The latest in the great lineup of OnePlus royalty, the OnePlus 3 is bound to raise the bar in the usual flagship killer way. Here’s some questions, answered.
What color does the OnePlus 3 come in?
Graphite and Soft Gold. But it looks like they will be pushing only the Graphite color initially. There is a wide range of back swaps including the sandstone, kelwar and walnut wood. Prices are yet to be revealed.
Is it a worthy upgrade from OnePlus 2?
Depends on one’s need and preference. The Snapdragon 820 is surely a good processor but if you’re a light to moderate user the OnePlus 2 should suffice, specially after the new Marshmallow update. But if you have a OnePlus One then it definitely makes sense to upgrade with the support for Cyanogen coming to an end soon.
How is the battery life?
With light to moderate usage, you should be able to hit the evening but certainly not a full day phone for heavy users. If you were to turn on the auto-brightness, the battery life goes down by a bit. However if you were to turn on the DARK MODE, it can improve the results. There is no erratic draining observed, but the performance can certainly be improved given the fact that Snapdragon 820 is highly battery efficient and Android M has doze mode and N will bring more efficiency.
One positive we observed is the phone didn’t drain a lot during heavy gaming. A little more than one hour of heavy gaming affected the battery by ~18%, which is good to see.
Does the OnePlus 3 have NFC?
Yes it does! This will make the ones who use NFC for payments and also pairing gadgets like headsets and speakers.
How good is the fingerprint scanner?
The Fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 2 had a shaky start and had lots of issues. We are happy to report that the one on the OnePlus 3 is super-fast and works most of the time, ummm say 95% of the time!
Does the camera have OIS, PDAF and Laser Auto Focus?
The primary camera does have Optical Image Stabilization and Phase Detection Auto Focus but DOES NOT have Laser Auto Focus. Having said this, the phone does pretty well in locking the focus but the lack of this will be noticed especially while shooting videos.
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Yes, the OnePlus 3 comes with Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
What kind of sensors does the phone have?
The OnePlus 3 comes with – Hall Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Lught and Electronic Compass.
What is the camera sensor?
The primary camera is the Sony IMX 298 sensor with 1.12 um pixel size while the secondary camera is Sony IMX 179 with 1.4 um pixel size. The phone also comes with SMILE capture for auto selfie.
How is the OnePlus 3 display and touch sensitivity?
OnePlus has always been haunted with yellow screens and touch sensitivity issues. But the OnePlus 3 has none of them. The AMOLED screen is a delight to use and the touch has the right amount of sensitivity. We faced no issues. But mind you, it’s not the brightest screen you’ll find. Something like Mi 5 has 600nits of brightness!