The time has come to stop settling once again. Now infamous smartphone maker Oneplus are bringing their 3rd higher end Android powered phone to market, the Oneplus 3. Rumours have been swirling for a few weeks and now Oneplus have officially announced the launch date and that they are saying goodbye to their much-hated invite to purchase system.

If you want a Oneplus 3 on launch day you’ll be able to put in your order. However, before you do, just check the LTE bands; we spotted the Oneplus 3 going through the FCC last week and noted that the SKU lodged did not support all, or even most, Australian LTE Bands. The model spotted had LTE bands 2,4,5,7,12,17 and 30, whereas in Australia we rely on 1,3,5,7,28 and 40, that will give you band 7 on Telstra and Optus and band 5 on Vodafone.

In a move that smacks of a gimmick, Oneplus are releasing the ‘3’ for sale exclusively in VR for the first 2 hours of its existence. If you want to get in line to buy the Oneplus 3 – remember a lack of an invite system does not mean there will be no waiting to get a unit – then you’ll have to enter “The Loop”, I’ll let Oneplus buzz it up.

To experience the Loop you’ll need to download the app for Android from the Google Play Store.

If you’re interested in the specs for the Oneplus 3 thanks to various leaks and the FCC filling we can all but confirm the following:

Key Specifications:Oneplus 3
Release dateJune 2016
Screen size5.5-inch
Screen technologyAMOLED
Resolution1,920 x 1,080
Rear camera16MP
Rear aperturef/2.0
Front camera8MP
Front aperturef/2.0
ChipsetSnapdragon 820
Core config2..2 GHz x 2 + 1.6GHz x 2
Battery3,000 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB C
Headphone PortYes
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
WIFI standards
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • WiFi Direct
  • Hotspot
Bluetooth standards
  • 4.2
  • LE
  • A2DP
  • A-GPS
  • BDS
Android OSAndroid 6.0.1
Vendor skinOxygenOS
Dimensions152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm
  • Graphite
  • Soft Gold

We’ll check back in with Oneplus after the launch and see if they have any surprises in store for us, especially with an international variant, however, we’re not holding our breath.

Are you interested in the Oneplus 3 despite its lack of LTE bands? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Oneplus.
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The OnePlus One seems to be a lot more friendly to Aussie LTE bands – at work in the Adelaide CBD I only seem to be able to connect via Band 3 – not sure what I use at home in the sticks. Without band 3 on the 1+3 I’m not sure I’d be prepared to take the risk. I’m also a little surprised at the small reduction in battery size from the 1+1 – it’s not a huge drop and 3000 mAh is still better than a lot of phones out there but I think it’s sending the wrong… Read more »