OnePlus started out as a scrappy underdog, at least in appearance, but has certainly succeeded in making a name for itself, especially with the quite well received OnePlus 3 and 3T. To help answer any questions that fans may have had about the new handset, and how things are going at OnePlus in general, the company recently took part in a Reddit AMA.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, Aaron from the ROM team, Jonathon from Customer Services, Steven from Logistics, and Caio from the EU team took part in the AMA. Here are some cherry picked best bits:
Q: Will the OnePlus 3 and 3T be updated to Android 7.0 or 7.1?
A: “We are initially shipping with 7.0, 7.1 was released midway through development and integrating it would have delayed the update.”
Q: Update cycle for OP3 and OP3T?
A: “Both devices will be on the same update schedule following Nougat.”
Q: How is the merger of Oxygen OS and Hydrogen OS shaping up?
A: “we are able to move at much faster pace than before while maintaining two different products with the same team.”
Q: Why launch the OnePlus 3T 6 months after the initial launch of the 3?
A: “We had the capability to improve the product, wanted to try it out, so we did.”
Q: Can I charge the 3T with the 5V/3A charger for my current Nexus 5X without any risk of damage?
A: “You’re free to use 3rd party chargers, but the dash charging will only kick in with the official cable and adapter.”
Q: Does the 3T’s front camera come with PDAF or not?
A: “The front camera on the OP3T is fixed focus.”
Q: Why not improve the 3T’s rear camera?
A: We didn’t have any improvements ready to go.
Q: Why not make it to be able to put 1 sim card and an sd card insted of the second sim card?
A: “What’s the pain point that SD card solves? We now have a 128GB UFS2.0 version that performs so much better than any external storage could.”
Q: What are your thoughts on disgruntled devs and their statement that they won’t support the 3T with kernels or roms?
A: “Dev support is something we’re serious about, and it’s an area where we really put our money where our mouth is. Honestly, we just love the custom ROM scene. It’s why we are one of the few that allow for rooting/installing custom ROMs without voiding warranty. It’s also why we always release kernel sources and devices trees super early, as mentioned in the OP.
As for devs who are upset about the 3T – we hear you, we understand where you are coming from, and it’s something we were prepared for. We have something planned (that we can’t announce just yet) to address this. Just hang on a bit. We got you.”
Q: Why did you not put 3400 mah in the OP3? Apparently it fits.
A: We were testing the reliability of a higher density cell. The tests weren’t ready in time for OP3. Quality is very important, especially when it comes to battery. It’s better to be on the safe side.
Q: Why not support Daydream?
A: Daydream was announced after the product design of the OnePlus 3, so we did not design is with Daydream compatibility in mind.
Q: Do you guys see yourself releasing multiple product lines in the near future?
A: Maybe when we’re 10x our current size. Still a lot of work to do better before product line expansion.
Q: What do you guys feel like you’ve learned from the OnePlus X and 2?
A: To think more, and reflect more. To better know ourselves and our situation, and do the right thing. In other words, to find our own true north, and not to have noise such as the market or competition lead us.
Hopefully that has answered your important questions about the OnePlus 3T and offered a little about what the company has planned regarding future updates and the direction of the company. If you fancy sifting through the rest of the Q&A, you can check out the full thread here.