I have myself been a big fan of the OnePlus and have used all of its three previous flagships starting from the OnePlus 1 to the OnePlus 3. OnePlus 3T is finally here in India and the big question which looms is that whether you should go for it or not. At the first instance, even I was a bit perturbed about making this decision. But now, you don’t need to worry because I’ve come up with a comprehensive analysis which ought to help you in deciding whether to make the switch to the OnePlus 3T or not if you already own a OnePlus 3.
DESIGN & DISPLAY
When it comes to design both the OnePlus and OnePlus 3T are exactly identical. Clad in an all-metal unibody, both the devices look and feel amazing. The slightly curved back helps in providing a better grip and one-handed operation on this 5.5-inch screener is very much possible. The 1080p AMOLED panel on both the devices are again identical and is probably one of the best 1080p displays on any device right now. The Gorilla Glass 4 on top and a sapphire glass panel on the rear of the device is a cherry on top. The display is very vibrant and I just loved the option to switch between the sRGB and the default presets. So no difference in this department.
However, the OnePlus 3T will come in a Gunmetal Grey variant instead of the old graphite version and it indeed looks stunning. However, the Gunmetal Grey variant is only available in the 128GB internal storage variant, so you’ll have to shell just a few more bucks for it than the regular 64GB model.
Now this section is a bit tricky. While the OnePlus 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, the OnePlus 3T has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset under the hood. The new Snapdragon 821 SoC on the OnePlus 3T has two cores clocked at 1.6GHz and other two cores clocked at 2.35GHz. The boost in performance is very minimal and is detectable only on paper. Both the Snapdragon 820 and 821 are very powerful chipsets and the device can work through even the bulkiest of tasks without sweating. The 6GB RAM and Adreno 530 are again common to both the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T.
The biggest upgrade, in my opinion, is the battery boost from 3,000 mAh to 3,400 mAh. This is a significant increase and coupled with the OnePlus dash charge, the battery life of the OnePlus 3T is really impressive. If you’re wondering what the ‘T’ stands for, then it is for ‘Turbocharge’. OnePlus has promised a charge from zero to sixty percent in just half an hour and we will have to give it to them because the Dashcharge is really amazing and a 14% battery increase without any noticeable increase in weight or size is commendable.
The rear camera on both the OnePlus and OnePlus 3T remains the same 16MP Sony IMX298 sensor. However, there has been a great change on the front camera department. Instead of the old 5MP front sensor, it has been replaced with a 16MP Samsung 3P8SP sensor. The selfies are now much more detailed and there is a considerable improvement in the low light photography thanks to the f/2.0 aperture.
This is the making or breaking point for any device. Thank heavens, OnePlus made a very wise decision of launching the OnePlus 3T at an exorbitantly high price. The price difference between the OnePlus 3 and the 3T is really minimal. The 64GB variant of OnePlus 3T has been priced at Rs. 29,999, just Rs. 2,000 more than the price of the 64GB variant of OnePlus 3 in India. The 128GB variant, on the other hand, has been priced at Rs. 34,999.
It goes without doubt that the OnePlus 3T is an amazing device offering the best specs at a considerably very low price. If you’re looking for a new Android device, I would surely recommend you to go for it. However, if you already own a OnePlus 3, then, in my opinion, stick to it as there is not much of a difference in both the devices in terms of specs. Also, OnePlus has promised Android Nougat update for both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T by this year end. So there is no pointing in going for the OnePlus 3T if you already own a OnePlus 3, cause it is still a very great device. However, go for it if you’re a OnePlus 2 owner or looking for a premium Android experience that too at pocket-friendly prices.