I’ve reviewed a lot of handsets this year, and if there’s one thing that I’m getting bored of writing, it’s “at this price, it’s hard to recommend when the OnePlus 3 is £X cheaper and much better”. This is a problem that has been affecting phones in the high and mid-range. Only the low-end is safe.
Well, the good news is it looks like I’ll have something slightly different to say from now on, because OnePlus has announced a better version of the phone that proudly sits at the top of our “best smartphones” list.
The OnePlus 3T is, according to the Chinese manufacturer, “inspired by feedback from the active OnePlus community”. First thing on that list is a new processor, upgrading from the 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to the 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821. That’s the same processor used in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, but with an extra 2GB of RAM (6GB to the Pixel’s 4GB).
On top of that, the battery gets a small but significant increase too, jumping from 3,000mAh to 3,400mAh. On top of that, the company’s Dash Charge promises to give a day’s worth of juice from half an hour of charging.
As well as streamlining of the company’s version of Android, OxygenOS, the front-facing selfie camera also gets a frankly ludicrous upgrade, jumping from an 8-megapixel snapper to a 16-megapixel version.
The handset will be available to order from 22 November in the United States, or 28 November in Europe, and here’s the bit that you’ve been waiting for: the 64GB version will cost £399.
While not quite as tempting as the OnePlus 3’s £329, this will cause the top end of the market serious headaches. It uses the same processor as the Google Pixel, which starts at £599. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge retails for £639.
If the big players aren’t worried yet, they should be.
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