OnePlus 3T review – the OnePlus 3 killer

OnePlus 3 got a competitor, finally, and it’s from the same company – the OnePlus 3T. With the OnePlus 3T made available in India, it really makes no sense to buy the OnePlus 3. 3T indeed is the OnePlus 3 killer.

Unboxing : No difference with the packing, same as OnePlus 3 – inside the box : handset, user manual, warranty card, SIM tray ejector pin, Dash charger (5V/4A) and USB Type C data cable. SAR value as mentioned on the box : 0.784W/Kg @ 1g head and 0.581 W/kg @1g body.

Design, Display and OS

There is really no difference with respect to the design, OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T both look and feel the same. 3T is using metal body, pretty slim with a decent weight of 158 grams. Dimensions are 74.7 x 152.7 x 7.35 (mm). Build quality is premium.

OnePlus 3T box pack and unboxing

There is a quick set notification button on the left side. This handset is comfortable to hold and use. 3T comes with dual Nano SIM slots; 4G with VoLTE is supported. There is no external SD card slot. There is LED notification and good number of sensors – accelerometer, light, proximity, magnetic, gyro and hall.

OnePlus 3T review OnePlus 3T dual nano sim slots

OnePlus 3T features a 5.5 inch Optic AMOLED screen with 2.5D curved glass supporting full HD resolution (1920 x 1080p). This screen also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Color reproduction, viewing angles and touch response are excellent.

OnePlus 3T is running OxygenOS based Android Marshmallow out of the box, it will get Nougat update.

Memory and Storage

The review unit that I got was packed with 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB UFS 2.0 (ROM). There is no external SD card slot. On first boot you will get around 113GB free space and 3.7GB to 4GB free RAM.

OnePlus 3T back panel

Performance

If OnePlus 3 was excellent this is excellent ++. This handset is powered by Snapdragon 821 chipset – it’s 64 bit quad core clocked at 2.3GHz with Adreno 530 GPU. The one thing that surprised me was the battery temperature – maximum temp I encountered was 34 degrees.

OnePlus 3T build quality

The benchmark scores are pretty impressive better than as seen on the OnePlus 3.

OnePlus 3T Benchmark

Quadrant : 47760
AnTuTu : 161084  / 61237 –   2nd time 160470  / 62554
Nenamark 2 : 59.6fps
Disk Speed : 384 MB/s read / 174 MB/s write
Multi Touch : 10 point

OnePlus 3T ports - usb type c, audio jack

Gaming

Looking at the benchmark scores anyone can guess that the handset is no doubt powerful. I tried asphalt 8 and it worked buttery smooth in high quality mode.

Camera

There is 16MP camera on the back and a 16MP selfie camera on the front. Rear camera is with f/2.0 aperture using SONY IMX 298 sensor. Front camera  is using Samsung 3P8SP sensor. The handset can record 4K videos. Camera quality is excellent.

OnePlus 3T 13MP camera on the back

Camera Rating 4.5 out of 5

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Others

The finger print sensor on the front is very fast and accurate. I did not face any issues with WiFi, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth. Reliance Jio SIM worked well without any issues. Sound output is loud and clear, speaker vent in on the bottom side and the handset is using USB type C port.

Battery

There are dual advantages of the 3400 mAh battery, first the charging – it’s amazing, using Dash charger I was able to charge the handset from 0% to 100 in just 1 hour 32 minutes. The second best thing is the battery life – on a full charge you can expect 5 to 10 hours of non-stop moderate to heavy usage.

With mixed moderate usage OnePlus 3T will last for up to 2 days and with heavy usage up to 1 day.

OnePlus 3T Battery Performance (time / battery % drop / estimated battery temperature)

  • Running Benchmark app – 9 minutes / 3% / 34 degrees
  • Asphalt 8 game play – 22 minutes / 6% / 34 degrees
  • 4K video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) – 25 minutes / 4% / 30 degrees.

Verdict

OnePlus 3T is better, planning to buy OnePlus 3? Skip that and go for OnePlus 3T for  a little extra, it’s worth it.

Rating 4.7 out of 5

OnePlus 3T is available for Rs. 29,999 (64GB variant).

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