- OnePlus 7T Pro available in India at a starting price of Rs 37,999
- It comes with a triple camera setup
- OnePlus 7T scores 9 out of 10
Product Name:OnePlus 7T
2019 is turning out to be a busy year for the brand that thrives on the mantra of never settle. The company kicked off the year on a high with IDC reporting positive growth for OnePlus riding on the success of the OnePlus 6T launched late last year. The company, however, following its refresh cycle launched the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro in May earlier this year.
OnePlus 7T is now the latest to join the company’s smartphone league and in our opinion is the Paul Bettany’s Vision character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that had the brain of Tony Stark and the voice of Jarvis with AI (artificial intelligence) prowess. What the OnePlus 7T offers here is the best of both worlds – the affordability of the OnePlus 7 and premium-ness of the OnePlus 7 Pro packed in one great value proposition.
What makes the OnePlus 7T extra special is the fact that it is the first smartphone that comes with Android 10 out-of-the-box. A feat that would make any smartphone manufacturer proud and want to boast it to not only customers but even to the competition.
But the OnePlus 7T isn’t just about the software or the new Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, and it is about the design that fits perfectly in the hands and looks different from the competition.
With the brand new OnePlus 7 series, the company has managed to create a design language that looks more appealing than what the market has to offer, and the best is to keep the prices in check. In our opinion out of the three phones launched this year so far by OnePlus, the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T belong to the same family while OnePlus 7 was more aligned to the OnePlus 6T.
So what OnePlus 7T has to offer is a build that provides an ultra-premium feel that matches the class ones we used to expect only from brands like Samsung or Apple. Camera and processor improvements are just adding a cherry on the cake. Let’s dive into our review where we see whether the OnePlus 7T, which has all the traits to be part of our list of best Android smartphones of 2019.
Design is a head turner
Warp Charge 30T fast charging
The protruding rear camera housing
The front design looks the same as the OnePlus 7
OnePlus 7T Review: Design that’s a head turner!
By now, it is more than clear that OnePlus has moved away from the plain glass design that is still a flagship-grade material for a lot of handset makers across the globe. Since the OnePlus 6, the company has been using a matte finish to the glass at the back panel.
At first, the OnePlus 7T looks like it mimics the recently unveiled OnePlus 7 Pro. The 7T uses the company’s signature matte frosted glass design at the back. Right from the first look to the moment you hold the device, you know one thing for sure that OnePlus is no longer just a flagship killer but has all grown up to be one. We liked the minimalistic design on the 7T and have to commend the team for giving us a device that offers confidence while using. In terms of grip and day-to-day usage, the OnePlus 7T scores full marks.
The back sporting frosted glass is slippery but feels less slippery when compared to the OnePlus 6T or OnePlus 7. Compared to the OnePlus 7, the OnePlus 7T gets a lift-off with a more squarish design that fits better in hand with rounded edges. The OnePlus 7 was a great device when it came to hand feel, but the 7T takes it a notch above. However, we feel that the notch at the front somehow spoils the overall screen experience. But there’s a huge difference between the notches seen on the OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 7, and the OnePlus 7T. The size of the notch has been continuously decreasing, and the new 7T has the smallest notch design we have seen on a OnePlus device. This may be a very minute difference but makes a massive difference in the overall experience. However, at first, glance differentiating the OnePlus 7T from the OnePlus 7 is quite tough considering the identical design. We wish OnePlus added some new elements to this one for some freshness.
The OnePlus 7T’s Glacier Blue colour is a more subtle Blue appearance than the dark shade of Nebula Blue we saw on the OnePlus 7 Pro. In fact, the company seems to have used a gradient on the 7T that aligns more with the Thunder Purple version of the OnePlus 6T and looks brighter than the Nebula Blue.
The similarities to the OnePlus 7 ends as soon as we turn to the back panel. For the OnePlus 7T, the company seems to have gone back to the drawing board to come up with something that looks special. The triple camera array housed in a circular setup looks promising and adds a distinctive element to the overall device. However, OnePlus isn’t the first to use a circular camera housing at the back, and Motorola has used the same setup in its phones previously. What makes the 7T different is the fact that the sensors are way powerful than what we have seen on any Motorola device so far.
One pain point with the design of the OnePlus 7T is that you will need good cases to protect the lenses at the back. The reason being the protruding back housing the triple camera array. Placing the phone upside down isn’t something everyone prefers, and things may get choppy if we end up scratching the lens at the back. OnePlus is making a number of cases available at launch which enhances the looks. There’s a Kevlar pattern case, sandstone case, and Red colour rubber bumper case which are available for those looking for some extra protection.
The physical button placement on the OnePlus 7T is yet again perfect with easy access for fingers/ thumb. Slider button is retained, which is by now a signature element for OnePlus in the design department, and makes it only the second brand to offer such a design after Apple. Again, OnePlus putting effort for such small elements that make the 7T different from rest of the crowd.
The OnePlus 7T retail box packs the phone, Warp Charge 30 power adapter, Warp Charge Type-C Cable (which supports USB 2.0), Quick Start Guide, Welcome Letter, safety information and warranty card, case, screen protector (which is pre-applied), and the SIM ejector tool.
Overall, the OnePlus 7T scores well above the OnePlus 7 or the OnePlus 7 Pro for us. It is the best designed OnePlus device this year (*so far) and sets the benchmark for others.
OnePlus 7T Review: Display (There’s no going back to the regular screen after 90Hz display)
If there’s something that takes the OnePlus 7T above its competition, then it is the display. OnePlus is steadily upgrading all its smartphones to a 90Hz display, and this means smoother transitions and snappy animations.
What we also liked on the OnePlus 7T is the 90Hz display without a curved display or to say it in other words with a flat-screen. We are not fans of curved displays for a simple reason that they feel very delicate and there’s always a chance of more considerable damage if the device accidentally drops. OnePlus 7T has no curved edges, which means your hands get a better grip with the metallic frame.
The OnePlus 7T comes with a slightly bigger display size measuring 6.55-inch with an enhanced aspect ratio of 20:9. The OnePlus 7 came with a 6.41-inch screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The 7T packs 3D Corning Gorilla Glass at the top and sports 1080×2400 pixels screen resolution with 402ppi pixel density. Talking about display features, the OnePlus 7T comes with Video enhancer, Reading mode, and Night mode – which were also present on the OnePlus 7. The AMOLED panel offers deeper Blacks and a better brightness that can match any flagship-grade smartphone. There’s also support for sRGB and Display P3 which make the screen pop-up while watching high-resolution videos.
However, YouTube fans might feel slightly disappointed as the platform doesn’t support 60Hz and above videos which means the 7T feels like any other model. We expect this to change in the future with some added enhancements. We had a great time watching videos on the 7T though we are not really great fans of the notch design and we felt that it did interfere while playing games or watching videos on the device.
Talking about the display performance, the OnePlus 7T scores well with excellent sunlight legibility. The brightness is also very satisfying and doesn’t leave us wanting for more. The colour reproduction is also top-notch.
OnePlus 7T Camera: Packs a lot of upgrades when compared to the OnePlus 7
Starting on with the camera setup, the OnePlus 7T packs a triple camera lens in a circular housing which is a first from OnePlus. Earlier, we saw the OnePlus 7 Pro sporting a triple camera lens in a vertical setup.
OnePlus 7T sports a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor which we have seen on the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7. However, what the 7T has, in addition, is an ultra-wide camera and a telephoto lens which can be said as a massive upgrade from the OnePlus 7. The major highlight here is the telephoto lens on the OnePlus 7T is a brighter one with f/2.2 aperture than the OnePlus 7 Pro. Sony’s IMX586 sensor uses quad-bayer tech, which means the results are of 12-megapixel resolution but with improved details and other artefacts.
OnePlus 7T manages to capture pleasant colours with accurate details and the right white balance in good daylight shots. The best part is the noise levels are under control in daylight, and you won’t notice too much distortion. The OnePlus 7T camera is perfect for still pictures in most conditions. We also liked the dynamic range in images, and natural rendering of colours are apt.
Further, when viewed close-up, the OnePlus 7T results show less fine details than what we saw on the Pixel 3 or iPhone XS. This is a bit of let down considering that the OnePlus 7T packs the same set of camera sensors we saw on the OnePlus 7 Pro though the later device did impress us with its fine details.
The telephoto lens, which is a new addition to the OnePlus 7T, does the job perfectly well, and we had a fun time clicking a lot of shots using the telephoto lens that offers 2x optical zoom. However, we have to confess that the OnePlus 7 Pro with its 3x telephoto lens achieves better results with decent details.
OnePlus 7T Camera sample
Coming to the ultra-wide-lens performance, the OnePlus 7T seemingly matches the OnePlus 7 Pro in terms of captured photos. However, there were issues which one can notice when zooming in. The 7T ultra-wide-angle lens clicks images that are distorted around the edges, and we could see missing details around the edges in shadow.
The low-light performance, the OnePlus 7T shines in low-light conditions where we got good shots with almost no light source around. Colour accuracy is good while colour rendering is also optimum in low-light.
OnePlus 7T camera sample
We compared some low-light shots of the OnePlus 7T with the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and iPhone XS. While the loss of detail and noise are evident when zooming in on the image though the results are comparable to both the devices. In some sample shots, we noticed that the OnePlus 7T clicked better low-light shots than the OnePlus 7 Pro. Colour rendering in low-light shots is excellent, and images don’t look washed out. Nightscape is part of the OnePlus 7T camera, and there’s no doubt that it enhances the shots to a whole new level.
Portrait mode on the OnePlus 7T is capable of clicking nice bokeh shots with good foreground subject isolation and a decent blur effect. We managed to click some nice portrait shots on the OnePlus 7T which looked quite natural with good detailing.
OnePlus 7T camera sample
Macro shots are another big addition to the OnePlus 7T camera setup, and we were impressed with the samples. The camera app on the OnePlus 7T offers plenty of options to choose from, including Portrait, Time-lapse, Photo, Pro, Slow motion, Video, Nightscape, and Panorama.
Overall, the OnePlus 7T scores well with excellent colour performance without any noticeable issues. The autofocusing is also quick during the day, but we noticed that the 7T lags a fraction behind the heavyweights like OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10+, and iPhone XS. During the night, the autofocusing gets slightly slower, and the phone takes some time to settle in. Partially, we can blame OnePlus as it removed the laser autofocusing on the OnePlus 7T.
OnePlus 7T camera sample
OnePlus has impressed us in the past with devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro, and even the OnePlus 6T was a decent camera device. However, the OnePlus 7T takes the camera to a new level. The OnePlus 7T is also great for recording videos, and it supports 4K videos at 30 and 60fps as well as 1080p videos at 30 and 60fps. Much like some flagships, the OnePlus 7T also supports Super Slow Motion and can record videos at 1080p videos at 240fps.
The 16-megapixel SonyIMX471 sensor also does the job quite well. We were able to capture good selfies on the 7T, and the good thing was the shots were more natural and not plagued by tons of beautification effects on top. Out of 10, we can give the front camera a good score of 8 out of 10 when it comes to selfies.
OnePlus 7T Review: Performance and software – a winning combination from the house of OnePlus
The OnePlus 7T is among the select smartphones available in India right now that are powered by Qualcomm’s top-notch Snapdragon 855+ SoC. There’s the Asus ROG Phone 2 right now. We might soon see the OnePlus 7T Pro as well featuring the same processor. Despite, OnePlus creating a lot of hooplas and continuously promoting it through ads on social media about the Snapdragon 855+ SoC presence under the hood on the 7T it is one thing that might be hardly noticeable in day-to-day usage. Yes, you read that right. The 855+ is roughly 15 per cent faster than the Snapdragon 855, and you can bet, that you won’t notice that difference in everyday usage.
The only place where we could see the difference was while running benchmark apps as the Snapdragon 855+ is better than the Snapdragon 855 on paper.
Coming to the regular suite of testing benchmark apps, the 7T scored 399,740 on AnTuTu where it topped the charts with phones like Asus ROG Phone 2, Asus 6Z, OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and Redmi K20 Pro also on the list. It got a decent 856 in single-core test on Geekbench 5 and 2,876 in the multi-core test. On GFXBench, it got an impressive 40fps in T-res test. All scores were above than what we saw the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7.
Talking about the real-world performance of the OnePlus 7T, it is as fluid as it can be and we can credit this to the SoC and the near-stock Android experience. From browsing apps to multi-tasking to point and shoot, and more, the OnePlus 7T never felt like it wants the timeout to take breathe.
OnePlus 7T isn’t just about the processor upgrade but also about the Android 10 OS, making it the first to run on the latest version from Google. To start with, OxygenOS is now smoother than ever with some new animations and transitions which users will gradually see as they get their hands on devices running Android 10. One of the reasons why OxygenOS has been so popular with the company’s community is the fact that the UI offers a near-stock experience and the customisation only further polishes things.
Talking about the UI, the OnePlus 7T offers an experience same as what we saw in the OnePlus 7 Pro, and you can head to our 7 Pro review to read in detail. Talking about the significant differences, then Android permissions are the biggest rejig, which means users will see a lot of permission requests from users. Some will even annoy you to some extent but do remember that’s this is your best chance to review the data that’s being tracked by apps like Facebook, Instagram or other apps.
Much like the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7, the OnePlus 7T also comes with gesture controls which offer a slightly different experience as compared to what you may get with navigation buttons. We have to point out one thing that the gesture controls on the OnePlus phones have more or less become too identical to what we see on the new iPhones.
Swiping up from the bottom takes you to home while sliding from either left or right works as the default back button. To switch between apps, slide up from the bottom and hold. Overall, the UI feels buttery smooth, and you won’t feel disheartened at any point while jumping from one app to another or even while watching your favourite show on a streaming app to going back to your gaming. The combination of all-new Snapdragon 855+ and Android 10 is out there to nail it.
As before, the OnePlus 7T offers face unlock which works blazingly fast. The company hasn’t talked about it much, and we understand why. The face unlock in general fast, and we don’t see it working slow even in low-light conditions. The only time you will experience some issues is during pitch dark conditions. But then you also have an in-display fingerprint scanner which has evolved a lot since we first saw it on a OnePlus device. The in-display fingerprint unlocking has improved on the OnePlus 7T and can be compared to the traditional fingerprint scanner we saw on the OnePlus 5T.
Some minor elements are being added that allows users to change the look and feel that include custom options for changing clock style, accent colour, wallpaper, and more. Then there’s the big feature – Dark mode. There’s no doubt that the dark mode enhances the look and feel of the device, and you love the UI even more. However, this is something that may differ from user to user. We strongly believe that the Dark mode on phones slowly grows and makes you more comfortable. There’s also OnePlus new initiative Zen mode that gets some upgrades.
Overall, the OnePlus 7T is the best-refined device from the house of OnePlus that packs the best in terms of processor and the software.
OnePlus 7T Review: Battery that gets an extra mark for speeding up things
The OnePlus 7T ships with a 3800mAh non-removable battery with support for the company’s new charging standard Warp Charge 30T. The company claims that Warp Charge 30T can charge the 7T from 0 to 70 per cent in 30 minutes of charge. In reality, the phone matches the claims. We tried the fast charging tech and noticed that the 7T was powered till 80 per cent in 40 minutes. However, the last 15-20 per cent do take up to 30 more minutes as we all know how Lithium-Ion batteries work.
During our review, what we tried doing is charging the 7T while gaming to see if the phone heats up. To our surprise, the OnePlus 7T does heat, but it’s very minimal, and that’s where OnePlus Intelligent charging tech comes to play. The company says that the Warp Charge 30T adapter handles the power management and thermal dissipation which means the phone isn’t impacted much. A neat addition keeping in mind gamers, well done OnePlus team.
Coming to the battery performance, the OnePlus 7T can last more than a day of heavy usage, and by heavy we mean apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, Telegram, Hangouts, Messenger, and more such apps open in the background at all times. We also played PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, and Asphalt 9 during the day and it didn’t hamper the battery performance a lot. Again, the OnePlus team does some really good work with the power management on the device. Overall, the OnePlus 7T offers a decent battery performance. And, there’s Warp Charge 30T always to pump the battery.
OnePlus 7T Review Rating
Design – 9/10
Display – 9/10
Performance – 10/10
Camera – 8/10
Battery – 10/10
Overall – 9/10
OnePlus 7T Review: Verdict
OnePlus 7T is not just a mid-year upgrade with a new chipset swapped and a new camera sensor fitted at the back. It gets some heavy innards, some of which make it look like a superior unit than the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, this may change on October 10 as the company launches OnePlus 7T Pro.
Coming back to the OnePlus 7T, it gets a 90Hz display, Snapdragon 855+ processor, new triple-camera setup, Warp Charge 30T, and runs on Android 10 out-of-the-box. All of this makes the OnePlus 7T a device that can beat the best from the Android universe.
If you’re looking for a device that can last for two years without any performance issues and a camera that can give you effortless shots, then the OnePlus 7T is for you.
At a starting price of Rs 37,999, the OnePlus 7T is almost half of what Samsung is asking for the Galaxy Note 10. The top-end model is priced at Rs 39,999 and come with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
If you’re spending close to Rs 40,000, then you can also look at other alternatives like the Asus ROG Phone 2 or even the OnePlus 7 Pro for better camera performance. If you can spend some more then the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is also a good option.