OnePlus 3, 3T to Get Android O Before the End of 2017, and More Revealed at Reddit AMA

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 5 smartphone last week. and on Monday, OnePlus held an AMA on Reddit to answer all fan questions. One such query was about when the promised Android O update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T would arrive. OnePlus then confirmed that both the phones will receive Android O before the end of this year. The company also confirmed that it has no plans of introducing expandable storage and that a tablet is not in the making as of now, but a $800 premium device may be on the cards.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau had already confirmed that both the devices will receive Android O whenever it arrives, but it has now even confirmed the timeline before which you can expect it. If OnePlus stays true to its timeline, then it’s quite ambitious of the company to roll out the software update so soon after Android O’s commercial release. Android O has been released in developer betas, and is expected to go commercial sometime in October with the launch of the new Pixel devices.

The name of Android O has not been unveiled yet, but the latest evidence points to Android Oatmeal Cookie. Android Oreo has also been rumoured if a cross promotion deal is made, similar to Android KitKat. In any case, Google will unveil the final name in due course. The latest preview confirmed the Android version to be Android 8.0, something that was kept under wraps when Android O was first announced.

OnePlus 3, 3T to Get Android O Before the End of 2017, and More Revealed at Reddit AMA

In the AMA, OnePlus was also pulled up for not living up to promise of updating the older devices on time, or dropping support for them very quickly. Co-founder Carl Pei also confirmed that OnePlus may never consider making a tablet but a premium device with a $800 price tag is on the cards. It was also asked about the recent benchmark cheating issue, but did not respond.

OnePlus also touched upon the delay of the OnePlus 5 early access packages, and said that customers who ordered the OnePlus 5 last week should see their parcels arrive this week. The company also confirmed that it will bring EIS for 4K video to the OnePlus 5 in a future software update, and address the Wi-Fi issue some early adopters are now reporting. You can read all the questions and responses asked in the AMA right here.

The OnePlus 5 was launched in India last week, first going up via Early Access Sale on Amazon India, and pop-up events across the country where it made the OnePlus 5 available offline as well. From Tuesday, it is available in an open sale on Amazon India, the OnePlus Store, and OnePlus Experience Store in Benglauru.

 

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: Here Are the New Features to Look Forward to

OnePlus 5, the successor of OnePlus 3T, has been launched after months of wait, and fans in India will not have to wait too long as it will arrive in the country on Thursday. The OnePlus 5 price in India is Rs.32,999 for the variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, and Rs. 37,999 for the model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, making the smartphone an affordable alternative to iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8. Of course, in a price sensitive market such as India, there will be many who will be unsure of which model is right for them, OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 3T. We take a look at the new features that set the current OnePlus flagship apart from its predecessor to help you decide where to go for the former or the latter.

Price
As mentioned above, the OnePlus 5 India prices are Rs. 32,999 and Rs. 37,999 for the two variants, making it the most expensive OnePlus smartphone in the market yet. To compare, the OnePlus 3T 64GB model at launch was priced at Rs. 29,999, while the 128GB model cost Rs. 34,999. The smartphone will next go on sale in India on June 27 at 4.30pm IST on Amazon India, OnePlusStore.in, and OnePlus Experience Stores.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: Here Are the New Features to Look Forward to

Design
With respect to design, the OnePlus 5 sees a lot of design changes, evidently inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus. The antenna bands placement, the dual camera setup, and the thin metal rounded frame are all the changes seen in plain sight. The bezels in the front remain at the top and bottom of the device, with the Home Button still donning the capsule shape sits on the front panel, with the fingerprint sensor placed underneath.

Specifications, features
On paper, the OnePlus 5 is a beast with upgrades in almost all departments. It still sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display (goes from Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection to Gorilla Glass 5), but bumps the processor to the latest octa Snapdragon 835 SoC, with four cores clocked at 2.45GHz and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz, as well as the Adreno 540 GPU. The top RAM configuration is now at 8GB of LPDDR4X. The OnePlus 3T on the other hand sports a quad-core Snapdragon 821 SoC with two cores clocked at 2.35GHz and two cores at 1.6GHz, the Adreno 530 GPU, and 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

 

The dual camera setup is probably the biggest change. There are 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors at the back – with the latter a telephoto lens. The 16-megapixel main camera bears a 1.12-micron pixel Sony IMX398 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, said to capture 34 percent more light than the OnePlus 3T. The 20-megapixel telephoto camera bears a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX350 sensor, with an f/2.6 aperture. At the front, is a 16-megapixel camera with a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX371 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS.

In comparison, the OnePlus 3T bears a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, OIS, and EIS. At the front, it bears a 16-megapixel camera at the front with a Samsung 3P8SP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were both plagued by touch latency issues, and OnePlus claims to have solved the issue on the OnePlus 5 by using high-speed cameras that track the movement of the screen and input speeds. The OnePlus 5 sports LPDDR4X RAM, which OnePlus claims is 17 percent more power efficient than the previous LPDDR4 offering.

The OnePlus 5 sports a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to the OnePlus 3T’s 3400mAh offering, however, with “hardware and software optimisations” manages to deliver 20 percent more battery life than its predecessor – according to the company. Also being touted alongside is a feature called App Priority, which learns the apps users utilise most commonly to load them on startup. Apps that aren’t commonly used are deprioritised. Another performance improvement is the use of UFS 2.1 storage and a 2-lane ROM, which together are said to double bandwidth.

The OnePlus 3T on the other hand uses UFS 2.0 storage. The company carries forward the ceramic fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 3T to the OnePlus 5, with the same boast of unlocking in 0.2 seconds. Finally, OxygenOS running on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the OnePlus 5 gets some new features including Reading Mode, Expanded Screenshots (brought to the OnePlus 3T with OxygenOS 4.1.6 update), and a semi-transparent app drawer.

One other notable addition is the support for Bluetooth v5.0 on the OnePlus 5, compared to Bluetooth v4.2 on the OnePlus 3T. It also adds an additional microphone for better noise cancellation and audio recording. As for dimensions, the OnePlus 5 is slightly slimmer at 7.25mm, compared to the 7.35mm of the OnePlus 3T. It weighs slightly less as well, at 153 grams compared to its predecessor’s 158 grams weight.

 

Android O will be rolled out to OnePlus 3 and 3T within this year

While OnePlus 5 is getting all the attention recently, the company has not forgotten about its older models OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3. Or at least in terms of software updates.

In the beginning of this month, Pete Lau, OnePlus’ founder and CEO, announced and confirmed on Twitter that the two 2016 flagships would be updated to Android O which is also Google’s next major Android iteration.

At that point of time, he didn’t mention any time frame but owners of the two handsets were happy nonetheless. Now, we have also got to know when will the updates be rolled out to OnePlus 3 and 3T. In an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session held on Reddit recently, an employee from OnePlus said that both the smartphones would be updated to Android O “within this year”. The reason they are not giving us a definite timeline is OnePlus will first have to wait for Google to launch Android O.

Android O will be rolled out to OnePlus 3 and 3T within this year

We are expecting to see the final version of the software sometime in August. So Android O should start hitting the eligible devices from later this summer. Currently, it is still in beta and can only be installed on Google Pixel and Nexus devices. Now, considering OnePlus’ past in delivering updates, it has not been the quickest and the company does not have the best record. Well, you might be familiar with the case of OnePlus 2. The company had announced that the smartphone would be getting updated to Nougat but reportedly that has not happened.

Hopefully, OnePlus will live up to what it has said this time. Also, it goes without saying that the recently launched OnePlus 5 will also be updated to Android O.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: Here’s Why You Should Upgrade To The New OnePlus Smartphone

OnePlus has officially unveiled its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 5, confirming the device’s specifications and features before it fully rolls out later this month.

The OnePlus 5 is a powerful Android-powered smartphone, continuing the company’s tradition of releasing devices that are considered as “flagship killers.” For customers who own its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, is upgrading to the OnePlus 5 worth it?

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T Design

Both the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 3T are designed to feel like high-end smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 in the user’s hand. The OnePlus 5 keeps the all-metal unibody construction of the OnePlus 3T, while very slightly slimming down, and also retains the 5.5-inch AMOLED display.

Comparing the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 3T side by side, there really isn’t much of a difference. OnePlus 3T owners looking for a radical redesign will not get it with the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T Specifications

OnePlus upgraded the specifications of the OnePlus 5 in almost every way compared to the OnePlus 3T. While the OnePlus 3T is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 with a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.35 GHz and an Adreno 530 GPU, the OnePlus 5 steps it up to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.45 GHz and an Adreno 540 GPU.

Both the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 3T offer 64 GB and 128 GB internal storage options, but for the OnePlus 5, the 128 GB model is powered by 8 GB of RAM instead of the 6 GB of RAM found in the other version.

With these specifications, the OnePlus 5 offers a faster and more powerful experience than the OnePlus 3T.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T Features

The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T continue to run on Android’s latest versions. While the OnePlus 3T was launched on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and upgraded to the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the OnePlus 5 will continue the chain and come with Oxygen OS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, ready to be upgraded to Android O once the next major version of the operating system is released.

One of the biggest reasons for OnePlus 3T users to upgrade to the OnePlus 5, however, is the new dual-camera setup found in the new smartphone. The main camera of the OnePlus 5 loses optical image stabilization but retains the 16-megapixel resolution from the OnePlus 3T and improves to a faster f/1.7 lens. The Snapdragon 835 also offers improvements through its new image signal processor, and the OnePlus 5 also comes with a 20-megapixels telephoto camera with an f/2.6 lens that works together with the main camera.

Should You Upgrade To The OnePlus 5?

OnePlus decided to discontinue the OnePlus 3T last month ahead of the launch of the OnePlus 5, and it is easy to see why. The OnePlus 5 is simply a better smartphone than the OnePlus 3T.

The OnePlus 5 is $40 more expensive than the OnePlus 3T, though, at $479 for the base model and $539 for the upgraded version. Its specifications and features, however, still makes the OnePlus 5 a steal for those prices.

Preorders for the OnePlus 5 are now open, with full availability to launch on June 27.