Despite the excitement of Euro-cup match yesterday, I switched to the Loop Android app for the VR experience of the OnePlus 3 launch event but the repeated crash made me leave it. Later today I come to know about the flagship killing features of the OnePlus 3 that even with an affordable price tag. Most of the rumors that I wrote it in the rumor roundup come true, except for the invite system and the dual LED flash. The vibrant super AMOLED screen with ample storage, RAM and the HTC like design makes it one of the best Android flagship phones. As most of the latest flagships in 2016 features Snapdragon 820 SoC, this phone is also no different. The 5.5 inch phone may seem lil’ extra for your hand but the aluminium uni-body is still comfy to hold for longer.
The 1080p screen is protected by Gorilla glass 4. The back has antenna cuts in the top and the bottom along with somewhat bulged 16 MP f/2.0 camera with OIS (optical Image Stabilization), PDAF (phase detection Auto focus) and 4K video recording. The manual mode in the camera lets you take sharp picture in little and well lit situation by controlling focus, shutter speeds, White balance and ISO in a rotary dialer interface. It is the Sony IMX 298 sensor inside the camera, which is same as that of Xiaomi Mi5 phone. Below the camera lies a single LED flash that is quite opposite to my expectations. The bottom of the phone consists of a USB Type C connector, regular 3.5 mm Audio jack, speaker and a microphone. On the front top lies a 8 MP selfie camera along with a small LED for notification and the front bottom has two capacitive points along with rounded Home button in the middle that doubles as a fingerprint scanning sensor. It is known to be quite faster and accurate than its predecessor.
The phone supports technologies in GSM family up to 4G LTE. The US version supports band 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12 and 17 whereas there is a global version too including band 2, 20 and 38-41 (TDD) whereas for us in Nepal it works fine for all technologies in GSM family.
There are two nano SIM slots in the phone and lacks the extra slot for memory expansion. The phone includes physical switch for silencing which comes handy specifically for business personnel and officials during meeting. The phone has a 3000 mAh non-removable battery which charges from 0 to 60 percent in 30 minutes through a dash charger and was believed to same as OPPO’s VOOC, which is not yet confirmed. The rumor for the two variants of the phone did not come true as there is only single version with whopping 6 GB RAM.
It is the Android 6.02 Marshmallow OS that runs the phone, with oxygen UI over the top with stock android like experience and has very lesser no of inbuilt apps.
Key Features of OnePlus 3
Snapdragon 820 SoC
5.5 inch Super AMOLED screen
Full HD resolution
RAM: 6 GB
Storage: 64 GB
Camera: 16 MP rear / 8 MP front
Battery: 3000 mAH with USB type C charging
7.35 mm thickness
Weight: 158 gm
The phone includes almost all of the features that is needed for a premium flagship phone (except for the water resistant feature, Single LED flash and Full HD screen) and it is quite affordable with the price tag of USD 400 for the whopping 6 GB RAM, 64 GB memory phone, which directly translates to Rs 43,000 but it will be little higher when it gets released here. As known from the discussion in the recent blogger meetup, the phone will release in Nepal immediately after the international availability, that could be any time soon. Look forward to the performance testing along with more updates and review once the device reaches us here in GadgetsinNepal.com.np