New hardware gives device makers a new opportunity to customize their software as well. In fact, smartphones are often shipped with unique software features not available on other devices. This is a calculated bid to stick out. This is true of the OnePlus 7 Pro, which marked its debut earlier this week.
Zen mode follows the example set by Google Digital Wellness initiative and take it to its natural conclusion. If enabled, the Zen mode basically makes the OnePlus 7 Pro impossible to use. This puts the phone in an interrupted state that closes almost everything. For example, you can use the phone to call 911 when in Zen mode, as well as to receive calls from your dear old mom. You can also use the camera. That's it. No notifications, no messages, no other apps.
Zen mode lasts 20 minutes and the idea is to force people to turn off the device and pay attention to something (anything!) Otherwise for at least a while. Zen mode stays on even if you reboot the device. It features a 20-minute watch and as soon as it reaches zero, the OnePlus 7 Pro jumps back to life.
OnePlus made sure that the low-power capabilities of the phone's camera were improved and called Nightscape 2.0. These feature banks on the larger OnePlus 7 Pro sensor to capture more light. The 48MP sensor supports pixel binning, which effectively combines four pixels into one. This, coupled with the powerful ISP of the Snapdragon 855 processor, helps the OnePlus 7 Pro take better pictures in darker environments when compared to the OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 6.
Lastly, there is a screen recorder. It's a feature that is already available to some other phone makers, especially Apple and Huawei. The screen saver facilitates the recording process that you do on the phone's screen. It is ideal for capturing step-by-step instructions that you can share with someone else. Google is expected to make it An indigenous feature of Android finally, but until then people have to rely on OnePlus and others to offer it.
It's all neat. Is one of them to OnePlus's older phones, such as the OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 6? We asked OnePlus for the skinny.
"Zen mode will come to the 6 and 6T in a future update," OnePlus said Android Authority via email. "Because of a hardware limitation, Nightscape 2.0 remains exclusive to the 7 Series." However, the company did not have an immediate answer for the screen saver, as that feature is strictly managed by software, it is not beyond the realm of possibility. that it will also appear on the 6 or 6T along the way.