OnePlus 3 price, release date, specs and rumors

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OnePlus 3 price and release date

CNET en Espanol got an exclusive interview with OnePlus Co-founder Carl Pei. While he didn’t disclose any details about the design of the OnePlus 3, Mr Pei did disclose an estimated launch date; the end of the second quarter of 2016.

A leak in early May suggested the OnePlus 3 base model to sell for $310, while a premium version, with more memory, was said to come in at $384, which fits with OnePlus’ low pricing for high-end specs appeal.

On May 23, OnePlus announced via its forum that its is offering up 30,000 new Loop VR heasets for free (except for shipping). All you have to do is mosey over to the OnePlus store, ensure you select your country at the bottom right of the page, and head to the checkout.

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The move is a promotion for a promotion. That is, the headset can be used to to place an order, in VR, for the OnePlus 3 before anyone else, in what OnePlus is describing as “the first global VR shopping experience.”

There’s still no word on when exactly customers will be able to place their preorders, but the headsets won’t be shipping until June 6.

OnePlus 3 design

A clear render of what could be the OnePlus 3 was leaked by reliable serial leakster Evan Blass in a tweet today. The image shows the front and the back of the device with the caption ‘Never Settle’ on the front and the official logo on the back.

From the render, we can see that the back will be curved and it looks quite ergonomic. It has a brushed silver finish and it would be great if this means it’s not as slippery as other OnePlus devices, like the OnePlus X. The camera protrudes from the back a bit too much. You will also notice the LED flash underneath the camera.

The screen appears bezel-less and takes up most of the front of the device. The display looks crisp but we’ll have to see it in person before we can really pass judgement. We hope to see a QHD AMOLED display, which would be a significant improvement on the OnePlus 2 HD screen.

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Recent photos from the Chinese social media site Weibo might have revealed the final design of the OnePlus 3, and it looks like the lovechild of the OnePlus 2 and HTC One M9.

From the front, the handset seems to be a slightly less square version of the OnePlus 2, (the corners are a little softer) however the rear bears a striking resemblance to the One M9 design. We don’t know how credible the photos are, but if they’re fake, they’re very impressive fakes. See for yourself below.

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Earlier, in December, a concept video leaked showing the possible design of the OnePlus 3. It gives us a glimpse of slick, curvy device with extremely thin bezels. The video further hints that the OnePlus 3 might go with a brushed metal back, and we can also see a dual-tone LED flash and USB Type-C charging.

OnePlus 3 specs

A screenshot has surfaced that gives us our first solid look at specs for the OnePlus 3. The AnTuTu Benchmark screenshot shows some heft but not unsurprising hardware choices from manufacturer OnePlus. The OnePlus 3 (model number A3000) could pack a 1080p HD display, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. Unsurprisingly, this should all be powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset coupled with an Adreno 530 GPU.

Another leak in early May confirmed the above information but also provided further details on a premium model, which is said to house 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.

Evan Blass, a reliable leakster, supplied a tasty specs array on May 24, confirming a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, the Snapdragon 820, along with 64 GB of internal memory and a 16 MP rear camera.

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He also claimed that the device will feature NFC, which the OnePlus 2 did not feature. Welcome back, old friend.

Curiously, the screen shot Evan Blass provided shows the device running OxygenOS 3.1.0 with Android N. Curious.

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The cameras were said to be 16 MP on the rear and 8 MP on the front, and a 3,500-mAh battery was also suggested.

Previous models in the series used the cursed Snapdragon 810, despite its overheating problems, but the new generation chip should solve this issue and allow for better performance.

We’d also expect the new phone to employ a USB type C port, as its predecessor did.

These are the apps and settings I’m using right now

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Lock screen

My lock screen is the default OnePlus lock screen and the background is the album artwork of whatever I’m listening to on Deezer at the time. If I’m not playing music, the background is the same as my home screen background. Nothing too flashy here.

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Home screen

My home screen is a stark, minimalist place. I’m using Nova Launcher with the Glyphs by Tokem icon pack, which is a port from iOS. I like the pack, but, as you will soon see, it has a big weakness.

I have my most commonly used apps on the home screen: WhatsApp, Deezer, Instagram, Google Maps, Feedly and Pocket. And the final icon is a hidden folder that I made using Nova Launcher. It contains four news sites. Three of these open through Hermit, which saves battery and storage space and stops websites tracking me, and the other is a standalone app: Slide for Reddit.

The clock and weather widget comes from Simple Weather, a clean Material Design app.

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App drawer

My app drawer opens through a swipe-up gesture on the home screen. The drawer itself is sorted into five tabs: all, reading, travel, organization and games.

As you can see, this is where my choice of icon pack falls short, as it hasn’t been updated in eons and loads of icons are missing from it, resulting in a very incomplete and scattershot appearance. Still, I rarely use the app drawer, so it doesn’t bother me too much.

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Apps I’m using at the minute

Morning Routine

I’m dorking out on Material Design a lot these days, and I’m thinking about cleaning out my phone to get to as close to stock as possible. In the meantime, I’m using a few really nice Material Design apps. One that I’ve recently begun using is Morning Routine.

Firstly, this app has really stunning transition animations. Swiping from the left crumples the screen to reveal the side menu, for example, but it’s loaded front-to-back with pleasing animations and transitions.

It’s main functionality lets you set alarms that operate in several steps, and there are some really cool things you can do. For example, you can have the app set a normal alarm that you can snooze with a simple button press, then a second alarm ten minutes later that opens up a news website, then a third that requires you to scan the barcode on your shampoo to snooze and simultaneously starts your coffee maker (assuming you have a very fancy coffee maker). This is just one example; it offers a huge level of customization.

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Medium

Some of my favorite sites are starting to migrate over to Medium, so, like a loyal puppy, I have followed them. It’s essentially an online publishing platform that lets anyone partake. Created by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, it allows anyone to publish their writing on it, and you can follow publications you’re interested in and receive recommendations on content that might be relevant to you. You can highlight and respond to passages in articles, allowing direct interaction and discussion.

The whole thing is geared towards sharing and engaging in content that you and those you follow are reading. It’s looking like a really great way to give online publishing a new direction. Definitely worth digging into.

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Dashlane

I’ve just started using a password manager, Dashlane. It works between my phone and desktop browser, saving 44 passwords, as well as my personal credentials, meaning I don’t have to waste time or worry about forgetting my passwords, which I used to do with disturbing frequency.

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Google Trips

I’m doing some planning for my summer holiday at the moment, so I’m trying out Google’s new app, Trips. It’s still in the early stages of development, but it’s great for compiling lists of things to do and see and places to eat. It’s also got my flight details stored there, too. As the app is not available through the Google Play Store yet, the only way to get it is to head over to APKMirror

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