OnePlus has today launched OnePlus 3T in India with pricing starting at Rs 29,999. OnePlus came up with the “Flagship Killer” tagline for OnePlus One but soon dropped it for its further lineup. But now, the OnePlus 3T justifies that tagline by killing their own flagship device – OnePlus 3.
Now the question arises, which phone should you buy? Whether you should go for OnePlus 3 priced at Rs 27,999 or loose the pocket for another two thousand rupees and pick OnePlus 3T for Rs 29,999? Or choose a completely different Android smartphone? Here’s our take on these questions.
Which one should I buy – OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T?
If you’re planning to buy a smartphone with a budget around Rs 30,000 and confused which one to choose? OnePlus 3T is the answer you’re looking for. Starting with the processor, the OnePlus 3T is powered by Snapdragon 821 which is the most powerful and latest processor from Qualcomm. Currently, there are only two other devices ( Google Pixel and ZenFone 3 Deluxe) powered by the same processor and they cost around double. The Google Pixel phones start at Rs 57,000 whereas the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe with Snapdragon costs Rs 62,999. On comparing with Snapdragon 820 which powers the OnePlus 3, Snapdragon 821 is 10% more power efficient and does provide a visible difference in performance.
Apart from the processor, another thing which makes it stand apart from all other phones is its Dash charger. The OnePlus 3T (also OnePlus 3) features quick charging technology and comes with a quick charger dubbed as “Dash Charger”. With a quick 30-minute charge, the Dash charger is capable of replenishing over 60% of your OnePlus 3T’s battery. This is the world’s fastest mobile charger we are talking about here and you’ll definitely not get this on any other smartphone out there.
The OnePlus 3T has also got a bump up in front camera specs on comparing with the OnePlus 3. It has got a 16MP front camera whereas its predecessor has an 8MP one. With this specs bump up, the front camera performance is quite better and it could be even called as the best front camera you can get on an Android smartphone, at least that’s what they say.
OnePlus 3T also gets a bigger battery than its predecessor and that too with same metal unibody design and weight. It packs in a 3400mAh battery whereas the OnePlus 3 had a 3000mAh battery. It has a decent battery life and with Android Nougat it’s gonna improve even more. OnePlus has promised to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for OnePlus 3 and 3T before the end of this year.
Now coming to the specs which are same in both OnePlus 3 and 3T. Both the devices sport a 5.5-Inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection on top. Both flaunts a 16-megapixel rear camera and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. Both of them are dual SIM smartphones and supports 4G VoLTE.
So, overall both the devices are very good choice. But with just a difference of Rs 2000, OnePlus 3T is definitely a better pick. Putting in Robert Frost’s words, “Two flagships launched by OnePlus in 2016, I chose the one launched recently, and that has made all the difference.”
I have a OnePlus 3, should I upgrade to OnePlus 3T?
A big no. If you’ve already bought a OnePlus 3, you shouldn’t go for OnePlue 3T because you’ll lose out a lot of money while selling the existing phone and also, it’s not that worth of effort. OnePlus has already made it clear that it will provide the latest updates to both the phones simultaneously. Of course, OnePlus 3T looks better than your device on the spec sheet and you have to make peace with that. OnePlus 3 is still a better smartphone than all other combined, and it doesn’t make any sense to replace it too soon.
Of course, current owners of OnePlus 3 are regretting their decision, but you know what they say, “No matter how much you wait for a smartphone to buy, there will always be a better one out there.”
Don’t want to buy either one, but willing to spend more. Which one should I buy?
Well, let me remind you once again, there’s no other smartphone currently available which can stand on the same ground as OnePlus 3T. Even if we rule out the cost factor, there’s nothing you’re missing out with OnePlus 3T. Of course, the Google Pixel is still a better choice as it features the best camera in a smartphone yet. Google also offers the fastest Android updates and you can expect the same with the Pixel. However, it isn’t cheap and starts at Rs 57,000 and goes all the way up to Rs 76,000. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is another expensive alternative to the OnePlus 3T. The current flagship from Samsung houses a powerful processor, a stellar camera and a unique design that helps it stand out from the competition.