OnePlus started as a promising company after long time Oppo employee Pete Lau left Oppo to start OnePlus. There motto Flagship Killer worked very good for the company as the first three phones by the company had a pretty good response from consumers and they were pretty good although plagued by OnePlus’s invite system. OnePlus had an awesome camera, hardware and software combination. But somewhere along the road One Plus was lost in creating hype for their upcoming phones and other marketing gimmicks.
But it seems now that OnePlus is back in the game as they have released OnePlus 3. Does it live up to the hype, let’s find out.
OnePlus 3 packs a beautiful and clean design this year. It is a traditional smartphone design with nothing out of the ordinary like modular design which is a big craze now. It’s a unibody metal design with subtle curves and sleek lines which makes it feel good holding in the hand. One thing to notice though that One Plus ditched their classic sandstone back for the smooth metal which is a pretty good change and we do welcome it.
The button placement and feedback is responsive and thankfully OnePlus kept their alert slider from last year which works in three modes i.e. All notifications, priority and no notifications. Somehow you will notice that the bottom of the phone looks like an IPhone but with different speaker grill placement, hmm.
The OnePlus 3 packs a fingerprint sensor which is pretty fast as expected and works like a charm and it’s always good to have a physical button although he OnePlus 3 allows the user to choose the physical and capacitive buttons or the on screen buttons or both. Customization has always been one of the great selling point of the OnePlus.
OnePlus has been known to pack Flagship smartphone hardware in their phones but with lesser selling price and this year’s OnePlus does that. Let’s find out about the hardware below:
OnePlus 3 packs a beautiful looking 5.5 inches 1080p OPTIC AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 this year. The side bezels are very thin which is beautiful and reminds of the LG G3 as it was the first phone to introduce it. Now 1080p might be a surprise as now each and every flagship has a minimum of a 2k screen. But the rebels choose not to include it, the reason might be keeping the price lower. But one thing is for sure that the 1080p screen is not less than any other smartphone out there and you may hardly even notice the difference there as the screen portrays vibrant colors and tends to be pretty bright in the daylight and saves a lot of battery too.
One thing you might notice is that the OnePlus might not go with a VR pretty well and in their defense they stated that consumers don’t wear their VR headsets along with smartphones very often. And this is true. The 1080p display also goes very good with the GPU as the graphics and animations lag will be a no to a minimum.
OnePlus 3 packs Oxygen OS 3.3.1 which is based on android marshmallow. The OS itself feels pretty stock which is a good thing as other OEM’s tend to put their own skin on stock which sometimes looks ugly and sometimes slows the device. OnePlus have included very little customization on the skin which feels very light. Some of the features should be included on every phone, like the Night Mode which gives the screen a yellowish tint at the night which saves your eyes a lot of stress and also from the blue light effect.
Already mentioned before we can use both the capacitive and the onscreen buttons. Even the screen grid size and the google search bar is now customizable.
The OnePlus 3 includes a power saving screen glance feature which shows up your notifications for some seconds as you glide your hand over the proximity sensor on the top of the display and this feature comes n pretty handy as you don’t have to unlock to see your notifications every time.
Under the hood
OnePlus One used to be the flagship killer and don’t expect anything less from this beast. This year it might not pack the 2k screen which we already mentioned before with the reasoning too. But everything else is the top of the line.
OnePlus 3 comes packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 820 Quad Core, with clock rate of 2x 2.2 GHz, 2x 1.6 GHz and Adreno 530 GPU. The OnePlus 3 packs a hefty 6gb LPDDR4 ram which will be more than enough and which will be more or equal to your average PCs out there so don’t expect a lag in processing or animation.
OnePlus 3 comes with a 64GB UFS 2.0 Non expandable storage which will be enough for many.
Thankfully OnePlus 3 included NFC in this year’s model which means Android Pay is up and running.
The ports include USB 2.0 Type-C a standard 3.5mm audio jack and a Dual Nano-Sim slot.
The camera on the OnePlus 3 might not be a gamble but it’s decent enough.
The front module packs an 8-megapixel camera while the rear one consists of a 16MP Sony IMX 298 Sensor with aperture of f/2.0. Now that might not be a match for the Galaxy’s of this year on paper but the performance is awesome and pretty fast. The camera app itself launches very fast and the rapid shot fire mode is once again really fast. The results were pretty decent but once again not Galaxy worthy.
The camera app now supports manual mode and RAW image support.
OnePlus 3 downgraded their battery this year to make their phone slimmer. But if you ask us the 3000 mAh included battery will be enough to take on a day ride.
This year OnePlus includes what they call DASH CHARGE which is a fast charging technology which outputs 4A and charges your phone up to 60% in an hour, that’s pretty fast but make sure the temperature is not too hot.
The OnePlus is not a new company anymore and they are very well stable in the market now. Their Smartphones have come a long way since their launch in June 2014. They have seen their us and downs and along the road become a mature company.
The OnePlus 3 is the outcome of that experience and maturity. They are not bragging anymore of being the flagship killer and simply marketing it as the smartphone without compromises although it does compromise on expandable storage and display. And frankly speaking the OnePlus might not be an alternate to the Samsung’s Galaxy series or the iPhone but the OnePlus has its own fan following who believe that stuffing smartphone with advance technologies like water and dust proofing will just raise the price of the smartphone and out of the range of an average user.
With that being said the OnePlus 3 is a wonderful smartphone which packs a lot in lower prices than others and one won’t regret buying this beautiful beast.