Today, we finally received the whitebox with the shiny new gunmetal OnePlus 3T and it’s time to start our exploration of the real-life experience with the new phone. We start right away with an unboxing: first, a look inside the box reveals all that’s inside:
- OnePlus 3T handset with pre-applied screen protector
- User manual
- $5 OnePlus discount card
- SIM tool
- USB-C to USB-A OnePlus red cable
- Dash Charge wall charger
We also found a small gift: a $5 OnePlus discount card in the box. Little touches like this are what makes this phone a bit more special than the rest: a thank you note from the company founder, the ‘Created together with our fans’ and a heart sign at the bottom of the box.
The first thing you notice is that the OnePlus 3T looks and feels exactly like the OnePlus 3. Some have suggested OnePlus should make it thicker and add a larger battery: we’re happy they didn’t make it thicker, but still increased battery capacity not by increasing the size of the cell, but by working out a higher voltage.
The OnePlus 3T’s Full HD AMOLED display is once again gorgeous and vibrant, with full control over colour warmth. It’s bright enough to easily see in irritating glare. And although it’s not as sharp as some rival displays with Quad HD panels, you’ll really struggle to make out any individual pixels.
The bigger battery (3400mAh compared with the 3000mAh battery of the OnePlus 3) once again supports the nippy Dash Charge. After a few days of use, the OnePlus 3T delivers well over a day of use per charge, as long as you don’t hammer it with a lot of gaming or video streaming.
Performance has also been pleasingly smooth, thanks to that Snapdragon 821 processor that’s stuffed inside (once again backed by 6GB of RAM). Our AnTuTu benchmark score of 164523 is above the likes of Google’s Pixel XL (which costs almost twice as much), and the latest games play without a single dropped frame as you’d expect.
You still can’t slip a microSD memory card inside, but you can now pick up the One Plus with 128GB of storage, which should be plenty for most users. And while the latest Android Nougat isn’t preinstalled, Android Marshmallow should get an upgrade soon. As usual, OnePlus’ own Oxygen OS launcher is sat on top, adding some cool new features like the Shelf shortcuts.
The OnePlus 3T will be available here in the India from Rs 29,999, for the 64GB model. Presumably the 128GB model will cost around 34,999, or thereabouts. You can bag it from Dec 14, from OnePlus’ website. That means the OnePlus 3T is Rs 2000 more expensive than the standard OnePlus 3. Not too shabby considering the boost in power, battery size and camera tech.