Specs summary


The OnePlus 3's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat) operating system (OS).

16+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3000 mAh battery. OnePlus's performance ratings are 3 days standby time, 1968 minutes (3G), 483 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Quick, beautiful, long-lasting and reasonably priced; you won’t find a better phone for the money than the OnePlus 3.

- Jonathan Bray , Alphr 

The OnePlus 3 has the speed, design and price to put a lot of other flagship phones to shame.

- Sam Rutherford , Tom's Guide 

Reviews summary

Based on 49 reviews

What's good  

  • Great battery life
  • All-metal chassis
  • Blazing performance
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Dual SIM support
  • High level of software customization options

What's bad  

  • Finicky camera
  • No microSD support
  • Non-removeable battery
  • Concerns about memory availability
  • Proprietary cable/charger required for quick charging

With their first few releases, OnePlus attempted to disrupt the mobile flagship dynamic--proving you don’t have to pay top-tier prices for a top-tier experience. While results were questionable, there’s no doubting that they’ve earned a bit of a following. With their latest device, the OnePlus 3, they’re trying again to defy standards.

Does the phone live up to the hype? We’ve dug deep into the best reviews on the Internet to bring you this summary!

Let’s begin!

One the outside, the OnePlus 3 is polished yet unassuming. Many reviews noted that the design shares many of the visual elements of HTC’s latest phones. It’s aluminum unibody chassis features a slim fit for pocketability while the side buttons offer easy access to phone features without having to stretch your hand across the rather large facade. Alphr spend some time with the phone and declared, “The OnePlus feels robust and refined in all the right ways.” The Verge echoes this sentiment, calling it “an incredibly well-built device.”

The only complaint amongst reviews on the design, comes from the camera. While many other flagships feature flush or near-flush cameras, the 16+ MP rear-lens on the OnePlus 3 creates an obvious bump. It’s not enough to cause instability when laid flat or risk damaging the camera, but it was enough for several reviews to point it out.

Heading around to the front of the phone, you’ll find the 5.5-inch 1080p Optic LED display, a capacitive home key with fingerprint scanner and two capacitive buttons--both of which can be programmed to do other things or disabled entirely in the settings. Alphr noted that the fingerprint scanner is “as responsive and reliable as you’d hope it to be.”

Reviews on the screen were mostly positive. The Verge put it to the test and described it as “bright, vibrant, easy to see outdoors, and at 401ppi, plenty sharp enough for human eyes.” While reviews generally applauded the brightness, clarity and detail, they were all quick to point out that it falls prey to the color issues typical of OLED screen. Alphr noted, “Certain graphics and icons take on a strangely candy-color, neon quality.”

To help you make the most of the screen, OnePlus went with a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor. As with most of 2016 flagships using this processor, reviews noted no issues with performance. Unlike most of flagships, the phone sports an unheard of 6GB of RAM--though there’s a bit of controversy over how much the phone actually uses. CNet put their test model through the paces and came out with nothing but praise, saying, “Tasks like launching Google Now, calling up the keyboard and opening the app drawer were noticeably swift.” Alphr was equally positive, saying, “The phone feels ultra-responsive, and there’s pretty much nothing I’ve found that fazes it.”

Also like most flagships this year, the OnePlus 3 is running Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 alongside their Oxygen OS. Unlike many of the interfaces on offer currently, reviewers appear to love the changes made by OnePlus. SlashGear says, “Customization should be key, here, from a company that says they're all about the absence of compromise in all things. And they are, for the most part - they certainly make a good effort of making a best-in-class device, that's for sure. OnePlus has created a nice set of very basic modifications for Google's Android.” Better still, no reviews mentioned the UI bogging down or cluttering up the phone.

One downside to those looking to store their movies, music or a large collection of games on the phone is that is doesn’t support microSD cards. However, with 64GB of internal storage, there should be plenty of room to stay entertained or productive--even on lengthy commutes or flights.

While the 3,000mAh battery might seem average at best on paper, reviews on the overall battery life are positive. Perhaps this is a benefit to the 1080p OLED display compared to the 2K+ displays on many recent flagships. Every review we found a runtime of at least a full day, even under heavy use.

OnePlus also uses proprietary DASH Charging quick charging. Alphr hooked up their demo phone to the wall and found, “Using the charger supplied in the box, the OnePlus 3 reached 50% in 23 minutes, 75% in 35 minutes and 100% in 1hr 14mins.” However, the way that DASH works requires both the cable and charger from OnePlus to work. So expect to spend a little more on replacements or car adapters--both available direct through OnePlus--if you want to take advantage of that speed.

If you’re looking for a great camera, the OnePlus offers a 16+ MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and phase-detect autofocus. The front-facing camera is a beefy 8+MP. Reviews on the cameras are mixed. There were few faults found in image quality, with CNet saying, “In well-lit situations, colors were true-to-life (especially the white hues), and objects were sharp and in focus. In dimmer settings or environments with tricky lighting, photos still turned out clear and evenly exposed.” Same goes with the front camera. Alphr noted that it “captures a truly scary level of facial detail in selfies.”

However, many found that shutter delay was a problem. Especially for low-light shots. Also, color was inconsistent across shots. Reviews seem to agree that when it takes great pictures, they’re on par with the best on the market. Unfortunately, getting consistent results is a bit tricky.

On-the-go buyers will find the inclusion of NFC and dual SIM support convenient additions. There’s also USB Type-C connectivity for hassle-free hook ups--though the DASH Charging means you’re stuck carrying an extra charger and cable to take advantage of speedy top offs.

Overall, it appears that OnePlus is finding its stride with their latest release. For the price, compromised are virtually non-existent. The Verge agreed, saying, “The OnePlus 3 might be the first affordable phone that truly makes good on the promise to be as great as the high-priced flagships. It hits all the marks for what an Android phone should offer in 2016, and it does so at a price that’s significantly less than the competition.”

Reviews (8.9/10 Avg. rating)

The Wirecutter

Premium hardware for less

from The Wirecutter
A fast CPU and more memory than most flagship phones, the OnePlus 3 also has a durable aluminum body and the best camera on any phone in its price category... Full review
PC Advisor

A truly amazing flagship smartphone at a crazy price

from PC Advisor
The OnePlus 3 is another amazing smartphone from the Chinese company as easily its best effort yet. It's a little bit more expensive than its predecessor but it's still a ridiculous price considering the design, build and hardware on offer which matches rivals but also beats them in some areas. There's very little to dislike here unless you really need things like expandable storage and waterproofing. You don't even need an invite any longer, either... Full review
Phone Scoop

An excellent option that should excite those seeking freedom from carriers

from Phone Scoop
OnePlus managed to create a compelling handset in the 3. The phone covers all the necessary bases to be deemed a flagship, and yet it doesn't even come close to flagship pricing... Full review
Beta News

More than a flagship killer

from Beta News
It is hard to find something not to like about the OnePlus 3. It is an impressive smartphone that you can get used to and enjoy right away. The OnePlus 3 offers everything that you can want for $399, and possibly more, and it is, without a doubt, one of the best smartphones that you can get this year... Full review
The Inquirer

A tour-de-force and firmly delivers on its flagship killer status

from The Inquirer
With the OnePlus 3 the Chinese phone-maker has a hit on its hands, of that there is no doubt. Casting the OnePlus X aside for a minute, we can see the OnePlus 3 as the final part of a trilogy, it's quite the emotional coming of age tale. Where it goes from here is anyone's guess, but happily this invitation-free handset proves third time's the charm... Full review

The best-looking piece of hardware OnePlus has made

from AndroidPIT
OnePlus has come a long way since the OnePlus One was released a little more than two years ago. Watching the trajectory of this Chinese startup is like seeing a child celebrity grow up, shaking off the demands of fame and maturing. But it’s not what the OnePlus 3 has that makes it interesting, but what it doesn’t have. With the release of its third flagship, OnePlus has dropped the invite system and gone from guerilla marketing tactics to a sprint for mainstream success. In this OnePlus 3 review, we’ll see how OnePlus has grown up and begun to settle down... Full review
Talk Android

Third time’s the charm

from Talk Android
It’s hard to find an objective fault with the OnePlus 3. I’m not a fan of the larger screen, but for most people, that’s going to be a big plus. If the phone has a weakness, it’s probably the battery life, but the insanely fast Dash Charging is a good compromise from OnePlus... Full review

Superb hardware, excellent value

from TechSpot
There are some reasons you may decide the OnePlus 3 is not the best choice for you. At 5.5-inches, this phone is larger than the average smartphone, so a smaller device like the Huawei P9 or Galaxy S7 may be a more comfortable option for some users. It doesn’t feature the best camera hardware, which is why some may opt for the LG G5 or Galaxy S7. Storage is limited to 64 GB, which may not be enough for power users. The build is sturdy, but it’s not waterproof or as rugged as other devices on the market... Full review

It’s arguably under-priced

from Phandroid
High-end smartphones aren’t getting any cheaper and OnePlus is proving you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the same premium experience the other guys are offering. The OnePlus 3 isn’t just a great $400 smartphone — it’s a great smartphone period. It’s got everything you could want in a high-end smartphone and you wont even have to break the bank to get it... Full review

Amazing smartphone

from GottaBeMobile
t’s hard to beat the value of the OnePlus 3. For $399 buyers get an amazing smartphone that can hang with the big names on the block, The sacrifices you make for saving $250 compared to the iPhone 6s or Galaxy S7 are small when you consider everything that the OnePlus 3 does... Full review

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