OnePlus held their event recently and just annnounced the OnePlus 7T, successor to the OnePlus 7. They also released the highly anticipated OnePlus TV in two variants. Here’s everything new that came out, and my brief thoughts comparing the OnePlus 7T to the 7 & 7 Pro – it’s a little confusing what exactly OnePlus has brought to the table with the OnePlus 7T.
Note – All image credits in this news story go to OnePlus.
Price & Where To Buy
The OnePlus 7T was just released in India and will be available globally in the US & Europe soon. The price starts at $599 in the US. In India, it starts at 37,999 INR. Buy the phone here from Amazon India. It’s about 3,000 INR/$50 USD more for the 256GB Variant.
This is the first time that there’s no 6GB RAM variant. The OnePlus 7T has been priced higher than its predecessor OnePlus 7 which started at 32,999 INR, so the successor is 5,000 INR. By the way, if you find the OnePlus 7 at a good discount it’s a great value for money option too!
Bringing the 7 Pro’s flagship Features to a more affordable price
The OnePlus 7 Pro was the company’s most expensive flagship smartphone. They put a beautiful OLED display with curved sides and a notch-less design into the phone, with a 1440p resolution and 516 PPI. Then they one-upped every other smartphone by making it 90Hz. The OnePlus 7 Pro’s Fluid AMOLED Display was incredibly smooth, really vivid & sharp, and just an overall joy to use. It outclassed many smartphones in its price range, and honestly made the iPhone XR’s IPS Panel with 326 PPI look like a baby.
Apart from that, it came with all of the small things you’d expect from a flagship smartphone – stereo speakers, precise vibration motor, QHD+ display, swift security, you name it. In my review of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the only things that I found lacking were the lack of higher storage variants, no wireless charging, and a very good camera but not quite up to flagship standards.
The OnePlus 7T is them bringing a balance of premium features & hardware at $599 USD
Here’s what OnePlus has brought to the table with the OnePlus 7T.
Firstly, there’s a new 6.55-inch OLED Display. This has resolution of 2400×1080, so it’s lower than the OnePlus 7 Pro which had a resolution of 3120×1440. It’s about 100 PPI less, but it’s still plenty sharp (more pixels per inch than the iPhone 11). So compared to the 7 Pro, this display is not curved, has a notch, and is a 1080p panel instead of 1440p . The OnePlus 7T’s display does feature the same 90Hz Refresh Rate which OnePlus has on the 7 Pro. It’s just as smooth, and just as enjoyable to use and does one-up other phones in its price range, except the ROG Phone 2.
There’s a new SoC in the OnePlus 7T too – the Snapdragon 855 Plus. This is essentially the same as the Snapdragon 855 present on the previous phones, but it’s slightly better (about 15% better GPU performance with a slight CPU boost too). There’s 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM on this phone, there doesn’t seem to be a 12GB variant though. The ROG Phone 2 was the first phone to have this SoC, and Qualcomm states it’s mainly for gaming phones, but it’s always good to have more performance!
In terms of storage, it goes up to 256GB of UFS 3.0 Storage. It’s faster than UFS 2.1 on many other phones, and combined with OnePlus’s OxygenOS software you’ll have no problems in terms of performance with the OnePlus 7T. As usual! Also, this phone ships with Android 10 out of the box, so that’s nice. OnePlus has been quite consistent with updates on their phones.
There’s new charging tech on the OnePlus 7T too. It’s called Warp Charge 30T, and it’s the same wattage as before but has new improvements to how the battery works. As per OnePlus, it’s about 23% faster and the OnePlus 7T goes from 0% to 70% in 30 minutes. This is really impressive, and what’s more impressive is how much of a battery gain you can get by just plugging in the phone for a couple of minutes – I do this all the time with my personal 7 Pro.
The battery is 3800mAh and will last well throughout the day. Not much to say here. It is 200mAh less than the 7 Pro but that shouldn’t make a big difference considering this phone does have a lower resolution display. OnePlus also says that the 7T will ‘charge consistently and stay cool’ even while gaming.
The cameras on the OnePlus 7T are very similar to setup we’ve had on the OnePlus 7 Pro, with a few new things. It’s a triple camera setup with a 48MP Main, 12MP Telephoto, and a new 16MP Ultra Wide lens with a 117° FOV. OnePlus listened, and we can record video & shoot nightscape photos through all the cameras. The 7 Pro had a 3X Telephoto lens instead, but the quality should mostly remain the same.
The front camera is a 16MP Sensor and it’s on the display instead in a motorised pop-up mechanism. This camera also supports a Marco mode with which you can get some really good close up shots.
In terms of design, here’s what’s new. The OnePlus 7T is slightly bigger than the OnePlus 7, and has essentially the same design with the exception of its camera. We’ve got the triple cameras in a circle shaped housing on the back. Does it look good? Yes, but honestly not as clean and minimal as it did before. Not a big deal, this phone still has good design and will feel premium to hold with its front & back glass and aluminium sides.
There’s dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support – as per many reviewers they sound loud, clear and have decent bass. And yes, there’s good vibration motors here too, the whole deal. The OnePlus 7T comes in two colours as for now – Glacier Blue and Frosted Silver. It weighs 190 grams so it’s a little lighter than the 7 Pro which weighs 206 grams.
So that was everything new about the OnePlus 7T. Like I said before, OnePlus has essentially put the 90Hz Display of the OnePlus 7 Pro and made a phone with many flagship features (with little things like the vibration motors & stereo speakers too) at a really good price point. Is it expensive? At $600 it’s certainly a jump in price from the previous model but it’s still great value for money and anyone who buys this phone will be very happy.
Confused whether to buy the OnePlus 7T or the ROG Phone 2? Stay tuned for my comparison which is going to clear all your doubts and help you make the best decision. Also, if you’re thinking whether to get the 7 Pro or the 7T, wait for the launch of the OnePlus 7T Pro unless there’s a sale.