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May 24, 2016

OnePlus 3 specs leak revealing core hardware

by John_A

The OnePlus 3 is coming, due to be launched in glorious VR, with the company recently offering free Loop VR headsets to enjoy the show.

That announcement confirmed that the phone would be called the OnePlus 3 and that we can expect the launch some time soon – just as soon as The Loop headsets have been delivered.

Back on the rumour side of the OnePlus circle, Evan Blass has been playing his part, not only revealing the tempting design of the OnePlus 3, looking like the offspring of the iPhone 6 and HTC One M9, but now we have specs to accompany it too. 

In a tweet, Blass shares a screenshot from the OnePlus 3 running Android N, but also equipped with OxygenOS.

OnePlus 3 basics: 5.5-inch 1080p, Snapdragon 820, 64GB storage, 16MP rear camera, NFC. SS from an N preview build.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 24, 2016

Accompanying the screenshot are a collection of specs. Firstly, as we’ve previously heard, the OnePlus 3 is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. That means power to match the best flagships out there.

Rumours (not confirmed by Blass) suggest it could have up to 6GB of RAM. That might sound a lot, but if OnePlus is serious about the VR experience, perhaps that RAM is aimed at making that as slick as possible. The storage is given as 64GB, perhaps suggesting that there’s no microSD, although we’d expect different storage models to be offered. 

Secondly Blass reports that it will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display. That’s not such new information, as we’ve heard plenty of previous suggestions that this will be the size, with Blass himself saying previously that it would be an AMOLED display. 

Thirdly, Blass says that the camera is going to be 16-megapixels. The OnePlus 2 was 13MP, so this is perhaps an incremental step up, but likely to be a newer generation of sensor hardware. We’ve seen some great 16MP smartphone cameras recently, such as on the Samsung Galaxy S6, but there’s always more to a camera than just the resolution. 

With the OnePlus Loop VR headsets due to ship from 6 June, we’re expecting to learn a lot more about the OnePlus 3 very shortly. 

READ: OnePlus 3: What’s the story so far?

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