OnePlus has released their third flagship product to compete with the top models from Samsung and Apple. We got a chance to review the smartphone and here’s what we found:
The OnePlus 3 has a very vanilla smartphone design, with no overly different button placements or missing headphone jacks. The full metal jacket is cut from a single piece of aluminium, which sits at a 7.3mm width and weighs in at 153 grams. It’s thinner than the OnePlus Two which used the extra space for a larger battery at 3,300mAh, unlike the OnePlus Three where the camera sticks out of the back awkwardly and the battery is a reduced 3,000mAh battery.
The design along the bottom is slightly borrowed from the iPhone with curved edges, but overall the body design is sleek, strong and standard.
The most prominent specifications for the OnePlus Three include:
- A 16MP rear camera with a Sony PDAF sensor and a 8MP front camera
- Snapdragon 820
- 6GB of RAM & 64GB internal storage, non-expandable.
- 5.5-inch full HD ‘Optic’ AMOLED display
- Dash Charge
Each of these points have a valid positive and negative effect for the phone’s usability. Let’s go through each:
The rear camera is nothing too special when compared to the big dogs like the Samsung S7 and iPhone 6S, but it definitely holds its own. The camera app launches quite immediately, the picture captures super quick, and unless the subject is moving, the pictures are sharp, clear and well-defined. Added camera features include Phase Detection AutoFocus, OIS (optical image stabilization), EIS (electronic image stabilization, Auto HDR, HD Mode and Dynamic De-Noise. It’s a very good overall camera.
The processor is Snapdragon’s most powerful processor, no complaints there.
Here’s the really good part, the immense 6GB of RAM. The performance of the phone is essentially unrivalled, with swift app launches and very negligible lag. The 2GB increase from the OnePlus Two is not really noticeable, but the OnePlus spokesperson mentioned it’s more for continued usability in the future. So you’re covered for a few years. A+
The full HD screen is an interesting decision since Samsung and the Nexus phones are now launching with QuadHD screens, and some are VR ready too. But the OnePlus Three is focused on delivering the tried and tested performance of the 1080p screen because the display is already extremely viable, with great colors, good viewing angles, and very little pixel density issues. The “Optic” AMOLED features deepen the reds and blacks to provide a better experience, along with all the regular AMOLED add-ons. Good screen all round.
The Dash Charge system might be one of the key selling points for this phone. 60% of you battery power within half an hour, and full charge in little over an hour. Compared to other phones boasting QuickCharging, the Dash Charge system actually holds up. The battery will last you one day’s use and you can get right back to it in realistically half an hour. Excellent feature that actually delivers.
OnePlus promised a flagship killer, and the OnePlus Three is indeed worthy of fighting it’s more expensive competitors. A good value for money phone, for anyone looking for an upgrade for cheap (relatively).