OnePlus 3, the new flagship by Chinese technology start-up OnePlus, is finally out. It goes for a fresh look and ditches the sandstone body we saw in the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2. The smartphone, like all other flagships this year, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 2.15 Ghz and comes with 6GB RAM.
OnePlus 3 is one of the few flagships to come with 6GB RAM, joining the likes of Le Max 2, which was recently launched in India. OnePlus 3 will compete with high-end flagships like Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 in India. It is also the direct competitor to LeEco Le Max 2, and Xiaomi’s Mi 5 in India.
Here is how the OnePlus 3 stacks up against Le Max 2, Mi 5, LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 in terms of specs:
OnePlus 3: The most noticeable change in OnePlus 3 is the absence of sandstone body that we saw on OnePlus One and OnePlus 2. OnePlus 3 now features a metal unibody design, and looks like a more refined, polished version of the series. OnePlus 3 has a square camera module in the rear with the LED flash and a notifications toggle button on the side.
OnePlus 3 runs a 2.15 Ghz Snapdragon 820 processor and comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory. OnePlus 3 has a 16MP rear camera, and eight megapixel front camera. In our review we said this the best feature of this phone is its camera.
OnePlus has always excelled with its cameras, and the third edition takes it to a whole new level. The kind of detail available on this phone is incredible and puts it right there next to the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge or the LG G5.
But given that this phone will cost half of its competitors, we are inclined to say this is the best Android camera around. The front camera is 8MP.
OnePlus 3 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It has a fingerprint sensor.
OnePlus 3 launches with dual-SIM 4G support. It has a 3,000 mAh battery, which should easily last more than a day’s usage. OnePlus says they are using their own Dash Charge technology to help charge the smartphone charge really fast, and also ensure the device doesn’t heat up too much.
Xiaomi Mi 5: Xiaomi Mi 5 also comes with latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. Xiaomi has launched only the 3GB RAM+ 32GB storage version in India. Xiaomi Mi 5 is the smallest of the pack with its 5.15-inch Full HD display. It has a 16MP primary camera with 4-axis optical image stabilisation, and a 4MP Ultrapixel front camera.
While the smartphone ranks first in the Antutu benchmark, we did face camera and heating issues during our review. But when it comes to the general performance and design, Xiaomi Mi 5 is definitely in the top bracket. Read our full review of Xiaomi Mi 5 here.
Le Max 2: Le Max 2 not much has changed from the earlier versions of the smartphone, except this one has a smaller 5.7-inch 2K display. It also has a metal unibody design, the fingerprint sensor is at the back.
Le Max 2 runs the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, clocked at 2.15 Ghz. LeEco says it is targeting the premium Samsung Galaxy S7, with Le Max 2.
Le Max 2 comes in 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants. The smartphone sports a 21MP rear camera with PDAF and dual-LED flash. The rear camera sensor comes with f/2.0 aperture, and supports optical image stabilisation. The front camera is an 8MP one capable of recording 1080p videos.
LeEco Le Max 2 runs eUI 5.6 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and is backed by 3,100mAh battery. The smartphone supports USB Type-C. LeEco, is providing 1 year free subscription to Le Supertainment package, which gives access to live concerts and other video content.
LG G5: LG G5 is company’s flagship smartphone which was launched at MWC 2016. It is also the first modular smartphone from the Korean company. In our review, we noted the design ogf LG G5 is stylish and practical.
LG G5 is one of the most unique looking flagship this year. LG G5 comes with a modular slot which can be swapped for different modules which LG calls as Friends. LG has designed a CAM Plus, Hi-Fi and B&O Play modules. LG G5 comes with a 5.3-inch Quad HD always-on display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset.
LG G5 also gets 4GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage. LG G5’s another unique selling point is its dual-camera setup. There is a 16MP camera paired with 8MP wide-angle camera which can be switched effortlessly. There is also an 8MP front camera.
We observed in our review that this is one of the best clickers in a smartphone at the moment thanks to 16MP rear camera that shoots at a wide 78-degree angle. Wide angles do make the images different from competition.
LG G5 gets 2800mAh battery but can be expanded to 4,000 mAh with CAM Plus module. We said the LG G5 is a great flagship phone even without the modules. The smartphone is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with its own UI on top.
Samsung Galaxy S7: In terms of design, the Galaxy S7 features the same glass-metal design we saw in the S6 series, but what has changed is the rear camera with a new technology that the company is calling ‘Dual Pixel.’
Samsung Galaxy S7 ‘Dual Pixel’ helps deliver sharp, and brighter pictures even in low-light, says the company. Additionally the camera has a faster shutter speed, and a more accurate auto-focus, even in low-light conditions. Samsung has also introduced what it called ‘Motion Panorama’ mode, which brings movement to traditional panoramic photos.
The 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 is constructed with 3D glass and metal and feature an ‘Always-On Display.’ The phone is IP68 water and dust resistant.
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), come with 4GB RAM (LPDDR4) RAM and will have 32 and 64 GB versions. Samsung has also brought back micro-SD slots to the S7 series, which can support up to 200 GB of extra space.