Later this month, OnePlus will launch two new smartphones and a set of truly wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds, as revealed by the company on Twitter.
The announcement comes after the launch of OnePlus 10 Pro in India. Offering leading camera specifications, new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform, and many other noteworthy features, the OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the hottest smartphones of 2022, but its steeper price puts it out of the reach of many consumers.
The two upcoming smartphones, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 (Lite) and the OnePlus 10R 5G, will both be more affordable than the OnePlus 10 Pro, but you can expect the same excellent value OnePlus is known for.
The OnePlus Nord CE 2 (Lite) is a mid-range device with a Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G chipset, up to 8 GB of RAM, and a 64 MP rear camera that’s aided by a dedicated 2 MP macro lens and a 2 MP depth lens.
The OnePlus 10R 5G is a high-end phone whose 6.7” AMOLED display, MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, 50 MP, f/1.9 main lens, 8 MP ultrawide lens, and 2 MP macro lens should be able to satisfy even smartphone enthusiasts.
Both the OnePlus Nord CE 2 (Lite) and the OnePlus 10R 5G are rumored to support quick charging. The OnePlus 10R is expected to be available with 150W fast charging, which would make it possible to recharge its Li-Po 5000 mAh battery from 0% to 50% in just 5 minutes.
Not much is known at this point about the upcoming set of truly wireless stereo earbuds that will be unveiled by OnePlus later this month. Leaked renders suggest that they will be Nord-branded, but their features and specifications remain a mystery.
Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections
According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.
NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.
At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.
“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”
It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.
According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.
Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.
Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.