OnePlus 3T to feature a Sony IMX398 sensor, Snapdragon 821 and 6GB RAM

The OnePlus 3 has quite a lot going in its favor; it's powerful, cheap, and revered throughout the modding community for its dev-friendliness. There have been suggestions that a OnePlus 3S -- now thought to be called the OnePlus 3T -- could be on the horizon as a refresh to the popular flagship. Few details have come to light on what exactly the newer model might entail, but a new tidbit suggests that the device's main camera will utilize the Sony IMX398 sensor. 

The 16-megapixel IMX398 debuted last week with the new Oppo R9s and R9s Plus. Oppo has been waxing poetic about the shooter of its new handsets, which boasts f/1.7 aperture and dual-core autofocus. Said to be quicker and more accurate than traditional phase-detection autofocus, dual-core AF is especially attuned to capturing moving objects. 

It's been said that the OnePlus 3T (A3010) will see a bump in specs over the OnePlus 3. Given that the latter already houses a Snapdragon 820 and 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, there's not much room to manoeuver, though Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 821 seems a natural progression. 

According to the Weibo tipster with the apparent scoop on the camera, the 3T will also retain 6 gigs of RAM. The device is expected to keep the same form factor and overall design, though the internal upgrades will apparently warrant an $80 hike on the current $400 price tag

Finally, the OnePlus 3T could run Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box. Work is currently in progress to bring Nougat to the OnePlus 3. but hopefully, adopters of the 3T variant won't have to play the waiting game. 

source: Weibo via Tech Updates

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Brilliant phone for the money

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Awesome... While the IMX298 introduced DTI for better crosstalk and photos...the 398 improves that with faster dual pixels for much faster autofocus! OnePlus doing big things!

2. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Not a lot they need to update really. Main areas would be camera, display and battery. SD821 is a minor change from SD820

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7596; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The SD 821 can use the new LPDDR4X ram. Which means that ram uses 0.6 volts vs the other LPDDR4 ram uses 1.1 volts. Which means the new SD 821 paired with the X DDR ram consumes less power. Plus the SD 821 is 10% faster at the same clock speed. They also increased the GPU speed of the 821.

8. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Yet to see any evidence of the performance increase as the same clockspeed. Not seeing it with the Pixel devices, that's for sure.

14. ninguem98

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

SD 821 still uses LPDDR4. It is known, however, that the supposed SD 830 specs has leaked, and this one uses LPDDR4X.

3. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

I hope the use a new better screen.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I personally believe a high quality LCD screen that is bright and calibrated with great outdoors visibility would be considered an upgrade. It should have better web browsing times, unless the 821's increased clocks eat up any power savings...and from the looks of the Mi5 vs Mi5s, that might very well be the case. This may be due to the fact that they used the lower binned 821 (not the 2.35ghz "pro" version) and it wasn't as good. I think the extra headroom that the Pro version gives should be used to increase battery life because let's be honest, we have enough power with modern SoCs. We have for the last couple years. The OEMs are using the brute force approach instead of refining the software, which is a dead end strategy if I must say so.

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

If they add that brilliant sensor with f 1.7, 821 cpu, and IF they upgrade the screen with better quality this can be amazing.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The thing is this. Either the reason they have a shortage in AMOLED panels is because they were cooking this thing up, or there was a shortage and it will spark the use of an LCD panel in the 3T. I believe the later to be true, as the Note 7 debacle caused Samsung to increase Galaxy S7/-edge production, which increased their AMOLED usage. This is corroborated by the fact that the new Mi Note 2 uses an LG made AMOLED panel. Long story short, this will either cannibalize the OP3 screens or use an LCD panel instead.

10. nate358

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 24, 2013

Please add SD card slot, front facing speakers, wireless charging, and waterproofing!

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I thought they earlier said they'll be having only 1 phone per year?

13. Ca51no

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

SD 821 IPS LCD screen. Give us back our 3 sub-pixels. 1080p and Diamond Pentile matrix dont mesh, and results in the not-so-sharp display that the OP3 has. 3500 mAh These 3 things, and I'll put my OnePlus One on the shelf, and pick up the OP3T

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