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OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 2 – comparison

After the massive success of the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 flagships, the Chinese manufacturer is all set to unveil its third flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3 later this month. The OnePlus One was marketed and considered as the flagship killer smartphone when launched. The OnePlus 2 is also one of the best flagship smartphones that offers high-end features for a budget friendly price tag. Similar to the OnePlus 2, the brand’s next flagship, the OnePlus 3, will also be unveiled via a virtual reality event. While for the OnePlus 2’s launch, the brand used a Google Cardboard-like VR headset, this time around the company will be offering a much better and solid VR experience.

The OnePlus 3 is all set to be unveiled on June 14th globally, and on June 15th in the Indian market. If you currently own a OnePlus 2 flagship, and waiting for the OnePlus 3 to land in the country, let’s compare their specs to find out how they stand out against each other. It’s worth mentioning that the specs of the OnePlus 3 mentioned below are based on the recent leaks and reports.

OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 2 – the successor vs predecessor


Based on the recently leaked images, the OnePlus 3 is expected to boast a full metal unibody design. The phone will sport a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor in the home button. The OnePlus 3 is expected to be slightly slimmer than its predecessor. The OnePlus 2 on the other hand sports an aluminium-magnesium frame, which runs around the sides. At the rear, the handset sports the company’s signature sandstone finish, which feels smooth and rich in the hand. The phone measures 9.8mm around the waist, and tips the scale at 175 grams. The OnePlus 2 also offers a fingerprint sensor as well. Overall, design-wise, the OnePlus 3 will be more premium offering than the 2.

Display and OS

As for the display, the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 2 offer boast 5.5-inch full HD phablet-grade IPS LD displays. They offer a high pixel density of 401 pixels per inch, which ultimately results in a better media viewing experience than the competing devices in their price range. The OnePlus 3 will run the Android Marshmallow-based OxygenOS out of the box, while its predecessor ships with Android Lollipop-based OxygenOS. The brand’s custom OxygenOS ROM delivers a handful of extra software features alongside the usual Android features. So in the display and OS section, there’s hardly any difference between these devices.


As for the configuration, the OnePlus 3 is expected to be available in as many as six variants. All of these models will be powered by Qualcomm’s top-notch Snapdragon 820 processor, mated to an Adreno 530 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM. As for the variants, three of the OnePlus 3 models will offer 4GB of RAM with 32G, 64GB and 128GB internal memory options. Three other editions will sport 6GB of RAM with the same storage capacity options. The OnePlus 2 on the other hand offers a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, aided by an Adreno 430 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Storage-wise, the phone is available in 16GB and 64GB internal memory variants. Overall, on the configuration and performance section, the OnePlus 3 will be certainly better than its predecessor.


Moving on to the camera section, the OnePlus 3 is expected to sport a 16-megapixel primary shooter with an LED flash, and an 8-megapixel secondary snapper for selfies and video calling. The phone will be packing the company’s latest Camera app out of the box in the new OxygenOS ROM. The OnePlus 2 on the other hand arrived with a 13-megapixel primary snapper with a dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel secondary shooter. Overall, the OnePlus 3 offers better imaging experience than its predecessor.

Connectivity and battery

In terms of connectivity, there isn’t any difference between the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 2. Both the phones offer 4G LTE for Indian 4G bands, dual-SIM slots, USB OTG, A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1. They also pack in fingerprint sensors for enhanced security. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3, both are equipped with the reversible USB Type-C connectors, which eliminate the hassles while plugging in the devices for charging to connecting to a PC. As for the battery, the OnePlus 3 is expected to boast a 3,650mAh battery, while its predecessor is fuelled by a 3,300mAh battery. Both the phones also support Qualcomm’s fast charging technology.


The OnePlus 2 is still one of the best flagship smartphones on the market with high-end specifications at a budget friendly price tag. When compared to the features and pricing of the phone with the devices from other brands like Samsung, the OnePlus 2 is clearly a winner. As for the OnePlus 3, it is expected to arrive with a much premium design, a much faster processor, multiple configurations, better camera specs, and a bigger battery than its predecessor. As for the pricing, the OnePlus 2 16GB and 64GB models are available for Rs 20,999 and Rs 22,999 respectively. You can check out the phone’s latest pricing and availability details on 91mobiles. The OnePlus 3’s price on the other hand is expected to start at around Rs 24,700. So, will you be upgrading to the OnePlus 3? Or will be sticking to the OnePlus 2? Share in the comments section.

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