OnePlus launched the OnePlus 3 in June, and just over five months later, the company has launched a souped-up version of its flagship smartphone. The OnePlus 3T was unveiled a couple of weeks back, and today it has been launched in India. Prices start from Rs 29,999, and the smartphone will be going on sale via Amazon India from December 14. Also Read - Waiting for OnePlus 9T or OnePlus 9T Pro? You will be disappointedAlso Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
It seems a tad strange that OnePlus would launch a better version of its flagship smartphone in such a short time, especially since the OnePlus 3 is widely considered to be among the best devices in the sub-Rs 30,000 segment. What’s more, the two smartphones look exactly the same as well. The company has instead focused on updating the internals, and one of the biggest changes is in what powers the OnePlus 3T. The OnePlus 3 was powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 quad-core (2.2GHz dual-core + 1.6GHz dual-core) paired with Adreno 530 GPU. The OnePlus 3T, on the other hand, is powered by Qualcomm s newer Snapdragon 821 quad-core (2.35GHz dual-core + 1.6GHz dual-core) processor paired with Adreno 530 GPU. Also Read - OnePlus Nord 2 first sale via Amazon India today: See price, offers and more
While on paper it may not really look like a massive update, Qualcomm s new processor brings in efficiency over of its predecessor. With the 821 running relatively cooler than the 820, it doesn t need to throttle the speeds as much, and can consistently run at full-speed when required. The efficiency also has a positive effect on the overall battery life. The only other smartphones in India featuring a Snapdragon 821 chipset is the Google Pixel XL and the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe.
This also brings us to the next big change — battery. The OnePlus 3T features a bigger 3,400mAh battery, as opposed to the 3,000mAh unit on the OnePlus 3. Most OnePlus 3 reviews confirmed that the battery was good enough to survive for more than a day. With a bigger battery, we can safely expect better battery life. OnePlus has retained its proprietary Dash Charge feature for quickly charging the battery, and the company claims that 30 minutes of charging gives enough power to last the day.
OnePlus 3T price
The OnePlus 3T is going on sale in India in two variants, differentiated by storage. The 64GB variant is priced at Rs 29,999, while the 128GB variant is priced at Rs 34,999. In comparison, the OnePlus 3 64GB is currently available for Rs 27,999. ALSO READ: As a OnePlus 3 owner, the OnePlus 3T annoys me
OnePlus 3T specifications
The OnePlus 3T flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD (1920 1080 pixels) Optic AMOLED display protected by Corning s Gorilla Glass 4. The Snapdragon 821 processor is paired with 6GB of RAM.
On the photography front, OnePlus hasn t tweaked a lot to the primary camera, which is still a 16-megapixel snapper with Sony IMX 298 image sensor, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF support, and 4K video recording capabilities. Up front though, instead of an 8-megapixel snapper, the OnePlus 3T features a 16-megapixel fixed-focus selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording capabilities.
The OnePlus 3T also features a fingerprint scanner embedded into the home button up front, an Alert Slider on the side, and connectivity options like dual-SIM card (nano) slots, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS. The OnePlus 3T runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Oxygen OS, and will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat later this year.