The number one reason customers buy the OnePlus 3 is Dash Charge

The OnePlus 3 is a pretty solid device priced competitively. But it's not the hardware inside the smartphone that make people buy it, it's a certain technology developed in-house by the Chinese company.

This is the third flagship smartphone launched by OnePlus, but rumor has it the company plans to release yet another powerful device in the next couple of weeks, the so-called OnePlus 3T.

The OnePlus 3 is equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage, but none of these are the number one reason people buy the phone. Not even the 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution, or the 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and OIS (optical image stabilization).

In a recent interview, OnePlus' co-founder Carl Pei confirmed that according to his company's surveys, it's the Dash Charge technology that drives people to purchase the OnePlus 3.

Dash Charge works a bit different in comparison with other fast charging technologies, which makes it very important for OnePlus. We've already detailed how Dash Charge operates in a previous article, so check if out for more in-depth information.

It's also worth mentioning that Carl Pei stated that this particular technology is “the most important thing” for OnePlus, then followed by the “overall quality of the build and design,” and camera. So, if you're a loyal OnePlus fan, you can expect the company to add many improvements in these areas in its future products.

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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. dubaiboy78

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Yup dash charge is one amazing feature of op3. Im loving it.

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

That's one reason I bought it but the main reason for me is the flagship specifications + price ratio.

19. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

We need to make noise to have phones allow replaceable batteries. Fekk all this charge time bs. What a waste. Looking for a wall outlet and still even with the fastest charger available, nothing is faster then swapping a battery. Go from 5 to 100% in 1 minute. I run the screen at full brightness with no "skimping" like all do. I slip a battery into my wallet and boom im done. I never even connect the phone to a charger. I have 2 cradle battery chargers amd 3 batteries and swap as i need. 1 minute and im up. Im not saying get an lg g4 although its a great phone, my point is we need to demand swappable batteries. Its night and day See the pic here No cables/chargers/fighting over wall outlets bullshet Simple easy.

2. hmd74

Posts: 542; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Is it faster than Quick Charge 3.0?

5. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not actually faster since charging time depend on battery size, but it's just as fast as QC 3.0 and this dash charge is the same as OPPO's VOOC (just because BBK own both of them, lol), which produce less heat when charging compared to other kind of quick charge

12. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I wish more people would see it as they are. Nothing more than a cheap sub Oppo company, that does the beta testing before an Oppo device is released. Hey, no problem if that's what they want, but they need to be forthcoming about it. You want a cheap phone, with high end specs? Fine, but since you are the beta testers, expect to pay for it through the bugs before it is stable.

25. crzykiller

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Clearly youve never owned a OP smartphone before. Probably some of the most stable and fastest performing phones on the planet. My OP3 crashes way less than my Galaxy S6 while providing much better performance. Not to mention they are developer friendly and they do their best to help the modding community out. Get out of here ya pleb

15. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Yes. OnePlus 3(3000mAh) - 74 Minutes LG G5 (2800mAh) - 76 Minutes.

3. vishnu_ramesh

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

The specs obviously!!! Nobody is gonna buy it just for charging!! If that is the case they can buy a power bank instead!!!

4. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

well power bank can't make calls.

6. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

i don't get his point, thou

11. vishnu_ramesh

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

People buy it looking on the specs like RAM, processor, camera, display resolution and panel, and list goes on. Nobody is gonna buy a phone, just because it charges faster(fastest)

7. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Ask one more question - Did buyer know about dash charging before buying phone?

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

also ask them if they know other phones that have quick charge

10. Scuff

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

False...The phone's specs are the reason I bought mine... No one buys a phone for charging alone lmao.

21. westicktogether

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

"I know what OnePlus users look for because we do have studies on why people bought our product. And it might not be the reason why they bought the product" It's as if Phonearena didn't look at the direct quote from Carl himself.

13. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I thought people bought the Oppo/OnePlus phones because they had somewhat high end specs, for around half of what others charge? With the rumor of the OP3T, being about $500 dollars (US), wonder how many would just pay a little more for a more name brand phone that has a service department to stand behind their phones?

14. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Does PA not read? It specifically says in the quote: "not why people buy it", then go on to claim in the headline that it's the number one reason people buy it.

20. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

I thought I was going crazy or something. The quote clearly says that it is probably not why people buy it, but it is the reason why they are satisfied. The standard of journalism on this site sometimes can be downright...

23. jazzdglass

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Do they even see these mistakes? Do they go over our comments? PA need be sanctioned

16. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

It's not the main reason I bought the OnePlus 3, it's one of many reasons. Definitely changes the way you use your phone, the days of overnight charging are over. A quick 20 minute charge most mornings is enough to get me though the day.

17. Rocket

Posts: 703; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Not me, i bought it bcs of the price and the good specs.

22. danimartinez95

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I have the OP3 and Dash Charge is totally amazing, charge unsurpassed speed but in my case I did not like before buying it because I have no accessories out of those offered by OnePlus which are a bit expensive. It is not like the case of Qualcomm QuickCharge anyone can get an accessory to that standard. With the Dash are the OnePlus, and OPPO option (not sure that work) called VAAC charge if I'm not mistaken. It would be great if they sold a license to large companies such as Belkin, Anker, Aukey. and have various accessories such as longer cables, external battery, car chargers with multiple USB ports, ect etc.

24. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

Certainly didn't buy it for the dash charge alone ! I bought it for the specs and 6 gbs of RAM but amazed by the Dash charge bless :)

26. RaisinDetour

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

I wonder what the top reasons for not buying it were? Lack of ability to add extra storage was certainly mine.

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