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OnePlus 3: 5 features we'd love to see

OnePlus 3: 5 features we'd love to see

Thanks partly to the infamous invite-only system and promises of 'flagship-killing' features that didn't quite deliver, the recent additions to the OnePlus line have been met with mixed reactions. Looking to the future, OnePlus needs to ensure its next smartphone ticks all the boxes to get new fans on board. With this in mind, here are five features we'd love to see on the OnePlus 3.

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We've got high expectations for the OnePlus 3. / © ANDROIDPIT

NFC, please

Ask most OnePlus fans which feature was clearly missing from the OnePlus 2 and the chances are high that they'll roll their eyes and start chatting about NFC.

Admittedly, leaving NFC out of the final design of the OnePlus 2 was likely a way of keeping costs low, but it was a shame even so. It would be pleasing to see the wireless tech tucked inside the OnePlus 3, so that fans can keep using NFC-compatible headphones and speaker systems with the gadget.

Considering the top mobile payment systems such as Android Pay rely on NFC and the OnePlus brand is meant to be about 'flagship-killing' devices, NFC is a must. To build hype for a phone and then release it without a function that many other products in the same price range offer just doesn't sit right.

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NFC would see a welcome return to the OnePlus line. / © ANDROIDPIT

No more invites

While the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 are both on general sale now, that wasn't always the case. The new OnePlus X isn't exactly easy to get a hold of at the time of writing either, only going up for general sale every Tuesday on the OnePlus website.

For countless OnePlus forum members and fans new and old, the infamous invite-only system has proved particularly frustrating. OnePlus should be praised for creating a smartphone that draws so much attention, but it's disappointing that customers have to jump through hoops to get it in their hands. OnePlus' founders have said in the past that the system is in place to serve as a way of controlling stock, and while that makes sense from a business perspective, it's a nuisance to consumers.

In an ideal world, we'd like to see the OnePlus 3 on sale without mention of invites. Rather than entering OnePlus' Twitter competitions for a chance to win an invite, most consumers would prefer to hit 'Add to cart' and be done with it.

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A no-invite OnePlus 3 would be awesome. / © OnePlus

A feature-full OS

Back in 2014, the OnePlus One arrived with CyanogenMod and folk with an eye for customization were delighted with the tools and features that the OS brought to the device.

Although Oxygen OS, found on the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X, isn't a bad piece of kit, there's certainly room for improvement. For starters, it doesn't offer the same level of creative freedom that CyanogenMod did, whether that's through icon packs, app theming, Privacy Guard or something more.

Most OnePlus owners appreciate the clean, stock-esque look of Oxygen OS, but we can't help but feel the platform needs more unique features to make it exciting. A fresh, updated build for the OnePlus 3 would be great news. Timely patches would be the cherry on the cake, considering the frequency of OnePlus' OTA updates isn't the best.

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Will Oxygen OS see improvements on the OnePlus 3? / © ANDROIDPIT

Next-level camera

A new member of the OnePlus family should bring a fancy new camera with it, and it should be an improvement on the OnePlus 2's 13 MP shooter, which also had OIS on board.

We were reasonably impressed with the OnePlus 2's camera in our review, especially when factoring in the price of the handset. In saying that, the camera struggles slightly in poorly-lit areas and the front-facing camera is pretty mediocre. Video quality was impressive when it came to shooting 4K though, and we'd like to see more of the same in the OnePlus 3.

Just how much improvement could be made to the camera of the OnePlus 3 while keeping it affordable for the masses remains to be seen.

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We're hoping the OnePlus 3's camera will be a big step up. / © ANDROIDPIT

Speedy charging

We're being sightly picky with this one, but that's what a wishlist is all about. While the addition of fast charging or wireless charging wouldn't be a game changer, it would certainly convince more Android people to part with their hard-earned cash.

If the OnePlus 3 arrived with wireless charging support, it would be the first gadget the company has released to do so. If OnePlus hopes to take things to the next level and offer a genuine upgrade to the OnePlus 2, this could be one of the answers.

Ultimately, our eyes are set on a phone that truly lives up to OnePlus' hype-building advertising campaigns. Whether or not OnePlus can deliver the goods on its next release is the big question. Our fingers are crossed for something special.

Which features would you like to see on the OnePlus 3? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • I never owned an OnePlus phone but there are things that are important to me for a phone. I don't care about nfc or a removable battery, Out of the list I'd say speedy charging is most important to me. Personally most annoying thing about phones I've had recently is the inability to download directly to a sd card (if there is one).


  • joost Jan 15, 2016 Link to comment

    The invite systeem didn't bother me to much but the long wait for the delivery was a burden to me. When I got my invite, I had to decide in 3 days whether or not to buy one. But then I had two wait three weeks for it to show up on my door. That is not of these times. Also when buying accessories, they must come from China which takes time and extra costs. A better way (faster and cheaper) of distributing the devices would definitely be in place.

    • OnePlus' customer service wasn't the best when the original OPO came out, either. Gives me nightmares just thinking about it!

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    Deactivated Account Jan 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Unable to understand the concept of invite. If I want to purchase it why it is not simple that pay & get it. These people just want to create unnecessary hype about their products. Keep it simple.

    • I assume they do that to limit supply so price reduction is not necessary. They probably run on Just in time inventory system to keep costs as minimal as possible.

  • micro SD card slot, fingerprint scanner, Android 6, QHD screen resolution, better software.

  • how much time u used nfc

  • Travis Jan 15, 2016 Link to comment

    MicroSD card slot is an important thing in my opinion.

  • storm Jan 15, 2016 Link to comment

    They burned their bridges IMHO. They're gone too low end in their product and burned us all out with their lies/hype. Massive failure to deliver. Support is bad. Always screen problems. They'll needed to deliver consistently for the next three years to even make my list again. They were a top contender for me last year. The taste of disappointment is bitter and long-lasting.

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