With the mid-range X out of the picture for good, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised OnePlus officially takes a page from the playbooks of most industry veterans today by moving to a two-flagship-a-year smartphone release cycle.
Interestingly, we’re not looking at a OnePlus 4, 3S, 3 Note, 3 XL or 3 Max due out in the US and Europe on November 22 and 28 respectively. The Chinese company’s “upgraded addition to its premium flagship lineup” is instead dubbed OnePlus 3T, staying true to the OEM’s “Never Settle” mantra, with “key hardware and software updates inspired by feedback from the active OnePlus community.”
Those include a 13 percent larger battery (3,400 vs. 3,000 mAh), marginally zippier 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor (up from a 2.15 GHz SD820), and 16MP front-facing camera that “intelligently combines pixels to gather more light and reduce noise in low light scenarios.”
Priced at $439 and up stateside, and EUR 439/GBP 399 on the old continent, the OnePlus 3T will also be available in an optional 128GB internal storage configuration in its Gunmetal flavor only if the base 64 gigs hoarding space isn’t enough. Oh, and by the way, Gunmetal replaces Graphite as the standard coat of paint, with a snazzier Soft Gold 3T edition coming “shortly after launch.”
Otherwise, this is the same exact phone as the original OnePlus 3, 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen, 6GB RAM, Dash Charge support, 16MP rear cam, metal unibody design, USB Type-C connectivity, Androida-skinned OxygenOS and all.