The OnePlus 3T has been on the market since November 28 last year, selling at a slightly higher price ($439) than its predecessor, the OnePlus 3 ($399 at release). As the price has increased, it must be noted that the smartphone has also changed, and the disappearance of the OnePlus 3 only motivates potential clients to opt for the second version of the OnePlus 3. Here's what I think this OnePlus smartphone has to offer.
Before presenting my arguments, I would like to point something out. The following list is not exhaustive. There are many reasons to buy a OnePlus 3T outside of the three listed below. I have simply included the reasons that seemed the most important to me.
1. Great value for money
The OnePlus 3T’s design isn’t really that different from its predecessor, however, on the inside of the device, a lot of changes were made. We have a newer processor: the Snapdragon 821, which is 10 percent more powerful than the Snapdragon 820 featured in the OnePlus 3. The Adreno 630 graphics chip has also been improved, up to 5 percent if you believe Qualcomm. The internal storage starts at 64 GB.
You can play any game without running into any problems and multitasking runs smoothly as well. As for benchmarks, the OnePlus 3T is much more powerful than the OnePlus 3, which was already good in this area. Since we’re talking about speed, I also should mention that the performance of the fingerprint reader has proved to be extremely fast. All of this for $439? I'd say that it’s a good deal!
2. A good software interface
At first we thought that Oxygen OS 3.5.3 (based on Android Marshmallow), the newest interface used on the OP3T, was aimed at stock Android fans and that the manufacturer would stick with the look and feel of Google's pure Android look. However, we were proved wrong. Though it has a similar look to stock Android, OnePlus gives the user the possibility to modify the interface’s colors, so if you find stock Android to be too drab, you can brighten up the look of your menus without a problem.
Even better, you will be able to find some elements of Android Nougat, such as the notifications bar or even night mode, which can already be seen on the Honor 8. Another advantage of this software: any applications other than Google applications are not pre-installed. Plus, the cherry on top: Android Nougat should be available for the OnePlus 3T before the end of this year.
3. Good battery life and extremely fast re-charging time
The battery holds 3,400 mAh, meaning that it is inferior to the Galaxy S7 Edge’s battery (with the same screen size) but superior to its predecessor, the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3T perhaps doesn't hold the ultimate benchmark for battery life, but it does a stand-up job, so most users will be pleased.
Though the OnePlus 3T doesn’t really wow us with its battery life, it sure makes a good show with its DASH fast re-charging facility. I charged the device from 9 to 100 percent in 75 minutes, which is quite good if you consider the battery capacity. OnePlus had announced that the device can last a full day with just 30 minutes of charging. This won’t be the case for an intensive user, but it is possible for a more “traditional” one.
Are you thinking of buying this smartphone? If not, which would you buy instead?