After all the leaks, rumors, and goof-ups, OnePlus 3 just went official today with flagship-worthy specifications. Yes, there were a lot of things that happened today which certainly made the launch event “not-to-have”. But then it was scheduled and we saw the beautiful looking device getting unwrapped on VR. OnePlus didn’t call it a “Flagship Killer” but instead, they said, “It’s about time”…to bring back the glory? Probably!
OnePlus has recently their first ever device with a metal unibody design with the OnePlus 3 launch and it looks stunning (yet like HTC devices at the end). But what it packs is really worth noting and at the same time, raise certain questions as well.
What are a Flagship-worthy Specifications after all?
Every year, we come across this “Flagship” device with really high-end hardware that sets the benchmark for that year. And this year, the “Flagship-worthy Specifications” means, having a 6GB of RAM (needed?), top-end 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC and an Adreno 530 GPU. So yes, OnePlus has both of it! It packs a 64GB internal storage with no expansion. But the device comes with UFS 2.0 technology that can move data three times faster than the famous eMMC5.1.
The OnePlus 3 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD Optic AMOLED full HD with 401ppi. There is a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 Aperture, 1.12 µm Pixels and features PDAF auto-focusing, OIS and EIS stabilization technologies. The front facing camera is 8MP sensor. The device also supports RAW image files out of the box for expert post-shot editing.
However, the Flagship-worthy Specifications of OnePlus 3 can pack only 3000mAh battery that is really on a lower side. But the company’s proprietary “Dash Charge” charging technology can quick charge the battery from zero to 60% in 30mins (not so fast enough!) which is enough to run the device for one whole day as per the company claims.
As per OnePlus,
Dash Charge carries more current than other fast charging solutions, and at lower temperatures. Normally, the heat generated through charging is dissipated in the phone itself – this causes performance issues during active charging, throttling CPU and GPU speeds. By shifting the power management system and heat dispersion elements to our Dash Charge Adapter, very little heat ever reaches your OnePlus 3.
Point to note, the OnePlus 3 comes with Quick Charge 2.0, not the latest 3.0 technology. Apart from these, the device comes with a fingerprint scanner on the front that can unlock your device in 0.2 seconds. There is an alert slider on the left-hand side to toggle between notifications priority. Dual nano-SIM, NFC enabled, and a reversible type-C connector are the rest of the hardware stuff built-in.
Lastly, the phone with Flagship-worthy Specifications runs on the latest OS from Google, Android Marshmallow with company’s own Oxygen OS 3.0 layer atop. The OS that had a patchy start is finally seeming to have come a long way to match the older partner Cyanogen OS.
Pricing and Availability
The OnePlus 3 is available at INR 27,999 or USB 399 starting today. It is available in two colors Graphite which is currently available on Amazon India for Indian buyers and the Soft Gold variant will be launched in the near future. Find below for the pricing for other regions.
Talking about the other accessories, there are 5 types of protective cases Karbon, Black Apricot, Sandstone, Rosewood, and Bamboo. All of them are listed at $24.95 in US stores except Sandstone which costs $19.95. There is a dash charge car charger that costs $29.95 and a lot of bundle offers as well. Sadly, not yet made available for Indian buyers.
However, the Indian buyers will be getting below benefits along with the purchase of OnePlus 3.
- 12 months of Saavn Pro. Unlimited, ad-free music downloads and exclusive Saavn originals
- 12 months of accidental damage protection with OnePlus Care
- 12 months of double data for Idea customers
- INR 500 ebook promotion credits – Download and sign into the Kindle app
The device is available without the headache invite system. OnePlus has finally said adieu to it! Can this be called as “Flagship-worthy Specifications” device or just a much-hyped flagship killer and can take on recently launched LeEco Max 2? Wait for our review, I say! Do comment your thoughts by hitting the comment section below.