5 very cool hidden OnePlus 3 features


The OnePlus 3 is the new champion when it comes to no-compromise affordable phones: equipped with the Snapdragon 820 system chip, a whopping 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, it comes at a price of just $400.

And that's truly a bargain, but all the cool kids will be asking: what special features does it have? What is it that makes it stand out?

And while one may be tempted to answer that it is its simplicity and lack of gimmicks that is the true stand-out feature, there are a few nice custom additions to the Oxygen OS skin that really give it a bit of an extra flare. Here are those 6 very cool hidden OnePlus 3 features.

#1: Quick launch shortcut for the camera



Double tap the home button or double click the lock key to start the camera quickly from any place in the menu, and even from a locked screen. This is such a neat time-saver that will allow you to capture those impromptu moments before they pass and we're glad that OnePlus has included this shortcut.

#2: Select different sizes for your home screen



You can have the grid of app with larger app icons (three columns of apps), with medium sized app icons (four columns) and super small icons for the maximum amount of shortcuts (five columns). Quite honestly, this is a feature that we feel should exist pre-loaded on popular UIs like Samsung's TouchWiz and LG's custom skin, and while it is actually possible with custom launcher, this is the first mainstream skin that has it built in.

#3: Wave your hand over the display to see notifications and the clock



Motorola has had this for ages, but this does not make it any less cool: you can simply set gestures for your OnePlus 3 so that it recognizes when you wave your hand over the display and lights it up. Or you can alternatively set it up to light up with the clock and notifications every time you take it out of your pocket.

#4: Double tap the screen to wake up the phone



Ever since LG first implemented this, it has become a signature feature for so many Android devices. And it's proven that users love it: it's an easy and cool way to wake up the phone, and you can set your OnePlus 3 to also enable it from settings.

#5: Two fully customizable capacitive keys



You've probably already seen the large home key up front that houses the fingerprint scanner. Well, it's not really a key - it's a dedicated touch area and you cannot really click it, but did you know that there are two hidden capacitive keys on both sides as well? Well, there are and you you can set the right one to be the back key and the left one for multitasking, or the other way around. Or if you wish, you can even choose to have on-screen buttons and completely disable the two capacitive keys. Awesome!

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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29 Comments

1. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Cool Features!

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Doesnt #2 already exist on Touchwiz?

3. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

1+2+3

12. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

no no no... its "OnePlus 3"... not "OnePlus TwoPlus 3 " silly

4. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

#2: Select different sizes for your home screen "Quite honestly, this is a feature that we feel should exist pre-loaded on popular UIs like Samsung's TouchWiz" Stop feeling, this feature has been stolen from the Galaxy S6. Have you reviewed it yet? Actually, is any of these features an authentic OnePlus invention?

28. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Stolen from Samsung???? Hello.. Heard of Nova or apex launcher? This feature has existed on several launchers since 2012.

5. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

How are these very cool?

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

at least its cooler than the new iOS 10 features, lol

6. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

1. Samsung 2. Samsung 3. Moto 4. Lg 5. Oneplus one

18. slvnofrr

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

3. samsung s4

19. tezzz

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

4. Nokia 2013...

21. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

5. Is by ZTE

7. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

This is looking good, pity about lack of MicroSD Slot

17. slvnofrr

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

3. samsung s4

9. FreeSoft15

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 14, 2016

Good Information about OnePlus 3 , Watch my video on Youtube : youtu.be/RrJ6JK6Kgb4

10. sraj49

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

I am running Android N beta on Mercies 6P. Of you double tap the power button camera comes on. This sort cut feature is already available.

11. sraj49

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

I am running Android N beta on Mercies 6P. Of you double tap the power button camera comes on. This sort cut feature is already available.

13. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I wonder if that is a proper USB C cable this time round.

14. Mizraab

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Double tap :( #Nexus6P #Missing

15. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

i like this UI better than the HTC 10's

16. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Double tap for camera is on my 2 1/2 year old nexus 5 running marshmallow.

20. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

double tap,"ever since LG introduced it" ..i may be wrong but i think Nokia Lumia had the first bite out of that apple

26. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Nokia N9. Meego OS.

22. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Nope, not gonna happen.

23. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"Well, there are and you you can set the right one to be the back key and the left one for multitasking, or the other way around." Thanks for not saying that this layout is 'wrong' based on the Nexus devices.

24. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S4 came with #3 back in 2013.

25. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

I think it's a good phone, the reasonable size and powerful inards, plus the 400$ tag for 64gb which kind of offsets the need for the micro sd card! good job!

27. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

They didn't say they were unique so stop the Hate

29. tezzz

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

"what special features does it have? What is it that makes it stand out?" That implies uniqueness, but as Samsung, LG and Motorola have these features they are not particularly unique or stand out features.

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