After Pete Lau, CEO - OnePlus, confirmed at Surge 2016, in Bengaluru, that their latest flagship - the OnePlus 3 - would be arriving in June 2016, it was but natural for leaks and rumors to surface up on the Internet.
With a lot of such news coming in from various trusted and non-trusted sources, we have curated a list of the almost-confirmed specifications on the upcoming OnePlus 3. Read on to find out what the next 'flagship killer' has in store for the customers.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
The flagship mobile processor for 2016, from Qualcomm, is the Snapdragon 820. Having already debuted with the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the LeEco Le Max Pro, the Snapdragon 820 promises to be almost 80% faster than the Snapdragon 810 and also solve the infamous heating issues that its predecessor had to face. Coupled with the Adreno 530 GPU, this new processor is nothing short of a beast and when optimized with CyanogenMod, will definitely pack quite a punch.
With manufacturing and licensing times speeding up, it is not surprising that we already have renders for the OnePlus 3. These leaks from Mobile Dad suggest the design of the OnePlus 3 will be similar to its predecessor, the OnePlus 2.
With a clean camera and LED flash setup on the top, the renders show that the back of the device has been kept rather minimal. Also, a big thing is that the smartphone doesn't have any rear speakers, pointing towards the strong rumor of front-facing speakers on the OnePlus 3.
With the renders now leaked, it is almost certain that the OnePlus 3 will not have any rear speakers, as was the case on the OnePlus 2. Instead, the phone could have front-facing dual speakers, on top and bottom of the display. This kind of a speaker setup is rare in the smartphone world and proven to be effective. Also, the smartphone is expected to provide a concert-esque feel, that HTC phones have been upto for the past couple of years.
Sleeker form factor
The OnePlus One as well as the OnePlus 2 have sported similar 5.5-inch Full HD displays, something that terms these devices as phablets. It is expected that OnePlus is looking to modify this image and make the OnePlus 3 much more compact. Expected to sport a 5.2-inch Quad-HD display, the OnePlus 3 will be sleeker as well as sharper in terms of overall picture quality.
A lot of critics accused OnePlus of cutting short on the Quad-HD displays on the OnePlus 2, when such screens were common on flagship smartphones. It seems the company has finally decided to go ahead with one for their upcoming release.
With the OnePlus 2 already ramping up the battery game in 2015, it is believed that the OnePlus 3 will have a much bigger battery unit, most probably a 3,500 mAh one, as some rumors suggest. This might not generally translate into better battery life compared to its predecessor as we have a Quad-HD display this time around, compared to the Full HD display on the OnePlus 2.
Similar storage variants
Like the OnePlus 2, the OnePlus 3 will also supposedly come with two memory/storage variants - a 16GB model with 3GB of RAM and a 64GB option with 4GB of RAM. Opting for the same RAM capacity as its predecessor, the OnePlus will be another example of how the OEMs had been rushing to increase their performance at a time when the consumer not exactly needed it.
USB Type-C Port
With the world moving towards this new technology for charging and data syncing, it was but natural for OnePlus to incorporate the USB Type-C port on their flagship for 2015, OnePlus 2. The OnePlus is also expected to carry forward this legacy. With a reversible connector and fast charging support, the port will help offer better battery performance during regular daily usage.
CyanogenMod based on Android Marshmallow
It is quite strange to notice that almost all rumors point towards the probability of CyanogenMod OS coming back to the OnePlus, with the OnePlus 3. After an ugly spat between the two companies before in early 2015, the OnePlus 2 had arrived with the company's custom OS - Oxygen OS.
But, now with their upcoming phone launch, we might be seeing the CyanogenMod finally making a comeback with the OnePlus 3 running the latest version of CM - based on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It's good to see CM returning to the brand that made the software mainstream, in the first place.