OnePlus Band review: Offers smart and affordable solution to monitor key health indicators

The device is responsive, fast and offers good value for money.

It is lightweight and sits comfortably on your wrist.
GET IT FOR: Rs 2,499
HIGHLIGHT: SpO2 monitoring


The pandemic has generated a new wave of fitness trends and manufacturers are not behind in capitalising on these trends. Fitness bands offer a smart and affordable solution to monitor key health indicators. Smartphone major OnePlus kickstarted 2021 with the launch of its first fitness band in India. Simply named the OnePlus Band, it comes with a 1.1-inch AMOLED colo u red touch screen. The display is bright and offers good legibility even in sunlight. The smart band has an oval-shaped design paired with a silicon band.

The design is simple but stylish. The band comes with over 10 faces. It is lightweight and sits comfortably on your wrist. Setting up the device is easy. Install the OnePlus Health app on a smartphone and follow the on-screen instructions to start using the band. The UI is neat, clean and easy to use. There are four primary actions — swiping up, down, right and left — to get things done on the band. OnePlus Band boasts of several health and fitness features. There’s a 24x7 heart rate tracker with a built-in vibration alarm for higher pulse rates. Using the SpO2 level monitor, users can monitor the oxygen level in blood.


The smart band also boasts a sleep tracking feature. One can adjust personal routines and set goals to improve sleep from the OnePlus Health app. There are 13 exercise modes on the smart band. These include Cricket and Yoga modes tailored for users in India. The breath feature on the band allows one to practice relaxed breathing. However, the smart band lacks an indoor walk mode which is simply added as part of daily activity. The fitness band also displays notifications like calls and messages.

Though the band offers music controls, users cannot reply back or answer calls using the device. The smart band's battery didn't last the claimed 14 days. It fell short by 2-3 days. To charge the device, one has to remove the tracker from the strap and place it on the dongle that comes with it — a slightly annoying task. The band is water-resistant and has an IP68 rating. OnePlus Band comes for Rs 2,499.

Unlike other fitness bands in this price category, the One-Plus Band has a fast, responsive display and is a good value for money device.
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CES 2021: Rollable Phones & 5G Devices Will Change How You Use Smartphones
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This year began on a futuristic note, thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show 2021 (CES 2021).

Forced by the Covid-19 pandemic to go digital, the show that kicked off on Monday concluded today. The virtual tech show, which usually welcomes a massive gathering of spectators in Las Vegas each year, showcased some of the biggest creations in artificial intelligence, concept cars, smart homes, along with an impressive lineup of smartphones.

The smartphones category at the CES 2021 was a perfect mix of budget-friendly and premium devices, heavily packed with the latest features.

Many of the smartphones launched at the show are expected to hit the shelves this year. Here's a list of best smartphones released at CES 2021.

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TCL Technology, a Chinese state-owned multinational company, on Monday launched two budget-friendly phones, the TCL 20 5G and the TCL 20 SE at CES 2021 on Monday. TCL 20 5G, a higher-end model, is priced at EUR 299 (Rs 26,600 approx.) and is available in two colour options - Mist Grey and Placid Blue. While it's already available in Italy, reports suggest it will be rolled out across the world in February.

The TCL 20 SE is tagged at EUR 149 (Rs 13,300 approx.) and comes in two different colours - Aurora Green and Nuit Black. It's scheduled to be launched around the world sometime in January.

TCL 20 5G: What's in the box

Display: 6.70-inch
Processor: Snapdragon 690 5G
Battery: 4,500mAh
Camera: 48MP primary, additional 8MP wide camera, 2MP macro camera
Front camera: 8MP
RAM: 6GB
Storage: Up to 256GB, expandable via microSD card
Connectivity: USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

TCL 20 SE: What's in the box

Display: 6.82-inch
Processor: Snapdragon 460
Battery: 5,000mAh
Camera: 48MP primary, additional 5MP wide angle, 2MP depth camera and 2MP macro.
Front camera: 8-megapixel
RAM: 4GB
Storage: Up to 256GB, expandable via microSD card
Connectivity: USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

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Motorola showed off its new smartphones from G-series Moto G Stylus 2021 and the Motorola One 5G Ace.

Both devices are under the Rs 30,000 range with Moto G Stylus 2020 priced at $299 (Rs 22,000 approx.), and the Motorola One 5G Ace available at $399.99 (Rs 29,500 approx). G Stylus 2020 comes in two colour variants - Aurora White and Aurora Black, while One 5G Ace comes in Frosted White colour only.

Motorola G Stylus: What's in the box?

Display: 6.80-inch
Processor: Snapdragon 678
Battery: 4,000mAh
Camera: 48MP primary camera, additional 8MP, 2MP depth and 2MP macro
Front camera: 16-megapixel
OS: Android 10
RAM: 4BG
Storage: Up to 128GB inbuilt, can expand up to 512GB via microSD card
Connectivity: USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

Motorola One 5G Ace: What's in the box?

Display: 6.70-inch
Processor: Snapdragon 750G 5G
Battery: 5,000mAh
Camera: 48MP primary, additional 8MP and 2MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 10
RAM: 4GB
Storage: Up to 64GB inbuilt, can expend up to 1TB via microSD card
Connectivity: USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

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Produced under TCL Technology license, Nokia-owned company Alcatel, on January 13, released 1S - the most affordable and pocket-friendly model with impressive features. Priced EUR 109 (Rs. 9,700 approx.), 1S 2021 comes in two colour options - Twilight Blue and Elegant Black. The phone is expected to hit the markets in February.

One of the key features of the phone in this amazing budget is its split screen mode which lets you run through multiple apps simultaneously.

What's in the box?

Display: 6.52-inch
Processor: Octa-core
Battery: 3060mAh
Camera: 13MP primary along with 2MP depth, 2MP macro
Front camera: 5MP
OS: Android 11
RAM: 3GB
Storage: Up to 32GB inbuilt storage, can extend to 128GB via microSD card.
Connectivity: USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

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The South Korean tech company, LG, mesmerised the CES digital crowd with its all-new rollable device. The company teased a glimpse of the smartphone that rolls up, proving its dominance over foldable phones. The company will launch its rollable smartphones by the end of this year.

Apart from LG, TCL, too, came rolling with the same concept, which doesn't have a name or a release date, yet. TCL said that its device will expand from a 6.7-inch to a 7.8-inch tablet at a touch of a finger.

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