OnePlus has a tick-tock release cycle when it comes to unveiling its phones each year. The “tick” is typically a new version number associated to a OnePlus handset, specifically something like the OnePlus 6 or 7 Pro (like we saw back in May). Then, later in the year (usually around September or October), we get the “tock” release which is a beefed up version of whatever came out in the first half of the year. The OnePlus 6T is a perfect example.
This year, nothing’s really changing, and today, we got another “tock” release from OnePlus. Called the OnePlus 7T, the device has leaked quite thoroughly over the past few weeks, but now, everything about it has either been confirmed as a feature of the phone or simply disregarded as rumor rubbish.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Similar Design to the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro
Right off the bat, it’s clear that this T-series device is succeeding the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. That’s because with the OnePlus 7T, OnePlus stuck with a similar frosted glass backplate which features either a Frosted Silver or Glacier Blue color scheme. Nothing about this design screams new, but it’s certainly good-looking, to say the least.
On the front, you’ll find the display (obviously), while the back features a circular camera housing with a couple of OnePlus logos beneath it. On the left of the phone, you’ll find the volume buttons, while the right features an alert slider and a power key.
On the bottom, OnePlus is sticking with a USB-C port and a loud speaker. In other words, they haven’t resurrected the headphone jack, and they likely never will.
90 Hz Display with a Notch
On the front of the 7T, OnePlus includes a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display covered in 3D Corning Gorilla Glass. It has an odd 20:9 aspect ratio, a resolution of 2400×1080, and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. This means that while the display won’t be as sharp as the OnePlus 7 Pro, it should still be a pleasure to use thanks to the smoother refresh rate which will make everything look faster and more responsive.
Interestingly, OnePlus has gone back to using a traditional notch with the 7T opposed to the 7 Pro’s motorized pop-up selfie camera from earlier this year. Granted, the 7T is more directly succeeding the standard OnePlus 7 which still had a notch. OnePlus says this time around, the teardrop notch at the top is around 31.46 percent smaller than before, so it should be even less intrusive than it was before.
As always, OnePlus also touts the display on the 7T supports HDR10+ content along with the entire sRGB color gamut. It can also apparently go up to 1,000 nits of brightness. Finally, the screen also comes with an updated Reading Mode which supports full-color content with optimized saturation, gamut, and contrast to help your eyes remain comfortable while reading for longer periods and not get irritated.
Flagship Specs, Including a Snapdragon 855+
OnePlus has always been known to pack top-level flagship specs, even when other companies release $1,000 phones with less-impressive internals. This time around, the company isn’t exactly wowing anybody with the 7T’s spec list, but it’s certainly solid nonetheless.
Under the hood, the 7T sports a Snapdragon 855+ processor (one of the first phones to ship with it), 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Speaking on the latter, OnePlus is opting for UFS 3.0 flash storage which will make installing apps, reading data, and taking photos faster than what you could get from something with UFS 2.1 storage. There aren’t a ton of phones that come with 3.0, so it’s nice to see OnePlus stick with it for another generation of phones.
Improved Triple Camera Setup
On the back of the 7T, OnePlus includes an improved triple camera system comprised of a main 48MP Sony IMX586 f/1.6 lens with OIS, a 12MP 2x telephoto f/2.2 lens, and an ultra-wide 16MP 117-degree lens.
With this phone, OnePlus says it’s been optimized for better image capture for improved output photos regardless of the scene you’re trying to capture. To help with that, the company’s Nightscape night mode has been added to the ultra-wide-angle lens.
The company is also introducing a new Macro Mode with the OnePlus 7T. This mode utilizes the telephoto camera to help you get closer to subjects and improve your macro photography. I’ve always been a sucker for a good telephoto lens since I like to get close to subjects like flowers and wildlife, so if/when I get my hands on a 7T, I’ll be spending an entire afternoon trying to get the best shots I can.
For video, OnePlus inlcudes its new hybrid image stabilization (HIS) to help stabilize shaky video and make it look smoother than before. This is obviously both a response to Apple who recently claimed its phones take the best video on the market and another marketing claim OnePlus can make when it brings up the whole “fast and smooth” persona.
For selfies, OnePlus throws in a 16MP sensor.
OxygenOS Based on Android 10
Software is another strong area for OnePlus who has, historically, provided one of the best Android experiences on the market. With the 7T, the company includes Android 10 right out of the box thanks to OxygenOS 10, the company’s latest OS version.
The software on the 7T has been upgraded with over 370 optimizations that OnePlus says will help to make the entire experience fast and smooth. We’ve seen what happens when you mix a 90 Hz display with OnePlus’ software in the past, so it’s not much a reach to say the 7T should perform pretty well under any circumstances.
You know what else OnePlus does well? Charging.
With the 7T, OnePlus is taking things to a new level when it comes to juicing up your phone. Not only does the device ship with a 3,800mah battery (likely plenty big to last you all day on a full charge), but it also comes with the company’s new Warp Charge 30T technology. It’s essentially an upgraded version of the Warp Charge 30 tech that shipped with the OnePlus 7 Pro.
This time around, you can expect your phone to fully charge within one hour, 23 percent quicker than what Warp Charge 30 could provide you. Meanwhile, Warp Charge 30T is able to keep your phone cool while charging at such high speeds, even when you’re gaming. That’s gonna take some real-world testing to determine whether it’s true, so stay tuned.
For security, OnePlus includes an in-display fingerprint reader which it says is faster this year. You also get Face Unlock is, while isn’t the most secure option on the market, is blazing fast and way too convenient to not use.
Here’s a list of miscellaneous information associated with the OnePlus 7T. Enjoy.
- It comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, although I haven’t heard anything about potential Wi-Fi 6 support
- Bluetooth 5.0 is onboard
- There’s a case in the box, which is nice
- There will be a 5G version of the phone
Pricing & Availability
Like last year’s OnePlus 6T, the OnePlus 7T will remain exclusive to T-Mobile. It’ll launch on Friday, October 18th and come in Glacier blue and Frosted Silver finishes. It’ll cost just $599 which is a really good price for what you get.
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