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OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

Dimensions

5.96 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches

151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Dimensions

5.91 x 2.99 x 0.34 inches

150 x 76 x 8.65 mm

Weight

5.78 oz (164 g)

ZTE Axon 7

ZTE Axon 7

Dimensions

5.97 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches

151.7 x 75 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.17 oz (175 g)

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

Dimensions

5.96 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches

151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Dimensions

5.91 x 2.99 x 0.34 inches

150 x 76 x 8.65 mm

Weight

5.78 oz (164 g)

ZTE Axon 7

ZTE Axon 7

Dimensions

5.97 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches

151.7 x 75 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.17 oz (175 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


There's no arguing that the OnePlus 3 is a good value-for-money proposition, at least on paper, just as we've come to expect from the company. Now, with the ditching of the invite system, OnePlus is also striving for the bigger leagues in terms of sales, too, and at those prices the shipment volumes are of utmost importance, as many a Chinese phone maker are a testament to. 

Xiaomi, for instance, prices its low- and midrange handsets a bit above cost, then sells tens of millions in a longer than typical life span of the model, recuperating the margins as components go down in price. We don't know what's the OnePlus strategy, but selling a metal, Snapdragon 820-equipped phones with optically-stabilized camera for $400 certainly smells like a market share grab. 

Still, even at this value-for-money ratio there is plenty of competition to be worried about, so let's have a look at a few viable alternative to the latest and greatest from OnePlus.


Google Nexus 6P ($420)


Google's mighty Nexus 6P is made by Huawei, and also sports a metal chassis that houses a 5.7" Quad HD panel. It comes with a Snapdragon 81- chipset, 3 GB of RAM, and a 12 MP camera with huge light-savvy pixels and optical stabilization. The phone sports a largish 3450 mAh battery, and is quick to get all the latest Android updates directly from Google




The new Galaxy A7 (2016) in its dual-SIM variant comes with the OnePlus 3 price tag, and offers a 5.5" 1080p display in its turn.The rest of the specs are weaker on paper - a Snapdragon 615 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a 13 OIS MP camera, but, being a part of the new Samsung A-line portfolio, the phone is superior to the OnePlus 3 in a few important aspects - it offers a more compact chassis clad in glass and metal, as well as stellar battery life.




With its aluminum chassis, 5.5" 1080p display, 16 MP camera, and fingerprint scanner, the Redmi Note 3 Pro sounds like a direct competitor to the OnePlus 3. Granted, it doesn't have 6 GB of RAM and Snapdragon 820, but unless you are into heavy gaming, you'd appreciate the 4000 mAh battery that easily lasts two days on a charge, and the rich, yet polished software experience of Xiaomi's MIUI interface. The best part - this beast of a midranger comes with a decent $300 price.



ZTE Axon 7 ($449)


Perhaps the most direct challenge to the OnePlus 3, the ZTE Axon 7 also comes in a 6 GB RAM / 64 GB ROM version with Snapdragon 820, but the 5.5" display is with Quad HD resolution, and there is a 21 MP Sony camera on the back with OIS. At 3250 mAh, the battery is slightly larger than the OnePlus 3 juicer, to compensate for the more power-hungry display, while the Axon 7 offers something extra in the form of a microSD slot, which the OnePlus creation lacks. In the US, ZTE will be selling the metal-clad beast in its own web shop, as well as through Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, eBay, and Newegg.



LG G4 ($330)


If you are sick of metal-clad warriors, the soft comfort of real leather that comes with last year's LG G4 can fit the bill. The phone has a 5.5" Quad HD display, a great 16 MP optically-stabilized camera with laser autofocus, and a removable 3000 mAh battery. It doesn't have the zippiest Snapdragon processor, but is shorter and lighter than the OnePlus 3, plus there is a microSD slot for storage expansion.

Related phones

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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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21 Comments

1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Only the Nexus 6P and the ZTE Axon 7 hold a candle to the OnePlus 3.

2. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

All of them have crappy processors. Not good alternatives.

5. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

All? The Axon 7 has the same processor.

18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

of course, after all, the processor is all that matters. /s

19. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Its the most important component.

3. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Why PA include nexus 6p and zte axon 7 in this article.Both are costlier than Op3.How they both were alternative in terms of price and value for money.

6. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

$400, $420 and $450 are definitely in the same price range.

12. manikumary unregistered

PA Included Those,Cause To highlight OP3.

4. amer5800xm

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 14, 2016

the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 SoC is Not the SD820 it's the SD650

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

read again, they said "it doesn't have 6 GB of RAM and Snapdragon 820" and it only cost $265 around here... they should mention Mi5, since its a flagship using SD820, and its cheaper than OP3

7. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

The $450 Axon 7 only has 4gb of ram. The one with 6gb of ram will come with 128gb of storage and will include a force touch display. It will be available only in China and will cost over $600. Do the writers of phonearena even read each other's articles?http://www.phonearena.com/news/ZTE-reveals-US-and-EU-pricing-for-the-Axon-7_id81572

9. dazed1

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

What is this BS? the RN3P is 200$ not 300!

10. peace247 unregistered

Redmi note 3 pro is available for $178.... who's righting these articles...

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2260; Member since: May 04, 2015

It's actually about $220 for the 3GB 32GB SD650 version. PA simply don't research anything when it comes to non-US phones. "Hey Bubba how much is that darn Exomi Chinese thang?" Bubba replies "Around $300 Tyrone. Yeah just put $300. None of us 'mericans gonna buy the darn thing anyways!"

13. sunnyfpy

Posts: 283; Member since: May 12, 2013

Hahaha, what type of comparison?

14. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Nexus 6P! beauty and the beast! Axon also acceptable. Others are just crap.

15. OdysseasP

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

So you consider as a viable alternative to the OnePlus 3 ($400) which features a 1080p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 64 GB & 6 GB RAM, the Huawei Nexus 6P ($420) which features a vastly inferior SoC (Qualcomm Snapdragon 810) as far as performance is concerned (Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57 for intensive applications) which in addition suffers from excessive overheating and thermal throttling & 3GB RAM, the Samsung Galaxy A7 ($390) which features a sub par Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC (Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 for intensive applications), 16 GB & 2 GB RAM, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro ($300) which features a 720p screen, a sub par Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 (Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 for intensive applications), 32 GB & 3 GB RAM & the LG G4 which features a vastly inferior SoC (Qualcomm Snapdragon 808) as far as performance is concerned (Dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 for intensive applications), 32 GB & 3 GB RAM. The only smartphone from your list which can be really considered a viable alternative to the OnePlus 3 is the ZTE Axon 7 ($449) which features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 128 GB & 6 GB RAM.

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 2260; Member since: May 04, 2015

Not sure where you're getting your information from but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro has a 1080 screen, Hexacore Snapdragon 650 (4 x A53 and 2 x A72) and is around $220 for the 3GB 32GB version (that also happens to have a 128GB SD slot). I almost forgot, it also has a 4000mah battery. So yeah, for half the price of an OP3 it's definitely a viable alternative. Based on your total misstatements of fact, I'm not even sure the other specs you quote are even accurate.

20. OdysseasP

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

I checked the technical specifications from gsmarena.com. With the exception of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro, which I couldn't find in their database, the technical specifications from all the other smartphones are correct. But I agree with you that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro with these specs and that price is also a viable alternative to the OnePlus 3.

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 2260; Member since: May 04, 2015

I figured you would. The Note 3 Pro specs are bundled with the regular Note 3 specs. You may have guessed that I own a Note 3 Pro by the way. Amazing phone. Very powerful with an epic battery.

17. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

Lenovo Zuk Z2 ?

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