Jun 14, 2016

OnePlus 3 first impressions: Sleek, all-metal, and totally badass

The OnePlus 3 unboxing: It's finally here. You can buy a OnePlus 3 priced at Rs. 27,999 in India on Amazon.

BYRamarko Sengupta

The OnePlus 3, one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, is finally here. You can pick up one from Amazon for Rs. 27,999 — no invite needed. The sale starts Wednesday, July 15, 12:30 am.
The phone runs Oxygen OS 3.1, which is based on the latest version of Android, Marshmallow, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, which is one of the fastest processors out there. It has 6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage and dual nano-SIM support (no microSD card slot, unfortunately).
The first thing you’ll notice is the OnePlus 3’s all-metal unibody design. That signature sandstone back of the OnePlus 2 is gone. Instead, the phone feels smooth and silky to the touch when you pick it up. It’s available in graphite for now, but there’s a gold version coming soon. The phone comes with a 5.5 inch display.
On the front is a fingerprint sensor that, claims OnePlus, unlocks the phone at a lightning fast 0.2 seconds — and it’s true (I tested). The phone in general too, works really fast.
On the left is an alert slider, which allows you to easily toggle between getting every notification or just the important ones — a feature that’s usually missing in most Android phones. On the bottom are the speakers, microphone and a headphone jack (no headphones in the box though).
The OnePlus 3 has a 16 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel front camera for razor-sharp selfies. Pictures that the OnePlus 3 clicked seemed good, even the ones I took in dim lightning, but I’ll have more to say about this in my full review.
One of the best things about the OnePlus 3 is a proprietary charging technology called Dash Charge. OnePlus claims that its 3,000 mAh battery can be charged 60% in 30 minutes, and in initial tests, I found that it more than lived up to the claim.
I’ll have a detailed review of the OnePlus 3 up shortly. Meanwhile, watch my unboxing video below.

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Ramarko Sengupta is a writer of FactorDaily.