After creating much hype in the market, the OnePlus 3 got launched in India a day after it got announced globally. The phone is more powerful and looks much better than its predecessor, including the OnePlus One and the 2. For a price of Rs 27,999, the OnePlus is going to give a tough competition to the likes of the Xiaomi Mi5 and LeEco Le Max 2, both of which have been creating buzz in the market.
We were at its launch event in India and checked the devices for a brief session. Here are our first impressions of the OnePlus 3:
Incredible design: Best looking OnePlus smartphone ever
OnePlus this time ensured to not only make its phone appealing in terms of specs, but also in terms of looks and design. The company revamped design of its previous generation models to offer a well-built device, in the form of the OnePlus 3. It is a unibody phone with aluminum finish that looks as well as feels premium.
The curved display design, rounded edges, and sleek body are ergonomically fit and look perfect. Unlike its predecessors, the OnePlus 3 is light on hand, and easy to use single handedly, with the side keys being easily reachable. Though, we found it a little slippery due to the smooth metal back.
For those who want a sandpaper-like finish as was seen on the OnePlus 2, the company has also launched a Sandpaper finish shell for the new phone.
A crisp AMOLED display:
OnePlus 3 maintains the 1080p resolution that we saw on its previous gen smartphone, but this time around the company has added AMOLED technology to make the display more attractive and visually appealing. The 3 flaunts a 5.5-inch display of FHD quality with 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, with a 2.5D curve screen. It is immersive, offers crisp visuals, reproduces colours well, and gives good viewing angles.
Processor and storage:
OnePlus 3 is a powerhouse with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with Adreno 530GPU running under the hood. The chipset is paired with a massive 6GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. With the combination of SD820 and 6GB RAM, the OnePlus 3 should be able to handle heaviest of tasks and multitasking with much ease.
It competitors including Xiaomi Mi5 and Le Max 2 also boast SD820 on board. However, the phone lacks a microSD card slot, meaning that you won't be able to expand its memory via a microSD card.
OnePlus has upped the camera specs to replace the 13MP snapper with a 16MP camera this time. The good part is that the primary camera supports optical image stabilization (OIS), which was missing in the last gen smartphone.
The camera has LED flash, aperture f/2.0, PDAF, 4K video recording and more. Up front, there is an 8MP camera to take care of your selfies. During our brief hands on, we found the camera pretty good, but not the best in this price segment.
Battery with quick charge:
To take care of the performance, OnePlus 3 has a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging feature. The box includes Dash phone charger, which as per the company's claim, it can charge the phone to 63 percent in 30 minutes.
OnePlus 3 comes with a fingerprint sensor, for enhanced security of the phone. Besides, you get a USB Type-C connectivity reversible port that ensures quick data transfer. The good part is that OnePlus has not removed the 3.5mm audio jack from the phone, unlike the Le Max 2. As far as wireless connectivity options are concerned, it has dual SIM card slots, 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth and GPS.
For a price of Rs 27,999, the OnePlus 3 smartphone does look promsing, but it will be facing tough competition from the likes of Xiaomi Mi5 and LeEco Le Max 2. Both of its competitors are equally powerful and look good. The good part this time is that the company will be selling the phone via open sale, instead of following the invite-only sale model, which it used for previous gen smartphones.
We look forward to review the phone and give you details about its performance. Until then, keep checking this space for tech news and updates!