OnePlus is all about having the latest and greatest internals without paying a full flagship price. The OnePlus 3 came out a few months ago with a Snapdragon 820, but now there's a Snapdragon 821 in some phones like the Pixel. That just won't do, so OnePlus is releasing a whole new variant of the phone called the OnePlus 3T.
As you can probably tell from the images, the OP3T is very similar to the OnePlus 3. There are several spec bumps, which are bolded below.
|SoC||Snapdragon 821 (2.35GHz)|
|Display||5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED|
|Battery||3400mAh with Dash Charge|
|Camera||16MP f/2.0 rear with enhanced EIS, 16MP f/2.0 front camera|
|Software||Android 6.0.1 with updated OxygenOS|
|Measurements||152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm, 158g|
So, we're looking at a modest spec bump over the original OnePlus 3. The SoC will be faster certainly, but I'm not sure how much of a difference (if any) that will make in daily use. The option for 128GB of storage will be appreciated, as will the larger 3400mAh battery (up from 3000mAh). The color of the case is also slightly different—it comes in either gunmetal (above) or soft gold (below).
The OnePlus 3T will still ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but the build of OxygenOS has been tweaked compared to what's on the OnePlus 3 now. OnePlus has basically integrated some of the community build features into this one. Oddly, the OnePlus 3 is getting a Nougat community build later this month. I'm not sure why they wouldn't just wait and launch this phone with Nougat.
Now for the catch—the OnePlus 3T costs more, and it's completely replacing the OnePlus 3. That phone is no longer available. The OnePlus 3T starts at $439 for the 64GB model. The 128GB will cost $479. So, it's more expensive, but still an impressive deal. The OnePlus 3T is launching November 22nd in the US and November 28th in Europe.
LONDON –November 15, 2016–OnePlus today announced an upgraded addition to its premium flagship lineup, the OnePlus 3T. Staying true to the company’s Never Settle mantra, the OnePlus 3T builds on the success of the OnePlus 3, offering key hardware and software updates inspired by feedback from the active OnePlus community.
“At OnePlus, we are constantly striving to provide a better product and user experience for our customers, who are some of the most discerning andtech-savvy users in the world,”said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “We developed the OnePlus 3T to bring significant improvements with new technology that is available today, so that our customers do not have to wait for the best possible user experience.”
Dash Charge –A Day's Power in Half an Hour
One of the fastest charging technologieson the global market, Dash Charge provides a day's power in half an hour of charging, even while performing activities such as video streaming, graphic-intensive gaming or using GPS to navigate with the Dash Car Charger (also available on OnePlus.net). The OnePlus 3T also sports an upgraded 3,400 mAh battery, a 13 percent increase from the OnePlus 3, providing enough power to get users through the day and beyond.
Dash Charge stays cooler than other fast charge solutions by carrying more current and shifting the power management process from the phone to the Dash Charge adapter, so a vast majority of the heat generated while charging never reaches the device. Along with five custom safety measures in place to safeguard the adaptor, cable and phone itself, users can charge the OnePlus 3T as fast as possible without worry.
Powerful Performance –Snapdragon 821 and 6 GB of RAM
Using the most powerful version of the Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 821 processor (2.35 GHz), the OnePlus 3T boosts performance over Snapdragon 820 with faster processing speeds and greater power efficiency. The OnePlus 3T’s upgraded file system algorithm also improves the launch speed of large apps and games.
“OnePlus has proven once again that it never settles for anything less than the best. Using the Snapdragon 821 chipset, the OnePlus 3T gives the OnePlus community superior speed and performance in a beautifully designed smartphone,” said Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Featuring 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the most found in any smartphone available today, the OnePlus 3T can handle next-level multi-tasking, including resource-intensive apps and games, withoutdelay or lag.
16 MP Front and Rear Camera with Smart Capture
The OnePlus 3T’s 16 MP rear camera paired with OnePlus’s exclusive software suite, Smart Capture, allows users to capture the ideal shot in any environment or lighting situation. Optical ImageStabilization (OIS) helps to produce sharper still images, while an updated Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) algorithm ensures smoother video capture. A protective layer of sapphire glass, which has a Mohs hardness rating of 9, covers the rear camera to better protect it from scratches.
The updated 16 MP front camera intelligently combines pixels to gather more light and reduce noise in low light scenarios, resulting in clearer, more colorful photos in any condition.
Premium Design –Aluminum Unibody and New Gunmetal Color
The OnePlus 3T's design brings together the most premium materials and acute attention to the smallest details to give users a sleek and bold flagship smartphone. Each OnePlus 3T phone is carved out of a single slab of premium space-grade aluminum alloy for a seamless and resilient build, with fine details such as chamfered edges around the USB type-C port and speaker grill. At 7.35 mm, the metal unibody is light and comfortably thin. Our new Gunmetal color gives the OnePlus 3T a boldlook, while the Soft Gold version offers a subtle elegance.The stunning 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display produces colors that are more vivid than other AMOLED displays while offering excellent battery life. Users may also choose to customize the display calibration or switch to sRGB mode for highly accurate color reproduction.
Android Refined –OxygenOS
OnePlus’ custom operating system, OxygenOS, offers a refined Android experience that is faster, cleaner and more customizable than other Android smartphones. It builds on Android’s core functionalities with additional features and customizations that further improve the user experience. OxygenOS’ new platform enables a more streamlined software development process, resulting in faster, more consistent updates guided largely by user feedback.
Price and Availability
The OnePlus 3T in both the 64 GB and 128 GB (Gunmetal version only) storage options will be available on OnePlus.net in the United States on November 22 and in Europe on November 28, starting from USD 439 / EUR 439 / GBP 399. The 64 GB Soft Gold edition of the OnePlus 3T will be available shortly after launch.About One