OnePlus 3T finally available: Specs, price and how to buy one

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If you were a fan of the OnePlus 3, you are going to love the OnePlus 3T.

The almost bargain-priced phone is finally available to buy in the U.S. and Canada. So what are the specs, how much does it cost, and where can you get one?

In IT Blogwatch, we get out our wallets.

So what is going on? Alex Dobie has the background:

OnePlus's new mid-cycle flagship refresh, the OnePlus 3T, is...available to buy unlocked, directly from the...manufacturer. The phone is both 64GB and 128GB storage configurations, with the base model coming in at $439, and the more capacious model running $479. Right now the only color option is..."gunmetal"...with "soft gold" set to arrive at a later date...The OnePlus 3T rollout continues next week, with a European launch on November 28.

Sounds great. But what are the phone's specs? Kristijan Lucic has the details:

The OnePlus 3T is...metal [and] it sports a 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) Optic AMOLED display. The phone packs in 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of non-expandable internal storage. The OnePlus 3T is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, along with the Adreno 530 GPU. The 16-megapixel OIS snapper is placed on the back of the device, and a 16-megapixel shooter also comes on the front...The 3,400mAh battery is also included in this package, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on the phone with OnePlus’ OxygenOS.

And what do reviewers think of the phone? Is it worth getting? Ron Amadeo has something to say about that:

The OnePlus 3 was one of our favorite devices of 2016...Now the OnePlus 3 is dead. OnePlus announced a new device, the OnePlus 3T, as a replacement...So is the OnePlus 3T still one of the best Android phones you can buy?
The OnePlus 3 was a great phone, and when you don't change much, there isn't much to talk the end of the day, you're really paying $40 for more battery life. You still get awesome build quality, a "good enough" display, USB-C, and a fingerprint reader.

But that doesn't answer the question: Is it worth the extra $40? Sam Rutherford gets to the point:

The previous OnePlus 3 was already the best phone for the money, and while the 3T's $439 starting price has upped the ante a bit, improved performance and an extra 2 hours of battery life are worth the extra $40...I'm willing to bet if you asked people if they would pay two Jacksons to get an extra 2 hours of battery life...most would take that deal in a heartbeat.
The 3T's cameras aren't quite as sharp as the ones on the S7 or Pixel, and don't perform as well in low light. But for a phone that costs between $200 and $300 less, the photos are pretty close...Don't be sad that the OnePlus 3 has gone away; the 3T is more than a worthy successor and is the most value packed phone on the market.

Anything else? Sparkplug23 has one very important question:

Anyone know what the "T" stands for?

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