OnePlus is one of the most talked-about smartphone company in the world thanks to the magnificent OnePlus 3T, a phone that was released towards the end of 2016.
It’s close to a year since the original OnePlus 3 made its debut and while this phone made headlines when it was unveiled at just $399, the refreshed OnePlus 3T took this to the next level. The phone came with an enhanced chipset, better camera, bigger battery and storage, as well as a new Gunmetal color variant, but this also meant that you pay slightly more, starting at $439. Still, this price was unbeatable for what the phone brings to the table is just massive.
So, what has prevented other OEMs from toppling OnePlus 3T from the top of the list as one of the best phones in the market? Here are the three main reasons why this phone is still up there.
As noted above, OnePlus 3T is valued at just $439 for the base model and $479 for the high-end model. For these prices, you get mind-blowing specs and features that include a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage on the former and 128GB storage on the latter.
The cameras remain the same at 16MP on the back and 16MP on the front, but the former gets more features than the latter. You also get a 3400mAh battery, fingerprint scanner, USB-C, 4G LTE, NFC and fast charging technology.
Software updates are flowing smoothly
The year 2017 is indeed different for OnePlus, especially when looking at software. The tech giant’s OnePlus 3T is only one of the few devices that are currently installed with Android 7.1.1 Nougat thanks to an OTA update. The others are Google Pixel, Pixel XL and a bunch of Nexus devices that are still supported and we all know the cost of getting a Pixel phone. This has meant that no complaints whatsoever are coming in regarding software updates and hence more and more people keep rating OnePlus 3T as high as ever.
When compared to any other Android phone currently in the market, OnePlus 3T is the leading when it comes to performance tests done on AnTuTu benchmarking platform. The handset even beats the likes of Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, only second to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, but this won’t be for long thanks to the new Samsung Galaxy S8, which has an even newer processor in the shape of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.