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Smartphone sets new standard for fast charging

31 August 2016

OnePlus released the OnePlus 3, its smartphone that features Dash Charge technology, adding a day of power in just half an hour.

OnePlus 3 (Credit: OnePlus)

It comes completely unlocked – no carrier contracts necessary, and an unlocked bootloader – to give users maximum flexibility. It is also the first OnePlus smartphone to be available for purchase at launch without an invite on OnePlus’ e-commerce site.

“We know that the best smartphone is the one that works exactly how you want it to,” said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “The OnePlus 3 delivers that experience. It combines what our customers already love about our products with what they want and expect next. For example, Dash Charge sets a new standard for fast charging technology. It’s a flagship smartphone inspired by – and made for – our fans.”

Dash Charge – A day’s power in half an hour

The OnePlus 3 utilises Dash Charge technology, a faster, cooler and safer way to charge a smartphone. Unlike other quick charging technologies, Dash Charge replenishes more than 60 percent of the 3,000mAh battery in 30 minutes and continues fast charging even when streaming video or playing energy-intensive games. This is made possible by leveraging a large electric current for stable, consistent charging speeds. In addition, Dash Charge carries more current than other charging solutions, and at lower temperatures, by shifting the power management process from the phone itself to the Dash Charge adapter, so a vast majority of the heat generated while charging never reaches the device. Along with five custom safety measures in place to safeguard the adaptor, cable and phone itself, users can charge their OnePlus 3 as fast as possible without worry.

Smart capture – high-quality photos and easy selfies

The 16MP rear camera on the OnePlus 3 provides better imaging with detail and clarity. OnePlus’ exclusive suite of imaging technologies, Smart Capture, allows users to effortlessly capture the ideal shot in any environment. Smart Capture functionalities include HD Mode, Auto HDR and Dynamic De-noise, which compares several frames of the same photo and blends them together in post-processing to reduce noise. The OnePlus 3 also includes the new Smile Capture feature, allowing you to take a photo using the front-facing 8MP camera simply by smiling – a seamless solution for selfies.

Dual-stabilisation technologies – Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) – help reduce blur, ensuring photos come out as planned. For the most discerning photography enthusiast, the robust manual mode offers the benefits of a DSLR, including support of RAW image files, in one lightweight device.

Premium design – elegantly curved aluminium unibody

The design of the OnePlus 3 takes aesthetics, quality and usability to a new level. The all-metal unibody, carved from a single slab of space-grade aluminium alloy, makes for a seamless, resilient build, while the balance of soft curves against sharp lines creates a comfortable grip. At 7.3mm, the OnePlus 3 is one of the thinnest flagships. The 5.5in 1080p Optic AMOLED display, with one of the world’s thinnest bezels, produces colours that are more vivid and true-to-life than ever before – even in bright sunlight – thanks to a dual-polarising layer.

OnePlus 3 (Credit: OnePlus)

The device is available in two colour variants – Graphite and Soft Gold.

Fast, powerful, customisable

The OnePlus 3 was designed to deliver maximum performance. Packing the new quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (up to 2.2GHz), the OnePlus 3 performs tasks 35 percent faster than the OnePlus 2 and features a 40 percent boost in graphical power – all at a fraction of the power consumption.

The device also sets a new standard in smartphone memory. The OnePlus 3 boasts 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, allowing for next-level multitasking without delay or lag and ensuring it can handle the most demanding apps. The OnePlus 3 also features an improved, more durable ceramic fingerprint sensor that improves accuracy with increased use. Offering the ability to unlock the device in under 0.2 seconds, even from a sleeping screen, users can access their phone faster and more accurately.

The custom operating system, OxygenOS, offers a fast, clean, customisable and bloat-free operating system based on Android Marshmallow. With off-screen gestures and customisable capacitive hardware and software buttons built in, the OnePlus 3 allows customers to personalise their smartphone experience.

The unlocked OnePlus 3 never ties you down to a carrier. Customers can have more control over connectivity with the ability to choose from a wide band of support for service providers across the globe. Additionally, with dual Nano SIM card support, the OnePlus 3 can connect to two networks with ease.

Pricing & availability

The OnePlus 3 is available on for approximately £320. 

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