We’re still not exactly sure what we’re going to get with the OnePlus 3. Rumors have been wildly inconsistent, and likely-fake retail listings have done nothing to help the matter. We’ll keep considering new possibilities, though, like benchmarks of a supposed prototype that just hit Antutu and GFXBench.
For starters, we have a GFXBench listing showing the OnePlus 3 to have the following:
- 5-inch 1080p display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
- 4GB of RAM, 64GB of Storage
- 16MP camera with 4K video, 7MP front camera
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
It sounds quite in line with what we’ve heard before. Let’s talk about what we’re seeing there. For starters, the 5-inch display a big step down from the 5.5-inch form factor we were used to on the OnePlus 2. Whether it’s accurate is still up in the air. OnePlus seemed to prefer bigger displays for their main flagships so we’re not so confident.
Even more interesting than that, though, is the suggested NFC chip. It’s not that NFC is amazing or anything by now, but what is amazing is how OnePlus pretended that the technology wasn’t important and decided to skip out on it for the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. Let’s hope they’ve learned their lesson this time around.
Moving on, a separate benchmark at Antutu seems to suggest something entirely different in the RAM department — it’s showing 6GB instead of 4GB. Why the discrepancy? It’s possible OnePlus was going to go for 4GB of RAM in earlier prototypes but later decided to bump it to 6GB, or vice versa.
No one would be mad at OnePlus for going with 4GB, which is still plenty in the mobile world and for firmware as light as theirs, but if they want to outclass some 2016 devices then 6GB of RAM will be the way to go. Of course, this is all dependent on whether they’re going to go back to the whole “flagship killer” moniker, but after the OnePlus 2 completely failed to live up to that hype we’re going to guess they aren’t.