The Good At a competitive price, the OnePlus 7T runs Android 10, has three rear cameras that take great photos, a lightning-fast processor and a smooth 90Hz display.
The Bad There is no wireless charging or earphone included in the phone.
The Bottom Line The OnePlus 7T delivers premium features and lightning performance at a value better than its Android rivals. But go for the OnePlus 7 Pro if you have the money.
At the moment, it can be difficult to keep track of how many phones OnePlus has released this year. All you need to know is that the OnePlus 7T is not as “premium” as it is OnePlus 7 Pro , but it’s still made of the best bits. That includes the 90Hz screen, a triple rear camera that takes excellent low-light shots and a fast-charging battery. It also has the latest Android 10 out of the box and it’s cheaper to boot, at just $599. (UK pricing is unavailable at this time, but that’s about £485. The phone won’t be sold in Australia.) It will be available unlocked and, in the US, through T-Mobile too. The phone will also work on Verizon and AT&T, but not Sprint.
For that price, the OnePlus 7T competes with the Galaxy S10E at $ 750, the Pixel 3 XL at $ 599 (now discounted in the US as its Pixel 4 XL expires October 15) and its own partner, the OnePlus 7 Pro, which starts at $ 669. Because the OnePlus 7T packs so much high-end equipment, staying $ 150 cheaper than the Galaxy S10E, I prefer the OnePlus 7T based on cost alone. And compared to the Pixel 3 XL, the 7T is also newer, takes nightly photos just as well as the Pixel, and has more memory.
But if you are looking at the OnePlus 7 Pro, and it’s within your budget (that’s $ 70 more than the 7T), I say go for it. According to OnePlus, it will upgrade to Android 10 “very, very soon” and it has a slightly larger battery than the OnePlus 7T. Plus, there’s no denying that its popup is just cool.
Editors note, October 1: After the final battery tests, we upgraded the OnePlus 7T from 9 to 10 and its overall rating from 8.6 to 8.8.
A closer look at the OnePlus 7T
OnePlus 7T vs OnePlus 7 Pro: Different
- The OnePlus 7T has a tear slot instead of a pop-up selfie.
- The OnePlus 7T has a slightly smaller 6.55-inch screen than the 7 Pro.
- The OnePlus 7T telephoto camera has 12 megapixels, while the 7 Pro has an 8 megapixel telephoto camera.
- The OnePlus 7T has a newer Snapdragon 855 Plus compared to the Snapdragon 855 7 Pro processor.
- The OnePlus 7T uses an updated OnePlus charging technology called Warp Charge 30T.
- The OnePlus 7T has a smaller battery: 3800 vs 7000 Pro 7000 mAh.
- The OnePlus 7T is available in two new colors: matte silver and glacier blue.
Design: Not as elegant as the OnePlus 7 Pro, but still elegant
Although the OnePlus 7T is similar to the 7 Pro, there are some specific differences that make it a little less stylish, a little less premium. For example, the OnePlus 7T has a lower screen resolution (1080p instead of 1440p on the 7 Pro), and as mentioned above, it has a tear-off camera for the front camera. Although the recess is smaller than on the OnePlus 7 and 6T, the 7 Pro’s popup is more enjoyable. Triple rear camera phones are also enclosed in a large circle reminiscent of Motorola Moto phones. The design doesn’t interfere with anything functionally, but it’s just not as beautiful as the slim oval of the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Considering the design changes, however, the OnePlus 7T retains many of the excellent features of the 7 Pro, including its 90 Hz. Instead of updating the normal 60 frames per second, the 7T refreshes at 90. Multiple gaming phones have higher upgrade rates ( Razer Phone 2 for example, it has a 120Hz display), but even as a non-mechanic, I like how lightning and smoother the phone scrolls through things like webpages and apps.
- The OnePlus 7T does not have a headphone jack, and unlike previous models, the phone will not have a headphone key included.
- Like previous models, the OnePlus 7T isn’t officially IP rated for water resistance. But OnePlus says it’s as water resistant as the OnePlus 7 Pro. When we tested that phone’s water durability in August, it survived 30 minutes in a tank of tap water, which is impressive given that phones rated IP68 are usually able to survive the same test. The 7T eventually conked out after being submerged in a 3-foot-deep chlorinated pool.
- The OnePlus 7T has a built-in fingerprint reader to unlock the screen. If you don’t like using your fingerprints, you can still use your PIN or face for security (but not for digital payment authorization).
Triple OnePlus 7T cameras take great low-light shots
Thanks to the 48-, 12- and 16-megapixel rear of the camera, the OnePlus 7T delivers crisp, clear photos. The new Macro mode allowed me to take subjects closer and much more in focus than before. (Although keeping his phone “2.5 cm” away from the subject in life is comically difficult to estimate. It’s about an inch, for reference.)
The Night Scape mode on the phone at times took clearer photos than the Pixel 3 night sight. For example, the faces on the Pixel 3 were blurred, and on the 7T I saw more subtle details and textures. But the Pixel 3 has the advantage of white balance – it handles colors much more accurately than the OnePlus 7T in the dark. The 7T camera interface also makes it clear that I needed to hold the phone as soon as I pressed the shutter. Rather, I saw a thin ring surrounding the shutter, which I covered most of the time with my hand. The real low-light winner, though, was new iPhone 11 . The iPhone 11 not only made the images clearer, but the colors were just as accurate as the Pixel 3.
The portrait shots were also great. The tangle between foreground and background looked smooth and natural, and now you can also take portrait photos with a wide-angle camera. In addition, the OnePlus 7T wide-angle camera took vivid and sharp landscape photos, and there were not many distortions in the corners as the wide-angle cameras did. As for the 16-megapixel front camera, the selfies looked good enough. But when I took a selfie in a dimly lit strip, the “flash” (which was actually on the screen) lasted long enough, forcing me to hold the phone for a beat or two longer than I wanted.
Please note that shortly after the OnePlus 7T launches on September 26, the phone will receive 4K, 30fps of UV video capture, as well as super slow-mo at 960fps, all through software updates.
Software: Android 10 right out of the box
The OnePlus 7T runs Android 10, making it one of the first, if not the first, phones to launch the latest OS out of the box – even before Google Pixel 4 that is running Oct. 15 . With Android 10, you get tighter privacy controls and new navigation gestures. The minimalist OxygenOS OnePlus is layered on top, which means you really will have an almost Android phone version on your phone, which gives it the simplicity I really like.
Trying to limit phone usage, the OnePlus 7T still has Zen mode, making all aspects of your phone inaccessible except for emergency calls and taking pictures. Initially, the Zen mode lasted only 20 minutes, but now you can set it from 20 minutes to an hour. Although more rigorous than, say, Google’s Digital Welfare feature, it is useful if you really want to squeeze screen time.
Read mode, which would have previously converted all colors of your screen to black and white to reduce eye strain, now has an additional color mode. The images and photos will look muted and sepia-toned, but you can still see the colors in contrast to the other bright black and white modes.
Finally, the OnePlus 7T Native Phone Gallery allows you to save some photos and save them in a hidden folder. This is great for sensitive or smelly photos, you wouldn’t want someone to accidentally swipe or scroll while transferring your phone. (Let’s be honest, this is for dick pics and naked selfies, but you do it!)
OnePlus 7T performance and battery
The Snapdragon 855 Plus OnePlus 7T processor is said to be faster in graphics than the regular 855, but overall I didn’t notice much difference in speed between it and the 7 Pro with daily usage. Playing intense graphics games felt just as smooth, and as the phone was lightly starting and exiting applications, doing web searches and taking pictures, it didn’t feel “faster.”
For CNET reviews, we usually run Geekbench (now in its new fifth iteration) and two tests on 3DMark to compare the phone’s processor. Having initially encountered the problems of loading 3DMark at first, I was able to test 3DMark slingshot is unlimited. (However, I couldn’t launch Ice Storm Unlimited, which we also run.) Given this, you can see that the 3DMark OnePlus 7T comfortably knocked out all three phones. And on the Geekbench 5, the OnePlus 7T was slightly faster than the OnePlus 7 Pro on paper, and easily outpaced the Galaxy S10E and Pixel 3 XL.
During our battery tests for continuous video playback in airplane mode, the phone lasted an average of 16 hours, 11 minutes. It’s a great score and longer than the OnePlus 7 Pro, which lasted 15 hours, 15 minutes. It is also said that along with the Pixel 3 XL, which operated for 16 hours 49 minutes. However, none of these phones lasted as long as the Galaxy S10E, which played 17 hours before it ran out of juice.
Warp Charge 30T OnePlus 7T technology is an updated iteration of Warp Charge 30, which debuted last year on special edition OnePlus 6T . Charging costs fast – when I connected my fully exhausted phone, it was 34% after 15 minutes, 68% after 30 minutes, and after about an hour the phone was fully charged.
OnePlus 7T compared to its competitors
OnePlus 7 Pro: Again, if you have an extra $ 70 to spare, I prefer the 7 Pro over the OnePlus 7T. The additional processing power of the OnePlus 7T is not so noticeable in everyday use, and along with the Android 10, 7 Pro update will get some updated software features running on the OnePlus 7T (more Zen Intervals, Chromatic Reading Mode and Hidden Photos).
Samsung Galaxy S10E: I like the design of the Galaxy S10E and its smaller size, it has dual charge, expanded storage and a longer battery life (despite its smaller capacity). But at $ 750 (£ 669, $ 1,199), it’s more expensive than the OnePlus 7T. He also doesn’t have a third camera. For me, the Galaxy S10E’s advantages do not outweigh the price difference, and I prefer the OnePlus 7T.
Pixel 3 XL: In anticipation of the Pixel 4, Google has deeply lowered the Pixel 3 XL in some markets. For example, in the US, it costs $ 599 (64 GB) and $ 699 (128 GB). But even with the price reduction I would go for the OnePlus 7T. It has twice the RAM, the 128GB model is cheaper, and it can take large shots in low light (which was the biggest advantage of Pixel 3 before other phone makers caught up).
Comparison of OnePlus 7T specifications
|OnePlus 7T||OnePlus 7 Pro||OnePlus 7||Samsung Galaxy S10E||Google Pixel 3 XL|
|Display size, resolution||6.55-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080-pixels||6.67-inch AMOLED; 3,120×1,440-pixels||6.41-inch AMOLED; 2,340×1,080-pixels||5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080-pixels||6.3-inch OLED; 2,960×1,440-pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.34 x 2.93 x 0.32 in||6.4 x 2.99 x 0.35 in||6.21 x 2.94 x 0.32 in||5.6 x 2.8 x 0.27 in||6.2 x 3.0 x .03 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||160.94 x 74.44 x 8.13 mm||162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm||157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm||142 x 70 x 7.9 mm||158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.70 oz; 190g||7.27 oz; 206g||6.42 oz; 182g||5.3oz.; 150g||6.5 oz; 184g|
|Mobile software||Android 10 with OxygenOS||Android 9 with OxygenOS||Android 9 with OxygenOS||Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI||Android 9 Pie|
|Camera||48-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle)||48-megapixel (standard), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle)||48-megapixel (standard), 5-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle)||12.2-megapixel|
|Front-facing camera||16-megapixel||16-megapixel||16-megapixel||10-megapixel||8-megapixel (standard); 8-megapixel (wide)|
|Processor||2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus||2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||128GB||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB||64GB, 128GB|
|RAM||8GB||6GB, 8GB, 12GB||6GB, 8GB||6GB, 8GB||4GB|
|Expandable storage||None||None||None||Up to 512GB||None|
|Battery||3,800 mAh||4,000 mAh||3,700 mAh||3,100 mAh||3,430 mAh|
|Fingerprint sensor||In-screen||In-screen||In-screen||Power button||Back cover|
|Special features||90Hz display, dual-SIM, Warp Charge 30T||90Hz display, pop-up selfie camera, dual-SIM, Warp Charge||dual-SIM, Dash Charge||Wireless PowerShare,water resistant (IP68), Fast Wireless Charging 2.0||Water resistant (IPX8), wireless charging support, Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$599||$669 (128GB/6GB); $699 (256GB/8GB); $749 (256GB/12GB)||Converted: $617 (128GB/6GB); $678 (256GB/8GB)||$750||Lowered to $599 (64GB); $699 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||Converted: £485||£649 (128GB/6GB); £699 (256GB/8GB); £799 (256GB/12GB)||£499 (128GB/6GB); £549 (256GB/8GB)||£669||£869 (64GB); £969 (128GB)|
|Price (AUD)||Converted: AU$890||Converted: AU$962 (128GB/6GB); AU$1,006 (256GB/8GB); AU$1,076 (256GB/12GB)||Converted: AU$914 (128GB/6GB); AU$1,005 (256GB/8GB)||AU$1,199||AU$1,349 (64GB); AU$1,499 (128GB)|