What better time to launch a new phone than second half of November – right before the beginning of holiday shopping season. It’s this time of the year when people are more willing to make their dreams come true regardless of price. Those who won’t find what they need during Black Friday sales will be pretty easy to win over as holidays approach and smartphone makers are well aware of that. OnePlus certainly is. The company’s new device, OnePlus 3T, is now ready to buy in the US but is it worth the upgrade over OnePlus 3? Let’s see.
Unlocked OnePlus 3T is available for order in the US priced at $439.
One of the first things users tend to check when searching for a new phone is the price tag. Some manufacturers release new models of their phones at the same price as older ones, but it’s not the case here. The improved version of the OnePlus 3 costs $40 more, that is $439. It’s a relatively low increase, but increase nonetheless, so keep that in mind if you are considering an upgrade.
On the outside, the OnePlus 3T is exactly the same as the OnePlus 3, from shape and color (though, in addition to graphite, the new model will also be available in soft gold) to size and weight – both measure 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4mm (6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29-inches) and tip the scale at 5.57oz. Both phones also share many specs, but there are a few pretty important differences as well.
For starters, the OnePlus 3T is powered by a faster and more efficient Snapdragon 821 chip, while the older model has a Snapdragon 820 under the hood. Another important improvement is front camera – OnePlus doubled resolution from 8 megapixels to a whopping 16 megapixels so selfie enthusiasts should be over the moon. Finally, the 3T packs a larger 3,400 mAh battery (the capacity of OnePlus 3 battery is 3,000 mAh) which should add a few extra hours of usage. Just like the OnePlus 3, the 3T battery comes with Dash Charge technology which delivers a full day of usage after only a 30-minute charge.
As far as the rest of the specs are concerned, they are identical to what the OnePlus 3 has to offer. It means that you can expect a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p screen, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable memory, though there also will be a version with 128GB of storage. The phone is also equipped with a 16-megapixel main camera, a fingerprint scanner and NFC support. The operating system of choice is still Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Oxygen UI.
Summing up, the OnePlus 3T may not be a huge upgrade over the OnePlus 3 but it does address some of the most important issues, that is battery life, processor speed and selfie quality. Frankly speaking, it seems that there’s not much else OnePlus could do to improve its already awesome offering without dramatically rising the price, especially considering how relatively inexpensive the phone is compared to other similarly equipped devices.