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OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus One: Specs comparison between generations

OnePlus launched the much-awaited flagship OnePlus 3 on June 14. However, the first generation OnePlus One is also available with high-end specifications. In this article, we will compare both editions of OnePlus. 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 One features a 5.5-inch FHD JDI IPS LTPS display paired with Touch On Lens (TOL) technology and Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the OnePlus 3 is equipped with a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Interestingly, the pixel density is same for both versions of OnePlus, which is 401 PPI. The OnePlus 3 includes a latest AMOLED display technology, which will provide an impressive viewing experience than its first generation counterpart.


OnePlus One offers Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 3GB LPDDR3 RAM paired with both 16GB and 64GB eMMC storage. OnePlus 3, meanwhile, ships with a Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 graphics, 6GB LPDDR4 RAM coupled with 64GB UFS 2.0 storage. If you look at the specifications of both smartphones, OnePlus 3 excels since it offers the latest processor, graphics in addition to enhanced speed. In OnePlus One, 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 16GB storage by default.


While OnePlus One offers a 13MP rear camera with Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor with f/2.0 aperture with support for autofocus, dual-LED flash, the latest 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.

Talking about front-facing snapper, OnePlus 3 includes an improved camera of 8MP with Sony IMX179 sensor, when compared to 5MP in OnePlus One.


Even though both OnePlus One and OnePlus 3 ships with 3000mAh battery, the latest edition provides support for Dash Charging technology, which enables you not only to charge the battery faster but also doesn’t overheat your phone. If you look at the reviews of LeEco Le 1s and Eco variants, customers have posted that the device overheats during charging. This will not happen with OnePlus 3. However, we haven’t tested this feature yet but we will inform you about the usefulness of this new feature in our upcoming review of OnePlus 3.

Operating Platform

OnePlus One features Oxygen OS based on Android v4.4.2 KitKat, which can be upgraded to Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow. However, 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.

Advanced Features

OnePlus has integrated dual microphone with noise cancellation OnePlus Music coupled with Dirac HD Sound in the latest release. Meanwhile, OnePlus One ships with standard speakers without any integration of advanced technology. OnePlus 3 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 is less than 30 minutes without any major heating issues.


OnePlus One, currently available in 64GB storage variant in Sandstone Black color is priced at Rs. 19,999. The recently released OnePlus 3 is also available in 64GB storage variant in Graphite color at Rs. 27,999. OnePlus attributed the increase in the price to the integration of increased RAM and advanced features like Dash charging.


OnePlus 3 is much better than the previous counterpart OnePlus One because of increased RAM, fast charging, enhanced camera and the default integration of Android Marshmallow. Moreover, you will be eligible for various offers on Amazon like 12 months of Saavn Pro subscription, accidental damage protection with OnePlus Care, double data for Idea customers including Kindle ebook 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, you should consider OnePlus 3 because of the integration of latest technological standards.