You list two phones that are out, one of which is certainly not Disappointing (GS8) and one that arguably is considered disappointing at large, regardless of your (or my) subjective experience. Not only have online critics expressed disappointment in their review (some explicitly in their titles, such as ArsTechnica), it was much less of an upgrade to the G5 than you seem to make it out to be. I wouldn't know why you call the G5 "janky", in fact, when the G6 is not much different overall (owing part of it to having essentially the same processor, a year apart). The Galaxy Note 8, I will refrain from commenting on, because it's not out yet. But the article mentions the trends that have, by and large, disappointed Android online communities... Such as significantly smaller battery capacities, missing headphone jacks, unsubstantial upgrades in internal hardware, radical design changes, ads being served through phones, and so on. Mind you, this isn't to say the OnePlus 5 isn't guilty of disappointing -- it's mentioned in some of the very first few sentences that I did, in fact, get disappointed. But it's not clickbait, because the arguments are substantiated in multiple sections across a 2,500 word article that's not invalidated by the Galaxy S8 being pretty good, and you personally liking the G6.
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