The long-awaited OnePlus 3 has finally been released, this is a flagship phone which was released by the Chinese mobile company OnePlus. Anyone who is familiar with OnePlus knows that they have always sold their phones on a invite only purchase system.
This was a bad decision on the part of OnePlus because there were many people who were interested in purchasing their phones but they didn’t have an invitation, therefore they were unable to purchase it.
Many people avoided purchasing phones from this company simply because they didn’t like the invite-only system.
However, OnePlus has learned from this mistake and they no longer use the invite-only purchase system.
This is great for anyone who has ever wanted to purchase a OnePlus phone but didn’t want to deal with the invite-only system.
The OnePlus 3 will only work with carriers that use the GSM technology. For people who live in the U.S. this means that it’s not compatible with Verizon and Sprint, however, it will work with T-Mobile and AT&T.
OnePlus 3 Design & Hardware:
The OnePlus 3 has a more sophisticated and refined look and feel to it than that of its predecessors.
It’s a sleek looking phone which has an aluminum unibody design. The OnePlus 3 has retained the toggle feature and improved it from that of its predecessors.
The toggle feature is accessed from the right edge of the phone this feature allows you to turn notifications on and off and it also controls priority notifications.
The home button is located at the bottom of the display screen, the home button is also a fingerprint scanner.
The speaker is located at the bottom edge of the phone along with a USB Type-C port and a headphone jack.
The main camera is located in the typical position at the back of the phone and it’s elevated.
This is a common theme in some of the other smartphones on the market today. However, the elevation in the OnePlus 3 camera is a bit higher than that of its competitors.
The OnePlus 3 comes equipped with a 5.5 inch 1080p display screen, the colors are radiant and the picture quality is good but not as good as the picture quality on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or the HTC 10.
This phone also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh non-removable battery.
The OnePlus 3 has an NFC chip inside, the NFC chip will allow the phone to communicate with other NFC devices.
This will allow you to use the phone to make wireless payments with services like Android Pay.
OnePlus 3 Software:
The OnePlus 3 has the OxygenOS interface and it runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and it will be able to update to Android N in the future.
The phone comes with only a selected few pre-installed applications it doesn’t come with a host of unnecessary pre-installed applications like many of the other phones on the market today.
The OnePlus 3 has retained its shelf feature, this is basically an extra homepage that will give you access to your favorite contacts, recent apps, and it also gives you the ability to add other widgets if you would like to. If you dislike this feature you have the ability to disable it.
One of the great things about the OxygenOS interface is the fact that it gives you a variety of different ways to customize it. For example, you can install your own custom icon packs, change the colors of the menu items, and change the color of the LED notification light.
There are also gesture controls, for example, you can access the camera by drawing an O shape, and you can wake up the screen by double tapping it.
Another great feature is the Night mode, when you’re in the dark this feature will automatically reduce the brightness of the display screen to reduce the strain on your eyes.
OnePlus 3 Cameras:
The OnePlus 3 has an 8-megapixel front facing camera which has 1.4µm pixels and a f/2.0 lens, however, there’s no OIS or autofocus feature.
The primary camera on the phone is a 16-megapixel camera, this camera works well, it’s extremely smooth and there’s absolutely no lag whatsoever.
The camera has an Automatic High Dynamite Range shooting, there are built-in sensors which allows the camera to decide when it is or isn’t appropriate to shoot an HDR image.
There’s an HD Mode which you have the ability to turn on or off when the HD Mode is turned on the overall picture quality and clarity will be noticeably improved.
The camera records 4K video, time-lapse, and slow-motion movies. The 4K video is a relatively new resolution standard which was designed specifically for digital cinema and computer graphics.
OnePlus 3 Performance:
The overall performance and functionality of the OnePlus 3 is good, everything runs fast and extremely smooth even while multitasking and switching from one app to the other.
It’s probably the additional RAM that allows this phone to run so smoothly, the OnePlus 3 has 6GB of RAM, that’s about 2 or 3GB more than you will get with the other premium smartphones on the market today.
Another key factor about the performance of this device which separates it from its competitors is the fact that it does not heat up even under heavy use or when charging, the temperature remains the same.
The OnePlus 3 runs more efficiently than many of the other premium smartphones on the market today.
OnePlus 3 Dash Charge And Battery Life:
The battery is a 3,000mAh non-removable battery and it will last about 1 day with high usage. Dash Charge is a new quick charge technology which was invented by OnePlus.
It provides 63% of a full charge in 30 minutes of charging, this is equivalent to the Quick Charge technology which was invented by Qualcomm that’s used on many Android phones today.
My Final Thought:
The OnePlus 3 is an innovative, high-end, premium smartphone which is fast and efficient. Overall OnePlus did a great job with this new flagship phone.
Hopefully, OnePlus smartphones will continue to improve in the future.
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