Why buying the OnePlus 3T over the OnePlus 5 makes sense
The OnePlus 5 was launch in India on Thursday and was priced starting from Rs 32,999. In terms of the specifications the OnePlus 3T is very similar to the newly launched smartphone.
- The RAM and internal memory of the OnePlus 5 and 3T is similar
- Both have 5.5 inch full HD display
- OnePlus 3T current price is Rs 7,000 lower than the OnePlus 5
OnePlus on Thursday launched the OnePlus 5 in India priced at Rs 32,999 for its 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage variant and Rs 37,999 for the 8GB RAM with 128GB storage variant.
The smartphone is one of the most anticipated smartphones to launch during the year. However, in terms of the specifications, it is very much similar to the OnePlus 3T which was launched in India at the end of last year in December.
While the OnePlus 5 has a little edge over the OnePlus 3T in terms of its camera and the latest Snapdragon processor, in other specification it is very similar.
For instance, in terms of the RAM and internal storage, the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 3T come with the same variant, ie 6GB RAM with 64GB internal memory. The OnePlus 3T Duos Dual variant comes with the 128GB internal memory which is currently priced at Rs 31,890. Only the higher Rs 37,999 variant of the OnePlus 5 comes with a higher RAM of 8GB and higher 128GB internal memory.
The OnePlus 3T is available on eBay for Rs 25,999 and on Amazon for Rs 29,999, which is Rs 7,000 to Rs 3,000 cheaper than the OnePlus 5 6GB/64GB variant, respectively.
Besides this, the OnePlus 3T's price could reduce significantly in the next few months leading to the launch Apple iPhone 8 and Google's next Pixel smartphone. The company announced that it will continue selling the OnePlus 3T in India until the end of the year.
Besides the RAM and internal memory, the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 3T both come with the same display size of 5.5 inch full HD display.
In terms of the battery, the OnePlus 5, in fact, has a lower battery 3300mAh capacity than the 3400mAh battery in the OnePlus 3T. The company, however, says its new Snapdragon processor enables it to give the same battery capacity as the 3400mAh battery.
OnePlus has done this in order to make the smartphone the slimmest flagship smartphone from the company.
The OnePlus 5, however, comes with the latest and fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC 2.45GHz processor. This same processor is available in the HTC U11 launched just recently.
The OnePlus 3T comes with a little lower 64-bit 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.
The only clear thing that sets the two smartphones apart is the cameras. The OnePlus 5 comes with an impressive dual camera setup which has a 16-megapixel main camera which is a Sony IMX398 sensor with 1.12-micron pixels and an f/1.7 aperture and a 20-megapixel telephoto camera with Sony IMX350 sensor, 1-micron pixels and f/2.6 aperture.
As for the front camera, the OnePlus 5 has a 16-megapixel camera with a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX371 with an f/2/0 aperture and EIS.
The OnePlus 3T, on the other hand, has 16 megapixel rear as well as front selfie camera.
However, while the camera is the highlight of the OnePlus 5 and the company has pitted it to compete with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, there are several reviews that see the OnePlus 5 not quite match up to the expectations.