Wow. That was horrible. I think this will go down in history as the most useless upgrade ever. The OnePlus 3T launch just ended and I’m sure a few jaws must’ve dropped. What were they thinking? There was nothing in the phone to be excited about. Literally. People who call Apple’s iPhone ‘S’ version launches useless need to see this. Their definition of useless will automatically be upgraded. I say this without any prejudice or preconceived hatred towards the OnePlus brand (which I actually admire): the OnePlus 3T is a waste of your time and money.
Let’s get into the facts first. The OnePlus 3T has a faster processor, the Snapdragon 821, compared to the 820 in the OnePlus 3. It has a bigger, 3,400 mAh battery, an option for 128 GB of storage and a new, 16 MP front-facing camera for selfies and live video recording. That’s it. Quite literally.
The phone still has 6 GB of RAM, the same old rear facing camera and still runs Marshmallow out of the box. It was rumoured that the OP3T would include 8GB of RAM, a 20 MP Sony sensor for its rear-facing camera and run Android Nougat out of the box. It still has the same Dash charger (a day’s power, in half an hour) so it didn’t catch up to the Google Pixel (15 minutes of charging for 7 hours of use) in fast charging either. That’s really disappointing. Sure, they updated the Oxygen OS but you don’t really care that Samsung updates its Galaxy Skin, you just want the Android update. On top of that, these useless upgrades drove the price up to $439.
You may be saying to yourself, this guy is really biased against OnePlus. But ask yourself this, if this was an upgrade to a Samsung flagship or the latest iPhone, wouldn’t everyone cry foul? This upgrade is nothing more than a marketing gimmick that seeks to promote the phone further after the release of the Google Pixel and the iPhone 7.
Anyone who already has a OnePlus 3, don’t buy the 3T, save your money for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the next iPhone. If you don’t have a OnePlus 3…still hold out for something better.
The Most Boring Launch You’ve Ever Seen
OnePlus tried something different to promote their phone, an event where random users give their feedback. The company chose five random people from all over the world to test the phone and give their opinion on it. Now, this would’ve added a personal touch to the company and would’ve worked in their favour…if they weren’t complete amateurs. The five users droned on and on about what they loved about the 3T and it was incredibly boring. The least OnePlus could’ve done was edit the videos they sent in to make a montage. The result was the live feed kept losing viewers throughout, peaking at 21k and dropping to 11k by the end. And most of the reactions to the event were angry emojis.
OnePlus’ employees didn’t help, their unrehearsed and perfunctory monologues about Oxygen OS could put anyone to sleep. One comment during the session said “Launch event or review event?” I couldn’t agree more.
The OnePlus 3T will be available for $439 on November 22nd.