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OnePlus 3T at Rs 29,999 is just wonderful, other high-end phones can go home

India Today logo India Today 02-12-2016

Call me surprised. When OnePlus announced the OnePlus 3T at a starting price of $439 in the global market a few weeks ago, here at India Today Tech we believed that the India price of the phone was is going to be closer to Rs 32,999.

Globally the phone was priced $40 more than the OnePlus 3, which in India was selling for Rs 27,999.

Given the fact that Indian currency is quite weak right now (closer to Rs 70 for one dollar) it was safe to assume the OnePlus 3T would cost close to Rs 32,000 once taxes and all have been included.

But then OnePlus certainly has other ideas. It has priced the phone at Rs 29,999 in India.

It is just fantastic price for the phone! In fact the gap between the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 3 is closer in India in terms of price than it is in the global market, which is completely opposite of what we usually see in the phone market.

In India, the phones relatively cost more and not less. But the OnePlus 3T bucks that trend.

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Another reason why I find the price of Rs 29,999 for the OnePlus 3T fantastic is because the OnePlus 3, which is its predecessor, is anyways a very aggressively priced phone and the impression this time around was that OnePlus was hoping to get a bit more premium on its phone.

After all it does need to have some profit if it wants to keep on making great products. But it seems that the company decided against bumping up the premium on the base variant of the OnePlus 3T. Instead, for premium it is trying to use the variant with internal storage of 128GB.

That phone will be sold at a price of Rs 34,999. Globally, the difference between the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T (128GB) is $80, which comes to around Rs 5500 in India.

But the price difference between the two phones in India is Rs 7,000. So, this is where the OnePlus 3T is charging just a bit of extra premium.



Good thing, for consumers, is that it doesn't really matter. The OnePlus 3T in its base variant is as good, if not better, a phone as any high-end device that costs more than Rs 50,000.

This "base" variant, complete with its 64GB internal storage, has hardware that will put many of the high-end phones to shame in the Indian market. It's loaded with the latest components, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, a processor that is theoretically the fastest available for Android phones, and 6Gb RAM.

It also has a fairly good quality 5.5-inch AMOLED display with curved glass, sports a metal body, has a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 16-megapixel front camera. The battery compared to the OnePlus 3 is bigger.

As a phone the OnePlus 3 was anyways a fantastic phone. But the OnePlus 3T just demolishes the best phones out there with its superb pricing.

The Samsung Galaxy S7, the HTC 10, the Google Pixel... even the mighty iPhone 7, all of them should feel the heat.

Sure the camera in the Pixel and the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 is will be possibly slightly better than the OnePlus 3T camera, but as we saw in the tests with the OnePlus 3, the difference may not be big enough to matter.

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Even on the software side, the OnePlus 3T, just like the OnePlus 3, seems good enough with Oxygen OS-based on Marshmallow.

The user interface is close to the stock Android and even the Nougat-based update for the phone is slated to come soon. The OnePlus 3T in its base variant is as good, if not better, a phone as any high-end device that costs more than Rs 50,000.

This "base" variant has hardware that will put many of the high-end phones to shame in the Indian market. Sum of the matter is that the OnePlus has done it yet again.

At least for this year, the company is sticking out its neck, yet again, and is telling consumers that it will sell them a high-end phone at almost throwaway prices.

The earlier impression was that with the OnePlus 3T, OnePlus may start moving towards a model where it charges a little bit more premium.

But the launch of the OnePus 3T shows that it is not happening. And that is something to cheer about when you see it from the perspective of consumers. In the coming days, we will take a better look at the OnePlus 3T in our review but for now you can check out the OnePlus 3 review that India Today Tech had done earlier.

The new phone should be similar, and in some areas -- most notably batter -- should be better than the earlier OnePlus phone.

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