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OnePlus 3 – A Relatively Affordable and Amazing Heavy-hitter

OnePlus 3 ranks among the flagship smartphones of 2016, although its Chinese maker may be relatively unknown compared to heavyweights such as Samsung and Apple. A major claim to fame of the OnePlus brand is the provision of premium features on devices that retail for significantly lower amounts than comparable rival offerings. This is a chief reason why OnePlus 3 is highly-rated, offering features such as latest Qualcomm processor and abundant RAM at just a fraction of the prices of some rival flagships.

OnePlus 3


Design and Display

Featuring an ultra-slim design, the OnePlus 3 is a class smartphone. Its maker says the elegant unibody construction features a ‘single slab of premium aluminium.’ It comes in at just about 7.4 millimetres thick, while weighing just about 156 grams. The design makes for good grip. The phone sports a large 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels for a pixel density of about 400 ppi. This is one spectacular touchscreen. It is overlaid with robust Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Camera and Storage

The main shooter on the OnePlus 3 uses a robust 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 sensor for impressive photography. It is accompanied by phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and boasts noise-reduction capability. This beast is able to shoot stunning 4K videos. The front-facing shooter is equally impressive at 8 megapixels. The Chinese phone maker provides generous 64 GB of onboard, non-expandable storage, which will definitely suffice for many users of the OnePlus 3.

Power and Performance

Under the hood, the flagship smartphone is equipped with a superb Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor fitting for a device of its status. The robust quad-core Kryo CPU is provided ample support by an Adreno 530 graphics solution and ample 6 GB of RAM. What you have here is a performance beast from all indications. It runs on upgraded OnePlus OxygenOS software based on latest Android operating system version.

Battery Life and Charging

The dual Nano-SIM OnePlus 3 is equipped with a powerful 3,000mAh juicer that looks like one to support multi-hour usage. The battery is backed with a proprietary Dash Charge fast charging technology that uses a special USB Type-C cable. OnePlus says this technology enables you get enough juice to run the phone by charging for just 30 minutes.

Pricing and Availability

This smartphone went on sale in June 2016 at a price of $399, which was the same launch price for the smaller Apple iPhone SE with 16GB of onboard storage. The OnePlus 3 is even cheaper than the base model of the Xiaomi Mi 5, another impressive offering from a rival Chinese phone maker Xiaomi. You are looking at a price of at least about N180,000, going by present exchange rate situation.

OnePlus 3 at a Glance

– Slim metal unibody design
– 5.5” Optic AMOLED display
– 16MP PDAF rear and 8MP front cameras
– Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU
– 64GB onboard storage
– OxygenOS
– 3000mAh battery
– Dash Charge fast charging technology © 2015 Frontier Theme