What could have made the OnePlus 3 even better? Here are 1+4 ideas


Just yesterday, OnePlus made the OnePlus 3 official, and it's a great phone on all fronts. With beastly hardware specs — Snapdragon 820, 6GB of RAM, 64 gigs of native storage — as well as a couple of intriguing features, like the quick-charging Dash solution, the OnePlus 3 more than justifies its starting price of $400. 

Few devices offer that much shebang for such a sum of money, and the OnePlus 3 is easily among the best value-for-money phones right now.

Of course, in our eyes, the glass is usually half-empty. We hate to admit it, but there are a couple of things that would have made the OnePlus 3 an even better device. Yes, we know, probably all of these would have increased the cost of the affordable flagship. Yet, a man can dream.

Here are a few things that would have made the OnePlus 3 an even more appealing offering.



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27 Comments

1. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

6) Bigger battery.

2. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

How can PA forget about bigger battery?. Outside of MicroSD slot, bigger battery is the most important. How do you go from 3300mah hours on the Oneplus Two to 3000mah which is less than the OnePlus One. It should of been atleast 3500mah, preferably 4000mah battery. Especially considering there are phones that have upto 10000mah. The Ulefone Power has a 6050mah battery and is only 9.5mm thick.

6. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

really, which phone has 10000mah batteries inside stock?

9. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Oukitel k10000 has a 10000mah for $150-200. It is on the thicker side at 13-14mm and its ugly. Essentially it is not the full package. But, it shows putting bigger batteries can be done.

13. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

with those crappy specs? what a garbage phone. so the other specs dont matter unless theres a 10000mah battery? go bye that pos phone and youll be happy.

21. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Did I say anything about buying that phone or creating a phone similar to it? The point I was trying to make is OnePlus should include a bigger battery as it has been shown elsewhere it can be done and done cheaply. But, they don't because of planned obsolesce. That is what most phones with bigger batteries are. They have lower specs, ugly designs, or other compromises. This way they sucker the consumer into updating to the next version saying it is innovation. Even OnePlus said something similar in recent AMA that the AMOLED and Snapdragon 820 efficient there is no need for a bigger battery.

4. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

+100 to this nuff said

8. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Kudos !! This was the very obvious thing I was looking for in the first place !!

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

There's a big corner they cut this time, that's a deal breaker for me, waiting for the Note 6/7 Edge.

20. raky_b

Posts: 390; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

1! Bigger battery !!!! 2. waterproofness 3....all this other things...

26. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Well, for 3000 and Oppo like VOOC Charging (Dash Charge), kinda worth IMO. My wish list: 1) increased battery and slightly tweaked vooc charge 2)Micro SD card slot 3)no camera bump (a trend 1+ maintained till now) 4)better vibration motor

3. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

May be a bigger battery(3600) and a QHD screen..!!??

5. swarai

Posts: 85; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

I don't think these OEMs will make phones with great batteries because they want to ensure the next edition of the phone will sell. Instead of saying "you can charge your phone from 0 to 100 in x hours" they now say "you can get a full days charge in 30 minutes". since when?

10. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Yes, I know. It's essentially planned obsolescence. That is why most of the phones with bigger batteries have lower specs. OnePlus probably did the same considering cost and future phones. They essentially RESTARTED their battery capacity updates by justifying that the Snapdragon 820 and the 1080p AMOLED is more efficient. In this way they can justify the OnePlus Four having a 3200mah battery instead having a 3700+mah that it should've had.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right, they just follow their big brother (OPPO) strategy

7. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

no physical home button, 4k screen, 128gb(+) internal storage (from experience with my 6P, that's the way to go). IR blaster, front notification LED, headphone jack, front speakers, OIS. I realize the 3 has some of these but the 4 should too (headphone jack)

17. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Then it wouldn't be a $400 phone.

22. Dave.Weinstein

Posts: 30; Member since: May 07, 2014

why not? you have no idea. half the stuff on that list is already supported by the SD820 and/or is cheap to implement.

11. Gadgetex

Posts: 197; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

More LTE Bands for those who travel between Asia and Amarica. Those that travel to America usually use a T-Mobile prepaid SIM card so if this company was smart they would add the LTE bands from T-Mobile to the Asian versions of their smartphones. No one wants to buy a smartphone that does it have 4G LTE reception when they travel abroad.

23. Dave.Weinstein

Posts: 30; Member since: May 07, 2014

this is a completely reasonable request that would only require a redesigned antenna (which would be more expensive, but hardly a significant additional cost.) the SD8xx supports this, so the only excuses are to save a couple of pennies or to pander to the carriers that DON'T want you to have the choice of switching networks.

12. vprasad1

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Low light camera. Who cares about USB 3x? Is the speed difference really that great to merit paying more royalty fees?

14. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

The HTC 10 suffers from #5 as well.

16. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Mi5 and leco include IR blastser , why oneplus ditching it from the start

18. sunnyfpy

Posts: 283; Member since: May 12, 2013

OS could have been much better!

24. Dave.Weinstein

Posts: 30; Member since: May 07, 2014

yes. they should cut a deal with Google and make it equivalent of a nexus device. perhaps the reason for NOT doing that is to stay on the good side of the Chinese government, which still blocks Google services in China (while completely supporting taking Android for free and stripping it down and repurposing it for China only use).

25. Dave.Weinstein

Posts: 30; Member since: May 07, 2014

Hmm... what could be better? (1) bigger screen option. something 6.2+" as an additional size to their 5.5" option. (2) more internal storage (i.e. 128GB+) or microSD card support (3) multiple SIM cards. Min 2x, but 3x would be better. (4) stock Android supported by Google. or better yet, Tango. (5) bigger battery AND fast charging (6) USB3.1 with at least 2 ports (if they remove the 3.5mm jack). Ideally 4x USB 3.1/Gen2 type C ports (one on each edge of the phone). (7) louder speakers/improved speakerphone (8) better cameras, possibly Tango.

27. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

dude, youre posting nonsense here

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