OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: 7 key differences

OnePlus, the company that promises to never settle and only make smartphones that its creators would love to use, has introduced the OnePlus 3T, a souped up version of the OnePlus 3.

The OnePlus 3T builds up on the OnePlus 3 foundation: it's an affordable phone with the fastest processor available on Android and unlike other cryptic brands out of China like Xiaomi, it is actually sold in the United States and offered with a proper warranty and support. And yes, the OnePlus 3T supports 4G LTE bands for AT&T and T-Mobile, but is still not CDMA-compliant, so you still cannot use it on Verizon and Sprint.

It's also worth noting that the OnePlus 3T is practically the same physical body like the OnePlus 3: it's still a 5.5-inch design made of gorgeous aluminum, it still features a very slim, 7.3mm body, and it still supports the awesome Dash Charge tech that makes re-charges much faster.

What you've came here to learn, however, is all the important ways in which the OnePlus 3T differs from the OnePlus 3. After all, the 3T starts at a slightly higher price. Here are the 7 important differences that make the 3T better than its predecessor.

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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. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

That's 8. And none of them are really significant. Yes, some minor advantages, but not a reason for upgrade IMHO.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its obviously not meant for OP3 owners, who just got their phones 4 months ago Its for people with older phones who can't wait another ~6 months for the OP4 IMO its not a problem assuming they still support OP3 users just as well They claim they will, hopefully they deliver on that

9. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Since both the phones sport the exact same internals that affect the ROM: MSM8996, same modem, same amount of RAM, same screen resolution and so on, both can run on the same ROM(with very minor changes for the camera). This is similar to S7 vs S7 edge situation. Both will get updates simultaneously since there are differences on the outside, the basic firmware affecting components are the same. Oneplus even claimed both will receive updates on exact same dates in future, which is quite obvious. Also, Oneplus 3 is currently on OxygenOS 3.5.5, which is 4 versions higher than 3T.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

For me some of them are significant enough to upgrade. Especially the increase in battery and storage.

2. swarai

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

Well excuse me! This is what should have been released the first time around. Damn

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

I hope you mean the battery because I see no way they could have introduced the OP3 with a Snapdragon 821 back in the day.

5. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Meh.. And still no nougat

6. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

OnePlus 3 has already won a a few smartphone of the year awards, personally I don't see the point in this release. All very minor changes which add up to a significant price hike. I'm just glad I got the OnePlus 3 for £309 when I did.

8. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

If I'm not mistaken, the 3T is only $30 more than the OP3, which is not a very big price hike

10. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I am buying 1

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice spec bump and good price, but nothing more useful over my OnePlus One, pass...

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