OnePlus has just announced the new OnePlus 7T, a successor to the OnePlus 7, released earlier this year on the world market (but not in the US), and last year's OnePlus 6T. The 7T has much the same functions as its brother, the OnePlus 7 Pro, but it is slightly smaller and costs less. You can buy the 7T from OnePlus or T-Mobile from October 18 in gray or blue for $ 599, making it about $ 70 to $ 100 less than the 7 Pro.
However, that lower price does not mean that the 7T is less a telephone than the 7 Pro. In fact, it shares so many functions with the 7 Pro (and even a few tricks that the larger phone doesn't offer) that I think most people would be better served by the 7T.
The most important of the 7T is the new 90Hz screen, which is dripped from the 7 Pro. The screen itself is slightly smaller and has a slightly lower resolution than the Pro's – it's a 6.55-inch 1080p OLED panel – but it's just as glorious to use, thanks to that high refresh rate. Every interaction is exceptionally smooth. It is really something that you have to see personally to appreciate. I have been using the phone for the past week and I have yet to notice a copy that I thought the lower resolution was a problem. It is still very sharp and the screen generally has great color and clarity. A new boosted sunlight mode even delivers up to 1000 nits of brightness in direct sunlight, making it easier to see, and it supports both HDR10 and HDR10 + protocols.
The 7T does not have a completely uninterrupted screen like the 7 Pro, because it does not have a motorized pop-up selfie camera. Instead, it places the front camera in a small notch at the top of the screen. OnePlus claims that this notch is 31.6 percent smaller than that on the 6T and 7, and I have not found it annoying or intrusive at all.
Like the 7 Pro, the 7T has an optical fingerprint scanner embedded in the display, which is perhaps the fastest and most reliable fingerprint scanner I have used to date. OnePlus tells me that although it uses the same hardware as the 7 Pro, the scanner has been improved with software adjustments to be more accurate and even faster than before.
The 7T also drops the aggressively curved sides of the 7 Pro and moves it to a 20: 9 aspect ratio, both of which have the effect of holding it a little easier in my hand than the Pro model. This is still a big phone, but it is not to large, as the 7 Pro is usually. The back of the phone is smooth, frosted glass that looks great, but is often smoother than the glossy OnePlus phones.
The back of the phone is home to a new set-up with three cameras, housed in a rather gigantic protrusion that reminds me of the old Nokia Lumia 1020. Like many other phones available this year, the 7T has a standard camera , an ultra wide angle and a telephoto. It is basically the same camera system as the 7 Pro, including the 48-megapixel main sensor that usually outputs 12-megapixel images, although the telephoto is only a 2x zoom lens instead of the longer 3x range of the 7 Pro. It doesn't match what the best cameras on the market can do, but I think many people will be very happy with the results. Dieter has a lot more on camera in his review of the OnePlus 7 Pro, so go there for more info and impressions, because they actually all also apply to the 7T.
The 7T has one new camera trick: a super macro mode that allows you to focus at a distance of just 2.5 cm from a subject. It is a nice trick, although it can be challenging to use because it is difficult to get a sharp image that is close to your subject. But it's something the 7 Pro can't do at all, so put that as a point in the 7T column.
The 7T contains the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus processor from Qualcomm, which is technically faster than the 855 in the 7 Pro, but you would find it hard to tell a difference in performance between the two. Like the 7 Pro, the 7T is one of the fastest Android phones you can buy without any delay or stutter. The 7T that is for sale in the US has 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage; a 256GB model will be available in India and China. As with previous OnePlus phones, there is no expansion of a microSD card, but 128 GB is a generous amount for a $ 600 phone.
Another advantage of the 7T compared to the 7 Pro is even faster charging via a cable. According to OnePlus, the new Warp Charge 30 Plus is up to 23 percent faster than the Warp Charge 30 on the Pro, and the 7T's battery should charge from 0 to 100 percent in just 60 minutes. In my tests, I was able to move from 22 to 87 percent in 30 minutes, which is impressive, but you have to use the included charging block and cable to get this kind of speed.
The 7T also has impressively loud stereo speakers. They are not as good as those of the Galaxy Note 10 or iPhone 11 Pro, but they still sound pretty good. Unfortunately, you won't find a headphone jack or USB-C for headphone dongle in the box, so you'll have to rely on Bluetooth headphones to listen privately or grab a dongle to use your wired headphones.
The 7T is launched with Android 10 and OnePlus & OxygenOS version 10, making it one of the first phones to be launched with the latest software from Google. You can choose between the new gesture interface of Android 10 or the standard three buttons. But if you were a fan of the gestures of OnePlus, I unfortunately have to report that they are no longer available. OxygenOS has a dark mode, but it does not allow you to automatically change the theme based on sunrise and sunset, which I missed in Google's dark theme.
A new thing in OxygenOS 10 that I particularly like is the chromatic reading mode, which desaturates the screen for easier reading, but does not make it completely black and white as before. I like to use this in the Pocket or Kindle app, and you can choose the fully monochrome version in older style if you prefer.
Is there anything that doesn't love this phone, considering all the things the 7T does well? To start with, in my test week, I only got an average battery life, with about four to five hours of screen time, although the phone has a large battery of 3,800 mAh. I don't think this is a huge problem; most people will be able to get through a whole day with the 7T, but if you saw that stat and hoped for a multi-day monster, this is not it. It is clear that the 90Hz screen affects the battery life and you can lower it to 60Hz if you want. But I think it's absolutely worth the trade; the 90Hz screen is one of the main reasons to consider this phone.
The 7T also has the well-known OnePlus complaints: it does not support wireless charging (which may not be important for you, but it is for me); it has no official IP classification for water and dust resistance; and you cannot expand the storage with a microSD card. It also tends to close apps aggressively when I'm not using them, something the company says it will change. I notice this especially when I use Android messages on my computer and I cannot send or receive messages until I wake up the 7T. Although this phone is certainly smaller than a 7 Pro and is slightly easier to hold, it may still be too large for some people.
But I can forgive and forget many of those things when I consider that I get this great screen and this fast performance for $ 600. We expect Google to place a similar 90Hz screen in the upcoming Pixel 4, but I guarantee that this will be for nowhere will the price of the 7T be available. You can't even get a 90Hz screen on any phone from Samsung, Apple, LG, Huawei or others outside of niche gaming phones.
If I now compare the 7T with any other phone, even the 7 Pro, I am not sure that anything can affect this combination of display, performance and price.
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