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OnePlus 3T Launch, Specs, Leaks, India Price, Comparison – Everything You Want to Know


Oneplus 3T What’s better in comparison to OnePlus 3

Oneplus refreshed the 6-month-old OnePlus 3 with some beneficial upgrades that make their flagship phone even better.  They have killed the OnePlus 3, and the new OnePlus 3T takes its spot as the most affordable Android flagship.

(Update 24/Nov/2016 – OnePlus 3T is going to launch in India on 2nd December 2016.

The OnePlus 3T is available globally for a price tag of $439 for the 64 GB variant and $479 for the 128 GB version. The price is $40 and $80 more respectively than the predecessors.

Notably, the new smartphone comes with faster processor, more battery life, and better front camera to justify this markup.

OnePlus 3T is Faster and has More Battery

OnePlus 3T Offers 10% Faster Performance 13% More Battery Life

The OnePlus 3T has the same design and build quality like the outgoing OnePlus 3.

The letter “T” was used in the name to be different from Apple and Samsung that is using the letter “S,” says Kyle Kiang (head of marketing at Oneplus).

Also, it comes with a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad-Core processor, with a clock speed of 2.35 GHz, in comparison to older SD 820 with a clock speed of 2.15 GHz.

The increase in clock speed will give at least 10% boost in performance. Quashing the rumors about the 8 GB Ram, OnePlus 3T comes with 6 GB Ram, same as the OnePlus 3.

Further, the improved front camera now offers a 16 MP Samsung 3P8SP Sensor with 1.0 micron in comparison to the 8 MP camera lens on the older Oneplus.

Improved Battery Life

Also, the mobile has 13% higher battery capacity and now comes with 3400 mAH battery.

Moreover, it supports the OnePlus proprietary dash charging. Besides, the Dash charging allows for a quicker charge with lesser heat. The OnePlus 3 has a 3000 mAH battery capacity.

OnePlus 3T Offers 10% Faster Performance 13% More Battery Life

Commendably, the additional battery capacity has not added any bulk to the device or increased its thickness.

Better Front Camera

The rear camera is the same 16 MP shooter with the Sony IMX 298 Sensor. However, it has got a sapphire lens cover and some improvement in the OIS for recording videos.

There were rumors about 3T coming with Android Nougat 7.0, but this is not the case, it runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the Oxygen OS.

Both OnePlus 3 and 3T will get the Android Nougat 7.0 by the end of December 2016, as per the latest report.

These are some of the refinements in the OnePlus 3T.

Undoubtedly, Oneplus is taking the space vacated by Nexus offering the best hardware for an affordable price with near stock experience.Also, Google has turned into Apple with the New Pixel phones available at an exorbitant price.

Further, the 3T comes with Full HD (1080P) display with 5.5 inch AMOLED panel.  It will be available in the Soft Gold and the Gunmetal Grey Color variants globally.

In addition to above, the One Plus 3T will go on sale on 22 November in the US and 28th November in Europe. However, we don’t know the exact date for India launch so far.

Concluding Thoughts

To sum it up, the OnePlus 3T offers incredible value for money and is comparable to the high-end flagship devices like Google Pixel, Samsung S7 Edge and the iPhone 7.

The only low point for the 3T is its rear camera that may not have the capability to beat the rival flagship phones.

The OnePlus 3T will go on sale starting 14th December 2016 (First Sale) on Amazon India. Amazon is the exclusive partner for OnePlus. The sale will start on 12:00 am-midnight, on 14th December.

So fans will have to stay on awake on the 13th December to grab the new ultimate smartphone from OnePlus. There may be an early stock out, so you may need to be swift to get it.

Another way to get the OnePlus 3T on 12th December 2016 is to sign up for Amazon Prime. Amazon is offering an early purchase for Prime Members on 12 December 2016 from 2:00 pm onwards. There are limited quantities for OnePlus 3T, as shared by Amazon.

You can even signup free for Amazon Prime as there is a 30 day free trial period. And can still be eligible to buy the smartphone, with early access.

The OnePlus 3T is priced at Rs. 29,999 for the 64 GB version, while the 128 GB version will cost Rs. 34,999.  The 64 GB version is available in the Soft Gold and Gunmetal Grey Colors while the 128 GB version will be available only in Gunmetal Grey color.  The Older OnePlus 3 was available at a price of Rs. 27,999.

One Plus 3T was unveiled on 24th November 2016 and has already gone on sale in the US and Europe.

OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T has the same design and looks as OnePlus 3.  The 3T comes with an aluminum unibody design and with visible antenna lines, at the back.  There is a stunning display with 2.5D Curve Glass and an oblong shape home button at the front.

There is a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button which offers quick unlocking.

Firstly, the OnePlus 3T comes with the fastest processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.35 GHz ( Quad Core, Kryo™: 2x 2.35 GHz, 2x 1.6 GHz ) and has Adreno 530 GPU. There is 6 GB of Ram which is sufficient for doing anything on this powerful device.

The smartphone runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the Oxygen OS 3.5.3.  OnePlus has promised that the smartphone will receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update by the end of this month.

OnePlus 3 beta testers have already started getting the Android Nougat update along with the Oxygen OS Open Beta 8.

The 3T comes with a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED Display with Full HD resolution (1920*1080) pixels. There is also Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The mobile offers 72.9% screen to body ratio and has 401 PPI.  There are software tweaks to enable the dark/light theme and the night mode.

Noticeably, there is a rear camera with 16 MP resolution with Sony IMX298 sensor, with support for 4K video recording and 120 fps slow motion videos.  It has features like Phase detection autofocus, HDR, and Optical image stabilization.

The 16 MP front camera comes with Samsung 3P8SP Sensor and with a 1.0-micron lens.  The OnePlus 3T comes with 3400 mAH battery capacity and also support dash charging((5V 4A) fast charging).  Dash charging allows for a quicker charge with lesser heat.

The One Plus 3T weighs 158 grams and has a thickness of 7.4 mm, which is quite sleek and light considering the battery size.

The phone comes with support 4G LTE as well as VOLTE and native 3G and 2G. There is NFC as well as USB TYPE C port.

Also, You can use the Dual Sim smartphone for HD voice calling on JIO network or other Indian operators.

Key Changes – OnePlus 3T Vs OnePlus 3

Parameter OnePlus 3T OnePlus 3
Front Camera 16 MP Sensor 8 MP Sensor
Rear Camera 16 MP Sony IMX298 sensor

With Sapphire Glass

16 MP Sony IMX298 sensor

Without Sapphire Glass

Battery Size 3400 mAH (13% More) 3000 mAH
Processor SD 821 Clocked at 2.35 GHz SD 820 Clocked at 2.15 GHz

Initial Thoughts

If you are looking for the best smartphone up to Rs. 40000, the OnePlus 3T is the best bet. OnePlus 3 was a fantastic device, but the OnePlus 3T is impeccable.

Don’t buy the OnePlus 3 older version, as the new version offers a lot of improvements, for a slight increase in price. In comparison to the more expensive smartphones like the Google Pixel, iPhone 7, the OnePlus 3T offers tremendous value for money and equally good performance.

The only gripe can be the camera quality which is a little bit better on some of the more expensive devices like Samsung S7 and Google Pixel.

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black To Go On Sale on 31 March India

The OP3 came in Graphite color, which was a slightly darker shade of silver. Soon, forwarding to the end of 2016, they released yet another more powerful version OP 3T.  It’s now available in a new Gunmetal / Soft Gold color option, which is a darker shade of grey.

Their recent collaboration with Collete gained a lot of attention since they introduced a new Matte Black color option. At first, the Collete edition was limited to only 250 units.

Also, to avail that phone, one should either be a citizen of Paris or fly to Paris to buy that limited edition.

To our surprise, the immense response from the fans out there forced OnePlus to come up with a same “Midnight Black” color option for a broader range of audience. Yes, there’s a new color choice for the users who are eagerly waiting to buy the 3T.

The all-new color option is intact the same color from the Collete edition, without the fancy Collete branding. OnePlus was keen on releasing the OP3 in black color option way before its inception.

Why is The OnePlus 3T Midnight Black So Alluring?

There were, in fact, an array of leaks, where the upcoming OP3 was shown in a black color variant. Since it was only their 4th phone and they weren’t as big as they’re now, they had to cut short on their inventory for the new color and instead settled with the Graphite and Soft Gold variants.


Now they’ve successfully released the flagships; they’re now able to release the crowd favorite Midnight Black color. It’s not any usual coating, OnePlus have used the space-grade aluminum with three dark coatings 14 microns thick to keep the beauty intact. Their main focus was on fingerprint smudges on the plain black variants, like the ones found on iPhone 7 Matte Black option.

The OnePlus 3T Midnight Black, it has the same spec list like the other 3Ts. It still flaunts the 5.5 inches Full HD  AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass on top. It is driven by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SOC with Adreno 530 GPU.

Also,  the processor is coupled with a whopping 6 GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There’s no storage expansion option, but the presence of 128 GB would be more than enough for everyone out there. The OnePlus 3T Midnight Black featured 16 MP front and rear sensors with OIS, PDAF and improved EIS v2.0.

Powering the phone is a more than enough 3400mAh battery pack, running the power efficient chipset, Full HD AMOLED display & the lightest Android skin after Motorola. There’s Dash charging complementing the big battery capacity.

Sale date and Time India OnePlus 3T Midnight Black

Fortunately, India will also be one of the markets to be graced with the new color option. It’ll be sold through Amazon.in, Oneplus.net and their Experience store at Bangalore. The pre-order has started on Amazon and will be available to buy on 31st March at 2 pm.

This color option indicates a vast possibility of OnePlus 5 being released with 3 color options, Gunmetal Grey, Midnight Black and Soft Gold.

OnePlus 3T 128 GB Not Available In India

In a rather strange post yesterday (26th May 2017) – Oneplus officially announced that they are discontinuing the OnePlus 3T.

There is limited stock which is available for the smartphone in some countries like North America, Hong Kong, and Europe, so the customers in those countries can buy the smartphone if they wish.

While the OnePlus 3T stock is there in India and it is available for purchase both on Amazon India and OnePlus official store. We can’t find the OnePlus 3T 128 GB model on either of the sites.

No Option available to Buy OnePlus 3T 128 GB

Moreover, the option to buy the OnePlus 3T model on the official Oneplus website is not visible now. While you can still buy the OnePlus 3T with 64 GB storage in India in both the colors – Gunmetal and Soft Gold.

While there have been many news in media about continuation or discontinuation of OnePlus 3T in India, there is still ambiguity about it.  Though currently, the OnePlus 3T 64 GB is available in India for purchase, the 128 GB variant is not available. The 128 GB version of the smartphone is removed from the official Oneplus store as well.

Also, the OnePlus 3T is discontinued ahead of the launch of OnePlus 5 which is expected to happen in June 2017. The OnePlus 5 is what the company is going to focus next, and they would not like to have an inventory of older phones.

Additionally, if you visit the Oneplus Store and try to buy the OnePlus 3, you are redirected to buy the OnePlus 3T. While on Amazon India the OnePlus 3 is still available for 64 GB storage at Rs 23500 which is the lowest price we have seen.

Probably Amazon is also clearing the stock for OnePlus 3 now to make way for the new OnePlus 5.

Buy OnePlus 3T Black Colette But First Book a Ticket To Paris

If you are looking to buy Buy OnePlus 3T Black Colette, you may need to book a ticket to Paris. I am not kidding. OnePlus has come up with another color option, but this time it’s a limited “Colette Edition” which will only be available in one store that is in Paris (France).

The term “limited” means, OnePlus will only sell 250 handsets of this new color option.  The new deep black color looks dope, but there are very few units which are produced. It is limited unlike some of the limited edition things which are mass produced for everyone.

Buy OnePlus 3T Black Colette

This edition flaunts the Pitch Black with matte finish option with “Colette” engraved at the bottom. Some days ago, OnePlus teased their venture with Colette by posting the launch date, i.e., 3/15/17 with a purple background and Colette mentioned at the bottom.

They’ve held several pop-up events in different countries, to showcase their Flagship 3T. OnePlus will sell the “Colette Edition” which will be on sale on March 21st, Thursday. At their store in Paris, located at 213 Rue Saint-Honore.

The 128 GB variant is priced at €479 (approx Rs 34,000). It’ll be available from 11 am. It’ll be “First come…first serve”, where people who’ll come early will receive a free pair of OnePlus bullet headphones.

The craze for Pitch Black color variant is in vogue, all because of Apple iPhone 7. The Matte Black in iPhone 7 has motivated a lot of Android OEMs to introduce their flagships in Black colour options.

The all-new Colette Edition looks sleek and enticing enough. Though the blue coloured teasers made us think that we are going to get something Blue like the Google Pixel. But it is black and only available in Paris which might disappoint a lot of fans out there. Although, this can be an indication of OnePlus including this colour option for their upcoming OnePlus 5 flagship smartphone.

OnePlus Team has Also announced a Free OnePlus 3T Give Away and is also offering a Free Ticket to Paris – Here is a link to the OnePlus 3T Contest. We recently reviewed the OnePlus 3 after using it for 6 months and, the mobile has been very impressive all along offering great speed and experience.

Though the camera performance on the OnePlus 3 is not up to the mark. The OnePlus 3T does have a similar rear camera but comes with an upgraded front camera. The OnePlus 5 is expected to come with the Dual Rear camera which is supposedly much better compared to the camera used on either OnePlus 3 or the 3T.

You can read more about the latest OnePlus 5 which is recently launched with a Dual camera or can read my review of the OnePlus 3 here.

Update 18/March/2017

Android Nougat 7.1.1 Update for OnePlus 3 / 3T Brings 5 Major Improvements

The new updated for the Oneplus 3 and the Oneplus 3T is on the way and it brings some necessary improvements to the already excellent device. I am getting to admire the OnePlus more and more for the timely updates they are pushing to their smartphones and making the user experience a delight.

Samsung, HTC, LG, and Sony has enormous resources still work at snail’s pace when it comes to Android updates. As per the recent Google data, only 2.8% of devices run on the Android Nougat 7.0 and 7.1. There are hardly 1% Android mobiles which are on the latest 7.1 Nougat. You are pretty lucky and smart if you bought the One Plus 3 / 3T.

Let’s Check out the Top 5 Improvements that the new Oxygen OS 4.1 and the Android Nougat 7.1.1 Brings to the OnePlus 3 /3T.

  1. Updated Google Security Patch for March 2017 – It is critical to have the latest security patches to keep the phone secure from any Android Vulnerabilities.
  2. Expanded Screenshots – You can take longer screenshots, with this new feature which can be very handy if you want to take a screenshot of an entire article you are reading on your phone.
  3. Better Images for moving subjects – There is blur reduction if you are clicking images of moving subjects like Kids or cars. This is a much-needed feature for the OnePlus 3T as we observed a lot of motion blur when shooting the moving objects, we will test this and see if there is any real improvement regarding camera output.
  4. Improves the Image stabilization while capturing vides – reduces the shaking of the camera. – The camera lacks the Optical image stabilization which is found in phones like the Samsung S7 and Samsung S7 Edge. The OnePlus 3T uses the EIS, and this will likely help in terms of capturing videos.
  5. Improved Bluetooth and WIFI connectivity.

While the updates are pretty significant and will enhance your user experience there are some countries like Canada which have already got the update, if you are in India, then you may get it pretty soon. Don’t Try to use a VPN and get the Canadian update.

One Plus recently unveiled a new OnePlus 3T deep black Colette Edition smartphone will be available for purchase in Paris alone and OnePlus has made only 250 of these new devices.

Early Leaks and Details – OnePlus 3T

New reports are making it more evident that OnePlus may launch a refreshed version of the OnePlus 3 named as “OnePlus 3T”. Recently OnePlus launched a new color for the OnePlus 3 in the Indian market. It is known as OnePlus 3 Soft gold and costs Rs. 27,999.

The OnePlus 3 was launched in June 2016, and it is a huge success.

It comes with a premium build quality, ultra-fast Snapdragon 820 processor, and 6 GB RAM. It comes at an affordable price of $400 or Rs. 27,999 making it a value for money deal.

Carl Pei (CEO of OnePlus) hints towards a minor upgrade to the existing OnePlus 3, and we may be called OnePlus 3T.

A New Faster Processor (SD 821)

The new smartphone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that is 10 % faster in comparison to SD 820.

The Snapdragon 820 has two Kryo cores running at 2.2 GHz and two Kryo cores running at 1.6 GHz. On the other hand, Snapdragon 821 has 2 Kryo cores running at 2.4 GHz and 2 Kryo cores running at 2.0 GHz.

Both of them uses the same GPU – Adreno 530. The Snapdragon 821 processor also powers the recently launched Google Pixel phones and Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra.

The OnePlus 3T will have identical Amoled Display, unibody metal design, 6 GB RAM and cameras on the front and back.

The company might launch new color variant with for the 3T, in the near future.

The 3T is certified in China with the model number A3010, and it might launch sooner than expected.

Launch and Availability

The price may also increase a little bit considering the Snapdragon 821 will cost more, but there is no final word yet, so you might like to take all the above information with a grain of salt.

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Darshit Pattan
Writer @ Candytech - Playing with new gadgets, do thorough research, testing and writing is my daily dose. A True Tech Enthusiast. You can always rely on me for tech advice. Connect With Me on Twitter.

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