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OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus One: What has changed?

OnePlus has officially announced their latest flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 3. It boasts a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 820 CPU, 6GB RAM, and Android Marshmallow. If you’re curious about what has changed compared to its predecessors, then check out the comparison below.

OnePlus 3OnePlus 2OnePlus One
5.5-inch Optic AMOLED Full HD display, 401ppi5.5-inch LTPS IPS Full HD display, 401ppi5.5-inch LTPS IPS Full HD display, 401ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU1.82GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU
Adreno 530 GPUAdreno 430 GPUAdreno 330
64GB internal storage16GB/64GB internal storage16GB/64GB internal storage
16MP PDAF rear camera w/ OIS, LED flash13MP Laser AF rear camera w/ OIS, dual-LED flash13MP AF rear camera w/ OIS, dual-LED flash
8MP front camera5MP front camera5MP front camera
4G LTE Cat.64G LTE Cat.44G LTE Cat.4
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.1Bluetooth 4.1
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
USB Type-CUSB Type-CMicroUSB
3,000mAh battery w/ Dash Charge3,300mAh battery3,000mAh battery
Oxygen OS (Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow)Oxygen OS (upgradable to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow)CyanogenMod / Oxygen OS (upgradable to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow)
152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm151.8 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
158 g175 g162 g

What has changed?


OnePlus has kept the screen size to 5.5-inches with Full HD resolution or 401ppi. Still good in today’s standards, but it now uses an Optic AMOLED screen instead of LTPS IPS LCD found on the 2 and One. Glass protection received an upgrade as well, now sporting Gorilla Glass 4.


This part gets a major upgrade and now boasts a Snapdragon 820 CPU – the same processor found in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5. While the OnePlus 3 was able to keep up with the competition in terms of CPU, the company obviously wants to get ahead with RAM and opted for 6GB instead of 4GB.


OnePlus upgraded the camera as well on the 3 with 16MP sensor with OIS compared to the 13MP in the 2 and One. Changes were made in the AF department as they dropped Laser AF in favor of Phase-Detect AF. They also equipped it with a single LED flash instead of the usual dual-LED which felt like a downgrade. Camera design sucks, by the way, and looks similar to those found in affordable mid-rangers. As for the front camera, it was upgraded to 8MP from 5MP.



In the OnePlus 2 and One, the company gave buyers an option to choose between 16GB or 64GB storage. But since they have already introduced the OnePlus X with 16GB ROM (expandable via microSD) and 3GB RAM in late 2015, the company decided to just offer it in 64GB.


The OnePlus smartphones arrived with LTE connectivity in tow. The 2 and One had LTE Cat.4 so OnePlus upgraded the 3 with LTE Cat.6. It’s worth noting though that Snapdragon 820 supports up to Cat.12 but the company opted for a lower variant. Our guess is to make the device more affordable and to factor its regional limitations or availability.

As for other features, it still has WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Fingerprint scanner, and USB Type-C. NFC made a comeback after it was dropped in the OnePlus 2.


Battery gets a little downgrade compared to the OnePlus 2. From 3,300mAh it’s now down to 3,000mAh but supports Dash Charge (5V 4A). That said, the OnePlus 3 is…


… thinner and lighter compared to the past two predecessors. It now measures 7.4mm thin and weighs in at 158g. It is also available in three color options – Gray, Black, and Gold.

The OnePlus 3 will retail for $399 (~Php18,500) and goes on sale today.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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3 Responses

  1. Jaypie Ybut says:

    Stores available?

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    Only at Amazon?

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