OnePlus is a Young Chinese company which grabed its attention since its inception of first mobile phone in 2013.One of the star products was of course the One Plus One which offered the best of features at a very competitive price point. Apart from this it also deliver One Plus 2 as well as One Plus X. OnePlus 3 is the company’s third flagship device and it certainly has a lot riding on it.
Build and Design
One thing that had become a sort of identifier for the last two flagship devices – OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 – was the Sandstone finish cover. This dark gray coloured cover with a soft sandpaper-type texture was certainly something new when it first came out, and it has become a hit amongst the consumers. That will change with the OnePlus 3 – with the Sandstone cover traded for a closed metallic back. The metallic cover encompasses the rear and the sides. There is chamfering on the top edge, whereas the bottom edge on the sides is comparatively sharper. The phone is slim on the sides, but has a very mild curvature on the rear side. It uses 2.5D curved glass on the display around the edges.
On the left hand side, you have the alert slider with the three settings – all notifications, priority notifications and silent – which has the familiar textured finish. Below this you have the volume rocker button. The power/standby button is on the right hand side above which is the dual nano SIM card slot. All the buttons are metallic, have great feedback and have fine chamfering around them.
On the rear side, it have a grey coloured metallic back with the OnePlus logo placed just below the camera section. The antenna lines are visible on the top and the base. The camera module protrudes out significantly and there is an LED flash unit below it.
The build quality is excellent, but at the same time it also makes the OnePlus 3 look a lot like the HTC phones. The absence of the Sandstone back makes the device a bit slippery, thanks to the metallic back. Of course, you can buy the Sandstone or textured covers separately if you don’t like the metal back.
The OnePlus 3 is fully kitted out as far as the specifications go. It is a flagship in every sense of the word, but to know whether it’s the flagship killer, read on. The OnePlus 3 houses the Snapdragon 820 chipset which has two Kyro cores clocked at 2.15GHz and two Kyro cores clocked at 1.6GHz. It houses the Adreno 530 GPU and the phone comes with a whopping 6GB of RAM. This makes it the first phone with 6GB RAM to be selling in India.
In terms of storage, you get 64GB of internal storage with around 52.6GB usable space. That is quite a lot of space, unless you are someone who carries his or her entire media library on the phone. Just like its previous flagships, the OnePlus 3 does not come with expandable storage. There’s 5.5-inch full HD display, a 16MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera, a fingerprint scanner just below the display and a 3000mAh non-removable battery.
The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the OxygenOS 3.1.2 skin atop it. We shall see it in more detail in the software section. On the connectivity front, you get a dual nano SIM card slot, Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, DLNA, GPS with A-GPS, NFC and more. There is no FM radio on the phone though.