- Andy Boxall , Digital Trends
The OnePlus 3T is hands down the best high-performance Android phone you can buy for the money.
- Solid build quality
- Crisp, colorful screen
- Great performance
- Fast, detailed rear camera
- All-day battery life
- Dual SIM support
- No microSD support
- Inconsistent front-facing camera
- Proprietary fast charging
The OnePlus 3T has big shoes to fill. With its predecessor topping phone lists on review sites across the Internet, this latest release is more of a subtle improvement than a brand new phone. How are reviewers taking to the new entry in the OnePlus line up?
Reviews are rolling out and we’ve scoured them all to bring you this summary!
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Reviews were quick to point out that the 3T uses the exact same design as the 3--short of a slightly larger camera bump on the rear. However, that isn’t a bad thing. The 3T’s aluminum unibody chassis features minimal embellishment and reviewers all agreed it feels great in the hand. PC Advisor UK declared that OnePlus “made a 5.5in screen phone slim, svelte and usable with one hand (just).” Digital Trends called the phone “a real beauty.”
One design feature that stood out to reviewers was the Alert Slider. This physical button sits on the side of the device and allows you to change notification volumes and settings without touching the screen. Most reviewers raved about it.
Heading around front, you’ll find a 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED screen and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. Reviewers loved the display calibration feature, with many noting that it quickly wrangled the stock color settings from overblown and garrish to pleasing and accurate. While the resolution falls behind other flagships, Alphr describes the screen as “as sharp as you need it to be.”
Powering the phone, you’ll find a 2.35GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor. Paired with 6GB of RAM, reviews used words like “silky” and “buttery” to describe performance. PC Advisor UK applauded the phone, saying, “In a full week of use we experienced absolutely no lag, slow app changes or overheating. It is truly like using a desktop at some times.”
You’ll find models with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. There’s no microSD storage with the maker opting for dual SIM support instead. Media lovers or gamers might opt for the larger option.
The phone ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, OnePlus plans to have Android 7.0 Nougat available by the end of 2016. Their Oxygen OS skin was popular with reviewers for its subtlety and convenient improvements to the stock Android experience. Recombu noted, “Android fans will be right at home with the interface, while some of the shortcut tools and gesture support is genuinely useful.”
Reviews for the phone’s cameras are generally positive. GSM Arena called the 16MP rear-facing camera a “solid snapper by any means,” further noting, “It performs consistently and reliably under all conditions. It seldom requires more than a single attempt to capture the desired shot.”
While the 16MP front-facing lens sounds impressive on paper, reviews were scattered. Many felt that the photos shot lacked light balance and the increased resolution only led to more noise. However, they also noted that it was great for video chat or live streaming.
The phone’s 3400mAh battery netted most reviewers a full day of usage with room to spare. The included Dash Charge cable and wall adapter promise a 60% charge in only 30 minutes. Reviewers confirmed that the system works great and the phone stays cool during charging. However, should you need a replacement charger or cable, you’re left waiting for one to ship from OnePlus or settling for slower charge speeds using a third-party option.
Overall, reviews indicate that the 3T is a worthy successor to the OnePlus throne. Alphr summed up opinions well, saying, “It's not quite the outright bargain the OnePlus 3 was, but the OnePlus 3T’s speed, screen quality, decent camera and practical design mean it's set to take over as our favourite smartphone just as soon as the OnePlus 3 is no longer available.”
Reviews (8.9/10 Avg. rating)
An incremental update to probably the best-in-value Android smartphone in 2016
OnePlus had a winner with its super refined third iteration flagship smartphone, and while the existence of the incremental 3T may be in question, it builds on a successful formula that gives interested consumers an even tougher bargain to turn down. You simply won’t find another $400 smartphone with topped-out specs like a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 821 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 3,400 mAh battery. But it’s not just about the specs. The 3T is through-and-through a well crafted smartphone; so much so that any of its slight compromises, like the 1080P screen resolution or average l... Full review
Strong specs and impressive value for money
The most affordable flagship you can have
Premium performance at rock-bottom prices
Offers all-around top specifications and snappy general performance
Makes improvements in all the right places
Again the best Android smartphone you can buy for the money
Little bit better than the OnePlus 3
Powerhouse of a phone that would make an excellent main handset
A superb Android smartphone with a simple, uncluttered interface
The OnePlus 3T is not much of a departure from the OnePlus 3, which isn’t a problem with us — the 3 was one of our favorite Android phones of the year. Thanks to lightweight, well-optimized software, the OnePlus 3T runs faster than most phones running on the same chipset. Granted, there are some trade-offs. The OnePlus 3T’s camera, being the same as the one on the 3, isn’t bad, but it suffers noticeably in low-light conditions. That’s usually something we say about all smartphones, but the Google Pixel, Huawei Mate 9, and Samsung Galaxy S7 all take pretty sharp... Full review
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