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OnePlus 3 vs. OnePlus 2: Is It Worth The Upgrade?

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OnePlus 3 is one of the most awaited handsets of this year. The company has confirmed June 14 as the launch date of the smartphone. The only question arises: is the OnePlus 3 worth the upgrade?

Here is a comparison of what the OnePlus 2 offers against the rumored specs of OnePlus 3.

Screen

The OnePlus 2 sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and 401 ppi. The next-gen OnePlus 3 is also expected to pack a 5.5-inch screen with the same resolution as the OnePlus 2. However, the OnePlus 3 is expected to have a full HD AMOLED screen.

Processor, RAM And Storage

A 1.8 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor powers the OnePlus 2. The handset is available with and either 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage or 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of onboard storage. Unfortunately, the handset does not have a microSD card slot that can be used for expanding the memory of the device.

Speculations are rife that the OnePlus 3 may get Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which is found in most of the flagship smartphones launched this year. The OnePlus smartphone may be available with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage capacity or with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Rumors also hint the OnePlus 3 may also be available with 128 GB of storage.

Although there is no information on whether the OnePlus 3 will support microSD cards or not, customers would want the feature for storage expansion if the need arises.

Battery

A 3,300 mAh battery powers the OnePlus 2, which offers full day usage to customers.

"Your phone should always be ready when you are. Packing a whopping 3,300 mAh capacity, the OnePlus 2's lithium-polymer battery will carry you through the day and beyond," says OnePlus.

A bigger 3,500 mAh battery will possibly fuel the OnePlus 3.

Camera

The OnePlus flagship of 2015 is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with Dual LED flash. The front camera has a 5-megapixel sensor.

OnePlus is said to beef up cameras of the OnePlus 3, as it is believed to be equipped with a 16-megapixel primary snapper and an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Operating System

The OnePlus 2 comes running on OxygenOS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Fortunately, the company has rolled out Android 6.0 Marshmallow based OxygenOS to the OnePlus 2.

The OnePlus 3 is highly likely to run on OxygenOS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow straight out of the box.

Fingerprint Scanner

The OnePlus 2 has a fingerprint scanner and most probably the OnePlus 3 will also get a fingerprint sensor for enhanced security of the device, as it is the standard for flagships these days.

The rumored specs of the OnePlus 3 are not a significant jump over its predecessor, which means that current OnePlus 2 owners may not want to upgrade. However, OnePlus 3 variant with 128 GB internal storage may attract customers who want high storage capacity. With every spec and feature slightly beefed up, the OnePlus 3's price will likely make consumers decide once and for all whether to upgrade or not.

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