OnePlus 3T review

BY Bethwel Njore / January 12, 2017
BY Bethwel Njore / January 12, 2017 / Devices, Reviews

OnePlus 3T can be said to be a light revision of the impeccable OnePlus 3. It brings the smartphone up to date thus putting it head-to-head with the new Google Pixel. The Pixel XL cost $770 but the OnePlus 3T is only $440. That is a massive saving. The device is also a way cheaper than the LG G5 and the Galaxy S7 and many other big brand smartphones on the market today. The price is weird enough to make anyone question the credibility of the smartphone.

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Design

The OnePlus 3T’s design is quite similar to that of OnePlus 3 down to weight and dimensions, in spite of slight changes in the internal hardware. The device is available in 2 colors, the soft Gold that is available for the 64GB variant and Gunmetal Grew for the 128GB and 64GB variants. According to OnePlus, one of the reasons for this color is to distinguish the OnePlus 3T from OnePlus 3 which came in Graphite and Soft Gold variants.

Software & UX

One of the saddest thing about the OnePlus 3T is that it does not run the ‘Stock-like’ type of OxygenOS that its predecessor shipped with. The OnePlus 3T’s software in community builds is the main ROM for the handset moving forward and with all its new aesthetics and new features as well. The company has received hundreds of feedbacks concerning the community builds and they have been adjusting fixes and changes that the community suggests.

Performance

OnePlus 3 was a great smartphone when it came to performance. It still happens to be the most consistent and fastest Snapdragon 820 smartphones. It also has great thermals and it shows no signs of throttling even under intense usage.

The OnePlus 3T is only different in terms of horsepower that comes from Snapdragon 321 bump. Ultimately, that might be the only increment you might be looking at. The CPU’s performance increases from 2.15 GHz to 2.35 GHz, but the power efficient capacity remains at 1.6 GHz. Additionally, the OnePlus 3T brings improvements to synthetic benchmarks scores though they are very slight when compared to its predecessor.

Camera

OnePlus 3T has a 16MP camera that was found on its predecessor. It has an optical size of f/20 aperture, HDR, a 1.28-inch sensor, and optical stabilization. However, OnePlus 3T has some extra software tweak. OnePlus 3’S ultra-high contrast pics have slightly toned down. This means that the OnePlus 3T can now more natural photos that are still pleasingly clear.

Close-up pics blur the background nicely and the blue skies shine beautifully on a sunny day. With the HDR mode activated, the shadow areas are lightened effectively without sacrificing detail. Moreover, even in low light plenty of detail is also revealed.

Verdict

Based on its processor, the OnePlus 3T is the best value Android smartphone on the market today. In addition, the device does not have any downsides you would expect from anything referred to as the ‘best value’. It has a beautiful design and it also takes impressive pictures. It is definitely worth giving a shot given that it costs only $440.

Source: PC Advisor


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