Despite initial hiccups with delivery timelines and controversy surrounding the 'underpowered 6GB RAM', the dust around OnePlus 3 has finally settled and it maintains its place among the best 'value for money' handsets in the country. However, it now seems OnePlus is intent on pushing out a new variant of the handset featuring a more powerful processor along with a new display technology.
OnePlus 3 + ~$80 + [time] = OnePlus 3T#met3Thitarhymeacapella— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 26, 2016
OnePlus 3 + ~$80 + [time] = OnePlus 3T#met3Thitarhymeacapella
The upcoming OnePlus 3T, which some believe may completely replace OnePlus 3 handsets, will also cost higher and it's price may cross the £350 threshold unlike the £329 OnePlus 3. According to leakster Evan Blass, it will cost $80 more in the U.S. which is equivalent to £50 here. OnePlus will reportedly include the latest Snapdragon 821 SoC, which you can also find in Google's new Pixel handsets, as well as new LCD display panels unlike AMOLED ones in the OnePlus 3.
A report from GizmoChina earlier this month quoted a OnePlus insider to suggest that "the company plans to change the CPU inside, most likely use the newer and faster Snapdragon 821. Further, another reason for releasing a new model could be to shift from AMOLED to LCD panels, as AMOLED supply shortage seems to be one of the big reasons why OnePlus 3 is unable to keep up the production in tune to the demand." While the move to LCD panels to stop supply gaps is a welcome one, we wonder if OnePlus would add any extra features or capabilities to justify the price hike for the upcoming phablet.
OnePlus 3 is presently available on contract with O2 and the delivery timeline is just one week which better than the iPhone 7. However, 9to5Google suggests that the timelines in the U.S. are around 4-5 weeks which is a cause of concern and given that the U.S. is a key market, the decision to launch a new phone with quicker production time may have been taken by the company. As of now there is no official statement from the company in this regard but once we hear more about it, we'll let you know.