Once again, one of the most prolific Android leakers on Twitter gives us a preview of what we can expect from a future flagship phone. Evan Blass, more commonly known as @evleaks, tweeted on Tuesday that the OnePlus 3 will bring back NFC capability, something that many were upset to find lacking in last year’s OnePlus 2.
OnePlus 3 basics: 5.5-inch 1080p, Snapdragon 820, 64GB storage, 16MP rear camera, NFC. SS from an N preview build. pic.twitter.com/u1a0hQoEIP
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 24, 2016
Accompanying NFC support will reportedly be a Snapdragon 820 (no surprise there), a 1080p display (AMOLED, according to one of his previous leaks), a 16MP rear camera and 64GB onboard storage. I would speculate that last detail might not pertain to the base model, but it would still be interesting to see what OnePlus will charge for the 64GB model. Speaking of charging, a USB-C cable will apparently be doing the honors as it did on the OP2, though it might be doing it 5 times faster if it uses the same “Super VOOC” charging technology rumored to appear in parent company Oppo’s Find 9 phone.
By the way, the “elephant in the room” in @evleaks’ latest revelation is not necessarily the return of NFC, but that there appears to be an Oxygen OS build based on the Android N preview making the rounds at OnePlus headquarters. Likely it’s just the system image with a few tweaks and “Oxygen OS” added to the build.prop file, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Of course the OnePlus 3 won’t ship with Android N but rather Oxygen OS atop Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Still, it’s apparent that users will be able to run the Android N preview on the phone after they receive it.