In the event you didn't strap a VR viewer to your face to watch the OnePlus 3 announcement, all the details are now available. If you've been keeping up with the leaks, they seem to have been quite accurate. The OnePlus 3 has a whopping 6GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 820, and a slim aluminum design. Perhaps most interestingly, the $399 smartphone is available for purchase today on the OnePlus website without an invite.
Let's hit all the basic specs first.
- SoC: Snapdragon 820
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 64GB
- Display: 5.5-inch 1080p "Optic AMOLED"
- Cameras: 16MP f/2.0 rear, 8MP f/2.0 front
- Power: 3000mAh with Dash Charge, USB Type-C
- NFC: Yesssssssss
- Software: Android 6.0 Oxygen OS
- Networks: Dual-SIM - GSM, HSPA+, LTE
- Measurements: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm, 158g
The OnePlus 2 came along at an inopportune time. OP was stuck dealing with the wily Snapdragon 810, which even more established OEMs had trouble tuning. This year the OnePlus 3 gets to use the much more capable Snapdragon 820. That's paired with a ridiculous 6GB of RAM. I don't know that this is actually going to be better in daily use than 4GB, but there you go. There's 64GB of included storage, but again no microSD card slot. The display is 5.5-inches and 1080p again, but it's an AMOLED panel this time.
OnePlus says it has improved the camera this year with a suite of features known collectively as "Smart Capture." This includes HD Mode, Auto HDR, and Dynamic De-noise. That last one takes several frames and blends them together with post-processing to reduce noise. It also has both optical and electronic stabilization.
You're still looking at a 3000mAh battery in the OP3. That's starting to look slightly small for a phone with a 5.5.-inch display. One of the things that irked me about the OP2 was the lack of quick charging. OnePlus has addressed that this year with Dash Charge. The company says 30 minutes of charging will get you 63% capacity. It's a bit unclear what technology this uses, but we think it's Oppo VOOC. OnePlus notes that the power management and heat dispersion are actually part of the cable, not the phone. That might mean OP's fast charging only works with its own cable.
The OnePlus 3 is supposed to be on sale today for $399 in graphite and gold colors. The OnePlus site is still catching up, so give it a bit.