The OnePlus 3T, from the outside, has absolutely no difference with the OnePlus 3. It still maintains the minimalist design aesthetics with a metal unibody carved out of a single block of aircraft-grade aluminum rendering a solid, light-weight build to the phone. The fingerprint scanner is right where it was in the OnePlus 3 and so are the front and rear cameras. Even the display is still the same with a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED screen. So what's all the hullabaloo over the new phone?
Well, the OnePlus 3T because of its powerhouse, the Snapdragon 821 SoC pegs the phone right against the likes of the Google Pixel and the Xiaomi Mi Mix. And that too for half the price the rest of the Snapdragon 821 phones come for. The Snapdragon 821 SoC uses 4 Kyro CPUs clocked at 2.35Ghz delivering a 10 per cent performance boost over the Snapdragon 820. It also minimizes power usage by over 30 per cent. In comparison, the OnePlus 3 comes with Snapdragon 820 processor, which is nothing short of excellent. It has powered by likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, Xiaomi Mi 5 and most of the flagship smartphones released this year.
Coupled with the Snapdragon 821, is the same massive 6GB RAM which is more than you can ask for. The memory management in the OnePlus 3 is one of the best we've seen in Android phones and we can expect the same from the OnePlus 3T, if not better courtesy the faster processor. Moreover, the OnePlus 3T comes better equipped for Google's Daydream platform once again because of the new processor.
If 64GB of storage was too small for you, the OnePlus 3T comes with a massive 128GB. If you are a music junkie like me, you will have a hard time filling up the storage with your playlist.
If selfies are what you live for, the OnePlus 3T is the phone for you. The newest offering comes with a 16-megapixel front camera sporting Samsung's 3P8SP sensor with large 1-micron pixels that absorb more light at high shutter speeds, giving you a sharp, focused self-portrait.
The rear camera too has improved in the OnePlus 3T and now comes equipped with the next generation Electronic Image Stabilisation to stabilise videos by leveraging the gyroscope and a bunch of other sensors.
But the most significant change comes in terms of the battery. OnePlus has managed to fit in a 3,400mAh battery in the same chassis as that of the OnePlus 3. One of the few criticisms the OnePlus 3 faces was its below par battery life and looking at the OnePlus 3T it only makes me wonder why OnePlus didn't fit in the 3,400mAh battery in the first place. And even if you happen to fall short of charge, the Dash Charger will charge your phone to full capacity in just 30 minutes.
The base 64GB variant of the OnePlus 3T costs Rs 2,000 more than the OnePlus 3 at Rs 29,999 while the 128GB variant is slightly higher at Rs 34,999.
Having said that, if you have bought a OnePlus 3 recently or have been using it for some time, the OnePlus 3T is not worth an upgrade. True there are improvements, but they are not that significant to throw away the OnePlus 3 in favour of this one. Stick to your good 'ol OP3.
But, if you are looking to become a part of the OnePlus family, there's no better place to start with than the OnePlus 3T. It continues on with the philosophy of offering a premium smartphone experience at half its price and does a bloody good job at that.