WITH ONEPLUS having scrapped its invite-only system of old, the OnePlus 3 is now available for anyone to pick up, and at £309 SIM-free, the premium smartphone could prove a more attractive proposition than its Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 rivals.
However, it’s £60 more expensive than its OnePlus 2 predecessor, so we’ve pitted the two handsets head-to-head on paper to see if it’s worth coughing up more for the new-and-improved model.
OnePlus 3: 153x75x7.4mm, 158g
OnePlus 2: 152x75x9.9mm, 175g
The most immediately pleasing thing about the OnePlus 3 is the aluminium unibody that replaces the mixture of metal and plastic found on the OnePlus 2.
There are definite whiffs of the HTC 10 here, with strong, almost utilitarian angles and the same precision-drilled speaker holes. Both handsets also feature similar rounded home buttons, although the OnePlus 3’s hides a baked-in fingerprint scanner.
It’s also not a stretch to call the OnePlus 3 slender, as at 7.4mm-thick it’s skinnier and lighter than previous generations which have verged on the bulky side. Admittedly it’s not the “new design” we were promised but, just like Huawei’s and the P9, OnePlus has built a handset worthy of note. Refinement seems to be the key to the success of the OnePlus 3 this year.
Why you’d want to hide that gorgeous metal is open to debate, but OnePlus has never shied away from accessories. There are five covers (Rosewood, Black Apricot, Bamboo, Karbon and Sandstone) available to change the look of the phone and keep it safe.
Winner: OnePlus 3
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