OnePlus 3T: The Turbo Inbetweener

 
OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

Less than six months after the release of the OnePlus 3 out came the OnePlus 3T. Natasha Desai finds out what’s new. 

Wish a swish and flick, OnePlus turned extremely satisfied OnePlus 3 customers into a grumbling lot by announcing the 3T just months after the 3 and a few months before the 4. When we reviewed the OnePlus 3 last year, we were very happy with the camera. It was a vast improvement over the 2, which was almost, but, not quite good.

The burst mode functions well and moments like these are well captured. Photograph/Natasha Desai

The burst mode functions well and moments like these, in which my animal-loving friend Meghashree often finds herself, are well captured. Photograph/Natasha Desai

Under the Hood
The 3T runs on a 821 Snapdragon chipset, an upgrade from the 820 Snapdragon on the 3. It also includes a 3400mAH battery versus the 3000mAH on the 3, which they had brought down from the 3300mAH of the OnePlus 2. The battery lasts almost all day even with heavy usage and with a speedy Dash Charge adapter, the phone doesn’t heat up in the slightest while charging.
The 3T also comes in a 128GB variant as opposed to the 64GB of the 3. Along with these upgrades, the front camera has been moved to a 16MP Samsung 3p8SP sensor from the 8MP Sony IMX179 in the 3. And, that’s where the differences end. But also what makes the phone better than the 3. With the faster processor, the phone is blazing fast and is able to shoot RAW with minimal lag. It also handles multitasking between several apps with ease.

The colours produced by the phone are pretty vibrant. I loved how much detail there was in the texture of the tree trunk, in this photograph. Photograph/Natasha Desai

The colours produced by the phone are pretty vibrant. I loved how much detail there was in the texture of the tree trunk in this photograph of Vandana teaching the children of Dishaa Prastishthaan. Photograph/Natasha Desai

Camera Performance
The rear camera is the same as the 3, which is a 16MP Sony IMX 298 Sensor and comes with OIS, PDAF and EIS, which as we mentioned in our review of the 3, makes for a pleasant shooting experience. Images are crisp in RAW, while the JPEGs have some amount of smearing. Low light performance too, is admirable. There is visible noise, but still a fair amount of details retained in the shadows. The benefits of a 16MP front camera are obvious, with delightful brighter and better selfies.

Low light indoor situations are handled pretty well by the camera with not too much detail loss in the shadows. Photograph/Natasha Desai

Low light indoor situations, such as this one in the small room that Dishaa Pratisthaan uses for the upliftment of underprivileged women and children, are handled pretty well by the camera with not too much detail loss in the shadows. Photograph/Natasha Desai

Should You Buy It?
There frankly isn’t too much different between the 3 and the 3T. The phones even look the same barring a change in colour. The fact that they’ve managed to increase the battery power without affecting overall size is commendable. The 64GB 3T sits at a Rs. 29,999, while the 128GB is at Rs.34,999 over the Rs. 27,999 of the 3 at 64GB. The HTC Desire 10 Pro is another phone in this segment that we have been impressed with as a shooter, but in terms of OS functionality and RAM, the OnePlus is ahead. If you’re really looking to upgrade to a phone a good shooter under Rs.30,000 right now, then the 3T is your best bet. If you can wait, then the 4 will be out in the summer and may be worth the wait. In any case, you won’t go wrong with buying a OnePlus.

AT A GLANCE
SPECIFICATIONS 5.5-inch, 16 MP rear and front camera, Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Sony IMX 298 Sensor, 3400 mAh, 6GB RAM, 64GB, Rs. 29,999.
WHAT WE LIKE Great UI and hardware, good colours, decently fast AF
WHAT WE DISLIKE JPEGs are processed a little more than our liking.
WHY BUY IT If you really need to change your phone to a good shooter, right now.

 

FINAL RATINGS 87%
CAMERA FEATURES 16MP, OIS, PDAF, fast AF  23/25 
IMAGE QUALITY  Crisp RAWs, Good low light shots  25/30
VIDEO QUALITY 4K at 30fps, 720p at 120fps  13/15
HANDLING  Sleek and firm  13/15
SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS Fast responsiveness  13/15
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