Official OnePlus 3 render could be the company’s latest marketing ploy

An official rendering of the OnePlus 3 has surfaced via tipster Evan Blass’ Twitter account and has been confirmed to be legitimate by Engadget, which received the image directly from OnePlus’ China PR rep.

The promotional image indicates the phone will feature a fingerprint reader, USB Type-C port and T-shaped antenna lines that suggest NFC support and make it resemble an HTC device.

As with other recent OnePlus leaks, the image shows an all-metal back, which marks a departure from the plastic OnePlus One, glass OnePlus X and plastic-with-metal-frame OnePlus 2.

The camera setup is also changed. Notably, the laser auto-focus and dual-tone flash appear to be missing.

Engadget cautions, however, that this official render could be a decoy, a tactic that it reports has often been employed by OnePlus’ sister company Vivo.

In addition to the render, Blass states in his tweet that the phone would have AMOLED display and feature a 3000mAh battery.

As we previously noted, most publications expect the OnePlus 3 to ship with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 16 megapixel rear facing camera. It’s also expected to ship with the latest version of the company’s own Oxygen OS, which is based on Android 6.0.1.

Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder, told CNET this February that the OnePlus 3 would launch, “at the end of the second quarter,” so we shouldn’t have to wait long to check the veracity of these claims.

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