The OnePlus 3 is, without any doubt, 2016’s one of the very best smartphones ,it offers flagship performance at half the price of most of it's rivals. But just five months later OnePlus has announced an upgraded version called the ‘OnePlus 3T’. So what are the differences between the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T? Let’s take a look….
Performance - Main Differnce
Performance – Cutting Edge Upgrade The headline addition to the OnePlus 3T is its improved performance thanks to an upgraded chipset: OnePlus 3 – Qualcomm QCOM +0.52% Snapdragon 820 chipset: Quad-core Kryo CPU, Adreno 530 CPU, 6GB RAM OnePlus 3T – Qualcomm Snapdragon 821: Quad-core Kyro CPU, Adreno 530 CPU, 6GB RAM Yes on paper this doesn’t look a major change and synthetic benchmarks don’t show a major difference between the 821 and the 820 – but the key here is efficiency. The Snapdragon 821 runs much cooler than the 820 so it doesn’t throttle as much and can consistently run at full speed when needed. It also uses less power helping to preserve battery life and has specific optimisation for traditional Android weak spots like web browsing scrolling.
Camera - the Selfie
The OnePlus 3T also features an enhanced camera over the OnePlus 3, but not where you might expect. While the decent 16MP and 4K video capable rear shooter of the OnePlus 3T adds ‘Intelligent Pixel Technology’ which reduces noise in low light, plus a sapphire lens and improved EIS (electronic image stabilisation) the core Sony sensor with f/2.0 aperture remain the same
Battery Life & Charging – A Welcome Bump The OnePlus 3T also ups the ante on its older brother with a welcome 13% increase in battery capacity that sees it now close on rivals like the Galaxy S7 Edge (3600 mAh) and Google Pixel XL (3450 mAh): OnePlus 3 – 3000 mAh OnePlus 3T – 3400 mAh More frustrating, however, is OnePlus continues with its proprietary ‘Dash Charge’ technology which is incompatible with Qualcomm’s popular Quick Charge alternative and the native USB 3.1 standard Google is starting to push handset makers to adopt on all Android phones going forward. This fracturing of standards (and therefore chargers) hurts what should be one of Android’s biggest advantages over the iPhone.
The price for the Oneplus 3T should be around 30,000/- Rupees for the 32GB model and roughly around 32,000/- Rupees for the 128GB Model. OnePlus is likely to be both criticised for upgrading a five month old phone and praised for committing to the bleeding edge for only a moderate price rise. I can see both sides to this, but I lean towards the latter. As such if you have a OnePlus 3 there’s not enough reason to upgrade to a OnePlus 3T, but if you’re on the lookout for a new phone and are targeting a bargain then the OnePlus 3T looks set to be the best of them all