Within six months of launching the OnePlus 3, smartphone maker OnePlus has come up with another smartphone OnePlus 3T. The new phone is an improved version of the existing OnePlus 3 and will be available in a 64GB variant, priced at $439 (approximately Rs29,711), and a 128GB variant, priced at $479 (approximately Rs32,418). The prices at which it will be available in India could be a bit higher after factoring in the shipping charges and import duty.
This makes the new smartphone a bit costlier than the OnePlus 3 which was launched at Rs27,999 and is still selling at the same price tag. Perhaps, a price cut is on the cards for the existing phone, once the One plus 3T shows up in India. There is no word on its release dates in India, but it will be available in the US from 22 November and in Europe from 28 November.
The new phone looks just like the OnePlus 3 but runs on an updated processor, offers more storage, a bigger battery and an improved front camera. Its unexpected launch can be explained by the company’s inclination to make the best hardware available to users at mid-range prices.
Better processor, more storage
The new OnePlus is driven by Qualcomm’s latest 2.3GHz Snapdragon 821 octa-core processor with 6GB. This is a flagship processor and is powering some high-profile devices such as Google Pixel (Rs57,000 onwards) and Pixel XL (Rs67,000 onwards) too. The OnePlus 3 runs on Qualcomm’s another high-end 2GHz Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with 6GB RAM. It has been seen in flagships such as LG G5 (Rs45,990) as well as mid-range phones like the Lenovo Z2 Plus (Rs17,999 onwards). The OnePlus 3T comes in 64GB and 128GB variants.
Slightly bigger battery
Though the battery back-up on the OnePlus 3 is quite reliable, the company has added a slightly bigger 3,400mAh-capacity battery on the new phone. The fact that the phone runs on a more battery-efficient Snapdragon 821 processor, we expect a significant improvement in battery backup on the new phone in most usage scenarios.
For those interested in how this affects the phone’s size and heftiness, the good news is that OnePlus has managed to incorporate a bigger battery without making any changes to the phones dimensions, weight or looks. The new phone is 152mm tall, 7.4mm thick and weighs 158g, just like the OnePlus 3. The new battery also supports their proprietary Dash Charge technology which as per the company’s claims can charge 60% of the battery in just 30 minutes.
Read more here: How quickly does your smartphone charge?
Improved front camera
The new OnePlus 3T comes with a 16-meagapixel rear camera just like the OnePlus 3. The improvement has been made in the glass used in the lens cover. It is now made of sapphire glass like in Apple iPhones, and should be more robust when handling rough usage.
The big performance improvement is likely to be visible in the front camera with 16 megapixels, instead of the 8 megapixels on OnePlus 3.
While the design and looks remain the same, the new OnePlus 3T will be available in soft gold and a new gunmetal colour variant. The One Plus 3 is available in silver and soft gold, a recent addition.