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OnePlus 7T

OnePlus 7T Review Everything you need to know is here

The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro have only been out for a quarter of a year, but we’ve already seen the company announce the OnePlus 7T.
The new phone was just introduced at an event in India where the company also unveiled the OnePlus TV. We’ve actually tested the device, and you can read our hands-on OnePlus 7T review.
Coming so soon after the OnePlus 7, we’re not expecting many massive changes for the new handset but we’re listing everything that has changed below. This is a breaking story, so bear with us as we update with new information.
Cut to the chase.

What is it? The next OnePlus phone OnePlus 7T
When is it out? ALREADY Announced
What will it cost? A lot – but less than most flagships

OnePlus 7T release date and price

So far, we’ve only had confirmation of the OnePlus 7T launching in India, and you can pick it up from September 28 there. That’s because we have to wait until October 10 to hear the company’s plans for its UK release, but in the US we know it’ll be out on October 18.
The original OnePlus 7 cost £499 (around $640, AU$930) for its smallest size, but we don’t expect the 7T to be available for less than that when the official UK and US prices are revealed.

Design
• A distinct matte-frosted glass back like the 7 Pro
• Colors available: Frosted Silver and Glacier Blue
• New camera module and ‘32% smaller’ notch

The OnePlus 7T shares a similar design language with the OnePlus 7. There’s the same slightly curved back and a waterdrop notch at the top of the screen, but unlike previous ‘T’ upgrades, you won’t struggle to tell the 7 and 7T apart – this is mainly because of the circular camera housing, which OnePlus says is a nod to old-fashioned cameras.
We’re not sure if OnePlus took inspiration from Moto or Nokia here, but the circular bump is reminiscent of phones from those brands.

It’s going to be a matter of personal taste whether or not you find this addition appealing, but OnePlus has a history of favoring a minimalist approach to phone design, and this doesn’t follow in that tradition. So far we’re not fans of this odd camera bump – but that may just be because we like the neat vertical camera setup on the 7 Pro better.

The OnePlus 7T has a matte-frosted glass back like the 7 Pro, whereas the OnePlus 7 has a shinier and smoother texture. As we mentioned, the 7T slots into the OnePlus lineup between the existing OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, that refers mainly to the design. The dimensions of the three phones differ by a small margin. The 7T measures 160.94 x 74.44 x 8.13mm and weighs 190g, making it slimmer and lighter than the OnePlus 7 Pro, and slightly taller and bulkier than the OnePlus 7.

The small and light form factor makes it a little easier to handle than the 7 Pro. It’s easy to use with one hand, and fits snugly into a pocket – although we’d still recommend getting a case, as its smooth finish makes the 7T a little slippery – and there’s plenty of glass to break here.

We’re testing the Glacier Blue OnePlus 7T, but we’re curious to see how the Frosted Silver looks in the frosted finish. The Glacier Blue looks like a faded version of the Nebula Blue on the 7 Pro, and if we had to choose between the two blues, we slightly prefer the Nebula. We may see more color variants down the line, as with previous generations of OnePlus devices, but so far there’s no news on additional shades.

The arrangement of ports and buttons on the 7T is identical to on the 7 Pro. The physical alert slider and the power/lock button are where we prefer them, on the right side. The power key falls naturally under the thumb, and you can access the alert slider without looking at your phone simply by moving your thumb up an inch.

The volume key on the left sits below your index finger when you’re holding the phone in a natural orientation, while the USB Type-C port, SIM tray, and loudspeaker are at the bottom.
Two design traits the 7T doesn’t inherit from the 7 Pro are its curved display and pop-up selfie camera. Instead, you get a OnePlus 7-like flat screen and a waterdrop notch that OnePlus says is around 30% smaller than the one on the OnePlus 7.

opinion. Plus, with 1000 nits of brightness, the screen is beautiful, bright and is relatively easy to read even in sunlight.
There’s a new Reading Mode that allows you to view content in color, rather than only in black and white – you can choose between the two when you turn on the mode. It’s certainly easy on the eyes, but we haven’t spent enough time with the phone to tell if it’ll prove to be genuinely useful.

Display

• 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display
• Smooth visuals with 90Hz refresh rate
• HDR 10+ adds to the richness

The OnePlus 7T’s screen is a significant upgrade over the display on the OnePlus 7. On paper, it’s comparable to the screen on the 7 Pro, although attributes such as size, resolution and panel quality differ slightly.

It’s a 6.55-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with thinner bezels and boasts HDR 10+ and a 90Hz refresh rate. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a bigger 6.67-inch QHD+ display, while the OnePlus 7 has a smaller 6.41-inch FHD+ screen.
You might not be able to differentiate between a 60Hz and a 90Hz display unless you’re a regular user of the latter – essentially, higher refresh rates mean the image on the screen refreshes more rapidly, resulting in smoother transitions on-screen.
The benefits of the 90Hz display become apparent when you’re navigating the UI and gaming, while the HDR 10+ compatibility enhances video content to a considerable degree.
There’s a new E3 material used on the 7T that is said to reduce harmful blue light by 42% without compromising on colors. There is a video enhancer in the display settings that boosts colors and contrast when you play a video.
Such jargon aside, we found the screen to be impressive. It’s not as immersive and rich as the QHD+ display of the 7 Pro, but that’s because you don’t have the curved edges that make for a truly bezel-less front – at the sides at least, and because of the lower resolution here.
There are, however, a couple of positives of having a flat display – it’s less reflective, and there’s less chance of accidental screen presses. As long as you’re not a committed pixel peeper, this screen will do you just fine.
The display calibration on the OnePlus 7T is quite similar to that on the OnePlus 7 Pro, although colors on the 7 Pro look a little cooler if you view the two screens side by side – skies look a little bluer, for example.
The 7T’s screen is excellent for watching movies and TV shows, and for playing games, and our favorite feature is the super-smooth scrolling. In our OnePlus 7 Pro review, we said “every phone should have this,” and we’ve seen nothing here to change our opinion. Plus, with 1000 nits of brightness, the screen is beautiful, bright and is relatively easy to read even in sunlight.
There’s a new Reading Mode that allows you to view content in color, rather than only in black and white – you can choose between the two when you turn on the mode. It’s certainly easy on the eyes, but we haven’t spent enough time with the phone to tell if it’ll prove to be genuinely useful.

OnePlus 7T OS and specification

The OnePlus 7T is confirmed to come with Android 10 onboard, plus the company has included its OxygenOS overlay on top.
That’s its own design that changes the look of Android, plus there are a variety of new features including a new Chromatic Reading Mode that gives you saturated colors for a better reading experience.

It also includes a feature called Zen Mode, which debuted on the OnePlus 7, as a way to shut down your phone for 20 minutes or more to encourage you not to use those features.

There’s also a new mode called Work Life Balance that allows you to put certain apps into groups of work or play. That way you can be restricted for using Twitter when you’re working, but you’d still have access to Gmail. Although OnePlus didn’t say for certain, the company implied it was an India-only feature.

The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset is inside the OnePlus 7T, so you should get some flagship level performance from this. We don’t know how much RAM or storage will be available yet though.

When it comes to battery, OnePlus has included a new version of Warp Charging that works 27% faster than on previous handset from the company, and can charge the device up in an hour. The phone also comes with stereo speakers so you can’t accidentally mute sound with your hand placement.

There’s a haptic motor onboard that allows the phone to vibrate while gaming too, which should work well with the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset which is designed to be great for gaming.

There’s also a new feature called OnePlus Pay that is a specific contactless payment system made by the company. It’s thought it’ll work in a similar way to Google Pay, but it’s currently unclear where it’ll be available. It was announced at the company’s India launch, so it may be an India specific feature.

OnePlus 7T camera

On the rear of the phone is a 48MP wide-angle camera that’s combined with a 12MP telephoto camera for 2x optical zoom and a 16MP ultra-wide snapper. We’ve yet to learn the exact specs of the second two sensors of the camera.

One of the biggest upgrades here is a new mode called Macro Lens that allows you to get impressive macro shots using the rear camera. The examples shown on stage were impressive, and we found it a great feature in our time with the device.

There’s a new mode called Super Stable that combines an “ultra-precise gyroscope” with electronic image stabilization to create more stable video footage.
Portrait Mode is getting some upgrades too allowing you to use the telephoto lens for the bokeh style mode. Night Scape mode has also come to the ultra-wide angle camera on the OnePlus 7T.

Specs and performance

• Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ gives a minor boost to performance
• 8GB RAM and two storage variants- 128GB/256GB

The OnePlus 7T features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, which is a minor upgrade over the Snapdragon 855 that powers the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. On paper, the 7T returns 10-15% faster benchmark scores, and 15% faster graphics rendering than the OnePlus 7.

You get 8GB of RAM in both the 128GB and 256GB models. We’ve only tested the 8GB/256GB variant, but we wouldn’t expect a noticeable difference performance-wise in the 128GB phone.
Like other OnePlus 7-series phones, the 7T handles everything you throw at it with ease, and we haven’t experienced any performance issues with the phone until now.

There aren’t many games optimized for 90Hz available at the moment, so we ran the graphically demanding PUBG Mobile (optimized for up to 60fps) for an extended period each day, and we can safely say smartphone gamers won’t regret buying this phone. The Snapdragon 855’s Adreno 640 element on board the OnePlus 7T can handle any graphically intensive game you’ll find on the Play Store right now.

Needless to say, if a phone can handle gaming this well you won’t have any issues with less-demanding tasks such as web-browsing, and as mentioned we didn’t notice any performance glitches in day to day use – if you want a phone that delivers reliable performance, the OnePlus 7T is going to be a safe choice.

Battery life and charging

Faster Warp Charge 30T gets you from 0-100% in around an hour.
All-day battery life from a full charge with average use.
We were impressed with the battery life on the OnePlus 7, and the OnePlus 7T has a 3800mAh cell that’s slightly bigger than the one in that phone, and although the 7T has a more power-hungry display, the impact on battery life is minimal.

Starting from a full charge, the 7T easily lasted us from 9 am to 5 pm with moderate use, with more than 40% battery remaining when we clocked off from the office. We spent one day testing the battery in more extreme conditions, with heavy camera usage and intense gaming sessions, and it lasted us more than six hours on a full charge which is about the standard.
We also ran a battery test, streaming a 45 minutes video on Netflix at maximum volume and brightness using cellular 4G, and found the phone lost 9% of its charge; twenty minutes of web-browsing, meanwhile, consumed 7%.

The OnePlus 7T comes with improved fast-charging tech, which the company calls Warp Charge 30T. OnePlus says it’s 18% faster than the previous version of its charging tech and claims it’ll get you from empty to 50% in 20 minutes, and to 100% in an hour.

In our charging test, it took 56 minutes to charge the 7T from 7% to 100%. Additionally, the company has improved its tech to ensure that the phone charges at a constant speed, and to avoid it heating up, even when you’re playing intensive games while it’s plugged into a socket. We didn’t get a chance to test that particular claim, but we’ll be sure to do so during our full review process.

Software

• The first phone to come with Android 10 out of the box.
• Still the slickest Android skin in the market.
• New gestures make navigation easier.

The OnePlus 7T is the first phone to come with Android 10 out of the box. It’s running the new OxygenOS version 10.0 on top of Google’s latest operating system. This skin, as we have known it, is cosmetically different from stock Android, but follows the same principles. It’s light, clean, and pleasing to the eye.

It’s our favorite custom Android skin across all brands. That’s because of the fluidity it offers while navigating around the interface. The company has consistently emphasized heavily on optimizing the scrolling, animations, and transitions within the interface for a smoother experience, and it shows.

With Android 10, it also gets swipe gestures from the left or right edge of the screen to go back and a bottom navigation bar to allow switching between recent apps. Although we’re not accustomed to using these gestures on Android, it did seem to fasten navigation after a point.

New customization feature allows you to select the shape of icons between round, square, teardrop, and rectangle. Also, there’s a setting under Messages which lets you input specific keywords to block spam SMSs.

What we like about the OxygenOS is that it is void of unnecessary clutter, but still allows enough customizations to keep the feel of Android alive.

There are some other small but meaningful additions to the UI, and we’re told that it will soon receive the pre-announced India-specific features like OnePlus roaming, Cricket score at a glance, work-life balance.

It is also slated to receive a new Gallery app, Smart albums and a couple of updates in the wellbeing feature. We’ll update this review as these features are rolled out for the OnePlus 7T.

Conclusion

With the OnePlus 7T, the company has effectively made the OnePlus 7 Pro more accessible to consumers. It is the best ‘T’ upgrade to any OnePlus phone to date and an attractive proposition for those who find the OnePlus 7 Pro too bulky.

The display is excellent, and performance is every bit as good as that of the 7 Pro – and the fast-charging speed is even faster. The only tradeoff compared with the 7 Pro is that you miss out on that stunning curved QHD+ display and the pop-up selfie camera.

At ₹37,999 ($599 in the US), the 7T does not face a lot of competition with the overall package it offers. Meanwhile, users in India can consider the ROG Phone II 8GB variant at exactly the same price.

Who is it for?

As we mentioned, it’s a perfect fit for those who want the smarts of the OnePlus 7 Pro at a much lesser price or in a slightly compact form factor. If the curved display and pop-up don’t matter much, the 7T is a perfect fit.

For customers in India who are willing to compromise the camera performance in favor of better gaming performance and display, the ROG Phone II is a better deal.