After weeks of leaks and rumours, OnePlus 3T has finally become official. The phone is an upgrade to the company’s OnePlus 3 smartphone launched in June 2016. OnePlus 3T features an updated processor – the Snapdragon 821, along with more battery capacity and a better front camera. The new phone is also more expensive and starts at $439 ( Rs 29,700) for the 64GB version and $479 for 128GB (Rs 32,000).
While OnePlus flagship devices are much cheaper compared to those from Apple, Samsung and Google, their performance is top notch. We decided to pitch the new OnePlus 3T against other 5.5-inch flagships: Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and Google Pixel XL.
OnePlus 3T brings moderate updates to the OnePlus 3. The phone features Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 processor (same as on Pixel XL) and has seen a bump in battery capacity, which now stands at 3400 mAh – compared to the OnePlus 3’s 3000 mAh battery.
OnePlus 3T also comes with a new 16MP front camera with Samsung 3P8SP processor. The phone will be available in two colour variants – Soft Gold and Bold Gunmetal. OnePlus 3T comes with 6GB RAM, but there’s a new 128GB storage version as well.
We had reviewed the OnePlus 3, and found that it comes with one of the best cameras among Android devices. This works well in both bright and low-light conditions. OnePlus 3T is currently running on Android Marshmallow, but is expected to get the Nougat update by the end of the year.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Apple’s new iPhone 7 smartphones have seen restricted upgrades over the iPhone 6s smartphones. Apple has kept design changes to a minimum, but bumped up performance with the new quad-core A10 Fusion chip.
The major upgrade was the addition of a dual-rear camera (12MP+12MP) to the iPhone 7 Plus that gives users the ability to take DSLR style photos, for example – taking ‘bokeh’ shots. iPhone 7 Plus also features an LCD display unlike the others in the list. The phone comes with 3GB RAM, and three storage variants. But it starts at Rs 72,000 in India making it the most expensive flagship on the list. The iPhone 7 Plus is also the tallest and widest phone among the four, but still manages to be the thinnest at 7.3mm.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus has seen a moderate increase in battery life compared to iPhone 6s Plus. It is also the only device in the list without a 3.5 mm headphone jack. In our review of the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera, we found the device to be a very potent low-light performer – the closest competition to which is the Google Pixel XL and S7 edge. The addition of a telephoto lens allows for users to take pictures with up to 2X optical zoom, something none of the other players offer.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
With the Galaxy Note 7 dead, Galaxy S7 series is the only true flagship in Samsung’s lineup until the launch of the Galaxy S8 or possible the Note 8. This makes the Galaxy S7 Edge the oldest flagship featuring in this comparison. It was launched in February this year; all other devices were launched in the past two months.
The camera on the Galaxy S7 Edge was hailed as one of the best in smartphones with special emphasis on its ability to take great images in low light conditions. The big 3600 mAh battery (highest among all four devices) makes sure the phone lasts a whole day of medium-to-heavy use with ease. The 5.5-inch Super AMOLED curved display is also a highlight of the device. Galaxy S7 Edge will be getting the Android Nougat update soon.
Google Pixel XL
The first device to carry the Google logo, Pixel XL (along with the Pixel) was launched in October this year, and is touted to feature the best ever camera on a smartphone. The 12.3MP camera sensor comes with a wider aperture and EIS, which makes for stunning low-light photography. Google is relying on software wizardry to bump up image quality on the Pixel phones.
Google Pixel XL is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor – comes with 4GB RAM, which is coupled with 32GB or 128GB storage. The phone is significantly thicker than the others at 8.5mm. In our review, we liked the Google Pixel XL’s camera performance, both in low-light and regular lighting conditions. We also felt this phone comes very close to the iPhone 7 in terms of camera performance.