July 28, 2016
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THE ONEPLUS 3 REVIEW

After almost a year, the OnePlus 3 wows the fan base once more–and wins new believers–with its incredible form and performance rarely associated with low end handsets. Read on to find out what we think about this latest addition to the OnePlus line.

Track back to June 2014 when OnePlus introduced its limited release mobile phone called OnePlus One, eventually chalking up close to one million handsets on its first year. This was no mean feat for a newcomer whose second release, the OnePlus 2 was just as successful as the first. However, the OnePlus 2 was plagued with some issues such as heating and home button lags.

In June 2016, OnePlus 3 was released for online retail, this time reaching more users after the Chinese brand forgoes its usual invite-only strategy. The OnePlus 3’s pronounced improvements on OnePlus 2’s flaws has got users switching from the mighty mobile brands for a device with features as good as top flagships minus their hefty price tags.

DESIGN

Never judge a book by its cover, but if you’re a mobile handset, it’s an entirely different story. The OnePlus 3’s aluminum unibody screams premium. While this decision may be labeled as a too safe, almost getting-on-the-bandwagon move, it seems to have paid off because now by looks alone OnePlus 3 is now officially one of the big flagship boys.

FEATURES

Here’s some of the technical highlights of the OnePlus 3 that everyone’s has been raving about.

1. Display

Keeping with the OnePlus 2 tradition and forsaking what tech pundits would have deemed necessary to give OnePlus 3’s display a 5-star rating, OnePlus 3 keeps a full HD display panel with a brighter, clearer display that intensifies blacks and reds instead of the more common QHD. Crisp. Vibrant. That’s OnePlus 3’s Optic AMOLED screen.

2. Fingerprint scanner

One of the major improvements in the 3rd generation handset is overall responsiveness, but a noteworthy upgrade is the improvement on the fingerprint scanner speed. It is said to rival the iPhone’s scanner speed, with only a 0.3 second response time.

3. Dash Charging

The phone battery gods have heard our prayers! OnePlus 3’s 3000mAH battery can be charged up to 63% for only 30 minutes. OnePlus 3’s Dash Charge is similar to other fast charging features present in other brands, but has solved heating by moving the main power regulator to the charger instead of the device. Another bonus is a car adapter that also allows you to Dash Charge in transit.

4. Custom Software

Because of OnePLus’ own Oxygen OS powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, minor tweaks have been made to the Android UI, giving OnePlus 3 its own unique features like Shelf which declutters your display by putting together widgets and frees up space on the main home screen. Another feature of the OnePlus 3 is the proximity display similar to Motorola’s Active Display. The custom OS update also resolved back button problems and settings display.

5. Camera

The OnePlus3’s camera takes stunning images with its 16MP Sony PDAF sensor, essentially what you’d find in any DSLR camera, with a front cam that boasts 8MP. This is an improvement from OnePlus 2’s 13MP primary and 5MP front cam.

Design
4 out of 5
Essentials
4.5 out of 5
Performance
4 out of 5
Special Features
3.5 out of 5
Overall

It's a YES for the OnePlus 3! We see the device as the new cool kid on the block that actually walks the talk. We are impressed at how OnePlus is able to keep up with the big players while keeping its price affordable. If it’s flagship you’re looking for, OnePlus 3 is heavy on specs but light on the pocket. This niche brand is purely geeky goodness and it would be a mistake to let it pass by.

4

Good
4 out of 5