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OnePlus officially launches its next flagship, the OnePlus 3


Update: After a time of VR store exclusivity (why is that a thing?), the OnePlus 3 is now available for purchase from

The launch of the OnePlus One was pretty much the worst thing ever (thanks to the company’s loathed invite system), and the OnePlus Two launch was not much better. Now, after many leaks over the last several months, OnePlus has made its next flagship official in its The Loop VR app. The best part? You don’t need an invitation to purchase one.

The phone sports a Snapdragon 820 (with an Adreno 530 GPU), a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (sans a MicroSD slot, unfortunately), and it’s powered by a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery. To charge this battery you’ll go through a USB Type-C port on the bottom, which also supports OnePlus’ “Dash Charge”. As for cameras, the OnePlus 3 has a 16MP main camera with optical image stabilization, and a 8MP camera is on the front.

Of course the phone also has many of the features you’ve come to expect from a flagship in 2016. The OnePlus 3 has a fingerprint sensor, sports a sleek design made of anodized aluminum (may I say it looks a lot like the HTC One M8?), comes in two colors, has a 3.5 mm audio jack (which is apparently a rarity as of late), and sports 4G LTE connectivity (Cat. 6), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC (which the OnePlus 2 notably went without), and more.

The OnePlus 3 is $399 and — thank goodness — you don’t need to wait on an invite to purchase the device. It will be available later today on, but you can purchase one right now through The Loop VR app. We’ll update this article when you can actually buy the phone on the company’s website.


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