“We compare the latest flagship from OnePlus, dubbed the OnePlus 3T, with its predecessor to check out what all is new”
OnePlus’s vision of budget flagships put it on the radar of millions of consumers back in 2014 with the launch of the OnePlus One (review) and the company has been on a roll ever since. While the second iteration from the company was lacking on a few fronts, the brand regained popularity with the launch of OnePlus 3 a few months back, a phone which has now been rated as the best smartphone to ever retail on Amazon India. Suffice it to say, OnePlus has had a great year, but the brand doesn’t intend on stopping just yet as it has just announced a new device. The new smartphone, dubbed the OnePlus 3T, is an improved version of the company’s current flagship but before you sell your OnePlus 3 (review) on OLX, here’s a look at what the OnePlus 3T has to offer over the current flagship.
Design and Display
Design-wise, both the smartphones are similar. The refreshed OnePlus 3T comes encrusted in the same unibody metal design which encased the OnePlus 3. The only noticeable difference between the two models is that the OnePlus 3T would be available in a gun metal colour, apart from the same soft gold hue that its predecessor came in. As for the displays, OnePlus 3T can be seen sporting the same Optic AMOLED panel which was found on its predecessor. While the panel was heavily critiqued for inaccurately displaying colours on the OnePlus 3, the company quickly added an sRGB mode to calibrate the display better. The screen resolution of the two phones is the same at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.
Performance, Storage and Software
The OnePlus 3T is a performance-focussed device and is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip. The key difference between Snapdragon 820 and 821 processors is that the latter has been clocked at a slightly higher frequency of 2.35GHz compared to the 2.15GHz clocked cores found on the former. However, Snapdragon 821 is also supposed to be more efficient overall. Both the smartphones ship with 6GB of RAM.
For storage, the OnePlus 3T comes ships in two different variants of 64GB and 128GB of storage where as the OnePlus 3 sports only 64GB of internal memory. Neither of the two smartphones come with support for microSD cards.
In terms of software, both the smartphones can be seen running Android Marshmallow with Oxygen OS on top. The custom OS allows for slight tweaking of the phone’s UI and lets users switch between a dark and light theme along with choosing different accent colours. A beta for Android Nougat has been pushed by the company so both the devices should see a stable version for the same by the end of the year.
Camera, Battery and Connectivity
While the pixel count of the rear facing camera on the OnePlus 3T remains unchanged at 16MP, the front facing sensor gets a huge upgrade to 16MP as opposed to the 8MP sensor found on the OnePlus 3. The upgraded 16MP front facing shooter of the OnePlus 3T packs a Samsung 3P8SP sensor which also supports phase detection auto focus (PDAF). So selfie lovers can definitely expect a much better experience with the 3T.
The 3T gets a bump in the battery department as well and is fuelled by a 3,400mAh battery. On the other hand, the OnePlus 3 draws its power from a 3,000mAh unit. Dash Charging is one of the key highlights for the OnePlus 3, and the same fast charging tech has been carried forward to the 3T as well. With the screen resolutions of both the phones being the same and the newer Snapdragon 821 SoC boasting improved energy efficient cores, the OnePlus 3T should give users better battery life.
For connectivity, both the dual-SIM smartphones come with support for 4G VoLTE along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.
With the comparison out of the way, the question remains whether buyers who own a OnePlus 3 should purchase the OnePlus 3T or not. And the answer to that is a big yes, provided selfies are your priority. Other should probably wait for the OnePlus 4.