OnePlus 2 was a decent smartphone considering its price and specifications, but it had its share of shortcomings too like heating, poor camera, not so refined software and others. The OnePlus 3 (first impression) is a significant step ahead, but it is entirely reasonable that you are a bit skeptical. In this article, we attempt to address all burning OnePlus 3 doubts and user queries to help users make up their mind.

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OnePlus 3 Key Specifications And Features:

Model OnePlus 3
Display 5.5-Inch, Full HD, AMOLED Display
Processor Quad Core Snapdragon 820 SoC, Adreno 530 GPU
RAM 6GB
Internal Storage 64GB
Software Android Marshmallow based oxygen OS
Primary Camera 16MP sensor, LED Flash, PDAF, 4K video recording
Secondary Camera 8MP Front-Facing Camera, 1080p video recording
Battery 3000 mAh, Dash fast charging, USB type C
Others Dual SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE Fingerprint Sensor, OTG
Price 27,999 INR

Pros

  • Sharp display
  • Premium chipset
  • Ergonomic & appealing design

Cons

  • No MicroSD card
  • No removable battery

Design, Build, and Display

Question: How is the OnePlus 3 design?

Answer: Unlike the original OnePlus One and OnePlus 2, this third generation smartphone uses metal which has unofficially become the industry standard for flagships in 2016. The OnePlus 3 is the slimmest and lightest smartphone offered by Carl Pei and his team so far. It looks great in hands and feels even better. Curved edges at the back, slim waistline, and 2.5D curved glass add up to be pleasing to the eyes. However, it is a bit slippery, so you have to shell out a bit more and buy a back cover.

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Front of the phone is dominated by a 5.5-inch display, two capacitive buttons and a home button with a fingerprint sensor embedded in it. On the right, there is a power button and dual SIM slot. On the left, there is volume rocker and a slider to toggle between all notifications, priority notifications, and silent mode. Hardware keys give good tactile feedback. I wish I could say the same for notification slider. Its placement is fine but the effort one has to put in to maneuver it makes it a bit uncomfortable to use.

Question: OnePlus 3 has capacitive keys or on-screen navigation buttons?

Answer:  By default, OnePlus 3 comes with capacitive keys. But Oxygen OS offers an option to turn on the on-screen buttons as well. The unintrusive, dot-like capacitive keys flanking the home button are backlit.

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Question: How is the display of OnePlus 3?

Answer: Just like the X, the OP 3 also incorporates Samsung’s AMOLED display for its 2016 flagship. The OnePlus 3 AMOLED screen targets NTSC colors mode by default which should be the way most people would like it.

OnePlus later added an sRGB mode (under developer options) via an OTA update which is more accurate. While switching to sRGB mode for the first time, you will find it unnaturally yellow (that’s only because our eyes are now accustomed to blue-tinged whites). We recommend to keep using it nonetheless and after a few hours, you will find it to be a lot better than the original blue-ish display. It will be a lot less harsh on your eyes as well.

OnePlus sticks to the Full HD display resolution, but since it’s a pentile display, it doesn’t appear as crisp as the QHD panels or the best 1080p IPS LCD panels that we have seen.

If you are not the way to picky about your smartphone display, you will like the display on the OnePlus 3.

Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does the OnePlus 3 has the option for automatic brightness?

Answer: Outdoor visibility is good. Adaptive brightness option under display also works well.

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Question: Does the OnePlus 3 display has Gorilla glass protection?

Answer: Yes it does. It features Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

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Performance and Storage

Question: How much internal storage space is free on OnePlus 3?

Answer: Out of 64GB, 52.66GB is available to users.

Question: Does OnePlus 3 support microSD card? Can Apps be moved to SD card on OnePlus 3?

Answer: Following the trend established by its predecessors, OnePlus 3 also does not support microSD card.

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Question: Does OnePlus 3 support Adoptable storage?

Answer: No, it doesn’t.

Question: Does OnePlus 3 support USB OTG?

Answer: Yes, USB OTG is supported.

Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of OnePlus 3?

Answer: The OnePlus 3 packs fairly aggressive specification including the Snapdragon 820 SoC, Adreno 530 GPU, and 6GB RAM, which certainly lives up to their potential and delivers a true flagship like performance. This time, OnePlus has optimized its software well to take the advantage of the hardware which is certainly visible in the phone’s performance. Everything runs buttery smooth without any perceivable lag.

The gaming experience on the OnePlus 3 won’t disappoint you. It handles intensely graphic and taxing games such as Nova 3, Overkill 3, Asphalt 8 with ease. Maneuvering during gameplay was smooth. At the time of launch, there were some heating issues on the phone, but OnePlus pushed an OTA update to enable CPU throttling. For now, it’s running cool. Maximum temperature we recorded was 40 degrees.

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Question: What are benchmark scores of OnePlus 3?

Answer: Synthetic benchmark scores to back that up are as follows.

Benchmark Standard Scores
AnTuTu 141571
Vellamo (Metal, Multicore, Chrome) 3618, 3803, 5351,
DMark Ice Storm Unlimited GPU 2873
Geekbench (Single Core, Multi Core) 2264,5275

Question: Does OnePlus 3 has heating issues?

Answer: Despite having metallic build, OnePlus 3 doesn’t show any signs of heating post recent OTA update. Under stress, the phone barely touches 42 degree Celsius mark. On the other hand, when at ease, the temperature hovers around 34-36 degree Celsius.

Question: How much RAM is free on first boot in OnePlus 3?

Answer: At the time of first boot, approx. 4.6GB RAM is free.

Question: Does OnePlus 3 support Google cardboard and other VR Apps?

Answer: Yes, VR apps and Google Cardboard are supported on the OnePlus 3.

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Camera

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Question: How is the OnePlus 3 camera quality?

Answer: The camera performance of OnePlus 3 has improved as compared to its predecessor. There is a 16-megapixel primary camera with Sony IMX 298 sensor and f/2.0 aperture. In our test, The OnePlus 3 camera managed to capture some decent images with good dynamic range and color reproduction capabilities.
The addition of optical image stabilization certainly helps in low light conditions. Overall under 30K price budget, OnePlus 3 is defiantly one of the better camera available in the market today.

OnePlus 3 Camera Samples

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Question: Does OnePlus 3 camera features OIS, PDAF and Laser Autofocus?

Answer: The OnePlus 3 camera is equipped with Optical Image Stabilization and Phase Detection Autofocus, but it doesn’t feature Laser Autofocus. Still, OnePlus 3 camera focuses quickly, and you won’t miss Laser Autofocus.

Question: How well does the HDR Mode work on the OnePlus 3 camera?

Answer: Yes, HDR mode is present, and it works well most of the times.

Question: Can the OnePlus 3 shoot 4K videos?

Answer: yes, it can.

Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on OnePlus 3?

Answer: Yes, you can record 720p HD Slow-motion videos at 120fps. Quality isn’t anything to write home about.

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Software

Question: How is OnePlus’ Oxygen OS in the day to day usage?

Answer: In the past, we have encountered some bugs and stability issues with OnePlus OS be it OnePlus One’s Cyanogen or OnePlus 2’s Oxygen OS. However, this Marshmallow based new version of Oxygen OS in OnePlus 3 feels stable. So far, we haven’t run into any major software issue.

Question: Does the OnePlus 3 support Gestures?

Answer: Yes. Motion gestures like double tap to wake, or trigger camera app by drawing ‘O’ gesture on the screen are included.

Question: Does the OnePlus 3 support double tap to wake feature?

Answer- Yes, it does.

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Miscellaneous

Question: What kind of SIM cards does OnePlus 3 support?

Answer: The handset accepts two Nano SIM cards.

Question: How is the call quality on OnePlus 3?

Answer: Call quality is above average in our area.

Question: How is the Battery backup on OnePlus 3?

Answer: The OnePlus 3 comes with a non-removable 3000 mAh battery and with moderate usage it should be able to last for good 15 to 18 hours. To save the battery, a user can switch to ‘Dark Mode’ which leverages AMOLED display advantage to reduce power consumption. Android Marshmallow’s Dose feature also improves the overall efficiency of the battery.

Question: Does OnePlus 3 support fast charging?

Answer: Yes, it supports OnePlus 3’s preparatory Dash technology. In our test, we were found Dash charging impressive as our OnePlus 3 battery shoots up from 0-65 percent in half an hour and it took another 45 minutes to reach 65 to 100 percent.

Question: What are the sensors present in OnePlus 3?

Answer: It includes Ambient Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Motion G-sensor, Compass sensor, Gyro sensor, Magnetic sensor, Sensor Hub

Question: Is the battery removable on OnePlus 3?

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Answer: No, it’s not.

Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on OnePlus 3?

Answer: OnePlus 3 has a mono speaker firing at the bottom of the phone which produces loud and clear sound. Even at the hundred percent level, there is no distortion in quality.

Question: How is the audio quality via headphones?

Answer: Audio quality via headphones is superb.

Question: Does it support LeEco’s CDLA headphones?

Answer: Yes, you can use LeEco’s CDLA headphones in OnePlus 3 but for that, you have to enable OTG from settings.

Conclusion

OnePlus has once again managed to stir thing up in the smartphones under the 30K slab with its superior built quality, flagship grade hardware, much-improved camera, responsive fingerprint sensor and a close to stock OS. Overall, the OnePlus 3 does most things right and qualifies as a value for money flagship which we find easy to recommend for anyone looking for a phone in that budget.

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