Launched: OnePlus 3 — $399, SD820, 6GB RAM!


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The OnePlus 3 surely isn’t the best kept secret since mankind, or since this week. Either way, it’s no doubt it’s an exciting phone, and it’s finally here — officially.

The phone was launched in VR which may sound punk but it’s something OnePlus are quite used to. Anyway, let’s skip the launch event itself and talk about the phone — that’s what we’re here for.

The phone comes with the Snapdragon 820 SoC, which is far, far from a surprise. With that, the OnePlus 3 has a massive 6GB of RAM. It appears as though it’ll only be the 6GB RAM version of the phone that’ll go on sale initially. 6GB RAM… that’s a lot indeed! With that, the OnePlus 3 gets a nice 64GB ROM to work with.

We kind of missed the screen – let’s take a quick look. It’ll be a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a 1920 x 1080p FHD resolution. The display will be coated in Gorilla Glass 4.

Moving on to the camera department, the OnePlus 3 has a 16 mega-pixel rear camera with OIS (and full manual controls) along with an 8 mega-pixel front-facing shooter for ya selfie lovers.

The battery on the OnePlus 3 is a rather low-capacity one (3000mAh; low capacity for 2016, but then a lot also depends on the software implementation). That said, OnePlus have finally introduced fast charging (in the form of ‘Dash Charge’ quick charging, more than likely an OPPO VOOC equivalent).

What OnePlus have also managed to include in the OnePlus 3 is NFC, something that lacked on the OnePlus 2… and managed to irk the savvy population.

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On the software side of things, the OnePlus 3 will feature the company’s OxygenOS running on top of Android 6.0.1, so no real surprises here.

As we’d reported previously, the OnePlus 3 will be available invite-free to anyone who wishes to purchase the phone. That said, OnePlus seem to be looking at the premium segment more than the ‘geek’ market, which they’re catered to with the OnePlus One and the 2.

Moving on to the most important bit — pricing, the OnePlus 3 will be available for $399 in the US, $519 in Canada, £309 in the UK, €399 in Europe and 27,999 INR in India. Some (including me) expected OnePlus to give the pricing a bit of a shave after the 27,999 INR pricing leaked in a newspaper ad (for real!).

Specs in a nutshell:

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED 1920 x 1080p display
  • Snapdragon 820 SoC
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB ROM
  • 16 mega-pixel OIS rear camera
  • 8 mega-pixel front facing camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • OxygenOS (Android 6.0.1)

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