OnePlus 3 Seen In The Flesh, Confirms Metal Design

The OnePlus 3 is all set to go on sale on June 15, complete with the official treatment including official imagery and info following the June 14th launch. Prior to that, however, we've been seeing leak after leak of the phone, both on the specs side and with images. The latest leak comes to us courtesy of GizmoChina and shows real-life pictures of the phone quite literally in the wild. The new images match up quite nicely with previous leaks and, while not adding new details on their own, they confirm most of what we've been seeing thus far, though the top, bottom and sides of the phone are not shown off and are only slightly visible at an angle, leaving their appearance mostly unconfirmed for now.

Leaks pointed to a 2.5D glass panel in the front, which has been confirmed by this latest leak. The screen oozes onto the metal edges, which were shown in previous leaks to be tapered toward the sides of the phone, but not chamfered, instead sloping smoothly to round out and hug the screen from the back. The left side, viewed from the front, sports what appears to be a volume rocker, with a power button up on the right side. No physical camera button is visible, but a physical home button is on board, possibly housing a fingerprint sensor. There is a distinct lack of front-facing speakers, which matches up with previous leaks and renders that had them on the bottom of the device along with the USB Type-C port.

While it may be easy enough to mistake the phone for an HTC One M9 or Huawei Mate 8 from the back, the camera and flash layout is mostly original, as is the placement of the plastic antenna lines, giving the "bezels" a somewhat smaller look than most phones that opt for this design language. The gently sloping edges are clearly visible on the side, while the top and bottom sport a bit of a steeper dropoff despite being somewhat rounded, making them reminiscent of the top side of the Google Nexus 6. Naturally, the OnePlus logo is clearly visible in the center of the back, making sure that anybody who sees the phone outside of its case will know they're not looking at one of the aforementioned devices with similar design language. Bringing all of the leaks and renders together, this latest crop of photos, despite there only being two, gives us a pretty nice idea of what the phone looks like.

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