Ever since OnePlus unveiled an upgraded version of its 2016 flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3T, there has been a lot of speculations that the company may discontinue the sales of the OnePlus 3 – especially since it was listed as out of stock in several regions including the US and Europe. While the company’s support handle earlier this week reassured users that the OnePlus 3 will not be discontinued, and the stock would be replenished, a new report citing company officials claims that the smartphone has in fact been discontinued for the US and Europe.
Android Authority claims to have confirmation from OnePlus stating that the OnePlus 3 will be discontinued in the US and Europe, where it would sell the OnePlus 3T instead.
We reached out to OnePlus to confirm whether this was the case with India as well. The company in an emailed statement said, “We will continue to sell the OnePlus 3 in India.” On being asked whether the company intends to launch the upgraded OnePlus 3T in India, the company responded, “About OnePlus 3T, we will keep you posted on its availability.”
While the new OnePlus 3T looks identical to the original OnePlus 3 though there are plenty of upgrades under the hood. The new variant packs an all-new Snapdragon processor SoC, a bumped front-facing camera, a new 128GB storage model, and even a new colour variant. The OnePlus 3T smartphone despite featuring upgrades has been given a modest price hike. It will go on sale starting November 22 in the US, November 26 in Europe, and November 28 in the UK.
Coming to pricing, OnePlus 3T 64GB will be available at $439 (roughly Rs. 29,800), while the 128GB model will come at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,500). To recall, the OnePlus 3 was launched at $399 (priced at Rs. 27,999 in India) for the 64GB model.
Considering that the OnePlus 3 is just merely five months old in the market and it has already received an upgrade in the form of OnePlus 3T, it will be interesting to see how the company sells both the phones in various markets.