OnePlus has announced their OnePlus 3: The Flagship Killer.
Or so they’d like you to think. This Flagship Killer is a Flagship Flop.
Let me give you some reasons why.
Here are the specs for the phone: OnePlus 3
Let me start with the most obvious thing:
No Removable Storage
- OnePlus has once again decreed that Removable Storage is not necessary on a flagship phone, despite over 44% of survey respondents requesting the feature in their Question of the Week thread (here).
- Conspicuously missing from the thread? Dual-Sim. Present on the OnePlus 3? Dual-Sim. Go figure.
Going in hand with the lack of removable storage…
USB 2 Type-C Connector
- Hey man, I get it, we’re not going to get Removable Storage. Again. At least it’s a Type-C connector. They’ll have learned from our complaints about the OnePlus 2 and it’s non-USB 3 Type-C connector, right? Wrong.
- The USB Type-C connector on the OnePlus 3 only supports USB 2 speeds. Why is this such a big deal? The OnePlus One supported USB 3. At release.
- Their OnePlus 3 ‘Flagship Killer’ can’t even best the OnePlus 1.
No Cool Features
- There is nothing that stands out about this device. Nothing at all.
- Samsung GS7 will have Wireless Charging. And Waterproofing. The LG G5 is going to be modular in some aspects.
- The OnePlus 3 has ‘Dash Charging’ which I can only assume is their equivalent of fast-charging. This doesn’t sound anything all that dis-similar to Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 to me.
- The OnePlus 3 is coming in at $399. The OnePlus 1 came in at $349. There’s an extra $50 of cost, but the features don’t match.
- More price, less features. You can get an Unlocked GS7 32GB (with removable storage mind you) for ~$450 on eBay. The LG G5 is ~$500 on eBay. The price point simply isn’t competitive. Knock $50 off the price and maybe you’d be in business. This is coincidentally about half the cost to go buy a combination USB-C/USB-A Stick.
I tell you what though. The OnePlus 3 has some cool specs to it. It’s just not a Flagship Killer.
It’s a Flagship Flop.
And, as someone who bought into OnePlus’s story of “Never Settle” with the OnePlus 1 (which I’m still using and happy with over 18 months later), I’m not impressed.
And I’m certainly not going to settle for a feature-lacking, incomplete phone.
And neither should you.
The phone to get (for Android users) will be the LG G5, the Samsung Galaxy S7, Moto Z, or the next Nexus phone.
Such a shame.