The hottest Android phone right now is the OnePlus 3. The third flagship from the Chinese company is far better than predecessors, but it also has some flaws. Luckily for buyers, the RAM management and screen color issues can be fixed with the help of a firmware update. However, there’s a catch: It’s only review units that will receive the over-the-air (OTA) fix initially, with a public release expected to go out in the future.
Recent comparisons between the OnePlus 3 and flagships from the competition, including the Galaxy S7 edge and the iPhone 6s showed that the OnePlus handset is the slowest of the three, in spite of packing 6GB of RAM. An unofficial fix proved that the RAM management can be improved, while OnePlus explained that the poorer RAM performance is intentional, as it’s meant to conserve battery life.
When it comes to the phone’s display, many people criticized OnePlus’s screen choice and its overall color performance. Thankfully, OnePlus acknowledged this issue and promised an update that would fix color accuracy.
But you’ll have to wait a while for your OnePlus 3 to get better. According to Android Authority, OxygenOS version 3.1.4 is being pushed out to review units only, which will be treated as beta testers for the public OTA release that will follow “later on.”
That’s as vague as you’d expect from a smartphone maker talking about firmware updates. At least OnePlus is tackling these issues head on. However, this shows that the Chinese phone maker still has things to learn about making a great phone. Cutting corners isn’t acceptable just because the device is super affordable, at least not as long as the phone wants to compete in the big leagues.