The past month has been big for mobile with Un-carrier 11, the debut of the Moto Z, and Apple’s reveal of iOS 10, and today things continue on with the official debut of the OnePlus 3.
The OnePlus 3 is the latest flagship Android smartphone from the folks at OnePlus. What’s notable about the OP3 is that unlike its predecessors, which offered textured Sandstone Black backsides, this new model has a metal unibody design to give it a premium feel. Inside of that 7.3mm-thick aluminum shell lives a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, NFC, and a 3000mAh battery that’s recharged using a USB Type-C port and Dash Charge fast charging. OnePlus says that Dash Charge can get you more than 60 percent charged in 30 minutes.
The OnePlus 3 also boasts a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 Optic AMOLED display on its face. Above that screen is an 8-megapixel camera, and below it lives a fingerprint reader. Around back there’s a 16-megapixel camera that offers a Sony IMX298 sensor optical image stabilization, electronic image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, 4K video capture, and 720p slow motion video recording at 120fps. OnePlus has also thrown in manual camera controls and RAW image support if you’re into more advanced photography.
When it comes to cellular connectivity, the OnePlus 3 includes support for GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA bands 1/2/4/5/8, and LTE bands 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17. OnePlus doesn’t say if the OnePlus 3 will support T-Mobile features like VoLTE, but I’ve reached out to the company for clarification and will report back when they respond.
Finally, the OnePlus 3 runs Android 6.0.1 beneath OnePlus’s custom OxygenOS user interface. That custom UI includes gesture controls that let you control your phone with the screen off. For example, you can double tap the screen to wake it, or draw an “O” on the display to jump straight into the camera. OnePlus also offers customization options like the ability to toggle between capacitive navigation buttons and on-screen buttons, support for tweaking your software accent colors, and a Night Mode that OnePlus says will reduce eye strain when you’re using the OnePlus 3 in the dark.
The OnePlus 3 is launching today, June 14, and unlike previous OnePlus flagships, you won’t need an invitation to buy one. The phone is currently only available for purchase through the OnePlus Loop VR app, but it’ll hit OnePlus’s website at 3:00 pm ET. Pricing is set at $399, and you can buy the OnePlus 3 in Graphite Gray and Soft Gold.
So now that it’s officially official, what do you think of the OnePlus 3? Does its combination of a high-end spec list and $399 price tag have you thinking about buying one?