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OnePlus 3 flaunts its premium design to the masses (pictures)

The OnePlus 3 launches (invite-free this time) with a new aluminum look, high-end specs and an affordable price tag.

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The OnePlus 3 is finally here

Amidst a loyal fan base and a lot of hype, OnePlus finally launched its third flagship phone, the OnePlus 3. Equipped with high-end hardware and a $399 price tag (£309 or approximately AU$541), this is the best budget Android phone available

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A polished design

With a new aluminum construction and chamfered details around the display's edges, the OnePlus 3 has a more elegant look compared to its predecessors.

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Android Marshmallow dipped in OxygenOS

The handset features a 5.5-inch, 1,080-pixel resolution display. It runs Google Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with OnePlus' customizable OxygenOS interface on top.

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Slide to change your notifications

On the left edge is a notification toggle that's common on OnePlus phones. Not only can you slide it to turn notifications on and off, but there's also a priority notifications setting in the middle.

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Fingerprint reader on the bottom

The home button below the display also acts a fingerprint sensor for added user security.

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Compatible with GSM networks

The device only works with carriers using GSM technology (in the US that means AT&T and T-Mobile ), and it has dual-SIM capabilities.

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Capture sharp pics easily

The 16-megapixel camera (which bulges out a bit from the handset's surface) has automatic High Dynamic Range shooting, HD Mode and records 4K video. It also has a manual mode and you can save photos as uncompressed raw files.

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For your selfie needs

On the front is an 8-megapixel shooter.

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Snapdragon inside and 6GB of RAM

A quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor from Qualcomm powers the phone. It also has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (without the option to expand).

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Super fast charging

The OnePlus 3's 3,000mAh non-removable battery charges through a USB Type-C port. It also has Dash Charging, trademarked by OnePlus, which means it charges quickly without overheating. When I tested it out, the phone shot up from 0 to 65 percent after 30 minutes.

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Dash charge as you go

In addition to the stock Dash charger, the company released a Dash car charger so you can juice up your device on the go.

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Switching up your style

If you're not digging the aluminum aesthetic, you can buy a back cover in wood, bamboo and other materials.

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Another hat in the VR ring

In conjunction with the flagship launch, OnePlus released a VR headset for users to watch VR video and other content with the OnePlus 3.

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No more invitation system

Unlike previous launches, you won't have to frustratingly wait for an invite to get your hands on the phone. Instead, the company is releasing it to the masses right at launch on its site. For more information, read CNET's full review of the OnePlus 3.

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