OnePlus 3 render gives away design (and it’s nothing new)


We’ve had more than our fair share of OnePlus 3 leaks over the past few weeks, but who minds another?

So this time around, we have an alleged press render of the phone leaked by @evleaks. What’s new? Nothing. Well, that if you’ve seen the previous leaks of the phone.

It’s the same HTC-Apple-ish design with the antenna lines running at the back and a fingerprint sensor that sits on the home button (capacitive?). The one thing that you can take away from this render though is the new silver color, that does make the phone look slick.

OnePlus 3 render

Besides, the leak has a couple other additions: one of a 3000mAh battery (we don’t buy that yet), and the display being AMOLED.

OnePlus 3 to ditch the removable rear cover?

Metal is quite the in thing in the phone industry right now (it is perhaps the one thing that’s managed to stay ‘in’ for a couple of years). So it is no surprise that the OnePlus 3 is an all-metal unibody phone. The OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2 had removable rear covers, and it seems as though the 3 won’t follow suit.

As for the specs, it is going to be a Snapdragon 820 phone. More info here.

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29 Comments

  1. GodZillaa
    May 17, 2016

    I don’t know if these are legit, but this rubbish antenna-bands design needs to end. I’m not sure who started it (HTC I think, followed by Apple), but it is getting sickening.

    Will absolutely not buy if this is the design. I like my backplates as band / line free as possible, and without protruding camera units.

    I hope this ugly, overdone crap is fake.

    • Andrew P
      May 17, 2016

      To your surprise, “this rubbish antenna-bands design” made Apple more money than any other smartphone on this planet, and was complimented by Xiaomi officials.

      Of course OnePlus should listen to gizchina.com expert “GodZillaa” instead of global market trends.

      • balcobomber25
        May 17, 2016

        I don’t know about making more money than any other smartphones, Samsung (who doesn’t use this design) might have something to say about that.

        But it is the current industry trend.

      • King
        May 17, 2016

        And everyone is entitled to an opinion … And a healthy debate. Agree that Apple made a lot go money on that, but they would have made that anyway. There enough people out there who will by an apple coz it’s an apple. 🙂

      • GodZillaa
        May 17, 2016

        Apple would have made that much even if the back had your ugly face on it. People would find a way to circumvent that disaster by common techniques, such as a back cover.

        But people who don’t like using back covers would be screwed for life if they chose to purchase the phone.

        iPhone 6s Ball-Tugger Edition – with Andrew P’s face on the backplate.

        • Andrew P
          May 18, 2016

          Showing anger because someone disagrees with your opinion is the lowest point in discussion you can achieve.

          • GodZillaa
            May 18, 2016

            “Of course OnePlus should listen to expert “GodZillaa” instead of global market trends.”
            “Showing anger because someone disagrees with your opinion is the lowest point in discussion you can achieve.”

            With those two sentences, you completely contradict yourself and destroy the rest of your credibility of statements (not crediability). It is illogical to taunt someone and get personal with them because you disagree with their opinion and expression, and the very next second you defend your difference of opinion when you’re at the receiving end.

            Trying to assume higher moral grounds while unknowingly bringing out the intolerant hypocrite in you is a fairly low point achieved commonly by internet scum.

            • Andrew P
              May 19, 2016

              There is a difference between anger and sarcasm, therefore I do not contradict myself and your argument is incorrect.

              I see you have a beautiful, picturesque vocabulary to communicate with people on the internet. However, I am afraid it does not help to make your mindless opinion look any better.

    • balcobomber25
      May 17, 2016

      The problem is the use of metal alloys. On plastic, ceramic or glass phones you can hide the antennae and have no issues with signal loss. With metal the signal will be blocked. There are various ways to attempt to hide them. Gionee is wrapping them around the phone so you have a clean back. Meizu is placing them as close to the top and bottom edge as possible. Several companies are painting them to match the exterior color or using plastic panels at the top and bottom in an attempt to hide them.

      • GodZillaa
        May 17, 2016

        True, the problem isn’t inherently in the design/layout itself, which was great at a time (and is still a worthy solution to the problem you mention).

        However, the proliferation of exactly the same design+layout across a range of devices is alarming. I see one on GizChina every other day. For smaller Chinese brands, I can understand that design originality isn’t their priority. But it’s disappointing to see brands with significant engineering resources follow suit (if at all this is true, and they do).

        Good to see that at least some manufacturers are trying to implement different solutions in order to achieve design diversity.

        • Andrew P
          May 18, 2016

          “the problem isn’t inherently in the design/layout itself”
          “people would find a way to circumvent that disaster”

          With those two sentences, you completely contradict yourself and destroy the rest of your crediability of statements. It is illogical to call the same design a disaster in one post, and not a problem in another under the same article.

          Looking to the rest of your written content, either you have mental problems or no understanding on how mobile phone market works at all.

          Either way, I would recommend to consider the consulation of doctor regarding your causeless anger instead of writing comments.

  2. Danny H.
    May 17, 2016

    It looks OK in my opinion. I’m sure oneplus will have a line of back cover for it. Most people will use a case of some kind anyway. What concerns me more is the battery life & price.

    • J-Ticket
      May 17, 2016

      Loks like all other product of chinese OEM manufacturers.

  3. Ionut Johnny
    May 17, 2016

    It doesn’t look so bad, if the price is ok and the camera good this will be my first one plus.

  4. Muhammad Yasir
    May 17, 2016

    i hate the camera lens … and the HTC look alike design

    i always expected OP to be unique :/

    • Hallex
      May 17, 2016

      Camera lens looks like LeTV 2 !

      • Muhammad Yasir
        May 17, 2016

        exactly … and also some HTC phones had the same lens design

        • Hallex
          May 17, 2016

          Yes .. After the design is like HTC, all manufacturers are copy-between them ..HTC looks like Iphone, some Samsung, i think they have used all possibility of design..

          • NextHype
            May 17, 2016

            I don’t think they tried everything possible ^^ It’s just they don’t want to take risk and go for something everyone already knows.

          • King
            May 17, 2016

            Apple designs draw inspiration from HTC imho.

    • NextHype
      May 17, 2016

      They weren’t really unique since they took Oppo Find 7’s design for OP1/OP2.
      Now Oppo isn’t ready to release their Find 9, OP can’t use its design and get in line because they probably have no advanced designer team.

      I don’t really like this “all metal with plastic antenna lines” design neither, may the lense be round-ish or square-ish…

      • Muhammad Yasir
        May 18, 2016

        damn …. poor OP

  5. ARUN SUBRAMANIAN
    May 17, 2016

    it actually looks good…not at all an issue if phone is performer

  6. Manjurul Islam
    May 17, 2016

    Is oneplus trying to make its own coffin and preparing to go graveyard? look at the design – nothing unique, expected it to have snapdragon 823 since most are equipping 820. where are dual flash? No styleswap cover this time. Last time with Two, they ditched the NFC and features were lackluster, the trend is going on, this time readying for graveyard journey. (it reminds me of IUNI).

  7. bojan radovanovic
    May 17, 2016

    If it’s not bigger than 5,2′ and have any kind of waterproofness, this would be my first choice

    • jimberkas
      May 17, 2016

      i think you should move along, then. it will be 5.5″ and it won’t be waterproof. though I completely agree with your line of thinking.

    • Karly Johnston
      May 18, 2016

      You should probably look at Zuk Z2 Pro.

  8. jimberkas
    May 17, 2016

    keep in mind, in a RENDER! every company makes their render look way better than the actual phone. the earlier leaked photos that everyone poo-poo’d, that’s how the phone will really look.
    agree that it looks “typical” but there’s only so much you can do with a phone design-wise. i don’t particularly agree with the new all metal craze, or the all glass either. i think a well done plastic phone is more durable.
    anyway, if they hit the right specs, software, and price, I’ll still be interested.

  9. Ed
    May 17, 2016

    A Samsung/HTC/iPhone hybrid. Too bad, the OnePlus 1 had a fine original design, but now they’re going full Chinese and produce this.