After a long wait, OnePlus 3 is finally available for purchase. OnePlus came in 2014 with the idea of powerful, sturdy and fast smartphones at a affordable price. Since then, they have covered a lot. A young company with young co-founder.
There is no more dumb invite system. The major change in OnePlus 3 is that now it has metal body. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei told Gizmodo that the original OnePlus used its famous sandstone finish because going all metal was just too expensive. For the 3, OnePlus ups the price a little to go full Terminator. This time metal design is going to rival other flagship phones.
The design is highly engineered, it is made from anodized aluminium. The design if inspired from htc but it looks good. The phone is thin and handy at 7.4 mm. It just weighs 158 g. All the ports, speakers and microphone are moved to the bottom of the phone. Fingerprint sensor is embedded in Home button.
The phone run on Oxygen OS, Android mod by OnePlus for its devices. It is nicely customized with many additional features like dark theme, icon sizes, more multitasking options.
Massive 6 GB RAM, which we find on laptops today, has been fitted in this small device. The Oxygen OS is perfectly designed to take advantage of that. While opening the big files on phone, OnePlus just beats competitors like iPhone, Samsung and Htc flagships. When tried opening camera on the phone with lots of heavy apps running in background, OnePlus 3 was found upto 3 times faster. It really handles very well all the heavy apps multitasking.
The hardware specs like chipset, CPU and GPU are nearly same as that of phones like Galaxy S7 edge, G5, Moto Z force and Htc 10. There is difference in RAM as others have only 4 GB RAM.
In the camera, clicking photos and videos was really easy on OnePlus with double tap home button shortcut to launch camera. The 3 does come with its own blend of fast charging, called Dash Charge, which the company says offers a “day’s power in half an hour.” With the phone powered off and drained to zero, I was able to get 80 percent charge in 40 minutes on the 3s 3000 mAh battery. It has less power as compared to competitors.
It has 5.5 inch SAMOLED full HD display which is good for day to day usage. You will also enjoy its quick notifications in black and white. But other flagship phones have ultra HD display. OnePlus have provided the 3.5 mm jack, USB type C, NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi in this smartphone. It is Dual-SIM flagship phone.
The phone is really the best to buy at $400. But here are some of its disadvantages
- It has single LED flash and no laser auto-focus which earlier OnePlus had.
- No SD card expansion.
- Sandstone finish was unique but Metal is great.
- Small battery size at 3000 mAh, but Dash Charge is there for frequent and fast charging.
- LG and Moto are making modular phones.
Plus of OnePlus 3
- Build quality
- Bright and sharp display
- Cheap Price
- 6 GB RAM
- Ambient Display
- Oxygen OS
OnePlus 3 is no doubt the best phone to buy at Rs. 27,999 for 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Internationally, you can buy it from official OnePlus website.