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New leaked images of the OnePlus 3 hint at a full metal unibody

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More images of the OnePlus 3 have emerged from the woodwork giving us a clearer look at the Chinese company’s upcoming flagship device. First impressions? Well, it looks pretty darn handsome, though a little too familiar.

The first image is a rendered one and it comes courtesy of serial leakster Evan Blass (@evleaks). Things of note here is the return of the front-mounted fingerprint sensor that sits just below the smartphone’s display.

On the back, we see the OnePlus logo plastered on what looks like a full metal back case. What’s interesting is that this design looks eerily similar to that of an HTC One M9 from the antenna lines to the square camera module.

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Our guess of a fully metallic OnePlus 3 seems to be confirmed by this next set of live images from @KJuma. Here the smartphone looks to have a gently curved back which is likely for ergonomics as well as a Samsung-esque camera bump. One notable feature that is missing from the back of the smartphone is a laser autofocus module.

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Around the bottom, we see a single speaker grille and asymmetrical design similar to that of a Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 6s and HTC One A9. That’s honestly a nice departure from their dummy grille design from the bottom of the OnePlus 2. In the dummy grille’s place sits a headphone jack and what looks like microphone ports along with a USB Type-C port.

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It is worth pointing out that in this image, the fingerprint sensor looks a lot more like a button (similar to the OPPO R9/F1 Plus) rather than a recessed dimple. Around the side, we find what has become OnePlus’ signature alert slider.

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As a whole, it looks like a really handsome device. Knowing OnePlus, this smartphone will likely pack the best specs you can get this year, with even hints that there will be a version with 6GB of RAM to go along with the lower specced 4GB variant.

At the heart of the device, reports have indicated that it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and will go on sale for a slightly lower price than the OnePlus 2.

Unfortunately, if Evan Blass’ words are to be believed, it seems that the OnePlus 3 will only be packing a 3,000 mAh battery. Then again, it will come with an AMOLED display (like the OnePlus X) which should mean that the device is more frugal with its power consumption.

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