OnePlus announces the OnePlus 3T; rivals groan

Alphr’s phone of the year just got a slightly improved sibling

I’ve reviewed a lot of handsets this year, and if there’s one thing that I’m getting bored of writing, it’s “at this price, it’s hard to recommend when the OnePlus 3 is £X cheaper and much better”. This is a problem that has been affecting phones in the high and mid-range. Only the low-end is safe.

Well, the good news is it looks like I’ll have something slightly different to say from now on, because OnePlus has announced a better version of the phone that proudly sits at the top of our “best smartphones” list.

The OnePlus 3T is, according to the Chinese manufacturer, “inspired by feedback from the active OnePlus community”. First thing on that list is a new processor, upgrading from the 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to the 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821. That’s the same processor used in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, but with an extra 2GB of RAM (6GB to the Pixel’s 4GB).

On top of that, the battery gets a small but significant increase too, jumping from 3,000mAh to 3,400mAh. On top of that, the company’s Dash Charge promises to give a day’s worth of juice from half an hour of charging.


As well as streamlining of the company’s version of Android, OxygenOS, the front-facing selfie camera also gets a frankly ludicrous upgrade, jumping from an 8-megapixel snapper to a 16-megapixel version.

The handset will be available to order from 22 November in the United States, or 28 November in Europe, and here’s the bit that you’ve been waiting for: the 64GB version will cost £399.

While not quite as tempting as the OnePlus 3’s £329, this will cause the top end of the market serious headaches. It uses the same processor as the Google Pixel, which starts at £599. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge retails for £639.


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  1. Reply OneMinus November 17, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Good for OnePlus, but I feel they’ve paid earlier buyers of their OnePlus 3 handset a huge insult.
    The OnePlus 3’s earliest adopters were lucky enough to buy the handset at £309, they can maybe argue they bought at an aggressively competitive price.
    I unfortunately discovered the phone after the price was increased to £329 and I’m truly pi$$ed off with OnePlus’ approach towards its customers.

    OnePlus’ approach was to charge me the very moment the order was placed (claiming stock was available) and almost 1 month elapsed before the unit was delivered.
    So had I deliberated a few extra weeks, I would have been made aware of the T version. Reading the press, there have been a lot of reports of late deliveries hinting at supply chain and cash flow problems.
    I believe they’ve not done themselves many favours treating their early adopters as fools.

    • Reply pSynrg November 17, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Well stick it in the eye of OnePlus and get yourself a Google Pixel next time, or maybe even a Samsung! It’ll only cost you another £200+ for the privilege. Suck on that OnePlus! Haha!

    • Reply Paul Taylor November 17, 2016 at 11:32 am

      You can thank Farage and Johnson for the £20 price hike, and there’ll be many more of those to come no doubt. I don’t think the new model is an insult to the early adopters (the true early adopters bought the OP1 and everything since has been their reward), but the other problems you cited are going to have to be addressed pronto if they’re going to be taken seriously by people spending £399 on the new one.

      • Reply andrewmeredith November 17, 2016 at 11:32 am

        You can blame over half the voters in the referendum for that.


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