OnePlus 3T Q&A: Your questions answered!

The OnePlus 3T is here and we just got to review the latest low-cost flagship that's sailing under OnePlus' flags. Yes, even at $439, we'd still consider this device a low-cost one as it sells for way less than multiple top-shelf devices. Even for the pessimists out there is quite hard to shoot down the great value for money this phone boasts.

As we simply love answering your questions, we decided that it will be only fitting if we let you ask us anything OnePlus 3T-related. You heeded our call and now it's our turn to answer these:

OnePlus 3T: Your questions answered

PA: First of all, let's not forget that 9 out of 10 is an excellent review score that only few phones achieve. The OnePlus 3T got a 9 because it deserves a 9; while it's an excellent Android device, our general opinion is that it lacks the overall polishment of the iPhone 7

PA: It won't blow your mind out, but audio quality is pretty good, on par with most other top-end phones out there. There's no "Quad DAC" on board here, but the OnePlus 3T is surprisingly well-endowed in terms of audio reproduction. Granted, your headphones will also play a large part in the audio experience you'll get. We used a pair of mid-range Sony h.ear on MDR-100AAP headphones and got quite satisfied with how the OnePlus 3T handled things.

PA: 1) From a design standpoint, we are basically dealing with one and the same device. Similar to the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T is pretty sleek and feels quite solid in the hand. If you loved the OnePlus 3, you'll also love the new one.

2) The display of the OnePlus 3T gets pretty color accurate if you enable the sRGB display mode, which we highly recommend. The default display mode, while vivid and punchy, is mostly cold and not accurate at all.

3) Nope.

4) Subjectively speaking, there's a slight yet noticeable performance improvement in everyday usage. 

PA: As you're probably aware, benchmark tests ≠ real-life battery endurance. I'm an average-to-heavy phone user and have been using the OnePlus 3T as a daily driver for the past week or so — the device has consistently lasted me for at least 5 hours of screen-on time. My colleague Victor, who reviewed the phone, is bit lighter phone user and averaged around 6 hours and 30 minutes of screen-on time while he was using the phone.

PA: That's a mighty fine question! We reached out to OnePlus for an answer to that one, and they confirmed that the displays of all their flagship devices, including the OnePlus 3T, indeed come with Panel Self Refresh.

PA: The OnePlus 3T is a dual standby, but not dual-active device, which means that you can only use LTE with one of the SIM cards at a time, but you can receive and make calls with the second one. You will be able to receive and make calls with the other SIM card, but the LTE-compliant SIM card

As far as cellular coverage in Uzbekistan is concerned, all versions of the OnePlus 3T—the North American, Chinese, and the international one—will work perfectly on Ucell and Beeline. Tip: You can check if a given phone will work on a given network in a given country by looking it up right here

PA: Gets you thinking, right? Well. if things like brand image, different ecosystems, and better aftermarket support matter to you, then you'd likely consider any of OnePlus 3T's pricier competitors. Otherwise, it would be a pretty sweet deal, all things considered. In the end of the day, you have to vote with your wallet.

PA: It's in the same ballpark.

PA: We couldn't replicate the issue you mentioned. Try disabling the Smart Wi-Fi switcher by going to Settings > Wi-Fi > Advanced. If this doesn't fix your problem, your unit is probably sporting a faulty Wi-Fi radio.

PA: Here, judge for yourselves. The first video below is a video sample taken with the OnePlus 3T, the second one is taken with the OnePlus 3. It seems like the audio-recording capabilities of the newer phone is not any better. There's still considerable room for improvement.

PA: The pre-applied screen protector is a regular one and not a tempered glass one. You will most likely remove it shortly after you get the phone since it doesn't cover the whole screen and the edge that forms does not feel good to the touch. 

PA: Yes, it supports OTG, and no, it does not feel light in the hand. We too like phones that feel solid in the hand.

PA: Interesting question. The OnePlus 3T is much more compact and future-proof in terms of hardware, but the Nexus 6P has a higher-res screen, stereo speakers, and is entitled to better software support. We guess you can go wrong with neither.

PA: You might want to get a OnePlus 3T if performance is important to you - its beefier specs paired with the lightweight interface are a great combination that pretty much gives you a better value for your hard-earned cash. On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 and the G5 will treat you to better camera experience, expandable storage, and so on. 

PA: As we answered above, the OnePlus 3T is not going support Daydream at any point. This got revealed by OnePlus in a recent AMA hosted on Reddit. Let's be real, VR content wouldn't look great on a Full HD display panel, would it?



1. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

That sums it all.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

My only gripe with the Oneplus 3(T) is that it doesn't support HDMI pass through on the USB port. I wanted to replace my Pioneer SPH-DA120 with a Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX anyway. But until then, I can't use Appmode.

3. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

USB 2.0 lacks the bandwidth to drive 1080p over HDMI anyway.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Don't need 1080p for Appmode, since the screen of the Pioneer is pretty low-res. With my previous phones, the LG G3 and S7 Edge, Appmode worked like a charm. Granted I was about to switch to a newer radio anyway, but until the 8200 is available, would have liked to keep using the DA120.

8. splus

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

USB 2.0 has 480 mbps bandwidth. How is that not enough for 1080p playback?

9. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

1 pixel needs 24 bits( 8 bit per color). Hence, one frame needs 1080x1920x24 bits. Multiply that with 60 and you get the number of bits needed per second. That's 2.831 billion bits per second, or 2700 Mbps, or 337.5 MB/s. That's more than 8 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0. HDMI streams uncompressed video. Uncompressed files are huge. The reason you are able to stream 1080p or 4k videos on YouTube is thanks to VP8 and VP9 compression. Mind boggling, isn't it!

4. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The difference in speed between the 3 and 3T is due to the F2FS file system and not the SD821 over 820.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

"our general opinion is that it lacks the overall polishment of the iPhone 7" Translation: Its not an iPhone.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

"our general opinion is that it lacks the overall polishment of the iPhone 7" Translation: Its not an iPhone.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ That's your translation, which isn't necessarily what PA meant to say...

11. Joms_US

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

"our general opinion is that it lacks the overall polishment of the iPhone 7" - spoken like a true iTard. Only iD!ots will believe iCr@p 6s has better score than Pixel and other flagship Android phones.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Wow, all my 4 questions got answerd! :D

13. Rahulsn007

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Will this phone work with volet?

15. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

What country are we talking about?

14. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

My question was not answered completely! You replied that this phone will work on Beeline and Ucell's network in Uzbekistan, GSM 900/1800 MHz. I know this. Because, GSM 900/1800 MHz are an international/global frequencies. These frequencies are used in all countries of the world. But, CDMA 800 MHz frequency is used in some countries, even though it's the best cellular frequency. Will OnePlus 3T work on Perfectum's network in Uzbekistan, CDMA 800 MHz?

16. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

From what we gather, the OnePlus 3T will work on Perfectum's network since in supports CDMA 800MHz. You won't have LTE, though.

17. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

PeterK. Thank you very much for your reply. You can contact with me, if you want, my email is iamuzbekman at gmail. See you there.

19. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Audio recording definitely seems to be improved from the OP3, the noise suppression issues have been reduced to a great extent but then just like you guys said there's still room for improvement. BTW thanks a ton for considering my issue..

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