OnePlus 3 offers flagship specs for $399


— 12:28 PM on June 14, 2016

Upstart handset maker OnePlus revealed its latest take on the high-end smartphone formula today during a presentation in VR. The OnePlus 3 is an aluminum-bodied device housing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and 64GB of flash storage. It runs OnePlus' Oxygen OS, a lightly massaged Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It'll be available in "granite" or "soft gold" finishes for $399.

Although OnePlus appears to have dropped the "flagship killer" tagline it favored in the past, the OnePlus 3 is still competitive with high-end handsets from other manufacturers on paper. The 5.5", 1920x1080 AMOLED screen is a reasonable choice in an age of DPI inflation. The phone's rear cam uses a 16MP Sony sensor paired with an f/2 lens. The home button conceals a fingerprint sensor. A 3000-mAh battery can grab a 60% charge in 30 minutes with a feature OnePlus calls "Dash Charge." About the only things missing are any water-resistance specs and a microSD slot.

Perhaps the nicest thing about the OnePlus 3 is that prospective owners won't need to brave the company's convoluted invite system to actually buy one, as they might have with past OnePlus phones. The store page for the device isn't up just yet, though we'd expect it to be available soon.

   
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