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Qualcomm teases a new OnePlus device, possibly the OnePlus 3T

Qualcomm's latest tweet reveals that OnePlus is preparing to launch a new device powered by Snapdragon 821, and this might be the long-rumored OnePlus 3T.
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November 7, 2016
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Qualcomm’s latest tweet reveals that OnePlus is preparing to launch a new device powered by the Snapdragon 821 processor, and this might just be the long-rumored OnePlus 3T.

A lot of rumors have been saying that an upgraded OnePlus 3 model could be launched soon. At first, it was the OnePlus 3S with a LCD display instead of the Optic AMOLED technology found in the OnePlus 3.  That was quickly dismissed by Carl Pei, who specified that the company would be sticking with OLED displays for the foreseeable future. But rumors did not stop.

In mid-October, we saw a CNCA listing of a OnePlus device with the model number A3010. Given the fact that the OnePlus 3’s model number is A3000, this clearly meant a device with a minor upgrade was on its way. And after someone claiming to be a OnePlus designer posted on a Chinese microblogging website using a device named OnePlus 3T, it was pretty clear that this slightly updated device would indeed have a letter T added to the regular OnePlus 3 moniker.

The main difference between the OnePlus 3 and the 3T is said to be the processor. Instead of Snapdragon 820, the updated version will employ Snapdragon 821 – a slightly faster processor that supports Google’s Daydream VR. Well, if a device named OnePlus 3T does in fact exist and if it uses Qualcomm’s latest mobile chipset, then Qualcomm’s tweet above may very well be referring to the long-rumored OnePlus 3T.

Well, if a device named OnePlus 3T does in fact exist and if it uses Qualcomm's latest mobile chipset, then Qualcomm's tweet above may very well be referring to the long-rumored OnePlus 3T.

Other than the updated processor, the OnePlus 3T is said to have a different camera module: instead of the 20-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, it will use Sony’s IMX395 sensor, featuring the same amount of megapixels but with f/1.7 aperture instead. The battery might see a light increase as well from 3,000 mAh to 3,300 mAh. And Evan Blass says that the new model will cost $80 more, meaning the base model with 64GB is going to be around $480. Other than that, the OnePlus 3T should have the same 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a FHD resolution and the impressive 6GB of RAM. We don’t know if it will run Android Nougat out of the box, but we sure hope so!

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Do you think the OnePlus 3T could be the company’s answer to the Note 7’s absence? Will you buy the 3T or wait for the OnePlus 4? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!