It has recently been announced that the next-generation OnePlus smartphone, the OnePlus 3, is skated to arrive into markets by the second quarter of this year. Apart from its release date, further details about the phone are scarce. It says that it will feature a “new design,” says OnePlus founder Carl Pei in an interview with CNET. Other than that, he declined other specifics.
The OnePlus 3 is the Chinese Smartphone Manufacturer’s Next-Generation Phone
Speculations seem to have started about the upcoming OnePlus 3 because of a recent price-cut announcement of the OnePlus 2. Released back in August of last year, the 2nd generation model is powered by the OxygenOS (a custom Android 5.1 operating system). It also features a 1,080p HD display, and also customizable navigation keys. Said keys also dim and disappear when not in use. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor to quickly, and securely, unlock the phone.
Because of the recent rate change of the so-called “2016 flagship killer,” it will usually signify that the company needs to clear out the current inventory to make way for something new. Therefore, it is clear that the 3rd-Generation OnePlus Phone is on its way. This is expected just months after the invite-free OnePlus X launch back in January of this year.
Pei told in the interview with CNET that “The U.S. will be very important for us this year.” He also added that the company will begin to apply more “traditional marketing” strategies when it comes to promoting their devices.
The upcoming 3rd generation model is surely to have some improvements, but it is still unclear what those upgrades will be. The use of the phrase “new design” is just too vague. Hopefully, it will still have that price-to-performance balance along with a clean Android software that were also seen in the 2nd-generation phone.
It is also unclear how large or small will the new phone be. The OnePlus 2 measures in at 5.98 x 2.95 x 0.39-inches and has a weight of 6.17-ounces. Would it follow the razor-thin trend, or what about being lighter than its previous iteration? Will it become heavier? What about the material used for the casing? Also, what would be the chipset running that will provide the processing power for the phone?
As of the moment, there are just too many questions encircling the OnePlus 3 but it is clear that it will arrive sometime this year. Fans of the smartphone line can only lie in wait for more news that will be brought to light in the near future.