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OnePlus 3 Tips & Tricks, Hidden Features & Frequently Asked Questions

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If you’re in this post, you probably know who OnePlus is and what they have done for the past handful of years since they came into existence. So, directly jumping to the conclusion here; OnePlus 3 has been announced and most of you might have already purchased the handset as well and waiting for it to arrive at your doorstep. While there might be many consumers who would have already got their devices and started to use as their daily driver.

For those people and the ones asking about some interesting questions all over the internet, we have compiled this article to give you the best of tips and tricks, and hidden features the OnePlus 3 has to offer to its users. Moreover, you’ll also see answers to those frequently asked questions that you have been asking on our social media channels.

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What is the Optic AMOLED display?

We all like AMOLED displays; they offer best in-class color saturation as well as black and white colors look true to nature, when compared with different LCD panels. OnePlus decided to use the AMOLED display on its third flagship iteration model. While it is not the first time that company have used that technology display, as OnePlus X was the first handset from company to sport that display technology. During the Reddit AMA, Carl Pei and his team answered a lot of question and when asked about whether they have used Samsung AMOLED displays or not.

Oxygen OS - OnePlus 3

His reply was that with Optic AMOLED we have taken the Super AMOLED and have added our take on contrast as well as color temperature. Thus, bringing out the more true to life visuals. It’s no doubt that OnePlus has used Samsung’s display panels, because Super AMOLED version is only pioneered by the South Korean company. Moreover, it’s a current generation panel and is seriously customized for the OnePlus 3. The Optic display features a dual-polarizing layer that brings out the vividness and true nature of colors.

Does the Phone have Front Facing Speakers?

No, there are no front facing speakers on this device, nor you should expect it to come with any special higher internal storage variant. This has been confirmed by OnePlus team member. It only has a loud speaker at the bottom edge.

Is there a FM Radio on the Phone?

As per the information shared by company, there is no support of FM Radio on this handset. Though, it is not confirmed that whether the hardware actually have the support for it or not.

Does the Phone support Dual SIM hybrid card?

No, it doesn’t have a hybrid dual SIM slot. There is no support of external storage on OnePlus. Thus, company hasn’t given the hybrid SIM slot. Note that the SIM tray can house dual nano SIM cards only. Do not try to insert a microSD card in one of those slots. It will damage your device.

Will Rooting the Phone Void the Warranty?

No, rooting your phone won’t void warranty of your OnePlus 3 smartphone. This is one of the perks of owning an OnePlus 3 smartphone.

Is there any Dash Charge Power Bank launching?

No, there won’t be Dash Charge Power bank launching any time soon. Though, you can get a Dash Charge compatible Car charger if you travel a lot in your vehicle. Carl also addressed that there won’t be any third-party Dash Charge accessories and also urges to stick to original accessories for OnePlus 3 as for the safety and quality concerns. Since, company had to thoroughly test the accessories.

Is the Phone VoLTE Compatible?

Yes, the OnePlus 3 is a VoLTE, which is voice over LTE network, compatible. Though, company hasn’t specified with which networks it would be compatible; few or all.

What are the Network Bands for India, US & China?

Cellular frequencies vary according to the regions as telecom regulations are different in each country. Below you can see the network bands that OnePlus 3 will be supporting in the respective regions.

North America

WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/4/5/7/12/17/30
CDMA EVDO: BC0
Asia/Europe

WCDMA: Bands 1/2/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8/20
TDD-LTE: Bands 38/40

China

WCDMA: Bands 1/2/5/8
FDD-LTE : Bands 1/3/7
TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA : Bands 34/39
CDMA EVDO: BC0

Is there a future possibility of OnePlus 3 Mini Variant?

Carl answers this with a straight NO. Although, the query was if company will consider releasing a 5-inch variant of OnePlus 3. A lot of effort goes into developing a product, and with company’s limited resources, it seemed good decision to drop the idea of OnePlus 3 Mini variant. Also, if you didn’t knew, Pete Lau, Founder of OnePlus confirmed that there won’t be any OnePlus X iteration for this year, as of now the series if dead.

Why NFC was added back on OnePlus 3 if it was removed from OnePlus 2?

Last year OnePlus, stated when asked by did they removed NFC feature from their OnePlus 2 smartphone. The official reply from the team was that very less number of OnePlus One consumers were using that feature and that’s why they removed it from second iteration. Though, David from EU OnePlus Team quoted that they have brought back the feature because of the increasing availability of Android Pay. That’s why it made sense to include the feature in the OnePlus 3.

Why the Invite system was removed for OnePlus 3?

According to OnePlus team member, the invite system was created to manage the inventory as company was new and they didn’t know how to manage the demand and supply. After launching three handsets; OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X, company is finally ready with enough stock to manage the demands of the consumers. Thus, there is no requirement of invite system for the OnePlus 3.

How to turn ON the Dark mode on your OnePlus 3?

OnePlus 3  - Dark Mode

As we have earlier talked about reducing eye strain on your smartphone, you could do that using Dark mode on OnePlus 3. The bright colors we see on smartphones these days aren’t a good match for a darkended room. Thus, the new OnePlus handset allows you to switch the color theme to dark. You can enable that from the Settings app. Just launch the Settings app and head over to the Customization option in Personal section.

Once you have opened the new set of options, you’ll see the first option in the list is the desired option. Toggle the button to ON in front of Dark mode option. Now once you switch ON the dark mode, you should see an option to select the Accent color, as you tap on that option you’ll see a set of eight colors popup. Once you have switch to the Dark mode, you’ll see the difference as it would be easier on your eyes. Say goodbye to eye fatigue!

How to use LED Notifications on your OnePlus 3?

Well, have you ever thought why the notification LEDs showcase only 2-3 colors if there are a lot of things you do with your handsets. For instance, if you are getting notifications for reminders, texts and from apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Then there should be a way to distinguish between these notifications. One shouldn’t have to switch ON the screen to check whether it’s a reminder, a text or notifications from any specific app. While OnePlus 3 is a handset that offers a solution to this problem, you get eight different notification colors that can be used to differentiate between notifications.

Assigning different LED colors for different things makes it easier to understand what notification has arrived without waking up the screen. You can customize this to your liking. All you go to do is head over to the Settings app, then to Customization option in the Personal section. Further tap on the LED notifications and voila, you’ll see all the options to customize the LED colors for up to eight notifications.

How to swap the capacitive button functions on your OnePlus 3?

OnePlus 3  - Swap Buttons

With Oxygen OS, OnePlus has added some extra features and swapping capacitive button functionality is one of them. You were used to having back button on the right side and recent apps button on the left. No Problem. The interface allows you to switch that quite easily. Just head over to the Settings app and tap on the Buttons options. There you will find a toggle switch once you tap on that it will switch the functionality of the capacity buttons. Now you should be able to open recent apps from the right hand side capacitive button, while a move back using left-hand side capacitive button. It was that easy.

Is the White & Gold Color Edition coming to India?

Well, the team has officially stated that Soft Gold; the White and Gold Color Edition will be coming soon. But haven’t stated when the edition will be available for purchase or which regions would be getting it first.

Can LeEco’s CDLA headphones work with OnePlus 3?

Yes, you can very much use the LeEco’s Continual Digital Lossless Audio enabled USB Type-C headphones. Though, to use those CDLA headphones on OP3 you have to enabled the USB OTG on your device. By default it is disabled on your device. Go to Settings app and tap on Storage & USB. Now tap on the three dotted menu button, you’ll see enable OTG option. Tap on it to enable.

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