OnePlus on Wednesday announced that the Soft Gold variant of the OnePlus 3 will be launching in India in the first week of October. The company notes the launch timing is meant to coincide with the festive season in the country.
The OnePlus 3 Soft Gold variant will sport the same price tag as the Graphite colour variant, and will be available at Rs. 27,999. OnePlus also announced launch offers for the smartphone, with Rs. 500 worth of Amazon Kindle Credits, a 12-month double data offer from Idea Cellular, and 12-month OnePlus complimentary accidental damage protection via Servify.
The Graphite colour variant of the OnePlus 3 (Review) was launched globally and in India back in June, and we found it to be a smartphone that ticked almost all the right boxes in our review.
The dual-SIM OnePlus 3 runs OxygenOS based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD Optic Amoled display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC that’s coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The smartphone features a home button which sports a fingerprint sensor. It also comes with capacitive hardware keys, apart from the Alert Slider.
The OnePlus 3 has a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, OIS and EIS, and PDAF autofocus, apart from RAW image support, 4K video recording support, and a Smile Capture mode. The front camera bears a Sony IMX179 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture on the fixed focus lens, and benefits from EIS. It can also handle 1080p video recording. The OnePlus 3 sports 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is not expandable.
The modem on board the OnePlus 3 offers 4G LTE Cat. 6 connectivity, with support for India’s LTE bands. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC (unlike the OnePlus 2), USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and GPS/ A-GPS. It measures 152.7×74.7×7.35mm, and weighs in at 158 grams. It is powered by a non-removable 3000mAh battery that’s bundled with a Dash Charge adapter.