OnePlus' next flagship phone might launch with an eyebrow-raising design.
A few leaked photos have just surfaced via Chinese social network Weibo, and they reportedly show the upcoming OnePlus 3. They actually appear to reveal a device that looks like something HTC would make. As you can see in the photos, the phone has a case on it, so it's hard to see the design, but the body is likely metal with a slightly curved back. There are also antenna bands visible at the top and bottom.
Many reports have now claimed the phone in these leaked photos looks exactly the HTC One - if you ignore the protruding camera, which looks more like a camera found on a Samsung phone. The antenna lines on the back are even similar to HTC’s antennas. That said, the front of the device shows a pill-shaped fingerprint sensor, which is more like the fingerprint sensor found on the current OnePlus flagship.
If this leak is legit, it's interesting that the phone looks so different from previous OnePlus smartphones. The company's first flagship was mostly plastic, while the OnePlus 2 had a metal frame and plastic plates, and the OnePlus X was all glass. The OnePlus 3 would therefore be entirely different, but it might also end up being an obvious HTC rip-off.
We will likely know more soon, as the OnePlus 3 should be unveiled by the end of May. It's expected to feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 6.0.1-based Oxygen 3.