OnePlus 3T

For any company making gadgets, one of the biggest challenges is to ensure that you bring to the market another hit after you have delivered your greatest hit. It is not as easy as it seems and that is why very few companies consistently manage it. Riding high on the success of the latest product, many fall for the temptation to tinker with the winning formula. This rarely works. OnePlus learned it hard way with the OnePlus 2. With the OnePlus 3T, the company is showing that it has learned that lesson well. Coming after the big success of OnePlus 3, the new OnePlus 3T sticks to the winning formula so closely that you will be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the two. Not surprisingly then, just like the earlier OnePlus phone, the OnePlus 3T too is a phenomenal phone.

BestĀ of OnePlus 3

There are some good reasons why the OnePlus 3 is considered one of the best phones of 2016. It is universally loved by both its users and gadget reviewers because it is a phone that is fast, looks good, has a really nice screen and a very competitive camera. It doesn’t skimp on anything. Yet, despite packing in all the goodness, it costs half of what Google charges for its Pixel phone in India. The OnePlus 3T is similar. It has everything that makes the OnePlus 3 great, and then some more. The result is that even though the price of the new phone is higher by Rs 2,000, you will not — you should not — mind paying extra.

The OnePlus 3T is a new phone, right? Yes it is. And there are areas where it is different from the OnePlus 3, although the difference is never big enough to matter.

In a way, the OnePlus 3T is not a new phone. That phone will be OnePlus 4, whenever it arrives in 2017. The OnePlus 3T is just a refresh of the OnePlus 3. This is why the phone looks exactly the same. The OnePlus 3T has the same aluminum shell with the same curves and edges. The camera module is still raised, the phone is still incredible slim, the finishing is top notch, the speakers vents, buttons and ports are in the same place. The only way to tell the difference between the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 3 is the new colour. While the OnePlus 3 was available in graphite and soft gold, the OnePlus 3T sells in gunmetal and soft gold. Compared to the graphite of the OnePlus 3, the gunmetal of OnePlus 3 has a darker shades.

In terms of handling of the phone, nothing changes. The OnePlus 3T, despite its 5.5-inch screen, is a fairly compact phone. Although it is not as compact as the iPhone 7 or the Galaxy S7 that are smaller, and is neither as sexy. But it is also distinctly OnePlus. Just like the OnePlus 3, its design has a character, which helps it look different from most of the smartphones that are out in the market right now.

The OnePlus 3T has a very loud single speaker on its bottom edge and just like the earlier OnePlus phone, this one too give users option of choosing between onscreen buttons or the physical, back lit, buttons under the screen.

The design, although nice, is not the primary reason why I rate the OnePlus so high. The main reason is its performance. Every component in the device works well and offers great experience. The speaker, as noted, is extremely loud for a phone. This makes watching YouTube videos fun on the OnePlus 3T. The phone has Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, which is a minor upgrade over the Snapdragon 820 inside the OnePlus 3, and 6GB RAM. The base variant still has the same 64GB internal storage, although this time around you can also spend Rs 5,000 more and get the 128GB version too.