The moment OnePlus lifted the veils off the OnePlus 7T, there was one question that lingered in everyone’s mind alike. With the 7T borrowing most of the OnePlus 7 Pro’s headlining features i.e. the 90Hz display and the triple-camera setup consisting of an ultrawide camera, what else would the OnePlus 7T Pro bring to the table to justify the difference in price. A couple of weeks after, OnePlus did launch the phone in India at a higher starting price of INR 53,999.
But over and above what the OnePlus 7T brought to the table, the OnePlus 7T Pro barely brings any discernible changes. When compared to the OnePlus 7T, the only major differences are the curved QuadHD display and a slightly improved camera setup. But with a difference of INR 16,000 amongst the base models of the OnePlus 7T and the OnePlus 7T Pro, is it worth spending the extra moolah? Well, let’s find out in our full review of the OnePlus 7T Pro.
OnePlus 7T Pro Review: Design
With the OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus doesn’t fix what’s not broken and maintains the same design as its predecessor, the OnePlus 7 Pro. Apart from the different placement of the laser autofocus sensor and the new hazel blue colour, the phone is identical; which is great. The curved edges of the display melt into the sides which is the rendezvous point for the curved edges of the back panel too. In its entirety, the phone feels great to hold albeit a little heavy coming in at 206 grams.
While the new matte-finish hazel blue is eye-candy, the OnePlus 7T Pro doesn’t come in any other colours. So, if you were looking to pick up one in Mirror Grey or Almond, OnePlus too, wants you to go for the OnePlus 7 Pro. Unfortunately, the phone still doesn’t have any IP rating. But as we’ve come to know, the phones can take some splashes here and there. Just don’t expect OnePlus to be responsible if water causes trouble.
OnePlus 7T Pro Review: Display
This is by far the strongest argument that OnePlus has to convince you to go for the Pro variant instead of the standard one. The front of the phone houses a 6.67-inch QuadHD AMOLED panel with minimal bezels around. The lack of any notch or branding gives the front a clean aesthetic and is particularly good to look at. The display supports up to a refresh rate of 90Hz that operates dynamically and adds butter to the touch.
Thanks to the display and the presence of a dual-speaker setup, the phone is a pleasure to watch content on. Videos and content come to life with great colours and deep blacks, thanks to the AMOLED panel that supports HDR10 content (like on Netflix). The display is also bright enough to be visible in broad sunlight. But the relatively sharp curves might make it difficult to view content beyond the start of the curves in certain lighting conditions.
The display on the OnePlus 7T Pro is amongst the best out there on a smartphone.
OnePlus 7T Pro Review: Performance
The amalgamation of top-notch hardware and highly-optimized software makes the OnePlus 7T Pro as fast as greased lightning. The phone houses a Snapdragon 855+ and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. If you’re interested in bumping up the internals, you can choose to go ahead with the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition that has 12GB of RAM and comes in at a price of INR 58,999. But coming back to the regular OnePlus 7T Pro, there’s absolutely nothing that this phone can’t do in a jiffy. Apps open in the blink of an eye, RAM management is great, and intensive games like COD play without skipping a beat. Insert a 90Hz display in the mix and the performance gears get oiled for an even smoother performance.
The AMOLED display of the phone enables the inclusion of an in-display fingerprint sensor that is quite quick and accurate. Although it isn’t as sophisticated as Face ID on the iPhone 11, the pop-up camera does show itself for a second to quickly unlock the phone using software-based face recognition. The wide earpiece grill at the top of the phone doubles up as a speaker that provides for stereo sound when coupled with the bottom-facing speaker. Dolby Atmos support provides for clear and loud audio output that won’t disappoint.
OnePlus 7T Pro Review: Software
OnePlus 7T Pro is one of the first phones that come with Android 10 out of the box. On top of Android 10 sits what is by far the best custom skin on Android phones; OxygenOS. OxygenOS mixes the simplicity of Android 10 with the feature-set of operating system’s that we’ve come to see on phones of Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi and Huawei. Everything is neatly organized in an aesthetic UI that can be explored in folds by a curious user.
The OS has a dark mode and comes with features like Zen Mode that helps you reduce your phone usage so that you can pay attention to more important things in life. The phone also makes use of a lot of gestures that make it simpler to do certain tasks. For instance, you can simply put your phone to the ear to answer an incoming call or swipe down with three fingers to take a screenshot. Speaking about gestures, the phone comes with OnePlus’s gesture navigation system that doesn’t interfere with side-menus as stock Android 10 gestures do.
All in all, this is by far the best brick in the wall full of Android operating systems. It offers a lot, but only to those who seek it. For those who don’t seek for more, the UI is no hill to climb and is very easy to get used to.
OnePlus 7T Pro Review: Camera
The OnePlus 7T Pro still offers the same camera setup as the OnePlus 7 Pro that consists of a primary 48MP sensor with f/1.6 aperture, a 117° 16MP wide-angle camera and an 8MP 3x optical zoom telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture. The pop-up selfie camera is a 16MP sensor that is capable of shooting up to 4K@60 fps. While the hardware hasn’t changed, OnePlus is constantly tweaking its algorithm to make the phone more capable.
The 7T Pro is a great camera phone and makes for a versatile setup that accommodates various real-life use cases. New with the OnePlus 7T Pro is a Super Macro mode that uses the ultrawide lens to take pictures of subjects that are as close as 2.5 centimetres from the lens. While most wouldn’t find using it on a daily basis, it does prove for an interesting way to shoot things. The images taken by the phone are characteristic of good dynamic range, saturated colour reproduction and good detail.
But the camera setup is definitely not perfect. There still exists a disparity in the colour reproduction of the three lenses and it isn’t as much in sync as we’ve seen on the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. Also, tricky lighting conditions can at times completely throw off the white balance. Also, NightScape is still nowhere close to Night Sight or Night Mode on the Pixel line of phones. While it does decent in low-lighting conditions, things go awry in extremely low-light conditions where pictures taken from the OnePlus 7T Pro are painted in filters of red. Portrait shots taken with the phone are good with rather accurate edge detection. The inclusion of the telephoto sensor makes it an even better phone for taking portraits.
The primary and the telephoto lens of the phone support 4K@60 fps and come with support for OIS and EIS. Videos taken in good lighting conditions come out great. There’s also a Super Stabilisation mode that makes use of the ultrawide angle camera to offer extremely stable 1080p footage. Unfortunately, the ultrawide camera on the 7T Pro doesn’t support 4K videos unlike the ultrawide lens on the iPhone 11 that supports 4K@60 fps. The phone can also take slow-motion videos at 240 fps in 1080p and at 480 fps in 720p.
The selfie camera does good in good lighting conditions but loses out in low-light conditions. Also, the camera automatically pops-up when you get a video call, even on third-party apps like WhatsApp or Skype. To prevent any damage, the pop-up camera also automatically retracts when the phone detects a fall.
OnePlus 7T Pro Review: Battery & Charging
The 7T Pro houses a 4,058mAh battery that supports Warp Charge 30T. In my usage of the phone, I found the battery to be rather average. While it could last a whole day with light-to-medium usage or when the refresh rate is locked in at 60Hz, I couldn’t get a whole day’s use with the OnePlus 7T Pro. Although, I have to agree I’m a heavy user and engage in a lot of video streaming, music streaming, social media and gaming. I would usually find myself with about 4-4.5 hours of SoT before I had to plug in the phone again.
But with the inclusion of Warp Charge 30T reduced my anxiety to rubble. The phone charges extremely, extremely quickly and goes from 10 to 100 within an hour. A half an hour’s charge would reach up to about 75%. So, even though the battery performance wasn’t exceptional, the inclusion of a charging solution this quick definitely makes up for it. But there’s one thing about the phone that is almost abysmal for a phone in this price segment. It still lacks wireless charging and there’s absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t be there.
OnePlus 7T Pro Review: Final Verdict
The OnePlus 7T Pro, on its own, is a great phone and is the closest OnePlus has ever come to make a flagship that can sing the tunes of flagships from Apple, Samsung and Huawei. It offers a great design, has an excellent display, a versatile set of good cameras, extremely quick charging and the best Android software experience. But I still wouldn’t suggest you buy the OnePlus 7T Pro unless you really need the latest and the greatest.
Why do you ask? Well, with dinner (OnePlus 7T) being served before high T(ea), the OnePlus 7T Pro doesn’t look like a deal as scrumptious as the OnePlus 7 Pro did. In fact, if the form factor is one of the major reasons why you want to get the OnePlus 7T Pro, you should definitely consider the OnePlus 7 Pro that now starts at INR 44,999. But if you’re not behind the curves, the OnePlus 7T is the phone that you should buy and save yourself from spending almost 50% more.