OnePlus 7T Preview

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile with 24 Comments

I’m hoping to review the OnePlus 7T soon, but in the meantime, here’s a quick peek at how it compares to the OnePlus 7 Pro, which I reviewed back in June.

To be clear, the OnePlus 7T is not a direct successor to the OnePlus 7 Pro, despite its name—OnePlus has been using the “T” designation for its mid-year replacements for a few years now—the timing of its release, and a few specification improvements over that other flagship. Instead, it is a replacement for the OnePlus 6T in the U.S. (and the OnePlus 7 elsewhere) and is a new stablemate for the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The primary reason for this designation, I think, is the display.

Yes, the OnePlus 7T provides the same silky-smooth 90 Hz display type that graces the 7 Pro. But it is also smaller—6.55-inches vs. 6.67-inches for the 7 Pro—and offers both a lower resolution (2400 x 1080 vs. 3120 x 1440) and a lower pixel count (402 PPI vs. 516 PPI). On the plus side, OnePlus says it emits an astounding 1,000 nits of light, well above the 583 nits emitted by the 7 Pro.

The displays are also slightly different aspect ratios, though both are quite tall and thin: The OnePlus 7T lands at 20:9 while its predecessor is 19.5:9. I believe the screen technology is identical, though OnePlus marketed the OnePlus 7 Pro as Fluid AMOLED and is calling the OnePlus 7T display AMOLED. Both support sRGB and Display P3, and both provide a video enhancer, reading mode, and night mode.

There is one other display-related difference: Where the OnePlus 7 Pro is notch-free thanks to its unique pop-up selfie camera, the OnePlus 7T features a small teardrop notch, like the 6T, to accommodate its own camera.

Looking past the display, the OnePlus 7T does improve on the 7 Pro in the processor department: It is the first smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 855+, whereas the 7 Pro featured a suddenly pedestrian Snapdragon 850, just like the rest of the planet. Both devices feature super-fast UFS 3.0 storage, but the 7T is locked at 128 GB and is non-upgradeable; with the 7 Pro, there are 128 GB and 256 GB models. And where the 7 Pro can be outfitted with 6, 8, or even 12 GB of RAM depending on the model, the OnePlus 7T provides 8 GB regardless of model. That is, of course, more than ample and is quite future-proof.

The OnePlus 7T comes in a frosted matte glass design that looks similar to the 7 Pro, though I’ll need to examine them side-by-side to be sure. It can be had in Frosted Silver or Glacier Blue, and both look quite attractive in photos.

There is, of course, the camera system.

Housed in a unique (for OnePlus) circular design—where the 7 Pro offered a more traditional vertical row—the OnePlus 7T camera system feature three lenses, a 48 MP main lens with an f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization, a 16 MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 117-degree field of view, and a 12 MP telephoto lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a 2x optical zoom. OnePlus says that it is “improved,” but perhaps they are comparing it to the 6T, since those specifications closely resemble those of the camera system in the 7 Pro. Which was lackluster.  So we’ll see.

One feature carried over from the OnePlus 7 Pro that should be ideal is the in-display fingerprint reader. It may even be better, as OnePlus says it’s been improved with an upgraded haptic driver and a new vibration motor.

The Warp Charge 30T also looks improved: OnePlus says it will charge the 7T to 70 percent in just 30 minutes; by comparison, the Warp Charge 30 that came with the OnePlus 7 Pro could charge that phone to 50 percent in just 20 minutes. This is a fun math problem if you’re bored, but OnePlus says the 30T is its fastest Warp Charge yet. (I believe this is true because math.) It may be the fastest smartphone charger yet, period. (The OnePlus 7T comes with a 3800 mAh battery, while the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a larger 4000 mAh hour.)

Finally, the OnePlus 7T ships with Android 10, whereas the 7 Pro came with Android 9. That said, OnePlus is rolling out Android 10 to the OnePlus 7 Pro right now.

I’m looking forward to reviewing this one, and when you consider that the OnePlus 7T costs just $599, about $100 less than the least expensive OnePlus 7 Pro, you can see that the firm is serious, again, about reclaiming its value crown. This looks like a solid addition to the family.

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24 responses to “OnePlus 7T Preview”

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    djross95

    My next phone for sure...

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    rmlounsbury

    It would be nice if OnePlue made a non-monster sized phone. I like their hardware but I'm tired of having mega sized devices. The 6" screen on the Pixel 3a XL is the upper limits of what I can use one handed.

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    rbwatson0

    Paul,

    The 7 Pro has a Snapdragon 855 not 850. Did you mean 6t?

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    wright_is

    Why did they go back to the notch? The 7 Pro did the right thing, now they take a step back with the "new" model? :-S

    Given that I haven't used the front camera on my current phone in the over 18 months of ownership, it taking away screen space is a big no-no.

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    wright_is

    Housed in a unique circular design

    Doesn't the Mate 30 line also use this Lumia 1020 style of a circular camera layout in the middle of the back?

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    garethb

    OnePlus 7T replaces the OnePlus 7.

    The OnePlus 7 Pro will be replaced with the OnePlus 7T Pro (There is an announcement on Oct 10... I assume it's for this)


    I'm guessing OnePlus is announcing these seperately considering how much the 7 was practically ignored by everyone checking out the 7 Pro last time.

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    prjman

    Seems like a nice phone. I'd like to see the results from the camera, as OnePlus has had decent camera hardware before and been unable to generate great results.


    I don't understand the need for a fingerprint reader in the screen. Readers on the back of the device so well placed and reliable. Hopefully the in-screen reader in this one works well.


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    PhilipVasta

    I said this on a previous post about OnePlus. I'm not trolling, I promise. But truly, I don't quite understand why people find the OnePlus cameras to be lackluster. I feel like I'm missing something maybe. In my experience I've been quite satisfied with my OnePlus 6 camera. It's not perfect but I find it to be generally very good.

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      ubelhorj

      In reply to PhilipVasta:

      They're not the best, but they're realistically only one notch down. They're way better than the cameras reviewers were gushing over just a few years ago.


      Reviewers have to compare all phone cameras to the Pixel while most real consumers are still holding on to stuff like an iPhone 6s and have never thought twice about the camera.

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      Paul Thurrott

      In reply to PhilipVasta:

      Well, it's because they're not very good. :) You can see why in my review.


      https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/android/209295/oneplus-7-pro-review



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      wright_is

      In reply to PhilipVasta:

      If you don't have a constant flurry of new phones coming through and you are upgrading every 2 or more years, then the camera will seem fine.

      If you are reviewing phones constantly and always taking comparison shots, you will notice that it is lacklustre, compared to phones costing nearly twice as much. Likewise, if you are a professional photographer, you will also notice it is lacklustre, but then you will probably have a decent camera with good lenses and a much bigger sensor chip.

      In the end, if you are buying the phone to mainly take pictures, there are better alternatives (and Paul is someone who does a lot of photography on his phone). If you want a good phone at a good price and aren't a photo-junky, it is fine.

      That is how I would see it.

      On the other hand, I have a Mate 10 Pro and P20 phones, both with great cameras, but the AI in the camera app means the pictures can be bloody awful! I went to a wedding and took pictures throughout the night. Most of them weren't usable, because it had bubble-headed all the people in the shots - their heads were zoomed in, compared to their bodies, meaning everybody had overly large heads on smaller bodies. I really wish I had taken a real camera.

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    anderb

    You forgot to quote the ‘unique’ in ‘Housed in a unique circular design’.

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    nevadah

    My OnePlus 5T is still going strong. I'll have to wait for reviews to see if it's enough of an improvement to compel me to upgrade.

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    mropret

    It is in fact a refresh of the Oneplus 7, which was a cheaper phone that the 7 Pro and which didn't have a 90 Hz screen.

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    ubelhorj

    I think I'm going to get one. The performance of my 3T has finally dropped off a cliff. I'm sure a factory reset would fix it as the hardware is still 100% functional, but I think it's time for a new shiny.

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