The OnePlus 3 may have delivered on major improvements from last year’s OnePlus 2, but rumor has it that it’s going to get an upgrade. The upgraded version, called the OnePlus 3T, is now claimed to be pricier than the original.
The OnePlus 3 currently sells for $399. The still-unannounced OnePlus 3T, however, will cost $80 more, according to notorious leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks). If Blass is to be believed, the OnePlus 3T could sell for at least $479. That may disappoint a lot of the company’s loyal customers, but at least it’s still far from the $649 Google Pixel.
The most recent buzzregarding the OnePlus 3T, originally called the OnePlus 3S, is that it will come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, the same chip that powers Google’s Pixel phones. Other than that, not much else is known about the device’s other internal specs. The $80 price bump should be fair if the handset comes with more than just a faster chip.
As for the OnePlus 3T’s display, OnePlus is currently having trouble in acquiring AMOLED panels, as reported by Android Police. The 3T might possibly have a higher resolution LCD panel, instead of just sticking to a full HD 1080p AMOLED screen.
However, OnePlus’ co-founder Carl Pei took to Twitter stating that they will be sticking to AMOLED displays “for the foreseeable future.” Despite Pei’s statement, many still believe that OnePlus will be dropping AMOLED in favor of LED.
The additional $80 on the OnePlus 3T’s price tag could also signal that it might come with even more features like water resistance, as speculated by 9To5Google. This also makes the handset a great alternative to the already water-resistant iPhone 7, and would overtake the Google Pixel that lacks that particular feature.
OnePlus has not officially announced the One Plus 3T yet, but the device’s model number A3010 has already passed through Chinese regulators. It’s possible that the new device could be unveiled real soon.