It’s a cold Thursday afternoon in December and there are over a hundred people queuing up outside a phone store on Oxford Street, London. There’s no celebrity appearance, no discounts to be had, rather they’re there to get exclusive early access to a brand new smartphone before it goes on sale.
The phone? The OnePlus 3T.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be.
The plucky start-up has been quietly perfecting the art of the flagship over the past three years, and the OnePlus 3T is its most complete offering yet with a boost in battery life, a better selfie snapper and a slicker experience on screen.
It’s a smartphone that comfortably holds in own against the top handsets from the established names – and then there’s the price. Starting from £399 it’s significantly cheaper than its rivals, but it doesn’t skimp on spec.
No wonder the O2 store on Oxford Street was inundated with eager fans four days ahead of the OnePlus 3T going on general sale then, and it shows just how far the firm has come in such a short amount of time.
Style and substance
The premium metal build of the OnePlus 3T oozes class, the Snapdragon 821 chipset and 6GB of RAM means there’s no phone more powerful, and its 3,400mAh battery will easily see out a full day on a single charge and can be topped up in a flash with speedy Dash charging - smart!
Round the back there’s a strong 16MP Sony-made camera, and that’s complimented on the front by a second 16MP snapper – perfect for all your FaceBook Live and Snapchat stories.
Alexandru Girbo travelled all the way from Oxford to be first in line and he said: “I can’t believe that I’m the first person in the country to get my hands on the OnePlus 3T. I can’t wait to try it out.”
Want to see more of the OnePlus 3T? Check out this extreme unboxing!