OnePlus 3 is the third top end phone from the Chinese company aiming to make a huge dent in the sales figures of brands like Samsung and HTC.
They succeeded immensely with the previous two versions, but is it really worth upgrading to the latest generation which has been launched at a much higher price? The OnePlus 3 comes close to $400 in worldwide markets and it is slightly more expensive than the OnePlus 2, which continues to be sold.
There are several new improvements on the new OnePlus 3 like the availability of the snapdragon 820 processor and 6 GB of RAM. These make up for the best reading on paper and the OnePlus 3 will be able to take advantage of the massive performance at all times due to the introduction of dash charging feature. The ability to get 60% of the battery’s capacity in just 30 minutes with no side effects like overheating has already made dash charging a hot topic in the world of smartphones. However, the primary issue – in the few days since the phone has been available – has been the inability to take advantage of the full complement of RAM.
Even though the OnePlus 3 has 6 GB of RAM, the phone has been set up in such a way that it does not use all of them. The phone has been down tuned to deliver the best battery life possible from its 3000 mAh battery. The battery size is a reduction from the OnePlus 2, which comes with 3600 mAh battery and 4 GB of RAM. There is no downsizing on this device, as it delivers its maximum when called upon. Of course, it is possible to tweak the OnePlus 3 so as to improve its RAM management capabilities, but this will adversely affect the battery life.
In the search for a good-looking device, OnePlus 3 shaves off a couple of millimeters and this has resulted in the reduced battery size. The phone, though, looks much better than before and can be considered as a premium device from this viewpoint alone. There is no 16 GB option on the OnePlus 3 and it makes a lot of sense. The 64 GB version of the OnePlus 2 was already the popular on sale. The new version remains a great value but only for techies who can unlock the true potential of the device.