Yet again, OnePlus has come up with a gorgeous, fast and super slick Android smartphone that goes toe-to-toe with far more powerful flagships for a significantly lesser amount of money.
The OnePlus 7T sees the formula that comes to market one more time with just the perfect results, bringing out a phone that is just impossible not to recommend.
The updated OnePlus flagship has many upgrades that brings it closer to the OnePlus 7 Pro flagship. Prices for the OnePlus 7T in India start at Rs 37,999 and it is housed right in between the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro which was launched earlier this year.
When it comes to telling and reviewing, it is a fantastic deal and in the real world, it is even better than it sounds.
Positives of the phone
- Brilliant 90Hz display
- Fantastic cameras
- Wonderful UI
- Great performance and storage speed
- Android 10
- Superfast charging
Negatives of the phone
- So-so battery life
- No headphone jack
- No official IP rating
- No wireless charging
Experience, speed, and value all of these have always been a very important part of OnePlus’ brand ethos. The mantra of it being “fast and smooth” has continuously delivered the most amazing streamlined experiences ever by Android, at a price that is accessible and reasonable enough for almost everyone.
Design of the phone
- 160.94 x 74.44 x 8.13mm
- Teardrop selfie camera
- Flat edges
- Circular triple-camera system
- Stereo speakers
The newly launched baby, OnePlus 7T looks almost similar to the OnePlus 7 while comparing the front looks, but looks wildly different at the backside. The display of 7T is slightly taller, making it have a longer 20:9 screen-to-body ratio. This extends the size of the display makes the change noticeable in the hand.
The waterdrop shaped like notch on the front screen has been a little scaled-down. This change is not that noticeable but it feels great to see OnePlus attempting to mitigate the notch as much as possible. A lot of phone that 7T competes with have eliminated the notch altogether, and by seeing the newer versions, their maybe will come a time when OnePlus will continue to shrink the notch in its non-Pro devices over time.
The sides panel of the phone looks almost similar to OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 6T. Volume buttons are placed on the left edge, and the power button and signature notification switch are placed on the right. The bottom panel has a speaker, USB-C port, and a dual-SIM card tray.
Things become amazing at the back of the phone, as the device is surrounded with a familiar soft-touch glass, similar to the OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 7, and OnePlus 7 Pro, but what is different is the all-new camera module, which is housed in the glass at the back.
Display of the phone
- 6.55-inch 90Hz AMOLED display
- 2,400 x 1,080 Full HD+ resolution
- 20:9 aspect ratio
- HDR10 / HDR+ certified, 42% less blue light
- Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor
OnePlus has placed a big focus on the displays of its phones over the last few years. This has then produced an exceptional display quality which has trickled down to the new phone.
It has a 90Hz screen, which makes the display high and increasing the refresh rate. The Note 10 Plus bests the 7T in resolution, however, because OnePlus opted for a 1080p panel for this device. Resolution is not everything. The 7T was ahead when other areas like color temperature, color accuracy, max brightness, and gamma accuracy were tested. The 1080p panel placed in the phone is incredible, and the visibility is even more outside due to brighter lighting.
This 1080p panel is also HDR10 and HDR+ compatible, which means it can properly display content with more color and contrast information between pure black and pure white.
Performance of the phone
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
- Adreno 640 GPU
- 8GB of RAM
- 128GB of UFS 3.0 storage
OnePlus has always lied on the motto of “fast and smooth,” and it is no surprise that this newly launched device continues that heritage. The Oxygen OS, which is used, is minimal and streamlined, but it is the components under the hood that really keep this thing running so quickly.
It has a Qualcomm’s premier Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, which is only used by a few devices till now. This chip is clearly focused on gaming, with a pretty significant 15% boost to the GPU over the 855. There are other hardware features also which keeps the device running quickly is the UFS 3.0 storage.
Battery of the phone
- 30W charging
- No wireless charging
With everything being so amazing, the battery life of this phone is just so-so. OnePlus bumped the capacity to 3,800mAh versus 3,700mAh which was in OnePlus 7, but the combination of the 90Hz display and higher-energy processor make this phone deliver average battery life at best. It is sure that your phone will accompany you throughout the day but if you plan an evening out, you would need a charger.
To solve this problem, the phone includes a 30W charger. This new Warp Charge 30T is more efficient than the Warp Charge 30 charger which comes with the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. It is claimed by the company that the new charger is 23% faster.
While charging you might feel the phone heat up, but it’s not bad at all; it stays much cooler than the OnePlus 7 Pro while charging.
Camera quality of the phone
- Standard: 48MP, f/1.6, OIS
- Pixel-binned images at 12MP
- Wide-angle: 13MP, f/2.2, 117-degree FoV
- 2x telephoto: 12MP, f/2.2
- Teardrop selfie camera: 16MP, f/2.0
Earlier, OnePlus cameras were not that amazing. The company always brought in bigger pixels and better low-light performance, but for a long time, there was no improvements seen. It was a surprise to see the company releasing a rapid camera. Over the time, the images got better. At this price, this is one of the best daylight cameras you can get on a smartphone.
The OnePlus 7T has three cameras on the rear, the main camera is of 48MP Sony IMX 586, which pixel-bins images to 12MP for better light gathering. The wide has a 13MP sensor, but it produces 12MP images. The third camera is a 2x telephoto lens, down from the 3x telephoto shooter in the OnePlus 7 Pro. The images produced are not over-sharpened, and colors are overall great.
The Final Verdict
The OnePlus 7T offers amazing high-end features and capabilities, and some great overall specifications and versatile cameras. It is among the first few phones in India with Android 10, and the Snapdragon 855+, which has enough power for high-end Android games. When it comes to the cost, the fact that there is only an Rs. 2,000 difference to go from 128GB of storage to 256GB means that deciding between these two variants is a no-brainer.
If you are spending so much anyway, Rs. 2,000 more is well worth it for double the space, since there’s no microSD card slot.
It is an amazing phone all in all and can be bought once to get some luxury feels.
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