Introduction


The OnePlus 3T comes just five months after the launch of the OnePlus 3. Why so soon?

Simple: OnePlus got the newer and more powerful Snapdragon 821 system chip and heard users' complaints about the not-so-great battery life on the OnePlus 3, and it took the opportunity to improve on these two key aspects of the experience.

Along with those improvements, it increased the price: the OnePlus 3T 64GB model costs $440, $40 more than the OnePlus 3 with the same amount of storage. There is also a new, 128 gig option for the OnePlus 3T for $480. Yes, this is slightly more expensive than before, but when you compare it to phones with similar hardware and screen size like the Google Pixel XL, the OnePlus 3T is still nearly half their price.

Specs, however, don’t tell us much about the actual experience of using the OnePlus 3T: that’s why we’ve been using the phone over the past week to tell you how good of a device it is. Join us below for the full OnePlus 3T review.

Design

Same refined, premium design as the OnePlus 3, the pre-applied screen protector is a nice touch.


In terms of its physical design, the OnePlus 3T is the exact same phone as the OnePlus 3: same form, same thickness, all to a degree that guarantees that OnePlus 3 cases fit the 3T perfectly.

There is one thing changed in the outwards appearance, though, and that is color: the new 3T features a darker, ‘gunmetal’ grey that looks great. The old light silver shade of the OnePlus 3 is no longer available. There is also a second, soft gold color option, but that one is only available on the 64GB OnePlus 3T and is in very limited supply.

Just like the OnePlus 3, the 3T comes with a pre-applied screen protector right out of the box: and just like before it’s a little too narrow, not covering the full width of the screen, and when you use it you constantly feel its sharp edge interfere with the otherwise smooth glass surface. Yes, this is a minor thing, but you can’t help but notice it. OnePlus is also selling a better, full-width $20 screen protector on its official website, and we recommend considering buying one.

Then, there is the mute switch. It’s an extremely convenient little thing that we’ve come to appreciate more and more. We wish more phones had it.

Along with the launch of the 3T, the company also brings an optional, separately purchased new case: an ebony wood option that looks great. This brings it to a total of six cases made by OnePlus itself: there’s the signature sandstone one, a bamboo one, a karbon one, as well as a few wooden cases. While they are not meant to protect from heavy drops, they do an excellent job at being light and stylish, as well as protecting from scratches.


OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

Dimensions

6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 inches

154.72 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

Dimensions

6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 inches

154.72 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Great display: you can choose between the default vivid color mode and sRGB mode, which is for those who want accurate colors.


The OnePlus 3T features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. And it looks great.

Some might be concerned about sharpness: yes, it’s not as sharp as Quad HD screens, but the difference is very hard to notice in real life, and you really have to look at the screen from very up close to notice it’s not as sharp. It’s a non-issue.

In terms of colors, the default setting of the screen is for vivid colors that pop right at you, whites are a bit on the blue side, and while technically the colors are not very well calibrated, this is the typical default AMOLED look that many users like.

Luckily, it’s not the only option: many users, including photography professionals and others who care for accurate rather than impressive color, would prefer the sRGB color standard. You can switch to it easily: go into Settings > Display > Screen Calibration, and select the sRGB option. We’ve measured the phone in this mode as well, and it is very well balanced, with very accurate colors. Try both color modes and choose the one you like more, we tend to go for sRGB.

We also find the screen is not too reflective and is comfortable and easy to read outdoors.



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51 Comments

1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

How's the microphone quality while recording videos and audio??? Is it improved since the last gen devices or still muffled?

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Got to appreciate ONEplus with their work adding F2FS in here. 3T a great phone.

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Apple and Samsung take notes. This is how it's done. Fair price. Excellent product. Granted, awful customer support lol but I will take the compromise.

5. Carlitos

Posts: 664; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Apple and SPECIALLY Samsung. Don't take notes. Continue to make excellent products at $550-750 range and continue to spend those billions they spend in R&D, which results in newer technologies and innovations.

35. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

What is achieved by Samsung's R&D? Boom battery? OnePlus shows how quick charge can be implemented without big bang. At least that can be learn. Mute button is exellent featurr and i hope more Android OEM's to implement it.

59. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

This comment did age well.

21. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its a great value for the first 6 months after its just not that great value. Right now where I live S7 edge with much better camera, screen, battery and water resistance is just 100eur more expensive.

24. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

It definitely doesn't have a MUCH better camera. I've seen the samples side by side in several sites, not to mention my sister has one. And no way in you know where would I trade OnePlus' amazing UI for frickin TouchWiz and the lag fest that will ensue months down the line.

57. PacoXXI

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 18, 2016

If your comparison reference was the iPhone 7 Plus, € 1019 -128 Gb ROM- I could be slightly in accordance. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge cámara, mainly in poor light environmental conditions, is objectionable.

47. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

In my country S7 Edge 32 is 315$ more expensive than 3T 64. And S7 32 is 170$ more expensive.

52. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

In my country, 3T cost 30$ less than S7 edge and the 128 gb model of 3T is like 60$ expensive than S7 edge.

54. PacoXXI

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 18, 2016

Are you sure Apple, Samsung and more take some note from OnePlus aproach an behaviour? In the short and medium terms and while there is not a strong consumer conciousness and demand, I don't think so.

55. PacoXXI

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 18, 2016

Are you sure Apple, Samsung and more take some note from OnePlus aproach an behaviour? In the short and medium terms and while there is not a strong consumer conciousness and demand, I don't think so.

3. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Phonearena - This review proves your battery test sucks and is very inaccurate.

4. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Because they only using Geekbench benchmark that count SOT(Screen on time). That's was totally unfair.

10. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

That was proven when the Galaxy S7 only got 6h.

11. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

lol - results do seem weird.

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Exactly they say the battery is an improvement yet their test shows a reduction

25. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I have the 3T 128GB version, and I wanna say their battery test isn't good at all. It seems to favor phones that throttle early and/or have low thermals. I took screen shots, so give me a moment to look at them again... ...OK, so I use a dark theme, dark browser, etc. I have mixed use between listening to music through headphones and the speaker (which is fairly loud and clear), surfing the web, playing some games (ffrk, emulators), reading documents, emails, and using the camera. Sync was always on. Wifi was on most of the time, else it was 4G. It was awake 75% of the time...100% to 20% got me over 7.5 hours of screen on time.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

In my eyes, the OnePlus 3T is a phenomenal phone for its price. With the recent addition of F2FS storage, daily, real world usage of this phone is a snap of a finger quick! I'm surprised they didn't opt out to go for the IMX398, and the older 8mp 1.4 pixels front cam was much preferable. Al though I guess we can see that with the OnePlus 5.

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

And PA...how did you do that battery test? Looks inaccurate AF lol.

26. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I agree. Whatever they did with the changes in the algorithm for white balance was all they needed. The imx398 would've been great, but perhaps they're saving that for the next OnePlus. I believe Carl also said something about them not having time to go through testing and implementation of a new module. Either way, they do amazing with this generic main camera module and their HQ mode. If you look at the camera comparisons on this site and on gsmarena, you'll see that it's pictures rival the S7 family. Samsung's algorithm over sharpens, over contrasts, and over saturates. Just look at this site's comparison...look at the asparagus for example. Look at the guy's face. Samsung cams really don't impress me anymore. They actually did very well and looked very balanced in the past. Now, they're an over saturated, contrasty mess. Too many people drink the fanboy punch for Samsung.

27. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

And another thing, gsmarena just reviewed an opportunity phone that uses that sensor paired with an f/1.7 aperture (but no OIS), and it matches the OnePlus 3 in lowlight more or less, but is a bit blurrier and less detIled in good lighting. Interestingly enough, they have OnePlus 3T samples up, though the review isn't up yet. They didn't use HQ mode in dark this time, that or they tried using HDR mode for the lowlight. They don't look so great there, but I have the phone and they actually look awesome.

28. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I mean OPPO phone

9. drew7954

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 15, 2015

After having bought the Pixel XL for $770 + tax, it pains me to see almost identical specs for $330 less. Also I have half the storage, as I bought the 32gb model with the promise of "unlimited original quality" photo cloud storage. To Googles credit, this feature is incredibly easy to utilize and does free up space. I found my self baffled at the idea that I spent $800+ on a phone when I just bought a new Gaming Console with specs that make my phone look like an "Atari" for half that cost! Ok that was rash, but my frustration still abides. All things considered, I hope the "Big Boys" do take notice! Now I realize innovation does have a cost, but we can only hope this "Pay to Play" model does not persist....! P.S. My Pixel XL is the best phone I've ever used, Just Saying...

12. robyumzz

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

"This is an unexpected result, but it could be partly because of the newer and more powerful processor requiring more power for more intense operations" The Snapdragon 821 is more power efficient than the 820.

13. robyumzz

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

This is an unexpected result, but it could be partly because of the newer and more powerful processor requiring more power for more intense operations" The Snapdragon 821 is more power efficient than the 820.

14. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

imposible to dethrone THE IPHONES in this biased site for iPhonearena OP3 deserves at least 9.5 above the iPhone 7 and his countless Bugs

19. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You're asking heaven to bow down to satan. Not gonna happen.

15. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

How on earth can sd card slot ommision be a con in this phone? It has 64gb and 128gb versions, cmon. Also, yeah, your battery test sucks big time.
3T
  • 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

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