The OnePlus 3T is the brainchild of a very small company which has a relatively minor impact on the Western markets in terms of sales figures. However, OnePlus is one of those brands which dream big and they become known all around the world for their flagship killer smartphones which are selling for almost dirt cheap prices.
Also, OnePlus gained the title of having the fastest smartphone around quite a few times, and I am talking about Androids, because Apple plays in a different league.
The OnePlus One was the first of the bunch, the premiere flagship killer of sorts and it all started via a viral marketing promise which actually delivered.
The OnePlus 3T still is an amazing smartphone from a performance/value point of view, which still embodies the company’s spirit, i.e. value driven with high end specs.
The only downside of this device is its availability. I don’t know about you, but in my neck of the woods, the only way to grab one of these babies is through distant 3rd parties, like Alibaba or Gear Best, meaning that I don’t have real warranty and all that. And it’s a shame, really.
The OnePlus 3T is basically the regular 3, but digitally remastered, made even better and running on the latest QSD chipset, the 821 respectively.
To begin with a cool thing, the OnePlus 3T still uses USB 2.0, yet it comes with a USB Type C connector.Also, the smartphone features DASH, the company’s variant of VOOC technology, which makes for the best in industry in terms of fast charging. The OnePlus 3T’s 3400 mAh battery will get from 0 to 60% in just 30 minutes and without overheating the precious.
The smartphone features a unibody design, metal and glass as usual, in a cool new metal black colorway. Just like its siblings, the OnePlus 3T is built using a single piece of aluminum, space grade stuff, which looks and feels great and also combines elegance with strength in a gorgeous device.
The display is 5.5 inches wide, an Optic Amoled variety of full HD 1080p resolution, which hits the sweet spot for the vast majority of users, especially in the Asian markets. I think I already mentioned that, but I will say it again risking a wave of hatred and flame: I firmly believe that there’s no need for UHD/4k/2k/etc resolution on such a small screen real estate, you really don’t need more than a ~401’ish pixels per inch density, like it’s the case with the OnePlus 3T.
Having a higher resolution will stress the battery and the GPU pointlessly. The AMOLED panel in the OnePlus 3T is built by Samsung but it’s custom made for OnePlus, hence the Optic moniker. And yes, it’s great.
Connectivity is top notch, as the OnePlus 3T comes with dual SIM capabilities, LTE cat.6, Wi-Fi, USB Type C, Bluetooth etc, it’s all there. The 3400 mAh battery has an endurance rating of 83 hours, which is quite respectable, offering over 13 hours of video playback and about 9 hours of web browsing.
The smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Oxygen 3.5.3 on top. The Oxygen launcher is very clean and you’ll benefit from a great Android experience, everything runs smooth and without hiccups.
Performance is better than ever due to the latest QsD 821/Adreno 530 GPU hardware platform, which combined with the 1080p panel resolution makes for a true gaming powerhouse which is hard to match. The 16 megapixels camera works flawlessly and performs great, both with stills and videos (2160p/1080p), yet the video stabilization could be better.
The OnePlus 3T represents a clear evolution vs the OnePlus 3, with an increased battery, better hardware, a new sapphire camera lens for improved durability, an awesome fingerprint reader, a new version offering 128 GB of internal storage capacity,great endurance rating/battery lifetime, excellent audio output quality and a price vs performance ratio almost impossible to beat.