OnePlus 3 official with metal unibody design, 6GB of RAM, $399 price tag

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UPDATE: When it comes to T-Mobile Voice over LTE, OnePlus tells me that the OnePlus 3 is “VoLTE capable but not officially supported.” OnePlus also says that Wi-Fi Calling is not supported on the OnePlus 3.

 

The past month has been big for mobile with Un-carrier 11, the debut of the Moto Z, and Apple’s reveal of iOS 10, and today things continue on with the official debut of the OnePlus 3.

The OnePlus 3 is the latest flagship Android smartphone from the folks at OnePlus. What’s notable about the OP3 is that unlike its predecessors, which offered textured Sandstone Black backsides, this new model has a metal unibody design to give it a premium feel. Inside of that 7.3mm-thick aluminum shell lives a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, NFC, and a 3000mAh battery that’s recharged using a USB Type-C port and Dash Charge fast charging. OnePlus says that Dash Charge can get you more than 60 percent charged in 30 minutes.

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The OnePlus 3 also boasts a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 Optic AMOLED display on its face. Above that screen is an 8-megapixel camera, and below it lives a fingerprint reader. Around back there’s a 16-megapixel camera that offers a Sony IMX298 sensor optical image stabilization, electronic image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, 4K video capture, and 720p slow motion video recording at 120fps. OnePlus has also thrown in manual camera controls and RAW image support if you’re into more advanced photography.

When it comes to cellular connectivity, the OnePlus 3 includes support for GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA bands 1/2/4/5/8, and LTE bands 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17. OnePlus doesn’t say if the OnePlus 3 will support T-Mobile features like VoLTE, but I’ve reached out to the company for clarification and will report back when they respond.

Finally, the OnePlus 3 runs Android 6.0.1 beneath OnePlus’s custom OxygenOS user interface. That custom UI includes gesture controls that let you control your phone with the screen off. For example, you can double tap the screen to wake it, or draw an “O” on the display to jump straight into the camera. OnePlus also offers customization options like the ability to toggle between capacitive navigation buttons and on-screen buttons, support for tweaking your software accent colors, and a Night Mode that OnePlus says will reduce eye strain when you’re using the OnePlus 3 in the dark.

The OnePlus 3 is launching today, June 14, and unlike previous OnePlus flagships, you won’t need an invitation to buy one. The phone is currently only available for purchase through the OnePlus Loop VR app, but it’ll hit OnePlus’s website at 3:00 pm ET. Pricing is set at $399, and you can buy the OnePlus 3 in Graphite Gray and Soft Gold.

So now that it’s officially official, what do you think of the OnePlus 3? Does its combination of a high-end spec list and $399 price tag have you thinking about buying one?

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  • George Salcedo

    Looks like the HTC One A9 which looks like an iPhone lol

  • jonathan3579

    Said I wasn’t gonna buy one but did so anyway. If I don’t like it, I’ll just return it.

    • the2000guy

      Is it already available at stores? Because in the website is not available and how is it possible to buy it at stores when it hasn’t been released yet?

      • jonathan3579

        It’ll be available on their site in a few minutes. I got in a little earlier because I had their VR headset.

        • Jay Holm

          OnePlus has a VR headset? That’s news to me!

        • JLV90

          They gave away like 10k for free the other day. I’m not sure but I believe it was just fancy google cardboard.

      • Deibid

        Just ordered mine at noon PDT.

  • Bryck

    Does it have expandable storage???

    • Loco Mole

      No SD card.

    • JLV90

      Nope but standard storage is 64 GB which is pretty high for a standard these days.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    For $50 more I’ll get the Axon 7…if this was another $50 cheaper ($349) then I’d think harder.

    • jonathan3579

      I was holding out for the Axon 7 but the lack of release information other than “soon” just doesn’t do it for me.

      • steveb944

        Patience will hold a reward.

      • Jack

        I’m waiting for that phone too seems to be awesome

    • NardVa

      Same here. Probably get the Axon 7 if it can be had for $450 or less.

    • Jack

      I been looking all over do you know when it will be available for order? I have the s7edge but I want to have both phones.

  • the2000guy

    Awesome phone for a great price. Is really affordable for most people now compared to $700 for an HTC 10, Galaxy S7, Note or even a Sony Xperia. What I want to know if it finally comply with all the bands of Tmo because I’ve read band 12 in LTE but in the 4G there is no 1700 or 2100 MHz frequencies and it will be dissappointed for some people who don’t have LTE in their area.

    • Jay Holm

      Also, does it support Tri-band carrier aggregation?

      • the2000guy

        I’m not familiar with that term, what do you mean by tri-band carrier aggregation?

        • Jay Holm

          The radio and modem can combine up to 3 frequencies of LTE for much faster speeds. T-Mobile is currently working on deploying tri-band carrier aggregation. So essentially the cell tower combines 3 frequencies into one powerful signal to your phone….

        • the2000guy

          I didn’t know about that. That’s a great feature!!! Honestly I don’t know, will see if it does and if you find an answer please let me know. Thanks

        • Jay Holm

          Ok

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Apparently, as per Andrew over at Android Central, this device does NOT support T-Mobile WiFi calling. VoLTE yes, WFC, no. Too bad.

    • VoLTE over Band 12 might mitigate some need of WFC, if you’re in a Band 12 area.

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        Might not. I sit right at the edge of two towers, neither of which has had Band 12 added to it. They don’t seem to be in a hurry to do so either, despite having the Band 12 license for this area.

    • Alex Wagner

      When it comes to T-Mobile VoLTE, OnePlus has told me that the OnePlus 3 is “VoLTE capable but not officially supported.” Also, no Wi-Fi Calling support.

      • Kaulana1989

        Axon 7 support Wi-Fi calling and voice over LTE

    • gg55592

      Yeah, I’m bummed about the wifi calling. The OnePlus 3 is the first OnePlus phone that I feel like has lived up to the hype. But a phone that does not support wifi calling on T-Mobile is just kind of pointless. Companies like OnePlus and Motorola that want to cell directly to people need to get their act togther on this. It seems dumb to essentially exclude an entire network from your potential customers. And we know from the Nexus phones and the iPhone that it can be done. It doesn’t have to be a T-Mobile branded and directly sold phone to make these things work.

      • Kaulana1989

        Axon 7 support Wi-Fi calling on voice over LTE

      • Sean M Wilson

        get a better network…. most networks don’t need wifi calling… but welfare t-mobile does

  • Guest

    Is 6GB of RAM necessary in phone? That more the most laptops.

    • Deibid

      It’s future proofing the phone for future software updates thst require more ram. Most people don’t need 16gb ram in their pc, but they sell them like that now.

      • Jerry Rich

        The OnePus 3 will be long gone before any software that requires 6GB of ram is available and there is a huge difference between RAM requirements for a pc and an Android phone.

    • Ordeith

      It’s Android. So yes.

      • Jerry Rich

        it’s android. So no it’s not needed!

    • egegteg

      If the can put that in and still sell the phone for $399 why not, it has not negative effects.

    • Sean M Wilson

      Sheep Logic… I need a phone that only works in this generation… 6gb is too much cuz we don’t need that right now lol

  • Deibid

    Just ordered one! I had the oneplus one when it first came out. Skipped the OP2 and the OPX. I am really excited about this one.. Love that they added NFC back and it’s dual sim.

    Says it’ll be dispatched the 16th and arrive the 24th. Yay!

  • Jerry Rich

    So it’s not capable of Wi-Fi calling and might be but we’re not sure VoLTE capable. With the track record this outfit has, I’d say “Don’t believe anything they say and stay clear!!”

    Spend a few more dollars and get something with good customer support.

    • Acdc1a

      The vast majority of users don’t need stats like these. I’d rathee get last year’s flagship.

  • Sushimane

    Is it worth it? I like it but at the same time knowing that it support volte but doesn’t support wifi calling kinda hurts

    • PiCASSiMO

      For WiFi calling and non T-Mobile branded phones, I use Hangouts Dialer extension, and make calls as needed.

      • Sushimane

        Yeah that’s true only tmobile branded phones support wifi calling. Does it support carrier aggregation?

        • gg55592

          Not true, you can buy an unbranded Nexus phone or iPhone, directly from Google or Apple, and they work with T-Mobile’s wifi calling. It can be done, OnePlus (and Motorola) just can’t be bothered for whatever reason (perhaps the cost associated with the process).

        • Sushimane

          With every nexus device they don’t come wifi calling because it’s a tmobile features but since nexus and oneplus aren’t a tmobile branded phone they don’t get it but they do support volte which is fine but going out of the country it gets tricky. Wifi calling let’s you call back to the states for free which Is my only concern.

        • sfosri123

          wifi calling works with Nexus 6, 6P and 5X. It also works on Iphone 5c, 5S and beyond. I know because I have tried it. It is a superb feature and I will not buy a phone which does not have wifi calling.
          I hope the new One Plus 3 will support it.

      • gg55592

        Hangouts dialer is really not equivalent, since it can’t hand off, mid call, between wifi and the cellular network, like T-Mobile’s wifi calling does. I’m a little tired of people suggesting these things are equivalent.

        • Great points. I’ve heard Sprint users say they don’t need simultaneous voice and data because of the Hangouts dialer too… but you’re right. Not the same.

        • Sean M Wilson

          Well, if you had a better network than T-Mobile you wouldn’t need WiFi calling. They only made this because T-Mobile is super spotty and it was a patch for their shitty network. I have been through 3 phones with T-Mobile and each one has had their own “unique” problem related to their network, however with AT&T all these phones work fine. If you want a phone that works 100% with T Mobile good luck with that. Their bands are all over the freaking place because they can’t seem to figure out a band to use and just use it.

        • Mike H

          The funny thing is that _yes_ hangouts dialer _will_ hand off; its just not 100% instant – there is no backend signalling that says “Hey, I’m leaving coverage of my wifi, and now setup a channel over LTE” – no, it says “Oh crap my wifi died, let’s try to _reestablish_ a channel with the new IP i have”

          But if you warn the other party you are switching, so both of you can know that it’ll flake out for a few seconds, it does _not_ disconnect the call. I use hangouts dialer almost 100% unless I’m in a GSM or bad 3g-only area.

    • PiCASSiMO
  • kgraham182

    Nothing to see here. As usual most phones don’t support T-Mobile full network or features. Good luck when 600Mhz is active, John will happily assist you with one of their “No Contract” contract phones though

    • Acdc1a

      Funny, when I broke the glass on my Nexus 6 T-Mobile took $211.99 from me and handed me a Galaxy J7. I guess I missed the contract part.

  • steadymobb

    No

  • No Band 12 or VoLTE? Pass. And 6Gb of RAM seems like overkill doesn’t it?

    • gg55592

      The OnePlus 3 has band 12, look at the specs. It even says it in the article above. Did you read the article, before commenting on it?

      People in the OnePlus forums who already have the phone say that VoLTE is working on T-Mobile, even though it’s not officially supported (this may mean there is no E911 support, I’m not sure, but I think that’s what the “official” support/certification is about).

  • No MicroSD slot either. huh?

    • Sushimane

      64gb

  • Kevin

    for $399, that’s a decent specs.

  • vince1228

    Since it’s a dual sim card phone. I wouldn’t be surprised if some one hacks and makes the other slot sd capable. IJS..

  • japplemusik

    Maybe this is a stupid question. Can I buy this phone and use it as a prepaid/no contract phone?

    • Crucifixion Cruxi

      do whatever you want with it it’s unlocked