OnePlus has launched the OnePlus 3T smartphone, which is an upgrade over the OnePlus 3 flagship. OnePlus has changed the processor in the new phone and it now comes with the Snapdragon 821 processor and a bigger battery and front camera. The OnePlus 3T starts at $439 in the US, which is around Rs 29,000. The new phone is not listed on the India store yet, and it looks like this will take some time to come to India. However, OnePlus is also trying to reassure users who bought the earlier version of the phone, and says that they consider “OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T to be two versions of the same phone.”
In the announcement, OnePlus says software updates will follow the same schedule for both phones, and is promising Android Nougat update on OnePlus 3, 3T later in the year. The blogpost also says OnePlus 3T has “key improvements that couldn’t be pushed out through software update releases,” including the new Snapdragon 821 processor.
OnePlus 3T also comes in a 128GB storage version and two colour options called ‘bold Gunmetal’ and ‘soft gold.’ However only the Gunmetal option has 128GB version. OnePlus says the 64GB Soft Gold edition of the OnePlus 3T will be available shortly after launch, while the Gunmetal version goes on sale on November 22 in the US and November 28 in the EU.
So what are the specifications of the OnePlus 3T? It comes with the same 5.5 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with 401 ppi pixel density. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top and OnePlus 3T continues with the AMOLED display. It also comes with a night mode. Dimensions of the OnePlus 3T are 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm and it weighs 158 g,which is exactly the same as the OnePlus 3 phone.
The processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 which is quad-core one and the GPU is Adreno 530. Like the earlier phone, this one too comes with 6GB LPDDR RAM and not 8GB as was being rumoured. Storage options include 64GB or 128GB with UFS 2.0. The rear camera on the OnePlus 3T remains the same at 16MP with the Sony IMX 298 Sensor and 1.12 µm pixel size. There’s OIS, PDAF, 4K video resolution as well Slow Motion (720p at 120fps). The camera also supports RAW Image and has a Sapphire crystal lens cover.
The front camera has been bumped up in the OnePlus 3T and is now a 16MP one with the Samsung 3P8SP Sensor and 1.0 µm pixel size. It supports EIS, Auto-focus, PDAF, has an aperture of f/2.0 and will shoot 1080p video at 30fps.
Battery in the OnePlus 3T is 3,400 mAh (non-removable), more than the 3000 mAh on the OnePlus 3. It also comes with Dash Charge support, which promises a day’s worth of battery life in just 30 minutes of charge. It has a USB 2.0 Type-C charging port, Dual-nano SIM slot and 3.5 mm headphone jack as well. This is a 4G LTE (Cat 6) smartphone with support for Bands 1/2/4/5/8 in North America version. Other connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Sensors on the list of the OnePlus 3T are Fingerprint sensor, Hall sensor, Accelerometor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor and Electronic Compass. OnePlus 3T has the same bottom-facing speakers as the earlier phone and comes with dual-microphone with noise cancellation. Both phones currently run OxygenOS with Android M.