Over the years, OnePlus has released a small number of Special Edition versions of its smartphones, and one of the coolest of them must be the McLaren Edition (Review) of the OnePlus 6T. This was the phone that introduced the company's Warp Charge 30 fast charge technology. OnePlus has now launched a McLaren edition of the OnePlus 7T Pro at the price of Rs. 58.999 and here's a quick look at what's new and different from the standard version.
OnePlus 7T Pro review
Starting from the packaging, the box is delivered in an orange envelope, which is inspired by the typical "McLaren" color "Papaya Orange". The actual box inside has a black carbon fiber look, only with the OnePlus and McLaren logos. Inside we have some brochures with orange accents, but interestingly enough, no OnePlus logo or even McLaren stickers.
The charger and data cable are also specially treated. We have a black 30W charger and an orange braided cable instead of the typical red rubber cable that the company usually ships with its cell phones. The quality of the accessories is top notch and they all fit the racing-inspired theme of this phone.
The included case for the McLaren Edition 7T Pro is also unique and is located in a separate compartment on the bottom of the box. This hard plastic cover is lined with Alcantara, a soft and durable material that is normally used on the inside of sports cars to give them a premium feel.
OnePlus calls the end of the device "Papaya Orange", but the phone is actually all black, with orange accents around the camera, alarm control and the lower back of the phone. In contrast to the matt surface of the Standard OnePlus 7T Pro, the glass back is glossy with a wood grain-like pattern. It is also more susceptible to fingerprints.
Honestly, at first glance, we thought the pattern on the back was an imprint of the plastic cover that the phone was wrapped in, or some sort of stain. The pattern is clearly visible around the camera, but is then hidden. It actually goes up to the McLaren logo at the bottom, but its outer edges are only visible if you hold the phone against the light at certain angles.
This OnePlus 7T Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor and 256 GB of memory like its standard counterpart, but the memory has been expanded to 12 GB. Otherwise there are no changes to the specifications of the McLaren Edition.
If you turn it on, you'll notice a special McLaren UI theme. This includes custom backgrounds, animations, a clock face for permanent viewing, a new animation to recognize fingerprints and a special papaya orange "horizon light" effect when you receive a notification. We particularly liked the new fingerprint animation because it mimics the afterburning of a sports car. Overall, OxygenOS looks chic with this theme.
In terms of performance, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition feels incredibly fluid and snappy. The 90 Hz AMOLED display is bright and lively. Apps and games can also be loaded quickly.
The McLaren Edition of the OnePlus 7T Pro is intended for hardcore racing fans who want to have a piece of the McLaren racing DNA in their smartphone. This is without a doubt a well-made phone with a unique style that fans will appreciate. We think OnePlus could have done better with the design on the back of the phone, but that's just our opinion. Would you buy this through the standard OnePlus 7T Pro? Let us know what you think about the comments.