OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: Will the Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus kill its highly popular flagship smartphone OnePlus 3 which it had announced almost 6 months back? The OnePlus 3 is arguably the best value-for-money smartphone this year, as it offers great flagship performance at a much lesser price than other devices made by rival companies. But surprisingly, the company has announced an upgraded version of the smartphone just 5 months after its release. So, should the consumers be excited? Well, the OnePlus 3T is very similar to the OnePlus 3, when it comes to the design. The only difference being, a new processor, a larger battery and an upgraded camera.
When it comes to pricing, the OnePlus 3T begins with $439 in the USA, which in Indian currency is about Rs 29,000. However, the latest device has not listed on the India store yet, as it may take some time to arrive in India. The company, though, is also trying to reassure users who bought the OnePlus 3, saying that they consider “OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T to be two versions of the same phone.” OnePlus announced that both OnePlus 3 and 3T will get software updates at the same time and also promised an Android Nougat update on the smartphones later in the year. The blog post also says OnePlus 3T has “key improvements that couldn’t be pushed out through software update releases,” which includes the latest Snapdragon 821 processor. Let’s take a look at the difference between both devices:
An added chipset is the most notable feature of the OnePlus 3T as it improves the performance by a lot. The OnePlus 3 had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad-core processor, Adreno 530 CPU with 6GB RAM. While, the OnePlus 3T has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad-core Kyro processor, Adreno 530 CPU with the 6GB RAM. This change will help in the faster running of apps for a long time and preservation of battery life, making the new smartphone essentially more efficient. It will be interesting to see how the device’s performance compare with other rival flagship devices.
The OnePlus 3T has added some new features to the rear camera but the biggest change has been in the front camera. Selfie-lovers will get a whopping 16-megapixel camera at the phone’s front as well as a ‘smile capture’ which automatically clicks a picture when you, well, smile. Meanwhile, the rear camera is a decent 16MP with 4K video support, and the company has added ‘Intelligent Pixel Technology’ which essentially reduces low light noise. It has also added a sapphire lens and improved EIS (electronic image stabilisation). The Sony sensor with f/2.0 aperture stays.
OnePlus has improved the battery capacity of the device by 13%. While the OnePlus 3 had a 3000mAh capacity, the 3T variant has a 3400mAh capacity, which gets it closer to other rival smartphones like the Google Pixel. But the bad news is that OnePlus has decided to stay with Dash Charge technology, though much faster, is incompatible with the popular Quick Charge. OnePlus is clearly not taking advantage over Apple devices, being an Android device.
Display, Design & Storage
The display is a weak point for OnePlus, as it is one area where the company saves money in order to bring out budget smartphones, and that idea has stayed the same. Both the devices have 5.5-inch, AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 PPI pixel density) and a Corning Gorilla Glass. Both the devices have the 64 GB version, the only addition being a 128GB variant.
Consumers will either dis the new smartphone by OnePlus as it was launched within six months of the previous version, while many will hail it as it gives a better smartphone with a small price rise. All in all, it can be said that OnePlus 3 users should not be unhappy about this, but users who are on the lookout for a new smartphone will have a great new device to think about.