OnePlus 3 Review

2016 8th September

third time's a charm, right? properly that is what OnePlus may be hoping with its third-era flagship telephone, the OnePlus 3.

genuine to its 'never Settle' mantra, OnePlus is pushing ahead with its 'flagship specifications for half the rate' sport plan, and with the brand new OnePlus three the symptoms are high quality.

After the preliminary breakout fulfillment of the OnePlus One in 2014, the comply with up from the chinese outfit become a little lackluster, with the OnePlus 2 failing to reach the same heights as its predecessor.

If anything, OnePlus changed into a victim of its very own fulfillment, as expectancies for its 2d installment went above and past what the nonetheless-small firm changed into able to.

take a look at out our OnePlus 3 evaluate video underneath

OnePlus founder Carl Pei instructed me at some stage in a briefing for the OnePlus three that "human beings have very, very excessive expectations. We were given very lucky with the primary device, and those desired greater. We have to balance expectancies with what we are able to".

As you may anticipate then, from a flagship handset costing simply US$399 (£329, round AU$450), OnePlus has indeed had to balance functions against expectation, however with the OnePlus three the compromises are greater applicable.

there's no QHD resolution (you may have to make do with full HD), nor is there a microSD slot, and customers have simply one internal garage alternative: 64GB. however if you can look beyond the ones minor shortcomings, and embrace the strength, top rate layout and overall performance the OnePlus three is offering, that is the firm's exceptional ever device.

With a Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM, 16MP rear digicam, 8MP the front snapper, fingerprint scanner and 3,000mAh fast-charging battery, the OnePlus three has the tools – on paper as a minimum – to take on the massive names.

The OnePlus 2 claimed to be the 2016 Flagship Killer, and while it fell manner quick of residing as much as that boast, the OnePlus three may additionally simply be capable of claim the title.

OnePlus 3 price and release date

launched in June 2016

US$399 or £329

most effective to be had SIM-unfastened from OnePlus

not out in Australia

The OnePlus 3 launched at $399 inside the US and hasn't changed in rate, but it's not the identical for those in the uk. considering that July 11 the OnePlus 3 has fee £329, in preference to the £309 release fee, because of the Pound weakening after the Brexit campaign.

those in Australia should preserve anticipating the OnePlus 3 and there may be no word of an official release yet.

We were given sent a special OnePlus three field, find out what's inner!


First full-steel layout by means of OnePlus makes it a ways extra appealing than previous phones

New smooth Gold model gives a brighter opportunity to the standard gray

The OnePlus three has a mute transfer, which many Android phones do not provide

The unmarried largest advancement from the OnePlus 2 to the OnePlus three is the layout. I forgave the unique OnePlus One's polycarbonate seems due to the fact the telephone presented such excellent fee for money, but while the OnePlus 2 got here round many people, myself blanketed, desired more than what become on provide.

fortunately OnePlus has answered fan's requires a greater top class design, delivering its first steel uni-body cellphone within the OnePlus three, cut from a single slab of aluminum.

The end result is attractive. The steel chassis indicators the evolution of OnePlus emblem from a barely shaky chinese startup to a logo that is aware of what it is doing, and knows what humans need. It does not smash any new ground in terms of appears, with flashes of iPhone, HTC and Samsung, but it's exceptional to eyeball and maintain inside the hand.

you have got the selection of two shades. Graphite (basically space gray) become to be had at launch, however tender Gold has handiest lately come into inventory - and smooth is virtually the proper word.

In some light the gold finish looks nearly silver, but it's attractive understated and is a lot greater tasteful than the slightly garish Rose Gold tries of late.

round the the front you get a while panel in place of black at the graphite, giving the smooth Gold OnePlus three a brighter, lighter look.

it's a disgrace that OnePlus hasn't taken phone design in a new path, however a brief take a look at the top phones across all of the predominant producers shows that there's a fair quantity of – how shall I positioned this – 'borrowing' in terms of styling.

the front-on the OnePlus three isn't always some thing special – it's a tremendously wellknown black (or white, if you choose gentle gold) slab lined in Gorilla Glass 4, with the main function being the indented fingerprint scanner-come-domestic-button oval below the display.

The fingerprint scanner is much quicker at spotting your digits and unlocking the OnePlus 3 than it become at the OnePlus 2, with a quoted time of simply zero.three seconds. while I cannot vouch for the precise velocity i'm able to see that it is impressively quick, and i didn't have any troubles whilst the use of it. OnePlus says it's faster than Apple's contact identification, and i'm willing to agree.

either facet of the scanner you'll discover touch-touchy navigation keys which are handiest visible while tapped, with a single white LED illuminating for a couple of seconds before disappearing into the bezel.

these are responsive and clean to hit, and you could application them in the settings menu, permitting you to perform greater features with a keep movement in preference to a tap. you can additionally switch them spherical – so in case you prefer your returned key to be on the proper rather than the left you may do just that.

as well as the toughened Gorilla Glass at the front of the phone, OnePlus has also protected a factory-outfitted screen protector to prevent scratches, but it is a bit demanding. It would not cover the entire display screen, and at instances I ought to see the brink of the protector going for walks down each aspect of the display, which distracts from the on-display movement.

thankfully you may get rid of it quite easily, and it doesn't go away any nasty residue at the glass – but you're not going to get the bubble-unfastened end in case you try to re-follow it, so make sure you really want it long gone before peeling it off.

alongside the left side of the 7.35mm-thick OnePlus three are the extent rocker and notification slider. The latter has 3 positions: all notifications, priority notifications and silent, permitting you to quick alter the placing without waking the display screen.

it's a hat-tip to Apple's mute switch on the iPhone, and it is some thing i found very useful during my time with the OnePlus 3 – mainly whilst it came to speedy muting the telephone all through meetings and cinema journeys.

On the alternative aspect is the power/lock key, which sits below the dual-SIM tray. yes it's right – the OnePlus 3 can handle two SIMs. On a few different devices, inclusive of the Huawei P9, the second SIM slot additionally doubles as a microSD slot, but it is no longer the case right here – as mentioned, there's no expandable garage alternative.

the rationale given to me via OnePlus's Pei for why the employer maintains to shun expandable storage comes down to person enjoy.

"MicroSD is a big ask [from our fans]," Pei defined, "but it's now not a great ask. it's no longer a great consumer revel in". you could no longer agree, however this is the thinking over at OnePlus.

The buttons are well located, and as long as your hands are large sufficient to grapple the OnePlus three you will be capable of hit them with out trouble when the usage of the phone one-handed.

there is nothing at the pinnacle aspect, while the bottom is filled with a speaker grille, USB-C port and headphone jack – OnePlus simply is not geared up to ditch the 3.5mm jack just but, not like Motorola with the Moto Z.

transferring round the returned, the gently curving rear and the antenna bands at the top and bottom of the handset are reminiscent of the HTC One M9, whilst the rectangular digicam bulge has something of the Samsung Galaxy S6 about it.

it is a pleasant top rate appearance, if a little understated, and its arched backed means the OnePlus three sits nicely inside the palm, permitting you to get a first rate grip round what's a large handset.

The OnePlus 3 is a phone I truely do experience holding, flipping it over time and again in my hand and staring at at it because it is living on my desk. there's nothing complex taking place right here, but it is that simplicity that I locate fascinating. In that feel it is similar to Apple's iPhone layout, although the curved rear beats the flat backs of the Cupertino firm's handsets.

design-sensible, OnePlus has completed some thing unique then. The OnePlus 3 doesn't look out of vicinity along the iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and LG G5, but it's nearly 1/2 the price. For that, at least, it must be applauded.