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The best cheap Android phone

Updated on February 15, 2017


In 2015, 7 of the top 10 smart phone manufacturers in the world were Chinese, companies like Lenovo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Huawei, and others. They have been making their invasion into competitive markets like the US, Europe, and India. However, China is their main market goal. The phones listed above definitely qualify as some of the best Chinese Android smartphones in world known with price tag lesser than the mainstream top brands like Samsung, LG, Sony and of course Apple. Let’s take a look though at the best value for money you can get right now for you money and this is OnePlus 3T.


OnePlus 3T

Not so long ago (in June to be precise), OnePlus presented their new smartphone OnePlus 3. The model quickly became highly popular for its price of $ 400 and the opportunity to order immediately (previous models were sold with their invite system only).

With a few changes, but the same phone in appearance, OnePlus 3T was officially presented in November. The only visible change is that we will see the phone in Gunmetal color. All the other changes are internal and of course the price is little bit boosted to $ 439.

OnePlus 3T specifications

5.5 "Optic AMOLED 1920 x 1080, 401ppi and Gorilla Glass 4
2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Adreno 530
64 or 126GB (for Gunmetal)
Micro SD
USB 2.0 Type-C, Dual nano-SIM, 3.5mm audio
Rear: 16mp Sony IMX 298 sensor, 1.12μm, f / 2.
Front Camera
Samsung 3P8SP 16mp sensor, 1.0μm, f / 2.0
3,400mAh non-replaceable and Dash Charge (5V 4A)
OxygenOS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35, 158 g.

OnePlus 3T VS OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3T is the faster version of OnePlus 3, thanks to the new Snapdragon 821 2.35GHZ and of course 6GB RAM. The company promises a much more powerful phone with the same fuel battery. Here we should note that the battery is slightly larger - 3400mAh. (3000mAh at OnePlus 3).

We can find improvement in the front camera to 16mp, but unfortunately the back one is the same as the previous model. We have a few more options for manual mode as control of white balance, ISO, focus, shutter speed and more. The OnePlus 3T has the same target market as the OnePlus 3 – fans of the brand, those looking for something a little bit different and from the others.

At $439 (£399, around AU$580) for the 64GB model the OnePlus 3T is still much cheaper than its flagship rivals while offering better value for money. It won’t have the wide appeal as the likes of Apple or Samsung, but it will be more than enough for the mainstream consumer who want long battery life and excellent build quality.

My opinion

4 stars for OnePlus 3T


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