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June 10, 2016

How to watch the OnePlus 3 launch

by John_A

OnePlus is going to launch its next smartphone on 14 June, one day after Apple’s huge WWDC conference opens. Rather than host people in a real life actual location though, OnePlus is going to take us on a journey to its virtual headquarters in space. It’s called the Loop, and you can get there by downloading an app. The launch event starts at 17:30 BST, or 12:30PM EST.

For those of you lucky enough to snag a “free” Loop VR headset, you’ll be able to watch it in a 360-degree virtual reality experience. Thankfully, it’s not proprietary VR content, so you’ll also be able to watch if you have another headset. OnePlus hasn’t specified which ones are supported, but you should be just fine with a bog-standard Cardboard compatible set. You can download the OnePlus 3 Launch app for Android from the Play Store.

If you don’t have a VR set, don’t worry, you can still watch the launch through the app. You just won’t get the full immersive VR experience. If you don’t have an Android phone, head over to OnePlus’ launch holding page, and you’ll be able to watch it on the good ol’ fashioned world wide web. From here, you’ll also be able to watch if from your desktop. Presuming you’re using Chrome as a browser, you should be able to navigate around the 360-degree video by clicking and dragging.

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

Once the event has finished, viewers will be able to buy the new OnePlus 3 handset in VR. No invites required. On the day following the event, the manufacturer is hosting pop-up events in London, Berlin, Paris and New York. The latter of which is being attended by the company’s co-founder, Carl Pei.

Rumoured specifications for the OnePlus 3 include a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display based on AMOLED technology, a Snapdragon 820 processor and either 4GB or 6GB RAM. We’re also expecting a 3,000mAh battery and a 16MP rear camera, the latter of which was seemingly confirmed in a bunch of photos posted by OnePlus’ co-founder, Pete Lau.

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