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OnePlus 3T – An Upgrade to an Already-Awesome Budget Flagship

Just about five months after the release of the amazing OnePlus 3, an upgraded OnePlus 3T has been announced. The original smartphone was already awesome for the features it offered at a more budget-friendly price. But OnePlus has now upped the ante by making some upgrades, especially as concerns power and performance.

OnePlus 3T



The design of the OnePlus 3T is unchanged from the first device. It still sports a chassis made of high-quality aluminium and a slim body measuring just about 7.4 millimetres in thickness. The construction ensures this should be comfortable to handle despite the humongous size. But OnePlus has now decided to replace the graphite colour option with a gunmetal variant, and you still have the existing gold option as well. The flagship smartphone retains the same 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1,080p resolution for very sharp images. Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection is still offered.


Looking at the rear of the OnePlus 3T, it might appear nothing has changed in terms of the primary snapper, given you will find the same 16MP Sony sensor used. But a new ‘Intelligent Pixel Technology’ has been introduced to the main camera for dealing with noise in low-light settings. It features a rugged sapphire lens and upgraded electronic image stabilisation (EIS). The selfie shooter has been upgraded from an 8MP sensor to a 16MP Samsung sensor and is now said to support phase detection autofocus. Smile capture is available for selfie-taking.

Power and Performance

A headline upgrade on the OnePlus 3T is the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset it is equipped with, compared to the Snapdragon 820 SoC driving the OP3. The upgraded quad-core CPU is clocked at a speed of 2.35 GHz. It is paired with the same 6GB RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU. You are essentially getting an improvement on already top-notch performance. You should expect cooler performance while enjoying fluid gaming and watching movies. Like the OnePlus 3, this phone will ship with OxygenOS software based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but its maker has announced plans to make the latest Android 7.0 Nougat available for it alongside the OP3.

Sundry Features

OnePlus supplies a more powerful battery that is likely to help the OP3T better compete with more expensive heavyweights such as the Edge variant of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel XL. The juicer has a capacity of 3,400 mAh, compared to the previous 3,000 mAh. It also supports the super-fast Dash Charge technology that lets you get a day’s worth of power from half-hour charging.

The OnePlus 3T adds a 128GB variant to the single 64GB model available for its predecessor. It has a fingerprint sensor nestled in its Home button. The phone also features a USB Type-C port.

Pricing and Availability

The smartphone goes on sale on 22 November and 28 November in the U.S. and U.K. respectively. The price starts at $439 for the 64GB model. If you want more storage, be ready to pay $479 for the 128GB model. It can be said that the price increase from the OnePlus 3 is modest when you consider the upgrades that were made. The cost of the base converted to around N200,000 in Nigeria.

OnePlus 3 at a Glance

– Slim metal unibody design
– 5.5” Optic AMOLED display
– 16MP PDAF rear and 16MP front cameras
– Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU
– 64GB/128GB onboard storage
– OxygenOS
– 3,400mAh battery
– Dash Charge fast charging technology © 2015 Frontier Theme