Our Verdict

It does everything really, really well, and while it may not truly excel in areas such as screen resolution and camera quality, the OnePlus 3T is still astonishingly good value for what is a serious flagship contender.

For

  • Great battery life
  • Super-slick performance
  • Still an affordable flagship

Against

  • No microSD slot
  • Slightly more expensive
  • Incremental upgrades

Update: We've updated our 3T review with our "OnePlus 3T vs iPhone 7: ultimate speed test" video to this review - pop over to page two for the results!

The OnePlus 3T is something of a surprise offering. 

It’s a phone we didn’t expect the Chinese startup to launch when unveiled its 2016 flagship, the OnePlus 3, just six months prior to the 3T’s arrival. But here we are. 

The OnePlus 3T has killed off the OnePlus 3 after half a year, and it’s now the only handset you can purchase from the firm. The 3 may be available in a few countries - 'while stock lasts' - but any regions which currently say 'out of stock' (UK and US) won't see any more units show up.

This isn’t a completely new phone – even OnePlus admits that, instead billing the 3T as new variant of the 3, and too right: the OnePlus 3T has the same design, screen, RAM, rear camera and fingerprint scanner as the phone it’s shoving out of the limelight.

OnePlus 3T specs

Weight: 158g
Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm
OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Screen size: 5.5-inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
CPU: Snapdragon 821
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Battery: 3,400mAh
Rear camera: 16MP
Front camera: 16MP

It’s not like the OnePlus 3 had any major flaws either – it scored a highly respectable 4.5 stars in our in-depth review, and comfortably made it into our list of the top 10 best phones in the world. 

So why the new model? OnePlus tells us its engineers found solutions to some nagging issues on the 3, and they didn’t want to wait another six months for the OnePlus 4 launch in 2017. 

That means you’re getting slicker performance, longer battery life, a punchier selfie snapper and a new storage option – at a slightly higher price.

It’s a move that’s likely to frustrate early adopters of the OnePlus 3, as the company they’ve put their faith in has suddenly relegated their handset to a second-class citizen, and relatively soon after its launch. 

All that aside though, the OnePlus 3T is another stellar offering, with super performance, a strong feature set and a still-reasonable price tag.

In a rush? Check out our OnePlus 3T video review below!

OnePlus 3T price and release date

  • On sale November 22 (US), November 28 (Europe)
  • 64GB price: $439 (£399, around AU$580)
  • 128GB price: $479 (£439, around AU$630)

You'll now have to pay more to own a OnePlus handset. The firm’s cheaper OnePlus X has been dead for a while, and the OnePlus 3T price starts at $439 (£399, around AU$580) for the 64GB model.  

That’s up from the $399 (£329, around AU$450) you’d fork out for the OnePlus 3 – but there’s another storage/price option with the OnePlus 3T. 

OnePlus has introduced a new 128GB storage option for its new phone, which will set you back $479, (£439, around AU$630) – it's a move that will likely delight some users, with the firm continuing to shun expandable memory features such as a microSD slot.

The OnePlus 3 goes on sale in the US on November 22, while Europe has to wait a few more days for its OnePlus 3 release date of November 28.

Design

  • Premium metal unibody looks and feels great
  • Exactly the same design as OnePlus 3

We’re not going to spend too much time talking about the design of the OnePlus 3T. Why? Because it’s identical to the OnePlus 3, and we mean identical. 

Same weight (158g), same size (152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm), same aluminum uni-body, same rear camera protrusion, same factory fitted (but removable) screen protector…. you get the picture.

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In fact, the only new feature design-wise is the addition of a new color variant for the 64GB version: gunmetal. This is a darker grey than the silver which adorned the OnePlus 3, and joins ‘soft gold’ to offer two shade choices. The 128GB OnePlus 3T only comes in gunmetal though. 

The OnePlus 3T is still a premium-looking and feeling device, which doesn’t look out of place alongside the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, iPhone 7 Plus and LG G5 – and considering that it’s comfortably cheaper than all three of those handsets that’s rather impressive.

Display

  • 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display
  • Great for everything from emails to gaming

In the run-up to the OnePlus 3T launch there were several reports suggesting the new phone would drop the AMOLED screen technology used on the OnePlus 3 in favor of a LCD screen – luckily that didn’t happen. 

This allowed the OnePlus 3T to maintain the same slim profile and bright, vibrant display. The AMOLED panel on the 3T also features the same Full HD resolution, resulting in a 401ppi pixel density.

What that means is text, images and video are clear and smooth – although the display lacks the supreme clarity of the QHD-toting LG G5 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phones, Tablets and Wearables UK Editor

John (Twitter, Google+) got his first phone aged 12 and since then he's been fixated on all things mobile, churning his way through a multitude of handsets, tablets and wearables. Signalling his arrival at TechRadar by becoming a Guinness World Record holder in his first week, John hasn't looked back since.