Knowing OnePlus and its often sneaky, unorthodox marketing tactics, we couldn’t help but feel this year’s “flagship killer” revealed its aesthetic secrets a little too early and easily. Besides, why would the OnePlus 3 stray so far from the sandstone build path of its predecessors after the controversial Chinese OEM spent so much time advertising said design and hyping its superiority over plastic and metal?
As it turns out, some things just change over time, and device manufacturers are allowed to reconsider their stance on an always thorny issue like “premium” construction. Also, sometimes things are what they seem, and not everything is a carefully concocted ploy.
After all, you can’t escape or trick the omniscient Tenaa, and China’s FCC equivalent just gave its blessing to a OnePlus A3000, aka OnePlus 3, that looks exactly like the phone rendered early last week. Same prominent HTC-inspired horizontal antenna lines on the back, same large, slightly protruding rear-facing camera, few other bells and whistles, an oval fingerprint scanner disguised as a physical home button, and as the biggest novelty, a super-slim profile.
In case you were disappointed to hear the 5.5-inch OnePlus 3 would only pack a 3,000 mAh battery (which, by the way, is now near-certain), that’s obviously because the handheld measures a skimpy 7.3mm in thickness, also tipping the scales at 160 grams (down from 9.9mm and 175 grams for the OnePlus 2).
The rest of the features are identical to the ones leaksters previewed in recent weeks, including a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 16 and 8MP cameras, and pre-installed Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Don’t forget about USB Type-C and NFC support either, and save the June 14 date. That’s when we’ll find out if invites are gone for good, and if the bang for buck is as crazy attractive as rumored not long ago.