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After the great success of One Plus 2, the company has launched OnePlus 3. One Plus 3 is now available in India for Rs.27999/-. The device will be taking fight with other flagships like Samsung Galaxy S7, HTS 10 and iPhone 6S. The following post is my attempt to create a better review by collecting data from all over the internet.

OnePlus 3 Review

OnePlus 3 is prettier than its predecessors. One Plus 3 looks awesome with its full aluminium body and curvy design toward the edges. OnePlus 3 will be available in “Graphite” – a muted grey and it will be just 7.4 mm thick. You should use a case to protect the aluminium frame from scratches. The phone gets slightly bulkier in the center but it will also give you a better grip. The phone in your hand will give a premium feel. OnePlus 3 is similar to HTC’s One-Series phones, but OnePlus 3 is slimmer.

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OnePlus 3 Back

The box contains the phone itself, USB Type C Data Cable, SIM Tray ejector pin, travel charger (5V, 4A), user guide and warranty card. For extra cost you can purchase a protective case and DASH car charger. The phone weights 161 grams with the internal battery. Dimensions are 74.70 x 152.60 x 7.60 mm. As mentioned on the box, SAR values are 0.784 W/Kg @ 1 g head and 0.581 W/Kg @ 1g body.

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OnePlus 3 Side

The Power button is placed right below the SIM tray, which is on the right side. The volume rocker and notification button are placed on the left side. Speaker vent, USB Type C port, 3.5 mm audio jack and Primary Mic are placed at the bottom.

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OnePlus 3 Bottom

One Plus 3 is a dual SIM handset, you can use 2 Nano SIM cards. It has a notification LED on the front above the screen.

Display

OnePlus 3 comes with a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED 2.5D curved screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 401 ppi pixel density. Bezel is just 0.75 mm thin and the screen is protected with gorilla glass 4. The display has very good touch response, color reproduction and viewing angles, just like other Super AMOLED phones. Sharpness and black levels are excellent in this display. Comparing with Samsung Galaxy S7 , OnePlus 3’s display colours are a bit warm. OnePlus 3 has a dual-polarizing layer, which means it will be easier to view in bright sunlight.

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OnePlus 3 Super AMOLED Display

Software

OnePlus 3 runs on Oxygen OS (Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow) out of the box. The Oxygen OS which came with OnePlus 3 has an issue with memory management. It sued to aggressively close background process with using the full 6 GB RAM. The company later promised the memory management will be improved with the Oxygen OS 3.2.1 patch. It means if you see an update on the first boot, you should install it immediately. It has the look of a stock Android, but there are lots of element customization in it. Just like the “Dark Mode”, which turns the apps page and settings menu black rather tan white. You can also add extra gesture functions to the soft keys.

Memory and storage

OnePlus 3 comes with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB UFS 2.0 (which is faster) of internal storage. You cant add Micro SD card as there is no slot. You will get around 4GB RAM and 52 GB internal storage free on the first boot. Just like Samsung S7, OnePlus 3 has faster Dual Channel RAM. The internal memory can achieve read speed of 367 MB/sec and write speed of 175 MB/sec.

Performance

OnePlus 3 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 quad code processor clocked at 2.15 GHz (Dual Core 2.15 GHz Kyro & Dual Core 1.6 GHz Kyro) with Adreno 530 GPU. Both CPU and GPU are pretty powerful for the time and they do their job very well. The CPU cores use the Kyro 14 nm architecture. With the impressive performance the handset does heat up a little on heavy usage. Battery temperature is always under 45 degree.

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Gaming

You will be able to play games like Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 in max settings. You will be even able to keep the games running in the background while using other apps, thanks to the 6GB RAM.

Camera

OnePlus 3 has a 16 MP camera using Sony IMX 298 sensor with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash on the back. It is a 1 / 2.8” sensor with 1.12 um pixel size. The same sensor is being used in Moto X Style and Huawei Mate 8. You can record videos in 4K and slow motion video recording is also supported (2160p@30fps, 720p@120fps, Auto HDR). There is no shutter lag evident while shooting photos in daylight. Colors are lifelike even in indoor lighting. On the front there is an 8 MP camera which uses a Sony IMX 179 sensor which is also used in the Nexus 5 which is from 2013. Selfie quality is excellent even in indoor lighting while offering exceptional detail.

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OnePlus 3 Back Camera

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Battery

OnePlus 3 has a 3000 mAh non removable battery which can give 4 to 7 hours of continuous backup on heavy to moderate usage. Playing Real Racing 3 for thirty minutes dropped the battery by 12%. Most time you will get more than a day backup with normal usage. If you are a heavy user, it will hardly last a day. Samsung Galaxy S7 will provide better battery backup. OnePlus’s battery backup is rather ordinary. With Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 the charger is able charge the battery up to 60% in 30 minutes. The supplied 5C, 4A charger gets the phone from 0% to 95% in less than an hour.

You should use the USB Type C cable to charge the handset, which came with the phone. Otherwise it may take more time to charge it. While charging the battery temperature will stay under 39 degrees.

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OnePlus 3 Charger and USB Type C Cable

Connectivity

OnePlus 3 has a USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector socket at the bottom. There really not much exciting about this. This Type C connector is not based on the actual USB 3.1 which allows faster data transfer. This is just a USB 2.0 socket which looks like USB Type C. Other features are Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS.

Sound Quality

The speaker is very loud, louder than Samsung galaxy S7 or iPhone. But both Galaxy S7 and iPhone offer better sound quality.

Others

There is a finger print sensor on the front, which works fast. It is a non-colicky pad located right below the screen. You can tap the finger print sensor to unlock the handset while the display is off. You can also use it as a “Home” key.  The “back” and “apps” keys are marked with white LED dots, not full-on icons. It is a good because you will be able to change the function of these keys later. The speaker is loud and clear. This handset has following sensors – Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Conclusion

OnePlus 3 is an excellent handset for the money. The Snapdragon 820 processor and 6 GB RAM makes the OnePlus 3 almost future proof. The Super AMOLED panel is vibrant and the Oxygen OS with the stock Android interface are useful. The camera is not as good as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or LG G5, it is not poor either. The design, software and performance are excellent. The 64 GB internal storage with no option to expand gives users no flexibility on storage. Battery life may not be great for heavy users. There is chance this may get improved in the near future. There are better phone in the world, but right now OnePlus 3 is the best handset you can get at this price point.

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