In what looks like a brazen attempt at generating some hype, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has taken to social media to give yet another hint about the upcoming flagship smartphone. Lau put up a post on Weibo saying the upcoming OnePlus 3 feels ‘good to hold’ in hands. The latest post is in line with co-founder Carl Pei’s earlier claims that the OnePlus 3 will feature a new design and is likely to ‘captivate’ customers the way OnePlus One did. Also Read - OnePlus could soon come under Oppo's shelter, suggests new leaked document
Lau’s statement comes a couple of days after the first full renders of the OnePlus 3 were leaked by leakster @evleaks. If the renders are to be believed, the overall design is indeed quite different, but looks a bit like an HTC smartphone. Also Read - OnePlus Nord N200 to get just one Android OS update but 3 years of maintenance patches
As per the leaks, the OnePlus 3 will feature a full-metal unibody design, and ditch its iconic sandstone back. The back features a square-shaped camera module in the center sandwiched between antenna lines and the Led flash. The front is dominated by the display and a fingerprint scanner below it. On the right edge are the SIM card tray and power button, while on the left are the alert slider and the volume rocker. At the bottom is the 3.5mm audio jack, speaker grille and a USB Type-C port. Also Read - OnePlus phones in future will continue to run OxygenOS despite merger with Oppo: Report
OnePlus 3 specifications, features: From what we have come across so far, the OnePlus 3 is set to feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage. Rumors also hint towards a 16GB variant with 4GB of RAM.
The smartphone is also expected to feature a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel selfie camera, and 3,000mAh battery with a new fast charging tech called ‘Dash Charge’. On the software front, it is expected to run on OxygenOS 3.0 based on Android Marshmallow.
There is still no word on when OnePlus plans on launching the OnePlus 3, but earlier reports hinted at a launch sometime towards the second quarter of this year.