OnePlus Ace 3 experience: pricing starts at 2,599, battery storage is greatly upgraded, and the price will be reduced after increasing the quantity

Less than a month after the release of OnePlus 12, OnePlus Ace 3 has arrived, seemingly earlier than last year’s OnePlus Ace 2.

Speaking of OnePlus Ace 3, it is still the classic OnePlus upgrade model.

The appearance is the familiar OnePlus design, with adjusted details and upgraded texture. The processor was replaced with a new one, and the screen was upgraded from the flagship model. The battery capacity has been increased, the fast charging speed has been improved, and the heat dissipation and software have been optimized with the new body and performance. It is a performance mobile phone with a very balanced configuration and experience.

Familiar appearance, solid texture

Starting from the OnePlus Ace Pro and OnePlus Ace 2, these two branches of the Ace series have used the curved screen design of the OnePlus flagship series. The original boxy OnePlus Ace design has been moved to the more entry-level OnePlus Ace V series.

If you look at it this way, the styling of the OnePlus Ace 3 is really similar to the OnePlus Ace 2 Pro. The new protective case that comes with the OnePlus Ace 3 can also be installed directly on the OnePlus Ace 2 Pro, and the USB-C interface at the bottom is also aligned.

However, OnePlus Ace 3 has added a fill light on the periphery of the multi-camera structure, and the position of DECO will be slightly different. After the phone was replaced with a metal frame, the three-stage buttons other than the speaker opening and USB-C interface, the volume and power keys, the infrared sensor, and the microphone opening at the bottom have all changed positions, which means that the previous OnePlus Ace 2 The Pro case no longer works.

OnePlus Ace 3 comes in three colors: star black, moon sea blue and the sand gold we have.

The color of Mingsha Gold is similar to Pantone's 2024 Color of the Year "Soft Peach". OnePlus used the latest fused gold glass process and a coating with high refractive index and high absorption rate to make this transparent and metallic luster The back cover allows light to flow smoothly when it hits it, and the reflected effect is also very eye-catching.

The back cover is smooth and feels cold like metal in the hand. The curved surface extends smoothly to the frame, and the bare metal fits comfortably in the hand without irritating the hand.

The Deco part continues to use OnePlus’ familiar watch design, with engraved details on the ring. The interior uses the same glass technology as the back cover and retains the radioactive light path texture that is similar to the standard watch.

The main LED fill light has been moved outside the circle, and the protruding camera has also been filled in, making the appearance much more integrated.

The front of the phone is equipped with a 6.78-inch 1.5K Oriental screen. It uses BOE's latest X1 luminescent material, which can achieve manual brightness of up to 800nits, global maximum of 1600nits, and local maximum of 4500nits. It can be seen clearly when used outdoors.

The screen has an average JNCD of 0.35 and has received DisplayMate A+ certification. In order to enhance the reality effect, OnePlus Ace 3 comes with a self-developed image quality engine that works with the chip Display P1 and a high-precision pixel-level calibration algorithm to achieve independent calibration of single pixels, improving display purity, color accuracy and clarity of the screen.

The screen display is clear and transparent, and with the Pro XDR display function, picture playback and watching TV shows are pretty good.

The colors are accurate, and the daily experience of using it to color-correct photos taken on mobile phones in Lightroom is okay.

In addition, this screen uses a new generation of LTPO hardware circuit design, combined with the new Display P1 display and customized enhanced driver speed, which can lower the screen's 1-120Hz refresh rate adjustment delay and improve operational smoothness.

The screen also supports custom global high refresh, and applications on the phone can be customized to the highest refresh rate of 120Hz. When playing games, fix the refresh rate at 120Hz, and the control and graphics will be smoother and more stable.

In other words, OnePlus Ace 3 supports the rain touch function previously used on OnePlus Ace 2 Pro. A little water on your fingers and screen will not affect unlocking and touch.

Large capacity, big battery

In terms of hardware configuration, OnePlus Ace 3 has been upgraded from Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 of Ace 2 to Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It may be to widen the gap with the OnePlus 12 and Ace Pro series, so it has not been directly updated to Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

The storage combination is still the top full version of LPDDR5X memory paired with UFS 4.0 flash memory. The memory is still 12GB and 16GB. It may be due to positioning that 18GB or 24GB is not used.

The current 16GB is still enough. When I open the game (Genshin Impact, Peace Elite), I open Weibo, WeChat, Xiaohongshu, Douyin, Lightroom, Taobao, and Exchange, and then jump back. The game is still in the original interface, and switching back to the application here does not clear the background.

If you don’t have extreme requirements for app retention and don’t need to play several large games at the same time, the 16GB version of OnePlus Ace 3 can also last a long time.

Although the memory has not been upgraded, the flash memory has been.

OnePlus has added a “16GB+1TB” option to the Ace 3 this time. Considering that the data packages of mainstream large-scale games such as Genshin Impact and Star Railway basically start at 20-30GB, the space occupied by WeChat can easily exceed 20GB. Doubling the memory is still necessary for users who don’t often organize space and change mobile phones.

As flash memory increases, so does the battery.

OnePlus Ace 3 uses a large 5500mAh battery, which is 500mAh more than OnePlus Ace 2. As in the past, I went out to shoot for half a day with a full battery, and then browsed Weibo and Xiaohongshu normally during the journey, connected to Xiaowei to listen to music, and turned on the e-sports mode in the game assistant to play games for a total of about 2 hours. I still had 47 left when I got home in the evening. % of the battery, it won’t be a big problem if you stick to the limit until noon the next day.

When it comes to charging, OnePlus Ace 3 uses a 100W long-life version of super flash charging, which takes only 27 minutes to charge from 1-100%. Considering that the Ace 3 uses the largest battery in its class, the 100W battery can be fully charged in 27 minutes which is actually quite fast.

Moreover, mobile phones do not have strict requirements for chargers. Even if there is no 100W super flash charging charging head, OnePlus Ace 3 also supports 45W PD charging. The built-in 100W charging head can also charge laptops. There is no need to worry about which charging combination to choose when going out.

In terms of cameras, OnePlus Ace 3 is equipped with a standard three-camera performance of "ultra wide + wide-angle main camera + macro". The main camera uses the most familiar 50-megapixel 1/1.56-inch Sony IMX890 sensor, and the lens aperture is f/1.88, supports optical image stabilization.

The imaging style is also familiar to the OnePlus model, and the overall picture can maintain sufficient resolution. For example, the textures of the Canton Tower and trees in the picture are still very clear.

The automatic HDR processing is not bad. It tries to preserve the light and dark details without affecting the light ratio of the scene. The HDR traces are not obvious. The photos are transparent and clean, and the effect of suppressing highlights is not bad.

The camera interface provides 2x and 5x zoom options. In a well-lit environment, OnePlus Ace 3 can ensure clarity after digital zoom.

▲ 1x

▲ 2x

▲ 5x

As long as you watch it on a mobile phone, the smearing feeling of the 5x zoom film is not particularly obvious and it is still usable.

However, the 2x zoom is more commonly used. The clear and transparent style of the main camera coupled with the 2x viewing angle makes daily photography of food and small objects more comfortable than directly using the 1x main camera to get closer.

Balanced and durable performance sub-flagship

Finally, let’s take a look at the price of OnePlus Ace 3. The three storage versions have canceled the 16GB+256GB option, and the top version has become 16GB+1TB. Their prices are:

  • 12GB+256GB: 2599 yuan
  • 16GB+512GB: 2999 yuan
  • 16GB+1TB: 3499 yuan

In general, OnePlus Ace 3 has a screen of the same level as the flagship, updated with a large battery and large storage, plus a new generation of eye protection mode, rain touch, global high refresh and a new generation of super light and shadow image engine Algorithms and other functions have been updated, making it a new machine with solid experience and performance.

In addition, the emergence of OnePlus Ace 3 also explains OnePlus’ upgrade model for its next flagship performance model.

The appearance continues the flagship design model, and the core hardware configuration is also locked at the flagship level. The camera adheres to the model of "main camera + ultra-wide + functional lens" with flagship imaging algorithms. The battery and charging continue to use a combination of large batteries and wired fast charging. In addition, the new features brought by the ColorOS update and the new generation of software optimizations, this After a series of integrations, the update logic of the Ace series seems to be figured out.

In addition, with the Ace 3, we can still see that OnePlus wants to maintain some differences between the Ace and Ace Pro series. Ace 3 does not use Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and 24GB large memory, as well as wireless charging and telephoto lens, which may have something to do with it.

In addition, OnePlus has lowered the starting price this time, from 2,799 yuan for Ace 2 to 2,599 yuan. The top-end version has an upgraded capacity from 512GB to 1TB at the same price. Looking at the price, it is indeed quite affordable.

So, if you are an old OnePlus Ace 2 user and the 512GB storage is almost full, but you don’t want to increase your budget for replacement too much, then the OnePlus Ace 3 is a good choice.

But if you have already changed your phone when the OnePlus Ace 2 Pro was launched, but still have not upgraded to the large storage version, then the OnePlus Ace 3 Pro that may be launched later is more suitable for you. So, if you are a OnePlus Ace 2 Pro user, you can wait a little longer.

In addition to the OnePlus Ace 3, OnePlus also launched a new true wireless noise-canceling headset, the OnePlus Buds 3.

The charging box continues to use a frosted matte texture, while the earphones are designed with a combination of matte and metallic glossy surfaces. The key operation is no longer to pinch the end of the ear handle, but to directly touch the top of the ear handle. The headset supports LHDC lossless encoding, Hi-Res Streaming and master tuning functions, and has much more functions than the previous generation OnePlus Buds Pro.

The headset is priced at 499 yuan, and the initial price is 449 yuan. If purchased with OnePlus Ace 3, it will be 399 yuan.

"Buy it, it's not expensive."

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