OnePlus 3T: An upgrade well deserved

Yesterday, the OnePlus 3T, which is a beefed-up version of the OnePlus 3 was announced. The 3T will be replacing the 3 (It’s been out 6 months only!) and brings some improvements to the table.

Overview

Design and measurements of the phone remain the same, and users should feel no difference. The main additions are all under the hood. Changes have been made to the processor, battery and front-facing camera. From the current OnePlus 3, the 3T retains its 6GB of RAM, Dash Charging feature and the 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen.

It replaces its Snapdragon 820 chip with a faster Snapdragon 821 chip that clocks in at 2.35GHz. The battery has been upsized to about 3,400mAh from 3,000mAh. Although, the new battery provides up to 13% more life, it avoids making the phone heavier or bulkier in any way.

The rear camera is still the same 16MP shooter, but now comes with improved image stabilization features to support steady video shooting. It also sports a sapphire lens cover for added protection. The face shooter has been given a major upgrade in the form of a 16MP camera with improved low-light imagery from its existing 8MP shooter.

The last major change is in terms of a software upgrade. The new 3T comes with OxygenOS 3.5, which is a customized version of the stock Android operating system. The new OS comes with a few features inspired by Android Nougat and a handful of UI refinements. There are plenty of themes as well to customise the phone to each user’s preferences.

Pricing and availability

Last but not the least, the smartphone will be releasing in two colours, the gunmetal and  soft gold. The gunmetal version will have exclusive access to a 128GB storage edition of the OnePlus 3T. The devices will be available near November end. The 64GB version will retail at $439 (Dh1,600) and 128GB version at $479 (Dh1,750). Luckily, there is no invite system in play this time.