OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: What’s Changed?


OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3

With the OnePlus 3T just having been announced, OnePlus have now two real flagships (or ‘flagship killers’ in their lingo) on the market. How do they compare to each other, though? Let’s find out in this OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3 comparison!

OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: Spec Sheet

Specifications OnePlus 3T OnePlus 3
Display 5.5″ Full HD AMOLED display 5.5″ Full HD AMOLED display
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2.1GHz
GPU Adreno 530 635MHz  Adreno 530 624MHz
RAM 6GB 6GB
Internal Storage 64GB / 128GB 64GB
I/O USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack
Rear Camera 16MP Sony IMX298 Exmor RS 16MP Sony IMX298 Exmor RS
Front Camera 16.0MP  8.0MP
Battery 3400mAh  3000mAh

OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: What’s Different?

As you may already know by now, there are not that many differences between the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3. The physical appearance is literally the same, even down to the weight, which is somewhat strange because the battery is beefier by 13%!

The first real difference is the CPU. OnePlus has upgraded the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 clocked at 2.15GHz with a Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.35GHz.

This change of hardware should give the new device about 10% better performance but probably increase consumes as well.

OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3 Gunmetal

The second difference resides in the front camera department. The older OnePlus 3 came with an 8.0MP front facing camera which I think is still OK by today’s standards; the new OnePlus 3T, on the other hand, will sport a camera that doubles the pixel count at 16MP, thus allowing you to get much sharper selfies (if that’s what was stopping you from taking them).

We’ll have to wait for some photo samples to come out and declare a real winner, though, as more pixels don’t actually necessarily mean better quality images.

OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3 soft gold

Another subtle difference among the two devices is the introduction of a 128GB internal storage variant. The predecessor only had a 64GB option.

This new option is a good addition as neither of them have a microSD slot, so some user will actually appreciate having more storage at their disposal.

OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3 soft gold

Last but not least, we have what probably is the best improvement of the OnePlus 3T over the OnePlus 3: the battery capacity.

The OnePlus 3 wasn’t that bad already, you could go through a day of heavy use with still some juice left. Now, the battery has been upgraded from 3000mAh to 3400mAh, that’s about a 13% increase in size and presumably, battery life.

The OnePlus 3T also features an improved version of Dash Charge which promises “a day’s power in half an hour“.

OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3 colours

Before ending the article let’s have a look at prices, the OnePlus 3 can be bought for $399 from OnePlus’s official website.

The OnePlus 3T 64GB version will set you back $439, while the bigger 128GB variant will go on sale for $479.

OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3

And that concludes our comparison. The OnePlus 3T sure beats the OnePlus 3 hands down in almost every aspect, but it does also cost a little bit more ($40 to be precise), which doesn’t sound like a lot but it could stop some users from getting it.

OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: Over to you!

OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3

Now let us know what are your thought? Are you willing to spend $40 or $80 more for these non Earth-shuttering upgrades?

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11 Comments

  1. Raky_b
    November 16, 2016

    Let me put it this way:if OP3 would still be available for 400$ or 400€, would you be ready do give 40 more for 3T!?
    I know i would not.
    I mean, it’s not about a money (that’s a cost of pizza and two Cokes, no big deal)… But i don’t think this upgrades is worth it, and in my eyes OP3 would be better deal.
    But, i guess owners of One+ thinks the same, so they have pulled OP3, so now 3T is out only option,and that means 40$/40€ more in their pockets.

  2. Karly Johnston
    November 16, 2016

    Z2 Pro already had the 6/128 combo and it keeps getting lower in price, this is not note worthy.

    • David Košič
      November 16, 2016

      Thou the better software support is also worth some money in my opinion

      • Karly Johnston
        November 17, 2016

        You might not like ZUI but that doesn’t mean it isn’t supported. It gets regular updates.

  3. Adam Irvine
    November 16, 2016

    Bloody joke…

  4. Zach Bain
    November 16, 2016

    You listed the specs for the one plus 3 as the one plus 3T

    • November 16, 2016

      Thanks, corrected!

  5. balcobomber25
    November 16, 2016

    Eh not a whole lot there that would make me choose one of these over the cheaper original 3. Seems like they released this just to release an 821 phone.

    • Simon
      November 16, 2016

      They wanted to upstage the Google Pixel XL.

      • balcobomber25
        November 17, 2016

        There’s really not much to upstage. As good as the Pixel XL is, it has such little market share in the world. It is selling more than the Nexus did but it still just an American phone. OnePlus is a phone for China, Europe and America. This is more to upstage the recent 821 phones from Xiaomi, LeEco, Asus and ZTE.

  6. Tommi
    November 16, 2016

    4.35 volts -> 4.4 volts on OP3T.