OnePlus 3 Concept: Revival of Flagship Killer

by Arun Yadav

In the flurry of Chinese handset makers, who flooded the Indian handset market in the last couple of years, two names shone out among the rest viz. Xiaomi and OnePlus. While Xiaomi stood out among the rest owing to its great value for money smartphones and online flash sale model, OnePlus went a step further. Ever since its first smartphone launched in 2013, OnePlus has managed to create a stir of waves mainly owing to two reasons. First reason was its unique invite based sale model owing to limited inventory and second was its tall claim of the device being a “Flagship Killer”. Once OnePlus One arrived, the world bowed out to the fact that it indeed was a flagship killer owing to its high end specifications and a killer price tag. OnePlus followed up OnePlus One with OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X, last year. Both these handsets precede the success of One and come with some new changes in terms of design and specifications. With the new year dawning upon us, the rumour mills are already buzzing with the next Flagship killer viz. OnePlus 3. Having followed the rumours on the Internet closely, we have come up with our very own concept for the upcoming OnePlus smartphone.


Look and Feel: Top-notch Premium
OnePlus took great pride in its unique design and one of a kind Sandstone rear panel, which appeared on both OnePlus One and 2. However, the latest device from the brand, OnePlus X features a glass and metal chassis as well as a limited edition, Ceramic variant. While it is mostly being speculated that OnePlus 3 would also come with the signature Sandstone panel along with replaceable back panel options. A brushed metal body is also expected considering all recently launched smartphones. Several manufacturers are adopting metal body smartphones. However, OnePlus X marks a deviation from the design philosophy and we expect the next flagship killer to adopt the same, mainly because it feels more premium than the sandstone panel. We expect that the handset maker will keep the size of the smartphone identical to OnePlus 2. However, if it comes in metal and glass chassis, we expect it to be a lot slimmer at around 6.5-6.9 mm, which will make it one of the most premium feeling smartphones. We also expect the hybrid SIM tray from OnePlus X to make an appearance on OnePlus 3, which can accommodate two nano SIMs or a nano SIM and microSD card. This will be a welcome addition for users who have a grievance against non expandable storage on flagship killers.

OnePlus 3 Rumoured Specifications: A Quick Glance

Display 5.5-Inch Full HD Display with Gorilla Glass Protection
Processor 2 GHz Octa Core Processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 & 4GB RAM
Storage 16/64/128GB
Battery 3500 mAh Non-removable Battery
Camera - Rear 16MP with Dual-tone LED flash + 4K Recording
Camera - Front 8MP with Flash + Full HD Recording
Connectivity 4G, NFC, USB Type C, WiFi, Bluetooth, OTG Support
Software Oxygen OS based on Android Marshmallow
Other Features Fingerprint Scanner, Laser Autofocus

Display: Sharp & Vivid
OnePlus One came with a large 5.5-inch display, whereas, OnePlus 2 sported a smaller 5.5-inch display to accommodate the fingerprint scanner on the front panel. Since there is not much difference in the size of One and 2 and the fingerprint scanner would be retained, we expect that the new handset will be similar in size to its predecessor. However, what changes is the resolution of the display as OnePlus 3 is expected to be the first ever Quad HD smartphone from the Chinese brand. Moreover, the display will feature the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 layer in all probabilities.


Software: Smooth yet customisable
In the past, OnePlus took pride in its association with Cyanogen Inc., one of the best custom ROMs based on stock Android operating system. However, after a fallout with Cyanogen Inc., OnePlus took the process in-house and cooked its own Oxygen OS based on Android, which boasts of a number of performance enhancements as well as customisation options. One of the notable features of Oxygen OS is Shelf, which places frequently used apps and contacts in a neat arrangement on a homescreen. OnePlus has definitely managed to create a custom operating system, which is at par with the Cyanogenmod OS.
Hardware: The righteous flagship killer
OnePlus One and 2 both have been the righteous flagship killer in their own right and OnePlus will definitely like to top it up with the next flagship. OnePlus 3 is expected to come flaunting the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 cores, 64 bit architecture and a clock speed of 2 GHz. The processor is expected to come with a RAM of 4GB, which should do away with any lag or stutter that may crop up. The upcoming device is also expected to feature Adreno GPU 420, which will ensure a stellar graphic performance. Storage-wise, this time we can expect the company to bring three variants – 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.


Battery: Phenomenal Back up
While it is true that OnePlus 2 features a removable rear panel, the battery of the handset remained non-removable. This is one of the grievances with most OnePlus users and unfortunately it will remain so, since OnePlus 3 will come with a non-removable battery as well. Considering the fact that the next handset is expected to be slimmer than its predecessors, we expect that battery to take a toll. OnePlus 3 will come flaunting a 3000 mAh battery under the rear panel in all likelihood. Also, the brand will revive the wireless charging that was missing from the previous handset from OnePlus.

Camera: Beautify every frame
On the rear panel, it is expected that the brand would upgrade the primary camera from 13 megapixels on OnePlus 2 to a more powerful 16 Megapixels snapper. On the front, OnePlus might offer an 8 Megapixels selfie shooter accompanied with a front flash. However, we can expect a frontal selfie to make an appearance on the upcoming Flagship Killer from the brand.


Connectivity: All-in-One
Last year's OnePlus 2 witnessed the handset maker excluding NFC from its specifications, which was a part of One smartphone. However, with Android now officially supporting Google Pay and the handset expected to come with Oxygen OS based on Android Marshmallow, we can expect NFC to make a comeback. Moreover, we can expect features like USB Type-C connector, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS to feature on the upcoming device.

However. All speculations and leaked renders at this point should be taken with a pinch of salt as thy are subject to change at any given moment. OnePlus usually likes to stake out the competition before coming out with its own flagship killer and since most brands showcase their latest flagship devices at Mobile World Conference held in last week of February at Barcelona, we can expect a late March or April release for OnePlus 3. Till than here is concluding our concept for the upcoming flagship killer and comprehensive round up of specifications for the device. Don't forget to share your views in the comment section below.

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