OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3 in India: What's New and Different?

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OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3 in India: What's New and Different?
Highlights
  • OnePlus 3T will go on sale later this month
  • It has been priced at a starting price of $439 (roughly Rs. 29,800)
  • OnePlus 3T comes with a lot of improvements over OnePlus 3

As expected, the OnePlus 3T has been launched in India, making it the third Snapdragon 821-powered smartphone in the country after Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, and Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe. While the new OnePlus 3T looks exactly the same as the original OnePlus 2016 flagship model, OnePlus 3, there are several new features under the hood that it offers. Apart from the new processor, the OnePlus 3T includes the new bumped front-facing camera, a new 128GB storage model, and even a new colour option.

The upgraded OnePlus 3T has been given a price hike in comparison to OnePlus 3. The new OnePlus 3T smartphone will go on sale starting 12.01am on December 14 in the Indian market and will be exclusively available on Amazon. In this post, we will see the major differences between the new OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 depending on which you can take a call to either wait for the upgraded version or go with the original model.

Processor
One of the biggest differences between the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 (Review) is in terms of processor. To recall, the OnePlus 3 came powered with quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with Adreno 530 GPU and 6GB of RAM. The all-new OnePlus 3T packs the upgraded quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with Adreno 530 and 6GB of RAM. To be specific, the new Snapdragon 821 SoC on the OnePlus 3T comes with two cores clocked at 1.6GHz and two cores clocked at 2.35GHz.

Storage
One of the biggest qualms with the original OnePlus 3 was the limited 64GB inbuilt storage, which is non-expandable. It seems the company has definitely acknowledged user complaints and has introduced a larger 128GB storage model. The OnePlus 3T comes in both 64GB and 128GB storage models, compared to just a 64GB model on the OnePlus 3.

Camera
While the OnePlus 3T packs the same 16-megapixel rear camera featuring Sony IMX298 sensor, PDAF (phase detection autofocus), and 4K video recording as seen on the OnePlus 3, the Chinese company has bumped up the front camera on the 3T. It ships with 16-megapixel front camera with a Samsung 3P8SP sensor.

Battery
The OnePlus 3T will also ship with a larger 3400mAh battery compared to the 3000mAh battery seen on the OnePlus 3. With the bumped up battery size, the OnePlus 3T looks to take on the likes of other premium handsets including Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with 3600mAh and Google Pixel XL with 3450mAh. The OnePlus 3T will again support Dash Charge (5V 4A) fast charging technology.

Price

The 64GB variant of OnePlus 3T has been priced at Rs. 29,999, a mere Rs. 2,000 more than what the OnePlus 3 costs in India. On the other hand, the 128GB OnePlus 3T is priced at Rs. 34,999, making it the most expensive OnePlus smartphone yet in India.

OnePlus 3T will be also available in Soft Gold and all-new Gunmetal colour variants, while the OnePlus 3 comes in Graphite and Soft Gold colours.

The Chinese company at the Tuesday event also confirmed plans to release a new OxygenOS build based on Android 7.0 Nougat for both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T by the end of this year. Apart from the above listed differences, OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 sport an identical anodised aluminium metal unibody design. The OnePlus 3T features fingerprint sensor on the home button and packs USB 2.0 Type-C port, as well as 3.5mm audio jack.

OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3 comparison
  OnePlus 3T OnePlus 3
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
BrandOnePlusOnePlus
Model3T3
Release dateNovember 2016June 2016
Dimensions (mm)152.70 x 74.70 x 7.35152.70 x 74.70 x 7.35
Weight (g)158.00158.00
Battery capacity (mAh)34003000
Removable batteryNoNo
ColoursGunmetal, Soft GoldGraphite, Soft Gold
SAR value0.780.78
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)5.505.50
Resolution1080x1920 pixels1080x1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI)401401
HARDWARE
Processor1.6GHz quad-core1.6GHz quad-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 821Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM6GB6GB
Internal storage64GB64GB
Expandable storageNoNo
CAMERA
Rear camera16-megapixel16-megapixel
Rear flashLEDLED
Front camera16-megapixel8-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating systemAndroid 6.0.1Android 6.0.1
SkinOxygenOS 3.5.3OxygenOS 3.1.1
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 4.20Yes, v 4.20
NFCYesYes
USB OTGYesYes
Number of SIMs22
Wi-Fi DirectNoNo
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)NoNo
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SIM 2
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SENSORS
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYes
AccelerometerYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
GyroscopeYesYes
BarometerNoNo
Temperature sensorNoNo
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Solid system and app performance
  • Very good battery life
  • Competent set of cameras
  • Premium build quality
  • Good value
  • Bad
  • No FM radio
  • Touch latency issue can be annoying
Display5.50-inch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 821
Front Camera16-megapixel
Rear Camera16-megapixel
RAM6GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity3400mAh
OSAndroid 6.0.1
Resolution1080x1920 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Great design and build
  • Record-breaking performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Superb software
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Bad
  • Sub-par low-light photography
  • No expandable storage
Display5.50-inch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820
Front Camera8-megapixel
Rear Camera16-megapixel
RAM6GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity3000mAh
OSAndroid 6.0.1
Resolution1080x1920 pixels
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