OnePlus 3 is dead, long live OnePlus 3T!

OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 3T will be replacing the OnePlus 3 in Europe, signalling the end of it's low-cost challenge in the smartphone market.

Existing OnePlus 3 handsets will continue to get OS updates and security fixes along with the new OnePlus 3T.

When rumours first surfaced about OnePlus launching a new and more expensive handset, a lot of people believed that the new handset may replace existing OnePlus 3 stocks. A reason for this was that the new handset was rumoured to arrive with an LCD display which is quicker to produce compared to an AMOLED one in the OnePlus 3. This would reduce the time gaps between demand and supplies and help OnePlus improve it's poor track record in delivering handsets on time.

It turns out that the rumours were right. In an interview given to Android Authority, OnePlus has confirmed that OnePlus 3T will replace the OnePlus 3 in United States and Europe to begin with. While the OnePlus 3T will arrive with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow like the OnePlus 3, both phones will receive Android 7.0 Nougat and accompanying fixes before the end of the year. The website now adds that sales of the OnePlus 3 has been officially discontinued in these regions permanently.

What this means that you will have to spend in excess of £400 to buy a new OnePlus handset, instead of £329 for the OnePlus 3. Pre-orders of both 32GB and 64GB variants of OnePlus 3T began on 17 November and these will cost  £417.99 and £456 respectively on Pay As You Go from O2. The network is also offering a range of Pay Monthly tariff options for the handsets which start from £31 per month and you can check them on O2's website or the OnePlus online store for the UK.

The new OnePlus 3T features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, an upgraded Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM, a powerful 3,400 mAh battery with Dash Charging functionality, 32GB and 64GB of storage, a fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C port, a 16-MP rear cam with Sony IMX 298 Sensor and f/2.0 aperture, a 16-MP front camera with Samsung 3P8SP Sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Compared to the OnePlus 3, it features improved cameras, processing power, a new display type and a more powerful battery.

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