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OnePlus 3 will launch by summer with new design

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The OnePlus 3 smartphone will be revealed before the end of June, the company’s co-founder has revealed.

Speaking to CNET, Carl Pei has promised a launch by “the end of the second quarter.”

Also, Pei promises a device that will “captivate” the firm’s fans in the same way the original handset was able to back in 2014.

The upstart manufacturer, which has not enjoyed quite the same hype with 2015’s OnePlus 2 device, has also promised a “new design” when the 3rd-gen device arrives.

According to the interview, Pei says the OnePlus 3 will offer “at least,” what CNET calls the ‘special feeling’ generated by the first iteration of the affordable handset.

OnePlus has garnered a huge following by competing with the Android big guns with high-spec smartphones available at around half the cost.

With a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a customised Snapdragon 810 processor, USB Type-C, dual SIM, 13-megapixel camera, fingerprint sensor as 3,300mAh battery it was able to match up with the big name flagships for just £239/£289.

In our review of the OnePlus 2 back in November we called the phone “a remarkable release.” So far the only noted problem associated with the OnePlus 2 has been the continued difficulty of obtaining it.

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OnePlus’s registration process and invitation-only sales mechanism has left a lot to be desired, but Pei says the firm will be reverting to more traditional sales and marketing strategies for the next release.

Although at this point it might be worth waiting for what OnePlus has in store for the 3rd-gen device in just a few short months.

A purported leak in December 2015 showed a device with a Snapdragon 820 processor and a front-facing speaker, but no fingerprint sensor. What would you like to see in the OnePlus 3? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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