OnePlus 3T Review

Hi there!

About two months ago, I have upgraded my smartphone to the OnePlus 3T. OnePlus is a relatively new player in the smartphone industry. While their first launch of the OnePlus One in 2014 is not long ago, the company has quickly gained popularity through it’s simple strategy to offer high-end smartphones at mid-range prices. Therefore, the current price for the 64 GB version of the new OnePlus 3T is around USD 440. As I have already tested it quite a bit, I think it’s now time for a short review. Let’s first take a look at the specifications and some unboxing photos while sharing my preliminary impressions below.

Unboxing the OnePlus 3T

Basic Parameters

Weightrd. 160g
MaterialAnodized Aluminum
ColorGunmetal
Operating SystemOxygenOS based on Android
CPUQualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821
Quad Core, Kryo™: 2x 2.35 GHz, 2x 1.6 GHz
GPUAdreno™ 530
RAM6GB LPDDR4
Storage 64GB / 128GB UFS 2.0
SensorsFingerprint sensor, Hall sensor, Accelerometor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor and Electronic Compass
PortsUSB 2.0, Type-C / Dual nano-SIM slot / 3.5 mm audio jack
Battery3,400 mAh (non-removable), Dash Charge (5V, 4A)
ButtonsHardware keys and on-screen navigation support
OtherAlert Slider, Custom icon packs, Gesture Control,
(Display On + Display Off), OnePlus Shelf, Vibration motor, RGB LED notification light

Connectivity

Network 4G LTE (Cat.6)
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth® 4.2
NFCNFC Enabled
PositioningGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou

Audio

SpeakersBottom-facing speaker
MicrophonesDual-microphone with noise cancellation
FeaturesOnePlus Music
TechnologyDirac HD Sound®

Display

Size5.5 inch
Resolution1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) / 401 ppi
Bezel0.755 mm
Cover GlassCorning® Gorilla® Glass 4
TypeOptic AMOLED
Aspect Ratio16 : 9
FeaturesNight Mode Display, Light / Dark Theme, Accent Colors

Rear Camera

SensorSony IMX 298 Sensor, 16 MP, 1.12 µm
OISYes
EISYes
AutofocusPDAF
Aperturef/2.0
Video4K resolution video at 30fps
Slow Motion720p video at 120fps
RAW Image supportYes
Lens CoverSapphire crystal lens cover
FeaturesAuto-HDR, Dynamic Denoise, Manual Control, HQ

Front Camera

SensorSamsung 3P8SP Sensor, 16 MP, 1.0 µm
EISYes
AutofocusFixed Focus
Aperturef/2.0
Video1080p video at 30fps
Auto selfieSmile Capture

If there is one thing that can describe the Oneplus 3T – it is speed! Even though I’ve got used to the phone for two months now, I am still impressed by the reactivity and performance. Until today I have not seen any other phone with faster fingerprint-detection to unlock the phone. Another noteworthy feature is the large battery in combination with the DASH speed charger system. The battery keeps the phone powered for almost two days and the DASH system recharges it within one hour.

Software-wise, the OnePlus 3T runs the latest version of Android 7, and receives frequent updates. The apps launch very rapidly and I haven’t observed any software crashes or irregularities since I got the device.

The camera app can either be launched via the home screen icon or by simply dragging the camera symbol on the lock screen. For anybody interested in all camera app features and it’s performance, there is a very comprehensive camera review on dpreview.com. For the purpose of this review, I will summarize the camera quality by showing some photos that I have recently taken with the rear camera of the OnePlus 3T:

As far as the build quality is concerned, the aluminum case feels very solid and has smoothly rounded edges. The transition between the case and the screen is precisely made with no large gap. On the side, there are push buttons and a slider, all of which appear to be pretty robust. (I need to emphasize on the button quality because on my previous smartphone it was a failure of the physical power on/off button that rendered the old device unusable. Although the outer material of the smartphone doesn’t give an indication of the actual electronic switch unit that is used on the inside, but the button feels different from the other smartphone when pressed so I hope this one won’t degrade over time). It is a rather large device, but it still feels very safe to hold it one-handed. So far, I am extremely happy with my choice and can recommend it even to demanding users in good conscience.

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