Faster & Better: One Plus 3T: As expected by all of us it didn’t come out that way with the all new One Plus 3T in the case of OS which was earlier expected to be the latest one i.e Android v7.0 (Nougat) but it actually comes with Android v6.0 (Marshmallow). Although OnePlus has made clarity about the sooner availability for the upgrade to 7.0 Nougat in future for both OnePlus 3 & 3T.
Faster & Better: One Plus 3T:
Some comparison within both the closely launched flagships from One Plus may be noticed as I have been using the newer one for about 15-18 days long & it is good Experience anytime, although there is nothing much different from the predecessor One Plus 3 in many aspects. The 3T has additionally offered with a gray color & 128 GB of storage options which is an addition to the previous flagship phone. Also, the Processor is faster, improved battery & front faced camera is now better.
As the new phone from One Plus has arrived so frequently, there has to be a reason behind that one. So, the 3T is having some more in the software department, the Gesture controls have been updated. With the new gesture controls, you will be able to turn the phone over to mute during a call & screenshots can be easily taken just by sliding 3 fingers down the screen. Additional security for every individual Apps & design of icons is made possible with the 3T model.
Let’s jump to different aspects of the all new 3T, one by one:
While looking at the design, the 3T is exactly like the earlier model from OnePlus. Made up of full Metal body, slightly curving from the back with all sides & corners being rounded. The 3T is also very light enough to carry & use despite the fact of being entirely made up of metal and as the back sides have been tapered it also seems thinner when used. Distinguishing feature from the predecessor is only the color which can tell us about it being a OnePlus 3 or the 3T.
Addition to the variants of this flagship is the replacement of silver color by a gunmetal color. While configured with different storage capacities, the color variant availability also varies as the golden variant will only be available for the 64 GB model while the gunmetal will have both 64 GB & 128 GB of storage capabilities. Designs of the buttons have been made so as to cope up with the handy usefulness of the phone.
It comes out with 5.5 inches of AMOLED display having a resolution of 1080p. As the updated OxygenOS also gives the option for dark mode theme which is built-in to OxygenOS for taking advantages of the deep inky blacks. in addition to the expected rich & vibrant colors with high contrast from AMOLED screen.
OnePlus 3T Specifications:
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|Design||Dimension||152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm.|
|Display||Technology||Optic AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels, 401 ppi|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|Powered By||Chipset||Snapdragon 821|
|Processor||Quad-core (2×2.35 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)|
|Memory||Internal||64 GB / 128 GB (Gunmetal Only)|
|RAM||6 GB LPDDR4|
|Interface||OS||Android v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)|
|Camera||Primary||16 MP Sony IMX 298 sensor, 1.12μm, f/2.0|
|Secondary||16 MP Samsung 3P8SP sensor, 1.0μm, f/2.0|
|Video||2160p @ 30 fps, 720p @ 120 fps, Auto HDR|
|Feature||Phase Detection Autofocus, OIS, EIS|
|Network||Bands||GSM / HSPA / EDVO/ LTE|
|Connectivity||Wifi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/as, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot|
|USB||V2.0, Type C|
|GPS||Yes, With A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Battery||Capacity||3400 mAh Non-Removable Li-ion battery|
|Fast Charging||Yes, Dash Charging (5V 4A)|
|Color||Availability||Gunmetal, Soft Gold (Available soon)|
|Price||USD($)||$439 (64 GB) & $479 (128 GB)|
|EUR(€)||€408.4 (64 GB) & €445.6 (128 GB)|
The most expected section for the all-new device is this, as it was an expectation for a Nougat updated phone with this one but unfortunately, it turned out to be a lower one. OnePlus 3T runs with OxygenOS 3.5.1 based on Android v6.0 Marshmallow. Although an update to Nougat will be available sooner for the device as quoted by one of the officials from OnePlus. Many of the customizations are available for better experiences of users with the current version of Android also. Few new customizations have also been added in the latest OxygenOS like the Built-in night mode theme, custom accent colors, icon customization tools & the gestures additions too is a great new experience to use.
In terms of performance, the 3T model is a boost than the earlier one as its Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor has been at a speed of 2.35 GHz, which is even faster than the one that is equipped with Google Pixel smartphones. The RAM in the 3T is same as the 3 i.e 6 GB. So, the performance is just awesome with the upgraded combination of processor & the RAM. Everything on the device is even smoother than earlier.
Available with two different storage capacities, the 3T model features non-expandable smartphone device. Although it brings up the 128 GB of onboard storage in a gunmetal color variant which is a totally different variant that is made available to attract users. I also loved the color & also it was fulfilling my needs of storage that was available onboard. Fast fingerprint scanner being placed in the home button is easy to use & unlock the device. The 3T has also boosted up the battery capacity by up to 13% from the predecessor without making any changes in the dimension & weight of the device & that’s a great piece of work they have done.
Dash charging technology is no longer new to everyone now. It is now the most common way for smartphone developers for quickly & easily charging up the phone for long backups. Having an advantage of resisting the heat developed through quick charging to the wall adapters only & not allowing it to come along into the device is far safer than any other fast charging options available these days.
An upgrade to the front-facing camera have been received with the all new 3T but this change is limited to the front only as the rear camera is the same like in the OnePlus 3 model i.e. Of 16 MP. This time the front facing camera that is built-in is 16 MP, which is double of the predecessor model. The front facing camera also comes along with a f/2.0 aperture which captures great selfies even in low or dimmed light areas. So now the OnePlus 3T is having an equivalent camera on the front & on the back and that are of 16 MP. This is definitely a good combination camera phone when it comes to a good picture quality. For a dynamic range, the camera can overexpose to the click & highlight the focused ones very easily.
In a very similar technology like the OnePlus 3, the 3T uses OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charging fast charging system, which promises to provide “a day’s power in half an hour” of charging. It lives up to that claim, rapidly charging the 3T’s battery in just a few minutes. But it’s not compatible with Qualcomm’s much more common Quick Charge platform, and it only works with OnePlus’ charging brick and USB cable. The 3T offers a better battery capacity of 3400 mAh which is an add-on of 400 mAh in the predecessor i.e. OnePlus 3.
Overall Summarising Features:
- More refined Oxygen OS.
- Improved 16 MP Front facing the camera.
- Faster processor speeds with 2.35GHz.
- More internal storage of 128 GB.
- Better battery performance i.e. 3400 mAh.
- Thin light metal design.
- Fast DASH charging.
Price & Availability:
With all new improved processing speeds & higher quality front facing camera along with increased battery capacities as expected a hike in the price than the predecessor i.e. OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T model featuring 64 GB internal storage cost about $439 while the other one that features 128 GB of storage will be costing additional $40. The phone is available in the US since 22nd of November while for European countries it was made available from 28th of November this year.
Availability in India:
The Chinese company’s India General Manager, Vikas Agarwal announced through his Twitter account about the latest smartphone flagship i.e OnePlus 3T. OnePlus has made an announcement for the launch of its newly arrived model 3T in India on 2nd of December, 2016. However, there was no any hint about the Indian pricing for the phone but as expected it will be higher than the predecessor like in the other US & European countries.