Hello, everyone! Today, we will talk about two flagship smartphones by the Chinese company, OnePlus – the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7T.
When designing the new flagships, the Chinese manufacturer decided to keep the classic form factor, already familiar to users of their previous models. However, these devices can not be called twins. The OnePlus 7T received some major aesthetic updates from the sixth generation. This flagship became the first representative of the line of devices with the letter “T”, which differs from its predecessors not only in technical characteristics, but also in appearance.
In size, the difference between these smartphones is small. The OnePlus 7 measures 157.7 millimeters in length, 74.8 millimeters in width, and 8.2 millimeters in thickness. The OnePlus 7T model’s parameters make it a little more elongated, at least visually. The length of the smartphone is 160.9 millimeters, the width is 74.4 millimeters, and the thickness is 8.1 millimeters. In terms of weight, the difference between the devices is more significant. The OnePlus 7 weighs 182 grams, and the 7T weighs 190 grams.
The smartphone case is made of an aluminum alloy and durable tempered Gorilla Glass – 2.5D on the front, 3D on the back. It reliably protects the device from damage in case of shock or fall. The OnePlus 7 has sixth generation glass installed in front, and fifth glass in the back. The 7T is protected on both sides by the latest Gorilla Glass 6. The angles of both models are traditionally rounded.
The OnePlus 7 and 7T are frameless. The front side of these smartphones are a functional part of the display, surrounded by ultra-thin frames. Rounding off the edges of the screen, which has been criticized by users of the 7 Pro model, is no longer a factor for these devices. The display on both smartphones is expanded to almost the maximum possible size. In relation to the size of the device, the screen on the OnePlus 7 occupies 85.5 percent of the total area of the front panel of the smartphone. The 7T’s screen covers even more at 86.5 percent. Of course, these indicators were affected by the presence of a small round cut-out under the front camera, which slightly reduces the display area. Both the OnePlus 7 and 7T have a notch made in a very common drop form among smartphones, and are standardly located in the middle of the upper frame of the screen. Above the teardrop-shaped cut-out with a front camera, there is a large speaker grill, which also functions as a second multimedia speaker. Both flagships received stereo speakers located on top and bottom of the device.
As for the location of the functional elements, the OnePlus 7 is presented as a classic version. The sound slider is placed on the aluminum side frame on the right side. Below it is the power button. At the end of the left side is the volume rocker, as well as a tray for two SIM-cards. At the bottom of the smartphone is a Type-C standard 3.1 USB port.
The edges of the OnePlus 7T look identical to its predecessor. The only exception is the SIM tray, which moved down to where it is located next to the USB-C port and speaker. There is no microSD card slot or headphone audio jack on either the OnePlus 7 or the OnePlus 7T.
The main visual difference between these models is the design of the rear panel. The OnePlus 7 has a dual camera with an oval-shaped module, while the updated 7T has a triple camera with a massive, perfectly round module.
Both models have two color options. The OnePlus 7 comes in red and mirror gray. The 7T comes in glacial blue and frosty silver. Unlike the OnePlus 7, which has a glossy back panel, the 7T comes with a matte finish, which gives the device the look of a premium smartphone.
The back cover of both smartphones has sloping edges, so both models fit perfectly in your hand. As a structural defect, it is worth noting the strongly protruding main camera module, which located in the middle of the upper part of the rear panel. This major negative point is present in both the OnePlus 7 and the 7T.
The OnePlus 7 received a 6.41-inch display with an Optic AMOLED matrix and a Full HD Plus resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels. The aspect ratio is 19.5 to 9. The pixel density of 402ppi provides a clear and detailed image. The screens of the seventh generation models are characterized by contrast, black depth, and color saturation. The breadth of viewing angles and the correct operation of auto brightness control is also noteworthy. The smartphone’s settings include tools for calibrating color reproduction, which allows users to choose the color scheme for the device’s screen according to their preferences. But there is a caveat. There is a low margin of maximum brightness. Under direct sunlight, the matrix fades, which is why for the readability of the interface elements, sometimes you have to cover the display with your hand.
The OnePlus 7T’s screen is quite remarkable. It has a more elongated shape. The aspect ratio is 20 to 9. The screen size is 6.55 inches and the resolution is Full HD Plus – 2400 by 1080 pixels. The updated display with the Fluid AMOLED matrix has a refresh rate of 90 hertz, which makes the displayed image smooth and most comfortable for the eyes. The 7T’s screen reproduces colors perfectly and transmits the slightest tones, which cheaper devices are not capable of. The brightness range of the smartphone meets even the most demanding requests. The maximum value is 1000 nits. This is more than enough to ensure good intelligibility in bright sunlight. The minimum brightness value is 2.2 nits, and in night mode, it drops to 0.4 nits. This allows you to comfortably read from the display in complete darkness without straining your eyes.
It is worth emphasizing that OnePlus smartphones do not have Always On Display mode, as well as no LED notification indicator. Therefore, to see any information, including alerts about missed calls, you must pick up the phone in your hands or touch the screen of your smartphone.
Both models are equipped with an optical fingerprint scanner built into the screen, which is highly sensitive. The new version of Screen Unlock technology works in just a fifth of a second and allows you to unlock the device with a light touch of the display, even with wet fingers and when touching at an angle.
The OnePlus 7 runs on Android 9 Pie with the OS 9.5.3 Oxygen shell. The manufacturer provides the ability to update the operating system and its proprietary shell to the corresponding 10.0 versions.
The OnePlus 7T is preinstalled with the Android 10.0 operating system with the Oxygen OS 10.0.5 shell. This smartphone was the first model running on the tenth version of Android right out of the box. The updated operating system brought a dark theme to the interface, which is compatible with many applications. It also has a so-called “digital well-being” function, which allows you to control the time of use of the device, as well as the possibility of advanced privacy management. In the new version of the operating system, Google’s gestures replaced Oxygen OS’s gestures, so experienced OnePlus smartphone users will have to get used to the new command system.
The OnePlus 7 received a dual camera with the main Sony IMX586 module at 48 megapixels with optical stabilization and an additional 5 megapixel depth sensor, which is responsible for shooting in portrait mode. Photos are well-detailed and have natural color reproduction. The work of blurring algorithms in portrait mode has significantly improved. Filmed objects are cut off from the background more accurately. When shooting at night, it is recommended to use the night mode or HDR, otherwise the detail will leave much to be desired.
The OnePlus 7 main camera records video in 4K format at a frequency of 30 or 60 frames per second. There is also a function for slow motion video with a resolution of 1080 pixels.
The front camera of the seventh generation model is represented by the Sony IMX471 module with a resolution of 16 megapixels and aperture 2.0. The camera shows a good white balance in auto mode, which provides a natural appearance of skin tones in selfie shots.
Unlike the OnePlus 7, the updated flagship 7T is equipped with a triple camera. The powerful 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 main module is complemented by an ultra wide-angle sensor with a resolution of 16 megapixels and a viewing angle of 117 degrees. There is also a 12-megapixel telephoto module with 2x optical zoom. Pictures have excellent color reproduction and good dynamic range. In the dark, the camera also demonstrates high quality shooting. Pictures have good sharpness, especially when using night mode. The new Super Macro mode that was added to the camera application allows you to use the ultra wide-angle module to focus at a distance of only 2.5 centimeters.
The main camera of the 7T model conducts video recording in 4K format with a frequency of 30 or 60 frames per second. In addition, there is a slow motion mode with a resolution of 1080 pixels with a frequency of 240 frames per second.
The OnePlus 7T front camera is a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 module with a 2.0 aperture. In general, the camera is not bad, but the dynamic range does not always work correctly, which is why some sections of the picture are overexposed in particularly contrasting photos.
Both smartphones are equipped with Face Unlock technology that works through the front camera. In the dark, it’s impossible to get the program to work correctly. But with good lighting, the recognition process is literally lightning fast.
The OnePlus 7 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core 7-nanometer processor and an Adreno 640 video accelerator. The device is available in 6, 8, or 12 gigabytes of RAM. The amount of built-in storage capacity in different versions is 128 or 256 gigabytes.
At first glance, it would appear that the OnePlus 7T has the processing power as the OnePlus 7. However, a slightly faster 7-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor with 8 cores is installed in it. An advanced Adreno 640 video accelerator accelerates to 700 megahertz as the graphic component of the “heart” of the smartphone. The RAM capacity of the device is 8 gigabytes. As for the model’s internal memory, the OnePlus 7T is available in 128 and 256 gigabyte versions.
The permanent memory of both flagships adheres to the ultra-modern, high-speed standard UFS 3.0, and the operational memory adheres to the LPDDR4X standard. The use of microSD cards is not possible in either model, so users of these smartphones will have to be content with the amount of memory that was provided by the manufacturer.
Both smartphones demonstrate excellent speed even when launching heavy applications, including video games. From other flagships of Chinese manufacturers, these models are favorably distinguished by the absence of reboots, unexpected crashes, and other unpleasant moments that users often encounter when opening programs that slow down the smartphone.
The high performance of these smartphones is especially worth emphasizing. In the Antutu ranking for October 2019, both smartphones are in the top 10. The OnePlus 7 (version 6 and 128 gigabytes) came in eighth place, and the Oneplus 7T (version 8 and 128 gigabytes) came in an honorable third place in the rankings.
In terms of communication capabilities, the OnePlus 7 and 7T are no different from each other. Both devices support all the necessary modern communication standards. There is also support for dual-band Wi-Fi version 802.11. The smartphones use fifth-generation Bluetooth. As an added bonus, there is an NFC module.
The flagship OnePlus 7 received a lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 3700 mAh. The smartphone supports Warp Charge with a power of 20 watts. With intensive use for performing mixed-type tasks, one battery charge lasts for one and a half to two days.
The 7T has a more powerful 3800 mAh lithium-polymer battery and 30 watt Warp Charge support. Nevertheless, in the conditions of performing equal tasks, the 7T is inferior to its predecessor in terms of duration of work. One battery charge is enough for one day of intensive use when performing mixed tasks. The overclocked processor and the presence of a display with a refresh rate of 90 hertz affects the battery’s longevity.
Wireless charging is not supported in both models.
I analyzed the reviews from the owners of these smartphones on the internet, and now I’ll tell you what their owners write about. Let’s start with the negative.
- The lack of a wide-angle camera module
- The wireless charging isn’t powerful enough
- There is no notification indicator
- Insufficient battery capacity for such a smartphone
- Lack of full protection against water penetration
- Unsavory design of cameras; the main sticks out, the front takes up space on the display
- Decent camera
- Good autonomy for a full day or more.
- High-quality sound from the stereo speaker.
- The fingerprint scanner works quickly and works even with wet fingers
- Frosted glass on the back
- High speed – does not slow down during intensive gameplay
- Charges very quickly
- High-quality bright display; no rounding at the edges.
To summarize, we can say that the OnePlus 7 smartphone is a classic flagship, and the OnePlus 7T is its advanced variant. Indeed, the 7T is inherently the result of combining the 7 and 7 Pro models into one device. Moreover, this flagship incorporates the best of the previous smartphones. It’s a little sad that the autonomy has become worse. More advanced features make the OnePlus 7T noticeably more expensive than the OnePlus 7.