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OnePlus 5 vs. OnePlus 3T: Is it worth the upgrade?

by Danny Zepeda | June 20, 2017June 20, 2017 11:15 am PDT

The OnePlus 5 is here and it replaces the outgoing OnePlus 3T. It’s a welcome update that adds a lot of new features while bringing OnePlus’ latest flagship up to par with the other devices out there. Its last phone, the 3T,  made similar inroads back in November, and we loved it. So in what ways is the OnePlus 5 an improvement over the OnePlus 3T?

OnePlus improved 3T to the 5 in every way possible. From specs to design, it looks like a real winner. Included is a Snapdragon 835, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3,300mAh battery, dual camera (16MP main camera, 20MP telephoto camera), and bunch of other little refinements that make the OnePlus 5 OnePlus’ best phone to date. But its previous undertakings still stand up to the test of time.

Even nine months later, the OnePlus 3T is still considered a terrific phone. It features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM, 3,400mAh battery and 13MP camera. It kept the same industrial design of aluminum unibody as the OnePlus 3 (save for a darker paint job) that was a big departure over the OnePlus 2.

Check out the gallery and spec breakdown of the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T down below.

OnePlus 5 Gallery

OnePlus 3T Gallery

OnePlus - OnePlus 5 OnePlus - OnePlus 3T
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (401 ppi) 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi)
Resolution X 1920 1080
Resolution Y 1080 1920
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Oxygen OS (at launch) OxygenOS based on Android 6.0.1
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
RAM 6GB/8GB 6GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 16/20MP 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 16MP 16MP
Networks
  • CDMA: BC0
  • FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41
  • TD-SCDMA: Bands 34/39
  • UMTS (WCDMA): Bands 1/2/4/5/8
  • CDMA EVDO: BC0 (North American model)
  • GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 (North American model)
  • FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/4/5/7/12/17/30 (North American model)
  • WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8 (North American model)
  • FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8/20 (Europe/Asia model)
  • TDD-LTE: Bands 38/40 (Europe/Asia model)
  • WCDMA: Bands 1/2/5/8 (Europe/Asia model)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 3300mAh 3400mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB-C port with USB 2.0 support
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Electronic compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Electronic compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 154.2 mm (6.07 inches) 152.7 mm (6.01 inches)
Width 74.1 mm (2.92 inches) 74.7 mm (2.94 inches)
Depth 7.25 mm (0.29 inches) 7.35 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 5.4 oz (153 g) 158 g (5.57 oz)
Colors Black, Gray Gold, Gunmetal
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA (v9 and v10), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, OGG
Supported Video Formats MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM EVC (H.265), H.264, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MPEG-2, MP4, MOV, 3GP, AVI, MKV, ASF

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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