If you've followed OnePlus' product cycle in recent years, it should be clear that T-Series 7s were inevitable, even though they arrived earlier than expected. The OnePlus 7 (review), which is clearly positioned below the Superior 7 Pro, has already been updated. The new OnePlus 7T (Review) has taken over many functions from the OnePlus 7 Pro (Review). The design, cameras, and display have been improved to make it almost as good as its higher-quality brother.
With the launch of the OnePlus 7T Pro, has the company made just as big changes to its parent model in just four months? Well, the short answer is no. The new OnePlus 7T Pro is a little refresh with a slightly faster processor, a slightly larger battery, and faster charging. Like the OnePlus 7T, it comes with OxygenOS 10.
This may not look like a paper upgrade, but is there more to it than you think? It's time to test the OnePlus 7T Pro to see if these upgrades make a significant difference in our daily use.
OnePlus 7T Pro Design
The easiest way to distinguish the new OnePlus 7T Pro from the OnePlus 7 Pro is its color. At least at the time of its market launch, the new model will only be available in a new color "Haze Blue". This looks easier than the Nebula Blue variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro. OnePlus has also created a McLaren edition of the OnePlus 7T Pro with orange accessories and a unique finish for the phone itself.
The matt texture of the glass back of the OnePlus 7T Pro fits comfortably in the hand and does not attract fingerprints, but is very slippery. Apart from the color, the only other differentiating factor is the placement of the laser autofocus sensor on the back, which has been moved from the camera strip to the left. The OnePlus 7T Pro is practically identical in size and weight to the OnePlus 7 Pro. This means that it is still a bit heavy and not so easy to handle with one hand.
Other design elements have remained the same. There is 3D Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and back. a popup selfie camera; a built-in fingerprint sensor; Stereo speakers; and all the same ports and buttons in the same place. This includes the structured alarm controller on the right, with which you can quickly switch between ringing, vibrating and muting modes.
The display is the same 6.67-inch QHD + Fluid AMOLED panel with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and supports multiple color profiles, including DCI-P3, that we saw on the OnePlus 7 Pro. It also supports HDR 10+ encoded video to display a wider color spectrum and higher brightness. We found the display to be excellent in most conditions. The colors are vivid and well saturated, the brightness is very good even under sunlight and the viewing angles are great. The OnePlus 7T Pro comes with a pre-installed screen protector, which is a bit annoying because fluff and fibers stick to the edges.
The USB Type-C port and SIM tray are at the bottom. Only two nano SIM cards can be inserted in the compartment. A microSD card is not supported. There is still no headphone jack. On the back, the vertical camera strip creates a small bump on the otherwise flat surface. As we mentioned earlier, this phone can be slippery, but luckily there is an included silicone case.
In the oversized red retail packaging, which is very similar to the OnePlus 7T, you will find the usual accessories, including the above-mentioned transparent silicone sleeve, a type C cable, a SIM ejecting tool, warranty information, some stickers and the charger. The latter is now called the Warp Charge 30T charger, with the "T" signifying faster charging than the previous generation Warp Charge 30 charger, although both are rated at 30W.
OnePlus 7T Pro – specifications and software
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC replaces the Snapdragon 855, which supplies the OnePlus 7 Pro with power. This newer chip made its debut with the Asus ROG Phone 2 (review), but can now be seen in many new flagships, including the OnePlus 7T. Qualcomm is campaigning for a 15 percent improvement in graphics rendering performance, and the chip's “prime” core is running at a higher clock speed. We have tested phones with this newer chip and frankly, when used regularly, it is quite difficult, if not impossible, to tell the difference between the Snapdragon 855 and 855+.
The OnePlus 7T Pro is only available with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, unless you choose the McLaren edition. As before, the smartphone has LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 3.0 memory.
You also get 802.11ac dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 5, NFC, dual 4G VoLTE, support for multiple satellite navigation systems, the usual sensor suite and Dolby Atmos. There is no FM radio and the 7T Pro still lacks an official IP rating for waterproofing. This would have been the perfect time to expand wireless charging considering that this is the company's flagship, but unfortunately, OnePlus didn't.
When it comes to software, it is difficult to find a company that offers a better custom Android skin than OnePlus & # 39; OxygenOS. On the OnePlus 7T Pro you get OxygenOS 10, which is based on Android 10. With the pre-installed September patch, security is also up to date. Compared to OxygenOS 9.5, which was introduced with OnePlus 7 Pro, version 10 has some notable changes, including thanks to Android 10. We have in our OnePlus 7T- Test talked about most of these changes, but we'll skim some of them here.
Reading mode now has a new chromatic option that reduces color saturation so that the eye has more comfort when viewing content. You can manually choose which apps use the Black and White and Chromatic options so the display changes when it starts. Game Space has been redesigned to offer a more intuitive way to set up custom profiles for each game.
You can use gesture-based navigation instead of the three-button system. This works well, except for the back gesture, which can conflict with the pull-out menus in some apps like Slack. We really like the design of the new "Customization" menu in the "Settings" app, in which the preview of all visual elements is displayed in one place and you can change certain elements such as the clock style and the accent color.
Android 10 features like auto-suggested replies in message notifications, a new file sharing menu, and new privacy and permission notifications are also available.
OnePlus 7T Pro – performance and battery life
We tested the OnePlus 7T Pro for a little less than a week and had a very positive experience. Similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro, the OnePlus 7T Pro feels extremely fast and snappy. We had absolutely no delays in browsing the different menus in Android, and the 8 GB of RAM allowed a good number of apps to run in the background, making it easy to switch back and forth.
The 90 Hz display makes scrolling through menus smooth, and some games like Rayman Adventures can actually benefit from it and work at the full 90 Hz refresh rate. This phone isn't easy to use with one hand, but it's just a matter of getting used to its size.
We also liked how fast the face recognition and the fingerprint sensor are in the display. The selfie camera module opens quickly to authenticate you, and it takes no longer than a standard front camera. A slight whirring sound can be heard every time the engine is extended and retracted, but this is not distracting. Like last time, the fingerprint sensor is also extremely fast. You only need to tap the screen briefly to unlock the phone.
Regular app and gaming performance is solid. We weren't able to run all of our usual benchmarks as OnePlus blocked many of them on pre-release devices to prevent the model number and specs from getting known, but we managed to do some testing. Geekbench 5 delivered 773 and 2789 points in the single and multi-core test, while GFXbench delivered 60 fps and 41 fps in the T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1 gaming test. PUBG Mobile ran smoothly with the default setting "High" and the gameplay was instantaneous. The back of the phone got a little warm during the game, but never got uncomfortably hot.
Thanks to the HDR display and the good stereo speakers, media files on the OnePlus 7T Pro see and sound excellent. Dolby Atmos also works for the speakers. The stereo effect is noticeable, but not as good as, for example, the Asus ROG Phone 2 (review). The main speaker is louder and produces a more powerful sound than the earbuds, but the two don't sound too unbalanced when you're listening casually.
The battery capacity of the OnePlus 7T Pro has increased slightly from 4,000 mAh compared to its predecessor to 4,085 mAh. With the remaining screen resolution of "Auto Switch" and a refresh rate of 60 Hz, our battery loop test took 15 hours and 12 minutes. If you set the update rate to the default value of 90 Hz, you will get a lower value of 11 hours and 19 minutes of run time. This is a little less than the numbers of the OnePlus 7 Pro, but this was an older firmware based on a proven version of Android 9 Pie. Things could improve with future versions of OxygenOS and Android 10.
Real battery consumption was much better. At 90 Hz refresh rate, which included testing the cameras, streaming music via Bluetooth, and some benchmarks, the battery was still around 20 percent at night. With somewhat more economical use, we had more than a full day of battery life, but not enough to get through a whole second day. This is more than satisfactory, especially since the phone charges very quickly.
The Warp Charge 30T charger managed a 59 percent charge in half an hour and a 96 percent charge in an hour. It took about five to six minutes to fully charge the phone. These are very good loading speeds, which are especially useful if you are in a hurry.
OnePlus 7T Pro cameras
The OnePlus 7T Pro has the same camera setup as the OnePlus 7 Pro. This includes a primary Sony IMX586 sensor with 48 megapixels and OIS and an aperture of 1: 1.6. an 8 megapixel telephoto camera with OIS and an aperture of f / 2.4; and a 16 megapixel ultra wide angle camera with an aperture of 1: 2.2. On the front is a 16 megapixel popup camera with a fixed focus for selfies.
However, the camera app has numerous new functions such as the super macro mode and the option of using Nightscape with the wide-angle camera. You still can't adjust the level of background blur in portrait mode, but you can now use either the telephoto or main camera to take a portrait.
The OnePlus 7T Pro recorded good details and colors in daylight landscapes. HDR works well, the exposure is well balanced and the dynamic range is also good for backlit objects. With the overlay buttons in the viewfinder, you can quickly switch between the different camera sensors.
The wide-angle camera is useful for taking more pictures each time you take a picture. The details are slightly worse compared to the images taken with the main sensor. However, this is only noticeable when you zoom in on the image. The telephoto camera is useful for getting closer to your subject. The details are good and there is optical stabilization, but the focus is a little slower.
We had a little problem with the OnePlus 7 Pro's autofocus system when it came to close-ups, but luckily that was fixed – well, almost. This problem occurred once or twice when using OnePlus 7T Pro, but not as often as with OnePlus 7 Pro. Close-ups showed very good details and colors with a pleasant depth of field effect. Sometimes the colors can appear stronger, especially the red tones. However, some edges of close-ups still lacked good resolution, and for some shots we noticed a little bleeding of color on the edges of objects.
There is a new Super Macro mode that we also saw in the OnePlus 7T (Review). This way you can be up to 2.5 cm away from your subject. It uses the ultra wide angle camera and works very well. It takes a little patience to get the right focus as there is a lot of hunting even with small movements, but we managed to get some good macros. It's a much better implementation than phones with dedicated low resolution macro cameras because you can take much sharper shots.
In super macro mode, you can still switch between cameras in the viewfinder. In fact, the ultra-wide camera zooms digitally to emulate the perspective of the other lenses.
The selfie camera takes decent shots in good light. HDR worked well and gave us well exposed selfies even when shooting against bright light. Skin tones were a slight shade of red, which we didn't like so much, but the details were decent. Videos are recorded with the front camera up to 1080p and there is also electronic stabilization.
Portrait mode works well for taking pictures of people and objects. With the camera app, you can now use either the telephoto lens (for extreme close-ups like head shots) or the main lens (if you want more background in the frame), which is convenient. You still can't adjust the level of blur before or after the shot, but in our experience, the effect applied looked pleasant most of the time.
With the OnePlus 7T Pro, precise colors could be reproduced in poor lighting conditions. The focus speed slowed down a bit and there were cases where the focus was too soft in landscapes and close-ups. Sometimes we had to manually tap the viewfinder to get the phone to lock focus properly. The main camera was able to capture pretty good details, but the shadow areas had some noise.
The narrower aperture of the wide-angle camera does not allow very bright pictures, but thankfully you can now use Nightscape with this sensor too, which makes it more useful in low light conditions. Keep in mind that while Nightscape helps brighten scenes and get better details in shaded areas, textures on objects appear somewhat artificial. We are also pleased that the phone actually uses its telephoto camera in most of our low-light samples instead of digitally zooming in with the main sensor.
The video recording reaches a maximum speed of 4K 60fps. Regardless of the frame rate we had with the OnePlus 7 Pro, the colors at 4K are still greatly exaggerated. Red wines in particular look almost radioactive. With 1080p, the colors are a bit better under control. We have found that continuous autofocus works very well at all resolutions.
The OnePlus 7T Pro uses a combination of optical and electronic stabilization whenever possible when shooting at 1080p 30fps. You can switch between sensors manually during recording, but only at this resolution and frame rate. Switching feels a bit abrupt and there is a noticeable decrease or deterioration in image quality depending on which sensor you switch to. Stabilization is also available at 4K, but you can only use the primary camera. The phone has a Super Steady Stabilization mode that only records with the 1080p wide-angle camera. This will severely crop the frame to eliminate the fisheye effect. In return, however, you get stabilization at the gimbal level.
The video quality in low light conditions still requires a lot of work. Even at 1080p, the quality is below average because there is a lot of visible grain even in relatively well-lit scenes and the stabilization causes a lot of jitter and distortion when moving.
The camera app is clear and easy to navigate. The main shooting modes are located just above the shutter button. Additional ones that are hidden in a separate menu that you can swipe up to display. However, this is not really obvious and may be completely overlooked by some users. Controls for various settings line the top of the viewfinder. You can also shoot at full 48 megapixel resolution in Pro mode, but you'll have to dig around again to actually find it. OnePlus mentioned the possibility of recording slow motion videos at 960 frames per second with the OnePlus 7T Pro. However, our device only had options for 240 frames per second and 480 frames per second, so this may be associated with a future software update.
When looking at the OnePlus 7T Pro, we can't help but feel that OnePlus is obliged to update the OnePlus 7 Pro so that it doesn't look old and irrelevant after the OnePlus 7T. We would have liked to receive more sensible upgrades like the OnePlus 7T, but that's not the case with the OnePlus 7T Pro. Apart from the higher resolution, curved display and the pop-up camera of the more expensive model, there is no big difference between the two product levels.
The OnePlus 7T Pro looks and feels good. It has an excellent display, good stereo sound, very good software and useful camera functions. It's still a bit heavier and we're still waiting for wireless charging and IP protection. The new software fixed some of the problems we had with the cameras before, but this phone still has problems with video recording, especially in low light conditions.
This is one of the best looking phones at Rs. 53,999, but this is also a fairly high premium over the OnePlus 7T, which offers very similar features. Some may argue that the design and display alone are worth the premium for the OnePlus 7T, and if you fall into this camp, you won't be disappointed. If you want to get even crazier, you can choose the McLaren Edition of the OnePlus 7T Pro from Rs. 58,999, which gives you 12 GB of RAM, a stylish case and a unique color scheme.
The OnePlus 7T Pro is a good flagship, but keep in mind that the Google Pixel 4 is just around the corner, and according to the latest rumors, it could be very competitive. It only makes sense to wait a bit to see how things go before you spend that kind of money.