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OnePlus 3. Click to expand.

Here it is folks. The OnePlus 3 just leaked in a glorious press render, courtesy of Evan Blass.

The high resolution image reveals an attractive metallic device that takes design cues from competitors like the HTC One and Huawei Mate series.

According to Evan Blass, the metallic unibody isn’t the only major upgrade the OnePlus 3 is receiving. While the OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2 featured IPS LCD panels, the OnePlus 3 is moving on to AMOLED, the technology that most consumers and experts recognize as superior. If that turns out to be true, the OnePlus 3 will join the ranks of a growing cadre of devices equipped with OLED panels, supplied in large part by Samsung. It’s a shift that we expect more manufacturers to make, as OLEDs become cheaper than LCDs, and the influential Apple adopts OLED for the 2018 iPhone.

The OnePlus 3 will be equipped with a 3,000 mAh battery, according to @evleaks. The OnePlus 3 is actually a downgrade in this regard – the OnePlus One rocked a 3,100 mAh unit, while the OnePlus 2 moved to 3,300 mAh. Looking at the press render, it looks like the device will be super thin, which explains, at least in part, the decreased capacity. But OnePlus may have a hard time selling this compromise.

Like a lot of other devices from the past year, the OnePlus 3 will feature a raised camera, and, judging from the apparent size of the lens, the sensor could be quite large.

The press render closely matches the leaked hands-on photos that we spotted last week. Those images, which  showed a stealthy black version, gave us a better look at the phone’s slim sides. As it often happens, the OnePlus 3 looks much better in the press render, making us wonder if it’s some sort of damage control by the company.

The OnePlus 3 will probably feature a Snapdragon 820 processor, coupled with 32GB or 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The frontal fingerprint reader and the USB Type C charging port are making a return, but the presence of NFC is still up in the air.

OnePlus has been pretty quiet over the past few months and that makes us hopeful that the company is done with attention-grabbing stunts, including the dreaded invite system. When will the OnePlus 3 arrive? We don’t know, but given the fact that press renders are already popping up, it shouldn’t be too long.

So, do you like what you see here?