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Carl Pei wants you to believe in OnePlus. It’s been three years since this 26-year-old co-founded the company, and as he’s talking to me, the OnePlus 3, the company’s latest flagship, is due to arrive in less than a week. Things are different this go-around: the infamous OnePlus hype machine has been operating far more quietly than in prior years and the much-hated invite system to buy phones has been scuttled.

"We’re using a different approach for our third year," says Pei. "As a company grows, expectations change and we have to be more responsible of a company. We just couldn’t sell on an invite system at this point in the company’s history." The new phone is available direct from OnePlus starting today, without requiring you to jump through any hoops to buy it.

No matter how it’s sold, the OnePlus 3 might be the first affordable phone that truly makes good on the promise to be as great as the high-priced flagships from the likes of Samsung and HTC. It has everything we’ve come to expect from high-end Android phones — fast processor, premium design, capable camera, quick charging, a great display — but sells for just $399 unlocked. That’s about $300 less than you’ll pay for a Samsung Galaxy S7 or HTC 10, which have similar specs and features.

We’ve heard this pitch from Pei and OnePlus before: the OnePlus 2 was billed as a "2016 flagship killer" even though it was released in 2015. That phone showed promise, but lacked table stakes features such as quick charging and NFC. Pei is much more realistic this year: he says the OnePlus 3 is "competitive to flagships of this generation in terms of specs."

Pei wants you to believe that OnePlus has learned a thing or two over the past few years, that it’s a more mature company and not just a scrappy upstart. Mostly, he wants you to believe that a young company like OnePlus can produce a device that’s as good as, if not better than, the established stalwarts in the smartphone industry.

After spending the past week with the OnePlus 3 in my pocket, I’m beginning to feel like a believer.


THE ONEPLUS 3 IS A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD FOR THE COMPANY






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I upgraded from a OnePlus One to a Nexus 6P. I love my 6P and don't see myself upgrading for another year or two, but the OP3 looks really good. If I was in the market to upgrade, this would potentially be the one for me. I love everything about it, except the fact that there is no expandable storage. That's also my only complaint about the Nexus 6P.

If the OP3 had an expandable MicroSD slot, I would honestly consider jumping to it as I could load all the digital music I own and a ton of movies or TV shows for random downtimes throughout the day.
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$400 is kinda expensive. I would wait and see for $300 phones from competitors
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This phone is a significant leap from the OP2 mess. I'm glad that OP are not participating in the pixel race and sticking with 1080 panel. Absolutely no reason to go above 1080 on a phone, focus on color reproduction and general quality of the panel. Though wish they would already implement micro SD. Still, going to stick with my OPO, 801 still kicks ass.
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I made the mistake of buying an honor 7 instead of waiting for this

i may have to just buy one lol
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Im glad they are sticking with 1080p , but why ditch ips ? That amoled is grainy as hell. I dont know why people like amoled that much, cant you see those cardboardish grain all over screen ?
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Im more impressed by the review than the phone. Wish more phone reviews were this fun to watch.

The OP3 is no slouch. Guess its time for me to leave the OP1 behind.
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Im still on my m7 with Skydragon.

I think this may be my next phone provided it works with SK telecom
    
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Was thinking of upgrading my 1+1, but going the OPO route seemed a non-starter after they regressed with the 1+2. Might have to reconsider after checking out the reviews. They've been a pleasant surprise.

I was planning on using my 1+1 another year, making it three full years since purchase, but I really put the phone through the grinder with my day to day use. It finally cracked when I dropped it for the umpteenth time a few weeks ago. A third of the screen is unresponsive, and bluetooth is dead. Easily the best phone I've ever used.
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Im glad they are sticking with 1080p , but why ditch ips ? That amoled is grainy as hell. I dont know why people like amoled that much, cant you see those cardboardish grain all over screen ?

Which AMOLED phones have you used? That's been a thing of the past for flagship phones of the past few years.
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