OnePlus 3T Unboxing, Initial Review: The “Flagship Killer” Has Officially Arrived

by Jamie Inocian  March 27, 2017

It’s Finally Here – With a Warranty Too!

The OnePlus 3T has been out in the market for sometime now, but has only been made available at an official capacity in the Philippines this month. Digital Walker, the brand’s official reseller in the country, has brought what many are calling the so-called “Flagship Killer” over to our shores, and we’ve finally gotten our unit at HQ to test out and review. Before we take it through its paces, we thought we’d unbox this bad boy and share it with you.

As always, let’s take a look at its specs first.

OnePlus 3T Specifications

  • 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display; 1920×1080 resolution
  • 64GB of Internal Storage
  • 16-megapixel rear camera, PDAF, OIS, f/2.0 aperture, LED flash
  • 16-megapixel front camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • USB Type-C
  • 3400mAh Battery with Dash Charge
  • Oxygen OS 4.0.2

What’s in the Box?

The OnePlus 3T comes in a white cardboard box with the signature OnePlus red that makes the portion of the box. There’s a depressed three in the front of the box, making it similar to the packaging of the regular OnePlus 3, but you’ll know that you’re getting the upgraded version by simply checking on its sides.

Once you open it up, you will be greeted by the device itself. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find its accompanying documentation tucked away in a compartment. You’ve also got the USB Type-C cable and the wall charger that enables the Dash Charge to top up the battery.

Initial Impressions: Killer Specs, Gorgeous in Gunmetal

If you’ve managed to get your hands on or have just seen the OnePlus 3, nothing much has changes in terms of its design with the 3T. You’ve got the same metal unibody design from its earlier iteration, which curves on its edges to make it easier to cradle in the hand, and you’ve got the same black front-face that’s dominated by its 5.5-inch display.

One way to tell that you’re not getting the OnePlus 3 is the gorgeous gunmetal grey that 3T comes in; something akin to Apple’s Space Grey color variant on its iPhones.

Taking a tour around the device and you’ll see the power button on the right side with the SIM trays right on top of it that takes two nano SIM cards. We won’t be getting expandable storage with OnePlus 3T, so it’s a good thing that it comes with a lot of internal storage.

On the left hand side of the device is the volume rocker and the mute toggle to avoid those embarrassing moments at meeting or when you catch movies.

The top of the phone is bare, which means on the bottom you have the 3T’s speaker grille, USB Type-C port, and the 3.5mm audio jack.

The front of the OnePlus 3T houses its 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, which is protected by 2.5D curved glass that also happens to be Gorilla Glass 4. You have the 16-megapixel selfie camera on top of the display and on the device’s chin is the fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button. Our review unit came with a pre-installed screen protector, which we’re guessing is the Zagg HD it comes bundled with at launch.

Flip the phone over and you have the 16-megapixel main shooter of the OnePlus 3T with its LED flash right below it. There’s a bit of a hump to the camera, but we’ve seen accessories for the OnePlus 3T that kind of levels everything out.

Under the hood of the OnePlus 3T is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that clocks in at 2.35GHz. This is paired with an ample 6GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. As we mentioned above, you won’t be able to expand upon its capacity, but 64GB should be enough room for most. We know that there’s a better SoC out there in the Snapdragon 835, but it is definitely still a kickass processing package.

Navigation was smooth and apps launched quickly. We can’t wait to take this around as our primary phone for the next couple of days.

And that’s pretty much it for our unboxing and initial impressions for the OnePlus 3T. Do check back in a few days for its full review. If you’re already looking to purchase the OnePlus 3T, you can head to Digital Walker where they’ve given it a price tag of Php 24,990. That’s with a one-year official warranty.

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    iexplain mo nga jude for all to understand what those vulnerabilities are (in your link), kung sa anong paraan sila pwedeng makaapekto sa common users. honestly i read the article at nganga lang ako. Masyado kang concerned sa issues na yun, you must have understood it very well. paki-explain Jude

    To make it short, if connected, your personal data can easily be hacked by outside sources. And the 1st issue had been addressed. The 2nd one is on-going.

    From the article:

    > Since this article was published, Oxygen OS version 4.0.3 has patched the second security vulnerability discussed in this article, namely the dm-verity one.

    Looks like you just need to update the phone, it’s at version 4.1.0 now.

    Where did you get yours? Mine came with Oxygen OS 3.5.4. For future buyers, the free zagg screen protector was exclusive on the launch date. I didn’t get one yesterday from their Gateway branch.

    Thanks for the info! We’ll update the article. Ours came from Digital Walker, but they may have already opened the box and updated the phone before it got to us.

    There was also an update this morning.

    Hey Benedict! We ask the folks over at Digital Walker via FB and they said each purchase still comes with the Zagg Screen Protector.

    Hey Jamie! Thanks for the update. That’s what I thought initially. Soo, should I show this and claim mine? Have you used yours? Is it any good?

    It’s pretty good. No complaints here. I have gotten used to using devices without a screen protector though, so I’m getting used to it still.