The OnePlus leaks are coming in at a steady rate now. There have been discussions about specs, price, release time-frames and even some leaked photos that allegedly give us quick looks at the smartphone. As we mentioned in a recent episode of The TechnoBuffalo Show podcast, the OnePlus 3 could be an exciting device given that it’s set to pack a lot of features that current flagships offer, but with a price that comes in at about half of what you’d pay for something like the Galaxy S7 or HTC 10. Therein lies the compelling part of the OnePlus brand, and why this may very well live up to its name as the “flagship killer.”
OnePlus 3 Release date
This aspect of the phone isn’t much of a secret at this point. OnePlus actually confirmed in an interview with CNET en Espanol back in February that it plans to release the OnePlus 3 sometime during the end of the second quarter of this year. The second quarter spans from April to June, a window that is quickly closing, so we expect the phone sometime next month. OnePlus had a VR unveiling of the OnePlus 2 last year, so we may not get a big press event but rather a similar event everyone can partake in. Expect the device to launch shortly thereafter.
OnePlus 3 price
We’re not expecting a sky-high price for the OnePlus 3. That would just go against everything the company is built on – crazy small profits on devices that pack great hardware at low costs for the consumer. A rumor from earlier this month suggested the OnePlus 3 price will start at 1999 yuan, or about $310. Prices don’t always translate that way from market to market, but I’d be very surprised if the price came above $399, so expect it to be closer to $300. But the price may actually vary depending on specs, so let’s dive into that now.
OnePlus 3 specs
Rumor has it there will be two versions of the OnePlus 3. Users should at least expect a Snapdragon 820 processor, a 5-inch 1080p display, NFC, a 16-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. However, the entry-level model is reportedly going to pack 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage while a second more expensive model will bump the RAM to 6GB and the storage to 64GB. That’s the model I have my eye on, since 32GB of storage is never enough for me — even now that most of what I use can be stored in the cloud. Oh, I almost forgot, there’s also a rumor the phone will use crazy-fast charging tech from Oppo called Super VOOC Flash Charge that will juice the device up in just 15 minutes. Sounds too good to be true, so it probably is.
OnePlus 3 design
This rumor is actually just a couple of days old, and it’s more of a leak than a rumor. Some recent alleged OnePlus 3 pictures suggest we’re going to see a metal design this year. The photos above actually look a lot like an HTC device, with the antenna bands running on the top and bottom and the centered camera. Metal is expensive, though, so I’m not sure how OnePlus is going to be able to pull that off while keeping the price low. Seems to be plastic or something just a hair cheaper, like the finishes OnePlus has used in the past, will be more likely.