OnePlus Announces OnePlus 3T: Snapdragon 821, 3400mAh Battery, 16MP Front Camera, 128GB Storage for $480
Five months after the launch of the 3, OnePlus has officially announced the next evolution of their flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3T. The phone features some impressive upgrades to both the hardware and software of one of 2016’s hottest devices.
|Device Name:||OnePlus 3T||Release Date/Price||Nov 22nd, 439 USD|
|Android Version||6.0.1 (Oxygen OS ROM)||Display||5.5 inch 1080p AMOLED|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro (2.35 GHz)||Battery||3,400 mAh, Dash Charge (5V 4A)|
|RAM||6GB LPDDR4||Sensors||Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, Electronic Compass|
|Storage||64GB / 128GB (Gunmetal only) UFS 2.0||Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Dimensions||152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 cm (~73% screen-to-body)||Rear Camera||16MP Sony IMX 298 Sensor, 1.12μm, OIS, EIS, PDAF, f/2.0, RAW support, 4K 30FPS / 720p 120FPS video|
|Weight||158g||Front Camera||16MP Samsung 3P8SP, 1.0 μm, f/2.0, Fixed Focus, 1080p at 30fps|
|North American Bands||WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/4/5/7/12/17/30
CDMA EVDO: BC0
|Europe / Asia Bands||WCDMA: Bands 1/2/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8/20
TDD-LTE: Bands 38/40
The OnePlus 3T is, at its core, the same device that we have come to love since the launch of the OnePlus 3 back in June — but it also features some key upgrades in order to offer the latest hardware and software improvements. Like its predecessor the OnePlus ships with an aluminium unibody design, the available colours are a darker gunmetal gray which will be available for both the 64GB and 128GB models, and shortly after launch a 64GB Soft Gold version will also be available. Thankfully, the unit uses the same body as the OP3 which means that any accessories such as the official cases are interchangeable between the two devices.
The first major upgrade to the hardware is the change from the 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 to the 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821, which keeps power consumption at a similar level in most use cases. On top of this, OnePlus has also managed to increase the battery capacity by just over 13% from 3,000mAh to 3,400mAh without having to increase neither the weight nor volume of the device.
The cameras have also been modified by the OEM, and the front camera sees an upgrade from 8MP to an impressive 16MP, and video recording now has EIS. The rear camera has not changed in terms of hardware like the sensor, which remains the same (rumors be damned!), but it now sits beneath a more durable sapphire glass meaning the camera should be less susceptible to scratches.
“At OnePlus, we are constantly striving to provide a better product and user experience for our customers, who are some of the most discerning and tech-savvy users in the world. We developed the OnePlus 3T to bring significant improvements with new technology that is available today, so that our customers do not have to wait for the best possible user experience.”
While the device does ship with Android 6.0.1 it is certainly worth noting that a Nougat community build is coming for the OnePlus 3 later this month so it is likely that the OP3T will have Android 7.0 shortly after, and it should be available by the time the device arrives. To demonstrate the current state of Oxygen OS, OnePlus have released a video which you can view below.
The OnePlus 3T will be available in Canada and the U.S. on the 22nd of November, a week before it reaches Europe and Asia on the 28th, where it will launch simultaneously in 31 other countries.
Readers who are up to date on their exchange rates may notice that the prices listed above don’t exactly match up. OnePlus has been known to tweak their prices according to the current economic state of a region. This was seen last March after fluctuations with the Euro forced the price of the OnePlus One up by 30 EUR and again in July when the GPB fell after Britain voted to leave the EU forcing the price of the OnePlus 3 up by 20 GBP. This is due to a situation not often found in the mobile industry, OnePlus has become popular in part for the thin margins on their handsets which ultimately means that even a small change can end up having a large impact on revenue when sustained over a period of time. Even after this is taken into account, local taxes and logistical costs mean that the prices do make sense at the moment.