OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 2: Is the new OnePlus worth the upgrade?

OnePlus launched the much-awaited flagship OnePlus 3 on June 14 with premium features like dash charging and other exciting offers. The company has done away with the invite system with the OnePlus 3 launch.

OnePlus 3 has arrived with top-notch specs, but the second generation OnePlus is also available with high-end specifications with a 5.5-inch display and fast charging. In this article, we will compare both editions of OnePlus, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3. Towards the end of the article, we will also inform you which model you should buy if you decide to purchase a OnePlus smartphone.


While OnePlus 3 is equipped with a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protected display, the OnePlus 2 offers a 5.5-inch FHD LCD In-Cell display with a pixel density of 401 PPI, which is same in OnePlus 3 as well. The main attraction of OnePlus 3 is the integration of the latest optic AMOLED display technology, which provides an enhanced reading and viewing experience even in bright sunlight. According to sources, the optic AMOLED display is really Super AMOLED included with Samsung smartphones. Hence, the display part will not disappoint you if you buy OnePlus 3.


OnePlus 3 ships with a Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 graphics, 6GB LPDDR4 RAM coupled with 64GB UFS 2.0 storage. OnePlus 2, on the other hand, features a Snapdragon 810 processor, Adreno 430 graphics in addition to 3GB RAM/16GB eMMC v5.0 and 4GB RAM/64GB storage.

If you look at the specifications of both smartphones, OnePlus 3 excels since it offers latest processor, graphics in addition to improved speed. In OnePlus 2, you had a choice between both 16GB and 64GB storage. But with the evolution of high capacity apps, it looks like OnePlus has decided to throw away 64GB storage by default. Moreover, since OnePlus doesn’t provide a facility to expand the storage, it doesn’t make sense to buy a 16GB device.


OnePlus 3 ships with an enhanced 16MP rear camera with Sony IMX 298 Sensor paired with f/2.0 aperture, OIS, autofocus and PDAF including face detection, panorama, and HDR. Moreover, it is also possible to capture HD slow motion videos in OnePlus 3.

In OnePlus 2, you have a 13MP main camera with six lenses, OIS, dual-LED, f/2.0 aperture coupled with a 5MP front-facing snapper.

Talking about front-facing snapper in OnePlus 3, you have an improved camera of 8MP with Sony IMX179 sensor at our disposal. Specs wise, OnePlus 3 clearly excels in the camera department.


While OnePlus 3 ships with 3000mAh battery, the OnePlus 2 is equipped with a large 3300mAh battery. However, there is a difference in the technology used. The OnePlus 3 provides support for dash charging technology, which enables you to charge the phone faster without overheating. You will not feel the heat during the fast charging process. OnePlus 2 also includes fast charging with USB Type-C port but there will be heating during the charging process just like other fast charging devices. Dash charging is the main USP in OnePlus 3. However, we haven’t tested dash charging technology. We will inform you about the real usefulness of this new feature in our upcoming review of OnePlus 3.

Operating Platform

The recently released OnePlus 3 offers the same OS platform based on Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box. This means you will be able to enjoy all the features of Android M like Doze, Now on Tap, and including new Launcher. Moreover, the special night mode enables you to make use of special hardware to filter blue light and reduce eye strain in the dark. However, OnePlus 2 also included the same OxygenOS but based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The big advantage of OnePlus 3 is that you will be able to play with Android Marshmallow right after unboxing.

Advanced Features

OnePlus 3 ships with a dual microphone with noise cancellation, OnePlus Music coupled with Dirac HD Sound. The device also offers on-screen navigation support, alert slider, custom icon packs, gesture control, OnePlus Shelf, in addition to vibration motor. With the help of dash charging technology, you will be able to charge the device in less than 30 minutes without any major heating problem. Meanwhile, OnePlus 2 ships with standard speakers with dual-microphone speakers without any integration of advanced technology. Interestingly, both the latest and its previous brother are equipped with bottom-facing speakers.


The recently released OnePlus 3 is available in Graphite color at Rs. 27,999. However, the 64GB storage variant of OnePlus 2 is available for Rs. 22,999. OnePlus 2 is not available in 16 GB variant on Amazon. OnePlus attributed the increase in the price in the latest release to the integration of higher RAM, intuitive storage technology and advanced features like dash charging.


OnePlus 3 is much better than the previous counterpart, OnePlus 2 because of increased RAM, dash charging, enhanced camera and the default integration of Android Marshmallow, which is the latest Android platform. Moreover, OnePlus 3 has been manufactured in full metal unibody with premium space-grade aluminum alloy paired with soft curves for enhanced grip during usage.

Amazon is providing free 12 months of Saavn Pro subscription, accidental damage protection with OnePlus Care, double data for Idea customers including Kindle e-book promotion credits for Rs. 500. You will be able to buy e-books from Amazon’s Kindle e-book store for up to Rs. 500 for free.

If you are planning to buy a premium smartphone, consider OnePlus 3 because of the integration of latest technological innovations.

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