OnePlus3 on sale without invitation
The company OnePlus, also known as the “flagship killer”, has released their newest device. The OnePlus 3 is the first OnePlus device to not be part of the invite system, which OnePlus had used for it’s last three devices to regulate flow with inadequate manufacturing for the inevitable high demand. Prior to the global launch event, OnePlus revealed that the OnePlus 3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The OnePlus 3 includes features not included in some previous OnePlus smartphones, such as quick charging and a NFC chip, a feature that was removed from the OnePlus 2, causing disappointment from some fans and critics.
The OnePlus 3 features a new metal back design, similar to that of an iPhone 6 or later, with anodised aluminium and curved edges. The device is available in two colours, Graphite (black/grey) and Soft Gold (white/gold, and not available immediately at launch). Additionally, users can purchase protective covers in Kevlar or black apricot wood, with bamboo, rosewood, and sandstone coming at a later date.
The device is slightly smaller than its predecessor, the OnePlus 2. It’s 2.5mm thinner, 0.9mm shorter, and 0.2mm narrower, but still has the same screen size, at 5.5in (139.7mm) across diagonally. The display is still 1920x1080p, comparable to that of the previous two models, but the 3 is the first flagship OnePlus to have an AMOLED display. As is typical for most smartphones, the OnePlus 3 features Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
The OnePlus 3 is also the first OnePlus phone to ship with only 64GB of storage available, as all other OnePlus devices have shipped with a 16GB option. The onboard storage is UFS 2.0, but there is not an option for memory expansion via an SD card. The OnePlus 3 does include a dual-sim tray, but fails to have compatibility with LTE band 13, making LTE unavailable to Verizon customers in the United States.
For the rear-facing camera, the OnePlus 3 has a 16 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX 298 sensor, with both optical image stabilisation and electronic image stabilisation. It is capable of 4K video at 30fps, and 720p video at 120fps. Further, it includes support for shooting RAW images, allowing greater control of the image to the user. The front camera is a 8 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX179 sensor, with 1080p at 30fps video and fixed focus.
One feature new to OnePlus is quick charging, in this case named “Dash Charge.” According to OnePlus testing, within 30mins the battery can achieve a 60% or more charge. This is accomplished by doing all the power transforming required for direct input to the battery in the supplied power brick, not within the phone itself, reducing heat on the device. Additionally, the power brick can contain larger, dedicated electronics, whereas any power processing on a phone has to use smaller and cooler equipment, reducing the speed of charging.
Other features include the Alert Slider, originally added to the OnePlus 2, and then the OnePlus X, as it remains well liked within the community. NFC was re-added from the OnePlus One, where the OnePlus 2 had it removed for a “lack of use,” according to the company.