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OnePlus 8 Review: the good quality / price ratio of the high-end

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INTRODUCTION

We tested the OnePlus 8. Performance, screen, battery … here is our full review of the new Chinese smartphone. OnePlus 8 review

OnePlus kicks off 2020 with two new smartphones that look very similar, the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro . The first relies on continuity and takes a lot of the OnePlus 7T Pro , but for a few tens of euros less (699 instead of 759 euros). But on a daily basis, what is it really worth? Is it interesting to change if you have a previous generation? Is he at the same time efficient, autonomous and good at photography? This is what we will see in this OnePlus 8 review.

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Our REVIEW of the OnePlus 8 Pro

 

 ONEPLUS 8 REVIEW VIDEO

 

ONEPLUS 8 TECHNICAL SHEET

Model OnePlus 8

OS version Android 10 Q

Manufacturer interface OxygenOS

Screen size 6.55 inches

Definition 2400 x 1080 pixels

Pixel density 402 dpi

Technology Super AMOLED

SoC Snapdragon 865

Graphics Chip (GPU) Adreno 650

Random access memory (RAM) 8 GB, 12 GB

Internal memory (flash) 128 GB, 256 GB

Camera (back) Sensor 1: 48 Mpx

Sensor 2: 16 Mpx

Sensor 3: 2 Mpx

Camera (front) 16 MP

Video recording 4K @ 60 IPS

Wireless Wi-Fi 5 (ac), Wi-Fi 6 (ad)

Bluetooth 5.0

Supported bands 2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)

NFC Yes

Fingerprint sensor Under the screen

Ports (inputs / outputs) USB Type-C

Drums 4300 mAh

Dimensions 72.9 x 160.2 x 8mm

Weight 180 grams

Colors Black, Blue, Green

Price $699

Product sheet

This REVIEW was carried out with an 8/128 GB smartphone which was given to us by OnePlus.

A DESIGN … BY ONEPLUS

Since the OnePlus 5T having signed the transition to borderless , the one who took it into his head to “kill” the flagships has only changed its design by small touches, refining it here and there to adapt to the new technologies available and the new needs of its fans. Also, it is not surprising that at first glance the OnePlus 8 shouts “  OnePlus  ” in our face, almost exactly taking up the profile of the OnePlus 7T Pro.

It is a little less wide (72.9 mm), a little less high (160.2 mm) and a little less thick (8 mm), but it looks almost identical if you look at its back with its triple photo module arranged vertically on the upper half of the hull. Two small details differentiate the two cameras: first of all the logo, more subtle, and the absence of the laser sensor used for autofocus. OnePlus 8 auto focus

 

Note that the 8/128 GB model that we received is only offered in “Onyx Black”, a shiny black that marks fingerprints relatively difficult. Difficult is however not impossible, far from it. Fortunately, it cleans up with a quick swipe of a cloth, whether it’s a soft cloth intended for or your T-shirt of the day. Eyeglass wearers will understand.

Although the photo module is a little protruding, it is almost imperceptible in everyday life. Even when you type a message while the phone is placed on a table, it does not start to rock as hard as a boat in a storm, like some people (hello 8 Pro).

The front on the other hand is a bit more square with slightly less pronounced curvature angles, making it much less like the frame is overlapping the displayed area, although this may still be the case in some applications. This shows that OnePlus has looked into the small details to improve its copy. OnePlus 8 price

The biggest novelty, however, comes from the front camera, integrated in a thin bubble 3.95 mm in diameter in the upper left corner. This is certainly the most discreet integration that we can have without compromising the user experience. Some will certainly regret the motorized mechanism of the OnePlus 7T Pro, but there are many points that we gain.

In addition to the speed of facial recognition and the noise reduction that it generates by removing this slider, it also saves on the weight of the device. With 180 grams on the scale, it is 10 grams less heavy than the OnePlus 7T, and 26 grams compared to the 7T Pro. It’s no small feat and if you’re the type of person to rest your phone on your pinkie when using it, your pinky will say thank you. OnePlus 8

Beyond that, on simple aesthetic considerations, the OnePlus 8 is really a very beautiful smartphone. Its borders are fine and the curved edges at the front and at the back make the grip very pleasant. OnePlus 8 front

Finally, to finish this tour of the owner, the new smartphone of the Chinese brand still has its alert slider allowing you to quickly switch to vibrator, silent or ring mode as well as the power button on the right side, the buttons volume on the left and a USB-C port accompanied by the SIM card drawer (double) on the bottom.

However, it should be noted, and this is the first time that this defect marks me at OnePlus, that the volume buttons are positioned high enough. In my case, reaching them while holding my phone in my left hand is not a problem, but my index finger cannot increase the sound without my palm having to reposition itself. OnePlus 8 bottom

THE ONEPLUS 8 HAS ONE OF THE PRETTIEST SCREENS ON THE MARKET

Let’s come back to this front panel and especially to this magnificent 6.55-inch Amoled screen in 20: 9 format and Full HD + definition (1080 x 2400 pixels). Unlike the Pro version, it skips the QHD +, but we can easily forgive it given the quality of its panel, signed Samsung, a guarantee of quality.

Besides the infinite contrast of the OLED, the OnePlus 8 also benefits from excellent brightness making it perfectly readable, even in extremely bright conditions. In addition, its colors are brilliant and vivid without distorting the rendering of the image. No doubt, here we are in the presence of an excellent slab. OnePlus 8

These observations are also confirmed by our probe, which displays a luminosity of 790 cd / m² and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space with a delta E of 3.13 compared to this same space. Suffice to say that the screen is able to display many colors accurately. Basically, it is set a little cold (7500 K), but you just have to go to the settings and switch it to DCI-P3 mode for it to come back to 6700 K by itself, a very close measurement. of the expected ideal (6500 K).

The OnePlus 8 is limited to 90 Hz, but it is already sufficient

This extreme brightness is nevertheless felt at all levels, including the lowest. Without being totally dazzling, the minimum screen brightness level (2.49 cd / m², a rather low value though) can be disturbing at night.

If the Pro model goes up to 120 Hz, the OnePlus 8 is limited to a refresh rate of 90 Hz, but this is already more than enough, especially since it is coupled with the fluidity of the animations interface. Used to a Pixel 4 XL , yet also at 90 Hz, I had the impression of gaining speed by passing on the screen of the OnePlus 8. The effect is striking and makes each movement much more natural to the eye.

A WHIFF OF OXYGEN ON ANDROID

This exemplary fluidity is owed on the one hand to the screen, but also in large part to OxygenOS, the manufacturer’s in-house software interface, based on Android 10. At the time of writing, start April, the security patch is that of March 2020. OnePlus is also known for the responsiveness of its updates.

On the software part, OnePlus has long been exemplary in many respects, and if we omit a few bugs on the 2019 vintage, we can only be satisfied with the software layer of the OnePlus 8.

Very close in the spirit of the Pixel interface, OxygenOS brings as always a lot of customization elements and most of the features that one can expect from a smartphone in 2020, such as the dark system theme, navigation by gestures – or not – and settings do you want some here. While charging, we even find Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode for those who like to have it activated. OnePlus 8 Specification

Overall, everything has been designed to simplify use and cause as little friction and frustration as possible. Almost everything can be adjusted as desired and the user remains in control of his experience. I would have liked that we could calibrate the sensitivity of the feedback gesture to avoid some unwelcome backtracking, but an update between the start and the end of this test has already solved many concerns at this level and that m now happens much less frequently.

One point nevertheless caused me some frustration during this test: unlocking. The OnePlus 8 offers two biometric methods, the fingerprint sensor – located under the screen – and facial recognition – 2D, based only on the front camera. Both respond in the blink of an eye when called upon, making the experience fluid and fast… When it works.

It happened to me many times that neither the fingerprint sensor nor the double tap to wake up the screen did not work, forcing me to press the ON / OFF button. An update is supposed to have fixed this issue since, but I couldn’t spend enough time with it to notice it.

THE POWER OF THE SNAPDRAGON 865 IN ITS RAW STATE

If there’s one thing OnePlus rarely makes concessions on, it’s power. As always, we find on board the OnePlus 8 the most powerful chip of the moment, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, coupled with 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. This test was carried out with the less well-equipped version, with 8 GB of RAM.

However, we can not say that even in this configuration the OnePlus 8 has to turn pale. It easily keeps twenty or so applications in memory, never needing to reload them until they are manually closed and switching from one to the other is done very quickly without the slightest hiccup.

As for the raw power, the result is what one would expect from Qualcomm’s 8 series: performance is excellent and the GPU manages to consistently hold the most demanding games at 60 frames per second without batting an eyelid, or even more when it is. is available. Fortnite, for example, displays a solidly stable 60 fps, even in epic (highest) quality.

Such a quality will heat it up a bit. However, on a game a little less greedy in graphic power like Arena of Valor, chain several games with all the options pushed to the maximum (and at constant 60 fps, no matter what) only makes it warm.

THE PHOTO LEGACY OF THE PREVIOUS GENERATION

As for the photo, the OnePlus 8 incorporates many elements of the OnePlus 7T Pro, starting with its ultra wide-angle module, absolutely identical, as well as the sensor of its main camera. However, it draws a line on the telephoto lens to instead integrate a module dedicated to macro photos. We therefore have as configuration:

  • Main: Sony IMX586 48 Mpx (0.8 µm), f / 1.75 (6P), OIS + EIS stabilization;
  • Ultra wide angle 116 °: 16 Mpx, f / 2.2;
  • Macro: 2 Mpx (1.75 µm), f / 2.4.

It should also be noted that only the main photo sensor is not coupled to the same lens, which is brighter on the 7T Pro, and that the autofocus laser sensor is once again a feature of the Pro model.OnePlus 8 back

In addition, the 48 Mpx sensor can be used in 12 Megapixels and thus absorb more light thanks to pixel binning .

GOOD RESULTS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

In broad daylight, the OnePlus 8’s main sensor is doing very well; the reverse would be surprising in 2020, when even smartphones priced at less than 200 euros are doing well. The application leaves the user the choice of the definition, by setting it to 12 Mpx by default and … it is more than understandable knowing that the gain in smoothness is not so noticeable because of the increase in noise and artefacts, as we can see here, in this crop of a photo taken in broad daylight and outdoors, the best possible conditions therefore.

Without zooming in, one obtains in both cases a clean result with balanced and natural colors, which do not overdo the contrast as is often the case on today’s smartphones.

 

However, all is not all rosy. UltraShot HDR mode, activated by default, attempts to display as much information as possible on the screen to avoid burnt (completely white) or blocked (completely black) areas.

However, the algorithm does not seem perfectly developed and tends to push the microcontrasts to excess. On a very contrasted scene, we therefore sometimes find ourselves with results that are no longer anything natural, and this as well on the main sensor as on the ultra wide-angle. This is the case, for example, in these photos where the bright areas stand out a lot while the shadow areas are bland, desaturated, or even blackened.OnePlus 8 reviewOnePlus 8 review

 

In full backlight, it manages to handle strong light quite well while retaining detail in the sky. On the other hand, the microcontrasts are again very present, which gives a lot of relief to areas which should not be so present, like the bitumen in this photo (which is also entitled to a small lens flare ):OnePlus 8 spec

 

At night, with street lights, the overall hue is a bit yellow, but it’s ultimately quite close to what we see with the naked eye. We notice that some areas are burnt,

The “night landscape” mode keeps colors very close and does not go surreal as is the case with some competitors and only gently flattens the contrasts. Areas that are too bright thus become visible, as well as areas that are too dark. Below, the normal photo is on the left and the night mode on the right. We see that the billboards and traffic lights are sharper, but the sky has also brightened, which is a little less true.OnePlus 8 night picture

This mode also has the advantage of reducing image noise. The result is still quite vague if we compare for example to the P40, very impressive on this point.

The macro mode is of little interest. The result lacks detail, especially compared to the OnePlus 8 Pro and focusing is difficult to achieve. Suffice to say that this removes all the advantage of having a sensor dedicated to this.

SELFIE AND PORTRAIT

The selfie part is provided by a 16 Megapixel IMX471 sensor with 1 µm photosites, coupled with electronic stabilization (not optical) and a lens opening at f / 2.0. Note that the location of the bubble, in the upper left corner, has been designed so that the front camera is hidden when the smartphone is held horizontally for the consumption of multimedia content. The trouble is, this also applies if you want to hold your phone with both hands to stabilize it when taking landscape selfies.

If all the conditions are met, the pictures are pleasing to the eye, but let’s face it: the right conditions are not easy to meet. If you are a little too much in the shade, the colors start to drool and pixelate, while if the light is barely too strong behind, you quickly end up with a white veil in the photo and a part totally burnt.

Note that the portrait mode is not exceptional either, whether with the front camera or with the main camera. The bokeh is still very light, light years from a Pixel 4 for example, and the cut lacks precision, with even a few errors sometimes on my bald head.

SPEAKERS A LITTLE BEHIND

Long neglected by manufacturers, the audio part is more and more watched closely, as much by brands as by consumers. OnePlus therefore highlights here its dual stereo speaker (one on the front, as for calls, and the other on the lower edge, well positioned), but also its partnerships with Dolby and the integration of technology Atmos for reproducing a spatialization effect, as well as aptX HD and LDAC for wireless connections.OnePlus 8 spraker

When it comes to the speakers, the first point to make is the right balance with uniform sound on each side. However, their quality is not exemplary. The sound clearly lacks depth, the bass is absent and the tones above the high mids quickly tend to saturate and appear half muffled, half nasal.

The sound remains powerful and quite correct for listening to videos or podcasts, but even in movies, we feel that the EQ emphasizes the mids (vocals), to the detriment of special effects, whether in the bass (explosions, gunshots …) or the treble (metallic noises …).

With a good headset, even in Bluetooth, the sound takes its whole body, with good spatialization and much better management of the different frequencies.

THE 90 HZ DOES NOT LEAD TO THE BATTERY

Often, smartphones with a 90 Hz screen or more do not have exceptional battery life. In the case of the OnePlus 8, its 4300 mAh battery allows it to last all day without worrying too much about whether we will have to find a charger before the end of the evening.

Without saying that it is exceptional, we feel that the Snapdragon 865 is intended to take on heavy uses (especially related to the 5G to come), and over a full day, I had no trouble keeping from morning to night with 6 to 8 hours of screen on depending on the use I made of it. We are nevertheless talking about static use linked to a period of confinement, which does not require much 4G therefore. OnePlus 8 charger

For example, an hour of video on YouTube consumes only 3% of battery. Suffice to say that it is not much.

The phone also comes with a very efficient 30 W wired charger that recovers 50% of battery life in 22 minutes and 100% in just under an hour. With 37% recovered in 15 minutes and 68% in 30 minutes, there’s not much to worry about.

A STABLE AND FUTURE-PROOF NETWORK

On the connectivity side, OnePlus has not skimped on the possibilities. It’s quite simple, we find on board all the latest technologies, from WiFi 6 to 5G (not tested for lack of compatible networks) via Bluetooth 5.1, or 4G LTE 4 × 4 MIMO category 18 up to ‘at 1.2 Gb / s in theoretical download.

With 5G NSA and SA

In use, we will notice that the performance, both in 4G and WiFi, is excellent and the reception is both good and stable. This should also continue since the OP8 is compatible with 5G NSA and SA , guaranteeing the acceptance of standards for the coming years.

As for the GPS, even indoors the landline phone very quickly and its compass is well calibrated. Finally, calls go well, ambient sounds are reduced and the voice is not too compressed, both in reception and in transmission.

ONEPLUS 8 PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The OnePlus 8 is available at 699 euros in its 8/128 GB Onyx Black version and at 799 euros in its 12/256 GB version in Glacial Green.

Where to buy the

ONEPLUS 8 at the best price?

It competes directly with the Xiaomi Mi 10 and the Huawei P40. However, it remains the cheapest of the three.

THE VERDICT OF ONEPLUS 8

Design  8

The design is very successful, beautiful and pleasant in the hand, but the height of the volume buttons make their use a little difficult.

Screen 9

The screen of the OnePlus 8 is absolutely sublime. The more fussy will ask for a switch to QHD + and 120 Hz, as on the Pro, but it is clearly not a daily necessity to take advantage of its exceptional brightness, its infinite contrast and its bright and well calibrated colors.

Software. 9

As always, OxygenOS is a success. Not only do we know that updates are frequent, but the experience is also extremely fluid and customizable. The options are numerous, well organized and everything perfectly meets the needs of using a smartphone. Only downside, but this depends on the use of each: the sensitivity of the return gesture and the edges which could be better calibrated.

Performance. 10

The Snapdragon 865 does what is expected of it: deliver the best performance today.

Camera. 7

The photo has always been the point on which OnePlus has sinned and it is not the OnePlus 8 that significantly raises the bar. We feel an improvement, but some software algorithms are still not up to date. The HDR mode is capricious, the macro unnecessary and the portrait mode not precise enough. It’s okay for the price, but you’d expect more from a flagship.

Autonomy. 9

The software optimization and the large battery give the OnePlus 8 good battery life allowing it to last a full day without the slightest worry. In addition, the fast charge at 30 W allows you to quickly recover the energy that would be lacking. Too bad there is no wireless charging.

Final review score  8/10

Powerful, fluid, pleasant to use, autonomous, beautiful to look at … The OnePlus 8 undoubtedly has many advantages and could certainly be the best smartphone in its price category, especially since it mainly faces a P40 without Google services and a Mi 10 which still struggles to justify its price.

However, it lacks some software improvements to grab an additional point, such as better management of the screen borders, a less capricious fingerprint sensor or even some finishing touches in the photo. The algorithms clearly lack finesse and against a P40, or even a Pixel 3a, the OnePlus 8 could prove to be much more convincing.

Still, it is less expensive than its direct competitors and still has serious arguments. The rest is a matter of updates …

GOOD POINTS

  • The best of performance
  • A sublime screen
  • Good autonomy with fast charging
  • A careful design
  • OxygenOS still going strong

NEGATIVE POINTS

  • No wireless charging
  • The somewhat capricious unlocking
  • The volume keys a little high
  • The somewhat finicky HDR mode
  • (neither microSD nor IP68 nor jack)

OnePlus Nord test: a successful bet, a reference at the right price

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INTRODUCTION

The OnePlus North allows OnePlus to reinvest the mid-range segment with a smartphone that wants to offer a high-end user experience at a moderate price. Here is our full test to find out if the device lives up to its promises.OnePlus nord

The OnePlus Nord is a smartphone with an intriguing name, but with enticing DNA. Indeed, it sells at an affordable price while promising to make the best use of the know-how acquired by OnePlus during the years when the brand has gone to explore the high end. Some speak of a homecoming while the manufacturer prefers the expression “  new start  ”.

Anyway, we necessarily needed a full test of the OnePlus North … and, without going all the way, here it is.

OnePlus nord VIDEO REVIEW OF THE ONEPLUS NORTH

 

 

ONEPLUS NORD TECHNICAL SHEET

Model OnePlus North

OS version Android 10 Q

Manufacturer interface OxygenOS

Screen size 6.44 inches

Definition 2400 x 1080 pixels

Pixel density 408 dpi

Technology Super AMOLED

SoC Snapdragon 765G

Graphics Chip (GPU) Qualcomm Adreno 620

Random access memory (RAM) 8 GB, 12 GB

Internal memory (flash) 128 GB, 256 GB

Camera (back) Sensor 1: 48 Mpx

Sensor 2: 8 Mpx

Sensor 3: 5 Mpx

Sensor 4: 2 Mpx

Camera (front) Sensor 1: 32 MPX

Sensor 2: 8 MPX

Video recording 4K @ 30 IPS

Wireless Wi-Fi 5 (ac)

Bluetooth 5.0

Supported bands 2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)

NFC Yes

Fingerprint sensor Under the screen

Ports (inputs / outputs) USB Type-C

Drums 4115 mAh

Dimensions 73.3 x 158.3 x 8.2mm

Weight 184 grams

Colors Black, blue

Price $399

ONEPLUS NOR (D) BAD

The OnePlus North is one of those smartphones that does not attempt anything innovative in terms of design, but that we appreciate precisely for this choice of a traditional aesthetic. At 400 euros, its goal is not to revolutionize the industry with a truly original aesthetic – it’s more the business of the high-end – but rather to put into practice the know-how acquired by the brand over the years. time.OnePlus nord

In other words, the OnePlus North does not surprise, it just wants to please in hand. However, we must admit that the task is rather successful. The telephone seduces by its dimensions which avoid excess. We can’t speak of a really compact device, but it offers an interesting compromise between a size that can be used with one hand and a fairly large screen. Its weight of 184 grams also works in its favor: without being a featherweight, it is far from being as bulky as several models of all brands and ranges combined too often around 200 grams. Note, however, that the OnePlus 8 is a little lighter.

On the front, the OnePlus North offers a flat screen surrounded by a relatively thin black frame – but thicker at the chin level – and pierced by a double bubble at the top left. To be gossip, we could regret the fact that the immersion in the screen takes a hit, because, on certain scenes of certain videos, this small black space stands out a little more and catches the eye. Let us qualify this remark by recalling that everyday it is not really a nuisance. If this large punch bothers you, it will be mostly a matter of taste – and we have to admit that a simple small hole would have been much more discreet.oneplus-nord-bulle

The good feel in the hand that we talked about above is reinforced by the glass surface that covers the back of the OnePlus Nord and the well-rounded corners. The quadruple rear photo module is housed in the upper left corner vertically. There is a slight protrusion, but this does not make the smartphone really wobbly. There is indeed a small imbalance that is forming, but we have seen much worse. A word about the sky blue color of our test model. This is a little out of the ordinary and will no doubt appeal to many people, but unfortunately it gets dirty a bit quickly.

The fingerprint reader is placed in the screen and it would have benefited from being positioned a little higher for easier access to the thumb, too bad. To the right, the Alert Slider, recognizable by its rough feel, overlooks the unlock button. We will come back to this very expensive latch to OnePlus later. Look at the left edge to find the volume keys. Finally, the USB-C port is at the bottom, next to the dual nano SIM drawer, but don’t waste time looking for the 3.5mm jack or microSD slot, there isn’t one.OnePlus nord priceOnePlus nord price

Although it is said that rain falls more regularly in the Nord department, this OnePlus is not IP68 certified for water and dust tightness. A representative of the brand tells us, however, that a few drops will not be enough to disrupt the proper functioning of the phone and that protections have all the same been integrated to protect the internal components more or less. In the past, the brand has often explained this choice not to have its products certified, because this would generate costs that it did not want to pass on to the final price.

FLAWLESS ON THE SCREEN

The OnePlus Nord’s 6.44-inch Full HD + AMOLED display is really neat for a phone in this price bracket. If the brand was able to make some compromises here and there, the quality of the panel is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Already, the fluidity provided by the 90 Hz mode configured by default does not go unnoticed and delivers a tasty impression of speed. WE love. However, if you prefer the traditional 60 Hz (to save battery for example), you just have to go to the “Advanced” menu of the display options.

Also count on a perfect contrast thanks to the AMOLED and its black pixels off. In addition, the brightness of the screen will never fail you since it peaks at a dizzying peak of 724 cd / m² to shine as bright as the stars indicating the North. You will not have any difficulty distinguishing what is displayed on the screen.OnePlus nord screen

However, these are not the only qualities of the slab. Our probe and the CalMan software from Portrait Displays allow us in particular to see that the OnePlus North benefits from a careful calibration, even in its default configuration (“vivid” mode).

In terms of the variety of colors displayed, the rendered copy is more than satisfactory. We can thus observe a coverage of the sRGB space up to 152% which is not bad already, but the screen also covers 102% of the DCI-P3 which is more difficult to manage. To put it more simply, the OnePlus North knows how to display a plethora of colors and that enhances the pleasure of our eyes.

By the way, the phone isn’t west on displayed color fidelity either. Indeed, it is estimated that an ideal average Delta E is less than 3, that of the phone tested here is very close with an index of 3.07. For example, the white displayed by the panel is very close to the white supposed to be displayed.OnePlus nord display

Finally, and still in its default configuration, the smartphone has a slight penchant for cold tones with a temperature measured at 6900 K when the ideal is rather at 6500 K. If you wish to remedy this detail, the parameters of device display let you fine-tune your preferences. In particular, you can adjust the gauge to slightly warmer values ​​in order to find the perfect balance.

Anyway, in general terms: the screen of the OnePlus Nord is really very good.

THE DELIGHTS OF OXYGENOS

OxygenOS is one of the favorite interfaces of the Frandroid editorial staff, but also of our readership . Suffice to say that this is a great strength of this OnePlus North which, by the way, benefits from Android 10. The user experience exudes fluidity in each of its aspects, whether in the animations or when switching from one application to another. This is undoubtedly partly due to the hardware onboard the phone, but software optimizations certainly play a big role in this beautiful proposition too – in addition to the refresh rate at 90 Hz.

Interesting point: OnePlus changes its policy here and chooses to preinstall Google Messages and Google Phone rather than its in-house customers. The manufacturer explains himself that this improves the speed of execution of his smartphone even more. Personally, these are apps that I use on all smartphones and so I find my account there – as probably a lot of people. Obviously, you are free to choose your preferred default service, we are on Android after all.

items to suit your tastes. To do this, simply go for a walk in the aptly named “Personalization” section from the device settings. On this screen, you will be able to choose the font, the appearance of the app icons, and adjust how the colored elements should stand out.

Also have fun modifying your locked screen with small touches (animation of the fingerprint reader, the clock or the wallpaper). This is also where you can activate dark mode. Indeed, and it’s a bit of a shame, this feature is not accessible from the quick settings panel as on many interfaces. You have to go to “Preset theme” and choose “Dark nuanced”. It will even automatically change the appearance of the buttons – but you can always re-edit that to your liking. Small flat: the mode of use with one hand is still not available.OnePlus nord display

Beyond that, navigation by gestures is obviously part of the game, and no surprise: it is the one thought by Google. Let’s also mention the Alert Slider, this little latch on the right edge allows you to quickly switch between silent, ringing and vibrating modes. I haven’t been out of vibrate mode since 2015, so I don’t use this switch at all, but at least it doesn’t hamper my daily use and I imagine that it is very practical for those and those who are not in the same situation as me.

Note also that you can configure the long press on the unlock key to call up Google Assistant or display the power menu, while a double press can launch the camera if you wish. OxygenOS also gives you the possibility to define a gesture to be drawn on the screen so that it triggers a particular action.

Note that the internal storage of the OnePlus Nord ranges from 128 to 256 GB, but it cannot be expanded via microSD – the system weighs 20 GB for information. On the SVoD platform side , you will enjoy your video content with an HD stream on Netflix or Disney + thanks to the Widevine L1 DRM support , no problem in that regard. Also, at the time of publishing our review, the device is benefiting from a recent security patch (June 1, 2020), but not the most up to date.

FINGERPRINT READER AND FACIAL RECOGNITION

The fingerprint reader in the screen is really satisfactory. Although it takes a long time to configure – it is even almost reassuring – it is executed fairly quickly. An outdoor sensor would undoubtedly remain slightly more effective, but the OnePlus Nord does not cause any particular frustration at this level and it therefore remains the unlocking method that I recommend.

Facial recognition on the other hand is very fast and works even if your face is somewhat dark. However, this is not a 3D solution and as a result it may pose certain security risks to what is in your phone. Moreover, just after writing these lines, the OnePlus North recognized me while I was wearing a mask. Further proof that it is better not to rely too much on this method.

A MONO SPEAKER (RD)

One of the compromises of the OnePlus Nord compared to the brand’s high-end concerns the audio part: this phone has only one speaker. No stereo therefore and necessarily, the music played in this way does not occupy the space very well despite a strong enough sound power.

Other than that, the sound is pretty clear and well balanced overall, but a bit too smooth – soaring moments in some songs lack a bit of energy to really give you chills. However, this is not bad for all that, we would simply have liked a few more punchy tones.

PHOTO: SOME LIMITATIONS IN LOW LIGHT

The OnePlus North is no exception to the quadruple photo sensor trend that is taking almost the entire industry by storm in 2020.

We are thus left with a main sensor Sony IMX586 of 48 megapixels with a lens opening at f / 1.75. Add to that the following trio:

  • 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, 119 degrees (f / 2.25);
  • 5 megapixel depth sensor (f / 2.4);
  • sensor with 2 megapixel macro lens (f / 2.4).

What about the main sensor? Be careful, get ready to read the obvious: the photos in broad daylight are of good quality for this price range. The brand promised an experience worthy of a flagship and it should be noted that this is above all a commercial discourse. Without going as far as such praise, it’s safe to say that the OnePlus North does a very good job of delivering images that flatter the retina.

The photos taken in this way enjoy a fairly good dynamic and a rather satisfactory level of detail, while the colors can saturate a little. If you find that the phone is doing too much at this level, you can try turning off Smart HDR mode in the camera settings.OnePlus nord camera

At night, the pictures ostensibly suffer from a lack of light. The images are too often plunged into shadow and this is particularly noticeable when one faces a strongly contrasted scene. The noise is also more or less marked (often more than less anyway) and we can clearly feel the limit of the OnePlus North in this exercise. Remember in this regard that it costs only 400 euros and that at this price, even if we expected a little better, the OnePlus North is not disqualified.OnePlus nord camera

There is a night mode to better illuminate the scene, but this option simply pushes the brightness on all the elements of the scene, without worrying about filtering the light sources present in the image. We therefore see more things, but not necessarily in a more pleasant way, especially since the colorimetry suffers a little.

A 48-megapixel mode for taking full-frame photos is offered to capture more detail at the cost of heavier files on storage space. Just remember that this feature is only relevant if the light conditions are favorable to you. In this case, the images obtained are frankly convincing.

The ultra wide-angle mode is nothing very extraordinary. It obviously allows you to capture more elements in the scene, without overdoing the distortion effect on the edges, but the sharpness is necessarily a notch below.

In daytime photos, you can feel the same slight penchant for color saturation (it’s always pleasant to watch) while in ultra-wide-angle photos at night… you really don’t see anything.

In portrait mode, the OnePlus North makes a copy that is both honorable and largely perfectible. The face of the person photographed is fairly well put forward, well detailed. Unfortunately, the intensity and especially the precision of the bokeh effect would benefit from being refined, some locks of hair are thus regularly misinterpreted and therefore blurred.

The macro mode is supposed to allow you to take pictures of very close objects. This mode of shooting, like on many cameras, is unfortunately not very relevant. It’s hard to get a sharp image – especially since it’s only 2 megapixels – and you get nicer results with the main sensor.Macro mode with the OnePlus Nord

In selfie, the main sensor on the front of 32 megapixels saves the details of the paperclip rather well, without zeal.

You can also switch to the 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle if you want more of the scenery or for group shots.

In video, the OnePlus Nord can shoot up to 1080p at 60 fps.

You also have the option to record content in 4K 30 fps. There is also a second option of the same ilk, but filming in 21: 9 to approach a cinema experience.

Finally, a notable fact for a device in this price segment, selfie videos at 4K 60 fps are possible on the OnePlus Nord.

GOOD 30 FPS ON FORTNITE, LESS GOOD 45 FPS

To run the OnePlus North, its manufacturer relies on a Snapdragon 765G , a Qualcomm chip designed especially for mid-range models with the intention of offering a solid experience on video games – hence the suffix G for gaming .

Thus, it is with curiosity that we discover the existence of a 45 fps mode on Fortnite – I had so far only known 20, 30 and 60 fps on this title – which augured good games on this affordable device. In fact, we take advantage of 45 fps, but unfortunately the experience is not really stable. As soon as there is a little animation, a little action, we drop to around 30 images displayed per second.

However, stability is better than a high fps rate, so I recommend going to 30 fps to enjoy more enjoyable sessions. Indeed, at this level, the OnePlus North hardly encounters any more concerns in terms of fluidity, it’s much nicer.

Top 1 Fortnite

The OnePlus North was the scene of my first Top1 on Fortnite

Note also that the phone heats up considerably when it is running at full speed. In the middle of summer, it can make your hands sweat. Nothing too bad, but we are clearly not on the temperatures of the North Pole (hahahahaha…).

On Call of Duty Mobile , you can enjoy a smooth experience with graphics and frame rate set to “super high” mode. In other words, the OnePlus North knows how to use its SoC well.

Finally, the above benchmarks show us that the OnePlus Nord shows quite decent power compared to other models equipped with the same chip, it even outclasses some. A device with a Snapdragon 865 will obviously do much better, but will also cost significantly more.

QUIET ENDURANCE

The 4115 mAh battery is satisfactory to hold easily throughout the day, without however guaranteeing a record autonomy. The OnePlus North is one of those smartphones whose endurance is not necessarily the first quality that is obvious, but which are far from bad in the matter. In fact, the device will satisfy the vast majority of users and it will really take a long time to use the device at full speed to see it run out of steam quickly.

Otherwise, consume videos on YouTube, go take some pictures, surf the web to cheat your boredom, send a few messages here and there, all with 90Hz mode activated. You won’t have to worry about how many percentages you have left as the end of the day draws near. Prolonged sessions on greedy apps like Fortnite or TikTok will have a much bigger impact, however, but don’t expect the battery to melt like snow in the sun.

For example, a 30 minute long game of Fortnite in 90 Hz mode with the graphics pushed to the limit consumes a little more than 10% of battery on average. A rather honorable observation.

On our custom ViSer test protocol, the OnePlus Nord (still at 90 Hz) held for exactly 9 hours and 58 minutes. Here, the score is not very impressive, but as said a little above, the phone shows signs of weaknesses when it is used relatively extensively. However, the exercise to which it was subjected precisely simulates active use of the telephone by linking a batch of applications and actions one after the other. In addition, you can still switch to 60 Hz in order to consume less.

The OnePlus Nord comes with a very efficient 30W fast charger that goes from 10 to 60% in 30 minutes and an additional half hour is enough to reach 100%. Note, however, that wireless charging is not compatible with this phone.

GOOD CALL QUALITY AND 5G

The OnePlus North is compatible with all the French 4G frequency bands and in the Paris region, the Orange network has never been difficult to capture.

 

  • To go further
  • Which is the best mobile operator, Bouygues, Free, Orange or SFR?

Even better, the phone also supports the 5G network , but only on sub-6 frequency bands: n1, n3, n7, n28 and n78 (the only one not reusing the 4G infrastructure already in place). Thus, the device does not work with millimeter waves, but they will not arrive in France until a second time.

The call quality offered by the OnePlus North is very good for its price. As I was making a call near a large, crowded Parisian boulevard, my caller heard no traffic noise surrounding me – except a short, hard-to-camouflage siren for a telephone microphone. He simply told me that my voice seemed more muffled the moment I spoke before reaching a normal level, probably enough time for the machine to detect which sounds should be attenuated or not. A small compression of the voice was however noticeable.

Finally, for geolocation, the blue dot on Google Maps identifies me with precision on each of my trips. We can say that the OnePlus North does not lose the compass.

ONEPLUS NORD PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The marketing of the OnePlus North is scheduled for August 4, 2020. Two versions are available: the first equipped with 8 GB of RAM and a storage space of 128 GB is displayed at the recommended price of 399 euros. You have to add 100 euros to the bill and therefore go up to 499 euros for the 12/256 GB version.

The OnePlus North is entitled to two colors: sky blue and gray.

Where to buy the

ONEPLUS NORTH at the best price ?

THE VERDICT OF ONEPLUS NORTH

Design.  8

The design of the OnePlus North is very well mastered. Without trying to be original, it allows you to enjoy great comfort in hand thanks to its fairly contained dimensions and its neat touch. The double punch of the screen may however hamper some while we can regret the lack of IP68 certification even if the brand promises that the phone does not fear the first drop of water.

Screen.   10

The screen of the OnePlus North is a real success. The display quality combined with the 90 Hz mode is attractive at first glance. Hat, it’s very clean.

Software.  9

With each release of OnePlus device, OxygenOS proves that it is one of the best Android interfaces. Intuitive, fluid and rich in customization, it still needs to fine-tune tiny details to be perfect.

Camera  9

The OnePlus Nord is not inherently bad in photos, but it could clearly beef up its game on low-light shots, while the macro mode was frankly dispensable. We still appreciate the good quality of the daytime images and the rather interesting 48-megapixel mode.

Performance. 9

Thanks to a well-used Snapdragon 765G, the OnePlus Nord offers a very satisfactory power to guarantee smooth games on your mobile games (as long as you do not go for 45 fps on Fortnite).

Autonomy. 8

In terms of autonomy, we are not dealing with a champion here, but this phone is quite capable of holding a whole day with conventional use. However, you will need to monitor the battery level a little more if you embark on long, power-hungry gaming sessions. Fortunately, the fast charger is quite effective.

Final review score 9/10

We highly recommend the OnePlus North for the many qualities it deploys in a relatively affordable price segment. Let’s say it right away, this smartphone represents a very tempting quality / price ratio. Without trying to revolutionize its world, the telephone provides the essentials very well and is really pleasant to use. However, you have to put up with the few small caveats it shows.

Let’s list its strengths first. The OnePlus Nord has a mastered design, an excellent AMOLED and 90 Hz screen, an extremely neat interface, a fairly large power and a satisfactory autonomy. Add to that the 5G compatibility and its tempting entry price, and you have a very positive picture.

 

On the flip side, we still have to deal with photo performance that can be improved in low light (this is the camera’s greatest weakness), a lack of IP68 certification and a mono speaker. However, despite these few imperfections, the OnePlus clearly stands out as a very good reference in the mid-range.

GOOD POINTS

  • Excellent display
  • Comfortable in hand
  • Very neat interface
  • Good performance
  • (5G compatible)

NEGATIVE POINTS

  • Night shots and macro mode very perfectible
  • No IP68 certification
  • (Neither microSD nor jack)

OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 8: which is the best smartphone?

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OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 8, Even though they are supposed to be complementary in their manufacturer’s offer, it’s hard not to compare the fresh OnePlus Nord and the slightly older OnePlus 8. A significant price difference separates them, but the former , cheaper, has the merit of offering a very good user experience. Enough to eclipse the high-end model? This is what we will try to see in the comparison of these two smartphones.

ONEPLUS NORD AND ONEPLUS 8 TECHNICAL SHEETS

DESIGN: REFINED VERSUS A LITTLE MORE REFINED

Unsurprisingly, the design of the OnePlus North is a little less refined than that of the OnePlus 8. It must be said at the same time that the most recent model is aimed at the mid-range while its opponent of the day is turned towards higher price segments . This does not detract from the comfort of handling the device, but let’s say that side by side, the aesthetic difference is felt.

The screen of the OnePlus 8 is thus curved on the sides, while that of the OnePlus North is completely flat, resulting in more visible black borders, without being disturbing. The mid-range model indeed enjoys a very neat design, but simply less sophisticated in comparison. Also evidenced by the plastic frame of the OnePlus North which proves that the brand has sought here to save money. To the touch however, you will not be embarrassed by this compromise.OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 8

OnePlus Nord in handOnePlus 8 front

Apart from that, the sizes of the two devices are quite comparable. The OnePlus 8 is noticeably taller, but on the other hand, the OnePlus North is a tiny bit wider and thicker. In any case, we are far from the very imposing format of the Pro version. Without being compact, the two smartphones that interest us today are particularly popular with their contained dimensions. In terms of weight, the difference is small: with 184 grams on the scale, the Nord weighs 4 grams more than the 8.

The OnePlus North and the OnePlus 8 also resemble each other in that the two smartphones have their panels punched in the upper left corner. Just note that this is a single hole in the OnePlus 8 when the OnePlus North is marked by a double bubble necessarily larger and visible. The latter is therefore less likely to satisfy you in terms of immersion in the screen, depending on your preferences in the matter.oneplus-nord-bulleoneplus-8-bulle-ecran

OnePlus North hallmarkTop of the OnePlus 8 screen

On the back, the two duelists of the day are not really made of the same wood … Finally it is an expression, because it is rather glass that we find at the back each time, but the location of the module rear photo varies. Always vertical, it is positioned in the center on the OnePlus 8 and on the left for the OnePlus North. We will also note that we are on a triple configuration on the high-end, against four sensors on the back of the mid-range, but we will come back to these elements later.

Our two stars of the day also share a few caveats. The jack and the microSD drawer are absent, as is the IP68 certification to guarantee the waterproofing of the products. In this regard, this is more of a flaw for the more expensive OnePlus 8 than for the OnePlus Nord which, at the price at which it is sold, does not play in a price segment where this feature is highly anticipated. .oneplus-nord-dos-en-main

oneplus-8-dosThe back of the OnePlus NorthOnePlus 8 from the back

So, we’re dealing here with two very well-designed smartphones, but let’s just say that the OnePlus 8 will have a better chance of wooing at first glance – unless you really loathe curved screens – especially since it also enjoys stereo speakers.

TWO 90 HZ SUPER DISPLAYS

AMOLED display and 90 Hz mode for the OnePlus Nord. AMOLED display and 90 Hz mode for the OnePlus 8. As you can see, infinite contrast and fluidity of use are essential on each of the screens compared here. Finally, the biggest difference concerns the diagonal: 6.44 inches for the North, or a tad less than the 6.55 inches of the 8. Count on Full HD + on both sides.oneplus-nord-ecran-en-main-768x432

OnePlus is today one of the manufacturers offering the best display experiences in the world of smartphones. These two models are no exception to the rule, we enjoy a very high maximum brightness on both sides and an ability to display a plethora of colors, all with a very satisfactory accuracy and calibration.

It is therefore difficult to decide between the two devices, even if some will always be able to highlight that, on this account, it is better to ogle the OnePlus North since it is able to offer a screen quality very similar to the OnePlus 8 while it costs less.

A LITTLE OXYGENOS AND WE BREATHE

Let’s compare OxygenOS to OxygenOS. It is not on this point that one of the opponents of this versus will be able to gain the upper hand. There is indeed a home interface of OnePlus always very pleasant to use on a daily basis. Extremely rich in customizations, intuitive and benefiting from several optimizations accentuating the effect of fluidity with each action, this user experience deserves to be so popular within the Android community .

Finally, what we could really blame OxygenOS is the lack of one-handed mode of use and the fact that the dark mode – very pleasant incidentally – is not more easily accessible. You have to go through the Customizations menu to take advantage of it, while we would prefer to have the possibility of activating it from the quick settings panels.

THE PHOTO IS NOT THEIR STRONG POINT

Photos have never really been OnePlus’ strong point. The manufacturer may have considerably beefed up its game over the years, this is still the main point on which it suffers from the comparison with other brands. The OnePlus Nord and OnePlus 8 do not particularly shine in this area, even if they still provide the essential.

 

In terms of setup, on the back here is what we have for the OnePlus Nord:

  • 48-megapixel main sensor;
  • 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle;
  • 5 megapixel depth sensor;
  • sensor with 2 megapixel macro lens.

The OnePlus 8 benefits almost the same, but without a depth sensor:

  • 48-megapixel main sensor;
  • 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle;
  • sensor with 2 megapixel macro lens.

Overall, the OnePlus Nord and OnePlus 8 are equal in photography. On the shots in broad daylight, both phones do well with a satisfactory level of detail and good dynamics.oneplus-nord-appareil-photo

oneplus-8-logoOnePlus Nord cameraBack of OnePlus 8

The OnePlus 8 does, however, better on images taken at night. In this regard, it especially benefits from a more efficient night mode to efficiently retrieve some information in the scene.

Sadly, both phones have equally irrelevant macro modes. The photos thus generated almost always lack sharpness and it was better to try shooting with the main sensor for a better result.

Macro mode with the OnePlus NordMacro mode with the OnePlus NordMacro mode with the OnePlus Nord

Macro mode with the OnePlus 8: oneplus-8-test-macro-13oneplus-8-test-macro-1oneplus-8-test-macro-2

OnePlus 8 macro modeOnePlus 8 macro modeOnePlus 8 macro mode

The OnePlus North has a depth sensor dedicated to portrait mode that the OnePlus 8 does not have. This addition is not felt very markedly: the bokeh effect lacks overall precision.

On the front, the OnePlus North has a dual photo sensor that allows it a little more versatility. Indeed, thanks to its ultra-wide angle, group selfies will be easier to achieve. The utility remains, however, to be debated for many users who do not bother with such questions.

It should be noted all the same that the main sensor on the front of 32 megapixels on the OnePlus North is on the whole a little more effective in offering satisfactory selfies in terms of sharpness and dynamic management. However, it remains very difficult to designate a winner here.

LOGICAL ADVANTAGE OVER SNAPDRAGON 865

The OnePlus 8 is necessarily more powerful than the OnePlus Nord with its Snapdragon 865 chip more muscular than the Snapdragon 765G of the mid-range model. However, we are talking about raw performance here. Concretely, this difference should not be felt much on a daily basis in most cases.

Indeed, the Snapdragon 765G of the OnePlus North manages to do very well on the most difficult tasks, without showing particular signs of weakness. Finally, it is on a very specific point that the OnePlus 8 truly flaunts its power. The high-end model knows how to manage the 60 fps on Fortnite in a stable way with the graphic qualities pushed to the epic level (the maximum level).oneplus-nord-bas-ecran oneplus-8-menton

Lower part of OnePlus NorthChin of OnePlus 8

Opposite, the OnePlus North does not encounter any concerns about the epic quality of the graphics, but the 45 fps mode it offers in the game settings is sorely lacking in stability. Prefer the 30 images displayed per second for a perfectly pleasant gaming session. But now, that’s enough to give the OnePlus 8 a narrow victory – which again costs more.

ALMOST SIMILAR AUTONOMY AND SAME FAST CHARGE

The OnePlus North (4115 mAh) as the OnePlus 8 (4300 mAh) show a good autonomy very sufficient to hold without difficulty throughout the day. We are not dealing with the champions in the matter either, but they can be quite reassuring, even if you leave the 90 Hz mode on your screen activated. A very good point as this option can damage the endurance of a device.oneplus-nord-usb-c

oneplus-8-tranche-inferieureOnePlus Nord USB-C portBottom edge of the OnePlus 8

So it’s a nearly tie – with perhaps a very slight edge of nothing at all for the OnePlus 8 and its larger capacity – that we’re seeing on this point. Also, on both phones you won’t be able to enjoy wireless charging, but will enjoy a very efficient 30W fast wired charger.

5G FOR EVERYONE

Good to know, whatever your choice, you will enjoy full compatibility with the French 4G frequency bands, as well as with the 5G network on bands n1, n3, n7, n28 (based on already existing 4G infrastructures ) and n78.

So whether you end up with the OnePlus Nord or the OnePlus 8 in hand, you won’t be penalized when 5G finally begins its commercial rollout in France.

WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE ONEPLUS NORTH AND THE ONEPLUS 8?

Keep in mind that the OnePlus 8 is worth 300 euros more than the OnePlus North. What more do you get at this price? A more premium design, a much more impressive power, a little longer autonomy and stereo speakers.

Beyond that, the OnePlus Nord offers almost equal display quality while preserving the 90 Hz mode, the same very pleasant software experience and relatively similar photo performance. On top of that, its design, even if it is less polished and sophisticated, remains very comfortable in the hand. Its performance, although below those of its opponent of the day, allows you to fully enjoy greedy games on the condition of being satisfied with 30 fps, while the autonomy is also very satisfactory and the fast charge of 30 W is still Of the game.

 

In addition, the IP68 certification, the jack and the microSD slot cannot serve as differentiating arguments since they are not found on either of the two devices. Likewise, both are 5G compatible. In this regard, the OnePlus North therefore seems a better deal than the OnePlus 8, unless really top performance and the curved design are your top priorities. Even if it means looking for a really premium experience while staying under OxygenOS, you might as well put a little more money and get the OnePlus 8 Pro . For people with less budget, the OnePlus North will live up to your expectations.

To go further, you can find our full reviews on both products:

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY OF ONEPLUS NORD AND ONEPLUS 8

The OnePlus Nord exists in two versions. The one with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage is offered at the official price of 399 dollars. The 12/256 GB version costs 499 dollars.

 

Where to buy the

ONEPLUS NORTH at the best price ?

For the OnePlus 8, count on a recommended price of 699 euros for the model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage when the better equipped 12/256 GB is officially worth 799 euros in France.

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ONEPLUS 8 at the best price?

Asus ExpertBook B9450 review: super light weight

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Asus ExpertBook B9450

INTRODUCTION

With its ExpertBook B9, Asus promises us an ultraportable “at the top of its game”, but every masterpiece has a price. Here is our full review of this uncompromising ultraportable Asus ExpertBook B9450. Asus

As we will see in this test, the Asus ExpertBook B9450 lives up to its name: this machine is aimed at professionals. The device wants to represent the state of the art in ultraportables by focusing on its lightness and autonomy, but also a lot of smaller details welcome on this kind of products.

TECHNICAL SHEET

Model Asus ExpertBook B9450

Screen size 14 inch

Definition 1920 x 1080 pixels

Touchscreen No

Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7-10510U

Graphics Chip (GPU) Intel UHD 620

Random access memory (RAM) 8 GB, 16 GB

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6 (ad)

Bluetooth version 5.0

Operating System (OS) Windows 10 Pro

Dimensions 320 x 149 x 203mm

Weight 995 grams

Product sheet.

ULTRA-THIN ULTRALIGHT DESIGN

Design is the most important element of an ultraportable, it is above all on this criterion that it stands out from the rest of the market. The ExpertBook may offer a diagonal of 14 inches, the standard today on these machines, it is nonetheless very compact thanks to the fairly thin edges all around the screen. On this point, we regret that the integration of the screen into the frames is not more transparent. More and more PCs cover this integration with a glass panel, to prevent dust from slipping into the gap between the screen and the chassis.

 

The magnesium-lithium alloy of the PC makes it possible to reach a featherweight of 995 grams, it is quickly forgotten in a bag, while displaying a very high resistance. Asus promises MIL-STD 810G certification allowing the machine to withstand a force of 30 kg applied to the cover (pc closed), several drops from 12 cm, humidity of 85% at 40 degrees, vibrations of 5 to 500 Hz, or even “powerful” hits of 150G every 2.5 ms. Asus ExpertBook B9450

Many promises which allow to have a certain confidence in the durability of the machine. An impression reinforced by the quality of the finishes presented. It’s hands down one of the classiest ultraportables I’ve had in my hands so far. The matte coating chosen by Asus does not take fingerprints, and it is rather pleasant under the wrists. Asus ExpertBook B9450 review

But Asus paid attention to a lot of details with this machine. We think for example of the ergolift hinge, which allows to better ventilate the computer and improve the comfort of the keyboard, the presence of a bright LED in front of the touchpad, or the possibility of pushing the screen until almost reaching the 180 degrees of opening.

KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD

If one had to make a criticism about this machine, it would probably be about its keyboard. The stroke of the keys is nice, as are their sizes for the main ones and the spacing between the keys, but we can see that the brand did not use the full width of the machine at its disposal.ExpertBook B9450

It is the enter key which bears the cost, with a size reduced by half in vertical, but also the arrow keys and which are reduced to a minimal part of the keyboard. The shortcuts, which incorporate the machine’s power button, are also quite small. This entire test was typed with this keyboard, and overall the experience was satisfactory. We just feel that the brand could have gone further on this criterion.

 

However, we have nothing to say about the touchpad, which is large enough and offers good glide, it is very pleasant to use. Asus also includes a button to transform it into a numeric keypad. Windows recognizes it as a precision touchpad, guaranteeing good recognition of OS touch shortcuts.

THE CONNECTION

You don’t necessarily have to subscribe to all of the popular old connectors to be modern. Asus proves it by integrating both USB-C Thunderbolt 3 into its machine, two ports on the left edge next to the HDMI port, but we also have the right to a USB Type-A port at 10 Gb / s on the right side, in addition to the classic 3.5 mm jack.Asus ExpertBook B9450

Asus ExpertBook B9450 test (6)Asus ExpertBook B9450 review (1)

We therefore have both a perfectly futureproof machine with its Thunderbolt 3 ports, and at the same time compatible with most USB or HDMI devices. We have one last port to discover, and it is unusual on this kind of machine, an RJ45 Ethernet port in micro HDMI format. Asus ExpertBook B9450 hdmi

The compatible adapter is supplied with the machine and allows you to connect your computer with a wired connection.

A BEAUTIFUL SCREEN WELL CALIBRATED

Our PC incorporates a 14-inch AU Optronics AUO623D IPS LCD panel, with a definition of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The coating is matt, which reduces the glare of the sun. Asus ExpertBook B9450

On its site, Asus promises 100% sRGB color space coverage. This is indeed what we see with our test, thanks to the Calman software, which displays a coverage of 103% precisely, for 69% of the DCI-P3 space. The colors are also fairly well calibrated, with an average DeltaE2000 of 2.65 (below 3, the difference is said to be invisible to the naked eye), for a maximum of 5.77. The color temperature is 6400K on average, which is a bit below what you would expect (6500K which is equivalent to white sunlight).

All of this means that the screen will be perfectly suited for creative work. In addition, with a brightness of 320 cd / m² and a contrast ratio measured at 1545: 1, the ExpertBook screen finishes leaving us a very good impression.

WINDOWS 10 AND SOME WELCOME ADDITIONS

The ExpertBook runs on Windows 10 with the late 2019 update installed, the latest on this machine, since Microsoft has adopted a very gradual deployment of its May 2020 update. The installation is rather clean, with no real bloatware, if we put aside the applications preinstalled by Microsoft (uninstallable with one click) and the McAfee application which presents the products of the security firm. Please note, this is not a trial version of the antivirus, Asus rather offers the much better and free solution integrated into Windows 10. Asus ExpertBook B9450Asus ExpertBook B9450

 

Especially Asus offers us some rather nice software on its machine. First, the MyAsus application which allows you to synchronize with your smartphone. Microsoft also offers this kind of connection with “My Phone”, but here Asus goes much further. The brand’s solution allows you to easily transfer files, display the screen of your smartphone in mirror mode or remotely access your PC’s files from the smartphone. The connection really goes both ways. Asus ExpertBook B9450

 

That’s not all, the computer is also supplied with the “Business Manager” application which, as its name suggests, brings together functions more intended for the business world. It includes the possibility of letting an administrator control access to websites or data, the establishment of a fully encrypted virtual storage space, or even a file “shredder” that makes sure that no trace of a file after its deletion. It is even possible to replace the Asus logo when starting the PC with that of your company.

FACIAL RECOGNITION AND FINGERPRINT READER

On our machine, two biometric authentication methods are offered, on the one hand facial recognition thanks to the camera coupled to an infrared camera, and on the other hand the fingerprint reader. Asus ExpertBook B9450 fingerprint

 

During my test, I rarely used the fingerprint reader offered for the simple reason that Windows 10’s facial recognition is really very effective. However, offering this choice is interesting, especially in cases where your face is masked for example. In these situations, the fingerprint reader is of great help.

A CAMERA THAT RESPECTS PRIVACY

Back to the camera, the ExpertBook includes a classic 720p HD camera with microphone, and an infrared camera for facial recognition. When we said that Asus had paid attention to a lot of details, we especially thought of this clever cam cover which allows us to ensure total respect for our privacy, at least when it comes to the eyes of the computer. Asus ExpertBook B9450 camera

Asus is not the only manufacturer to offer this kind of element, but it is always welcome and it is an additional positive point for the machine.

On the other hand, as too often on laptops, the quality of the webcam is not there. We have more the impression of seeing an impressionist work than a real cliché, and that’s a shame for a machine that is aimed at professionals. A clientele who would undoubtedly like to make presentations at a distance, without appearing blurry on the screen.

PERFORMANCES

THE TESTED CONFIGURATION

Our ultraportable of the day integrates the aging Intel Core i7-10510U platform, a 10th generation Intel Core processor engraved in “14nm ++” and heir to the 2015 Skylake. This 4-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz is supported by 16 GB of RAM LPDDR3 at 2133 MHz. It should also be noted that the system is installed on two NVME PCIe 3.0 x 4 SSDs connected in RAID 0 to maximize performance. In our case we are entitled to 1 TB of storage, thanks to two Samsung PM981 SSD (MZVLB1T0HALR) of 1 TB each. Good point, the PC supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.

OFFICE PERFORMANCE AND WEB USE

What kinds of tasks can you actually do with this machine? It is an ultraportable clearly designed for relatively basic tasks: word processing, surfing the web and PowerPoint presentations. You are definitely not going to do heavy video editing or photo editing with this machine.

This PC is clearly aimed at executives or employees who simply need access to data, without carrying out intensive processing on them. The aim was clearly to offer a light, silent and autonomous machine. The counterpart is obviously on the raw power. However, it should be noted that the software experience always remains fluid, we are not at all in the same kind of framework as on inexpensive devices with disappointing performance, even on the simple Windows desktop or in web browsing. asus-expertbook-b9450-test-synthetiques-1

Our test in CineBench shows that with a score of 975 points, we should not expect much in raw performance on this machine. The score also drops to 871 points over a long test session, the machine limits its performance to maintain an acceptable level of cooling.

The storage of the machine shows good performance, especially with sequential reads and writes that go up to several GB / s.

IN-GAME PERFORMANCE

Who says limited power, also says the impossibility of playing greedy games. Forget titles like Fortnite Battle Royale or Valorant right away. This does not mean that it is impossible to play with this PC. If we put aside solutions like cloud gaming , which in fact allow you to play from any type of machine, we can remember that Steam is teeming with small games that can run perfectly on the ExpertBook. For example, I was able to play a few games of Dicey Dungeons without any problem.

A SILENT MACHINE

During my testing, I hardly ever heard the fan go on. It was only on hot days with long, fairly intensive sessions that the machine began to blow, but still remaining quite discreet. This PC emphasizes silence, even if it means sacrificing its performance by limiting the central processor. He is still able to perform office automation, while avoiding being noticed in an open space . In addition, the machine is never hot to the touch, and will be rather lukewarm in the worst case.

TOO LOW SOUND VOLUME

Asus promises on its website the integration of 2 stereo speakers “certified Harman Kardon”. It’s a pretty name, but unfortunately it doesn’t translate to a great sound experience in this case. The quality is there, with a good balance from bass to treble, but the system lacks volume.

 

This is enough in a perfectly quiet environment, but the noise level can really be a problem as soon as there is a little noise. The speakers can therefore help out, but it will instead be necessary to favor the use of a headset with this machine.

A REAL AUTONOMY OF A DAY

Asus offers two configurations for this machine concerning the battery: 66Wh or 33 Wh. Here it is the 66Wh version that we tested. It is a rather large battery for an ultraportable that consumes little, and already a good sign for its autonomy. We have indeed seen it with our tests. From my first day with the machine, I was able to hold out from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., before falling below 20%, or 12 hours of battery life. During this time, I mostly did web surfing, but also a few games sessions on Dicey Dungeons (less than an hour in total), and application downloads and installations. Uses that generally consume the battery quite easily.

I was able to repeat these very good results on a daily basis, it’s quite simple, this is the first ultraportable that I tested that allows me to really last a whole day without deactivating the Wi-Fi or playing with the brightness of the screen. Asus ExpertBook B9450 screen brightness

The machine is also recharged very easily through one of its USB-C ports. Asus offers a 45W charger with the PC which allows you to return to 100% in 2 hours of charging.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

This is undoubtedly the most painful point of this test. The ExpertBook is an ultra high-end machine. Our configuration is marketed at 2000 euros , it is the highest, but we can also find a configuration with Intel Core i5-10210U and 512 GB of storage at 1800 euros .

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THE VERDICT OF THE ASUS EXPERTBOOK B9450

Design.     9

The ExpertBook is the ultraportable par excellence. Thin and light, it still offers a keyboard and a comfortable touchpad as well as a particularly complete connection.

Screen  8

The screen on this PC isn’t the best on the market. It’s a well-calibrated IPS LCD screen, but still lacks brightness to dethrone the best.

Software  9

Windows 10 without bloatware, or almost, and with practical applications to synchronize with your smartphone, but also to better protect your privacy.

Camera  5

The 720p HD camera is unfortunately not at the level of the other features of the machine. Too bad for a PC aimed at professionals. We still appreciate the possibility of hiding the camera physically with a small lever.

Performance.  6

It’s often the Achilles heel of ultraportables, and the Asus PC is no exception. To ensure quiet operation, the machine does not hesitate to limit its performance, which is already quite mediocre. This PC will be perfectly suitable for office automation or the web, but it should not be asked to do too complex processing, in photos or videos for example.

Autonomy.  10

With its 66Wh battery, the ExpertBook has no problem to last a whole day of use. It’s the first ultraportable we tested to offer over 12 hours of non-flexing battery life, with use with the screen and Wi-Fi on. it also recharges quickly enough thanks to the USB-C charger provided by Asus.

Final test score. 9/10

The Asus ExpertBook B9450 is perhaps the best ultraportable on the market today. It displays record battery life, while being light and practical to use. The machine is full of interesting details such as the webcam cache, encrypted storage, biometrics by two means, or its rich and varied connectivity (HDMI and RJ45).

All of this comes at a price, and even two. First, the machine shows limited performance. On a daily basis, for web browsing, office automation or multimedia it never gets in the way and the machine remains perfectly fluid. On the other hand, you really shouldn’t ask him for more. The other is the price obviously. A machine costing nearly 2000 euros is much more than the average of the ultraportables tested by our editorial staff. This is probably the price to pay for such a well-designed machine, but it actually makes it much less accessible.

If you are looking for the best, without the constraints of a budget, this may be the machine for you.

GOOD POINTS

  • Monster autonomy
  • Lightweight
  • Screen well calibrated by default
  • Rich connectivity
  • (Double biometrics, webcam cache, Wi-Fi 6)

NEGATIVE POINTS

    • Limited performance
    • High price

Samsung Galaxy Note 20: features, price, release date what to expect?

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What to expect from Samsung galaxy note 20

The Galaxy Note range is one of the South Korean manufacturer’s most iconic. Since the launch of the first model in 2011, the mobile telephony market has evolved well. While it was considered some sort of gigantic UFO, it became the prevailing norm.

The next generation will be presented on August 5, a few weeks before the IFA show and the Apple keynote . For Samsung, it is still a crucial model that allows it to establish its position and its status in the high-end segment.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20: what is already official

  • Presentation on August 5 at 4 p.m. (French time)

The most credible rumors

  • Two smartphones – credibility index: 90%
  • An Exynos 990 SoC – credibility index: 90%
  • A punched screen – credibility index: 90%
  • The photo part of the S20 – credibility index: 90%

Rumors summary

Free Galaxy Buds Live or Buds + for any pre-order of a Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra

This is what seems to indicate to us a marketing image shared on Twitter . Logically, the  galaxy Note 20 should be accompanied by a pair of Galaxy Buds + and the galaxy Note 20 Ultra by Galaxy Buds Live. Samsung galaxy note 20 buds

Galaxy Note 20: two or three new models?

Several pieces of information are starting to circulate. According to Display Chain Consultants CEO Ross Young , two models are in development, the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus. But lately, the hypothesis of a Note 20 Ultra has come back to the fore.

Galaxy Note 20: features at a discount?

Information quickly toured the Tech planet. The Galaxy Note 20 might have some discounted specs – a kind of Note 20 Lite. Its borders would be quite wide, it would have a flat screen with an FHD + resolution and a refresh rate limited to 60 Hz. A real weak point compared to the competition which offers at least 90 Hz – like OnePlus or Xiaomi. Remember also that the three Galaxy S20s have a 120 Hz screen.

Blogger Roland Quandt and the WinFuture site validate this rumor. They add that the classic Note 20 will feature an Exynos 990 SoC clocked at 2.7 GHz and coupled with 8 GB of RAM / 256 GB of storage. We learn a little more about the photo part which could be structured around three photo sensors with a 64 megapixel module. Samsung would also make concessions in terms of its S-Pen, which would see its latency increased to 26 ms against 9 ms for that of the Note 20 Ultra.

 

Galaxy Note 20 Plus: evolution rather than revolution?

Samsung should not play the card of the rupture. We can expect an evolution whether in design, positioning or characteristics.

The Galaxy Note 20+ would benefit from a 6.87-inch panel with a definition of 3096 x 1444 pixels (against 6.8 inches for the Note 10+ ). We would find, as on the Galaxy S20, a high refresh rate of 120 Hz. On the performance side, two processors would be offered depending on the launch region. You can choose from an Exynos 992 with 6 nm engraving or a Snapdragon 865. 

We can also expect 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM. As for the autonomy, it is still rather vague, the Note 20+ could embark a battery of 5000 mAh with the 45 watts fast recharge – like the S20 Ultra. Note 20

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: the giant

According to Ice universe , the Note 20 Ultra would succeed the Note 10 Plus. It would be entitled to a Snapdragon 865+ processor, 12 or 16 GB of RAM and a 120 Hz QHD + display with an adaptive refresh rate. New features for the camera and the S-Pen are also planned.

 

By the way, the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 100x zoom would be reduced to 50x to focus on image quality and provide a better user experience.

Some sources mention a screen that is close to or even exceeds 7 inches diagonally. To reduce its size, it would have thinner borders than the previous generation:

A few days later, the Samsung Russia site accidentally posted pictures of what could be the Note 20 Ultra. Roland Quandt and WinFuture add a layer by sharing several renderings as well as the potential technical sheet of the next flagship of Samsung.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is expected with a 6.9-inch 120 Hz AMOLED display, an Exynos 990 SoC, a triple photo sensor with the 108 megapixel module of the S20 Ultra . WinFuture also mentions a partnership with Microsoft. The OneNote application and the xCloud cloud gaming service would be integrated directly into the smartphone.

5G, a certainty?

No need for rumors to know that the Galaxy Note 20 will be compatible with 5G. Samsung will certainly offer several versions for regions that have not yet developed this technology.

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What price?

Difficult to have readability on the prices as the rumors are so many and varied. We can just say that it will not be cheap… the Ultra version will certainly exceed 1000 Dollars. But remember that with Samsung the prices drop quite quickly.

Launch date and availability

The date of August 5 returns repeatedly on the internet. Samsung has yet to confirm the information, but the beginning of August looks more and more likely.

In terms of marketing. The blogger Jon Prosser spoke on 20 August. Which corresponds to the launch of the previous generation on August 23. According to him, two other models would be presented during the conference, the Galaxy Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip 5G . We also expect to see a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, and S7 + version as well as a Galaxy Watch 3.

Samsung has confirmed the date of presentation of these Note 20 . Like many competitors, the South Korean firm will organize a dematerialized presentation which can therefore be followed on August 5 at 4 p.m.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Review: smartphone that does not take risks

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By marketing its Redmi Note 9 Pro below 300 dollars( 279 dollars ), the Chinese brand has shown that it is still capable of producing excellent phones for small budgets. Classic version of this model ovationed in our lines, the Redmi Note 9 presents a more limited but promising technical sheet. Is it enough to meet our expectations?

We tested the 3 + 64 GB version. Xiaomi also offers a 4 + 128 GB version at 229.90 dollars.

DESIGN: SOBER BUT EFFICIENT

Xiaomi continues to import high-end visual codes into its accessible series. Although the Redmi Note 9 has a plastic back and edges, its front exposes a punched screen like the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro . Its frame nevertheless remains marked by not very discreet borders and a relatively imposing chin . Note that this part is covered with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Redmi note 9 pro

On the back, there is a quadruple photo module housed in a square block. Slightly protruding, its position at the top and in the center of the surface does not pose any problem of stability when the smartphone is lying on its back. Xiaomi redmi note 9 back

 

While the fingerprint reader of the Redmi Note 9 Pro takes place on its right edge, that of the Note 9 appears under its photo block. It also offers facial recognition (2D). In both cases, unlocking is immediate. Unlocking is immediate

The volume keys and the power button are juxtaposed on the right side of the device. A slot that can house two SIM cards and a microSD card faces them. The lower edge accommodates a USB-C port, a speaker and a 3.5 mm mini-jack port.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 is just as massive as its big brother with its dimensions of 162.3 x 77.2 x 8.9 mm and its weight of 199 g . Fortunately, its curved back guarantees a good grip.

Despites some  concessions that we can not blame it given its price, the Redmi Note 9 displays high level finishes and presents a well thought out form factor.

SCREEN: IT’S NOT A LIGHT

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 sports a 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen that will allow you to enjoy your content in Full HD + (1080 x 2340 pixels). redmi-note-9-screen-770

The calibration of the slab lacks accuracy. By default, in “Auto” mode, therefore, the whites are slightly bluish. The “Saturated” mode logically increases the saturation for a slightly brighter rendering but with an even cooler color temperature. We advise you to opt for the “Standard” mode in order to warm the atmosphere. Unfortunately, there is no middle ground, so the colors will be too warm.

For LCD, the contrast level is quite correct. On the other hand, the screen of the Redmi Note 9 lacks brightness and the reflections in direct sunlight do not help.

AUDIO: MINIMUM SERVICE

Like many entry-level smartphones, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 neglects its audio part. Here, you have to be content with a single speaker positioned on the lower edge of the device. This does not work miracles and delivers a rather average mono sound with a very limited spatialization. redmi-note-9-usb

The 3.5mm mini-jack port still hasn’t disappeared from Xiaomi’s iconic series and MIUI 11 gives us a full equalizer. If the provision of this connection is rather correct , it does not really raise the level but at least allows us to use a headset or wired headphones. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 also supports Bluetooth 5.0 .

PERFORMANCE: LOOKING BACK

To animate its smartphone at less than 300 dollars, Xiaomi has decided to call on the founder MediaTek rather than Qualcomm, which nevertheless equips its Redmi Note 9 Pro. We therefore find under the chassis of the Redmi Note 9 an MTK Helio G85 SoC supported by 3 or 4 GB of RAM . On the storage side, the Chinese manufacturer’s terminal is quite generous since it leaves us the choice between 64 and 128 GB . As an added benefit, the internal memory can be expanded using a microSD card.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 is clearly not a thunderbolt . On AnTuTu and on Geekbench, it displays scores equivalent to those obtained by the Redmi Note 8T which, we remind you, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665.

In practice, Xiaomi’s smartphone will put your patience to the test. From the start, it shows its limits and multitasking is just as sluggish. Navigation becomes difficult when you launch more than two applications simultaneously.

For gaming, the Redmi Note 9 is based on a Mali-G52 MC2 GPU . By default, you have to be content with a low or medium graphics quality on AAA games from the Play Store.

SOFTWARE: MIUI MINON

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 arrived on the market with Android 10 and MIUI 11. We therefore benefit from the same overlay as on the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Xiaomi continues to clarify its interface and provides us with several customization options such as dark mode or navigation by gestures. On the other hand, it still offers its automatic antivirus scan with advertisements by default and skips the application drawer . The latter option is available under MIUI 12 and the Redmi Note 9 is among the eligible smartphones. A bit of patience.

PHOTO: WE TAKE THE SAME ONES AND START OVER

The Redmi Note 9 relies on a well-supplied photo part with on the back:

  • A 48 megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens opening at f / 1.79
  • An 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens (118 °) opening at f / 2.2
  • A 2 megapixel sensor with a macro lens opening at f / 2.4
  • A 2-megapixel depth sensor with a lens opening at f / 2.4

In fact, this smartphone recycles all of the Note 8T’s equipment . The 48-megapixel sensor uses pixel binning to merge four pixels into one in order to provide a brighter 12-megapixel image.

By day, we get very good quality shots, details abound and the processing is not too aggressive. Xiaomi redmi note 9 picture quality

Even with a keen eye, it is complicated to play the game of 7 differences in front of a scene immortalized in 12 and 48 megapixels.

12 vs 48 Mpx

At night, this module has a much harder time reproducing all the elements of the scene. The result is less detailed renderings, victims of omnipresent digital noise . Night mode allows you to lighten some shadow areas.

No telephoto lens on the Redmi Note 9 which offers us a digital zoom up to 10x. The loss of detail is rather well contained in 2x. Beyond that, you won’t be able to get anything out of it.

Very useful for capturing larger scenes, the ultra wide angle of the Redmi Note 9 has its qualities and its faults. Screwed on an 8 megapixel sensor, this module logically offers less precise shots but usable when the light conditions are good. Indoors and at night, we do not recommend using it. 

The demonstration of the macro lens is anecdotal because of its low definition and the absence of optical stabilization.

The portrait mode which relies on a depth sensor is doing with honors despite some hiccups in the clipping.

The front camera of the Redmi Note 9 has 13 megapixels (f / 2.3) . Selfie enthusiasts will get their money’s worth since this sensor provides detailed and bright self-portraits .

Without and with portrait mode

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 can shoot up to 1080p at 30fps . Devoid of optical stabilization, it manages to do the job without impressing .

BATTERY: THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER

Armed with a large 5020 mAh battery (4000 mAh on the Redmi Note 8T), the Redmi Note 9 is able to accompany its user for two days without any problem. Allow 16 hours of battery life if you alternate between web browsing, social networks, video playback and games. All in all, a very good performance.

The Redmi Note 9 supports a charging power of 18W but it is a 22.5W block that is included in the box. You will have to wait a little over 2 hours to fully charge it. Fortunately, he compensates with his endurance as a marathon runner.

A POINT ON THE COMPETITION

Xiaomi is no longer the only brand to dominate the sector of smartphones under 230 dollars, it’s counterpart offers a realme 6 ( 235.90 dollars) full of arguments: 90 Hz screen, solid technical configuration, quadruple photo sensor with 64 megapixel module and very good battery life.

Just like the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the classic model suffers from the comparison with its predecessors like the Redmi Note 8 Pro, more interesting than the Note 8T and now sold at the same price as the Redmi Note 9.

CONCLUSION

For less than 200 dollars, Xiaomi allows us to access once again a neat technical sheet in several areas (design, photo and autonomy). The Redmi Note 9, however, lacks audacity and in places overlaps the Redmi Note 8T (photo part), or even does less well than it (performance). This will not prevent it again this year from becoming a recommendable classic in this price bracket, but the Chinese manufacturer should seriously be wary of the competition which is starting to dare.

How iOS 14 Will Make iPhone Camera Faster and Easier to Use

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Take photos faster with iOS 14

Among the many new features found in iOS 14 , the software improvements to the iPhone camera caught our attention because they bring real pluses. They allow you to take pictures faster and control exposure more easily. They also help you stay still when taking pictures in night mode. So many very significant new features that will arrive this fall when the final version of iOS 14 is deployed

iOS 14 adds help for night mode Ios 14 night mode

To take a great photo in night mode, you need to keep the phone as still as possible. With iOS 14, there are now guides to help you keep your phone still when taking photos in these dark conditions.

If you move the iPhone too much, two marks, one yellow and one white, appear in the center of the screen. You can then adjust the way you hold the phone until the two marks coincide. The key is the assurance of taking a sharper picture.

Mirror selfies iOS 14 mirror selfie

When taking a selfie, iPhone reverses the photo so things like text are readable. But iOS 14 will allow you to take a mirror self-portrait. You will be able to take a photo of the inverted version of your face. If there is text on your garment, it will appear inside out, like when you are facing a mirror. Note that on Android, this feature has been around for years, especially at Huawei.

To activate this mirroring mode, go to Settings, Camera and in the Composition section, activate the Front mirror camera function. What’s great is that it works for both stills and videos. Small precision, the preview in real time on the screen is not mirrored.

An exposure compensation dial iOS 14 exposure compensation

Adjusting the brightness of a photo that you are going to take can be tedious with iOS 13. The focus and exposure are in a small yellow square that appears when you touch the screen. This yellow square is called the AF / AE (autofocus / automatic exposure) box.

To change the exposure, press the icon to the right of the AF / AE box and drag the icon up or down. Not practical because the interface is very small.

Things will change with iOS 14 which introduces a new Exposure Compensation button that makes it easier to adjust the brightness of your photo. When you open the camera tool menu, a new exposure compensation icon appears, represented by a circle with plus and minus signs in the middle. A slider allows you to increase or decrease the exposure. Apple even has numbered graduations, like a mirrorless camera or a digital SLR.

 

  1. Take photos even faster with iOS 14 Take photos faster with iOS 14

Another big advantage is the ability to take consecutive photos faster. When you’re not in burst mode, iOS 14 significantly shortens the time between taking two photos in a row.