Since the unveiling of the OnePlus 3T, there have been doubts about the future of its original 2016 flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3. Some have wondered whether the company will discontinue the OnePlus 3 model now that a new flagship has been unveiled, especially since it was listed as out of stock in many regions, such as US and Europe.
Making the fears of OnePlus 3 fans come true, the company has decided to discontinue the older smartphone in favour of OnePlus 3T in the US as well as Europe now, according to a report by Android Authority. This comes less than a week after OnePlus' support handle reassured users that the smartphone will not be phased out and stock would be replenished.
We reached out to OnePlus to confirm whether this was the case with India as well. The company in an emailed statement said, "We will continue to sell the OnePlus 3 in India." On being asked whether the company intends to launch the upgraded OnePlus 3T in India, the company responded, "About OnePlus 3T, we will keep you posted on its availability."
While the new OnePlus 3T looks identical to the original OnePlus 3 though there are plenty of upgrades under the hood. The new variant packs an all-new Snapdragon processor SoC, a bumped front-facing camera, a new 128GB storage model, and even a new colour variant. The OnePlus 3T smartphone despite featuring upgrades has been given a modest price hike. It will go on sale starting November 22 in the US, November 26 in Europe, and November 28 in the UK.
Coming to pricing, OnePlus 3T 64GB will be available at $439 (roughly Rs. 29,800), while the 128GB model will come at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,500). To recall, the OnePlus 3 was launched at $399 (priced at Rs. 27,999 in India) for the 64GB model.
Considering that the OnePlus 3 is just merely five months old in the market and it has already received an upgrade in the form of OnePlus 3T, it will be interesting to see how the company sells both the phones in various markets.