They say that the third time is a charm and for OnePlus this certainly looks true. With the third iteration of their affordable flagship device, OnePlus seems to have gone full throttle in taking on premium brands including HTC 10, LG G5 and even the Samsung Galaxy s7 edge.
And just in case you’re wondering how popular the OnePlus 3 is, JD mall the largest retailer in China has reported that it sold out its entire inventory within just 10 minutes! Talk about making bank!
So, is it all hype or did OnePlus really get it with the OnePlus 3? Here’s our in-depth review:
Despite the fanfare around QHD displays that has seen competing manufacturers move from HD displays, OnePlus, has stuck to full HD displays. That could be a reasonable move, though, considering the fact that QHD ones are notorious for their battery draining capability.
The 5.5 inches AMOLED display on the device is assisted by its Optic AMOLED technology which is believed to enhance the viewing experience. A Dual Polarizing Layer on the display helps in viewing, making the screen bright enough for reading notifications even under the midday’s sun glare.
Also, the display is protected from any would-be indelible scratches by Gorilla Glass 4, which means even when the phone slips off your hand unexpectedly, the display won’t show any impact.
Though OnePlus 3 strangely resembles many HTC flagship smartphones. Worth noting is how far the OnePlus design team has come.
While its predecessors were made of polycarbonate, the Oneplus 3 chassis is made of aluminum, making it a metal Uni-body device similar to its competitors.
Boasting a premium look, the device’s aesthetic easily beats that of other contenders in the segment. The Oneplus 3 is firm and sturdy when placed in hand.
The thickness of the device is around 7.35 mm, making it look like an average sized Android smartphone. There is a highly responsive fingerprint sensor below the display, which can unlock the device instantly in just 0.3 seconds.
Performance and connectivity:
When it comes to performance, Oneplus 3 is a dragon monster! Packing a Snapdragon 820 chipset, similar to the one powering competitor devices like LG G5 or Samsung Galaxy S7, and coupled with 6 GB of RAM, there is nothing this Android running smartphone couldn’t process.
The device can seamlessly multi-task, and take Android gaming experience to another level with the help of its graphics processor; Adreno 530.
Surprisingly, Oneplus 3 has managed to beat many other devices with the same processor in GeekBench 3 results, and most of them cost almost twice the price of Oneplus 3.
The phone runs on Oxygen OS, which is a customized version of Android Marshmallow, and Oneplus is committed to releasing updates to the users regularly. Unfortunately, OnePlus is adamant on keeping out expandable storage from their flagship devices so you’ll have to make do witht the internal 64 GB internal memory which for all purposes should be sufficient.
The OnePlus 3 unlike its predecessor is NFC enabled as well as has Bluetooth v4.2. It also comes with a Type-C 1.0 connector that’s reversible.
This is certainly the second best feature on the OnePlus 3 the first being the powerful processor. The camera on the rear has a 16MP Sony Exmor sensor with Face Detection Auto Focus and Optical Image Stabilization. Also, it can capture 2160P videos at 30 frames per second.
For all the selfie junkies out there, there’s an 8 MP front camera that produces great pictures. A smile detector makes it easier to take selfies on the go.
With all the custom settings that are available in manual mode,users can take excellent quality pictures anywhere they need. Oneplus devices are well known for their camera performance and Oneplus 3 has followed in the footsteps of its legacy.
The end results are sharp, colorful and clear, which many smartphones in this price segment fail to produce.
The battery capacity on the Oneplus 3 is less than both of its Android predecessors.
A 3000 mAh non-removable battery runs the device. A powerful processor means that the OnePlus 3 demands more power. It does manage to stay alive for a day with a single charge when it is not used much, but users have complained they face serious battery draining issues.
But if you could find a power socket somewhere during the day, the Dash Charge technology installed on the phone ensures your device charges real quick. It can charge Oneplus 3 up to 60% in just 30 minutes.
Charging the device to full capacity also takes a short time, as the Snapdragon processor in the device comes with Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
At a $400 price tag, the OnePlus 3 offers much more than other Android smartphones in this price segment. The presence of a highly capable camera and a top-of-the-line powerful processor makes it one of the best Android smartphones. The only drawback here is the reduced battery life but even that can be solved with the Dash Charge technology it possesses.
- Price tag, this phone is affordable for a high-end Android smartphone.
- Aluminum chassis with premium aesthetics
- Highly capable camera
- Fast charging option
- Powerful processor
- Battery life
- Absence of QHD display
- No provision for external storage expansion.