It's real: OnePlus 3 photos leaked early via Chinese regulatory body

And the shots perfectly match the most recent leaked renders

The OnePlus 3 will be announced very soon, with another VR launch planned and a debut expected before the end of next month, but we already know what it looks like and wields inside - for real.

Leaks have been plentiful of late, but this one can't really be dismissed: the OnePlus 3 popped up in the database of TENAA, the Chinese regulatory commission, showcasing the phone from the front, back, and left side (see below), plus all the specs are listed.

Better yet, the photos are a perfect match for the most recent leaked renders (above), which means we have a few good angles now on the design. It's definitely iPhone-esque from the front, with a sleek, minimal finish and rounded edges, albeit with more of an HTC One M9-like look to the back. It looks large but slim, with the centre camera module jutting out just a bit.

The listed specifications also match what we've heard in recent months. It's said to sport a 5.5in 1080p display along with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, and 3,000mAh battery within. In other words, it matches top flagships in nearly every detail but screen clarity, with a 1080p panel chosen sure to save on the cost (but also battery life). The screen is rumoured to be AMOLED this time around, however, rather than LCD.

OnePlus CEO Carl Pei promised a design evolution after admitting the OnePlus 2 lacked some of the wow factor of the original OnePlus One, and the first look is promising. It's closer in style to other flagship contemporaries on the market, but the sleek unibody design brings a more premium air.

Rumours suggested that a higher-end model with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (compared to the 32GB rumoured for the standard model) will also be available, although the TENAA listing doesn't shed any light on that topic.

Android Authority reported this week that the event may happen on 14 June, according to a purported reader chat with a OnePlus rep, so the reveal could be very soon. The Moto Z is also slated to be announced just days before that, so it could be a busy month for new phones - although given the expected low price and strong specs, the OnePlus 3 isn't likely to be lost in the excitement.

[Sources: TENAA, Engadget China, Android Authority via 9to5Google]

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