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If you have bitten the bullet and decided to buy the Chinese version of the OnePlus One, your next step will likely to remove ColorOS and flash CM11s on the phone here is how.
ColorOS is the same system that ships on the Oppo Find 7, and has some great features. I, and others, would even go so far to say ColorOS has more in the way of features when compared to CM11S (check out the links above), but as it’s a Chinese ROM it only supports Chinese and English and doesn’t have Google services installed which means a ROOT.
Download CM11S for the Chinese OnePlus One
Once you have decided you want the full OnePlus experience on your OPO and want to flash to CM11S you are going to want to download a CyanogenMod 11S factory image.
Being open source you can download the CM11S factory images directly from the CyanogenMod website. These CM11S factory images include Google Services. There are 3 to choose from, for this how to I used the first ROM option: cm-11.0-XNPH22R-bacon-signed.zip Once download you can begin with the flashing process.
How to flash CM11s on to your Chinese OnePlus One
Before you begin we also suggest you make a back up of anything you want to keep from your phone. Follow these steps to flash CyanogenMod 11S to the Chinese OnePlus One;
- Move the CM11S ROM you downloaded above to the ROOT of your phone. In this case I have named the file ‘update.zip’.
- Turn off your OnePlus One
- When the power is off hold the Power button and Volume down (volume -) buttons together.
- Enter recovery mode.
- Choose ‘English’.
- Wipe data and cache (backup anything you don’t want to loose) and choose ‘Yes’.
- Once the cache is cleared go back to the recovery page and choose ‘Install from SD’
- Choose the cm-11.0-XNPH22R-bacon-signed.zip file and install, and ‘Yes’ to install.
- The OPO should now start to update to CyanogenMod 11s.
- Once installed the OPO should reboot showing the Cyanogen logo and ‘Powered by Android’
- You are now running CyanogenMod 11S Congratulations!
The whole process should only take a few minutes and is much simple than the number of steps might suggest. Now that you have CM11S on your OnePlus One you can log in to your Google account and enjoy all the same features as the Global version of the OnePlus One.
I hope you found this how to useful. Let me know if you decide to follow it and install CM11S on your Chinese OnePlus One. Also, let us know if you have any tips or alternative methods.
Thousands of fans are still awaiting a OnePlus One invitation, but there is another way to buy the 2014 flagship killer! One of the most trustworthy online resellers in China, Antelife has the 64GB 3GB White model in stock.
Important: before buying the OnePlus One from China
The OnePlus One phones in China are sold in batches through JD.com without invitation. This is a proven method for China and one which Huawei and Xiaomi have been using for years with success, it also means that there are many more OnePlus Ones in China than there are elsewhere.
Before ordering the OnePlus One from China you will want to weigh up the pros and cons:
- You don’t need an invitation.
- The phone will be in your hands quicker than the international model
- You will be the envy of your friends
- The prices will likely be higher than the official retail price
- The Chinese version of the OPO comes with ColorOS NOT CyanogenMod 11S, however you will be able to install CM.
- You might have issues with warranty turn around time.
- So keep these points in mind before ordering.
The LG G3 launch event will be live streamed on YouTube the company has revealed.
If you’re looking to catch a piece of the LG G3 launch action from the comfort of your own home, LG has revealed you’ll be able to watch the official unveiling on YouTube.
We’ve embedded the video below so you can see the moment the LG G3 is officially launched, potentially in all its metal glory.
LG G3 Possible Features
The LG G3 is expected to come packed in a lightweight metal body, packing a QHD 2560 x 1440p 5.5-inch display.
Under the hood, you should expect to find a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of 16GB of internal storage bolstered by microSD card support up to 128GB.
The LG G3 camera should offer a 13-megapixel sensor, complemented by dual LED flash, 4K video recording and a new Laser Auto Focus feature. This will supposedly use an infrared laser to help provide quick and accurate auto focus, while also boosting low-light performance.
This rear camera will be coupled with a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling and selfies.
The rear volume rocker and hold button from the LG G2 are still there with the LG G3, but have been given a slight design tweak, making them more rounded and less protruding.
From the looks of all the leaks and official teaser trailers, LG is looking to make its UI design more simplistic, but still offer full functionality. These design changes include a new Touch & Shoot mode for the camera app that removes all unnecessary control clutter from the screen.
Plus, there’s also a new Quick Circle feature on the homescreen that offers easy access to your six most used apps.
Oppo Find 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 quick look
There are two very different design philosophies at work here, with the smooth and rounded lines of the Galaxy Note 3 contrasting with the more angular design of the Find 7. Like it’s predecessor, the Oppo Find 5, the Find 7 features a minimalist look with a premium feel, without too many embellishments. The premium version of this device comes with a carbon fiber back panel with a woven pattern, reminiscent of the Motorola Droid line, while the Galaxy Note 3 offers an equally nice feel in the hand, with the welcome move away from glossy plastic to the faux leather plastic material.
The front of the Find 7 is all black and distraction free, with no logos or physical buttons to draw attention away from the beautiful display. While the display of the Galaxy Note 3 shines through as well, you do get the signature button layout at the front, with a physical home button flanked by two capacitive keys. On its flat sides, the Find 7 features two sleek faux chrome rings, while the Note 3 uses the same material to mimic the pages of a notebook.
Even though the Galaxy Note 3 features a display that is slightly larger, the dimensions of both devices are quite similar. the Oppo Find 7 is a millimeter taller, but is noticeably narrower, making the latter a little easier to hold. The Galaxy Note 3 is almost a millimeter thinner though, with the 3 grams difference in weight negligible.
The premium version of the Find 7 takes the lead in a display comparison, at least, if pixel density is of paramount importance to you. The 5.5-inch screen features a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD), resulting in a whopping pixel density of 538 ppi. On the other hand is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, that comes with a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of “just” 1080p, translating to a pixel density of 386 ppi.
While not many will care or particularly notice the contrast in sharpness, the difference certainly exists.
As for the technologies underlying the screens of the two contenders, we have a beautiful IPS LCD (Low Temperature Polysilicone) display on the Find 7, with the Galaxy Note 3 featuring a vivid Super AMOLED screen.
The Oppo Find 7 has a slight advantage over the Galaxy Note 3 with its upgraded quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz. This is the same processor that powers the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2, so the Find 7 is certainly in elite company. Along with the Adreno 330 and 3 GB of RAM, the processing package of the Find 7 is the best that is currently available.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also comes with 3 GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU, with the SoC being the older 2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. In theory, the biggest difference between the two processing packages is the slightly higher speeds of the CPU, GPU, and memory interface. Either way, performance is going to be lightning fast, with both smartphones ably handling anything you can throw at it.
Both devices come with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a current high-end Android smartphone. The Find 7 does come with expandable memory, an option not available with the Find 5 or the N1, and can accommodate the newly launched 128 GB microSD cards, as opposed to the 64 GB max of the Galaxy Note 3.
Both phones have large batteries that are also removable, but even without needing to replace the battery, you should be still be able to get more than a full day of usage from both. The Find 7 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note 3 manages to squeeze in a larger 3,200 mAh unit into a sleeker body. That being said, the Oppo Find 7 comes with a special fast-charging technology that, according to Oppo, makes it best-in-class. You should be able to charge the Find 7 from zero to 75 percent in just 30 minutes, with a 5 minute charge giving you almost 2 hours of talk time, which is absolutely amazing in a pinch.
The 13 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor of the Find 7 is combined with a 6 part lens and powerful software features, one of which is called Super Zoom, which combines 10 images taken at the same time to create one 50 MP image with a lot of detail. On the front, you get a 5 MP camera with a wide lens, that allows for an 80 degree field of view. Both cameras have 2.0 aperture lenses, which is great for low-light photography for obtaining the blurred background effect that we all love. It’s a very promising setup that we’re looking forward to putting through its paces.
Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 holds its own in this department, with its great 13 MP rear shooter, which also coupled with tons of software features.
The Find 7 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is somewhat disappointing as we’d have expected a current Android smartphone release to feature Android 4.4 Kitkat. You get Oppo’s Color OS on top, with a similar implementation to what is found on the N1, as opposed to uber cheerful version of the Find 5. Additions include support for various gestures, as well as a range of widgets, and other small enhancements.
You get the well-known TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Samsung is rolling out Android 4.4 to the Note 3 currently, which will introduce small design changes, along with some Kitkat specific functionality.
Oppo Find 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
|Display||5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD, Quad HD (2560 x 1440), 538 ppi||5.7-inch Super AMOLED, 1080p (1920 x 1080), 386 ppi|
|Processor||Snapdragon 801 – Quad-core Krait 400 2.5GHz Adreno 330||2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330|
|RAM||3 GB||3 GB|
|Storage||32 GB, expandable||16/32/64 GB, expandable|
|Battery||3,000 mAh||3,200 mAh|
|Cameras||13 MP rear LED flash, Sony Exmor RS sensor, 6p lens, f 2.0, 4K, HDR
5MP front, f 2.0, 80 degrees field of view
|13 MP rear camera, LED flash
2 MP front
|Connectivity||GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE||GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE|
|OS||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean|
|151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
Via (Android Authority)
Oppo Find 7 hands-on and first impressions
The design of the Oppo Find 7 borrows heavily from the language we first saw with the Find 5, complete with a high-end build quality with steel elements. While the handset might look similar to its predecessor, it has a much better balance weight distribution that feels nimbler in the hands than we expected, despite actually weighing a little more than the Find 5 at 170g versus 165g.
The black slate front has a 5.5-inch screen with capacitive keys at the bottom. You’ll also find an attractive LED light at the bottom, which Oppo refers to as the Skyline light. On the right side of the handset you’ll find volume rockers, with the power button located on the left.
The back of the handset depends on which model of the Find 7 you end up purchasing, the base 1080p model (aka Find 7 A) or the higher-end QHD model. The former has a brushed metal back, while the later has a carbon fiber backing with an attractive textured pattern.
As previously mentioned, the Oppo Find 7 features a 5.5-inch display that comes in either a 1080p or 2560×1440 (QHD) resolution. The higher-end of these models manages to pack an extremely impressive 534ppi, beating out any other device currently on the market.
The Find 7’s 5.5-inch screen fits inside a body that is about the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which puts the phone right on the line of discomfort when using with one hand. That said, the handset’s size is nowhere near the level of discomfort you’d find from larger phablet devices and we believe it is a size that most users will eventually get used to without much of a problem.
Performance and Hardware
What you get under the hood again depends on the model you’re looking at. The base version of the handset features a Snapdragon 800, with the QHD model will offer a Snapdragon 801. Based on our time with the Find 7, we found that the Android-based COLOR OS flew by very smoothly on both models. Really the only thing we didn’t like here is that you’ll have to hold down the home button to access the recent apps screen.
Unlike the Find 5 and the more recent Oppo N1, the Find 7 offers expandable storage and is also the first Oppo device to handle LTE connections. But probably the coolest hardware feature has to do with the battery.
A 3,000 mAh battery might seem pretty normal considering the fact the phone has a QHD display, but Oppo has built in a technology that allows multi-step constant current charging that should provide 0% to 75% battery life in just half an hour! That’s the best in class charging speed we’ve seen from any smartphone.
Turning to the camera, there’s a 13MP optic package that features the latest-gen Sony Exmor RS sensor. As for the camera’s software, it’s pretty much the same camera app that we saw in the Oppo N1. Some of the camera app’s special features include the ability to shoot in RAW format, in addition to things like its slow shutter feature.
Overall, all the pictures we took looked rather nice, but we’ll reserve full judgment until we’re able to bring you a full review that really puts the camera through its paces.
Although a newer version of Color OS is expected in the not-too-distant future, the version arriving in the Find 7 is essentially the same as what was offered in the Oppo N1 — though that’s not a bad thing.
The Find 7 is packed full of special features, some of which we found a little gimmicky while others were incredibly useful such as the gesture panel can be brought down by sliding from the left of the dropdown. Once in the gesture panel, you can draw programmable gestures to perform a bunch of different tasks. Another extremely useful feature is the ability to double tap the home button to turn off and wake up the phone.
Even some of the more gimmicky features are still really cool, such as the Sky gestures. These gestures can be accessed by holding the volume button down and then moving the phone around in certain patterns to turn on the torch, camera or even the phone.
Pricing and availability
The Oppo Find 7 will go on sale “very soon” directly through Oppo’s website in various markets. The 1080p model will be priced at $499, or $599 for the QHD version.
LG G3 to reportedly feature a MediaTek MT6595 SoC, QHD display
2560 x 1440 pixel displays are fast becoming the standard for any flagship this year. Two of China’s biggest manufacturers, OPPO and Vivo have already made their intentions clear about having QHD phones on the market, and it is just about time that other internationally renown ones like LG up the ante as well.
While the company might already have released a feature packed smartphone this year in the form of the LG G Pro 2, there’s still a flagship that’s due — the LG G3, successor to the widely popular G2. According to various leaks and spy info, the G3 will almost certainly pack a 2560 x 1440p display akin to the upcoming OPPO Find 7, which isn’t as much of a surprise as the processor it is tipped to feature — one that comes from MediaTek. While this cannot be confirmed or denied at the moment, it is being said that the G3 will feature the LTE enabled MediaTek MT6595 which comes with 4x 2.2-2.5GHz Cortex A17 plus 4x 1.7GHz Cortex A7 cores on board.
If true, LG would be playing a gamble of sorts, since the MT6595 is one chipset with a lot of promise, but there isn’t a lot that’s known about the chipset at the moment. Other than that, the G3 looks super fine with the reported QHD panel, which lacks on the recently released Samsung Galaxy S5.