OnePlus 3 and the revamped OnePlus 3T are definitely the best smartphones from 2016 when it comes to price vs specs combination and the good news is that these two are now available in Kenya.
The original OnePlus 3 was unveiled in June 2016 and later on, the Chinese OEM refreshed the handset with a newer and better OnePlus 3T. These two, like their names, have a lot in common, with only a few things setting them apart. Whether it’s the design language and build quality, display screen, or even the performance specs – the two have just about the same specs sheet.
You’ll love the full metal unibody design of the duo, but this feeling will definitely not match the love you’ll have for the internals. Both OnePlus 3 and 3T share the same 5.5-inch AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD) and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 on top.
You’ll also come across the same Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS running the show out of the box (although an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat is ready for you to download), with the company’s OxygenOS skin on top. However, the original OnePlus 3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC as opposed to the newer Snapdragon 821 used in the 3T. The difference between these two processors is negligible, with the former having a clock speed of 2.15GHz while the latter is clocked at a faster speed of 2.35GHz, which also translates to slightly better performance for the 3T.
In terms of RAM, the two phones ship with the same 6GB module and the story is also the same when it comes to storage, where you find 64GB on each model with no room for a microSD card slot. Even though OnePlus 3T has a high-end 128GB variant, the version sold in Kenya has 64GB, which is still a great package.
Other differences between the two come in the shape of cameras and battery capacity. Where the OnePlus 3 has a 16MP lens on the back and an 8MP selfie shooter, the updated OnePlus 3T gets 16MP sensors on both ends. However, the main camera has more features than the selfie shooter, including the likes of PDAF, OIS, LED flash and up to 4K video recording on both handsets. Also, both sets of front and back cameras have the same f/2.0 aperture.
To keep the OnePlus 3 alive is a decent 3000mAh battery unit, but the OnePlus 3T takes this game to the next level with its 3400mAh unit. Both phones use a USB Type-C port with support for fast charging technology that gives you up to 60% power in just 30 minutes. Other features of the duo include a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and 4G LTE connectivity, among others.
Now, for the pricing, OnePlus 3 and 3T are unbeatable. So far, the former is selling on Kilimall at ksh 46,799 whereas the refreshed OnePlus 3T is valued at ksh 49,999. At the moment, Jumia is only selling the 3T variant and it’s a little pricier at ksh 53,300.
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