The OnePlus 7 Pro reveals a notch-free future (The 3:59, Ep. 561)
Welcome to the 359, I'm Ben Fox Ruben and I'm here with mobile senior reporter Shara Tibken.
Shara thanks for being here.
Thanks for having me
Shara was at the One Plus lunch event yesterday for the One Plus Seven Pro, it's new 600 $70 flagship device.
It's the first phone coming to the US that includes a pop-up camera for selfies, instead of a notch or a hole-punch or whatever.
So, [UNKNOWN], my first question to you is, what do you think of that change?
Do you think that it's significant enough, or it's worth it to have just that full-screen
What are your thoughts?
You know I think it could go either way, I think for a lot of people having that fullscreen is awesome.
OnePlus did, they told me, hundreds of prototypes before they decided on a pop up camera because they were really trying to figure out what the best way to kind of
Had this full screen.
They had polled users and talked to people, and what everybody wanted was an immersive screen.
And when you're using your phone, if you think about it, you're using the screen all the time.
You're using that selfie camera.
So for them that pop-up camera is all about the screen.
We've seen a lot of notches though, and I feel like at a certain point that you stopped noticing that they're even there.
So, I think it'll be interesting to see after using something like this where there is no notch if it makes it harder to go back to something with a notch like the iPhone or.
You know if you don't really notice it.
Do you have a personal preference yourself between like a notch or a whole punch.
I don't know how much time you've got to spend with like the Samsung S10?
Yeah I mean I haven't, you know I don't really personally have a big preference.
I think it kinda depends on what you are doing with it.
I don't watch a ton of video on my phone, I know alot of people do and that's kinda one of the area where it could be Distracting if you're part of the videos cutout.
So for what I'm doing, like scrolling through Twitter and Instagram, things like that, it's not quite as big a deal.
It's not so bad.
Let's talk about durability for a second here.
As far as having
A tiny element on the phone pop up and pop down again.
Did they tell you as far as how durable this is or how likely it is that something like that could break off?
Yeah they did a lot of test.
You know whenever a phone comes out there's a ton of torture tests that they go through and they created some special ones to test the camera.
So for one they had a barrel and they dropped the phone with the camera open into the barrel I think 150 times.
And then each time they dropped it they'd spin it 75 times, I believe.
And then they had another one where they had basically a box with dust in it and they Through the phone and I opened and closed it 300,000 times which is kinda the bar for this'll last five years is what they're saying.
So when they first were working on this, they had a version that had kind of a smaller motor, it took up less space.
But it just wasn't strong enough or durable enough, so then they ended up having to go with a bigger motor which meant they essentially had to redesign redesign everything on the phone to deal with that.
But that is what they really think is going to make this durable.
And they showed a video during their event of a forty-nine pound of cement being hoisted, And what it was being held on was the camera module.
And I mean obviously that's a video so it's not like we saw it in real life to be like, wow look at that.
You know, but it's interesting like they really are
Trying to say, hey, this is durable, it's not gonna pop off the first time you use it.
So I wanna introduce Apple a little bit more into the conversation.
And what do you think Apple is gonna do This year that could get people more excited or more interested in the iPhone, maybe get them to buy it or upgrade it more frequently.
Is there something on the horizon, particularly this year, that you expect that That might generate a little bit more interest.
I don't know, it's kind of hard to say.
Like the things this year that everybody's really excited about, like foldable screens, 5G, those are not things that we're gonna see from Apple this year.
Like we're just not.
So it is really kind of hard to figure out what it is that they are gonna come up with that really gets people to upgrade.
It may be more of like a services bundle or You know things that make you say, I need the iPhone because I want this, like I want the Apple card, I want the new TV service, I want whatever.
You know its going to work better on my iPhone.
Hardware-wise, you know, I don't know what it is that they can do that's, you know, really exciting or really interesting.
That's kind of a bummer, but
It's still early.
You know, it's only May.
The phone There are obviously rumors all the time.
There hasn't been anything that's like really like earth-shattering or yet.
But still it's early.
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I'm Ben Fox Ruben.
I'm Chara Tikin.
Thanks for listening.