The OnePlus 3T is not a new phone per se. It leaves untouched the minimalist perfection it achieved with the OnePlus 3. It still is just as well made with an all-metal outer chassis with just 7.3mm in thickness. As we write in our review of the phone, it is a phone you would be proud to whip out from your pocket in public. The OnePlus 3T comes in two new colours- Graphite and Soft Gold which kind of give new life to the otherwise old design.
OnePlus seems to be following the philosophy of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' to the T and as a result, the old 5.5-inch HD AMOLED display is retained and it doesn't take away anything. The display feels more like a home-run now because of the bigger battery. An icing on top is the native support for Google Daydream- Android's very own VR platform which requires at least an AMOLED display to work. The display has a pixel density of 401 ppi at with a max brightness of 439 nits, it is good enough for most situations.
If the phone looks identical to its predecessor from the outside, the inside is a whole new landscape. OnePlus doesn't compromise with sheer computing power. The comes powered by the same processor that powers the likes of the mighty Google Pixel and the concept-come-true Xiaomi Mi Mix- Snapdragon 821. It is also an improvement over the erstwhile Snapdragon 820 (which powers the OnePlus 3) with a 10 per cent speed and efficiency boost. Clocked at 2.35GHz, the Snapdragon 821 processor is coupled with the same 6GB of RAM which is still more than what most phones offer. The OnePlus 3T comes with either 64GB or 128GB but with no option of expandable storage.
The camera is yet another department that has received a facelift in the OnePlus 3T. While the rear camera continues on with the same 16-megapixel resolution and the same Sony IMX 398 sensor, but it improves the solid, but not quite perfect camera on the OnePlus 3 with the new Electronic Image Stabilisation tech that comes bundled with the Snapdragon 821 processor. This vastly reduces camera shake while shooting videos. In addition, the camera comes with a sapphire casing on top to protect it from scratches and dust and as a result, the sharpness and clarity will not decline over time. On the front, OnePlus has bumped up the resolution of the selfie camera from 8-megapixel to 16-megapixel with a smaller pixel size of 1 micron, so you can expect those random self-portraits to come out way better than it used to.
The OnePlus 3T was rumoured to arrive running the new Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. But it released running the same Android 6.0 Marshmallow albeit with a cleaner Oxygen OS on top. OnePlus has promised to bring the update by the end of this year. With 10 more days to go, let's hope it does come on time.
The Battery is perhaps the most significant improvement on the OnePlus 3T and it directly affects the user experience in a good way. Many considered the 3,000mAh battery on the OnePlus 3 not adequate enough. OnePlus gave in to the demands and boosted the battery to 3,400mAh in its latest offering, an almost 14 per cent bump with over 20-25 boost in battery performance.