OnePlus has defied all odds and managed to offer a true premium smartphone without having to burn a hole in your wallet. The first and second iterations of the OnePlus flagship received great reviews and its third outing is no different – in fact, it may be their best one yet.
The OnePlus 3 comes in an all-metal build, somehow mimicking the design aspects of the HTC 10. There’s the odd lines running at the top and bottom of the smartphone’s rear and a huge camera bump and flash is situated on top of the OnePlus logo.
The back is curved, making it more comfortable to use even with one hand. The brushed metal exterior gives it a very premium look. On the sides you will find the dual SIM card slot and the power button along with the volume rockers and the return of the physical alert slider that was omitted from the OnePlus 2.
At the bottom you will find the speaker grill, headphone jack and the USB Type-C that is used for data transfers and charging. The all-metal enclosure means that the battery isn’t removable, though at this time it’s less likely of deal breaker especially since similar flagships also went the non-removable battery route.
At the front you will find the 5.5-inch display that supports a full HD resolution similar to the one you will find on the iPhone 6 Plus. Detail is good, probably not as great as the one you will find on the Samsung Galaxy S7, but considering that this is still a smartphone that costs half as much as the competition, it’s already great.
The home button features an embedded fingerprint sensor – and it’s amazingly fast. It’s even faster compared to the iPhone 6S Plus’s Touch ID, which took a second longer (it doesn’t seem like much but in real world scenarios it does make a difference).
As a flagship device, the OnePlus 3 is loaded with the top-of-the-line specifications, including a Snapdragon 820 processor, a massive 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. It doesn’t have expandable storage, and 64 GB is the only capacity offered so either you see that as an advantage or disadvantage.
The OnePlus 3 runs on the company’s proprietary Oxygen OS, which is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The differences are subtle and I love how OnePlus managed to keep the stock Android look and feel of the device.
This smartphone houses a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture that manages to take decent shots. Colors are great, and it manages to properly showcase them on the smartphone’s vivid screen. Low light images could be better since I’ve gotten the occasional noise on some of the images.
The camera can also take slow motion and even 4K videos – though you may need to monitor your space especially since you’re limited to 64 GB and 4K videos take a lot of space.
The OnePlus 3 comes with a 3000 mAh battery that should last for a full day of normal usage. The good news is that the package comes with a ‘Dash’ charger that is able to bring up the battery to about 50 percent after only half an hour of charging. The Dash feature is exclusive to OnePlus – meaning you would need the appropriate charger and cable for it to work.
I couldn’t complain much about performance on the OnePlus 3 – it’s fast, snappy and overall a great smartphone. Probably the best part of the OnePlus 3 is its price (currently selling for 1599 AED at Souq.com), which is half of what premium smartphones are selling for.
The OnePlus 3 improves upon its predecessors in every way and stands as one of the best smartphones we’ve tested.