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OnePlus 3 Stopped By The FCC; Announcement Coming Soon





OnePlus has managed to surprise quite a few people back in 2014 when the company introduced their first handset, the OnePlus One. This device was considered to be one of the best smartphones of the year, and was followed by the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X last year. This China-based company is expected to introduce their third-gen flagship, the OnePlus 3, next month, the rumored date is June 14th. The OnePlus 3 has been leaking like crazy over the last couple of weeks, and the device was even certified by TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC) quite recently. Well, the device has now visited the FCC as well, read on.

A week after the OnePlus 3 appeared at TENAA, the phone has stopped by the FCC as well. The FCC listing really doesn’t reveal all that much, except for the fact it confirms its existence basically. Now, thanks to TENAA’s listing (and some reports), we know not only the specs of the device, but also its design. The OnePlus 3 will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display, along with 4GB / 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor will fuel OnePlus’ new flagship, and an Adreno 530 GPU will be included here as well. The 16-megapixel OIS snapper will be placed on the back of the OnePlus 3, and an 8-megapixel shooter will be available up front. The 3,000mAh battery will also be a part of this package, and it will not be removable. OnePlus has also trademarked their very own fast charging solution a while back, it’s called ‘Dash Charge’, and it might be featured in the OnePlus 3. The fingerprint scanner will be located below the display as part of the home button (physical or capacitive one), and the phone will ship with two SIM card slots. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will ship out of the box here, and on top of it, you’ll be able to find OnePlus’ Oxygen OS (Hydrogen OS in the Chinese variant of the device). 4G LTE with VoLTE is also expected here, and the phone will measures 152.6 x 74.6 x 7.3mm, while it will weight 160 grams.

Now, the OnePlus 3 is expected to ship in Light Gray, Black and Gold color variants, though we’re sure OnePlus will share more info during their press event. That is pretty much it, the OnePlus 3 announcement is right around the corner, we do expect the company to confirm the date of their event soon, and until they do, we’ll guess that it will be held on June 14th as it was reported recently.
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‘The Lab’ Is A Community Review Program For The OnePlus 3





Two weeks away from the expected launch of its third-generation flagship smartphone, Chinese technology startup OnePlus has come up with a new idea that it believes will help broaden its appeal and create more involvement with its fans. The company is now introducing a new initiative called ‘The Lab’, which will “provide fair, honest, crowd-sourced feedback on the OnePlus 3”, as per a post on the company’s official website. OnePlus has already put up a specially-curated page for the purpose, and are inviting applications from members of the general public to be a part of the process. According to OnePlus, users from all around the world are eligible to send in their applications, but only 30 lucky fans will get the opportunity to get the upcoming OnePlus 3 in their hands before the device officially becomes available for purchase.

OnePlus says that the 30 lucky applicants would be chosen after “intense deliberations”, and once the OnePlus 3 handsets are shipped to them, they will then need to submit comprehensive reviews of the device, highlighting, discussing and detailing “the many features that make up the OnePlus 3”. The company describes this new initiative as “a trial by fire – the ultimate test for the OnePlus 3”. Either way, for the 30 lucky individuals who’ll eventually be chosen amongst the thousands of applicants, it sounds like it would be a pretty good deal – get a flagship smartphone for free in exchange of a review. Those who are interested in signing-up should hurry, because the applications will close in about 5 days’ time, and according to data provided by OnePlus, as many as 6,518 people have already signed-up for the opportunity (at the time of writing this article).

‘The Lab’ is just the latest in a long line of novel ideas from the OnePlus marketing department, and is expected to be a fairly popular one amongst the target audience. While the company does come up with some innovative ideas from time to time to hype-up its products, some of them go on to become more contentious than others. A case in point was the highly-controversial ‘Ladies First’ campaign the company had launched a couple of years ago that would have given women the chance to “skip the invite line” and get a chance to buy the company’s first-generation flagship, the OnePlus One. The contest specifically asked women to take a selfie with a visible OnePlus logo painted either on a piece of paper they’re holding, or on their body.
Needless to say, the controversy it created led to the contest being pulled within hours, with the company having to issue a grovelling apology for its offensive and condescending attitude towards women, and for perpetuating “a stereotype that OnePlus in no way supports or condones”. Thankfully, however, this new contest promises to be a lot less controversial and a lot more fun for everybody involved.
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You’ll be able to buy the OnePlus 3, at launch, without an invite









Finally.
OnePlus’ Carl Pei has released a blog post announcing that the OnePlus 3 will be available for purchase, from day one, without and invite. Not only that, the company is ditching the invite system for all future OnePlus products. Yes, really.
One of the biggest complaints users have had about OnePlus products in the past is that they’ve been too difficult to purchase. With the launch on the OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X, consumers could only purchase one of the new devices if they had an invite, which were insanely difficult to get a hold of, at least at the start. Of course, the company had their reasons for putting the invite system in place — it was a good way to control the amount of inventory that was leaving the warehouse. But now OnePlus is much bigger, and they can probably afford to produce many more units than they could in the past.


See also: It’s official: OnePlus 3 is launching on June 1415 Carl Pei writes:
With the OnePlus 3, we’re officially saying goodbye to invites. It’s a big step for us as a company, our fans, and fellow tech enthusiasts. After sending out millions of invites over the past two years, it’s hard to not think back to the early days and how far we’ve come. We’re proud to have reached a point where we feel confident in making our new device available without invites from day one.
The OnePlus 3 will be officially unveiled, in virtual reality, on Tuesday, June 14. During the first two hours of the launch event, the OnePlus 3 will be available for purchase in the Loop VR experience. Doors to the Loop open at 12:30pm EST, and open sales for the OnePlus 3 commence at 3:00pm EST.
I know many of you are probably very happy with this news. If you have any thoughts, we’d love to hear them in the comments!
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(Update: 12:30PM EDT) It’s official: OnePlus 3 is launching on June 14 (June 15 in China)






Update: OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus 3 will launch globally on June 14 at 12:30PM EDT (9:30AM PDT). Invites are gone for good, VR users will be able to buy the device exclusively in the first two hours, and open sales will start at 3PM EDT.
Original post: The OnePlus 3 is coming in just two weeks.
OnePlus put up a teaser page on its Chinese website that states that the OnePlus 3 will be introduced at a “conference” on June 15 at 10AM. That’s Chinese time; in the United States, the time will be 10PM (June 14) EDT or 7PM (June 14) PDT.
In a blog post on its Chinese website, the company confirmed that it will introduce the OnePlus 3 at the event.
The teaser celebrates the International Children’s Day. OnePlus asked kids from several countries to let their imagination loose and draw the OnePlus 3. The results are quite adorable.


OnePlus launched the OnePlus 2 on July 27, 2015 at 11PM EDT (July 28, 11AM Beijing time). It looks like the OnePlus 3 launch event will start a bit earlier this time.
OnePlus is not hosting a classic press event for the OnePlus 3. Instead, we’re all invited to don our VR headsets (preferably a Loop VR) and watch the unveiling of the new phone in the virtual settings of the Loop space station. The first OnePlus 3 units to go on sale will be available through VR as well.
The announcement confirms the leak from last week, when a OnePlus representative let the June 14 release date slip in a conversation with a customer.
The OnePlus 3 will feature a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage space, a 5.5-inch Full HD OLED screen, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a 16MP camera. The 7.3-mm thick device will be available in black, gray, or gold. And NFC is reportedly making a comeback! More details about the OnePlus 3 features are available here.

OnePlus will probably release an official announcement for the international event very soon, so stay tuned for an update.
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Rumor: 1 Million OnePlus 3 Units To Be Available At Launch




OnePlus is a very young company, it was founded at the end of 2013, and despite that, their first smartphone was a huge success. The OnePlus One was introduced back in 2014 and was one of the best devices that year. Since then, OnePlus has released two additional smartphones, the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. That being said, after a number of leaks, the company has confirmed recently that the OnePlus 3 flagship will be announced on June 15th in China, and it will become available on June 16th, while you won’t be needing an invite in order to purchase it.

Having that in mind, a new report has surfaced in China. According to an industry insider, Mocha RQ, the company will have 1 million OnePlus 3 units in stock at launch, which is the main reason the launch of the device was slightly delayed. That is not all the info we’ve received today though, the phone’s pricing has also surfaced. According to the newest rumor, OnePlus actually plans to release four different variants of their new flagship. The base variant of the OnePlus 3 will cost 2,299 Yuan ($349), which is how much the standard variant of the Mi 5 costs. Now, in addition to this, the rumor stated that the other three variants of the device will go head-to-head with the ZUK Z2 Pro, Le Max 2 and the Huawei Honor V8, respectively. This means that the other three OnePlus 3 variant swill be priced at around 2,499 Yuan ($380), 2,699 Yuan ($410) and 2,799 Yuan ($426), respectively. The rumor does not elaborate on the specifics when it comes to these OnePlus 3 variants, unfortunately, so we can only guess at this point. Two OnePlus 3 variants were certified by TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC), the 4GB and 6GB RAM models, but we have no idea what the other two variants represent, perhaps differences in storage space? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Now, according to info shared by TENAA, the OnePlus 3 will feature a 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display, 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It’s possible, and quite probable actually, that we’ll get more internal storage variants, and today’s rumor more or less confirms that. Anyhow, the device will be fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core SoC, and a 3,000mAh battery will also be a part of this package, and it will not be removable. The 16-megapixel snapper will be placed on the back of the phone, and an 8-megapixel shooter will be available up front. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will come pre-installed on the OnePlus 3, and on top of it, you’ll find OnePlus’ Oxygen OS (Hydrogen OS for the Chinese model).
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The OnePlus 3 cometh. Oddly enough, the hype train appears to be off to a much slower start than past iterations, with the biggest promotion for the phone coming by way of blind pre-sales event kicking off on June 6th. OnePlus is hoping you’re so confident in them delivering an amazing product, you’ll cast any doubt aside for the chance at nabbing the phone on launch day and at a slight discount.




Although OnePlus is pretending nobody has seen the phone (despite numerous leaks), leave it to online retailer Oppomart to spoil the fun with what appears to be official images of the OnePlus 3 already up on their site. Priced at $370, the phone is listed as “out of stock” but we’re guessing this is the lower-end version of the phone that will come with less RAM and/or internal storage.

But it’s not just the design of the phone, the Oppomart listing goes into detail with the hardware specifications they believe the OnePlus 3 will come equipped with. Here’s what we could be looking at:
OnePlus 3 specs
  • 5.5-inch 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor w/ Adreno 530 GPU
  • 4GB/6GB RAM (DDR4)
  • 32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage (UFS 2.0)
  • 16MP Sony IMX298 rear camera with OIS / 8MP front facing camera
  • Fingerprint scanner (front)
  • 4G LTE-FDD multimode modem
  • 3,650mAh battery w/ Quick Charge
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Oxygen OS)
Now, we’ve made plenty of jokes poking fun at the device for looking like an HTC knock-off but we have to admit, it sounds like OnePlus could be preparing to deliver one helluva smartphone. Depending on pricing, we might just eat crow and pick one up for ourselves.
Of course, nothing is official until it’s announced and we’ll need to hold one in our hands first, something that might be difficult considering you wont find the OnePlus 3 anywhere but online.
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Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXz19Ab9nYs

OnePlus has outed a video teaser of its upcoming OnePlus 3 smartphone. Released by OnePlus India on YouTube, it's just a 6-second video that doesn't reveal anything specific about the device's design or its specs.

However, what it does reveal is that the device will be made official on June 14 (10:00 PM), which is not inline with the June 15 date confirmed by OnePlus China recently.
It might simply be the case of the Chinese launch coming a day later than the international one. Aside from this, the teaser also tells us that the phone will be an Amazon exclusive.
In case you missed, OnePlus has announced that a total of 1,000 units of the OP3 will be up for grabs on June 6 in China. Read more about the flash sale here.
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OnePlus wants you to buy the OnePlus 3 without seeing it first






By “without seeing it” we mean precisely that. Without seeing it.
OnePlus is no stranger to controversial, occasionally gimmicky marketing stunts. Remember Smash The Past?
Now OnePlus is innovating in this field with a “blind sale.”
1,000 OnePlus 3 units will be put up for sale on the company’s Chinese online store on June 6 at 10AM. But the phone itself will only be unveiled on June 14 (June 15 in China). Basically, customers are asked to buy a black box and just trust OnePlus. Blindly, we might say.
The mystery device will cost 2,999 yuan ($455), but OnePlus said that won’t be the actual price of the device. Customers who want to get the OnePlus 3 ahead of the pack can pay 2,999 yuan and, when the official price is announced, they will either pay the difference (if the actual price is higher, but that’s unlikely) or receive a partial refund (if the actual price is smaller).
For this group of blind devotees, OnePlus is throwing in freebies worth 300 yuan, including a 3-month broken screen warranty. Phones will ship from June 15, and customers can cancel their orders and get a refund through June 14 at 6PM.


If you’re wondering why OnePlus is complicating its life with this sale, it’s probably just to create some much-needed buzz. Case in point, this post.


As for the customers who would consider this promo, props for their courage. To be fair, we know a lot about the OnePlus 3 already. The device has leaked extensively over the past weeks. We know what it will look like and its main specifications are no secret: Snapdragon 820, 4GB/6GB of RAM, 32/64GB storage, 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED, 3000-mAh battery, and a 16MP rear camera.


We don’t know if a similar blind sale will be held for international customers, but we’ll update when we find out.
Would you buy the OnePlus 3 without seeing it – or any device for the matter? Let us know what you think!
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Why OnePlus decided against releasing its smartwatch






Smartwatches have had a pretty rocky existence since arriving in full force back at Google I/O 2014. Despite the immaturity of Android Wear, it seemed like every smartphone company – with the exception of HTC, which still hasn’t released a smartwatch – instantly had a wearable on the most mobile of mobile platforms. And before Android Wear we had Pebble, but even that stalwart of the wearable market is falling on tough times. So it may come as no surprise that OnePlus had plans for a smartwatch last year but decided to walk away from it.


OnePlus didn’t only have plans for a smartwatch, it actually had a smartwatch, but felt forced not to go into production. OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau, revealed at the Converge conference in Hong Kong today that “we had completed the design but we still decided to scrap it. We have to be focused.” It was a matter of survival of the fittest, and adding a possibly weak “me too” product into the otherwise strong OnePlus lineup would expose the company to what Lau described as a “cruel market”.



“There is no bottom line at all,” Lau told attendees. “To use a Chinese saying, it’s like Chinese smartphone makers are competing to see who can take their pants off first.” The intense competition in China, non-existent bottom line for profit and plateauing domestic smartphone market means that every move is critical. According to Lau, OnePlus has built a niche following in the high-end smartphone market and needs to focus on that pocket of the market rather in order to weather the impending storm rather than try to expand into other territories.
We had completed the design but we still decided to scrap it. We have to be focused.
Lau believes this focused strategy will be sufficient to see OnePlus emerge on the other side as one of a smaller field of competitors, with others falling by the wayside as times get tougher. OnePlus’ presence in the U.S. market is certainly one of OnePlus’ primary strengths, but the product strategy that has gotten OnePlus this far has been centered on doing one thing well. When things calm down in the Chinese market we may well see a smartwatch release from OnePlus, but that might not be for years yet.

Despite China representing the world’s largest smartphone market and Xiaomi recently achieving the highest-ever domestic market share for a Chinese company, the Chinese market, like smartphone markets the world over, is slowing down. Chinese domestic shipments dropped from 62.5% in 2013 to just 2.5% last year, according to research firm IDC. The tremendous success of Xiaomi and Huawei has led many newcomers to attempt to replicate their success, threatening the livelihood of all.
There is no bottom line at all. It is a very cruel market.
So while other large markets like India, South America, Europe and North America might be the saving grace for several Chinese OEMs, those that fail to appeal to audiences outside China may not be there in a couple of years. Lau believes as China’s smartphone market matures, it will be able to sustain many different companies based on different consumer group preferences. But to be sure it is one of those companies, OnePlus won’t be releasing a smartwatch anytime soon.




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OnePlus 3 put up on a “blind sale”, but here’s how it looks



As far as marketing gimmicks go, OnePlus is definitely up there. Although probably not intentional, the very limited, invite-only system did drum up the marketing for the OnePlus One. And then there was that "Smash the Past" for the same flagship that would give you the chance, not an immediate replacement, to get a OnePlus One if you went on air to smash your existing flagship. Now OnePlus is again asking fans to take a leap of faith by putting in a pre-order for the OnePlus 3, without knowning the details or even the final price. Luckily, others are more than willing to fill in the blanks.

This "blind sale" is pretty much the retail version of a blind date. You'll be going in not knowing the deal you're going to get. OnePlus is putting up only 1,000 of its OnePlus 3 smartphones in this promotion and it's puttin it up for 2,999 RMB, roughly $256. OnePlus notes that it isn't the final price of the device and blind buyers will be refunded the difference once the product becomes official. That said, it could very well be close to the final price, depending on which model is offered.
All OnePlus has to show for this blind sale is a nondescript plain, even ominous, black box. However, thanks to a series of leaks, we have an idea of what the OnePlus 3 might look like. In fact, the most recent batch pretty much confirms all those. Here, the smartphone comes in a grey/black color and looks like a flatter HTC One M9. Not that it's exactly a bad thing. No word yet on other color variations or customization options.



As far as specs go, we also have that mostly pinned down. A sighting in Oppomart, not to be confused with the Chinese OEM, also confirms most of what we've heard so far. That includes a 5.5-inch screen, sadly still 1080p, a Snapdragon 820, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and a 16 megapixel rear camera paired with an 8 megapixel selfie maker. What's new hear is a 128 GB model we haven't heard of previously, which brings the total possible configurations to six. Oppomart starts the price at $369 though our earlier leak starts lower at $349. Then again, neither can really be given 100% credence yet.
As for the blind sale, that starts in less than an hour. Given how many faithful fans OnePlus has, that 1,000 units could be sold out in minutes. Regardless if you buy now or later, shipping starts June 15 (June 14 in the US).
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The OnePlus 3 is slated to be officially announced next week (without invites), but we already know a lot about this device. It’s expected to have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4/6GB of RAM, and a 16MP camera. Today, we’re getting our first look at that camera through some sample photos from the OnePlus CEO.
The four photos were shared by the OnePlus CEO. According to the EXIF data, the three larger photos are indeed 16MP as the rumors have indicated. We can also see one sample from the front-facing camera, which is rumored to be 8MP. It’s hard to judge too much based on these photos, but the camera appears to be very good. We’ll get more answers next week. In the meantime, check out the photos below. (Click for full size)



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Android Marshmallow arrives for OnePlus 2 via OxygenOS 3.0.2 update



A couple of things are nearing their own launches this year – that includes the OnePlus 3, the new flagship phone from OnePlus, and Android N, the new latest and greatest version of the mobile OS platform from Google. But even as those dates are coming, owners of the OnePlus 2 – last year’s flagship – were still waiting for that update to Android Marshmallow. Well, their prayers have been answered.

OnePlus has now officially announced the update to OxygenOS 3.0.2 for the OnePlus 2, the official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update of the said phone. The update will be rolled out via over-the-air (OTA) updates, in incremental fashion. This will mean that the update will arrive not all at once, but usually region by region. OnePlus says they hope to cover all OnePlus 2 units out there within the next 2 days.



Marshmallow updates are not uncommon anymore, and most people know what to expect from it. This includes Android Marshmallow staples like Enhanced Doze mode for better battery life, new security fixes, the updated permissions and all that jazz. OnePlus has also made their own updates to the OxygenOS features which include a new camera UI and better auto-focus, the removal of MaxxAudio and Tuner to be replaced by Dirac HD Sound technology, and improved fingerprint sensor performance and recognition among others.


Make sure you get on a strong wifi connection when you want to update. Remember that this is a jump from Lollipop to Marshmallow, so the download might be a large-ish one. Just in case, you might want to back up your important data as well
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OnePlus To Release Five Cases For OnePlus 3, Zauba Reveals




The OnePlus 3 will land on June 15th, as the company confirmed quite recently. The device will go on sale on June 16th, and if reports are accurate, the company will have 1 million OnePlus 3 units to sale on that day. The OnePlus 3 has been leaking out like crazy over the last couple of weeks, not only do we know what will this phone look like, but we also know most of its specs. The device surfaced on Geekbench and GFXBench, while it was certified by both the FCC and TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC). In addition to all this, it is worth mentioning the company’s CEO already shared a couple of images taken with this device, so check that out as well if you’re interested.

That being said, a new piece of the OnePlus 3 puzzle surfaced quite recently, this time we’re looking at some OnePlus 3 accessories. Five different OnePlus 3 cases surfaced on Zauba, India’s import / export website. This listing reveals that the OnePlus 3 will have Bamboo, Karbon, Sandstone, Black Apricot and Rosewood back covers, which is not exactly surprising considering those accessories were available for OnePlus 2 as well, but in a form of a snap-on back cover, not a regular back cover case. The OnePlus 3 will sport a metal unibody design, which excludes the ability to remove its back cover, so you’ll basically have to use a case for if you want to change its looks. This listing did not offer any more info, that is more or less it.

The OnePlus 3 will ship in both 4GB and 6GB RAM flavors, the 4GB RAM model will come with 32GB of internal storage, while the higher-end model will ship with 64GB of native storage. This handset will be fueled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC, while the Adreno 530 GPU will also be a part of this package. The 16-megapixel shooter will be located on the back of this phone, and the device will also sport an 8-megapixel selfie snapper. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will come pre-installed on the OnePlus 3, and on top of it, you’ll be able to find OnePlus’ Oxygen OS. The device will be made out of metal, and the fingerprint scanner will, once again, going to be placed below the display. Speaking of which, the device will feature a 5.5-inch fullHD AMOLED display, at least according to rumors / reports.
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6GB RAM Variant Of OnePlus 3 Pops Up On GFXBench




The OnePlus 3 announcement is right around the corner. This China-based company has already scheduled a press event for June 15th during which they’ll introduce their all-new flagship. The OnePlus 3 will go on sale on June 16th, which was also officially confirmed. The company will, reportedly, have around 1 million devices in stock in order to sell on June 16th, and this time around you won’t even need an invite to buy one, which is great. That being said, the OnePlus 3 has been certified by TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC) already, while the device has also been listed on Geekbench, not to mention that it leaked a number of times thus far.

Well, a new leak surfaced quite recently, the OnePlus 3 was benchmarked by yet another site, this time around it popped up on GFXBench. Thanks to TENAA, we know that OnePlus intends to release two RAM variants of the OnePlus 3, the 4GB and 6GB RAM models. Well, the higher-end one got listed on GFXBench, and the specs listed here to hand-in-hand with the previous listings. The OnePlus 3 will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) AMOLED panel, 4GB / 6GB RAM and 32GB / 64GB of internal storage. The device will be fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor, along with the Adreno 530 GPU. The 16-megapixel camera will be placed on the back of this smartphone, and an 8-megapixel snapper will be located up front. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will ship out of the box here, and on top of it, you’ll be able to find OnePlus’ Oxygen OS. The device will be made out of metal, and it more or less looks like a cross between the HTC One M9 (back) and one of Meizu’s device (front), at least according to the images we’ve seen thus far.

In case you’re interested in OnePlus 3’s camera samples, click here, OnePlus’ CEO Pete Lau shared a new batch of images taken with OnePlus 3’s main shooter quite recently. That is more or less it, the OnePlus 3 will be announced in about a week, and we more or less know everything about its design and specs already. There’s still room for OnePlus to surprise us though, so stay tuned.
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OnePlus 3 with 5.5-inch display and Snapdragon 820 officially unveiled, priced at Rs. 27,999 in India

OnePlus has finally announced its most anticipated smartphone, the OnePlus 3, as promised earlier. This smartphone was leaked multiple times and every smartphone enthusiast was excited for it. The OnePlus 3 features a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and a full metal body. The OnePlus 3 is priced in India at Rs. 27,999 and will be available from Amazon starting tomorrow.





Under the hood, there is a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU, 6GB RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. There’s no microSD card slot though. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. Connectivity features include dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and GPS.

Coming to the camera department, the OnePlus 2 is equipped with a 16-megapixel primary camera (Sony IMX298 sensor with 1.12 micron pixel size) with phase-detection autofocus, LED flash, ƒ/2.0 aperture, OIS, and 4K video recording. The front-facing camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and an aperture of ƒ/2.0. The front-facing camera can record 1080p videos and can digitally stabilize videos.


The OnePlus 3 comes with 3,000 mAh non-removable battery and the new Dash Charge technology that helps you charge the phone’s battery up to 60% in just 30 minutes with the 5V/4A charger. The USB Type-C port is placed on the bottom of the OnePlus 3. OnePlus claims that the new technology can rapidly charge the device without overheating it.

The 6GB RAM variant with 64GB storage is priced at CNY 2,744 ($416.41). This Smartphone will be available through open sale from tomorrow. OnePlus has also published the details of how to buy the OnePlus 3 on its official forum, making it easier for the buyers. The OnePlus 3 can give a great competition to the LG G5 and the HTC 10 which have the same hardware configurations. So, are you excited to buy this the OnePlus 3?



OnePlus Confirms No 4GB RAM Version Of The OnePlus 3 Coming

Prior to the launch of the OnePlus 3, there were many rumors floating around about what the latest handset from OnePlus would bring. While one of the rumors, the inclusion of 6GB RAM, turned out to be true there had been multiple rumors suggesting that there would be multiple variants of the OnePlus 3 available. Variants which differed in RAM capacity (most notably a 4GB RAM version), differed in storage capacity and as you might expect, differed in price with some rumors suggesting the base model would start as low as $310.


However, when the official details finally did come through earlier today confirming the launch of the OnePlus 3, there was only one model. The one which comes boasting 6GB RAM, the Snapdragon 820 processor, 64GB storage and priced at $399 in the US. As a result, many have been left wondering if there still will be more affordable variants of the OnePlus 3 coming through at a later date. The short answer to this seems to be no.


Various members of the OnePlus team have been taking part in an AMA over on Reddit today and as part of the discussion, the topic of the other rumored variants has been brought up. In discussing this, OnePlus has now confirmed that there are no additional OnePlus 3 variants coming through. The only model will be the already announced 6GB RAM model. During the conversation, Carl Pei of OnePlus made it clear that they believe the one model format is right for them, as is the price. With Pei noting that “this is $10 more than OP2 at launch, yet we’ve made a lot improvements.” Further adding that they will continue to focus on the flagship sector of the market “and leave cheaper mid-range devices to those who do a better job than us in that category.” Therefore, if you had been planning on picking up one of the lower spec variants of the OnePlus 3, it does look unlikely that option will be available. Not to mention, this does also seem to highly suggest that it is unlikely there will be a sequel to the OnePlus X this year as well.

OnePlus Explains Reason For A 1080p Screen On The OnePlus 3

The official launch for the OnePlus 3 has come and gone, and all the specifications are known as is the price for the launch regions, coming in at $399 USD here in the U.S. for a device model with 64GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM, a 16MP rear-camera, and an 8MP front camera. Perhaps unsurprising, OnePlus also chose to stick with the 1080P resolution for the screen with the third iteration of their flagship smartphone, although they did change up the display type as they now use an AMOLED panel using technology they call Optic AMOLED. With the AMOELD onboard, the 1080p resolution is sure to look bright, vivid, and crisp, yet, many consumers were probably hoping for a display that was QHD like many of the other top flagship devices. So, why the choice to stay with 1080p? OnePlus’ Co-Founder, Carl Pei, explains the decision behind their reasoning to keep the same resolution of the last two phones.


During an AMA on Reddit today, a handful of OnePlus staff have taken to answering questions about the OnePlus 3 itself, the device launch and the overall experience. One user asked why they chose to stay with a 1080p display, and while it might seem like OnePlus has made a decision in error by not going with 2K, there is apparently method to the madness, and according to Pei, anything using a screen resolution above 1080p would “only be beneficial for VR,” and also holds drawbacks that OnePlus didn’t want for the device, although he never mentioned any drawbacks specifically.


Pei also noted that VR isn’t yet mainstream and that consumers wouldn’t be using VR on smartphones that often, so they chose to go with a 1080p screen to optimize the experience for the most common use case, which in their explanation is going to be experiences outside of VR, stating that they believe most uses will likely spend more than 95 percent of the time outside of a VR experience when using the phone. Whether or not you agree, 1080p has its merits. It’s going to draw less power, which means longer battery life, and with the use of the AMOLED panel that should also use up less energy, a 3,000mAh battery and the new Dash Charge technology that’s built-in, the OnePlus 3 should still end up as a decent user experience for many consumers, even with the 1080p resolution.

OnePlus Explains Why The OnePlus 3 Has A 3000mAh Battery

Earlier today OnePlus took the wraps off their latest flagship offering, the OnePlus 3. This is a unit which comes boasting a number of high-profile specs, with the main headline ones being a whopping 6GB RAM and the latest Qualcomm flagship processor, the Snapdragon 820. However, from the OnePlus consumer perspective, two very notable features which are not exactly ‘new’ by industry terms are the inclusion of NFC and fast charging capabilities. The first, NFC, made its comeback after being left out of the OnePlus 2, to the dismay of many. Likewise, in spite of much of the market turning to quicker charging features last year, the OnePlus 2 did not come boasting faster charging. As a result, both NFC and faster charging will be welcomed features, albeit not exactly market-leading features.


However, while the OnePlus 3 comes with what OnePlus refer to as ‘Dash Charge’, the actual capacity of the OnePlus 3 battery has decreased from the OnePlus 2’s 3,300 mAh down to only 3,000 mAh. A decrease which has not gone unnoticed by potential OnePlus 3 customers and an aspect which was raised with the company during an AMA OnePlus has been holding today on Reddit.


In answering why the OnePlus 3 only comes equipped with a 3,000 mAh battery, the OnePlus team explains “when we think about Never Settle it’s not about having the “biggest” everything.” Pointing to the fact that the actual capacity is not the end goal. Adding that they were looking to strike a balance between numerous aspects including battery life, performance and so on. The team go on to explain that the actual 3,000 mAh included on the OnePlus 3 will likely “last longer than you think” due to the level of efficiency claimed to be on offer with the device. While also drawing on the use of Dash Charge to explain that the lesser-capacity battery is quicker at charging than the OnePlus 2. In fact, this was specifically a comment that Carl Pei also noting on, during the same conversation. Explaining that users should check out Dash Charge before really deciding that 3,000 mAh is not enough. With Pei also suggesting that they believe Dash Charge will change “user behavior from charging at night to charging whenever there’s a need.” Those interested can read the full 3,000 mAh conversation by heading through the link below.

OnePlus 3 Does Support T-Mobile’s VoLTE Network

The OnePlus 3 was announced today. To no surprise, the device is only being sold as an unlocked smartphone. Which means the only way you’ll be able to buy the OnePlus 3 is through OnePlus themselves (and Amazon at some point). Luckily, there’s no invite system this year, so you can head to their site and purchase one whenever you want. The OnePlus 3 has some pretty beefy specs as well. Including a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Definitely putting the OnePlus 3 on par with other flagships coming out this time of the year.


However, for those that are on T-Mobile US, one important question might be whether the OnePlus 3 features VoLTE calling. And surprisingly, it does. According to one of OnePlus’ customer service reps that is part of their AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit right now, the OnePlus 3 does work with T-Mobile’s VoLTE functionality. Meaning that users on T-Mobile will be able to place calls over their LTE network instead of the legacy voice network. This is a feature that you don’t find on many unlocked smartphones, simply because they need to be certified with T-Mobile to work properly. Making it a pretty big deal, and an important feather in OnePlus’ cap.


For those that may be unaware, VoLTE literally stands for Voice Over LTE. Allowing you to make voice calls over LTE, and that’s something that a variety of apps already allow you to do. Including WhatsApp, Hangouts, Viber and many others. The reason why VoLTE is such a big deal is that T-Mobile’s – and other carriers – LTE network is much more robust and up-to-date, when compared to their voice network, which has been around for years and years. This also means that their LTE network likely has much wider coverage, which is definitely the case with T-Mobile and their 700MHz spectrum.

If you’re looking to pick up the OnePlus 3 and you are on T-Mobile, you have another reason to pick one up. Coming in at $399, it’s likely one of the cheapest smartphones with flagship specs, that supports their VoLTE network.

The OnePlus 3 Is Compatible With AT&T and T-Mobile In The US

OnePlus has once again, decided to sell their flagship smartphone unlocked. Instead of selling the OnePlus 3 through carriers, the company is selling it unlocked in two main models. One that is available for North America, and one available for Europe and Asia. This is largely due to the different bands that are supported by wireless networks in these regions. Other than the bands that are supported, there are no other differences between these two models. The North America version does support “CDMA EVDO: BC0”, however that doesn’t mean that it supports Sprint or Verizon. Unfortunately, the OnePlus 3 supports the same bands as the OnePlus 2 from last year, which means we’re looking at AT&T and T-Mobile compatibility, only – for the US at least. The good news, however, is that it does support band 12 on T-Mobile. Meaning that T-Mobile customers will be able to use the low-band spectrum that T-Mobile has been recently pushing out throughout the country.

The bands that the OnePlus 3 supports, in North America, are as follows:

  • GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900

  • WCDMA: Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
  • FDD-LTE: Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17

If you do decide to pick up the OnePlus 3, you’ll be able to pop in your T-Mobile or AT&T SIM card and start using the phone immediately. Like most unlocked smartphones, you won’t need to make any other changes or change any settings to get it to work properly on the network you use. Since the OnePlus 3 does support both AT&T and T-Mobile, this means it supports MVNO’s (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) that run on their networks. These include companies like Cricket, MetroPCS, Tracfone, Ting, Walmart Family Mobile, Simple Mobile, Straight Talk and many others. Making it a great phone to take just about anywhere.

The OnePlus 3 does feature a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 820 processor and 6GB of RAM. OnePlus has also included 64GB of storage, along with a 16MP rear-facing camera and a 8MP front-facing camera. All of this is powered by a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery. The OnePlus 3 is available now for just $399. While it doesn’t have support for Verizon and Sprint, it does still support GSM carriers, and for this price, the OnePlus 3 is definitely a phone worth taking a look at.



The OnePlus 3 Is Now Available To Buy For $399 In The US

For a number of consumers, today’s unveiling of the OnePlus 3 will be extremely big news. The flagship line from OnePlus is a line which looks to offer specs that can rival any major smartphone manufacturer’s offering, but at a significantly more affordable price and that is essentially what OnePlus has announced today. A device which does come boasting some best-in-class specs, while also being affordable, in flagship terms.


As well as the actual specs and features announced, OnePlus has also revealed availability and pricing details for interested parties in the U.S. Details which mark a number of notable changes from the availability of previous OnePlus devices. First and foremost, invites are now officially a thing of the past. OnePlus had already announced invites would not play a role in the OnePlus 3 availability and this was a point which was reiterated today with the company confirming the OnePlus 3 will be available to buy in a typical fashion and without the need for pre-registering, invites or otherwise. Secondly, OnePlus has confirmed that there is no waiting time or pre-order status for the OnePlus 3. This is a smartphone which residents in the U.S. can purchase right now from the company’s website. In terms of price, the OnePlus 3 is now confirmed to be priced at $399 outright. This is for a carrier unlocked version which in the U.S. primarily works with GSM networks. It is also worth noting that the OnePlus 3 is due to be available in two different colors, Graphite and Soft Gold. Although, only the former, Graphite, is currently available to buy online. The Soft Gold option will become available in due course, although details of when have yet to be confirmed.


If you missed the already-announced specs, the OnePlus 3 comes equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080p display. Inside, the OnePlus 3 comes loaded with 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor. Cameras come in the form of a 16-megapixel option on the back, as well as an 8-megapixel option on the front. USB Type-C, a 3,000 mAh battery and Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) in the form of OxygenOS are all included as well. As is NFC and fast charging capabilities thanks to the inclusion of ‘Dash Charge‘, which looks to offer a 60-percent charge in about 30 minutes. Those interested in buying the latest smartphone from OnePlus, can by heading through the link below.



StyleSwaps Return as “Protective Cases” for the OnePlus 3


With the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2, the company used StyleSwap back covers, which allowed you to swap out the traditional Sandstone back for another material. Although the method in which this was done, made a bit tough to swap back covers. With the OnePlus 2 we had a few different wood colors as well as a carbon fiber. With the OnePlus 3 being announced today, we found out that the StyleSwap covers are no longer being used, but instead we have a few protective cases for the OnePlus 3, and are much easier to put on your device. These protective cases are available in different materials. We have Bamboo, Rosewood, Black Apricot, Karbon and Sandstone. These are priced at just $24.95 each (Sandstone is $19.95), making them about the same price as most other cases that you would buy for any other smartphone. OnePlus says that these cases will give you personalized protection for your OnePlus 3. Which is true, seeing as there aren’t many other cases out there sporting a wood back or even a Karbon backside.


Other accessories that OnePlus has available for the OnePlus 3 includes an Otterbox case. Otterbox is pretty well-known for creating cases that can take a beating or two. And their case is now available for the OnePlus 3. As expected, it does cost a bit more than the Sandstone Protective Case that OnePlus has created, but it’s still fairly cheap, coming in at $24.95. However, if a flip cover is more your style, OnePlus has you covered there. The OnePlus flip cover is available in sand, black and gray. It’s also priced at $19.95.


One of the main features of the OnePlus 3 is Dash Charge, which allows you to charge your OnePlus 3 pretty quickly. With Dash Charge, your typical charger won’t do the trick, as it doesn’t get enough current. But luckily there is a Dash Charge car charger available, and it’s priced at $29.95. OnePlus also has a tempered glass screen protector available for the OnePlus 3 which will set you back about $12.95. All of these accessories are available on OnePlus’ own website right now, and can be purchased along side the OnePlus 3. That way when your OnePlus 3 comes in, you can slap a case on it and have it protected.
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The OnePlus 3 Lets You Take a Selfie By Simply Smiling

The OnePlus 3 was announced today, and its spec sheet is pretty stunning. OnePlus was able to include the latest Qualcomm processor in the Snapdragon 820, they paired that with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Not to mention the fact that there is a 16-megapixel camera on the back, which is the Sony IMX298 sensor, and a 8-megapixel front-facing camera which is the Sony IMX179 sensor. All of this for just $399, that’s a pretty incredible price for what you’re getting. Since the OnePlus 3 is running on OxygenOS (which is based off of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow), we do have a somewhat customized camera experience here.


With the OnePlus 3, the company is debuting their ‘Smart Capture’ Technology. Which is a suite of features that is available through the camera. The sole purpose of Smart Capture is to take the perfect photo, without needing to mess around with the settings too much. Dynamic De-noise is a feature in the OnePlus 3 which will automatically work in the background to reduce noise in post-processing of these images you take. There’s also Auto HDR Mode, which will automatically take your picture in HDR if the conditions are ideal for HDR. This way you get a pretty well-balanced photo without even needing to think about turning on or off the HDR feature. This feature can actually be disabled, if you decide you don’t want it turned on. HD Mode is another feature here, which is a setting that can be toggled on and off, and allows you to enhance the image detail, as well as sharpen lines and increase the clarity in your photos.


This last part of Smart Capture is likely going to be the most popular one. This feature is in regards to taking selfies with the front-facing 8-megapixel camera here. Smile Capture allows you to turn on the camera, and just smile for the picture to be taken. We’ve seen gestures for taking selfies before, but Smile Capture is perhaps the easiest to actually carry out. Considering most people are going to be smiling when taking a selfie anyways.

OnePlus has also added manual controls in the OnePlus 3. So if you’re a photographer who likes to be able to control your settings on each picture you take, you’ll be taken care of there. Additionally, the OnePlus 3 also supports RAW images. For those that aren’t aware, shooting in RAW format means that there is no post-processing done. You’re essentially getting the “raw” version of the photo. Allowing you to edit to your hearts content in apps like Snapseed, Adobe Lightroom and others.

The OnePlus 3 is available today at just $399, and it looks like the 16-megapixel camera on the OnePlus 3 is definitely going to be one to be excited about.

OnePlus 3 Specifications

The OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X devices have been quite popular. These are the only three devices OnePlus has introduced until today when the company announced their third-gen flagship, the OnePlus 3. We’ve already covered the main announcement of this smartphone, and are here to take a closer look at the specs of this metal-clad smartphone. The OnePlus 3 is a real powerhouse, no matter which way you look at it, so let’s take a look at what it has to offer.


The OnePlus 3 is made out of anodized aluminum, and it sports a metal unibody design. OnePlus mentioned that this phone actually uses a premium space-grade aluminum alloy which makes this device really sturdy, and yet quite light at the same time. The OnePlus 3 features a 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080, 401 ppi) Optic AMOLED display with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 on top of it, along with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of internal storage (UFS 2.0). Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor fuels this smartphone, and it is clocked at 2.2 GHz. The Adreno 530 GPU ships with this SoC, and is in charge of graphics rendering. The OnePlus 3 comes with a 16-megapixel OIS/EIS camera (PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, 1.12um pixel size, Sony’s IMX298 sensor), and an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper (f/2.0 aperture, Sony’s IMX179 sensor, 1.4um pixel size, EIS, fixed focus). OnePlus 3’s camera comes with a number of (software) features, including Dynamic De-noise, HD Mode, Auto HDR Mode and Smile Capture.


The 3,000 mAh non-removable battery is included in this package, and thanks to OnePlus’ Dash Charge quick charging, you’ll be able to charge this battery really fast. Dash Charge carries more current, while it manages to keep the voltage down to 5 volts, which basically means the charging is fast and yet stable and consistent. Dash Charge can get you 60% of battery in just 30 minutes, says OnePlus. OnePlus 3 is a dual SIM handset (2 x nano SIM), and both 4G LTE (300 Mbps speed support) and NFC are a part of this package. The model of this device for North America will support FDD-LTE Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12 and 17, and CDMA EVDO: BCO. As far as European and Asian models are concerned, you’ll get support for FDD-LTE Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 20 and TDD-LTE Bands 38, 40 and 41. The fingerprint scanner is placed below the display once again, and it can unlock your phone in 0.2 seconds according to OnePlus. The physical ‘Alert Slider’ is back once again here, and it allows you to switch between three notification profiles (All, Priority and None). OnePlus 3 measures 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm, while it weighs 158 grams.

OnePlus has included Bluetooth 4.2 here, and same can be said for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and a Type-C USB 2.0 port which is located on the bottom of this phone. The device comes with a bottom-facing speaker, and dual-microphone setup with noise cancellation. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes out of the box with OnePlus’ OxygenOS on top of it. The device comes in Graphite and Soft Gold color variants.



OnePlus 3 Is Official With 6GB RAM & Priced At $399

As is the case at this time every year now, the OnePlus hype has been ongoing for weeks. Although that has now come to an end, as OnePlus has today formally introduced their latest handset, the OnePlus 3. This is the next in the flagship line from OnePlus and as a result does come boasting some rather decent specs and features, as well as a different build thanks to the inclusion of an anodized aluminum body.


In terms of the specs, the OnePlus 3 is now official and is confirmed as coming equipped with a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display, one which makes use of a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 401 ppi. Inside, and in accordance with a number of rumors that had come through prior to the launch, the OnePlus 3 does come equipped with 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor (clocking at 2.2 GHz). Internal storage is set at 64GB, while cameras come in the form of a 16-megapixel rear camera along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. A 3,000 mAh battery is included in the package, as is ‘Dash Charge’ which is said to offer a ‘day’s worth’ (defined at 60%) of usage in return for a quick 30-minute charge. Additional features on offer include USB Type-C connectivity, a fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM and Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), by way of OxygenOS 3.0. It is also worth pointing out that unlike the OnePlus 2, the OnePlus 3 is NFC-enabled and will be able to make use of mobile payment solutions like Android Pay.


In terms of pricing, OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 3 is priced at $399.99 and will begin its invite-free ability to be purchased from today via the company’s website. Following in the footsteps of the previous model, the OnePlus 3 will be sold as unlocked and carrier-free and will be available in two distinct colors, Graphite and Soft Gold. Although, the latter will be available at a later (unconfirmed) date. There had been rumors of multiple variants (that differ in RAM and storage capabilities and price), although at the moment there is no official confirmation from OnePlus on these additional models, with only the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage model announced.
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The best OnePlus 3 features you might not know about









The OP3 cat is out of the bag and there’s a veritable ton of information floating around – price, specs, availability and so on – but behind the glitz and glamor of the big unveiling, here’s a nod to some of the less obvious, but equally cool, features of the OnePlus 3.
Ambient display

Ambient display, active notifications, whatever you want to call it, the OnePlus 3 has this much-sought-after feature. Simply wave your hand across the proximity sensor at the top of the OnePlus 3 screen and your notifications will appear in ghostly black and white. This energy-sipping feature has become a staple of devices equipped with AMOLED screens and the OP3 isn’t one to be left out.

Camera shortcut

No phone – I repeat, no phone – should be without a quick shortcut to the camera via a hardware button. Shooting photos from the hip is how many of us capture the majority of those fleeting moments these days, so being able to quickly fire up the camera app is essential. Fortunately, the OnePlus 3 camera features a rapid-fire shortcut: just double tap the home button from an on or off screen.

Contactless payments

Yes, yes, I’m sure you know the OnePlus 3 has NFC already, but it’s not just about being able to pair Bluetooth devices with NFC more easily. Because the OP3 has a NFC chip inside it means you will be now able to use it with Android Pay. Perhaps OnePlus was right to leave the feature out in the OnePlus 2, claiming not enough people were using contactless payment systems to make it worthwhile at the time, but that is no longer a problem with the OP3.

Night Mode

While Google has had numerous issues bringing a Dark Mode to stock Android, OnePlus has had it for ages. But even if you’re already familiar with OxygenOS, you may not know that OnePlus’ interface now gives you not only a Dark Mode with customizable accent colors (which is surprisingly cool), but on the OP3 you also get Night Mode. Night Mode throws an orangey cast over your display to be easier on the eyes at night and allows you to dictate its intensity.

Dash Charge is actually VOOC

If you remember the issues OnePlus had last year with its USB Type-C cables you might not be too excited at the prospect of pumping vast amounts of energy into your shiny new phone with a turbo-charging tech you’ve never heard of. Well, rest easy, The OP3’s Dash Charge is actually just a rebranded version of OPPO’s excellent VOOC fast charging standard. It uses a 4A current with the regular 5V voltage, so it should stay a lot cooler than other fast-charging phones and it keeps working at full capacity even when the screen is on. Just make sure you use the adapter and cable in the box.

Honorable mention: 3.5mm headphone port

I know this isn’t exactly a special feature, but considering the rampant hate going on right now for the Moto Z with its absent 3.5 mm headphone port, OnePlus certainly made the right choice where the headphone jack is concerned. This could have easily become the OnePlus 2 NFC drama of this year, but OnePlus has craftily managed to sidestep that kerfuffle by offering the possibility for both fancy new USB Type-C headphones as well as the traditional method.
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CyanogenMod 13 ROM Comes To The OnePlus 3 Unofficially




With the OnePlus 3 announcement event this week, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see developers and consumers alike getting hyped about the phone. While sales of the device did go live the day of the event, the phones have yet to reach the doorstep of most who have made the purchase, but thanks to developer Grarak over on the OnePlus forums, there is already an unofficial build of CyanogenMod 13 for the OnePlus 3 if you’re someone who is inclined to flash custom firmware to your devices. OnePlus intentionally designed the phone to allow tinkering, and those who love to tinker will be excited to know that a custom ROM will be available for the OnePlus 3 once they receive their units.

In addition to the unofficial ROM build, a custom recovery for the device is available as well, and for those who are unaware or may be new to flashing custom firmware, the recovery will be needed before the ROM can be flashed to the phone, as will the unlocked bootloader, and the correct Gapps package if you want to enable things like the Play Store and other Google services on the device. If you’ve purchased the OnePlus 3 and are simply awaiting its arrival, and if you’re interested in flashing CyanogenMod 13 to the phone, there is a handy set of installation instructions over at the OnePlus forums which details things step by step.

This should go without saying, but steps should be followed to the letter if you want to ensure the best possible chance that nothing goes wrong during the process. Having said that, the installation instructions are accompanied by every single download you’ll need to finish things off as well, so it seems everything is provided in one thread. CyanogenMod 13 is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, so you’ll be on the same Android version as those with a stock OnePlus 3. If you’re planning on flashing the ROM, it’s worth mentioning that there are a few things which are unstable at the moment and may be broken, such as there being no F2FS, and the ROM causes a decline in battery life as well as performance issues with the camera.
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OnePlus 3: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly




After a long period of leaks, rumors and slip-ups, the OnePlus 3 is finally a reality. It was announced earlier this week all over the world, and is available to purchase right now directly from OnePlus as well as Amazon – in India, at least – and it seems to be one hell of a device. With 6GB of RAM (an eye-popping spec on its own) as well as a Snapdragon 820, Optic AMOLED display, Dash Charge and a whole lot more, the OnePlus 3 is easily the best value for money we’ve seen in a smartphone for a long time. Coming in at just $399, the OnePlus 3 could be considered a real bargain. After what some would call a fairly low-key and perhaps even boring launch, does the OnePlus 3 have what it takes to grab attention and become another solid success for the Chinese brand just as the OnePlus 2 did last year?

The Good


Any device of this caliber that carries such a low price tag is going to be something of a hit, but the OnePlus 3 arguably knocks it out the park where specs are concerned. With a Snapdragon 820 CPU, 6GB of RAM, fast charging and a much-improved fingerprint sensor, the OnePlus 3 has the right foundations of any great device. On top of all that, there’s a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera that packs not just more resolution than most other flagships of 2016, but also two methods of stabilization. Thankfully, Optical Image Stabilization is of course one of those, but so too is Electrical Image Stabilization. The former gives the camera’s lens assembly and such some much needed stability as light enters, and then the latter reinforces this with some digital magic to make video and stills seem smoother. The camera is something of a high point for the OnePlus 3, and a big improvement over last year’s model. Mostly thanks to the new sensor from Sony that incorporates Phase Detection Autofocus, or PDAF, that allows photos to be taken in 0.2 of a second. This puts the OnePlus 3 camera in line with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge and other flagships, so it’s clear that OnePlus took the right turn here this year.
On top of this, OnePlus also changed the way that people can actually get their hands on the device as well, which is a big deal, indeed. Previously, OnePlus devices would launch with an invite system, where users would register their interest and then – once a unit was ready for them – be emailed an invite to buy the phone with. This has always been a sore point for OnePlus, and this year they got rid of it. As of writing, the OnePlus 3 is available for order practically anywhere and everywhere across the globe. This includes the US, the vast majority of Europe and India. Pricing is much clearer now, and while there’s nothing to say that OnePlus will always have that much stock available – any firm looking to make big piles of money does not like the idea of stock lying around – this is a massive improvement from last year and the year before it. In fact, this could be the biggest deal of the entire launch. Now, the OnePlus 3 is just like any other phone out there, from the perspective that it’s easy to get hold of, affordable and there are no more hoops to jump through. So, the OnePlus 3 has all of the specs, it’s easy to get hold of and super-affordable, but it can’t be all roses now, can it?
The Bad

The overall goal of any OnePlus device is to retail for a lot less than other flagships, to punch well above its weight and make sure that users get a good deal. As a result, there are often some sacrifices that need to be made. For OnePlus fans, this is something that they’ve gotten used to, but for outsiders looking in, it doesn’t look all that professional. This year, we had yet another launch that felt more like a cost-saving exercise than it did anything else. Not only was there no physical event for media to get their hands on the device – as there was for both the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X – but there wasn’t even a simple livestream or anything like that. Instead, what users got was a pre-rendered virtual reality experience that left many feeling shortchanged. The Loop, OnePlus’ fictional space station was a cute idea, and is certainly a different way of doing things, but the VR app and experience that came with it wasn’t all that exciting. A mix between Portal and an Infomercial, the OnePlus 3 launch wasn’t much of a launch at all. Aside from the new VR tech being used, it was almost as if OnePlus had mailed users an Infomercial they could only play at a certain time, which ended up in a 600MB+ update the time of the launch. This might well be subjective, but shouldn’t be expecting something more from a company like OnePlus in their third year of doing business? Regardless, it looks like device launches in virtual reality have a long way to go.
Dash Charge sure sounds nice, but in reality it’s not all that fancy. Unlike Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, the industry’s standard for fast charging, the OnePlus 3 does not charge with adjustments in voltage, it merely increases the current. Not to take anything way from OnePlus – charging a device to 60% full in half an hour is great – but this doesn’t seem all that great of a feature. Increasing the current is arguably something anyone can do by simply finding a better charger. I have a 2.5 Amp charger that juices my Galaxy S7 Edge up a little bit quicker, but it’s no contest for the Quick Charge 3.0 technology in the HTC 10 or LG G5, which are both USB Type-C devices as well. Again, this could all be a cost-saving measure on their part, as not using Quick Charge probably allows them to save on licensing costs. Either way, Dash Charge is handy to have, but it’s no replacement for Qualcomm Quick Charge and a higher current is not always the best answer, either.
The Ugly

Beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder, but the OnePlus 3 is most definitely a design that will divide people. Whether or not something “looks good” is always going to be subjective, but it’s not hard at all to line up with the OnePlus 3 with other devices and get the feeling OnePlus have been lazy this year. If you were to line up all the devices with metallic backs in their silver guises and step back 10 feet or so, they would all blend together. This is just not a OnePlus problem, a lot of brands are copying the iPhone’s design again, and it’s become beyond boring. OnePlus however, as a firm that asks us to “Never Settle” should have done better, surely? The above picture puts the OnePlus 3, launched in 2016 against designs launched as far back as 2014, and this is going to be a problem for OnePlus. Sure, they offer some great cases, but that’s not the point. People will see the OnePlus 3’s design and make a decision on whether or not they like the look of it on pictures of it “naked”, not in a case. Devices from HTC, Huawei, Honor, Meizu and even some from Xiaomi all look alike, and while we expect Chinese brands to blend together, it’s arguable that OnePlus is trying very hard to be a global brand these days.
Design is not everything of course, but customers want to feel that their device is special, and that’s even more true of OnePlus fans. To sell a device that simply blends in with the rest of the field is asking to do the exact opposite of OnePlus’ motto; to settle. To settle for a design they could easily get elsewhere. The OnePlus 3 has it all when it comes to specs and value, it’s really quite admirable when you consider its price point, but many will say that OnePlus have gone the opposite direction when it comes to design this year.
It’s a shame that the OnePlus 3 will be judged on its looks alone, but this is 2016, Android phones all do the same sort of things and while the OnePlus 3 has some great specs, they’re not unique and a different design would have certainly helped them to stand out from the crowd.
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Customers Need OnePlus’ Cable & Charger For Dash Charge




Earlier this week, OnePlus revealed and launched their third generation flagship-killing smartphone, the OnePlus 3. This handset, which sells for just $400, is based around a 5.5-inch, 1080p, AMOLED panel. Under this we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip, which combines four processor cores, two clocked at up to 2.15 GHz and the other two at up to 1.6 GHz in a big.LITTLE architecture. The chipset is backed up by an impressive 6 GB of RAM and OnePlus have given the smartphone 64 GB of internal storage. Around the back, there’s a 16MP rear camera, accompanied by an 8MP front facing camera. The device comes with a Cat 6 LTE modem, dual Nano SIMs, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and high speed, dual band Wi-Fi technologies too.

When it comes for being kept alive, the OnePlus 3 has a 3,000 mAh internal rechargeable battery. OnePlus have licensed OPPO’s VOOC fast charging technology via a USB Type-C port, rather than using Qualcomm’s QuickCharge technology in either 2.0 or 3.0 flavors. OnePlus are calling their execution of VOOC “Dash Charge.” OnePlus’ Chief Executive Officer, Carl Pei, has stated that customers will need to use the supplied cable and adapter in order to benefit from Dash Charge technology. Both the ‘phone and the adapter contain the necessary circuits to determine if the official cable and adapter is being used, and if not the device will revert back down to normal or regular charging speeds. Given that there are a myriad different “standards” being applied to USB Type-C cables and ports, this is a sensible preventative action as it should stop customers finding their OnePlus 3 devices have melted… but it is also an unfortunate side effect of multiple standards. Carl said: “The Dash Charge cable is thicker to physically push through more amps. You need both adapter and cable to achieve Dash Charge speeds.”

Fast charging technologies are still in their relative infancy, and only a relatively small number of devices have switched from a MicroUSB charger to the new style, reversible USB Type-C adapter, which supports faster charging as a standard without third party manufacturers’ quick charging technologies. However, not all USB Type C cables are the same and there remains a great deal of confusion. OnePlus’ approach – revert to slow charging if there is any doubt – is perfectly sensible, but let’s hope that companies remember the “U” in “USB” stands for “Universal” and some semblance of order can be applied to the USB Type C and 3.x standards.
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Don’t expect a OnePlus X2, says CEO Pete Lau







At the Chinese launch of the OnePlus 3 in Shenzhen, company CEO Pete Lau made a surprising announcement: OnePlus X is the last of its line. Of course, it’s also the first, so what made OnePlus drop the idea?
According to Lau (via Engadget), the reason has nothing to do with the popularity of the device, or lack of thereof. The executive claims the actual reason is to allow OnePlus to channel all its creative energy into one device, the “true flagship,” the OnePlus 3.


We can speculate that the OnePlus X, while fairly well received by critics and users, is simply not sustainable, due to its low price. Despite of OnePlus’ public aversion to making a profit off its phones, the company can’t ignore reality for too long.
Looking forward, OnePlus is looking to strengthen its foundation, which was shaken by the mediocre performance of last year’s OnePlus 2. OnePlus plans to merge the development teams for its two operating systems, the China-only Hydrogen OS and the global Oxygen OS. The company recruited several members of the Paranoid Android custom ROM project (which just came back to life) to develop Oxygen OS, but we’re hearing attrition rates have been high.


Under these circumstances, it looks like OnePlus wants to streamline its software operation, and a merger of the two OS’s makes could be a good idea. That said, Hydrogen OS is highly skinned, while Oxygen is close to its stock roots, so OnePlus will need to strike a balance here. Lau said that an announcement regarding this merger will be made later this year.
Lifestyle products and after-sale services will continue to be a big focus for OnePlus, and the phone maker plans to spend more on marketing. OnePlus’ initial “guerilla marketing” approach worked well in the beginning, but by the time the OnePlus 2 was out, people were growing tired of all the antics. In contrast, the run-up to the release of the OnePlus 3 has been rather muted and it looks like this more mature demeanor is the new norm.
Pete Lau indirectly admitted that the OnePlus 2 did not live to the expectations created by the original OnePlus One. “We hope that once our fans have played with the OnePlus 3, they will feel the same way they did with the OnePlus One,” he said.
OnePlus 3 is now on sale globally, with the invite system all but forgotten. Check out our full review and let us know your thoughts!
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Get the default OnePlus 3 wallpapers (and more like them) here






The OnePlus 3 is here. It has excellent specs, a great looking all-metal design, and a very attractive price. But it’s the details that make the difference, so we’re happy to see that the OnePlus 3 comes pre-loaded with a set of beautiful and unique wallpapers designed by Swedish artist Hampus Olsson.
Olsson, who also designed the wallpapers on the OnePlus 2 and the new release of custom ROM project Paranoid Android, has published the Full HD versions of the default OnePlus 3 wallpapers on his website.
More wallpapers designed by Olsson – including 4K versions – are available on the artist’s Abstruct website (if you’re interested in a cool wallpaper app with unique designs, Abstruct is coming soon to the Play Store).


We’re embedding a selection of Olsson’s work, to give you a taste of his abstract, colorful art, but make sure to check his website for the full collection. And if you’re looking for default wallpapers from other major smartphones, take a look at the wallpapers section in our forums.
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When it comes to looking upgrading to the latest and greatest Android devices, battery life is paramount. At least for some of us. We’ve seen big-name manufacturers making small strides in this area, reluctantly outfitting their power hungry devices with slightly higher capacity batteries than previous iterations. For the OnePlus 3, like many of you, we were a tad disappointed to see OnePlus going with a modest 3,000mAh battery for this year’s flagship, especially considering all the check boxes they nailed in the hardware department.
While raw mAh is the easiest way to add stamina to a device, processor and software also play a huge role in how long you can stay away from the charger. It’s often a delicate balancing act. Tune down the performance too much (using low-power CPU cores instead of regular ones) and you’re left with a phone that feels sluggish. Go overboard on performance and your phone wont last through an entire day.
In the OnePlus 3, we’re seeing OnePlus make the controversial move to limit the amount of apps that can be open in the background, using only a small fraction of the device’s 6GB of RAM for added battery savings. At least, that’s what OnePlus is telling everyone. And although it sounds like lip service (like those people who swear Task Killer apps can double battery life on their Android devices), there could be a method to OnePlus’ madness.
Having the phone for the better part of a week now, I noticed that I’ve been getting some pretty great battery life, even more so than devices with substantially larger batteries (the Nexus 6P for instance and its 3,500mAh battery). We’re not sure what kind of black magic voodoo is at work here, but to say we were surprised would be an understatement, especially considering how snappy the phone’s performance has been. Although no two people will ever have the same kind battery life results — there’s just too many factors involved like cellular reception, apps installed, use, etc. — I wanted to give you a better idea of what to expect by recording my own personal use. Let’s take a look.
Battery life

Light use


Typically, I don’t use my phone too often outside of streaming music, browsing Reddit on the toilet, and maybe watching the occasional YouTube video. Mostly, this is all done while I’m at home and connected to WiFi. Although showing 3 hours of screen on time, again, I wasn’t using my phone for any kind of gaming or GPS navigation and had auto brightness on at 75%. For these reasons, I’m going to call this light usage.
I unplugged my OnePlus 3 a little before 8AM and the battery easily took me to 11PM at night with around 41% battery to spare before I turned in for the night. Not too shabby considering battery on my S7 or HTC 10 usually hits 40% daily at around 7PM.
Normal use


For normal use, I pretty much used my phone, well, as normal, unplugging a little before 9AM and checking it throughout for messages and light social browsing. It was only during a 45-minute drive that I fired up navigation with Google Maps and began streaming extreme quality music in Spotify that battery life took a big dip. After that, you can see where things evened out again.
It was at 11PM that I reached 10% battery with about 14 hours of total battery life and 4 hours of screen on time. This is probably the number most people can expect to hit after picking up the phone although results may vary. Keep in mind that brightness was set to max, so it’d be possible to squeeze out more juice by dimming the display a bit.
Heavy use


Here I used the phone pretty heavily while attending E3 last week. Since a large portion of my time was spent waiting in long lines, I’d be checking Twitter, Facebook (yes, the app), and taking constant photos/videos and uploading to Snapchat. Anyone who’s used Snapchat knows how taxing it in on the processor, but despite all this the battery still lasted me throughout the entire day.
The OnePlus 3 was finally ready to give up the ghost after about 12 hours of use and 4 1/2 hours of screen on time. This was after using auto-brightness at about 50% since I was mostly indoors at the time.
Charging time


While Stamina is important, sometimes it’s not about how long you can last, but how quickly you can get back up when life knocks you down (I think that was a Rocky quote or something). For the OnePlus 3, OnePlus has finally added quick charging, using a technology they’re calling Dash Charge.
Based on Oppo’s VOOC charging technology, Dash Charge uses a larger electric current (5V/4A) that handles the power management in the power adapter itself. This not only keeps the phone cool while charging, but doesn’t require any throttling of the CPU/GPU while charging and performing processor intensive tasks like gaming. Unlike the Galaxy S7 which only fast charges while the screen is off, Dash Charge keeps a constant flow of fast charging power whether you’re using the phone or not.
OnePlus claims that, when fully depleted, the OnePlus 3 is capable of reaching 60%+ battery in just 30 minutes of charging. We decided to put those claims to the test and lo and behold, they were right.

Dash Charge added a little over 10% battery for every 5 minutes while using the power adapter. It’s only at around the 85% mark that things start slowing down, a common practice for most quick charging methods to help keep battery health in tip top shape. All in all, it took about 1 hour to reach a full charge, a drastic improvement over the OnePlus 2’s painfully slow 3 hour charge times.
With battery life — and charging time — being such a huge concern for anyone looking to upgrade to a new Android device, we thought we’d show you our results before our full OnePlus 3 review hits. Although the 3,000mAh battery concerned us initially (especially after coming from the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 which feature the same sized battery), we were more than pleased with the battery life we’ve been getting so far on the OnePlus 3. Although battery capacity can be a good indicator of how much battery life you can expect to receive from a device, it’s not the end-all-be-all. The OnePlus 3 has definitely proven that.
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OnePlus’ soft gold variant confirmed to be coming in July



If you’ve been dreaming of getting the soft gold variant of the recently launched OnePlus 3 instead of the graphite one that is currently available, then you’d have to wait a few more weeks before you can actually get one. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei confirmed on Twitter, in response to one eager user’s inquiry, that the new flagship device’s other color will be available during the latter part of July, but with no specific date.

A user tweeted Carl Pei directly and asked him when the soft gold version will actually be available (and even used the hashtag #hypeisreal). Pei nicely replied to him and therefore announced to the world that it will be available next month, although not saying when exactly. At the OnePlus online store, you can only order the graphite version of the flagship, and although that one already looks pretty good, if you’re more into gold, then you probably would want to wait.
The OnePlus 3 has gotten much attention since it was announced last week. With its 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display and 1080p resolution, it is powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset and has a remarkable 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It has a 16MP main cam and an 8MP front-facing one. You also get a 3,000mAH battery, a fingerprint scanner and NFC support.
While there is no official announcement yet from OnePlus, we assume that the soft gold version will have the same price as the graphite version, which is currently priced at $399. We’ll find out more later on as the latter part of July comes closer.
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Carl Pei Defends The OnePlus 3 On ‘Cut Corners’ Criticism




For one reason or another, OnePlus has always been a company that has polarized opinions. While their latest flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3, is on paper one of the best smartphones around, the device (and by association, the company) has seen a number of divided opinions on certain aspects of the device. While it does seem that the general majority of consumers view the OnePlus 3 as a high-spec device, after the recent RAM management concerns and subsequent confirmed fix, some areas of social media have been debating the company’s choice of specs. The most recent of which seems to be on whether OnePlus ‘cut corners’ with aspects like the display.

The display on the OnePlus 3 is a 1080p Optic AMOLED display and the suggestion has been made that OnePlus chose to stick with a 1080p display as a means to cut corners due to the smartphone being priced at $400. A criticism which was recently leveled at the company through a comment on a reddit thread which drew the attention and response from Carl Pei of OnePlus. In responding to the criticism that “this is a 400$ smartphone, not a 800$+ one” Pei notes that there are no corners cut on the actual product and the decision to use a 1080p display was a conscious decision and not determined by cost with Pei adding “Do you think the price delta between a 2K AMOLED and a 1080p AMOLED is huge?” While further adding that the “OnePlus 3 has the best 1080p AMOLED panel on the market.”

In fact, Pei goes on to address the wider issue with spec criticisms of the OnePlus 3 by stating that people should not judge a product on a spec by spec basis and that there is a misconception with OnePlus due to their aggressive pricing structure. With Pei looking to explain that price does not automatically equate to quality. While further adding that although OnePlus does not cut corners on the product, they look to cut corners on their business model, including aspects like selling directly to the consumers, their organizational structure and marketing approach. Pei also adds that for those who are more focused on having the highest possible specs “OnePlus is the wrong brand for you.” Those interested in reading the debate in full including the comments from Pei, can do so by heading through the source link below.
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