This review will be considered an improved, updated version OnePlus 3. Smartphone called OnePlus 3T, and its sales started in November 2016. The manufacturer has worked on software, fixed jambs predecessor, put the iron powerful and frontalku many megapixels. The main reason to upgrade is already relevant and useful device probably was the release of the new processor from Qualcomm.
In recent years, there is a tendency among some Chinese manufacturers: there is a new top-end chipset – so it’s time to release a new flagship! Official prices for the start of sales: 439 USD for the 64GB version and 479 USD for the 128 GB version. Unfortunately, we have such prices do not exist. At the time of review for the version with 64 GB of asking for 530 USD. While in China through resellers OnePlus 3T 64 GB are available for 448 USD.
The smartphone has a solid performance of all components, as befits a flagship.
OnePlus 3T: Design, body materials, dimensions and weight
Appearance OnePlus 3T has not changed in comparison with the OnePlus 3. Only the back panel become darker (a mixture of gray and brown). Version in golden color has remained the same. The basis of the casing material was aluminum alloy. The front part is covered with curved at the edges (2.5D) with a hot glass. Eye rear camera protected from scratches and scuffs with a sapphire crystal.
Overall, a great assembly. Given the housing dimensions (152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm), the device is quite good in the hand by a sloping form the rear panel. Product weight – 158 g.
Below the screen OnePlus 3T is a fingerprint sensor and touch navigation buttons. Their functions can be configured in the operating system or to activate the onscreen buttons. At the top end there is nothing.
The power / lock button, and the tray for two SIM cards are placed on the right edge.
On the left spine is the volume rocker, and a three-position switch audio modes.
And on the bottom collected everything else: an external speaker jack USB-Type C 2.0, microphone, mini-jack 3.5 mm.
OnePlus 3T: CPU
The OnePlus 3T installed the most powerful processor on the time of release: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. It consists of 4 Kryo nucleus (two on and two 2.35 by 2.16 GHz). In comparison with the Snapdragon 820 has improved energy efficiency, reduced heat and increased clock frequency. The Adreno 530 is used as a graphics adapter.
About the power of the iron can be judged by points scored in Antutu test: 165 thousand or at the game WoT Blitz:. At maximum settings the graphics get 55-60 FPS. In other words, even the most demanding user will not experience a lack of performance. At long loads housing gets hot – it just consistently warm.
OnePlus 3T: Memory
Another factor that influenced the performance of OnePlus 3T – RAM capacity of 6GB of RAM. Used LPDDR4 module – the fastest in 2016. The result was a machine on which you can run anything you want and as much as necessary. We reserve the smart phone in the middle of the work for half an hour, come back and continue from the point where you left off. That is, before running the application does not spontaneously discharged from the RAM.
The amount of internal storage will depend on the version of 64 or 128 GB UFS 2.0.
The “golden” version is only sold with a 64 GB internal memory.
To expand the memory using MicroSD cards can not be, there is no corresponding slot. If you need to temporarily use an external drive, you can connect it via a dedicated OTG adapter.
OnePlus 3T: Battery
OnePlus 3T has a good autonomy as the flagship with a powerful stuffing. This is achieved by 3400 mAh battery on, as well as energy-efficient chip Snapdragon 821. For example, the battery lasts for playing videos on YouTube for over 9 hours. In mixed mode, rather intensive loads smartphone quietly working day or even a half.
Of particular interest is the technology fast charging Dash Charge. Using a powerful power adapter kit (5V, 4A), a smartphone can be recharged from 0 to 100% in 1 hour 20 minutes. Charging for 30 minutes “fill” the battery up to 55%. This device is not exposed to excessive heat. According to information from the manufacturer, the charging speed is not reduced even when the active operating device.
OnePlus 3T: Camera
The sensor main camera OnePlus 3T takes pictures with a resolution of 16 megapixels, the same as its predecessor: Sony IMX298 with an aperture of F / 2.0 and a pixel size of 1.12 microns. But the software underwent optimization, and the pictures are more natural color rendering. Supports manual mode, and the ability to save photos in the RAW format.
Video recorded with 4k resolution (30 FPS), and FullHD (60 FPS).
The device is equipped with autofocus PDAF and electronic systems and optical image stabilization. User benefits are obvious: fast focusing, smoother video, less blurry shots. During the day and in good light to get gorgeous picture is easy. Quite good images are obtained even under artificial lighting, as well as its shortcomings. Soft copes with noise suppression, while trying to minimize the loss in detail.
However, to the level of the top champions of the A-brands camera and not held. If you do not focus on this point, most will be pleased with the results of the shooting.
The front facing camera is also quite good, but from 16 megapixel subconsciously expected more. Used Samsung 3P8SP sensor 16 Mn aperture F / 2.0, and the pixel size of 1 micron. Video is written in the resolution FullHD (30 FPS). Focus is fixed, there is no flash. If you take pictures in good light, the result is acceptable.
OnePlus 3T: Display
Contrary to rumors, the manufacturer used Optic AMOLED matrix, instead of IPS. It’s all the same matrix OLED, only with other add-ons. OnePlus 3T features a high-quality 5.5-inch display with FullHD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a pixel density of 401 PPi. He is characterized by good viewing angles, deep blacks, rich color reproduction. Display options you can adjust to suit your preference.
For example, sRGB mode makes colors more relaxed, closer to the natural shades. A “reading” mode gives the screen a yellow tint that reduces eye strain. The lower threshold luminance comfortable to read at night, and the top of the screen allows you to clearly see the contents in the sun. The screen supports 10 simultaneous touches. From scratching and premature wear is protected by glass Gorilla Glass 4.
OnePlus 3T: Communication
The device can operate with two nano-SIM in 2G, 3G and 4G LTE (Cat. 6). Supported frequency differs depending on the model designed for a market. In the presence of wireless modules Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC. The smartphone works with the GPS navigation system, GLONASS and BeiDou. The OnePlus 3 navigation worked very well, but here – even better.
OnePlus 3T: Sound
Multimedia speaker makes a clear, loud and deep sound. For the speaker is not covered through a successful location, lying on the table. The sound quality with headphones is very solid, though not claim to contest with music smartphones. This companion through the earpiece heard loud and clear. And an additional microphone for noise cancellation provides excellent audibility on the “other end”.
OnePlus 3T: Operating system
Initially, the device is running Android 6.0.1, but the manufacturer sends the update to Android 7 users expect lightning fast operating interface, and essentially pure Android. Copies for China’s domestic market are supplied with firmware Hydrogen OS, and the export goes to the international OxygenOS. The difference lies in the supported languages and the availability of Google services. On any OnePlus 3T global version of firmware is installed without problems.
OnePlus 3T: Features
«Home» button with built-in fingerprint sensor. Sensor instantly and very accurately recognizes fingerprints. Unlocking is carried out by touching, without the need to pre-screen activation.
It is convenient to provide access to operational change sound mode. With the help of a mechanical three-position switch, you can choose standard or silent mode. Or, set the switch in the middle, and only receive notifications for important events.
The embedded operating system of smart various functions. One of the most interesting is the date and time on your lock screen. You just have to hold his hand above the screen.
In the settings you can choose dark or light theme (namely the shell, and not just the launcher). AMOLED screen has properties due to which when working with the interface in dark colors use less energy.
Pros and cons of OnePlus 3T
- very high performance;
- Elegant main camera;
- quality display;
- good sound;
- stable working operating system at the start of sales;
- competitive price.
- no slot for MicroSD;
- non-removable battery.
OnePlus 3T: Alternatives
Given the value and characteristics, to find a real alternative is almost impossible. The only device with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM and a display 5.5 “was LeEco Le Pro 3 (X720). He’s a bit cheaper than the OnePlus 3T, and the battery capacity is slightly higher – 4070 mAh. However, a number of other characteristics and features of Le Pro 3 is still lagging behind.
Our review OnePlus 3T
So far, no other manufacturer could offer a better option in the same price category. OnePlus 3T good almost everyone, especially if you will be able to purchase it at a reasonable price. If we compare the smartphone with its predecessor, the obvious difference is obtained not so much. And the difference in price, though there are, but not essential. Therefore, all those who observed OnePlus 3, it makes sense to take the updated version, which was discussed in this review.