OnePlus 3 Review: The Beast Comes Again


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OnePlus is the recent player in smartphone maker from China which has already launched two flagship beasts i.e. OnePlus One & Two but whenever they launch a new device they came up with new design, hardware & features. Same here now too, the most anticipated smartphone OnePlus 3 has been officially launched which is the super upgrade over previous flagships. The new OnePlus 3 comes with a whole new design unlike 1 & 2 were a bit similar, but this time OnePlus changed it all the way with a new premium feel and look.

OnePlus 3 Review: The Beast Comes Again

As you can see in above image, the smartphone’s design is quite attractive and giving a more premium look which is thanks to Aluminium. We will be going on all the important subjects related to the smartphone in this review.

Technical Specs Of OnePlus 3:

  • Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm
  • Weight: 158g
  • Display: 5.5″ Optic AMOLED 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) 401 ppi with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Quad Core, Kryo™: 2x 2.2 GHz, 2x 1.6 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno™ 530
  • RAM: 6GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 64GB UFS 2.0  / No SDCard Slot
  • Sensors: Fingerprint sensor, Hall sensor, Accelerometor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor and Electronic Compass
  • Ports: USB 2.0, Type-C, 3.5 mm audio jack
  • SIM: Dual nano-SIM slot
  • Battery: 3000 mAh Unremovable
  • Connectivity: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE Cat6. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® 4.2, NFC Enabled.
  • Camera: Rear 16 MP (Sony IMX 298 Sensor 1.12 µm) with support of OIS, f/2.0. Video supports 4k recording @ 30fps
    Front: 8 MP f/2.0 & 1080p video @30fps
  • Software: OxygenOS (Customized version of Android)
  • Price: $399

Design:

Starting from the design, OnePlus 3 comes is built with premium space-grade Aluminium alloy which is having great durability. OnePlus made the design with the focus of premium feel and quality material, in combination it makes it thinner for a better hold.

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The phone is having curves all around the body with dark grey lines over it on bottom & top of its back. Well, the camera is 16 MP and seems like it would be hard for OnePlus to put it completely inside the phone so it wouldn’t had any tiny standup. The phone is having a complete metal unibody which is why the battery is unremovable and you have to stick with the built in. No problem, power bank is always there for you. The front of the device is likely similar to iPhone having the curved like bezels. Look below:

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There are two color variants of this smartphone which is officially announced as Graphite and Soft Gold. The colors are more classy <3.

Camera:

The device comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera shooter along with 8-megapixels front facing camera.

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OnePlus always improves the camera with their new flagship every time. OnePlus 3 comes with all in one perfect camera for you. The 16-megapixel camera is packed with highly anticipated features which is the need of every smartphone user or maybe not.

Main Features Of Camera:

  • OIS
  • EIS
  • Smart capture
  • Auto HDR
  • Dynamic De-noise
  • Dual Stabilization

Seems like, OnePlus is trying to put a professional camera into this small device. Anyhow the camera is perfect with all of its features and performance. The camera captures more accurate with rich pixels and blur-free images by the help of Electronic Image Stabilization and Optical Image Stabilization. With the help of these technologies, you can perfectly capture photos if you are in motion or not in rest position, the output will be blur free.

The Camera Samples:

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Let’s forget the megapixel numbers and those features above explained. Focus on the quality of the images captured by OnePlus 3 is all the way perfect from all aspects. The detail in the images is amazing, seems like photos are taken with a professional DSLR camera. When it comes to camera, OnePlus always puts the effort to bring up the best camera to market. With the previous models too, this time it is extra-ordinary.

Performance:

The OnePlus 3 comes with high-performance Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor that is more powerful and efficient in terms of performance as compared to the previous model OnePlus 2. Hopefully, OnePlus 3 performs 35% faster in process and 40% faster in graphical power. With the high-end big sized LPDDR4 6GB RAM is enough to power your all gaming and other heavy work processed and done under quite less time. This enhances greater gaming experience with zero percent lags overall the other works such as 4K video recording seamlessly.

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FingerPrint scanner is built with OnePlus 3 which gives you another security protection layer. OnePlus claims it unlocks your phone in 0.2 seconds which is quite fast time for a device to unlock it via fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner is placed under the home button which is now adays common in every smartphone. Just a few of them has placed it by the back side under the camera.

The phone comes up with a 5.5 inches of Optic AMOLED display with the resolution is 1080p. Recent phones are launched with Quad HD displays which give sharper and rich pixels over the Full HD (1080p). I don’t understand why OnePlus avoided this thing and came with the old display. Maybe it’s due to the battery consumption or to give more long life battery for users.

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Software:

OnePlus 3 comes with a customized version of Android which is called “OxygenOS”. The OxygenOS is now coming with Marshmallow update. The OxygenOS is highly customized and comes with some pre-installed features such as:

  • Gestures
  • Buttons
  • Customizations (themes etc)
  • Launcher
  • Pre-installed useful apps

Most likely, OxygenOS is not much different from the stock Google’s user interface as like TouchWiz or any other. OnePlus 3 is priced at $399. You can buy it from their official store #OnePlus.

Reviews:

“OnePlus 3 is practically the perfect Android smartphone.” – Mashable
“Compared to its competition, the OnePlus 3 trounced every one of the top flagships on all our tests.” – c|net
“The OnePlus 3 is the rare kind of phone that I can recommend without reservations.” – The Verge
“A ‘flagship killer’ that really kills other flagships” – BGR
“The OnePlus 3 won’t disappoint you. And if horsepower and customizability are you top priorities, you should get one, regardless of your budget.” – WIRED

Final Words:

Looking into the latest devices along with the comparison of this latest flagship, what it offers at such affordable $399 price it’s quite great deal and the smartphone is a beast against the competitors. I would love to get hands on one. 😉

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