OnePlus 3 was launched on 14th June 2016 in India. It had great specs for the price that it was offered in. Just to recall OnePlus 3 was launched with a Snapdragon 820 SoC under the Hood which is a Quad-core chipset with Qualcomm’s two custom Kryo cores and two energy efficient cores. It has a 16 Megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and a front 8 Megapixel shooter for selfies.
OnePlus 3 is crafted from a single block of aluminium which gives a good strength and great feel while holding it.
The antenna lines are visible on the top and bottom with a OnePlus logo on the Back.
The camera bump is huge and needs an extra amount of care from the user else the lens would end
up with scratches.
The front of the smartphone uses an older 16:9 aspect ratio meaning the bezels are large. There’s a front-mounted fingerprint scanner for unlocking the phone. The power button is located on the right side of the phone whereas on the left there’s an alert slider and the volume rockers.
Now, this is where things start getting Interesting. OnePlus has its own custom UI named Oxygen OS. OnePlus 3 is now running on Oxygen OS 5.0.6 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo and OnePlus has promised to release Pie in the first Quarter of 2019. It’s surprising to see OEM’s giving more than two major Android updates. Camera2Api is also enabled by default, this means that Google camera ports can be installed directly without rooting the phone. Oxygen OS is great in terms of ram management and the apps don’t reload while they are in the background. There’s pretty much everything in Oxygen OS that any other custom skin offers, from hiding apps to changing the themes and icons with inbuilt app lock which was not the case with my Mi A1. Gestures work very well and the pocket mode is yet another great feature of Oxygen OS, it disables the fingerprint reader when your phone is in the pocket, hence it saves the battery.
The variant that I have with me is a 6GB ram and 64GB Rom variant. OnePlus 3 is a no slouch when it comes to performance. The Snapdragon 820 is blazingly fast and performs many day-to-day tasks with a breeze. I ran PUBG and Modern Combat 5 on it and the games were playable in HD graphics with minimal frame drops. The phone heats up quite a bit. and in some circumstances, the phone becomes too hot that it becomes difficult to hold it. The phone also becomes hot when used under direct sunlight which is common in all the smartphones.
OnePlus 3’s resolution is 1920*1080p. It has an AMOLED panel meaning the blacks are black and whites are white. AMOLED panel also helps to save battery by switching off the pixels in the black area of the background or wallpaper. This, in turn, means that user will be able to get an extended battery life. The difference will not be huge though. The sunlight legibility is very good under direct sunlight.
OnePlus 3 has a 3000mAh battery. so far, it is the only thing that has disappointed me. though I was not expecting too much from a two-year phone, it still gave me good results sometimes and sometimes the results were very horrible. The Phone has Dash Charging Technology which charges the phone in one hour(Roughly) from 10-100%. On average I was able to get a three and a half hour of screen-on-time which includes Browsing web, Using Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Youtube.
As I mentioned earlier, OnePlus 3 has a 16 Megapixel rear camera. it is a Sony IMX 298 sensor with a f/2.0 aperture with OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) and a 1.12 micron sized pixels. It has Auto HDR. It can record 4K videos at 30fps and 720p videos at 120fps slow motion. The images captured by it have good details, balanced contrast and the sharpness is great. It has a fully fledged manual mode too. The front camera is an 8 Megapixel shooter with Sony IMX 179 sensor which has EIS(Electronic Image Stabilization) with a 1.4-micron sized pixels it can record 1080p at 30fps. I’m enclosing some images below which were shot in HDR mode.
I didn’t turn on the watermark in some photos(I forgot). I ensure that those images are also shot on Stock Camera.
It has all the basic sensors that today’s smartphones have including the NFC. There’s Dirac Audio for speakers and they sound good but not loud enough. The Oxygen Os is great, the cameras are excellent too. So, the question arises. Should I buy this in 2018 or even 2019?. Well, the answer is Yes!. You should Definitely get it if you don’t bother about the battery life. Snapdragon 820 means there will be a lot of custom ROM support in the future too. I’ll give a score of 8/10 to this Smartphone.
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