Not even six months have passed since the release of OnePlus 3, but the Chinese company has decided to modernize its production line and take the opportunity to give a new blow to an already good smartphone, thus it was born OnePlus 3T. But does these changes justify a slightly weighed in price? And above all, will this new model still manage to assert itself in the current market as it succeeded the predecessor to its launch? Let's find out in our review of OnePlus 3T in comparison with OnePlus 3.
Hardware and Connectivity
OnePlus 3T is the natural evolution of the child's twin, at least in a specific SoC Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with two cores at 2.35 GHz and two Kryo Kryo to 1.6 GHz, of course accompanied by the Adreno GPU 530. Although still does not have expandable memory this time comes in two memory cuts with 64 GB or 128 GB of internal memory and 2.0 UFS type, 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM in both variants. OnePlus 3T has a 5.5-inch display with 1080x1920 pixels, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 16 Mp camera and OxygenOS based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
In the area of connectivity, there are no changes from OnePlus 3, and has the presence of WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and support Dual SIM Dual Standby with LTE Cat 6 and 20 to 800 MHz band, for a successful operation with all operators. The antenna is of good quality and has good reception even in areas partially screened, as it has good call quality both through the earpiece or through the speakerphone. It remains excellent even the experience of satellite navigation with A-GPS, Glonass and BDS.
OnePlus 3T is at the physical level the exact replica of OnePlus 3, with the same dimensions of 152.7x74.7x7.35 mm and a weight of 158 grams despite a slightly longer capacious battery. The only change is the color of the gray version, now called Gunmetal, which is slightly darker. For the rest, therefore, it confirms a smartphone with high build quality, well optimized in frames but a bit slippery.
The layout of the buttons on the right sees the power button and the trolley for the two nano SIM, while the left is the volume rocker and the slider 3 position to set the mode of use of the smartphone, a bit too as high as I had already reported on OnePlus 3. The top is completely clean, leaving the bottom is the connector USB Type-C that the 3.5 mm jack. On the other hand there is the protection of a glass Gorilla Glass 4 with 2.5D finish and on the bottom there is an area ceramic not pushable that works as a capacitive button and from the fingerprint reader, probably the best on the market, It is the same of OP3.
Display, Audio and Multimedia
OnePlus 3T despite the rumor on the change of technology for the display at the end kept the same 5.5-inch AMOLED FullHD Optic. And compared to OnePlus 3 the panel does not change one iota, remaining with very bright colors, good enough perfect blacks and whites, but at the same time has a minimum brightness slightly too high and suffers from rainbow reflections on white high inclinations. At the software level you can change the color profile to sRGB for a more natural look and calibrate the color temperature, not to mention the possibility of the Night mode for less straining the view with shades tending to yellow.
One thing to be noted concerns touchscreen, very responsive but can not recognize more than three touches if the gesture is activated for screenshots with 3 fingers. The speaker then remained on the bottom, on the left of Type-C USB connector, with the same quality already seen on the 3: fairly loud but above all a clean, rich sound. The OnePlus 3T camera remains with the same Sony IMX 298 sensor with 16-megapixel f/2.0 and 1.12 uM pixels wide at the rear, with optical and digital stabilization and single LED flash.
On the front instead of changing course with a sensor from Samsung 3P8SP 16 megapixel f/2.0 with pixels wide 1.4 microns. The software sector is full of detailed functions, but benefits from the Auto HDR and a manual mode, in addition to providing support to Camera2 API. The video recording provides for 4K at 30fps, the 1080p at 60fps and even timelapse 1080p and 720p slow motion at 120fps. The quality of the shots with the rear camera has remained virtually unchanged from OnePlus 3, with excellent day details and a good management of noise at night.
The front camera instead deserves a more articulate speech if the day manages to capture more detail using the highest number of megapixels, the night because of the decrease in the size of the pixels capture less light and therefore the shots are a little darker. In general, it is indeed an improvement over OnePlus 3, but very marginal. In the video sector instead stabilization was slightly improved and above has been solved the problem of the first OnePlus software versions 3, in which the scene was refocusing too often. The new mode at 1080p 60fps is then an addition that many expected, but that is already available on the smaller twin.
The battery was the only real Achilles heel of OnePlus 3, and with this new model the company has decided to increase the well to capacity 3400mAh , about 13% more. But in practice the autonomy that results is really satisfying, because with my heavy use have always arrived in the evening with about 5½ hours of active display, an hour longer than the previous model. Obviously for charging is present, the system DashCharge to 5V and 4A, faster than QuickCharge 3.0 but with the disadvantage to function only using the official accessories.
The software is paradoxically the part that has changed most since OnePlus 3T currently assembles the OxygenOS 3.5.3, which is still based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. However, this will change after the release of Android Nougat, by which time the OP3 and OP3T will receive the exact same updates and will be standardized in the software. In the current version, which incorporates much from community build for OnePlus 3, the OnePlus shelf on the left of the home is no longer gray, but clear, and was taken off the personalization of the drawer grid, which now automatically adapts to the size chosen for the icons.
However it does not fit the grid of the home, even fixed 4×4. The pull-down notifications now has an opening with two passages in Nougat style, but otherwise does not have great customization. The settings have been slightly redesigned, but you can still enjoy the dark theme, though now the accent colors has more muted hues and now the menu for the notification management app to app is a dedicated voice assigned. A very useful addition is rather Applocker, which allows you to lock the app selected by pattern and fingerprint.
One thing that I did not like is the fact that now in the smartphone setting of 'Do Not Disturb', you cannot put it into vibration, which means that the system sounds are still played. OnePlus then added an app for the weather, and a well maintained and functional voice recorder, as well as have revisited graphically some apps like the dialer and the clock, thus creating a bit more complete ecosystem, but Swiftkey is no longer present in the system. OnePlus 3T with a slightly improved hardware can only be a positive evolution of its predecessor.
The performances are top notch, and whatever you do, the system is always very fluid and responsive. Also thanks to the new opening of the heavy app file system has been sped up, although for the app to read no difference you notice. In web browsing you will never notice reloads the elements and gaming with Real Racing 3 uploads are quick and involved the framerate is high and constant, even without overheating problems.
Thanks then to 6GB of RAM also apps remain in very long memory, for which most of the time do not require to be recharged. Below you can see the results in our classic benchmark, with in particular a Antutu high score. Antutu AndroBench GeekBench 3DMark Vellamo
OnePlus 3T is the natural evolution of an already great product and complete what was OnePlus 3. The only real improvement worth mentioning is the battery, which improves largely the biggest flaw of its predecessor. In short OnePlus 3T is probably the fastest Android smartphone on the market but the real question is whether it was worth making this new version and raise the price in a very competitive market like the present. OnePlus 3T is available for purchase at Rs. 29,999 for the 64GB version and Rs. 34,999 for the 128 GB.