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5.5in full-HD Op­tic AMOLED screen (1920x1080, 401ppi), Go­rilla Glass 4; Oxy­genOS based on An­droid 6.0.1 Marsh­mal­low; 2.2GHz quad­core Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 pro­ces­sor; Adreno 530; 6GB LPDDR4 RAM; 64GB in­ter­nal stor­age; 16Mp rear cam­era, f/2.0 aper­ture, 4K video/120fps slo-mo at 720p; 8Mp front cam­era; prox­im­ity sen­sor; USB Type-C charg­ing port; 11ac Wi-Fi; Blue­tooth 4.2; GPS with GLONASS; NFC; fin­ger­print scan­ner; bot­tom-fac­ing speaker; 3.5mm head­phone jack; 4G LTE Cat 6; Dual Nano-SIM; 3000mAh non-re­mov­able lithium-poly­mer bat­tery; 153x75x7.35mm; 158g Now in its third gen­er­a­tion, the OnePlus 3 is the lat­est phone from the pop­u­lar Chi­nese firm. This year’s model is a stun­ner, with a metal de­sign that’s thin­ner and lighter than its pre­de­ces­sors. It also comes with im­proved spec­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing 6GB of RAM, 64GB of stor­age and a 16Mp Sony cam­era. Then there’s the price, which is around £200 cheaper than its ri­vals.


While we’ve been big fans of pre­vi­ous OnePlus phones, we’ve been a lit­tle put off by how bulky they have been (bar the smaller OnePlus X). The firm has ad­dressed this with its lat­est of­fer­ing, which is a much more slen­der 7.35mm and a more man­age­able 158g.

More ob­vi­ous is the switch to a metal uni­body chas­sis, which is man­u­fac­tured from a sin­gle block of alu­minium. It looks and feels like a pre­mium de­vice and the re­sem­blance to a other metal phones, such as those from Ap­ple, HTC and Huawei, is un­avoid­able.

What we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate is the at­ten­tion to de­tail here, and we par­tic­u­larly like the an­gles, which not only look good but make the phone very com­fort­able to hold. We’re also fans of the cham­fered edges, which adorn the USB port and the speaker holes.

The 2.5D Go­rilla Glass 4 screen meets the metal chas­sis in a smooth and lux­u­ri­ously flush way, and the Alert Slider on the left­hand side has a solid and sat­is­fy­ing mo­tion, with its tex­tured sur­face.

If for some rea­son you don’t like the metal look or you want to pro­tect it from scratches, OnePlus of­fers a range of cases, which are ex­tremely thin, so don’t add much weight. They are avail­able in Rose­wood, Black Apri­cot, Bam­boo, Kar­bon and the clas­sic Sand­stone, and are priced £19.99 each.

We’re re­ally im­pressed with the OnePlus 3 in terms of de­sign and build; it’s eas­ily the best we’ve seen from the com­pany. It will be a lit­tle bit big for some peo­ple, de­spite 5.5in be­ing the ‘sweet spot’ for OnePlus. It’s also a tall phone, though the tiny bezels on ei­ther side of the screen help things. We’re hop­ing that a smaller ver­sion will come in the fu­ture but we’ll have to wait and see – per­haps a OnePlus 3 mini or new OnePlus X.


The Chi­nese firm has stuck with a 5.5in screen size and a Full HD res­o­lu­tion for this phone. What is new is a change to Op­tic AMOLED tech­nol­ogy, which is the com­pany’s take on Su­perAMOLED. This looks great thanks to more vi­brant colours and bet­ter con­trast, and is also what en­ables the phone to have those tiny bezels.

Our only real com­plaint is that even at full bright­ness we oc­ca­sion­ally found it hard to read out­side in bright sun­light. This is de­spite a dual-po­lar­is­ing layer, which is sup­posed to make this easy.


The OnePlus 3 is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 pro­ces­sor, which means it joins the 820 club, whose mem­bers also in­clude the HTC 10 and LG G5. This quad-core chip comes with the Adreno 530 GPU and is clocked slightly higher than other phones at 2.2GHz – the other two cores are 1.6GHz. The phone also comes with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. That’s 2GB, more than any other phone we’ve seen. In both our bench­mark tests and real-world use, the hand­set of­fered slick per­for­mance. OnePlus has done a great job of mak­ing the in­ter­face feel ex­tremely re­spon­sive and fast. The phone does ev­ery­thing you throw at it with­out hes­i­ta­tion.


The firm of­fers just one stor­age op­tion – 64GB. That’s im­pres­sive when you con­sider that many sim­i­larly-priced ri­vals tend to of­fer 16- or 32GB. The only down­side here is that there’s still no mi­croSD card slot, which may put off some.

Fin­ger­print scan­ner, NFC and con­nec­tiv­ity

The fin­ger­print scan­ner is still a key fea­ture and sits be­low the screen. It’s ex­tremely fast and ac­cu­rate when scan­ning (un­der 0.3 sec­onds, ac­cord­ing to OnePlus) and can be used to un­lock the phone from sleep and mo­bile pay­ments, in­clud­ing An­droid Pay.

OnePlus has also lis­tened to its customers and brought back

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