Flagship smartphones. So good looking. So high end. So expensive. Does your wallet bleed when buying a flagship smartphone? Well, it is finally here. The OnePlus 3T, the flagship killer in the US and Europe has landed in the Philippines.
For those who are not familiar with the company, OnePlus is a Chinese smartphone maker. The people behind OnePlus are former OPPO employees. OnePlus has been in the US and Europe for 4 years now. They offer flagship level smartphones for half the price. It became really popular there as the best alternative to the Samsung’s Galaxy S flagship phones.
Now that OnePlus is there, we have a OnePlus 3T unit for review. We took for a spin for about two weeks and here’s our review.
- Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
- Adreno 530 graphics
- 6GB RAM
- 64GB internal memory
- 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- 16 megapixel rear facing camera with PDAF, OIS and LED flash
- 16 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth , Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C, NFC
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 3,400 mAh battery with Dash Charge
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat with OxygenOS
- Price: P24,990
- Status: Available exclusively at Digital Walker stores
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The OnePlus 3T is a slight upgrade from OnePlus 3 of last year. The 3T was announced in time for the holidays last year. It became available in the Philippines last month. Anyway, the OnePlus 3T is beautiful piece of hardware. It is a unibody metal design and this gunmetal finish is eye catching. Holding it is so elegant and very thin despite having a 3,400 mAh battery underneath. By the hardware alone, you’ll know that you are holding a flagship smartphone.
The 5.5-inch has a decent Full HD resolution. Though we find it a bit warm, you can adjust the screen tone at the settings. Overall, the display is bright and vivid and manageable under direct sunlight.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The OnePlus 3T has a custom skin on top of Android called OxygenOS. If you are an Android purist, you will feel like at home with it. With a Snapdragon 821 and massive 6GB RAM, it never lags even with all of our apps are open in the background. Overall performance has been very solid and we never encountered any lags even when playing games.
One more thing we love with this phone is their timely updates. The OnePlus 3T initially runs Andoid 7.0 Nougat out of the box hen it was announced. This March, the device is already running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Most flagships don’t have this version yet.
One significant upgrade of the OnePlus 3T from the OnePlus 3 is the camera. It now has two 16 megapixel cameras which is one at the back the other at the front. Both are very capable cameras as they can take really good photos. It did exceed our expectations as it really take good photos even in low light. It is truly a flagship level camera.
All connectivity options from a flagship are available – NFC, 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth and Fingerprint Scanner. So far we are very happy with its internet connectivity and signal reception. We get better than usual signal quality than any flagship smartphone we tested. Calls are clear with no issues.
For us the battery is average. Since we are heavy smartphone users, we wanted more power for our daily needs. But since many Pinoys are moderate users and just do mainly social media on their phones, the 3,400 mAh battery is more than enough for an average smartphone user.
The OnePlus 3T is a flagship killer. That is what people from the US say. The device is so popular in the US now because it offers flagship level specs and features for half the price. True enough, the device lives up with its name – a flagship killer. So why buy a 40k smartphone if you can buy a phone with the features you need for half the price?
It is also said that the OnePlus 5 is already in the corner. So what? It is still a good phone to buy for 2017. We believe it is eligible for Android O update once it is released later this year.
- Hardware – 10
- Design – 10
- Display – 9.5
- Software – 10
- Performance – 10
- Camera – 10
- Connectivity – 10
- Battery – 9