OnePlus, after weeks of rumors and leaks, has finally unveiled the OnePlus 3T. As the leaks had hinted at, the OnePlus 3T brings major improvements to the table when compared to the OnePlus 3. The Snapdragon 821 is one of the upgrades, with the new CPU offering a faster clock speed and improved power efficiency over the Snapdragon 820.
The other major upgrade is the front camera. The 8-megapixel camera of the OnePlus 3 has been upgraded to a 16-megapixel sensor on the OnePlus 3T – the sensor is made by Samsung and supports autofocus and Full HD video recording, features also seen on devices like the Google Pixel. The rear camera remains a 16-megapixel unit, with f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization. Under the hood, the 3,000 mAh battery of the OnePlus 3 has been bumped up to one with 3,400 mAh capacity, which should offer notable improvements in battery life. Hopefully, the 6GB of RAM – which is making a return – will be fully utilized because of the larger battery. The battery continues to support OnePlus’ DashCharge technology for fast charging.
The OnePlus 3T will come with a new 128GB storage option, though a microSD slot is still missing. On the front is a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, same as that on the OnePlus 3. The phone has a fingerprint sensor at the front and a USB Type-C connector. Disappointingly, the OnePlus 3T is launching with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box instead of Android 7.0 Nougat, and the company will likely upgrade both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T to Nougat at the same time.
The OnePlus 3T will be going on sale by the end of this month – November 28th to be exact – from OnePlus’ official website. It will be available in Gunmetal and Soft Gold colors, with pricing starting at $439 (roughly SGD 620) for the 64GB variant and going up to $479 (roughly $680) for the 128GB variant (both prices are $40 more than that of the OnePlus 3). Sales in Singapore will likely follow the US and Europe launch, although OnePlus isn’t offering any details on release dates for specific markets at this point.