OnePlus 3: Value-for-price flagship device

As you read this, the mid-segment (Rs 8,000-Rs 15,000) smartphone market in India is going through a real churning. A little beyond this price band, another phenomenon is building up to bring the high-end specifications at much lower price into the devices.

After a success of OnePlus 2, the Chinese smartphone maker has taken a step forward with its Rs 27,999 flagship OnePlus 3 — setting a challenge for other players to decide on their future offerings.

OnePlus 3 is in direct competition with the Rs 24,999 Xiaomi’s Mi5 and LeEco’s LeMax 2 variant (6GB RAM and 64GB) which comes for Rs 29,999.

Let us see what works for the device.

The company has offered a metal unibody design. But don’t just get impressed by a thin feel as some of the best hardware are hidden beneath the sheet.

The device has 6GB RAM and a unique dash charge feature that gave 100 per cent of battery in 49 minutes. Unlike other fast-charging technology smartphones, OnePlus 3 does not heat up while charging.

To test the company’s claim that dash charge feature charges the smartphone even when a user is gaming or working, I slid the device in Loop virtual reality set (also a OnePlus device but does not come bundled with the smartphone) and charged it while running a few games. The feature works well but do not expect too much from it.

The device has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 2.2 Ghz for heavy gaming and multitasking (a thumbs up from my side), a 16MP rear camera with optical stabilisation and a smart capture feature — better than its predecessor.

One of the noticeable features in the phone is the fingerprint scanner that unlocks the device faster than blink of an eye. Touch any part of your thumb and it unlocks the device in a jiffy.

Double tap the fingerprint scanner and it locks the phone so that you may or may not use the power button for this. If you are left handed, you can change the functions of navigation buttons according to your finger movements.

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