The much awaited OnePlus 3 is all set to break covers in Beijing on June 14. For the last few weeks, the company, in a bid to evoke excitement among fans, teased certain key features of the phone, but never really detailed the actual specifications.
To provide a better perspective on the upcoming flagship device, we have sifted through numerous reliable reports and come up with a list of features, which are more likely to make the cut in the OnePlus 3.
Design and display:
This year, OnePlus 3 is said to have a major overhaul in terms of the design and build quality. As per the images spotted on TENAA (Chinese telecommunication regulatory body) website, the device is shown to have candy-bar shape with sharper corners. On the front, the phone features a camera at the top left corner and a physical home button, which many believe will also house fingerprint sensor like its predecessor.
On the back, it features an all-metal cover with black-hued two plastic bands (for radio) — one each on the top and the bottom. It also houses a square-shaped camera module with LED flash below it.
It's interesting to note is that there is no sign of any laser emitter, which was a key autofocus camera feature in the previous edition phone.
OnePlus 3 is said to measure 152.6 (Height) x 74.6 (Width) x 7.3 (thickness) mm in dimensions and weigh 160g.
As far as display is concerned, it is expected to sport an AMOLED-based 5.5-inch full HD screen having 1920x1080p resolution.
Processor, RAM and storage:
Like its flagship rivals (Samsung Galaxy S7 series, LG G5, HTC 10, etc), the new OnePlus 3 is also expected to house Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 820 SoC (System-on-Chip). It will be backed by Adreno 530 graphics engine.
Last year, OnePlus 2 came with 3GB RAM+ 16GB storage and 4GBRAM + 64GB inbuilt memory configurations. However, this time, the company has taken a leaf out of Samsung sales strategy, as it is reportedly planning to release six variants. One type of OnePlus 3 variants will have 4GB RAM having 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options, whereas the other model will boast 6GB RAM and will be made available in the same aforementioned three storage options.
Mobile Operating System:
The company has already commenced the release of Android Marshmallow to previous generation phones, so in all likelihood, the new OnePlus 3 will run Android's latest v6.0.1 mobile OS.
OnePlus 3 is believed to come with 16MP main camera with LED flash on the rear, and an 8MP snapper on the front.
As per reliable reports, OnePlus 3 is expected to house 3,000mAh battery, 300mAh less than its predecessor. Many might wonder why the company would reduce the cell capacity.
It's actually due to lack of space in OnePlus 3. It measures just 7.3 mm thick, 2.6mm slimmer than OnePlus 2.
It has to be noted that the company is using energy efficient AMOLED-based display panel, so OnePlus 3 owners are less likely to face any drop in battery life compared to OnePlus 2.
The company has already announced that OnePlus 3 will go on sale soon after the unveiling and it will be an open sale, a first in OnePlus history. Previously consumers had to go through cumbersome invites system due to lack of availability of the device.
However, this time OnePlus 3 units are in surplus in the company's inventory.
As per the import manifest of the OnePlus 3 (shipped from Hong Kong to India), the 64GB storage-based device costs Rs. 22,858 ($341/€303). Other models are also expected to be aggressively priced in India and in other global regions as well.