OnePlus 3 release date: Carl Pei teases it may be before year's out; more compact phone revealed in leak

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After successfully releasing the much-awaited “OnePlus 2” device, Chinese startup manufacturer OnePlus is not done making headlines as there may be another smartphone coming to the market before the year ends.

Co-founder Carl Pei said in an interview with USA Today previously that, “There’s going to be a second phone this year, before the end of the year. Hopefully for Christmas.”

OnePlus 2 was met with a lot of enthusiasm among users and even though it is reportedly not the best-selling unit of the year, the handheld is still one of the best there is with good specifications and a gorgeous design that comes with a low price tag. Within three days of the unveiling, more than one million people asked for an invite to purchase the phone.

No official statement has been released regarding OnePlus 3’s specifications but allegedly leaked images show that it may be more compact compared to its predecessor.

Yahoo Tech reports renders of Chinese tech blog mobile-dad.com and the pictures depict a seemingly softer design featuring rounded edge with back panel that looks like it cannot be removed. Unlike OnePlus 2 which supports a customizable cover for the back in case the user wants a more premium material, if it comes to fruition, the upcoming rumored device seems like it will be made with plastic only.

Another photo suggests that there may be dual camera configuration with dual-LED flash while the fingerprint scanner seems to be relocated at the rear as there is no home button that can be found in the front.

Moreover, it is predicted that OnePlus 3 may come with a lower retail price without sacrificing the quality of hardware as the company is known for its low cost sales model.

“The entire landscape was changing. eCommerce is making everything more efficient and ultimately it benefits the consumer. It cuts out the middle man and cuts out a lot of the margins. You can read media and user reviews online. Advertising is diminishing in value and the value of good products is rising because it can be discovered without a huge marketing budget… So it’s not about making a cheap phone at all,” Pei said.