OnePlus 3 Hands-on and Initial Impressions: Specs, features, price details

OnePlus 3 was launched on June 14 inside Loop space station in China. The company had supplied Loop VR headsets to around 30,000 tech enthusiasts around the world to experience the launch event in a 360-degree viewing angle.

At the first outset, OnePlus 3 seems to be far better than the previous counterparts OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 with optic AMOLED display, 6GB RAM, and Snapdragon 820 processor. With a price of Rs. 27,999, it’s not an easy task for customers to buy the device like any other smartphone. The money involved here is huge and with the markets scattered with plenty of smartphones, it will be a tough choice as to whether OnePlus 3 will be a good fit.

In this article, we will dissect each parameter of OnePlus 3 to help you in the decision-making process.


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In contrast with previous OnePlus devices, the OnePlus 3 is designed using a metal unibody with a space-grade aluminum alloy, which provides adequate strength, lightness, and premium look and feel. We noticed that the soft curves were balanced against sharp lines to provide an excellent impression with a comfortable grip. With a thickness of 7.3mm, the OnePlus 3 is one of the thinnest flagship smartphones in the world and is available in both Graphite and Soft Gold color variants.


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Even though OnePlus 3 offers the same 5.5-inch screen, it is equipped with an optic AMOLED display panel, which produces not only vivid colors but also real life visuals. The display has been manufactured with custom-engineered gamma corrections to create a natural viewing experience. The dual-polarizing layer infused with the device ensures great readability even in the brightest sunlight. We noticed that the display produces deep blacks, bright whites in addition to genuine color reproduction. This means what you see over the camera lens will be captured as is. Not a penny less and not a penny more.


OnePlus 3 ships with a powerful hardware since the device is equipped with the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, Krypo chipset, 6GB LPDDR4 RAM integrated with 64GB UFS 2.0 storage, which is sufficient for storing plenty of files, images and videos. Due to the huge influx of Android apps, OnePlus has decided to provide 64GB internal storage as default.


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While the main camera features a 16MP Sony IMX 298 Sensor with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, OIS, EIS including slow motion HD recording, the front-facing snapper is capable of shooting selfies with an 8MP Sony IMX179 sensor, f/2.0 aperture in addition to capturing of selfies upon smile. Moreover, the rear camera also includes advanced features like auto-HDR, dynamic denoise including manual control with filters. Our first impression is that OnePlus 3 captures best possible pictures than any other competing smartphones.


With a 3000mAh powerful non-removable battery, the OnePlus 3 is capable of charging to full capacity with the unique dash charging technology. The main attraction of dash charge is that your phone will not get hotter during fast charging, which is common in other competing smartphones like Le 1s Eco.

Operating Platform

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OnePlus 3 is pre-loaded with Android Marshmallow on top of Oxygen OS. Hence, you will able to leverage the complete features included with Android M like Doze effect.


OnePlus 3 is priced at Rs. 27,999, which is naturally higher than other competing smartphones with 5.5-inch display. However, with OnePlus 3 offers a great display based on optic AMOLED technology, 6GB RAM, 64GB default storage, excellent battery with dash charging and an enhanced camera. Moreover, OnePlus 3 will be cooler than other iron-like smartphones with metal unibody.

Moreover, users will be eligible for free 12 months of unlimited Saavn Pro subscription, accidental damage protection with OnePlus Care, double data for Idea customers in addition to free Rs. 500 Kindle ebook promotion credits.