OnePlus has finally introduced the OnePlus 7T Pro devices on 10th October in London. I was fortunate enough to be present at the event and go hands-on with the OnePlus 7T Pro, Mclaren Edition and of course the already revealed OnePlus 7T.

Without any further ado, let’s jump straight into it.

In case you missed the livestream, you can re-watch it here: (starts at 15:56)

DESIGN

The design of the 7T Pro is basically identical the OnePlus 7 Pro that was announced just 5 months ago. It felt really sleek, however even with the Blue standard model, you’ll be able to notice some fingerprint smudges on the rear panel. This will of course be much more noticeable on the black, McLaren edition. Speaking of which, the rear panel has a symmetrical wood grain appearance with the same papaya yellow sides as the OnePlus 6T.

It looks really sexy when viewed in the right lighting conditions. All of that being said, I would personally recommend a case or a skin for both devices as they both felt really slippery even while just playing around with it in the demo area.

HARDWARE & SPECIFICATIONS

In terms of the main hardware changes, the 7T Pro comes with a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, and 8GB of RAM while the McLaren edition comes with 12GB of ram. Both models come with 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage with of course, no expandable sd card slot.

Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5, NFC and of course the missing headphone jack are still present, although this is to be expected at this point. Sadly, there is still no wireless charge option, even though there are some very fast wireless charging solutions out there. There is also no official IP rating, but it still has some protection against splashes to protect the device.

The fingerprint sensor has received some improvements and it now supposedly unlocks at just 0.21 seconds. The unlocking animations should have also improved to make the experience slightly smoother.

DISPLAY

The 7T Pro still sports the very same curvy display as the 7 Pro, that’s not a bad thing keep in mind as it’s still a 6.67” QHD AMOLED panel with 516ppi. It supports HDR10+ and of course it still has the very smooth 90Hz refresh rate. Scrolling and everything in general was butter smooth and really enjoyable.

PERFORMANCE

Sadly I did not have a chance to try out any graphics intensive games, but if the vanilla Snapdragon 855 is anything to go by, you should expect slightly better performance while playing games and using the phone in general.

The 7T Pro comes with the same Warp Charge 30T charger that provides a day’s power in just half an hour, that’s 68%. The battery is 4085 mAh, so worrying about running out of battery should not be an issue. With a battery that big, I would say that it’ll be a really good all-day long device, with only 1 charge required for those hardcore gamers or those using the GPS all day.

SOFTWARE

Both the OnePlus 7T and the 7T Pro run Android 10 on day one, so that will include added functionality of allowing you to enable dark mode, customise the icons packs, system colours and looks. Software wise, it seems to have everything that both a power and an average user would want to use – in fact, it offers far more features than vanilla Android on a Pixel device. Google and Android overall certainly has some catching up to do in this department.

CAMERA
(For OnePlus 7T Pro)

Rear Camera
48MP f/1.6 (wide) PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
8MP f/2.4 (telephoto) 3x optical zoom, PDAF, OIS
16MP f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)

Selfie Camera
16MP f/2.0, 25mm (wide)
1080p video@30fps

The camera on the 7T Pro is the same we’ve seen on the 7T with the new macro mode included. This will allow you to shoot images from a much shorter (2.5cm – 1”) distance and capture even more detailed images. The 3 sensor camera setup is nearly identical to the one found on the OnePlus 7 Pro, with a few slight upgrades.

The 7T Pro is now capable of shooting images with the 3x optical zoom, as opposed to 2x on the 7T. Looking at images taken on the 7T, the 7T Pro is going to look the same, so that unfortunately means that it’s still not competing with the latest devices from Google, Huawei and iPhone.

CONCLUSION

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The 7T and the 7T Pro seems like a good upgrade if you are coming from a OnePlus 6T or any other older devices, otherwise I do not see a reason why you should upgrade from the recent OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. I have personally thought about upgrading from the Pixel 2 XL to the 7T Pro, but personally the camera is something that might hold me back and make me pick the Pixel 4 XL or even consider giving a try to the iPhone 11 series.

OnePlus 7T – £549, $599, €599, INR 37,999

OnePlus 7T Pro – £699, €759, INR 53,999

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition – £799, €859, INR 58,999

OnePlus 7T Pro and McLaren Edition are not available in the US as of now.

The McLaren edition will be available from 5 November, while the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro will be up for grabs from 17 October here in Europe. The prices went up a little bit, but I still find it appealing if you want to save a bit of money and the likes of camera and day 1 software updates are less important to you. 

Of course, OnePlus has a decent reputation for providing OS upgrades and security patches in a timely manner and you can pick up a modified GCam apk from XDA, but average users may not know and worry about all this. In general, the OnePlus 7T seems like a more appealing device for those on the budget, while the 7T Pro is great is you want to save some money but still want to get the latest and the greatest, with a few sacrifices.

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