OnePlus 7T Review: Minor changes, great value
October 31, 2019
COMMENTS

An excellent Android smartphone inside and out.

The OnePlus 7T now confirms the company is intending on releasing flagship devices twice a year similar to what other manufacturers are doing. But the difference is that the upgrades aren’t usually worth it, and that’s where the OnePlus 7T excels. Sure, the changes are minimal compared to the OnePlus 7 released a few months ago, but the overall package of this Android smartphone makes it one of our top choices considering its performance and value.

In a nutshell, the OnePlus 7T inherits much of the features of the OnePlus 7 Pro, easily making it a top choice if you’re not a fan of the pop-up camera. Most of the changes are found on the hardware – specifically the awesome 90 Hz display, which we think makes it superior to other smartphones even the recently released Pixel 4. Other upgrades include faster wired charging support and Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU.

From the outside, the design of the OnePlus 7T remains mostly the same: a curved body along with a matte-frosted back. I personally prefer this design since there are fewer instances of smudges and fingerprints. The same physical alert slider can be found on the right, along with the power button and the volume rockers located on the left side. Below is where you will find the SIM card tray that supports two SIMs plus the speaker port and the USB Type-C port.

The OnePlus 7T sports a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution. It’s big, it’s bright and it’s easily one of the standout features of the smartphone. It’s difficult to explain the 90 Hz display, but it’s clearly noticeable when you’re using the OnePlus 7T yourself – everything just feels smoother. Also worth mentioning that the screen also supports HDR10+, so movies shine with dark blacks and bright whites.

Supporting 8 GB RAM and your choice of 128 GB or 256 GB of storage, the OnePlus 7T didn’t disappoint with performance. It easily blazed through every app and game that we installed on it – game graphics are clean and crisp with no noticeable framing, and apps launch quickly as soon as you press them.

The OnePlus 7T comes with OxygenOS, a subtle UI based on Android – we said subtle because most of the interface changes relate to functions that you wouldn’t see on stock Android, which actually makes it great. The smartphone also comes with Android 10 out of the box, so you’re at par with the latest Android upgrade.

There are three cameras at the back of the OnePlus 7T: one 48-megapixel camera with f/1.6 aperture, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. The front camera comes in at 16-megapixels and is located on the teardrop notch on the front of the smartphone.

The images we shot with the OnePlus 7T were generally good, all showcasing detail and clarity that you will never find on a smartphone of this price. Colors are great and the camera truly shines when you use it on natural light. We did enjoy using the macro mode that lets it take super close up shots and an improved Nightscape mode that enhances images taken in low light. While Nightscape mode won’t be as good as Pixel’s Night Sight, it’s definitely close.

The 3800 mAh battery on the OnePlus 7T is more than sufficient to give you a day’s worth of usage. I started my workday at 9 pm with a 100 percent charge and by the time I left the office at 6 pm, I still have around 38 percent left which is enough to last me until I go to bed. What’s great is that the OnePlus 7T has an improved Warp Charge 30T that can literally charge your device from 0 to 100 in about an hour.

With all of these enhancements, it’s a welcome surprise that the OnePlus 7T only costs 1,949 AED (exclusively available at Amazon.ae). That’s less than half of what other flagship devices cost. If the price is within your budget the OnePlus 7T is easily one of the best Android smartphones you can get. 

We Love: 

+ 90 Hz refresh rate

+ Excellent user interface

+ Superb performance

We Hate: 

– No wireless charging support

Final Rating: 4.5/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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