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 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
    6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3400 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    OnePlus OxygenOS UI


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