CHINESE PHONE MAKER OnePlus has launched its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 3T, which arrives just five months after the OnePlus 3 made its debut.
This is no doubt going to leave some OnePlus 3 buyers feeling pretty hacked off, as this new model has several internal and camera improvements.
With that in mind, we’ve pitted the firm’s newer OnePlus 3T against its predecessor on paper to see whether it’s worth upgrading early.
OnePlus 3T: 155x75x7.4mm, 158g, USB-C
OnePlus 3: 153x75x7.4mm, 158g, USB-C
In terms of design, the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 are near identical. They have the same dimensions and aluminium chassis, and both come with a USB-C port on the bottom.
The OnePlus 3 does introduce a new ‘gunmetal’ colour variant, though, alongside the standard ‘soft gold’ model.
OnePlus 3T: 5.5in 1920×1080 pixels, 401ppi
OnePlus 3: 5.5in 1920×1080 pixels, 401ppi
The similarities continue as we move onto the screen, and both phones have 5.5in Full HD AMOLED displays protected by Gorilla Glass 4.
OnePlus 3T: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Oxygen OS
OnePlus 3: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Oxygen OS
You guessed it, not much has changed in the software department either. OnePlus has, for some reason, decided to equip the OnePlus 3T with the same Android 6.0.1 software seen on the OnePlus 3 before it, rather than giving it an upgrade to Android 7.0. This means that the OnePlus 3T won’t offer support for Google’s Daydream VR platform – not yet, at least.
Both phones are skinned in OnePlus’ custom Oxygen OS, although the OnePlus 3 brings some new tweaks and functionality. There’s a cleaner and more streamlined UI, resized app icons, customisable quick access icons, and added security with password or fingerprint protection for individual apps.
OnePlus 3T: Snapdragon 821, quad-core 2x 2.35GHz and 2x 1.6GHz, 6GB RAM
OnePlus 3: Snapdragon 820, quad-core 2x 2.15GHz Kryo and 2x 1.6GHz Kryo, 6GB RAM
The OnePlus 3 uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 processor, an upgrade compared with the Snapdragon 820 inside the OnePlus 3.
We’re yet to pit the two handsets head to head, but Qualcomm claimed that the chip is its fastest mobile processor yet, touting it as “10 per cent faster” and more power efficient than the 820.
OnePlus 3T: 16MP rear-facing, f/2.0, OIS, EIS, 16MP front-facing
OnePlus 3: 16MP rear-facing, f/2.0, OIS, EIS, 8MP front-facing
The OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 have the same Sony-built 16MP sensor on the rear, although the newer model comes with added sapphire glass protection and upgraded electronic image stabilisation.
There’s also a beefed-up front-facing camera, and the OnePlus 3T has a second 16MP lens compared with the OnePlus 3’s 8MP offering.
OnePlus 3T: 3,400mAh
OnePlus 3: 3,000mAh
The OnePlus 3T also has a bigger battery. OnePlus claimed that the 3,400mAh cell will last “all day”, and that the included Dash technology provides a full day of use after just 30 minutes on charge.
OnePlus 3T: 64GB/128GB
OnePlus 3: 64GB
The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T both have 64GB of storage as standard, with no expansion possible through microSD. However, the OnePlus 3T comes in an additional 128GB model.
OnePlus 3T: From £399
OnePlus 3: £329 (64GB only)
At £399 SIM-free (for the 64GB model), the OnePlus 3T is £70 more expensive than its predecessor, while the 128GB model is even pricier at £439.
On the face of it, the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 are near identical. They have the same design and display, and both run Google’s Marshmallow software.
However, the OnePlus 3T is the more interesting of the two thanks to the upgraded Snapdragon 810 chip and beefier battery. µ
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