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New photos reveal purported OnePlus 3 with metal design

by Killian Bell | May 9, 2016May 9, 2016 5:13 am PST

New photos posted to Weibo allegedly give us our first glimpse at the OnePlus 3 ahead of its official debut. The handset looks nothing like its predecessors, sporting what appears to be a metal unibody that could have been made by HTC or Huawei.

Recent leaks have revealed what we can expect to see inside the OnePlus 3, but these photos — if indeed they are genuine — show us what it’s going to look like on the outside. It has a curved metal back with integrated antenna bands, plus a fingerprint scanner like the OnePlus 2.

Photos of the handset’s screen confirm it is running OxygenOS 3.0.0, which is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The handset’s codename on the “About” screen is “RAIN A3000.” One image also gives us a look at its retail packaging.

The OnePlus 3 is expected to come with a 5.5-inch Full HD display like its predecessors, plus a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

The device will almost certainly ship with Android 6.0.1 pre-installed as well — not Marshmallow like these photos suggest. That doesn’t necessarily mean these images aren’t genuine — we don’t know how old they are — but we cannot confirm they’re accurate.

Until we see more images of the OnePlus 3, then — perhaps with a OnePlus logo — it’s probably best you take these with a pinch of salt. The device looks more like a Huawei Mate 7 from the back, and it could easy be a fake.

OnePlus is expected to make the OnePlus 3 official by the end of this month, so we don’t have too long to wait now. It’s thought the device will go on sale in early June.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...