OnePlus 3T is the successor to the previously released OnePlus 3 and while the latter had already received rave reviews, the former is even better than its predecessor.
OnePlus 3T is not only better than the former OnePlus 3, but it also stands out in a crowd that also includes the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, iPhone 7 Plus as well as Google Pixel XL, just to name but a few high-end smartphones in the market. However, one would be hard-pressed to end up with the pricey Google Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Plus or even the slightly older Galaxy S7 Edge when the market has a phone such as the OnePlus 3T. If you are not buying this just yet, let’s get a little deeper into the details.
Who doesn’t think of affordability when buying any product, especially a product that has so much competition or rather options to pick from? Smartphones are all over and when it comes to picking the best ones, specs and features rarely matter these days. This is especially because most devices come with just about the same hardware specs and features, but the pricing aspect is usually the real deal breaker.
From the price point of view, there is no better offer than what the OnePlus 3T brings to the table. You get the phone for just $439 while the high-end model is priced at $479. Interestingly, this price gets you more or less the same hardware specs and features as what you get from the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Google Pixel XL or the Apple iPhone 7 Plus.
The fact that OnePlus 3T is priced at $439 doesn’t make it a cheap buy, but when looking at what you need to pay for the Galaxy S7 Edge ($770), iPhone 7 Plus ($770) or Google Pixel XL ($770), this phone is definitely a bargain you can’t pass.
Hardware specs and features
If the price of OnePlus 3T compared to the high-end models from Apple, Samsung and Google surprises you, wait until you see what power the phone comes with in comparison to the same group. The phone has the same screen size as the rest – 5.5 inches – however, it shares the same resolution specs as the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (1920 x 1080 pixels). This is only bettered by the Galaxy S7 Edge and Google Pixel XL – where both have QHD resolutions. Still, you get the same AMOLED panel on the 3T as what these two have, beating Apple’s LCD panel that has been labeled inferior to AMOLED panels.
There is even more power under the hood when compared to the rest of the pack. The Snapdragon 821 SoC used is the same as what you get inside the Google Pixel XL and more advanced than the Snapdragon 820 used on the Galaxy S7 Edge. However, where Samsung and Google phones come with 4GB RAM, you get a whopping 6GB RAM on the OnePlus 3T. As for the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, there is an A10 chipset that is paired with half the RAM you get on the 3T. As far as storage is concerned, Apple wins the battle by going up to 256GB with the rest only managing to halve this figure with 128GB options. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge recently added this variant with the release of the Pearl Black color variant.
Where the base models of the pricier Google Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 7 Plus start at 32GB, you get 64GB on the base model of the OnePlus 3T. In terms battery power, the S7 Edge leads the way with a huge 3600mAh unit, but this not far away from the 3450mAh and 3400mAh of the Pixel XL and 3T, respectively. On this matter, the iPhone 7 Plus lags behind with a 2900mAh unit.
There is no doubt that Apple iPhone 7 Plus gets the nod when it comes to the main camera where you get a dual-lens setup. The rest have a single-lens setup, but the Pixel XL and Galaxy S7 Edge have 12MP sensors as opposed to the 16MP snapper used on the OnePlus 3T. It gets even more interesting when it comes to selfies as the latter leads the way with a huge 16MP snapper as compared to the rest where you get 8MP snappers.
Software-wise, Android lovers will want to stick with Google Pixel XL, but OnePlus 3T is currently beta-testing the latest Android Nougat, meaning it won’t be far away from rolling out the update, an update that Google rolled out no so long ago. In fact, both Samsung and OnePlus handsets may be getting the update at around the same time.
So, do you still want to buy a Google Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge when the market has given you a decent and more affordable phone in OnePlus 3T? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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