Review: OnePlus 3T
OnePlus managed make an already-compelling handset even better. The OnePlus 3T covers all the necessary bases to be deemed a flagship, and yet it costs hundreds of dollars less than today's leading phones.
The unibody chassis is well-designed and attractive, even if a bit familiar. The phone is glued together tightly, giving it an air of strength. It's big, but the 3T is still easy to carry around and use thanks to the slim and light frame. The screen isn't the absolute best for this class of device, but it's certainly good enough. The 3T delivers better call quality and better signal performance than the 3, and the larger, faster-charging battery packs plenty of power for power users. The 3T ships with a generous 64 GB of storage, but some may complain about the lack of memory card support. The fingerprint sensor is as quick and accurate as any I've tested.
Don't be put off by OnePlus' so-called OxygenOS. The phone practically runs stock Android and, in fact, is more customizable than many of its competitors thanks to a litany of options like Active Display, Shelf, and Dark Mode. The camera app is solid, if simple, and the phone's imaging sensors deliver fine photographs and videos thanks to improved ISP from Qualcomm.
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As far as value is concerned, it's hard to beat the OnePlus 3T. The phone is available online, unlocked for $439. That's just $40 more the Alcatel Idol 4S, ZTE Axon 7, and Huawei Honor 8, and $200-$400 less than iPhone or Galaxy S.
The OnePlus 3T is an excellent option that should excite those seeking freedom from carriers. The 3T is not perfect, but is among the best phones I've tested this year — and that says something when you consider the phones against which it is competing.
Unlocked smartphones let you use your device on the carrier of your choice, whether at home or travelling overseas. Though unlocked phones tend to be pricey, you can't really put a price on the freedom they offer.
Jul 31, 2018
OnePlus say its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T phones will both be updated to Android P. The company had originally said updates for these phones, which are two years old, would stop with Android Oreo.
Nov 20, 2017
OnePlus said owners of its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphone are due for an Oreo treat. The smartphone makers begun pushing Android 8 out to the two handsets via OxygenOS 5.0.
Jun 2, 2017
OnePlus has made fresh beta builds of its OxygenOS available to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T handsets. According to OnePlus, the new operating system includes a number of fixes.
Jun 1, 2017
Peter Lau, the CEO of OnePlus, said via his Twitter account that the company's top two phones will receive Android O. "A lot of you have been asking, so I'm proud to say Android O will come to OnePlus 3 and 3T," noted Lau.