The much awaited follow up to last year’s self proclaimed “flagship killer”, the OnePlus 3 is here. At 12:30pm EST today OnePlus launched their new flagship virtually via the downloadable OnePlus 3 VR app. Viewers were rewarded with the opportunity to order the new flagship up to 2 hours ahead of its availability through the website. Despite a few initial hiccups, like a last minute update of the VR app and some page load errors, we were able to grab a unit for ourselves to review (stay tuned for that).
The design of the OnePlus 3 should come as no surprise after the numerous leaks in the past few weeks. Gone is the removable and swappable back plate of the earlier models; it has now been replaced by an aluminum unibody design. Although the design can easily be seen as generic, there’s no denying the OnePlus 3 is a handsome device. The anodized aluminum unibody will be available in graphite (black front panel) and soft gold (white front panel).
The alert slider, which debuted on the OnePlus 2, makes its return and the volume keys are now found below it. The 5.5″ 1080p Full HD screen is retained but it is now using Optic AMOLED technology under 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The capacitive home button and fingerprint sensor combination is now more oval-shaped and is faster than ever.
Both the 6GB of DDR4 ram and Snapdragon™ 820 processor should please many power users. The onboard and non-expandable memory is now a standard 64GB featuring high speed UFS 2.0.
The rear camera has been upgraded to a 16MP sensor which features hybrid Optical and Electronic Image Stabilization technology. The laser autofocus gives way to the more common PDAF (phase detection autofocus).
OnePlus is highlighting its new Dash Charge technology onboard the OnePlus 3. The technology allows for a 60% charge at just 30 minutes of charge time. OnePlus also boasts lower charging temperatures compared to the competition.
All in all, we’re quite impressed and excited for the OnePlus 3. It is available to Canadians now for $519 (plus tax) with free shipping to boot.
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Here are the specs from OnePlus.net
Basic Parameters Dimensions 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm Weight 158 g Material Anodized aluminum Colour Graphite / Soft Gold Operating System OxygenOS based on Android™ Marshmallow CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Quad Core, Kryo™: 2x 2.2 GHz, 2x 1.6 GHz GPU Adreno™ 530 RAM 6GB LPDDR4 Storage 64GB UFS 2.0 Sensors Fingerprint sensor, Hall sensor, Accelerometor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor and Electronic Compass Ports USB 2.0, Type-C Dual nano-SIM slot 3.5 mm audio jack Battery 3,000 mAh (non-removable) Dash Charge (5V 4A) Buttons Hardware keys and on-screen navigation support Other Alert Slider Custom icon packs Gesture Control (Display On + Display Off) OnePlus Shelf Vibration motor RGB LED notification light
Connectivity Network GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8 FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17 CDMA EVDO: BC0 4G LTE (Cat. 6) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth® 4.2 NFC Enabled GPS, GLONASS, BelDou
Audio Speakers Bottom-facing speaker Microphones Dual-microphone with noise cancellation Features OnePlus Music Technology Dirac HD Sound®
Display Size 5.5” Resolution 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) 401 ppi Bezel 0.755 m Cover Glass Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 Type Optic AMOLED Aspect Ratio 16 : 9 Features Night Mode Display Dark Theme System Accent Colors
Rear Camera Sensor Sony IMX 298 Sensor 16 MP 1.12 µm OIS / EIS Autofocus PDAF Aperture f/2.0 Video 4K resolution video at 30fps Slow Motion 720p video at 120fps RAW Image support Features Auto-HDR, Dynamic Denoise, Manual Control, Clear Image
Front Camera Sensor Sony IMX179 8 MP 1.4 µm EIS Autofocus Fixed Focus Aperture f/2.0 Video 1080p video at 30fps Auto selfie Smile Capture
Multimedia Audio Supported Formats Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA (v9 and v10), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, WAV, OGG Recording: WAV AAC AMR EVRC QCELP Video Supported Formats Playback: HEVC (H.265), H.264, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MPEG-2, MP4, MOV, 3GP, AVI, MKV, ASF Recording: AVC Image Supported Formats Playback: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF Output: JPEG
In The Box 1x OnePlus 3 1x Screen Protector (pre-applied) 1x Dash Charge Type-C Cable 1x Dash Charge Adapter 1x SIM Tray Ejector 1x Quick Start Guide