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OnePlus 3T vs Huawei Honor Magic: two amazing flagships for you to choose for under $530

OnePlus 3T vs Huawei Honor Magic photo

It may seem like a lot of money to be spending on a smartphone, but rest assured that your hard-earned money will be spent when you go for either one of these two amazing flagships.

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One Plus 3T comes a cool six months since the One Plus 3 debuted in the market. They say 6-12 months is the right time for an upgraded version to be set loose in the market – more so if you are competing in this competitive and lucrative high-end market.

With a lot riding on the One Plus 3T, here’s the lowdown on this flagship:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Metal body
  • Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset, Quad-core (2x2.35 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 530 and 6GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size
  • 64GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery + Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 minutes (Dash Charge)
  • Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • December 2016 release date
  • $479 USD price tag

For one One Plus 3T is sporting the Full HD Optic AMOLED tech which makes for a better screen. You will definitely be enjoying every moment of time that you spend viewing stuff on the smartphone. Then there’s the fingerprint sensor, metal body and comes with an added advantage in terms of protection with Gorilla Glass 4.

Under the hood of One Plus 3T is top-notch with the Snapdragon 821 chipset, latest Kryo processor, great graphics and a whopping 6GB RAM to boot.

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There’s nothing that this beast won’t be able to run smoothly and comfortably with still some left in the tank for more.

As for the camera, One Plus 3T is equipped with a 16MP-8MP camera combination which is lovely. PDAF and OIS are two great features that you can find on this smartphone.

Storage-wise, there’s 64GB of internal storage which should prove to be sufficient. That’s because there’s no expansion slot available, so you will have to make do with it.

Then there’s the 3300 mAh battery which should be able to provide enough juice for at least a day in between charging.

Last but not least, One Plus 3T should be very snappy due the Oxygen OS which is based on the latest Android Nougat 7.0 OS. You can see both software and hardware combining well in this situation.

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Now let’s meet Honor Magic which is Huawei’s means of flooding the market with another of its flagship’s offering. Huawei already have a couple of flagships under its belt with the P9 and Mate 9 Pro which is nothing short of amazing themselves. They went ahead of time and embraced the dual-camera setup which brings us a smartphone with great camera ability.

Well then, let’s look at what’s in store for us then with the Honor Magic:

  • 5.09-inch Quad HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels or ~577 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Hisilicon Kirin 950 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex A53) processor, Mali-T880 MP4 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery with Fast battery charging up to 90% in 30 minutes
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • December 2016 release date
  • $529 USD price tag

For starters, Honor Magic is sporting a smaller 5.09-inch screen but comes with a Quad HD resolution which makes for a totally amazing experience. Normally you would only find this sort of resolution on larger smartphones, but not this nifty smartphone. You get to feast your eyes on the best images popping out from the screen. Sporting an exquisite metal body, Honor Magic is also equipped with 2.5D curved glass which makes it even more attractive.

Under the hood of the Honor Magic might not be as high-end, but still it packs quite a punch. It is powered by the Kirin 950 chipset, speedy octa-core processor, great graphics and 4GB RAM.

The highlight of the show for Honor Magic is definitely on its camera. This flagship is sporting a dual 12MP primary camera which results in some of the best images being taken by a smartphone. The bokeh effect is something that you will be able to perform using this device and explore a lot with. It is then accompanied with an 8MP selfie camera to good effect.

Similarly, the Honor Magic is equipped with 64GB of internal storage with no option for further expansion.

A rather small 2900 mAh battery accompanies the Honor Magic which might struggle to keep you up all day if you are a very heavy user. But with the fact that it can charge the smartphone up to 90% in just 30 minutes, you know that you will be hooked up for a very minimal time.

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OnePlus 3T broke some new grounds with its exceptional performance, great screen, great camera and the latest software combining well. Not only that, it is also cheaper by $50 USD which is quite a big deal.

OnePlus 3T had just been released and is currently available for $479 USD. You can choose from Black, Graphite and Soft Gold color.

Huawei Honor Magic is another one on show for the Chinese company to take its place in the flagship market space. It will definitely appeal to those who prefer a small screen but with some crazy features such as its amazing Quad HD screen, great hardware and an amazing dual-camera setup.

Huawei Honor Magic had just been released in China for $3,699 Chinese Yuan or ~$529 USD. It is available in Golden Black and Porcelain White.

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