Buy the OnePlus 3T or wait for the OnePlus 5?

Buy the OnePlus 3T or wait for the OnePlus 5?

OnePlus recently decided to substitute the OnePlus 3, introduced a little over six months ago, with the OnePlus 3T. The main difference between these two devices are all on the inside. The main question now is, is it worth getting the new comer or is it better to wait for its successor, the OnePlus 4?

Is it worth getting the OnePlus 3T?

It is only been a few months since the OnePlus 3 was released, but the Chinese brand decided to discontinue it and introduce in its place a new protagonist: the OnePlus 3T. No, this was not done because its predecessor malfunctioned. On the contrary, the OnePlus 3 was one of the fastest and most powerful devices to be released in 2016.

OnePlus decided to offer its users the best technology currently available

The brand simply decided to offer its users the best technology currently available and integrate this into a new device. And this is exactly why, at a first glance, OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T appear to be almost identical. Déjà vu? Of course! Many manufacturers will release a new top-end device every six months for this very same reason: to offer its users the best in terms of technical specifications without revolutionizing their model lines. But is this what users really want?

The distinctive features of the OnePlus 3T are to be found on the inside: Snapdragon 821, a 16 MP front camera and a 3,400 mAh battery. We tested the device and, as expected, it guaranteed excellent performances for daily use, good shots and satisfactory charging times (it took us only about 75 minutes to go from 9 to 100 percent).

In short, the OnePlus 3T is a top-end smartphones that is more worthy of this title than its predecessor but which, at the same time, is available for a much lower price than other flagship devices released in 2016. It's possible to buy it directly from the OnePlus official website for $439 without ever having wait for a special offer. It would be difficult to find a better quality-to-price ratio!

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The OnePlus 3T keeps to the OnePlus 3 line but with an enhanced processor, camera and battery! / © NextPit

We had expected to see Nougat running natively on the OnePlus 3T but the brand decided instead to release it with OxygenOS 3.5.3, based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Updates are not a problem though as OnePlus has already announced the release of Nougat on to its devices by the end of the year.

One of the OnePlus 3T’s main drawbacks? The 5.5 inch optic AMOLED Full HD resolution display makes it hard for users to plunge into virtual reality.

Is it better to wait for the OnePlus 4?

There is no definitive answer to this question. It really depends on your needs and preferences. If you need to buy a new smartphone now because your old one is practically on its last legs, then the OnePlus 3T is an excellent device to take into consideration. Nice, reliable, cheap and designed for those seeking a user experience that is close to stock Android.

The OnePlus 4 (or 5 - the official name is still unknown) will probably be made official next summer and most likely do no less than offer even more advanced technical specifications. The brand may also decide to work on its design this time to make the smartphone more attractive and focus more on virtual reality to be on par its rivals. All this could entail a higher price than what we saw for the OnePlus 3T - but still low compared to other flagships we're expecting to enter the scene in 2017.

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Are you already being projected into the world of virtual reality? / © NextPit

Waiting for the OnePlus 4 may therefore be a good idea if your current smartphone is still working without any problems, if you liked the OnePlus 3T but are still not 100 percent convinced, if virtual reality is an important factor in your purchasing decisions or if the idea of seeing the successor to your new device on the market after about seven / eight months gets you excited.

Were you planning to buy the OnePlus 3T? Are you now going to wait to see what OnePlus may offer in its next device? Let us know!

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  • Hershey Feb 28, 2017 Link to comment

    So guys whats the stand now ? Shall I wait now for new launch or should I buy if One Plus 3T if it would take several months to launch newer model.

  • Girdharsadotra Sadotra Dec 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Wait for op4 with 8GB Ram

  • Sbee Dec 10, 2016 Link to comment

    The difference between the OnePlus3 and the 3T is all on paper. You're looking at virtually the same device, same software and same performance. I ordered a 3T and compared my OP3 with a friend's 3T and cancelled my order. Not paying £100 more to look at the same thing. I'll wait for the OnePlus 5 or get a different phone altogether. BTW I own a work Galaxy Note, but not a Samsung fan, can't see the big deal as touchwiz sucks!

  • Samuel van Dam Dec 7, 2016 Link to comment

    I got a OnePlus x and I am tempted but will wait, but it's already excited. Hopefully it will be as impressive.

  • Steven DeBIasi Dec 7, 2016 Link to comment

    Might I humbly suggest the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe for your consideration...?

  • Jester Lee Dec 7, 2016 Link to comment

    If you're going to play this game, you'll definitely "never settle".

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    Deactivated Account Dec 6, 2016 Link to comment

    Nothing One Plus makes will ever matter in Android land. I'll be buying the upcoming S8EdgePlus as well as the Note8 and NoteFold all in 2017. #NothingBeatsSamsung

    • Loie Favre Dec 6, 2016 Link to comment

      Hopefully Samsung will learn from their mistakes with the Note 7 to make a safer Note 8, because you're right, Samsung is hard to beat.

      • Alex Simpson Dec 6, 2016 Link to comment

        samsung is easy peasy to beat. just look and oneplus. comparable hardware at a much lower price.

      • Ralf Fensch Dec 7, 2016 Link to comment

        U r delusional .

      • Ralf Fensch Dec 7, 2016 Link to comment

        There allready have. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise. Apple has also series problem's with batterie n overheating. I think Samsung know's exactly what NOT 2 do.

      • storm Dec 7, 2016 Link to comment

        Comparable? No. OnePlus used a lower res screen that has a history of being off color and low quality. Their parts are from lower grade bins, looser tolerances. Sure it looks good on paper but the reality of use is very different. OnePlus is poorly engineered and coded. Their releases are rife with bugs and poor integration to the hardware.

        Those antenna lines look like it was built by a two year old with Legos.

      • Sbee Dec 10, 2016 Link to comment

        And where exactly did you get your facts from? Don't be delusional...

    • Stephen Bradley Dec 6, 2016 Link to comment

      Yes, Galaxy is the best choice.

    • great xgaming Dec 12, 2016 Link to comment

      Too many Samsung fanboys here.

    • Paul Cunningham Apr 12, 2017 Link to comment

      You might be right, but I bought a device for $500 that is slightly less endowed than the device you spent $900 - $1000 for.... and for me these phones are like buying a Ferrari and living in the city.... we'll seldom really get to use them to their potential so I don't need the best, for me the 3T is more than I need at a price that doesn't make me sick to my stomach.... I call that a win

  • storm Dec 6, 2016 Link to comment

    I'll be waiting for something else altogether.

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