OnePlus is rumoured to be announcing an upgrade to its OnePlus 5 smartphone. The new device, reported to be called the OnePlus 5T, is claimed to be arriving in the middle of November, five months after the original 2017 flagship from the company.
We’ve compared its rumoured specs to the OnePlus 5 in a separate feature, but here we are looking at how it might compare to last year’s OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3.
OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: Design
- OnePlus 3T offers same design as OnePlus 3
- OnePlus 5T expected to reposition fingerprint sensor
- OnePlus 5T expected to have dual rear-camera
The OnePlus 3 features an anodised aluminium alloy build that is slimmer and lighter than the OnePlus 2 it replaced. It measures 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm, hits the scales at 158g and when it launched, it came in Graphite and Champagne Gold colour options.
The OnePlus 3T offers the same design as the OnePlus 3 with the same measurements. Both devices have a front-mounted fingerprint sensor below the screen, a USB Type-C port at the bottom and a textured alert slider on the left edge next to the volume buttons.
The OnePlus 5T meanwhile is also expected to come with a full aluminium build, though it is reported the fingerprint sensor will reposition to the rear of the device in order to make room for the 18:9 aspect ratio display expected on the front.
No measurements have been detailed as yet, though the OnePlus 5 has more rounded corners than the 3 and 3T models so we’d expect the same on the OnePlus 5T, along with the 5’s dual rear camera setup and slightly larger dimensions.
OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: Display
- OnePlus 3 and 3T have 5.5-inch Full HD displays
- All expected to use AMOLED panels
- OnePlus 5T expected to offer 18:9 aspect ratio
The OnePlus 3 has a 5.5-inch display with a Full HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 401ppi, just like the OnePlus 2. The display technology switched from LCD to Optic AMOLED on the OnePlus 3 however, meaning much richer, deeper colours and inky blacks.
The OnePlus 3T offers the same display, resolution and technology as the OnePlus 3, including Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection and a 16:9 aspect ratio, while the OnePlus 5T is expected to change things up.
The new device is still reported to be coming with an AMOLED display, but it is thought it will come with a 18:9 aspect ratio, meaning the display will encompass most of the front of the device, like other 2017 flagship devices have done such as the LG G6.
Resolution and size have yet to be properly detailed in the leaks, though it is predicted the OnePlus 5T could offer a display around 6-inches with a Full HD resolution, which would be 2160 x 1080 pixels at the 18:9 aspect ratio, like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro offers. It is also thought Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection will be on board, as it was on the OnePlus 5.
OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: Hardware
- OnePlus 3 features SD820, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3000mAh battery
- OnePlus 3T features SD821, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3400mAh battery
- OnePlus 5T expected to feature SD835, 6/8GB RAM, 64/128GB storage
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 OnePlus 2 it replaced, but it supports Dash Charge, which is similar to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 for a quick top up when you’re running low.
The OnePlus 3T comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, which is an enhanced version of the SD820, resulting in a faster and more efficient device that is more capable, especially when it comes to virtual reality. It also comes with a beefier battery. At 3400mAh, it’s got 14 per cent more battery juice than the 3.
OnePlus 3T retains the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage options of the OnePlus 3, but offers a more capacious 128GB option too, which could be very useful, especially since there’s no expandable storage on OnePlus devices.
The OnePlus 5T meanwhile is expected to come with the same hardware as the OnePlus 5, which includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and a choice of 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Battery capacity has yet to be rumoured, but many expect it to be the same as the 5 at 3300mAh with Dash Charge supported again.
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 also supports NFC and the OnePlus 5T will no doubt support it too.
OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: Camera
- OnePlus 3 and 3T have same rear camera resolutions
- OnePlus 3T front camera double resolution of OnePlus 3
- OnePlus 5T expected to have dual rear camera
The OnePlus 3 has a 16-megapixel rear snapper 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.
The OnePlus 3T offers mostly the same camera specifications as the OnePlus 3, which means features such as Auto HDR and manual control, along with good results in varying light levels. One important difference is the EIS (electronic image stabilisation) improvement, which kicks in during video recording to ensure much smoother movement.
OnePlus also boosted the front camera of the 3T to a 16-megapixel sensor. For low light selfies, it can bind pixels together, effectively creating fewer, bigger pixels to capture more light and colour.
The OnePlus 5T is expected to come with a dual-rear camera setup, like the OnePlus 5 did earlier this year. It isn’t yet clear if it will offer the exact same specs, but if it does, expect a 16-megapixel f/1.7 sensor and a 20-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto sensor.
Electronic image stabilisation will likely be on board the OnePlus 5T too, along with features including Portrait Mode and Pro Mode. The front camera on the OnePlus 5 is a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, but again, it is not clear if the OnePlus 5T will offer the same or whether it will improve on its predecessor.
OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: Software
- All expected to eventually run customised version of Android Oreo
- OnePlus 5T likely to offer a couple of extra features
The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T both arrived on a customised version of Android Marshmallow called OxygenOS, while the OnePlus 5T is expected to arrive on the OxygenOS too, but it will be a customised version of Android Nougat or Android Oreo.
Both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are on the list to be upgraded to Android Oreo however, so eventually, all three devices should offer a similar overall software experiences, even if there will likely be a few extras on the newer device.
OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: Price
- OnePlus 3 cost £329/$434 when it launched
- OnePlus 3T cost £399/$527 when it arrived
- OnePlus 5 starts at £449/$593 so 5T likely to be more
The OnePlus 3 was priced at £329/$434 when it first arrived in June 2016. The OnePlus 3T that followed upped this price by £70/$92, costing £399/$527 when it launched five months later.
Based on this, it could be that the OnePlus 5T will be more expensive than the current OnePlus 5, which costs £449/$593 or £499/$659 depending on the storage model.
If OnePlus opts for the same pricing structure as 2016, the OnePlus 5T could easily start at over £500/$660, though this would still be cheaper than other 18:9 smartphone alternatives like the £689/$909 Samsung Galaxy S8, or the £999/$1319 Apple iPhone X.
OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: Conclusion
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 5 offered this over the OnePlus 3 and 3T when it arrived earlier this year and it is likely the OnePlus 5T will do the same, especially if the 18:9 aspect ratio display appears. Nothing is confirmed as yet but we will update this feature when we hear more.