Pony Up or Wait it Out?
We touched on this question a bit in our full review of the OnePlus 3T and we wanted to go a little bit more in-depth today. Undoubtedly, the OnePlus 3T provides great value with its great internals and it’s not a bad looking smartphone either; camera hump aside, of course. We told you that unless you’re looking at a phone from OnePlus’ biggest competitor, Xiaomi, you’d have a tough time finding a phone with the specs of the 3T, but we do have to address a few concerns. Today, we wanted to talk about three things (pros and cons) to consider before buying the OnePlus 3T right now.
Great Value for Money
OnePlus is known for releasing a bang-for-your-buck smartphones to match flagship releases available. Digital Walker sells the OnePlus 3T for Php 24,990 (cheaper if you look at other online retailer but we have to remind you that local warranties are boss) and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM, plus 64GB of storage. It may be the processing package of choice from last year, but it is still very capable. If it wasn’t for the cons we’re going to discuss, there would be no questions about buying it.
It’s Late to the Game. Officially.
Yes, we understand that Kimstore and Widget City have had this smartphone for awhile, but — at the risk of sounding like a broken record — it has only been available at an official capacity for a little over a week. The phone was launched in November of 2016 and a lot has certainly happened in the four months that the phone has been out in the market. It’s specs are far from being obsolete, but there are a lot of smartphones that you may want to hold off for. This brings us to our next point.
The OnePlus 5 is Coming.
Yup. We knew that OnePlus would release a “Flagship Killer” to rival the releases of 2017; also if you’re wondering why they skipped the 4 naming convention, remember that 4 is an unlucky number in Chinese culture. Rumors got drowned out by the noise that the Nokia 3310 and the rest of the phones announced at MWC made, but it sounds like the OnePlus 5 is going to be a awesome. It’s rumored to sport a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64/128GB of storage (no word if we can finally expand upon it). It may feature a curved display and IP68 certification; giving it the flagship features current and previous phones from OnePlus were missing.
Should You Buy the OnePlus 3T?
Rumors are rumors, but what we hear about phones prior to launch turn out to be true most of the time. Given the OnePlus 5 may be getting more features that are found in most flagship devices this time around, this may also mean that we might be seeing its price tag get a bump up as well. While we, and a lot of you, think that the OnePlus 3T is a steal considering what you’re getting, there’s certainly a lot to think about considering the smartphone landscape. If you need something that packs a whallop and can’t wait it out, the OnePlus 3T will definitely do.
Personally though, I’m going to wait it out.