Battery: 8 / 10
If there’s one reason why satisfied OnePlus 3 owners would upgrade to the OnePlus 3T, it would have to be battery life. While the OnePlus 3 scored a poor rating in our review, it was penned down long before the software updates rolled out and kind of rectified the problem.
The OnePlus 3T packs in a bigger 3,400mAh battery and this is big news. While the previous smartphone with the current software update will get you through a work day, it would die out pretty quickly if you happen stream video on 4G or play a couple of intensive 3D games.
With the OnePlus 3T I can safely say that things have changed for the better. I easily managed to squeeze out a good 10-11 hours on a work day and often ended up with 18 percent left before I went to bed at night.
While I was impressed with how the bigger battery fares with the improved chipset, I did have one annoying problem and this was a frequent one.
As mentioned earlier, I managed to save up to 18 percent of battery before going to bed, but I always woke up in the morning to a dead smartphone that needed to be plugged in. I’m not clear as to what the problem is but it seems to be the doze mode that somehow refuses to sleep and keeps syncing data as usual, which kills the battery overnight. Thankfully, the Dash charger was quick enough to get the smartphone juiced up quickly in a hour’s time. The power drop is more of a software bug that OnePlus can easily rectify with a quick fix update.
Verdict and Pricing in India
The last time the OnePlus 3 arrived in India, there were plenty of competitors who had already launched their Snapdragon 820 offerings and even included some special stuff, like modular accessories and more. Nine months later, we saw the launch of what could easily be tagged as ‘Android perfection’ with the Google Pixel XL that ushered in the era of the Snapdragon 821.
While the Pixel XL still retains the title of holding the highest price tag (Rs 67,000 for 32GB) for an Android smartphone, it also seems to have lost quite the following that came from the Nexus brand just because of same reason.
Simply put, Google’s loss should be OnePlus’ gain as it is currently the only worthy offering that gives buyers the latest Snapdragon 821 chipset, loads of RAM, 128GB internal storage great bloat-free software and an impressive camera for just Rs 34,999.
As you may have already noticed by now, the OnePlus 3T makes for an upgrade only if you are not satisfied with the OnePlus 3’s battery life. It brings nothing substantially new for a OnePlus 3 user so it is not a recommended upgrade.
It is however a big deal for a Nexus 5 users who was probably waiting for the next Nexus and cannot figure out why the Pixel XL is priced so high. In short, the OnePlus 3T stands tall on its own as a great value for money offering with little or no compromise.
Until February (MWC 2017), there is no better offering in this segment, so it does seem that the OnePlus 3T indeed pulled off what it was meant to do, deliver value and quality at the right price, and keep the OnePlus 3 a hit product until the OnePlus 4 arrives in June next year.
Publish date: December 14, 2016 10:00 am| Modified date: December 14, 2016 10:05 am
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