OnePlus is dominating Apple in key emerging markets

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iPhone's high price tag puts it out of reach.
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Smartphone sales are exploding in emerging markets like China and India. Apple has been trying to take advantage of that for years, and it insists it is succeeding. But in reality, other manufacturers are dominating the premium smartphone segment.

According to the latest data, OnePlus handsets accounted for 57 percent of all premium handsets sold in India during the second quarter of 2017.

iPhone 7 finally loses in speed test against Android rival

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iPhone 7 isn't top dog anymore.
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Thanks to Apple’s engineering magic, the iPhone has long outpaced its Android-powered rivals.

In real-world speed tests, the iPhone can blaze past high-end competitors from the likes of Google, Samsung and LG, despite slower processors and less RAM. But not anymore. We finally have an Android device that packs more power than the iPhone 7 — and that’s the OnePlus 5.

How iPhone 7 and 7 Plus stack up against the hottest Androids

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iPhone 7 is here, but is it the best smartphone?
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Now that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are official, you’re probably wondering whether you should make one of them your next smartphone.

Before making your decision, find out how they stack up against the hottest Androids — such as the Galaxy S7, and Galaxy Note 7, the new LG V20, and the affordable OnePlus 3 — right here.

OnePlus 2 review: A pretty powerhouse that won’t break the bank

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The new OnePlus 2 is faster and prettier than its predecessor.
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The latest “flagship killer” from Chinese startup OnePlus is getting even more attention that its predecessor. And rightly so: The OnePlus 2 is better looking and more advanced than the OnePlus One, with a faster Snapdragon 810 processor, up to twice as much RAM, and a new 13-megapixel camera sensor.

The device also comes with OnePlus’ latest OxygenOS software pre-installed, which offers a pure Android experience with some added extras.

All these things come in a pretty package that costs just $329 with 16GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. (You can bump up to 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM for $389.) But is this a great smartphone that’s worth waiting for?

40,000 pounds of force makes an iPhone 5s crumble like cookies

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Thanks to its gorgeous aluminum construction and Gorilla Glass display, the iPhone 5s is one of the strongest, most robust flagship smartphones money can buy. If you drop it from a reasonable height, there’s a good chance it will remain in one piece — even if it’s not wearing a case.

But Jony Ive’s aluminum is no match for the crushing machine in the video below, which uses 40,000 pounds of force to make a sturdy iPhone 5s crumble like cookies.