OnePlus, the Chinese upstart that released both their second flagship, the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus X last year is likely to follow-up with another device this year. Although the OnePlus 2 reportedly sold pretty well, many argued passionately against the ongoing situation with ‘invitations’ that are required to buy the smartphone. Then of course, there was the entire issue regarding the compatibility – or lack thereof – of its non-standard USB Type-C cables that the company had to deal with as well. Meanwhile, in the midst of all that, the company also found the time to launch its first-ever mid-range smartphone called the OnePlus X, so all in all, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that OnePlus had an eventful year by all accounts.
This year, OnePlus is expected to launch its next-generation flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 3, and although the company is yet to reveal anything of significance regarding the upcoming smartphone, the CEO, Mr. Pete Lau, recently posted an image on Chinese microblogging site, Weibo, that sections of the Chinese tech media believe are camera samples from the device in question. Apart from that, listings on multiple benchmarking websites have already revealed quite a few of the details regarding the upcoming premium smartphone. Now, a OnePlus device with model number A3000 seems to have received the 3C certification in China, and while there’s no guarantee that it is indeed the upcoming OnePlus 3, if the online chatter regarding the certification is anything to go by, it is highly likely to be the case.
If the latest development is anything to go by, the upcoming handset might just come with a 4 Ampere (often referred to as 4A) 5V charger, which should be able to charge the battery much faster than the standard 2 Ampere chargers are able to do currently. One important thing to note here is that the OnePlus 3 is said to come with Oppo’s own fast charging technology instead of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, which is what you’d expect to find in the handset, given that it’s expected to feature the Snapdragon 820 under its hood. While on the topic of Oppo’s own fast charging tech, the company recently trademarked something called ‘Dash Charge’, but there’s not a whole lot of info on that front at this point in time.