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OnePlus 3T unboxing, setup and hands-on UK review

The OnePlus 3T has just been released in the UK and we’ve got our hands on the phone early, so here’s our in-depth OnePlus 3T unboxing and hands-on review, including the full setup process, a look at the latest Oxygen OS and hands-on with the new OnePlus 3T accessories.

The OnePlus 3T is an updated version of the excellent OnePlus 3, which launched six months ago to critical acclaim. The OnePlus 3 offered strong value for money at £329, boasting flagship features for a much lower price than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7. And now the OnePlus 3T is here to boost those specs, with the latest Qualcomm processor, a bigger battery and more.

For full specs and all you need to know, check out our OnePlus 3T launch feature. And to see how the OnePlus 3T compares with the original OnePlus 3, have a gander at our OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3 comparison feature.

Here’s our full OnePlus 3T unboxing, setup and hands-on review video.

In terms of design, the OnePlus 3T is pretty much identical to the original. Once again you get a 5.5-inch handset that’s quite comfortable to grip with its smooth, rounded edges, although you’re best using two hands for operation. Thankfully you get some gesture support to help with one-handed use, including the ability to pull down the notifications tab by swiping down the screen and shortcuts for opening the camera.

The OnePlus 3T’s Full HD AMOLED display is once again gorgeous and vibrant, with full control over colour warmth. It’s bright enough to easily see in irritating glare. And although it’s not as sharp as some rival displays with Quad HD panels, you’ll really struggle to make out any individual pixels.

The bigger battery (3400mAh compared with the 3000mAh battery of the OnePlus 3) once again supports the nippy Dash Charge. After a few days of use, the OnePlus 3T delivers well over a day of use per charge, as long as you don’t hammer it with a lot of gaming or video streaming.

Performance has also been pleasingly smooth, thanks to that Snapdragon 821 processor that’s stuffed inside (once again backed by 6GB of RAM). Our AnTuTu benchmark score of 164523 is above the likes of Google’s Pixel XL (which costs almost twice as much), and the latest games play without a single dropped frame as you’d expect.

You still can’t slip a microSD memory card inside, but you can now pick up the OnePlus with 128GB of storage, which should be plenty for most users. And while the latest Android Nougat isn’t pre-installed, Android Marshmallow should get an upgrade soon. As usual, OnePlus’ own Oxygen OS launcher is sat on top, adding some cool new features like the Shelf shortcuts. Check out our Oxygen OS tips and tricks for a closer look.

The OnePlus 3T is stocked exclusively by O2 here in the UK, from £31 per month on contract. You can also grab the 64GB model for £399 direct from OnePlus, or the 128GB model for £439. So while it’s not as affordable as the original OnePlus 3, it’s still solid value considering those specs.

Stay tuned for our full OnePlus 3T review, coming soon.


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