OnePlus 3T (T3) Review – The Best Mid-Range Phone Of 2016


The OnePlus 3T is an updated version of its predecessor the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3T is a mid-range phone which outperforms the other mid-range phones on the market.

OnePlus 3T (T3) Review

Pros Cons
  • Great battery life
  • Great camera
  • Beautiful display screen
  • No expandable storage
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OnePlus did a great job with the OnePlus 3, it provides everything you could possibly want in a mid-range phone. The OnePlus 3T is similar, however, it has new hardware that allows it to outperform its predecessor.

OnePlus 3T Design:


The design of the 3T is very similar to that of the OnePlus 3 but the colors are slightly different. The OnePlus 3 is gray while the 3T has a more attractive gunmetal finish.


I guess OnePlus didn’t think it was necessary to drastically change the look and feel of the new phone.


The smooth and attractive gunmetal finish on the back panel of the 3T replaces the coarse back panel of OnePlus 3. The design of the 3T is simple but attractive.


Located on the back panel of the phone there’s a OnePlus logo along with the antenna breaks. The camera sensor has been slightly elevated from the back panel of the phone.




The 3T comes equipped with a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display screen with a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution. The Optic AMOLED display screen was supplied by Samsung.


This screen has a dual-polarizing layer that was designed to improve contrast and color temperature.


If you’re familiar with the OnePlus 3 you will know that the display screen has to be tuned.


However, with the 3T there’s no need for tuning because the colors look great when you turn the phone on for the very first time. The rich vibrant colors on the 3T are much more attractive than that of its predecessor.


The dimensions of the 3T are 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm (6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 in), it weighs 158 g (5.57 oz). The 3T has  Dual SIM (Nano-SIM and dual standby), the display screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4.


The 3T runs on the OxygenOS which is based on Android OS v6.0.1  but it will be upgraded to v7.0 (Nougat) in the future. The chipset is Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821.


There are two different variations of the 3T depending on how much internal storage you would like to get. There’s the 64 GB and the 128 GB variations and both phones come with 6GB of RAM.


The primary camera is a 16 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS, and LED flash. The 3T has a fingerprint sensor and a Li-Ion 3400 mAh non-removable battery.




One of the main differences between the OnePlus 3 and 3T is the chipset. The OnePlus 3 has a Snapdragon 820 processor while the 3T has an 821 Snapdragon processor.


Both phones have 6GB of RAM, the 821 Snapdragon processor is the main reason why the 3T has a higher price tag than the OnePlus 3.


Because the 3T has more advanced hardware and it’s more expensive than the OnePlus 3. You would assume that the 3T would perform significantly better.


However, when multi-tasking both phones are extremely responsive and they perform well so it’s difficult to notice the difference.


However, there are other areas where the 3T outperforms its predecessor. In benchmarks between the OnePlus 3 and the 3T, this is where the difference was noticeable.


In the AnTuTu benchmark, the OnePlus 3 scored 144,131. The same test was done on the 3T which scored 166,912, the 3T significantly outperformed the OnePlus 3 in the benchmark tests.


When multi-tasking the OnePlus 3 and the 3T are extremely fast. However, the 3T works more efficiently so it runs at a cooler temperature than that of the OnePlus 3.


Because the 3T runs more efficiently and it has a more powerful battery than that of the OnePlus 3. The battery life in the 3T is longer than that of the OnePlus 3.





The primary camera on the 3T is a 16-megapixel camera that has an f/2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization, 1.28-inch sensor, and HDR. This camera is exactly the same camera that the OnePlus 3 has, however, the software has been modified a bit.


Photos taken with the OnePlus 3 have a higher contrast than that of the photos taken with the 3T. Both cameras take great photos but the photos taken with the 3T looks a bit more natural.


The secondary camera (selfie camera) is also a 16-megapixel camera. This is a relatively large sensor for a selfie camera, you’re probably wondering why is the selfie camera so big.


The big selfie camera was implemented for people who would like to stream live HD videos. This camera does a great job when streaming live HD videos even in low light conditions.


The software is very user-friendly and the camera will take great photos without having to adjust the settings.


However, for some reason or another if you’re not happy with the quality of the photos. You can adjust the settings by swiping to the right, this will give you access to the manual mode.


Once you’re in manual mode you will have the ability to adjust shutter speed, ISO, focus, and brightness. A tripod should be used to get the best results when using the manual mode.




When it comes to the OxygenOS there are a few differences between the OnePlus 3 and the 3T’s version.


In the 3T, the size of the app icons has been resized so they are consistent across the home screens. Some new gestures have been added such as the three-finger screenshots and flip-to-mute.


The 3T now has new apps for voice recording and weather. You also have the ability to lock specific apps with your fingerprint if you would like to do so.


There is also a quick-settings panel which is similar to what is on the Android Nougat. These changes may be subtle but they will provide a better user experience.


Battery Life:


The battery life of the 3T is better than that of the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3 and the 3T have exactly the same dimensions.


However, the battery in the 3T is 3,400mAh which is a higher capacity battery than that of the OnePlus 3. The battery on the 3T will last for a little over one day of moderate use.


The 3T also comes with fast-charging technology which will charge the battery to 60 percent in 30 minutes. A full charge will take about one hour and twenty minutes.


My Final Thought:


The 3T is the best mid-range phone of the year for 2016. The 3T is a mid-range phone which performs as well as the best premium phones that are currently on the market. What more can you want from a mid-range phone?


If you’re due for an update and you enjoy the performance of a premium phone without the hefty price tag, you should consider getting the 3T.


OnePlus Phones haven’t been around very long but they continue to improve with the release of every model.


The 3T comes in the following colors: gunmetal and graphite, you can take a look at it on eBay. Please let me know your thoughts on the 3T in the comment section below.


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  1. Ive thought about getting a OnePlus before but i heard they were invite only. Is that still the case? Would be great it if this one is more available to buy. Ive always been a samsung man becuase of the Amoled screens, cant beat them for power saving ability. The.3T does look as sweet as the previous model. Might have to look to upgrading to one as my contract is about to run out. Thanks for such a detailed review.

    • Thanks Graham, OnePlus phones are now available to anyone who is interested in buying them. OnePlus did away with the invite only system with the arrival of the OnePlus 3 earlier this year.

  2. This is another amazing phone from Oneplus and still fresh from the oven – just released last month!

    Very nice features, and 64GB is more than enough for most users I believe. 128GB is for users who would like to store more videos and photos. And boy, the 16MP camera is very powerful!

    This is one of the best choices for mid-range phones considering the very affordable price tag.

  3. Awesome review on the OnePlus 3t smartphone. I’m impressed with how thorough this is. How would you compare the OnePlus 3t to a Samsung Android?

    I also have to say that the design of the phone looks very similar to the iPhone, which isn’t all that surprising. I also really like how the 3T comes with fast charging technology. That’s literally the one thing I need for my iPhone. Maybe it’s time for me to consider a switch!

    • Thanks Peter, I think the OnePlus 3T offers more value than the mid-range Samsung phones. However, I think the premium Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are better than the OnePlus 3T but these Samsung phones cost much more money.

  4. I’ve been with my iphones for over 2 years. My contracts almost up with verizon and perhaps I should start looking into a different phone. This phone looks to be fast and eficiant, plus everything my iphone has and get do. The price is a little steep, but I will keep it in mind.


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