The OnePlus 7T is an excellent material. The AMOLED Fluid Screen, 90Hz, is at the forefront of the industry and is a key feature that we would like to see adopted by other mobile phone manufacturers. Add to that its improved loading, its processor and its rear camera with three sensors: the OnePlus 7T quickly becomes a very attractive kit. But with its price that remains a mystery, and many other high-end phones doing the trick, it’s hard to determine how it fits into the current market.
- Super smooth smooth AMOLED screen
- Quick charge
- Powerful performance
- No word on the price
- The camera is still not leading in the industry
- OxygenOS 10 (Android 9)
- 6.5 “FHD + AMOLED display, fluid
- Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU
- 8 GB of RAM
- 128 / 256GB of storage
- Triple sensor rear camera: 48 megapixel main, 12 megapixel telephoto lens and 16 megapixel ultrawide camera
- 16 Megapixel front camera
- 3800mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T
The OnePlus 7T is the latest flagship product of the first Chinese OnePlus, which has recently entered the list of the top five global smartphone suppliers after the release of its latest 7 and 7 Pro handsets.
Unlike traditional OnePlus T-brand phones that focus on solving insidious problems with their predecessors, the OnePlus 7T looks like a decent upgrade to OnePlus 7. It adds basic features previously limited to the OnePlus 7 Pro, more expensive, which makes the 7T a handset at the technical level. The only drawback is that without a confirmed price, we can not reasonably say how good it is at a good price.
Editor’s note: We do not rate this review as long as the OnePlus 7T has not been validated. We will update this review as soon as the information becomes available.
The OnePlus 7T has a reworked AMOLED Fluid screen
When you get out of the box, you’ll have a hard time distinguishing the OnePlus 7T from the OnePlus 7. It has the same glass and mixed metal design inspired by OnePlus 6T, which is not a bad thing. The design may not have the clever pop-up front camera configuration seen on the OnePlus 7 Pro, but it still looks great and has many convenient features.
At the front, you’ll see a Huawei P30-style dew-drop front camera case. Beneath the screen is also a built-in fingerprint reader that works great, even though I used the face unlock feature for most of my exams. On the side, you’ll also find a clever quick switch that lets you switch between noise, vibration and silence profiles on the fly.
The design is as nice and enjoyable as on the OnePlus 7 and 6T and, overall, I have no complaints. The only thing I said is that, like all glass phones, you will want to invest in a hull, because it will not survive accidental escapades completely unscathed. The absence of an IP water resistance index is also a recurring problem with OnePlus phones, which means you’ll want to prevent the 7T from having aquatic adventures.
Under the hood, we gave more spruce. The most important is the addition of “Fluid AMOLED” screen technology, visible on the OnePlus 7 Pro. The fluid AMOLED is talking about marketing because the 6.55-inch AMOLED display has a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Like all the phones I’ve tested with a refresh rate above 60Hz, this is an essential selling point for the 7T.
The higher refresh rate makes the little things like scrolling menus smoother and can give you a competitive edge in competitive games, such as PUBG and MOBA. Indeed, by displaying more frames per second, there are fewer gaps between your activation commands and their rendering on the screen.
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The screen retains the same resolution of 2400 x 1080 as the OnePlus 7, which is a shame, but it is difficult to hold against the 7T given its performance in other areas. The maximum brightness of 1000 nits of the screen makes it compatible HDR and allows it to remain usable in full sun, except in full sun. The AMOLED panel also ensures an even depth of black, giving movies and games a wonderful immersive feel. The colors seem a little overcooked in the default Vivid setting, but it’s easy and quick to fix that in the settings.
OnePlus also increased processor capacity up to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, which should offer a moderate improvement in game performance. However, if we are honest, the normal 7 is still pretty powerful, you will not notice so probably not the difference. 99% of the time.
The OnePlus 7T cameras have also seen some important improvements.
The biggest change has arrived at the back. OnePlus has increased the number of camera sensors from two to three.
That means you get a triple sensor rear camera that combines the same 48-megapixel Sony sensor as the OnePlus 7, with a 12-megapixel telephoto lens and an ultra-fast 16 megapixel camera.
OnePlus has never been the best in camera technology, but I must applaud the gradual progress it has made to improve the photography of its phones from generation to generation. This remains the case with the OnePlus 7T, which is another decisive step in the right direction.
The triple sensor does not match the image quality of the more expensive competing phones, such as the Huawei P30 Pro, but is more than enough for most users.
The most important improvements relate to the performance of the camera in low light conditions and when capturing macro views.
Nightscape mode is installed immediately. It allows the OnePlus 7T to take remarkably better photos in low light than the original 7 when it was launched. With a steady hand, photos taken in low light seem brighter, are quieter and generally more than enough for Instagram.
OnePlus claims that macro mode allows you to take photos at a distance of only 2.5 cm. This feature worked well and I could get actionable photos at distances that made the Asus Zenfone 6 and Motorola One Vision cameras useless.
The three-sensor configuration also allows you to take wide-angle shots, which is ideal for nature scenes and holiday shots.
Portrait mode is functional and sufficient for social media. But if you blow up photos on a big screen, you will notice fuzzy edges and some anomalies.
The video recording is excellent thanks to the addition of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), although audio quality poses a problem in windy areas.
My only problem with the OnePlus 7T camera is that, by default, it tries to force you to use OnePlus’s own gallery application. The application itself is correct, with decent automatic sorting features, but I still prefer Google’s.
This is representative of my feeling towards OxygenOS 10 as a whole. Although it does not have a lot of bloatware and the few features it adds are generally good, including shortcuts for smart sweep commands, I would have preferred a clean installation of Android.
You can see a selection of photos taken on the OnePlus 7T below.
OnePlus 7T offers a solid battery and an improved fast charge
Another essential difference between the 7T and 7 is the addition of the new Warp 30T charging technology from OnePlus. This technology is a modest upgrade from the classic Warp Charge solution on the 7, which would apparently let the phone through. from 0 to 70% charge in 30 minutes.
In testing the charger, I found that the rates we recorded with the OnePlus 7 were not as important as what the company claimed. However, after half an hour of work, I regularly had over 50 to 60% juice, but I never once had the 70% mentioned.
Apart from that, the OnePlus 7T battery is a modest upgrade to the standard OnePlus 7. The OnePlus 7T’s 3,800 mAh battery is not as big as the OnePlus 7 Pro’s 4,000 mAh battery. But the phone offers a solid battery life with regular use. Using the OnePlus 7T as the main blower, with the screen set to 90Hz, I usually used a day to a day and a half with a single charge.
Regular use involved listening to music during my morning and evening shifts, regularly checking incoming messages and social media feeds, making and placing calls, and PUBG or Netflix sessions before sleep.
Games and video are more draining, especially when using the phone in 90Hz mode. Playing demanding 3D games with a screen of 150 nits – the comfort level of most people – the phone has lost on average between 14 and 18% of its charge per hour, which is a little more than what I would like. Video playback with the same screen settings led to an average discharge rate of about 7-10% per hour. It’s still good, but not better in class.
Should I buy the OnePlus 7T?
Without pricing, it is difficult to answer this question. The OnePlus 7T is an excellent phone that corrects most of the flaws we had with the OnePlus 7. The improved camera, the AMOLED Fluid screen and the improved quick charge help to make an Android phone already excellent. If OnePlus gives it a competitive price, the OnePlus 7T could be a contender for the phone of the year.
The OnePlus 7T is an excellent material. The AMOLED Fluid Screen at 90Hz is the best in the industry and a key feature we would like to see adopted by other mobile phone manufacturers. Add to that its improved loading, its processor and its rear camera with three sensors: the OnePlus 7T quickly becomes a very attractive kit. But with its price that remains a mystery, and many other high-end phones doing the trick, it’s hard to determine how it fits into the current market.
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