One of the best you can buy at this price :OnePlus 3T review


Alight update to the highly-recommended ‘flagship killer’ OnePlus 3 Android smartphone, the all new OnePlus 3T is packed with the most up-to-date hardware available in the market. Competing against more expensive flagships like Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and the LG V20, the OnePlus 3T offers top-notch specifications but costs only around half as much.

Only after 6 months of launching one of the best phones it has ever produced, OnePlus has unveiled a new variant that’s seemingly even more capable. But are these upgrades enough to make the OnePlus 3T even better?
Design

The design of the OnePlus 3T is hands down the best we’ve seen in an Android device, at least for the price. Even though it looks exactly like the OnePlus 3, the new Gunmetal colour is great. Like the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T too has a smooth metallic unibody construction with a slightly curved back.

A pane of Curved 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 covers the screen, with only the fingerprint sensor embedded into the Home button disrupting the smooth display. A volume rocker is located on the left below the textured alert slider, which determines what notifications you can receive. The power button is on the right. The bottom houses a 3.5mm audio jack, speaker grille and a USB Type-C charging port.

Specifications

OnePlus 3T has a 5.5 inch optic AMOLED Full HD display of 1080×1920 pixel resolution and runs on Android v6.0 Marshmallow, with the Nougat update planned by the end of this year. Like the OnePlus 3, this one also has 6GB of RAM with 64GB and 128GB of internal memory but no external card slot. The biggest different between the OnePlus 3 and the 3T is that the latter comes with a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC.

While this processor bump might not make any difference to the generic user but it’ll definitely enhance the performance when accompanied with the 6GB RAM. To say the least, users who are going to buy the OnePlus 3T wouldn’t have to worry for a long time. The device is ready to handle any software updates and big apps that may come its way.

Apart from the basic connectivity options, the 3T also has NFC capability which will allows users to connect to other NFC enabled devices with a simple tap. A bigger 3,400mAh battery rounds off the spec sheet.

 

Performance

Honestly, there is nothing negative that we have to say when it comes to the performance of the 3T. Yes, there are few software glitches like in the camera app, where ‘smile to click a picture’ fails to recognize gestures.

We didn’t really have any issues with the OnePlus 3 when it came to performance, so there are none with the 3T either. The new processor handles just about everything without any lag. From browsing multiple windows simultaneously to playing heavy games like WWE Immortals, it performs like a beast. The Full HD display doesn’t disappoint a bit, with the images being sharp and colours vibrant. The fingerprint sensor is as sensitive as it should be, it recognises your fingerprint in a jiffy.

Even under extreme usage, the OnePlus 3T performs well because of the latest Snapdragon 821 SoC which also means better battery backup.
We ran the Geekbench 4 test. While the OnePlus 3 scored 689 on single core and 3939 on multi core, the OnePlus 3T scored 1859 on single core and 4339 on multi core.

Camera

The rear camera is the same that’s found on the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3T has a 16MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, optical stabilisation and HDR. But unlike the OnePlus 3, the front camera on the 3T also features a 16MP sensor for better selfies and video chats.

The camera software has been tweaked a little for more natural looking results. The images are great and look more vivid than the ones from the OnePlus 3. You have enough features to toggle inside the camera app, which can be adjusted according to personal preferences. It functions great under low light too, with the ISO and manual settings. But you might need a tripod for extreme situations to avoid unwanted blur.

Verdict

Even at an increased price of Rs 29,999, the OnePlus 3T is a highly recommended handset. It has top class specifications with the latest in hardware and software. And the fact that it’ll soon get the latest Android Nougat update makes things even better.

Some may say that the lack of external storage expansion is a downer, but 64GB should suffice for majority of users. If not, the 128GB variant costs just Rs 5,000 more.

There are some really good high-end Android smartphones in the market right now, like the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and the LG V20. But they are almost double the price of OnePlus 3T.

So if you want arguably the fastest and stock-Android like experience with powerful specifications at a budget price, the OnePlus 3T is the smartphone you should get.

ONEPLUS 3T 128GB SPECIFICATIONS

SUMMARY
performance 2350 MHz, Dual core
display 5.5 Inch
storage 128 GB
battery 3400 mAh
camera 16 MP
ram 6 GB
SPECIAL FEATURES
fingerprint sensor position Front
other sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
fingerprint sensor Yes
GENERAL
quick charging Yes
operating system Android v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
sim slots Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
model 3T 128GB
launch date December 14, 2016 (Expected)
brand OnePlus
sim size SIM1: NanoSIM2: Nano
network 4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available
fingerprint sensor Yes
MULTIMEDIA
loudspeaker Yes
fm radio No
audio jack 3.5 mm
PERFORMANCE
chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
graphics Adreno 530
processor Quad core (2.35 GHz, Dual core, Kryo + 1.6 GHz, Dual core, Kryo)
architecture 64 bit
ram 6 GB
DESIGN
build material Case: Metal Back: Metal
weight 158 grams
colours Gun Metal
DISPLAY
display type Optic AMOLED
screen to body ratio 72.94 %
pixel density 401 ppi
screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass v4
screen size 5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
screen resolution Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
touch screen Yes, Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
STORAGE
internal memory 128 GB
expandable memory No
CAMERA
camera features AF Phase Detection, Auto Flash, Continuos Shooting, Digital image stabilization, Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor, Exposure compensation, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), ISO control, Self-timer, Touch to focus, White balance presets
front camera Yes, 16 MP
zoom Yes, Digital Zoom
main camera Yes, 16 MP, Auto focus
flash LED
video recording 4k @ 30 FPS, HD @ 120 FPS
BATTERY
quick charging Yes, Dash charge
type Li-Polymer
capacity 3400 mAh
NETWORK CONNECTIVITY
wifi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
wifi features Mobile Hotspot
bluetooth Yes, v4.2
nfc Yes
network support 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
gps Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
sim 1 4G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5) / 800(band 20) 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 50 Mbit/s ? 300 Mbit/s ? (LTE category 6) GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
sim size SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
sim 2 4G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5) / 800(band 20) 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 50 Mbit/s ? 300 Mbit/s ? (LTE category 6) GPRS:Available EDGE:Available

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