OnePlus 3 is one of the best phones released in 2016 thanks to the fact that you get everything you want in a flagship device, but at half the price that most of its rivals demand.
Released five months ago, OnePlus 3 has been sensational and at some point the company had to suspend shipping dates due to excess demand for the handset. However, rather than wait until 2017, the Chinese OEM has released a successor to this flagship dubbed OnePlus 3T.
Last year, OnePlus X followed the flagship OnePlus 2 and these two were worlds apart in terms of everything. However, this year’s OnePlus 3T keeps most of the design aspects of its predecessor, but it bumps up most features from the inside, including the cameras.
So, what has really changed on the new OnePlus 3T when compared to the original OnePlus 3? Here’s a closer look.
Design and display
OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are one and the same phone when it comes to external design. They have the same design material, measurements as well as weight. But you get slightly tweaked colors – a new gunmetal variant comes in instead of the graphite variant, but the soft gold variant remains.
Like the OnePlus 3, the 3T doesn’t come with the best display screen the market offers. You still get the same 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED panel with 1080p resolution, 401ppi and Gorilla Glass 4. Maybe this is where the phone derives its pocket-friendly price tag. More on this later.
The major highlight of the OnePlus 3T is the improved performance it brings via a new Snapdragon 821 SoC as compared to the Snapdragon 820 used on OnePlus 3. However, the rest of the specs remain the same, with an Adreno 530 GPU and 6GB RAM. The new chipset has a higher clock speed of 2.35GHz as compared to the 2.15GHz you get on the older model.
Of course, these are just on-paper changes, but in terms of real world performance, you shouldn’t notice any huge differences between these two. However, Qualcomm says that the new chipset uses less power and runs much cooler than the 820 – features that should help with battery saving and overheating aspects.
In terms of software, the OnePlus 3T disappoints with its Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, especially since Android Nougat is already out there powering devices such as HTC Bolt, LG V20 and Huawei Mate 9 out of the box. Nonetheless, the company promises to make the Nougat update available to both devices before the year ends.
For selfie lovers, the new OnePlus 3T is worth looking at. Unlike the 8MP found on the OnePlus 3, the 3T ships with a massive 16MP selfie sensor that also adds a smile capture feature for auto-capturing of photos when you simply grin. As for the rear snapper, you get the same 16MP sensor, but the company says it has added a feature known as Intelligent Pixel Technology that helps with reducing noise when taking photos in low light conditions.
Both OnePlus 3 handsets can capture up to 4K videos with the main cameras, but the front snappers can only manage 1080p videos.
Battery life, storage and price
OnePlus 3 has a 3000mAh battery unit that is supported by fast charging technology. However, those going for the newer OnePlus 3T will enjoy a larger 3400mAh battery alongside the same Dash Charge technology used for fast charging on the predecessor.
The selling point of the new OnePlus 3T, just like the OnePlus 3, is the pricing. For OnePlus 3T handset with 64GB of onboard storage and 6GB RAM, you will part with $439. To get the high-end 128GB model that keeps the same 6GB RAM, you need $479. As for the OnePlus 3, you only get one storage option of 64GB and 6GB RAM priced at $399.
OnePlus 3T has just been announced and it is not yet available for purchase. However, it will start shipping to the U.S. starting November 22nd while those in Europe will have to for another week, starting November 28th.