OnePlus 3T is official, and it’s replacing the OnePlus 3 at a higher price

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There’s a new OnePlus device to consider, and it’s actually the company’s 2016 flagship effective immediately.

Today, the OnePlus 3T launched as an upgraded model of the OnePlus 3 that was introduced less than six months ago. Although the two phones appear the same on the outside, the OnePlus 3T is much more of a beast on the inside.

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No expression describes the OnePlus 3T better than “out with the old and in with the new.” OnePlus basically saw what other flagships currently offer and decided to revamp the OnePlus 3 to create a competitive device. The upgrades will be noticed in the processor, internal storage, battery, front-facing camera, and software.

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A Qualcomm processor remains, but the Snapdragon 820 has been dropped for the Snapdragon 821. The 6GB of RAM that wowed many over the summer hasn’t gone anywhere. Dash Charge, too, is sticking around as the battery goes from 3000mAh to 3400mAh. So, as you can tell, the OnePlus 3T is definitely a high-end phone.

Key specifications:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) Optic AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB of internal storage
  • 16MP / 16MP cameras
  • 3400mAh battery

While the OnePlus 3 is about to get a community build of Android 7.0 Nougat, the OnePlus 3T is still shipping with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It’s just strange that OnePlus wouldn’t release its latest flagship with the latest version of Android. But we assume Nougat would be right around the corner for the new phone, too.

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OxygenOS is on top of Android, as expected. Here’s OnePlus’ explanation of its software overlay’s improvements:

“The OnePlus 3T features the most refined version of OxygenOS yet. It makes the most of Android’s core functionalities while adding a slew of customization options. The result is an OS that is just as light and customizable as stock Android, while building on a couple of key areas to improve your experience. We work with our community to ensure every update is shaped by your feedback.”

It’s not clear what exactly is different, but we’ll get a chance to check out the new OyxgenOS and share our experience.

The improvements the OnePlus 3T boasts aren’t coming cheap, though. OnePlus is breaking its habit of pricing its devices on the friendly side to cover the costs of high-end specifications. Instead of $399, the OnePlus 3T will be priced at $439 when it goes on sale later this month. Furthermore, you won’t be able to buy the OnePlus 3 at all. The OnePlus 3T is being treated as a true successor by replacing the OnePlus 3 as the flagship to buy. This leaves the OnePlus X as the only other phone you can buy from the company.

OnePlus will begin selling the OnePlus 3T on November 22 in the United States and November 28 in Europe.

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Presenting the OnePlus 3T — A Day’s Power in Half an Hour

Upgraded Flagship Smartphone Offers Dash Charge, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor and Longer Battery Life for a Refined Android Experience

LONDON –November 15, 2016–OnePlus today announced an upgraded addition to its premium flagship lineup, the OnePlus 3T. Staying true to the company’s Never Settle mantra, the OnePlus 3T builds on the success of the OnePlus 3, offering key hardware and software updates inspired by feedback from the active OnePlus community.

“At OnePlus, we are constantly striving to provide a better product and user experience for our customers, who are some of the most discerning andtech-savvy users in the world,”said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “We developed the OnePlus 3T to bring significant improvements with new technology that is available today, so that our customers do not have to wait for the best possible user experience.”

Dash Charge –A Day’s Power in Half an Hour

One of the fastest charging technologieson the global market, Dash Charge provides a day’s power in half an hour of charging, even while performing activities such as video streaming, graphic-intensive gaming or using GPS to navigate with the Dash Car Charger (also available on OnePlus.net). The OnePlus 3T also sports an upgraded 3,400 mAh battery, a 13 percent increase from the OnePlus 3, providing enough power to get users through the day and beyond.

Dash Charge stays cooler than other fast charge solutions by carrying more current and shifting the power management process from the phone to the Dash Charge adapter, so a vast majority of the heat generated while charging never reaches the device. Along with five custom safety measures in place to safeguard the adaptor, cable and phone itself, users can charge the OnePlus 3T as fast as possible without worry.

Powerful Performance –Snapdragon 821 and 6 GB of RAM

Using the most powerful version of the Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 821 processor (2.35 GHz), the OnePlus 3T boosts performance over Snapdragon 820 with faster processing speeds and greater power efficiency. The OnePlus 3T’s upgraded file system algorithm also improves the launch speed of large apps and games.

“OnePlus has proven once again that it never settles for anything less than the best. Using the Snapdragon 821 chipset, the OnePlus 3T gives the OnePlus community superior speed and performance in a beautifully designed smartphone,” said Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Featuring 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the most found in any smartphone available today, the OnePlus 3T can handle next-level multi-tasking, including resource-intensive apps and games, withoutdelay or lag.

16 MP Front and Rear Camera with Smart Capture

The OnePlus 3T’s 16 MP rear camera paired with OnePlus’s exclusive software suite, Smart Capture, allows users to capture the ideal shot in any environment or lighting situation. Optical ImageStabilization (OIS) helps to produce sharper still images, while an updated Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) algorithm ensures smoother video capture. A protective layer of sapphire glass, which has a Mohs hardness rating of 9, covers the rear camera to better protect it from scratches.

The updated 16 MP front camera intelligently combines pixels to gather more light and reduce noise in low light scenarios, resulting in clearer, more colorful photos in any condition.

Premium Design –Aluminum Unibody and New Gunmetal Color

The OnePlus 3T’s design brings together the most premium materials and acute attention to the smallest details to give users a sleek and bold flagship smartphone. Each OnePlus 3T phone is carved out of a single slab of premium space-grade aluminum alloy for a seamless and resilient build, with fine details such as chamfered edges around the USB type-C port and speaker grill. At 7.35 mm, the metal unibody is light and comfortably thin. Our new Gunmetal color gives the OnePlus 3T a boldlook, while the Soft Gold version offers a subtle elegance.The stunning 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display produces colors that are more vivid than other AMOLED displays while offering excellent battery life. Users may also choose to customize the display calibration or switch to sRGB mode for highly accurate color reproduction.

Android Refined –OxygenOS

OnePlus’ custom operating system, OxygenOS, offers a refined Android experience that is faster, cleaner and more customizable than other Android smartphones. It builds on Android’s core functionalities with additional features and customizations that further improve the user experience. OxygenOS’ new platform enables a more streamlined software development process, resulting in faster, more consistent updates guided largely by user feedback.

Price and Availability

The OnePlus 3T in both the 64 GB and 128 GB (Gunmetal version only) storage options will be available on OnePlus.net in the United States on November 22 and in Europe on November 28, starting from USD 439 / EUR 439 / GBP 399. The 64 GB Soft Gold edition of the OnePlus 3T will be available shortly after launch.


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.