OnePlus 3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More
The company’s fourth smartphone is priced at Rs. 27,999 in India
2016 Flagship Killer. That’s the tagline that OnePlus used for the 2015 OnePlus 2, a claim that in hindsight seems ridiculous. Sure, the OnePlus 2 was a decent smartphone for the price, but it wasn’t the best phone of last year, let alone this year. OnePlus should have reserved this tagline for this year’s smartphone, because the OnePlus 3 is a superb piece of hardware at a very affordable price point.
It’s not just the hardware that impresses: OnePlus has finally ditched their ludicrous invite system, so anyone should be able to purchase the OnePlus 3 with relative ease. For a phone that’s sure to be popular over the next twelve months, availability is key.
- OnePlus 3 has been priced at Rs. 27,999 in India.
- It is exclusively available via Amazon India in the country.
- It sports a Snapdragon 820 SoC and 6GB of RAM.
Running OxygenOS based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the OnePlus 3 is a dual-SIM smartphone (Nano-SIM cards) that retains the 5.5-inch display size and full-HD resolution (401ppi) of its predecessors, but this time bears an Optic Amoled display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. While it sports a USB 2.0 Type-C port, it does have a 3.5mm headphone jack in addition. The smartphone features a home button which sports a fingerprint sensor. It also comes with capacitive hardware keys, apart from the Alert Slider.
The OnePlus 3 has a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, OIS and EIS, and PDAF autofocus, apart from RAW image support, 4K video recording support, and a Smile Capture mode. The front camera bears a Sony IMX179 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture on the fixed focus lens, and benefits from EIS. It can also handle 1080p video recording. The OnePlus 3 sports 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is not expandable.
Below the OnePlus 3’s display is a fingerprint sensor that doubles as a home button. Unlike with the OnePlus 2, this fingerprint sensor is very fast and accurate, which makes it perfect for securing the device. I prefer to see the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the handset – it’s more natural and comfortable – but having a sensor is better than not having one.
I was impressed by how slender the OnePlus 3 is, both visually and technically. While the left and right edges slim down to under 5mm, the entire handset is just 7.4mm thin; more than 2mm slimmer than the OnePlus 2. This greatly improves how the handset looks and feels, although it does result in a 300 mAh reduction in battery capacity, which now sits at a standard 3,000 mAh.
Buyers in India will get a free 12-month subscription to Saavn Pro, and can avail of a ‘double data’ offer from Idea Cellular for 12 months. They can also avail of 12 months accidental damage coverage through the ‘OnePlus Care app’ powered by Servify.