What's new in OnePlus 7T?
- Larger 6.55in Fluid AMOLED display with taller 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR10 and 90Hz refresh rate
- 30% smaller waterdrop notch
- A third camera lens at the back, now 48Mp + 16Mp + 12Mp
- Faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ CPU with overclocked Adreno 640 GPU
- Higher-capacity 3,800mAh battery with faster 30W Warp Charge
- 0.1mm thinner
- Return of the Alert Slider
- New Glacier Blue colour option
- Android 10 with OxygenOS
'T' upgrades are supposed to be iterative, with a faster processor and a few tweaks here and there to keep things current, but OnePlus 7T is like a whole new phone when compared to OnePlus 7 - and that's sure to annoy anyone who has recently bought its predecessor. It also makes your choice between 7T and 7 Pro much more difficult, with less to separate the two. Do note that there is no 5G version of OnePlus 7T.
Not only has OnePlus had a spruce up on the inside with a faster processor - the Snapdragon 855+ offers a notable performance improvement over the 855, particularly in graphics - which is paired here with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but there has been a complete make-over on the outside.
We've already been able to test the OnePlus 7T in its new Glacier Blue colour option (also available in Frosted Silver), which catches the light without adopting the high-sheen mirror gloss of many smartphones. It's a thing of beauty, with big changes both back and front.
The screen is going to be a key selling point for the OnePlus 7T. The 6.41in OLED display has been swapped out for a larger 6.55in (2400x1080, 402ppi) Fluid AMOLED display, yet the phone's width has been reduced by 0.4mm thanks to a taller 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone is 0.1mm thinner, too, and only a few grams heavier.
This is an HDR10 panel with a maximum brightness of 1000 nits and a buttery-smooth 90Hz refresh rate - the stuff gamers dream of, and previously a Pro-only feature.
A key difference between OnePlus 7 Pro and this 7T is the former's inclusion of a pop-up selfie camera. That remains a Pro feature, but OnePlus has reduced the size of the standard model's waterdrop notch that houses its 16Mp lens by around 30%. The in-display fingerprint sensor is now even faster and more responsive, too.
Turn over the phone and what was a dual-lens camera is now a triple-lens assembly, all within a circular housing. The main sensor is the same as in OnePlus 7 Pro, a 48Mp lens with f/1.6 aperture. You also get 16Mp wide-angle and 12Mp telephoto lenses.
New software tweaks improve what's possible with photography, with a new macro shooting mode that can use the wide-angle lens to shoot photos of subjects only 2.5cm away, as well as Super Stabilisation for video.
We wouldn't expect a notable improvement on battery life from the 100mAh upgrade over OnePlus 7, especially given the more power-hungry hardware, but charging is now significantly faster. Whereas OnePlus 7 supported 20W Warp Charge, with the 7T we're now up to 30W (still wired only). You'll get 50 percent in 20 minutes, 70 percent in 30 minutes and 100 percent in an hour.
OnePlus still applies its own Oxygen OS software, which is a custom version of Android, but it's now up to Android 10, which was released on 3 September. OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro are the first phones to go on sale with Android 10 out of the box.
OnePlus 7T Specifications
- 6.55in (2400x1080, 402ppi) Fluid AMOLED display, HDR 10, 20:9; 90Hz
- Android 10 with Oxygen OS
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
- Adreno 640
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB storage
- 48Mp + 16Mp + 12Mp triple-lens camera, [email protected] video
- 16Mp selfie camera
- Dual stereo speakers
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 3800mAh battery with 30W wired charging
When is the OnePlus 7T on sale and how much does it cost?
OnePlus 7T costs £549, and went on sale on 17 October, with pop-up stores letting you buy it a week earlier. This makes it £150 cheaper than the Pro - and with few substantial features separating them, we think it's the one to buy.
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