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01 Mar, 2017 ,
One Plus 3T is the latest One Plus flagship to hit the market and bam! What a comeback after the not-so-wonderful One Plus 2. The One Plus 3 was a step to revive the status of the brand and it turned out to be fruitful too. But then in a surprising twist to the tale One Plus 3 got an update in the form of One Plus 3T within a short span of time and we are not complaining one bit! The difference between both One Plus 3 and One Plus 3T is nothing major at least on paper. One Plus has managed to top the sale charts never the less and this one is going to be no different. With top-notch hardware just under 30K this phone has still got it to destroy the sales chart of other premium offerings in the market. But is it worth the extra moolah over its predecessor? Let’s find out.
Coming to the front profile of the phone One Plus 3t retains a very well-kept neat look. The 5.5 inch AMOLED display with full-HD resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 has been carried over from the One Plus 3. The rounded edges make the One Plus 3T a good palm companion. Then there is the button type finger print sensor which also recognizes tap gestures. It looks well finished and tactile. The response from the fingerprint sensor is we would say ‘lightning quick’. Then there is the front camera which is neatly pinned on the top-right corner of the phone along with ear phone grill. Overall we loved the display and feel of the front screen with those slim and minimalistic side bezels. The top of the phone has nothing placed and it’s basically empty. Compared to the top the bottom of the phone is very much packed with a USB type C connector ,a speaker grille, the main-micro phone and next to it the 3.5mm jack.
The right side of the phone is housed with the power button and the volume rocker and both look pretty similar so you might end up pressing the volume rocker unintentionally for locking and unlocking the phone. Then there is the dual nano card sim tray which doesn’t come with a memory car hard holder sadly. Towards the left side of the phone you will find the standard volume rocker. On top of it you will find a one of a kind Alert slider which is capable of toggling the three basic ringtone modes i.e normal , silent and do not disturb. It is also customizable just in case if you are not aware.Coming to our favourite profile of the device, the back panel looks drop-dead gorgeous and we absolutely loved the feel of the device. GUNMETAL is what One Plus calls it and the finishing does manage to give out a premium and elegant feel. We couldn’t let go of the device from our hands and were finding absurd reasons to just grab the single molded aluminium body of the phone. The only problem of the phone was the protruding rear camera which has always been the case with the One Plus phones. But this time they say they have used graphite layer to protect the camera shield from scratches and cracks. Over and all we loved the finish and design of this device.
The display of the One Plus 3T has not been touched or changed and we are glad that still comes with the same 5.5 HD AMOLED display with 1080p resolution . The optical AMOLED display sourced from SAMSUNG is beautiful and is as good as any other premium offerings from the brand. With a respectable 401ppi it’s quite bright and visibility outdoors was super clear and crisp. No matter how sunny the day was the display was very colourful. The viewing angles are great and vivid for watching movies, playing videos and gaming. We were mighty impressed with this display panel from One Plus 3T.
The One Plus 3T with the latest 821 chipset with Adreno 530 GPU and the generous 6GB of ram manages to dish out a super fluidic performance. The phone runs on Oxygen OS 3.5.3 along with 6.0.1 Marshmallow. There are a lot of customizable and useful software and features thrown into the mix. The android comes in raw and stock mode which makes it all the more fun and interesting to use.
There is this feature called Shelf on the oxygen OS launcher which occupies your left most home screen where in you can check the weather, your favoured apps and frequent contacts. You have the option to set it off as well. Then there is a stock notification panel which you can bring down with one swipe with a finger and with a two finger swipe you can you get an additional set of toggles which include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Night Mode, Airplane mode, screen auto-rotate, flashlight, location on/off and a few others. There are a few gesture recognition controls for you to enjoy. You can double-tap to wake up the screen and you can draw shapes to open certain applications. There is also flip to mute and a three finger swipe down gesture to capture a screenshot.
In our GeekBench scores the One Plus 3T has managed to outscore the One Plus 3, Galaxy s7 and Xiaomi Mi 5. Even on our AnTuTu benchmark test the One Plus 3T managed to blow out the competition with a score of 1, 65,097. Heavy games like Asphalt 8 and Dead trigger 2 ran effortlessly and we did not face any frame drop or lag whatsoever.
The other notable change is that the OnePlus 3T has a 3400mAh battery which is a great engineering effort. Standby times came as a surprise and has drastically improved. The additional 400 mAh does make the phone sustain longer. Things like web browsing, video playback and 3G talk time, came out just as optimized as in previous OnePlus software iterations. In our HD video loop test, we managed to go for 14 hours and 3 minutes, which we think is very good. During standard usage, we easily got a day and half, and a bit more at times depending on amount of gaming. OnePlus 3T's Dash charging works brilliantly, achieving a 45 percent charge in just 35 minutes, and finishing up in a little over an hour. Overall a lot has been improved from the previous iterations when it comes to internal hood performance.
The front camera on the One Plus 3T is a 16 megapixel shooter compared to the 8 megapixel shooter on the One Plus 3. It comes with f/2.0 aperture and fixed focus and offers detailed images in good and low light situations. A small amount of noise does come in to picture but thankfully there is no colour noise. Smile detection works fine and it automatically starts the countdown as and when it detects your smile. Selfie experience is not the best when compared to the competition but then again One Plus is not marketing this device as a selfie companion.
The 16-megapixel rear camera of One Plus 3T comes with an f/2.0 aperture with optical image stabilization. The camera utilizes the same Sony IMX298 sensor, which is not Sony's cutting-edge offer but is still good enough to power some other excellent flagship cameras, like the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Huawei Mate 8. The very same sensor is also found in the Oppo R9 and R9 Plus, the ZTE Nubia Z11 family as well as the Vivo Xplay 5 and the XPlay 5 Elite. We shot some landscape and macro shots and were mighty impressed with colour reproduction and details. Another noticeable feat is Auto HDR mode which along with an HQ mode works really well. What it does is combines a few shots of the same frame to reduce noise and it does help a lot in improving the click.
Coming to the low light performance of the 16 megapixel rear shooter we took some shots in the dark and noticed that the noise quantity is minimal and decent amount of details are preserved in the shot. You also have a RAW mode option to enhance your clicks. Other features like slow-motion video, timelapse, manual and panaroma fill the camera priority list. The video recording capability is damn good on this phone considering it supports 4k and does full-HD recording. You can also capture sports and action scenes with 1080p at 60 fps.
The One Plus 3T comes with a 4G LTE nano Dual-SIM setup and calling experience from the phone was pretty good. The voice quality from the ear piece on the device was exceptional and never did we face any signal interference or call drops while on a call. Calling experience from black spots at home or office was great and this device managed it’s best to hold on with an ongoing call by providing good signal reception.
Wifi reception was also exceptional and downloading or browsing data was a breezy affair on this device. All in all the smart phone proved to be great tool for great signal reception capabilities.
With a massive 128GB on board memory storage you can store your favourite multimedia applications and data like movies, videos or songs without any second thoughts. You would probably not bother to even delete those unwanted media files because of the massive storage space. The device has included the standard Google App along with its self developed applications. The Gallery app is one of the self developed app where in you can browse your snaps and videos. The Google Photos App also functions in the form of a decent video player by supporting playback files like Xvid, DivX, H.263, H.264 AVC (MKV files), and MPEG-4.
For your photo editing requirements there also photo editor in the phone which is also capable of producing great image touch-ups. The audio quality from the external speakers is decent or rather good. Music from the headphones is also good but we feel it could have been better. Watching movies , videos or gaming is a satisfying experience courtesy the 5.5 inch AMOLED HD display with vivid and crisp display. When it comes to savouring the multimedia experience the One Plus 3T proved to be an entertaining tool and we are in love with display.
Considering it’s predecessor this is an improved device and the One Plus 3T packs a punch when it comes to performance to price ratio. There has been a considerable boost in the performance department if you compare it with the One Plus 3. The camera and battery life has also been worked upon and it shows. This device does give a pleasurable android experience with its customizable features and it is still the best device out there in that price range. We loved the device and we would surely recommend it to you if the price of the 128GB doesn’t bother you. A big thumbs up from SUGGESTTO for bouncing back with a bang.
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