OnePlus 3T Launching Tommorow : What We Know So Far

OnePlus 3T is set to launch Tommorow on 15th November. It is said to be a refreshed version of OnePlus 3 that is currently in the market. It is expected to come with an LCD screen as opposed to the Super AMOLED panel on the OnePlus 3. Other changes include the use of a slightly zippier Snapdragon 821 chipset, an enhanced 16MP rear camera with a Sony IMX398 sensor and a wider f/1.7 aperture (an improvement from the f/2.0 aperture on the OnePlus 3). There is a 10% hike in battery capacity from 3000mAh to 3300 mAh.

The OnePlus 3 that is currently available in the market, is the third flagship in OnePlus’s which is a modest device lineup that represents a new and quite difficult approach to the task, juggling between the classic start-up style formula of high-end specs on a budget and a newly found business maturity and company growth. It is a difficult mix, to say the least and yet, somehow, the OnePlus 3 seems to make it work. A leaked photo seemingly of OnePlus’ upcoming smartphone, the OnePlus 3T, has surfaced online. The photo shows a device whose back has design similar to the OnePlus 3 and front (with a ‘T’ on screen) partially visible in a mirror.

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The leak came courtesy of a Weibo post, which also re-confirmed some of the device’s key specs: Snapdragon 821 SoC, 3,300mAh battery, and Sony IMX398 sensor.

As is clear from above, this new phone aims to better to latest model OnePlus 3 that is currently in the market and that too without too much of a price hike. This will be unfair to those who brought OnePlus 3 that was released earlier this year. OnePlus 3 is a pretty good smartphone, offering great specs, beautiful design, spectacular camera, and smooth software. However, the OnePlus 3T is likely to be better, offering a faster processor, better camera, more storage, Android 7.0 Nougat onboard, and new colour options. All these new features will reportedly cost buyers an extra $80 (roughly Rs. 5,000).

Display panel shortage is said to be one of the reasons for the launch of OnePlus 3T. The company used the Optic AMOLED panels in the OnePlus 3, but is rumoured to move back to IPS LCD screens with the next model in its portfolio. If it happens, it will be a surprise since company co-founder Carl Pei had earlier stressed that Optic AMOLED screens are superior to LCDs and that OnePlus will continue to use them in the near future.

OnePlus 3T will be unveiled at 1pm ET (11.30pm IST) on November 15 via a Facebook Live video. While at first no price had been leaked for the OnePlus 3T, a recent leak pegs it at $480 (roughly Rs. 32,100) – $80 more than the OnePlus 3, which is priced at Rs. 27,999 in India. With just one day to go to the OnePlus 3T launch, you don’t have a long wait ahead of you. Will it be enough to lure buyers away from iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL with its features and price tag is anybody’s guess.

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