OnePlus 3 quick review: Shut up and take my money

first_imgOnePlus has built quite a reputation for itself over the years. Even though its last couple of launches — the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X — haven’t exactly set cash counters ringing, the way the original OnePlus One did, there’s still a lot of excitement every time OnePlus is about to announce a new phone. On Tuesday, it launched its third-generation flagship and fourth phone in total, the OnePlus 3. And as always, it did not disappoint, vis–vis hardware, and pricing.The OnePlus 3 has a ridiculously cool spec-sheet and a ridiculously sensible price tag. It’s business as usual some may say. But, things are different, nay very different, this time round. For good. The Chinese company, that first introduced an invite-based sales model to the world, is for the first time, saying au revoir to it. The OnePlus 3 goes on sale immediately after launch — from 12.30 AM IST (June 15) — through Amazon India, completely invite-free. If that wasn’t enough, from this time forth all OnePlus products will be available for buying invite-free, the company has announced. The OnePlus 3 has a ridiculously cool spec-sheet and a ridiculously sensible price tag At the same time, OnePlus is hoping to recreate the magic of the OnePlus One, a phone that literally took the market by storm after it was launched in 2014. Even more so, after the hot mess that was the OnePlus 2 and the follow-up OnePlus X.Boasting of a full-metal unibody, the OnePlus 3 ditches OnePlus’ sort of iconic sandstone finish design, for a more premium, lighter and thinner experience. Company co-founder Carl Pei had previously said that the OnePlus 3 will feature a new design, different from its current-generation flagship phones. It will captivate users just as the company’s first phone, the OnePlus One, he had claimed. The OnePlus 3 looks certainly different from the company’s previous phones. Not so different from the HTC One though. The OnePlus 3 looks like a mashup between the HTC One and the OnePlus 2. The new phone may not have the most original design schemes in the business, but, it’s well-built and premium in every sense of the word. On the downside, it is slippery. Not OnePlus X slippery, but more like HTC One M9 slippery which means it won’t skid off a gentle slope but it would most certainly fly off your hand if you’re not careful. Thankfully, OnePlus has a whole bunch of covers for the device, including one with a sandstone finish.advertisementThe right edge is occupied by a power button and a dualSIM (nanoSIM) slot while the left edge has a volume rocker and Alert Slider. The bottom edge house a single speaker out, USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing alongside a 3.5mm audio jack.It comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner which is claimed to unlock the phone in mere 0.2 seconds. It works well to unlock the phone, and is fairly accurate as well. The phone supports both physical capacitive and on-screen navigation buttons.The OnePlus 3 comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. OnePlus is using a home-brewed Optic AMOLED display solution here and claims that it is able to produce “colours that are more vivid and true-to-life than other AMOLED displays while offering excellent battery life.” And it is. Both the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 had mediocre displays while the OnePlus X had an over-saturated one. The OnePlus 3 offers rich colours, that feel accurate and natural. The screen gets very bright as well. All in all, a visible improvement over the previous OnePlus One phones. The new panel also allows the OnePlus 3 to have ridiculously slim bezels so much so that the phone has an excellent screen-to-body ratio. The 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla glass 4 on the front meanwhile also enhances its overall appeal.The OnePlus 3 — as expected — is powered by Qualcomm’s top of the line mobile processor, aka Snapdragon 820 (clocked up to 2.2GHz) with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory which is non-expandable. Clearly, it doesn’t get any better than this. The only phone in India that supports 6 gigs of RAM is the LeEco Le Max 2. But, OnePlus 3 has the advantage of near-stock Android inside that kind of makes the whole user experience smoother. The phone supports 4G LTE and NFC connectivity options and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygetOS 3.1.2 out-of-the-box. While it mostly sticks to stock Android, it also offers a few unique additions like the Shelf recent apps and quick contacts aggregator and system-wide Dark Theme. Those looking for more customisation will be disappointed though as OxygenOS still lacks the granular control that most other third-party Android skins offer.advertisementThe OnePlus 3 sports a 16-megapixel camera (Sony IMX 298) on the rear with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. The rear snapper is capable of recording time-lapse, 4K video and RAW file format. The OnePlus 3 is quick to focus and shutter speed is good. The phone is capable of shooting some excellent photos in well-lit and indoor lighting situations. Low-light photos are however a hit or miss. The phone also gives you an 8-megapixel camera on the front.The accompanying Dash Charger is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes The phone is further backed by a 3,000mAh battery which supports the company’s in-house fast charging technology called Dash Charging. The accompanying Dash Charger is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes. Moreover, the Dash charger has been made in a way that shifts most of the power management processes from the phone to itself so the phone doesn’t get hot while charging.As mentioned earlier, the OnePlus 3 has a ridiculously cool spec-sheet and a ridiculously sensible price tag. It is a huge improvement over the company’s past phones in every sense of the word, save the design (but that’s subjective). At Rs 27,999 the OnePlus 3 is definitely a contender for the mid-range flagship smartphone of the year. Not to mention, no-invites-needed to buy one any more means, it has a better chance of clicking with the audience, than even the OnePlus One. Watch this space for our full review of the OnePlus 3.Also Read: OnePlus 3 with 6GB RAM, 64GB memory & Dash Charging launched at Rs 27,999last_img

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