Listen: The OnePlus 7 Pro reveals a notch-free future (The 3:59, Ep. 561)
"The. Welcome to the three fifty nine. I'm Ben FOX Ruben. And I'm here with mobile senior reporter Charlotte Tipton jar thanks for being here. Thanks for having me shar was at the one plus launch event yesterday for the one plus seven pro it's new six hundred seventy dollar flagship device is the first phone coming to the US. That includes a pop-up camera for selfish instead of a notch or a whole punch or whatever to charming 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, you know, like 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 full screen is is awesome. Oneplus? Did they told me hundreds of prototypes before they decided on the pop up camera because they were really trying to figure out what the best way to kind of have this full screen. They had pulled users and talk 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. You know, infrequently. So for them. Like that Papa camera is all about the screen. You know, we've seen a lot of notches though. And I feel like at a certain point that you stop noticing that they're even the air. So I think it'll be interesting to see like after using something like this where there is. No, not if it makes it harder to go back to something with a notch like the iphone or. If you don't really notice it. Do you have a personal preference yourself between like a notch or a hole punch? I don't know how much time you got to spend with like the Samsung as ten. Yeah. I mean, I haven't I don't really personally have a big preference. I think it kind of depends on what you're doing with it. I don't watch a ton video on my phone a lot of people do and that's kind of one of the areas where it could be distracting if you're part of the videos cut out. You know, like for what I'm doing scrolling through Twitter and Instagram and things like that. It's not quite as big. Let's talk about like durability for a second here as far as like having a tiny element on the phone pop up pop down again, did they tell you far as like how durable? This is likely. It is that something like that could break off. Yeah. So they they did a lot of tests. They had kind of sent whenever a phone comes out. There's a ton of torture tests that it goes through and they created some special ones to test the camera so like for one they had a barrel, and they dropped the phone with the camera open into the barrel. I one hundred fifty times and then each time they dropped it. They spin it seventy five times, I believe, and then they had another one where they had basically box with Dustin it, and they like through the phone in it opened and closed. I think three hundred thousand times which is kind of the the bar for like this last five years is what they're saying. So they when they first 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 the phone redesign everything on the phone to kind of deal with that. But that is what they really think is going to make this durable. And they showed a video during their vet of like, a forty nine pounds of cement being kind of hoisted, and what it was being held on was the camera module. Really? Yeah. I mean, and obviously that's a video. So it's not like we saw in real life to be like. Wow. Look that you know. But it's interesting. They really are trying to say, hey, this is durable. It's not going to pop off the first time you so that so I want to introduce apple little bit more into the conversation. And what do you think apple is going to do this year that could get people more excited or more interested in the iphone, maybe get them to buy it or upgraded more? Frequently the is there something on the horizon, particularly this year that you expect that that might generate a little bit more interest. I 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 five G, those are not things that we're going to 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 going to come out with that really gets people to upgrade in maybe more like a services bundle or things that that make you say I need the iphone because I want this. I want the apple card. I want the new TV service. I want whatever. It's going to work better on my iphone, hardware wise. I don't know what it is that they could do that really exciting. Or really interesting. That's kind of a bummer, but but it's still early. It's only may the phone there. There are obviously rumors all the time. There hasn't been anything. That's like really like earth shattering or yet. But it's still it's early. Anyway, if you want to read more about these stories, check them out on CNN on Ben FOX, Rueben Charlotte's have gained. Thanks for listening."