OnePlus has officially launched its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus Ace 3, in China. The phone packs top-of-the-line specs including the newest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and a large 5500mAh battery.
Ace 3 Sports Ultra-Slim Bezels and Smooth 120Hz Display
The OnePlus Ace 3 features slim bezels around its AMOLED display for an all-screen front design. OnePlus teased on Twitter that the phone will have their narrowest bezels yet:
“See you in the future with our narrowest OnePlus phone ever.” – @oneplus
The Ace 3 is equipped with a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz high refresh rate. OnePlus further touted advanced display technology for enhanced visual performance:
“Our dedicated team customized a high-performance ultra-wide gamut panel that represents colors more accurately than ever before.” – @oneplus
The 120Hz LTPO 2.0 display supports variable refresh rates down to 1Hz to preserve battery life.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Powers Flagship Performance
As leaked previously, the Ace 3 is among the first wave of phones to utilize Qualcomm’s cutting-edge Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform. This 4nm chip touts improved CPU and GPU performance, AI acceleration, and 5G connectivity.
OnePlus confirmed the Ace 3 will pack up to 16GB LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage for incredible speed:
“OnePlus Ace 3 packs the flagship power you need to get things done blazingly fast.” – @oneplus
The Ace 3 is designed for elite gaming performance leveraging the Adreno GPU and up to 1TB storage option on the highest-end model. The phone incorporates Pixelworks’ X7 Gen 2 processor to boost visual quality in games.
Massive 5500mAh Battery with 100W Charging
The OnePlus Ace 3 has an incredibly large 5500mAh dual-cell battery, which OnePlus confirmed is its biggest ever:
“5000…5500mAh? The OnePlus 12R might just have our biggest battery ever!” – @OnePlus_IN
Table: OnePlus Ace 3 Battery and Charging Specs
|0-50% charge time
|0-100% charge time
The phone supports blazing 100W SUPERVOOC fast charging to power up quickly. OnePlus states the Ace 3 can charge to 50% battery in just 10 minutes.
High-End Camera System
OnePlus equipped the Ace 3 with a sophisticated triple camera setup:
- 64MP main camera
- 8MP ultrawide angle
- 2MP macro
The main cam utilizes OIS and features an IMX890 sensor co-developed with Sony. The phone packs Hasselblad camera software enhancements for vivid color reproduction and natural skin tones.
OxygenOS Software Out of the Box
The OnePlus Ace 3 launches with the Android 13-based OxygenOS software rather than OPPO’s ColorOS. This delivers a clean, fast stock Android UX preferred by OnePlus fans.
OnePlus announced an extended software update commitment for the latest flagships:
“OnePlus Ace series will enjoy four major Android version updates and five years of security updates” – @notebookchecknet
So buyers can expect the Ace 3 to receive updates all the way to Android 17.
Ace 3 China Price and Availability
The OnePlus Ace 3 is available for pre-order now in China, with general sales starting January 15. Pricing is very competitive versus rivals:
Table: OnePlus Ace 3 Pricing in China
|Price in Yuan
|8GB + 128GB
|8GB + 256GB
|16GB + 512GB
There has been no official word yet regarding OnePlus Ace 3 international availability. However, trusted leaker @stufflistings tweeted that OnePlus plans to launch the phone globally as the OnePlus 12R:
“OnePlus Ace 3 launches in China but global debut expected as OnePlus 12R” – @stufflistings
So we can likely expect a rebranded OnePlus 12R with similar Ace 3 specs for other regions like India and North America. More details should emerge over the coming weeks.
Outlook: Strong Galaxy S24 Competitor
With its bleeding-edge processor, rapid charging, OxygenOS software, and reasonable pricing, the OnePlus Ace 3 shapes up as a formidable rival to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S24.
Early reviews praise the Ace 3 offering a premium experience and future-proof power at hundreds less than typical flagships. OnePlus seems well-positioned to disrupt the industry again and shake up the status quo.
Going forward, it will be interesting to see if the company can expand availability more globally. There is clearly demand internationally for high-spec OnePlus phones at reasonable prices.
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