The Chinese independent outfit will hope for a lucky charm coming down to grace their attempt in making the third ‘half the price’ flagship a worldwide success. Have it come to terms with setbacks on OnePlus 2? Let’s see below.

PROS:

  • Slick, stylish design
  • Powerful
  • Budget-friendly

CONS:

  • No microSD slot

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Bringing their ‘never settle’ mantra to the OnePlus 3, the company is doing to favor more people who demand for more capabilities while still retaining its bargain price tag. Carl Pei and his team responded by bringing 7.35mm full-metal unibody frame to the handset with new color options – Graphite with black front paddings, and Soft Gold with white. This is the most notable improvement we’ve found on OnePlus 3 compared to its predecessors.

The 5.5-incher failed to catch up the top players in the Quad HD (1440p) resolution war and decided to retain the Full HD (1080p). Considering the price, it’s not so bad although the QHD could boost their status to a more genuine flagship killer. It’s now AMOLED too, so the brightness and clarity won’t be an issue here.

The OnePlus 3 is powered by Snapdragon 820 coupled with whopping 6GB of RAM, giving the handset extra 35% power in the performance sector and 40% boost in graphical duties. Sadly, the handset only offers 64GB version with no microSD slot at all. While the capacity might leave a big room for the majority of users, but we found it a sector the ‘Never Settle’ mantra has always failed to impress.

OnePlus upgraded the primary shooter resolution to 16MP with auto HDR, PDAF, OIS and the so-called Dynamic De-noise present. You can record videos at 4K and capture RAW images. OnePlus 3 also offers to control ISO, white balance, and shutter speed settings just like DSLR cameras. On the front there’s an 8MP lens that OnePlus claimed to be on par with rear lens of iPhone 5S.

At a glance, you’ll feel that the Android Marshmallow seems to haven’t change at all while in fact the company has done several tweaks under the name of Oxygen OS. They introduced several new features such as proximity display and bootloader unlocker to tweak grassroot-level settings. There’s also a space to put your frequent contacts, apps, and widgets called Shelf.

The handset features a fast-charging 3000 mAh battery which should make it last to a full day without hassle. It’s decent enough, but OnePlus could have given it a lot more capacity to kill those flagships in the durability sector.

Conclusions: Priced at $399, the OnePlus 3 does have plenty of things to offer. From the unibody metal frame to the muscular powerhouse, this thing will surely satisfy those with limited budget but hoping to own a flagship (killer). If you aren’t into storing too much files on smartphones, then the only issue that emerges here – a 64GB storage but no microSD – won’t matter.