For the curious at heart: The OnePlus 3 shares its camera with these other flagships

For the curious at heart: The OnePlus 3 shares its camera with these other flagships
While the camera on your smartphone certainly isn't the only important consideration, we have gotten to a point where great imaging experience appears to be greatly appreciated by consumers and critics alike. It's no wonder companies such as OnePlus spend as much time convincing us that theirs is incredibly good. Sometime it is, other times it isn't. We don't usually have a way of knowing before we get to try a phone ourselves.

In the case of the newly released OnePlus 3, however, we kind of know—but not quite exactly. That is, the camera on board—a Sony Exmor RS IMX298 sensor—isn't exactly new to us, and there are quite a few devices already on the market with it. These include the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Huawei Mate 8 (both of which we've reviewe), the Oppo R9 Plus, and the upcoming Asus ZenFone 3, which we'll hopefully get in our hands sooner rather than later.

Obviously, despite sharing imaging hardware, these devices are more likely to give you photos that differ even in controlled and entirely identical environments. The reason for this is software algorithms. And in our experience, these can make an enormous difference. But if you're looking for an early, pre-purchase indication of quality, we wouldn't go with the camera samples OnePlus published on its website, but the ones we've captured with the first two of the above-mentioned high-ends. Here are some of them for your viewing:

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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



1. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I'm buying this beast. I know the camera is average and the battery as well, but it nails everything else for a price that's half that of flagships. This is the perfect successor for 1+1.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6034; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm a Google purest, but I'll admit that this phone is damned tempting in regards to the specs for the price. If it works on AT&T, maybe I'll get it for my wife or kid. They both desperately need an upgrade.

3. Alter

Posts: 231; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

It supports all AT&T bands for both 3G: 850/1900MHz (bands 2,5) and 4G: 700/1700MHz (bands 4,17) assuming you get the North American version of the OP3.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6034; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Thank you Alter! You're alright in my book.

9. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

It's a 3000mah battery on a full HD display battery life will be perfect i think.

4. Bankz

Posts: 2545; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Great great phone tbh.. If I wasn't set on the Moto Z, I'd have definitely considered this phone. My only problem about this phone is that it lacks a wow factor for me. I've become bored of mobile phone of recent as even $200 phones are pretty capable now, so when I want to buy a new smartphone now, it had be something that'll be able to work my imagination at somethings or a particular thing. I want to be excited again.

5. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Yeah the modules on the Moto Z are pretty interesting. It's too bad I'm not on Verizon so I can't get the Z Force which is more powerful. Also, I would have loved to try that pico projector module, but $300 is way too much to drop on it. Also, Lenovos' Phab2 Pro with Tango seems to be pretty interesting. That and the Z I think are the only real innovative devices this year.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2545; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Couldn't have said it any better. I even think its the most innovative phone since the original iphone, and its the most exciting phone since the galaxy s3 too. Essentially, the phone can be anything you want it to be. When you combine that, weighing its pros and cons, its safe to say that the Moto Z is probably the best phone of all time. That being said the OP3 is definitely a great phone.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but some say Mi5 have bad camera quality :-/

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1903; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Is the bootloader locked? If not, I can easily see this getting some good developer support in the forums. I'd love a nexus-like experience on this device.

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