OnePlus 3T smartphone is an upgraded version of the earlier OnePlus 3, and it looks like the Chinese tech start-up is sticking with its policy of launching only flagship phones for 2016. OnePlus has already confirmed there is no mid-range smartphone coming from them this year like the OnePlus X in 2015. So what’s the difference between OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3? And is it a bad idea to buy the regular version of the phone? We explain what’s new in the upgraded smartphone.
The key changes in the OnePlus 3T are the new Snapdragon 821 processor, a 128GB storage version, higher megapixel front camera along with a bigger 3,400 mAh battery. OnePlus 3T’s colour variants are ‘Bold Gunmetal’ along with the soft gold. However, the 128GB version will only be available in the Gunmetal version. The new upgraded phone will be on sale from November 22 in the USA, and it’s not clear if the smartphone is coming to India anytime soon.
OnePlus 3T also starts at $439, which is around Rs 29,000. This is slightly higher than the OnePlus 3 which is priced at Rs 27,999 in India.
In terms of processor, OnePlus 3T has a Snapdragon 821 processor which will deliver a 10 per cent performance increase over Snapdragon 820 found in the OnePlus 3. However OnePlus has kept the RAM same at 6GB RAM. The battery is also bigger on the OnePlus 3T at 3,400 mAh compared to the 3,000 mAh on the earlier smartphone. OnePlus is also offering the same Dash Charge support for its phone, which promises half a day’s of battery life with just 30 minutes of charging.
Other specifications of the OnePlus 3T are: 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution with Gorilla Glass 4. It runs OxygenOS based on Android Marshmallow. The rear camera on the OnePlus 3T is 16 MP with Sony IMX 298 Sensor, but it also has a Sapphire crystal lens cover. The rear camera has OIS and EIS enabled, 4k video capturing at 30fps and ‘Slow Motion’ 720p video at 120fps.
Below is a table with the specifications of the OnePlus 3T vs the OnePlus 3 smartphones:
OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T
The extra battery on the Oneplus 3T looks interesting and a better selfie camera might make this sound more appealing to some users. But let’s admit the overall features have not changed much. OnePlus 3 is still a pretty capable smartphone, and the company is promising both phones will get Android Nougat 7.0 by the end of the year, which means from a software perspective you won’t be losing out even if you buy the regular version.
In our review of the OnePlus 3 we had called it a serious flagship killer, which something the brand has pitched as its USP. The 6GB RAM and Snapdragon 820 processor should not given any cause for complaint.
Even the camera on the OnePlus 3 is one of the best among Android smartphones, according to our review, and delivers excellent photos in bright light and low-light conditions. The battery also lasted a day for us with 4G usage, although the OnePlus 3T might offer a little more juice thanks to the bigger battery.
As far as specifications and looks go, OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 are not too different. If you want the latest processor, sure then wait for the OnePlus 3T to launch in India, but the OnePlus 3 is still a pretty capable smartphone.