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OnePlus 3 Everything you need to know
The OnePlus 3 has officially launched. We now know all of the major details about the new handset so here’s the full list of OnePlus 3 specs:
- 5.5-inch screen
- 1,920 x 1,080 pixel display (401ppi)
- Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4mm
- Weight: 158 grams
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
- Adreno 530 GPU
- 6GB RAM
- 64GB storage (32GB variant may be offered in some markets)
- 16MP main camera
- 8MP selfie camera
- USB-C port (Dash Charge 5V/4A)
- 3,000mAh battery
- Fingerprint scanner
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Oxygen OS (Android 6.0.1)
ONEPLUS 3 SPECS
The OnePlus 3 comes a robust 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. In terms of processing power, the new handset packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip – the same processor that can be found in many top-end handsets, including US versions of the Galaxy S7. That should ensure some seriously speedy performance, especially in combination with the 6GB of RAM.
And when it comes to the display, there’s lots to be excited about. Although OnePlus has kept the resolution at 1080p, the 5.5-inch screen is now made using AMOLED technology. That means each individual pixel emits its own light, as opposed to LCD, which uses a backlight to illuminate the pixels. It should result in deeper blacks, more vibrant colours, and better energy efficiency.
The 5.5-inch screen is the same form factor as the iPhone 6S Plus, which means it’s near the top-end of what most people are willing to hold. Unfortunately, the Full HD display won’t be as VR-capable as QHD rivals, like the Galaxy S7.
Still, it’s great to see OLED tech finally make it to the OnePlus series and the Full HD display and 401ppi density is going to offer more than enough sharpness for the average user.
ONEPLUS 3 – CAMERA
OnePlus has also loaded its new handset with a 16-megapixel rear camera. That’s more than the Galaxy S7 but, as we’ve seen with several phones this year, more pixels doesn’t always mean better photos. We’ll have to wait until we get our hands on a review model to see how the OnePlus 3 camera stacks up against others on the market.
The new sensor also features optical image stabilisation (OIS), which should make for sharper shots.
We’ve seen a number of official camera samples from OnePlus in the run up to the OnePlus 3 launch. Bear in mind that these images may have been taken on pre-production models, and thus aren’t necessarily representative of the final product
On the front of the OnePlus 3 you’ll find an 8MP selfie shooter, which, again, is more megapixels than you’ll find on top-end handsets such as the S7, but as always, we’ll have to wait until we can put the sensor through its paces to see what that amounts to in practice.
ONEPLUS 3 SOFTWARE – ANDROID 6.0, CERTAINLY NOT ANDROID N
The OnePlus 3 is going to run Android 6.0.1 with OnePlus’ Oxygen OS skin overlaid. Thankfully OnePlus has always done this well in the past, adding just enough new software tweaks to keep it fresh without taking away from what makes Android great.
The release comes far too soon for Android N, which is set to be the next version of Google’s OS. You can install N on a bunch of Nexus device right now, but it’s very much a beta and won’t hit consumer devices until later in 2016.
ONEPLUS 3 – BATTERY LIFE
The OnePlus 2 offered a formidable day-and-a-half of usage between charges, which is par for the course with flagship phones.
That was thanks to a 3,300mAh battery, paired with reasonably efficient components like a Full HD display and the Snapdragon 810. The OnePlus 3 has a slightly smaller 3,000mAh battery, but seeing as it hasn’t made the jump to a QHD or 4K panel, we’d expect to see similar battery life once again.