It was barely June, this year, we were talking about OnePlus’ offering in the OnePlus 3, yet here we are a few months later with a new version, the OnePlus 3T.
As the name would suggest, and definitely its appearance, we’re looking at a minor spec bump improvement over the latter version, so we would say, if any of these improvements aren’t necessary for you, this could be saving time on a cheaper OnePlus 3 model. However, the OnePlus 3T isn’t here just yet, it’s coming November 28th, so let’s have a look at what you’re getting over the OnePlus 3.
3 to 3T
It’s worth remembering that the OnePlus 3 is still a very fast and capable Smartphone, still faster than the existing Galaxy S7 and HTC 10s of the world, with a SnapDragon 820 processor and the insane 6GB of RAM, so when it comes to a version faster than that it’s clear we’re gonna be walking on egg-shells to see a major difference in performance.
However, with that in mind, let’s look at areas the new OnePlus 3T does shine in, or at least tries.
Goes without saying that the OnePlus 3T goes from the SnapDragon 820, to the new SnapDragon 821, which so far we’ve only seen running on the latest Google Pixel Smartphone, and we can vouch it runs very well on top of Android Nougat.
Like on the Google Pixel however, the OnePlus 3T does have it slightly under-clocked for battery so that very small increase in performance SnapDragon 821 actually delivers over the SnapDragon 820, like we previously said, may be hard to notice.
DASH Charging is incredible, easily one of the fastest QuickCharge Solutions available today, and that was on the OnePlus 3, so you can bet it’s got even better in the OnePlus 3T.
First things first, the battery itself has got bigger, from the 3,000mAh of the 3, to now a 3,400mAh, which OnePlus now claim something incredible; “a days power in half an hour”!
Now, a lot of companies like to boast some rather unbelievable stats when it comes to battery, and this would definitely be right up there, though with the experiences we’ve seen on the OnePlus 3, this could really be possible, and if that’s true, this is incredible. Though, we’d of preferred a percentage estimate more to be fair, so we can choose our “usage” for that day.
Like more or less anyone who releases a piece of technology with a sensor capable of photography, OnePlus are claiming the OnePlus 3T is the best Camera ever, obviously. On paper though it’s a rather standard improvement.
The same 16 Megapixel resolution Sony sensor on the back of the OnePlus 3T as found on the 3, though OnePlus claim with software and hardware algorithms, it can still take shots crisper, and more importantly without any shutter-lag.
Though interestingly, the 16 Megapixel resolution is no longer limited to the rear Camera, as even the front facing Camera is 16 Megapixels, which is quite an incredible feat. The front Camera is a Samsung sensor, though based on the 1080p HD claims, very likely not better than the Rear, though there’s only so much you want to see out of a Selfie!
Oxygen OS + Android 7 Nougat
Interestingly, it’s unconfirmed whether it’s 7.0 or 7.1 Nougat running as the backend here, but know it is Nougat behind the new Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 3T … which yes will be available on the latter models soon.
It’s worth mentioning however, we’ve had a rather mediocre experience with Oxygen OS. Sure, it’s nice to be able to choose whether you want on-screen buttons or not, or if you want Settings to really help that AMOLED display, which by the way remains 1080p, by being all black, but at the same time we’d more prefer that just being on top of the Google Now Launcher, which is what ends up happening to any OnePlus devices we test. Not hating on it, but just know there’s little to see, and the new version doesn’t change that.
The “everything else”
As we mentioned, the 5.5 inch display on the OnePlus 3T remains 1080p, but OnePlus now claim that the AMOLED Panel is one of the most accurate displays of it’s kind offering the most real vibrant colours possible. Though, doesn’t everyone say that.
The OnePlus 3T is Dual-SIM by default, though unfortunately that doesn’t mean a microSD Card slot, but at least storage has seen a bump, now 64GB standard and 128GB option now available.
The Home button mounted Fingerprint scanner has also seen a required improvement, now much more accurate and fast, which is good to see as no one wants to see “No match” on their Smartphone when trying to Unlock.
That about wraps it up. The OnePlus 3T is by no stretch of the imagination a required upgrade, in fact at all from the OnePlus 3, but for those looking for a fantastic fast top-spec Android Smartphone for power and battery and nothing else, this is the Smartphone you’ve been waiting for, and of course just in time for the holidays.
- Snapdragon 821
- 6GB of RAM
- 5.5 inch 1080p AMOLED Display
- 64GB or 128GB Versions (non-expandable)
- Android Nougat with Oxygen OS
- 16 Megapixel Front (1080p video) and Back Cameras (4K video) (Samsung and Sony sensors respectively)
- Dual-NANO SIM Slot