OnePlus 3T is the best flagship phone that money can buy, especially for those running on a budget, however, one thing that has remained a little tricky about the phone is its availability.
Like other OnePlus phones, the latest 3T has been selling via the company’s own online store, but it turns out this hasn’t been a great option for some people in a number of markets. In countries where OnePlus has not launched its online store, it has been working with local retailers to bring the phone to the people. We’ve seen it happen in India with Amazon India and apparently, the same is happening in Malaysia, with locals now able to pre-order the OnePlus 3T from a local online retailer in the country.
If you live in Malaysia and have been dreaming of owning a OnePlus 3T phone, well, you can get one from online retailer DirectD at just RM 1899 ($427). This will earn you a 64GB storage option of the phone’s Chinese variant with model number CN-A3010. As for the international variant (64GB) with model number A3003, you’ll need an extra RM 300, coming to RM 2199 ($495). As for the high-end 128GB model, the Chinese variant (CN-A3010) is priced at RM 2399 ($540) while the international variant of the same storage will set you back RM 2499 ($562).
OnePlus 3T is nicknamed the flagship killer and for sure it does just that. Other than the aforementioned storage options, the 3T comes with some of the most powerful hardware specs you can find on a smartphone right now. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 running the show and this is paired with a monstrous 6GB RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU. Software-wise, you get Android Marshmallow with OxygenOS on top, but an update to Android 7.0 Nougat is already available. You can even join the beta program for the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but you can also choose to exercise some patience and wait for the stable version to be released in the coming days.
In terms of cameras, the OnePlus 3T has 16MP shooters on both ends, but obviously the main camera has more features than the selfie shooter. To keep the phone going is a 3400mAh battery that is supported by fast charging technology. Other goodies of the 3T include a fingerprint scanner, USB-C, NFC and lots of other features you’d expect to find on a flagship phone.
If OnePlus 3T is too costly for you, the same DirectD retailer has an even better deal for you. The recently announced HTC U Play is now available for pre-orders in the country and in fact, the retailer is throwing in freebies worth RM 799 for those who pre-order the phone. These freebies include a JBL GO Bluetooth speaker, an original HTC in-car charger, original HTC charger adaptor and a tempered glass and silicon casing.
The freebies don’t end there as HTC U Play buyers will also stand a chance to get a free hotel voucher for two where you and your loved can stay for three days and two nights at a hotel of your own liking, but the options are limited to 40 hotels countrywide.
Even though the HTC U Play has an interesting deal that involves a bunch of freebies, the price of the phone is no different from the entry-level OnePlus 3T, which is RM 1899. Given the specs and features that the U Play offers, it is reasonable to throw in freebies worth RM 799 or even more, especially when comparing it with what the 3T has to offer.
The HTC U Play comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, a MediaTek Helio P10 processor that is paired with 4GB RAM and you get 64GB of storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 256GB. The back has a 16MP camera and so does the front and like OnePlus 3T, you get Android Marshmallow out of the box, but the update to Android Nougat is still nowhere to be seen. To keep the phone alive is a smaller 2500mAh unit that is supported by fast charging technology. Do keep in mind that the U Play has no 3.5mm audio jack and instead, everything is handled by the USB-C port, including charging and data transfer.
So, will it be the RM 1899 OnePlus 3T or the RM 1899 HTC U Play with freebies worth RM 799? Do feel free to join the discussion with your thoughts in the comments section below.