The Chinese company, OnePlus, has just announced its latest flagship for 2016, the OnePlus 3T, only a mere five months after the release of the highly acclaimed OnePlus 3. So what’s it got to offer?
The new OnePlus 3T unsurprisingly has the exact same design as the OnePlus 3, with the exception of the new “Gunmetal” color option, replacing the Graphite tone. The “Soft Gold” finish along with the white front will remain the same as an option.
One of the most appealing features is the incrementation of the battery capacity from 3000mAh on the OnePlus 3 to 3400mAh on the 3T. That 13% improvement is sure to make a difference since battery life was one of the biggest complaints users had about the OnePlus 3. Of course, you are also getting the ridiculously fast “Dash Charge” technology, which provides “a day’s power in half an hour” and even beats the Google’s new Pixel phones, as demonstrated by OnePlus below.
It also features a new 16 MP front-facing camera, aside from the 16 MP rear-facing sensor from the OnePlus 3, with combined Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS).
Now you won’t have to worry about all those crispy images because the 3T also offers a 128 GB version for only $40 more, aside from the baseline model of 64 GB.
Adding to the specifications, the 3T is rocking the latest Snapdragon 821 chip (not including the just-announced 835) clocked at 2.35 GHz as well as the 6 GB of RAM that will most definitely provide a buttery smooth user experience throughout the whole OS.
And speaking about the OS, the newest version of OnePlus’ Oxygen OS 3.5 based on Android Marshmallow promises yet again a near stock experience with lots of customization and great performance. Although, if it came out of the box with Android Nougat, it would’ve made it a much better buy. OnePlus does, however, hopes to release Nougat to both the 3 and 3T “by the end of the year.” We’ll just have to wait and see whether that holds true, based on previous outcomes.
All in all, the specs of the OnePlus 3T does seem very promising, but many OnePlus fans, especially OnePlus 3 owners have voiced their concerns about this new device. If you’ve known OnePlus for a while now, you probably know their tendency to forget about older devices. Hopefully, that won’t be the case here as OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei stated on their forums:
“OnePlus 3 users, rest assured: we consider the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T to be two versions of the same phone, so software updates will follow the same schedule. Android Nougat will come to both phones later this year.”
The Oneplus 3T will be priced at $439 for the 64 GB model and $479 for the 128 GB model. Both models are expected to become available on November 22 in the US and November 28 in Europe.
The “T” in 3T is supposed to have no special meaning, other than being 1 letter above the “S” in the alphabet, which is a common choice of other manufacturers to add to their “slightly improved” versions of their flagships, and thus implying that their device is “one step above” in an intelligent and fun way. Similar to the iPhone 6 and 6s. Hats off to OnePlus there. 😜