OnePlus 3 launch: All you need to know
OnePlus 3 is currently among the only three phones in the world that feature 6GB of RAM. The other two are Lenovo's ZUK Z2 Pro and the Vivo Xplay 5 Elite. Given that these phones have opened up the gates for other premium phones to graduate to 6GB RAM standards, it can be assumed that they offer performance unmatched by existing phones running 4GB RAMs. Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is also expected to launch with 6GB of RAM and will launch at Samsung's next Galaxy Unpacked event in July.
Phone Arena has revealed the results of a series of contests between the OnePlus 3 featuring 6GB of RAM and Snapdragon 820 processor and the Samsung Galaxy S7 featuring 4GB of RAM and an Exynos 8890 processor. Before starting the tests, 'All extraneous features were turned off so as to allow both phones to perform on a level playing field.' The tests involved opening and reopening of apps several times in succession to test the phones' long-term performances.
Spec comparison: OnePlus 3 vs Sony Xperia X vs Vodafone Smart Platinum 7
OnePlus 3 took 71 seconds to complete the first round of testing but was beaten by the Galaxy S7 which took ten seconds fewer to complete the task. However, in the second test, the Galaxy S7 seemed to have found its rhythm but OnePlus 3 was beginning to struggle. The Galaxy S7 took just 33 seconds to finish round two but OnePlus 3s performance remained static at 70 seconds. The phone particularly struggled while loading and reloading Asphalt 8 which is currently being played by over 200 million people on PCs, Macs, Android, iOS and Windows platforms.
Even though the test results can be scary for those who have already pre-ordered the OnePlus 3, it might be too early to write off 6GB RAMs just yet, given that RAM isn't the sole criteria for a premium smartphone's performance. The phone will surely be put to further tests in the course of the next few months given that it has arrived with a 'flagship killer' tag, but once user reviews start flowing in, we will get a true measure of the phone's stamina and long term performance.