Performance: 9 / 10
The OnePlus 3 with its Snapdragon 820 and 6GB RAM had plenty of performance on offer. While it was initially capped at 4GB, OnePlus soon pushed out an update that let its users make use of what they had paid for.
With that said, the OnePlus 3T one-ups the OnePlus 3 with its top-of-the-line Snapdragon 821 chipset. Currently, it’s the second one in existence on a production smartphone after the Google Pixel, and it trumps Google’s latest and greatest as well!
Looking at the pure benchmark scores, the 3T indeed sits at the very top and in most benchmarks easily beats the Samsung Galaxy S7 as well. One thing’s for sure, it eats the Google Pixel for breakfast.
Numbers aside, the OnePlus 3T performed pretty well when it came to playing games, launching apps, and showcased no stutter or lag whatsoever. The smartphone did not get too hot either while streaming video or playing demanding 3D games like Gear Club, Warhammer 40K:Freeblade, Asphalt 8: Xtreme, Real Racing 3 and many more. In day to day usage I noticed a slight bump up in overall performance and this is indeed thanks to both the faster chipset and the faster F2FS storage format (that should come to the OnePlus 3 with the upcoming update).
Call quality was loud and clear at both ends and I had no complaints about the audio quality, coming from the headphones or the speaker at the bottom. The fingerprint reader placed on the front of the device felt pretty much at home for an iPhone user like myself and was quick and reliable as well, but no different from the OnePlus 3.
Camera: 8 / 10
The primary camera on the OnePlus 3T remains the same as the OnePlus 3. What has changed is the front-facing unit, which has gone from an 8MP unit to a 16MP unit. The front unit uses a Samsung 3P8SP camera sensor which produced some good-looking and shareable selfies. Compared to the OnePlus 3 these images surprisingly had less details and also looked less saturated. They were however not a massive leap over the previous camera, and certainly not a reason to upgrade to this smartphone from a OnePlus 3.
Performance with the primary camera is the same as it is on the OnePlus 3 with no significant improvement. The camera focuses pretty quickly, but there were times in low light situations (like the pub in the Flickr album) where the camera was not be able to lock focus. These occurrences were however very rare and its capabilities were commendable considering that there’s no laser assisted focus on board like on the LG, Sony and Asus units that we have reviewed in the past.
Moving on to image quality, the images produced were pretty impressive. The sharpening was more on the aggressive side, but not bad enough to ruin an image. The colours reproduced look balanced and natural. Details in the images were intact; textures were the best that the smartphone’s algorithms could chomp out keeping both the ISO and noise reduction in control.
There was luminance noise, but it was well-controlled and not overtly suppressed which produced some impressive results in daylight, twilight and low light conditions. The OIS kept most of the handshakes in control leading to blur-free images in low light.
Video was pretty good considering the smartphone’s price point. Both photo and video quality of the OnePlus 3T will not defeat the Google Pixel XL or the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge but it sure comes close, which is impressive for a smartphone that is almost half the Pixel’s price.
Publish date: December 14, 2016 10:00 am| Modified date: December 14, 2016 10:05 am
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