Five months after the launch of the 3, OnePlus has officially announced the next evolution of their flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3T. While not a lot has changed, there are mostly improvements and increments to the hardware, it’s still a worthwhile update worth looking at. The phone is pretty much the same as the earlier OnePlus 3, including the physical dimensions being exactly the same, while changes in the 3T are:
1) A new gunmetal grey colour (replaces graphite)
2) The higher clocked Snapdragon 821(2 cores clocked at 2.35 GHz and 2 at 2.15GHz)
3) A 128GB option in addition to a 64GB option.
4) A new 16 MP front facing camera and better electronic image stabilization on the rear camera.
5) A bigger 3400 mAh battery compared to 3000 mAh on the 3. Phone dimensions are still the same which probably means a higher density battery.
So it looks like they’ve taken on board the criticisms of the 3 and applied it to an incremental upgrade.
The company also announced that a new OxygenOS build based on Android 7.0 Nougat will be released for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T at the same time before the end of this year, and going forward, the two smartphones will receive updates simultaneously.
No official pricing for India has come out yet. The 64GB model has been priced at GBP 399 (roughly Rs. 33,700), EUR 439 (roughly Rs. 31,200), and USD 439 (roughly Rs. 29,800), while the 128GB model has been priced at GBP 439 (roughly Rs. 37,100), EUR 479 (roughly Rs. 34,800), and USD 479 (roughly Rs. 32,500).
It’s great that they’re putting this out as the new standard and stopping the OP3 to be honest, it’s slight improvements means it’s more in the leagues of the new flagships releasing now (Pixel, LG V20, Mi5s etc.) in terms of battery and performance specs, all whilst keeping the good points.
It’s pretty interesting that they’re discontinuing the OnePlus 3.
This therefore represents a price increase of $40 for their baseline model. Of course, that model now has a slightly bigger battery and better processor, but whether a slight upgrade makes you want to change the device is your choice.
Too people buying a new new device and hunting for a Flagship killer, Go for the OnePlus 3T.