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Rumour zone: what to expect from the OnePlus 3T

|November 10, 2016 |Android, Product Leaks, OnePlus

OnePlus has gained the love of millions fans globally since the launch of its first phone back in 2014. Since then, the company has become a name to be reckoned with in the mobile industry, and has even ousted its much hyped invite-only buying system with its latest OnePlus 3 (review)

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The Chinese firm is now planning to launch its next smartphone. Qualcomm has recently teased about a new OnePlus device powered by a Snapdragon 821 chip. Just in case you are unaware, the device is question is none other than an enhanced edition of the company’s already successful OnePlus 3. So without further ado let’s get started and sum up all we know about the company’s latest device.

Name

Ever since its launch, the OnePlus 3 has received accolades from fans and media alike. In fact, in our review of the device we clearly mentioned that this was by far the best phone the company has ever produced. So the question in the mind of some fans could be, why is OnePlus launching a new device in the first place. Well, the answer is quite simple.


With Google launching its new Pixel (review) and Xiaomi launching the Mi5 S and Mi Note 2 with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 under the hood, OnePlus may have felt that it was time to upgrade its flagship. But would it be good decision to launch a completely new product? Initial rumours suggest that instead of building a whole new product, OnePlus opted to enhance its existing model and refer to it as OnePlus 3T, where the T stands for Turbo. Now OnePlus has even confirmed the name of its upcoming product on Twitter.

Design

In terms of design, not much is known about the OnePlus 3T apart from the fact that it will look almost same as the existing flagship device. As a matter of fact, tipsters haven’t leaked any design renders of the upcoming smartphone. This makes us believe that the external of the device will remain the same. Just to recall, the OnePlus 3 comes with an aluminium metal unibody design that looks pretty stylish.

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The OnePlus 3 is a good-looking handset that will make you feel that you are holding a premium device in your hand. The device is quite slim at just 7.4mm, but the protruding rear camera module is annoying to some extent. It’s however worth noting that the OnePlus 3T may feature a thicker profile due to a larger battery on the inside.

Display

Unlike the OnePlus 3 that features an AMOLED screen, the new Turbo edition of the smartphone might come with a 5.5 inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LCD panel. This move, may have been triggered by the shortage of AMOLED panels worldwide. OnePlus apparently made use a Samsung-sourced Super AMOLED panel for its last flagship. However, it soon faced criticism for its inaccurate colour reproduction from OnePlus users. That said, the company was quick enough to introduce a sRGB colour mode in subsequent software updates. Thus it seems that OnePlus is possibly playing safe by including a LCD panel inside the OnePlus 3T.

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Besides, it will also help keep costs down, as LCD panels are lot cheaper than their AMOLED counterparts. It’s however worth noting that the black levels of the display on the OnePlus 3T can be expected to be lower than the AMOLED screen of its predecessor. In an interesting move, OnePlus CEO Carl Pei confused matters with one of his recent tweets.

With that in mind, it could be tough to put a finger on what exactly the final device could feature. The upstart Chinese brand has come up with surprises before and the OnePlus 3T could have a few tricks up its sleeve that we don't know of yet.

Processor And Performance

Under the hood, the OnePlus 3T would be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. In fact, the American chipmaker has now officially announced the same on its Twitter handle.

ike the Google Pixel which has a under-clocked Snapdragon 821, the chip inside the OnePlus 3T will be the top-of-the-line variant clocked at 2.35GHz. This should result in some fabulous benchmark performance. Apart from the Snapdragon chip on the inside, the OnePlus 3T will pack 6GB of RAM and come with 128GB of internal storage. It’s worth noting that the predecessor of the OnePlus 3T only came with 64GB of internal memory. Apart from that, the OnePlus 3T is expected to miss out on a memory card slot.

The OnePlus 3T will feature a fingerprint sensor right on the front of the smartphone, located just below the 5.5-inch FHD display. This sensor will probably be carried forward from its predecessor. Just in case you are unware, the sensor of the OnePlus 3 is currently one of the fastest around, and comes with a ceramic coating on top. Apart from that the OnePlus 3T will feature NFC, just like on its predecessor. This in the long run would be handy for making mobile payments, as when the process of doing so becomes matured in India. The OnePlus 3 can't boast of an IR blaster and its successor is expected to be no different.

Battery

The OnePlus 3T is rumoured to pack in larger battery on the inside. Initial reports suggest that the upcoming flagship from OnePlus will feature a 3,500mAh battery. This however may result in an increased thickness of the device. That said, it’s something that would make most consumers happy. OnePlus had apparently trimmed down the battery inside the OnePlus 3 and included a 3,000mAh cell on the inside. It’s however worth noting that the current battery delivers a respectable screen-on time. However, with two SIMs on board, the battery life dips down by a big margin... especially if one of them is a Jio SIM that uses VoLTE. In fact, the phone needs to be charged twice a day in such situations. Thus a larger battery in the OnePlus 3T would be a welcome addition.

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Apart from that the Dash Charge technology will make it incredibly easy for charging the OnePlus 3T. Just in case you are wondering, the OnePlus 3 charges to about 65 percent levels in just 30 minutes. Expect the OnePlus 3T to deliver nearly similar figures. Do note it has larger battery, so it will have a slightly longer charging time.

Software

The OnePlus 3T is rumoured to come with Android Nougat 7. 1 on board. The Chinese firm provides a near stock experience to its users and uses its own OxygenOS in devices sold outside Mainland China, and the OnePlus 3T is also expected to receive a similar treatment. The best part about OnePlus 3 has been the frequent software updates. In fact, the company has pushed around six updates for its flagship model ever since its launch. The OnePlus 3T would possibly have the same fate.

Cameras

Leaks and rumours regarding the OnePlus 3T, reveal that the camera module on the upcoming smartphone may be unchanged. In case you are unaware, the OnePlus 3 uses a 16MP f/2.0 Sony IMX298 sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation and Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF). Apart from that the flagship smartphone from OnePlus comes with 8MP f/2.0 rear camera for clicking wide-angle selfies and making full HD calls on Skype. This camera setup on the OnePlus 3 has apparently received many an accolade worldwide. It has successfully stood up alongside the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, Google Pixel etc. So it’s hard to imagine that OnePlus would be playing around with this successful combo.

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Launch And Availability

The OnePlus 3T is scheduled to launch on November 15th at 1.00 pm EST or 11.30 pm IST in London. The Chinese firm has now officially confirmed on its Twitter handle that a new device powered by Snapdragon 821 is indeed coming. The teaser image shared also indirectly reveals that the upcoming smartphone would be referred to as the OnePlus 3T. That said, with mildly faster internals, larger storage and new Android OS, the OnePlus 3T is rumoured to be priced $80 (Rs 5,313 approx.) higher than its predecessor. Thus the upcoming flagship killer from the OnePlus would cost $479 (Rs 31,800 approx.) The availability details however aren’t known yet. It is expected that OnePlus would opt for an open sale model for this device too. Just hope that the company doesn’t bring back the painful invite system.



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