So here’s a phone we didn’t think we would be blogging about this year: the OnePlus 3T. Here’s the “long-story-short” version; the 3T is the improved sibling of the OnePlus 3, which is still among the very best phones of this year. And don’t let the “T” in the name fool you; as much as OnePlus is trying to convince you this is a minor change, it doesn’t feel that way.
When your mid-cycle refresh includes a processor upgrade, more battery, more storage and a bump up in camera spec(even if it is the secondary camera), you’re pretty much talking about a whole new phone. Lets not forget that the OnePlus 3 was launched in June 2016 and was, in itself, a breathtaking phone. And now OnePlus have gone and made it better.
The major change is the with the processor; the Snapdragon 821 SoC is 10% faster than it’s predecessor on the OnePlus 3. It also puts the OnePlus 3T in an elite group of phones, featuring the Google Pixel and the Asus Zen Phone 3, to have the latest chipset. There’s also a 14% bump up in battery, from 3000 mAh to high density 3400 mAh . Couple this with Dash Charge and the fact that OnePlus has managed to keep the weight and dimensions of the phone unchanged and you’ve got a winning combination. The rear camera gets sapphire glass protection to it’s 16mp shooter and the second camera’s pixel count now matches with the primary camera. There’s also a new colour option: the very HTC-like Gun Metal Grey to go with the very HTC like design of the phone (I’m not complaining though!). It is clear that this is an extremely capable phone; It’s as far as specs will go and as far as great software will take you.
The only thing that isn’t clear is OnePlus’s product strategy. This phone is supposed to exist only because OnePlus want their phones to have the latest hardware so as to showcase their latest software. And although the Snapdragon 821 is supposed to be “Daydream” VR friendly, OnePlus have confirmed that virtual reality has virtually nothing (word play, you are welcome.) to do with this release. So, with the OnePlus 3T available at about 2000 INR more than the OnePlus 3(27,999 and 29,999 for the 64gb variant of the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T respectively),I wouldn’t be surprised if a few OnePlus 3 owners were a little annoyed with the upgrade. The next question has got to be about the release date of the OnePlus 4. Do we see the next OnePlus in June next year? If yes, then is it worth waiting for the 6 months rather than buying the 3T right now?
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But standing in line at the Arts Village in Bengaluru where the OnePlus team showcased the 3T, you can’t help but feel a sense of belonging and (tech) family among the OnePlus owners and fans. It is true testament to OnePlus’s commitment to make great, affordable phones and to push the envelope on the usage of the term “flagship killer”. But I do think that the OnePlus 3T is an evolution of sorts; It is, in every sense of the word, a full fledged flagship in it’s own right.
Are you getting yourself the OnePlus 3T come December 14th? Let us know in the comments. Here’s wishing you an amazing week ahead!