OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 2: What’s the rumoured difference?

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OnePlus is rumoured to be announcing an upgrade to its OnePlus 3 smartphone before the year is out. The new device, which is expected to be called the OnePlus 3T, is claimed to be arriving before Christmas, offering a little more power than the current model.

This is how the OnePlus 3T is rumoured to compare to this year’s OnePlus 3 and last year’s OnePlus 2, based on the speculation.

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  • OnePlus 3 slimmer and lighter than OnePlus 2
  • OnePlus 3T expected to offer same design as OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 2 measures 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85mm, weighs 175g and it comes in Sandstone Black. It isn’t the slimmest or lightest device out there, but it offers a fantastic build quality, even if it isn’t metal.

The OnePlus 3 is around the same size as the OnePlus 2, albeit slimmer and lighter and with an anodised aluminium build. It measures 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm, hits the scales at 158g and comes in Graphite and Champagne Gold colour options.

The OnePlus 3T is rumoured to offer the same design as the OnePlus 3, so we would expect the same measurements, along with a fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C like the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3.

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  • OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3 have 5.5-inch Full HD displays
  • OnePlus 3 uses AMOLED over LCD
  • OnePlus 3T rumoured to feature same display as OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 2 has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a Full HD resolution for a pixel density of 401ppi. There is ample brightness, good viewing angles and decent contrast offered.

The OnePlus 3 also has a 5.5-inch display with a Full HD resolution, meaning the same pixel density as last year’s model. The display technology switches to Optic AMOLED though for rich, deep colours and inky blacks.

Rumours suggest the OnePlus 3T will offer the same display, resolution and technology as the OnePlus 3, including Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, meaning just a difference in the technology compared to the OnePlus 2.

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  • OnePlus 2 features SD810, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3300mAh battery
  • OnePlus 3 features SD820, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3000mAh battery
  • OnePlus 3T expected to feature SD821, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3000mAh battery

The OnePlus 2 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, Adreno 430 graphics, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There is a 3300mAh battery powering the device, which as we mentioned, is charged via USB Type-C.

The OnePlus 3 opts for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 graphics, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The battery capacity sits at 3000mAh, meaning it is smaller than the previous model, but it supports Dash Charge, which is the equivalent of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 for a quick top up when you’re running low.

The OnePlus 3T is expected to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, which is an enhanced version of the SD820, resulting in a faster and more efficient device that should be more capable, especially when it comes to virtual reality. Other hardware specs are expected to remain the same at 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3000mAh battery.

The OnePlus 3 offers NFC, meaning support for Android Pay, something the OnePlus 2 missed off its spec sheet. As you might expect, the OnePlus 3T is also expected to support NFC.

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  • OnePlus 3 has higher resolution front and rear camera compared to OnePlus 2
  • OnePlus 3T rumoured to offer same camera as OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 2 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and optical image stabilisation, delivering excellent image quality. The front camera has a 5-megapixel sensor.

Resolution is bumped up for the OnePlus 3 with a 16-megapixel rear snapper, again offering an aperture of f/2.0 and OIS, with phase detection autofocus also included and 4K video recording capture. The front-facing camera is 8-megapixels with 1.4µm pixels and fixed autofocus.

Rumour has it the OnePlus 3T will offer the same camera specifications as the OnePlus 3, which will mean features such as auto HDR and manual control, along with good results in varying light levels.

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  • OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3 now run on modified version of Android Marshmallow
  • OnePlus 3T will probably arrive on the same software as OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 2 launched on a customised version of Android Lollipop, while the OnePlus 3 arrived on a customised version of Android Marshmallow. As the OnePlus 2 has been updated to Marshmallow, the experience between the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus should now be very similar.

It is thought the OnePlus 3T will launch on the OxygenOS again, like its predecessors, and although Android Nougat is now available, we’d suspect the same software as the OnePlus 3 is more likely so Marshmallow rather than Nougat from the box.

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  • OnePlus 2 is cheaper than OnePlus 3 by £80/$120
  • OnePlus 3T could be $80 more expensive than OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 2 costs £249/$373.5, while the OnePlus 3 will set you back £329/$493.5.

It has been rumoured that the OnePlus 3T will cost around $80 (£65) more than the OnePlus 3, which would make it around $480 (£395).

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Generally speaking, a succeeding smartphone will always make improvements on its predecessor in a couple of areas, whether that be camera, processor, design or battery. The OnePlus 3 did exactly that over the OnePlus 2, delivering a more premium design and advancements in power and camera.

The OnePlus 3T looks like it will do similar to the OnePlus 3, but only in terms of power rather in design or other specifications, making it an incremental upgrade.

Based on the rumours, the only reason to buy the OnePlus 3T over the OnePlus 3 is for the extra speed, with everything else seemingly remaining the same. Therefore, if you have a OnePlus 2 and you’re considering an upgrade, hold fire to see if the OnePlus 3T arrives, while those with a OnePlus 3, sit tight and wait for the OnePlus 4 unless you really want the power upgrade.

This is of course all speculation for now, but we will be updating this feature if more rumours and leaks appear.

(pocket-lint.com, https://goo.gl/dYdvZ2)

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