OnePlus 3 vs. OnePlus 2 Comparison – It is worth an upgrade?

    OnePlus has finally launched the OnePlus 3, and the first question that would be in everyone’s mind, is whether the phone has enough to be called a worthy upgrade over its predecessor OnePlus 2. Well, to be fair, companies make newer phones good enough to be called a worthy successor, but then, for the price they are sold at, one might have to think whether they can spend the amount again within a year to get the new device.

    So, for now, let’s compare the specifications to see how OnePlus has changed things and made the OnePlus 3 better than the OnePlus 2. Check out the OnePlus 3 specifications and OnePlus 2 specifications.

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    OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 2

    Screen and Display

    OnePlus hasn’t done much with the screen size and resolution, and thankfully, it is a wise decision. A bigger resolution than this would just drain the battery, and 1080p is good enough for a 5.5-inch display. Though here, OnePlus has used what is claims as an Optic AMOLED display in the OnePlus 3.

    The OnePlus 2 has the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, while it the Gorilla Glass 4 protection on the OnePlus 3.

    Processor, RAM and Storage

    This will be the major differentiating factor between the two. While the OnePlus 2 had the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB / 4GB RAM variants and storage of 64GB, the OnePlus 3 has a well upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 64GB internal storage and a whooping 6GB of RAM.


    There’s a lot changed with the cameras of the OnePlus 3. OnePlus 2 had a 13-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture, OIS and 4K video recording, while the OnePlus 3 now has a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 298 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, OIS, EIS, and Phase Detection Autofocus, and there is support for 4K video recording and RAW images.

    For the front camera, there is now an 8-megapixel Sony sensor camera with f/2.0 aperture when compared to the 5-megapixel camera that was given on the OnePlus 2.


    The OnePlus 2 had a 3300 mAh battery. The OnePlus 3 now, in order to do well with the design, got a compromise with the battery capacity as we now see a 3000 mAh battery packed into the phone. The OnePlus 3 though is said to have a charging technology called Dash charge, which is said to power the phone from zero to 60% in just 30 minutes.

    Build Quality

    The OnePlus 2 had retained the build quality of OnePlus One, and only a little was changed with the design. The OnePlus 3 though, is a very big change as a Full metal unibody design is what we are looking at here. It is not just different with the build quality, but also with the design.

    Other similarities and differences

    • Both the phone have the same USB Type-C connectivity with USB 2.0
    • They have a fingerprint scanner on the front, but according to OnePlus, the one on the OnePlus has been made faster in recognition
    • Both the devices support 4G LTE connectivity
    • Android Marshmallow based OxygenOS is what runs on both the phones. OnePlus 2 was launched with Lollipop OS but there was recently an update sent to it for the Marshmallow OS based OxygenOS
    • OnePlus 3 has brought back the NFC connectivity that was missing in the OnePlus 2

    All said and done, the OnePlus 3 is definitely priced higher than the OnePlus 2 because of the important differences, especially with the internal specifications. The phone has 6GB of RAM and the price is Rs. 27999. The OnePlus 2 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage costs Rs. 22999.

    So, is the OnePlus 3 a worthy upgrade from OnePlus 2?

    We feel yes, because if not the other things, the processor upgrade is a very good one and the camera too speaks quite well for itself. Having 6GB of RAM is surely an overkill as you might not want that much right now, but still, ignore that fact and look at the other reasons why the OnePlus 3 is a good upgrade.

    Chetan Bhawani
    Chetan Bhawani
    Chetan founded Gizmo Times, after writing at a few other places, and though being a Dentist, he loves to stay connected to technology, and thus, Gizmo Times is here.

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