OnePlus 3T unboxing and first look

The OnePlus 3T comes just five months after the OnePlus 3, an already excellent $400 phone that brought flagship grade specs.

Why so soon? Simple, OnePlus already had a newer Qualcomm processor at hand and it used the opportunity to bring it to its customers as soon as possible, while also addressing concerns about battery life and improving things like the front camera and video stabilization. We don't complain: those are all welcome improvements.

Today, we finally received the whitebox with the shiny new gunmetal OnePlus 3T and it's time to start our exploration of the real-life experience with the new phone. We start right away with an unboxing: first, a look inside the box reveals all that's inside:

  • OnePlus 3T handset with pre-applied screen protector
  • User manual
  • $5 OnePlus discount card
  • SIM tool
  • USB-C to USB-A OnePlus red cable
  • Dash Charge wall charger
The first thing you notice is that the OnePlus 3T looks and feels exactly like the OnePlus 3. Some have suggested OnePlus should make it thicker and add a larger battery: we're happy they didn't make it thicker, but still increased battery capacity not by increasing the size of the cell, but by working out a higher voltage.

There's a pre-applied screen protector that does a good job, but does not stretch to the full width of the phone. OnePlus sells a more premium protector with full coverage of the device's front and it's worth considering.

We also found a small gift: a $5 OnePlus discount card in the box. Little touches like this are what makes this phone a bit more special than the rest: a thank you note from the company founder, the 'Created together with our fans' and a heart sign at the bottom of the box.

All in all, the OnePlus 3T seems like a solid successor to the already excellent OnePlus 3 and we'll be using it in the next few days, preparing for the full OnePlus 3T review.

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3400 mAh



1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Pre-applied screen protector is awesome. It is impossible for me to put those on right.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I do it myself but on OnePlus 3 (T) the curved glass makes it a problem if it's not an official screen protector.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You need a steady hand and good eyes bruh, just line up the camera an sensor cutouts perfectly and the rest just falls into place, it also helps that you get the screen protectors that say they can be pilled up and reapplied. Pre-applied does sound nice tho lol.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

But ya gotta remember: get yoself a tempered glass screen protector

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Temp-glass screen protectors are all I use mate.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

They're not so good on these curved glass screens, dude. I have the OnePlus 3T, and I had been looking into it. Issue arise due to the 2.5D glass, like rainbow effect in the center, stuff getting under the screen since the adhesive is only under the borders, and dot matrix. Believe me, on my Z3C, I only used tempered glass. They are awesome. I may have to use a zagg style film on this phone instead.

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well damn man, that sucks.Thats the probably with curved screens, they don't have as many good cases and screen protectors smh! Mainly because none of the good companies want to spend the money making them, there are some good curved glass screen protectors out there but they cost more and are only made for the most popular phones ie samsung galaxy devices.

5. bustafone

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Hardware home and capacitive buttons? I think I'll pass, next!

6. bustafone

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I forgot, Who wants to back to it 1080p from a 2K display? DOA

8. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

I went from a Galaxy S6 to a OnePlus 3 and resolution doesn't bother me at all, 1080p is more than sharp enough even with Pentile. 1440p on the Galaxy S6 excluding VR was a waste,


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Dude, I'm looking at the 3T's 1080p screen and looks good to me. I will admit, though, my girlfriend's new LG G Vista 2 just came in with a FHD LCD screen and I must say it's very sharp and there are never any concerns with color or sharpness. FHD is the way to go with LCD. Her screen has amazing viewing angles with minimal contrast loss, and it's very bright. My phone's screen kills it in blacks, vibrancy of colors (custom setting, all the way to warm, as sRGB looks so flat and bland), and contrast. The screen looks "softer" than hers, but it's still amazing and I don't see pentile pattern unless I look really close at big and solid colors with no green component. QHD is necessary, dude.

7. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Disable them and use on-screen? Or use the lock buttons option when don't need them like in games.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I would say this will get a 9.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

100% sure it won't surpass iPhone score

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