OnePlus 3 display color fix already in the works – here are the first pictures!

OnePlus 3 display color fix already in the works – here are the first pictures!
So, there's a bit of a ruckus around the OnePlus 3 display currently. While the phone has mostly been well received by fans and critics, most are disappointed by its “Optic AMOLED” display – a Samsung-made panel, which has been calibrated to OnePlus' specification. Most of the complaints are geared towards the screen's inaccurate colors and overall bluish hue.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei had a bit too much of the criticism and vented some of his frustration for comments that the company cuts corners and builds its phones with cheap parts, which he claims is absolutely not the case. Then, he announced that the next OTA update will have a software re-calibration option to bring the display's colors more towards the sRGB standard.

Apparently, the team isn't kidding about this. A picture has been posted on the OnePlus forums, comparing the displays of a unit running a beta version of the upcoming patch against a regular OnePlus 3. And, despite the fact that this is probably not the final stage of recalibration, the effects are quite obvious – pictures are below.

The upcoming OTA update is also said to tame the aggressive task closing that the OnePlus 3 currently does. Despite the fact that the phone has a whopping 6 GB of RAM, it has been discovered that it tends to decimate apps from the background often, leading to a point where the community started coming up with tweaks to make use of the device's full RAM capacity.

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  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
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  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Will Phonearena correct the review score after update?

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

corrected to 7/10? lol...

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Good guy Victor! Honestly I wish 1+ sticked with an IPS LCD screen or get something cool like IPS NEO then Amoled. I like amoled, but then a pentile display could easily go to 1440p with hardly any compromise to battery life. Plus I like sharper text. We all know that optic amoled is all marketing bs, and sometimes I kinda hate when one plus does stuff like that. Like that one time they called the OP2 “2016 flagship killer "

8. Shocky unregistered

8.9 lol

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Why it has a good score already even if they fix the screen I don't think it deserves a 9.

22. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

@Arch_Fiend - Why not? It's cheaper than the so-called out-of-dated iCrap 5 SE?

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's not as good as other 9 rated devices that's why.

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well that's a very good thing. I like quick fixes and they mean business. Kudos on taking the criticism and doing something about it.

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

It's funny how all these Chinese newbie brands still have poor technology, but always talk big like they are the boss. Actually, Samsung sold them a quality AMOLED panel, and they modified it in order to claim that it's their own creativity, but finally it leads to a flaw, and they put a blame on Samsung. What a shameful manner! I think it's about time for people to stop believing their pathetic hype, I mean PRICE ISN'T EVERYTHING! What matters the most is to find out who is the king, the leader, or the REAL innovator at the moment, make a bet on them and then you won't be worried about liability like this.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

actually its not a "newbie brands".. one plus is the same company with 2 of top 5 smartphone brands in this planet (OPPO and VIVO)

9. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Besides imitating and stealing Samsung technology, what have they achieved for real? Yeah, I know it's people's right to defend those companies, but i believe people with pride won't support copycat.

19. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 696; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

why do you support samsung then? the company was founded on copying existing tech. so far, samsung has never re-invented a product or market. Samsung only copies the best existing tech and then starts to improve it. don't get me wrong, samsung does excellent tech but they always take it from others first to copy it.

21. phoneaddict1on

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 21, 2016

Not quite sure what you meant by stealing and imitating Samsung's technology. I'm pretty sure Oneplus paid Samsung for their amoled screens :D. And if ur talking about design did u know that samsung acually copied the curved design from xiaomi's mi5? Chinese OEMs are trying to carve a niche of their own and IMO they should be commended for providing phoes with the best specs at an affordable price

7. Shocky unregistered

I can buy two OnePlus 3 for the price of single Galaxy S7 Edge. It's getting too expensive for bleeding edge technology, no argument the S7 is a better phone but it's not twice the price better, no where near.

10. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Twice the price? Where I live, you can get the S7 Edge plus Gear VR for $670. And I would rather pay $530 for the regular S7 than paying $400 OP3. It is an overhyped smartphone, the $500 Axon 7 is one of the best smartphones for it's price at the moment, that I would save few bucks and get it over an S7 Edge, not the OP3.

11. Shocky unregistered

UK - Prices from they're own stores. Galaxy S7 Edge £639 OnePlus 3 £309

12. Shocky unregistered

Price on the US sites Galaxy S7 Edge - $794.99 OnePlus 3 - $400

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Canada: OnePlus 3 - $519 Galaxy S7 Edge - $999 Note *quite* half the price, but pretty darn close. (Note: I own an s& Edge and am quite happy with it. But had the OnePlus 3 been available at the time, that's almost certainly the route I would have gone). For good measure: Sony X Performance - $699 LG G5 - $749 HTC 10 - $899 Galaxy S7 - $899

15. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I forgot how expensive Canada was. Kijiji was my best friend when I used to buy and trade phones. Anyways, I hope by the time I get there, things will start to get much cheaper lol

16. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Damn! Why is so expensive in Europe? And I still would rather get something other than OP3, I love the new Huawei P9 Plus and also the Axon 7.

13. bigboss

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

India: Galaxy S7 Edge (32 GB): $883.85 OnePlus 3 (64 GB): $415.93 Sorry I intended to post it as a reply to comment #7.

17. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

When they said "Optic AMOLED", I thought they are bringing non-pentile FHD AMOLED and NOT this trouble...

18. BobLawblaw unregistered

In New Zealand. Samsung Galaxy S7- NZ$1100 OnePlus 3- Not available HTC 10- Not Available (Officially) LG G5- Not Available

24. Shocky unregistered

Anandtech have re-tested with the new firmware and now it's now one of the most accurate displays on the market. Also multitasking appears to have been fixed. Users here have little faith I was chatting with a member of staff handling distribution here in the UK and they've under estimated demand here massively, for those who said it wouldn't sell, they couldn't be more wrong.

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