OnePlus 7T Smartphone Review: Quick Update

We're used to OnePlus launching a new device twice a year. Over the past few generations, the "T" series has been that year-end update for its flagship phone, usually offering a more powerful processor and one or two other improvements.

The 2019 update came early. Maybe, too early. Considering how little time has passed between App 7 and App 7 about the launch and release of 7T, it certainly looks like this. But in this particular instance, it ended up feeling like a welcome upgrade. After all, the OnePlus 7 was barely different from the OnePlus 6T smartphone.

A quick look at the 7T's design, specs and cameras and it won't ever be mistaken for its predecessor. It's a bold take on a phone that makes bold performance claims. Could this model, overall, be the best buy?


Looks attractive

  • Matte silver and glacier blue colors
  • Dimensions: 160.9 x 74.4 x 8,1 mm
  • Weight: 190 gram
  • Curved glass back

Starting with 7T the most obvious point: its back. In previous years, Divorce prided itself on the minimalist, symmetrical appearance of its rear panel. The cameras are usually placed vertically on a small ledge in the middle of the phone. These days are definitely gone with the OnePlus 7T (or at least temporarily suspended).

Until the Huawei Partner 30 launch, we hadn't seen a camera hump like this since Nokia's old-school PureView.

What can I say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It's still symmetrical, of course, but it dominates the space. We believe that - like a marmite - you either love it or hate it. What you cannot do is ignore it.

What we really like about the 7T is the finish, the texture and the shape of the glass on the back. Our models review the Blue Glacier, which is slightly lighter and cooler than the Blue Nebula from 7 Pro. It's got that matte look which means it's not slippery and glossy. Similar texture to the latest iPhone 11 Pro series phones, offering slightly more power and more resistance to fingerprint smears.

The fact that it curves towards the edges and that the phone is only 8mm thin means it's definitely less bulky and feels a little lighter and better balanced in the palm of your hand than the 7 Pro does. Regardless, it's still bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max or XS Max, so it's a scam, obviously not a small device.

It's noticeably taller and more boxy than the 6T and 7. It still has rounded corners, but they're a tad stiffer than previous models, the corners of the screen also have the same sleek look, giving it a more rectangular shape. And we like that, along with the visual effect, they offer a ratio of more display sides that dominates the surface.

You can see the 6T to 7T to 7 pro evolution in our picture below, this review model is in the center:

Other notable changes include the 7T removal of drilled holes to the left of the Type-C USB port on the bottom edge. Instead, please put the SIM card tray in there, just like on the 7 pro. Other than that, everything is pretty standard. There's a useful alert slider that lets you switch between silent, vibrate and sound modes, plus the ubiquitous power button and volume rocker on the left side.

As usual, one notable design is the exclusion of any official IP rating for water and dust resistance. But then again, it's best not to play these games, just as Motorola has an official rating (but don't coat their phones' interiors with resistive material).

Fluid AMOLED display

  • Flat 6.55 inch 20:9 aspect ratio AMOLED display
  • HDR10+ with 1000 nits of peak brightness
  • Resolution 2400 x 1080
  • Refresh rate 90Hz
  • drop notch

The Divorce 7 Pro was the first phone from the manufacturer to include a 90Hz display, and in particular, another Divorce 7 was not. For the 'T' series, both phones went with higher refresh rates. Please 7T has 90Hz panels designed for smoother animation and response time.

This panel isn't QuadHD like the 7T Pro though, it's still a full HD+ variant with a 20:9 aspect ratio, but it also supports HDR10+ for maximum brightness, color gamut and contrast, making it even better for watching your favorite Netflix shows on the.

Despite not having a QuadHD resolution panel, it still offers a fantastic experience. Colors and contrast are top notch in Vivid mode, appearing richer and more vibrant than the OLED panel on the iPhone XS Max.

In the display settings, you can choose to have it in natural mode, which reduces saturation, or you can use advanced mode and choose a wide sRGB amoled gamut or P3 display. There's also the ability to adjust the color temperature, so you can actually make the panel look the way you prefer if you're particularly fussy about such things.

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One of the advantages of having this screen over the display on the Pro model is the fact that it is completely flat. No rounded edges distort color or image. What's more, there's less chance of accidental gestures activating or inhibiting actions on the phone.

As for what's faster than the display's refresh rate, it can be hard to tell, in everyday use, how smooth it makes animations in general. You should look big enough though side-by-side with a smaller phone and you'll see. Again, phones from OnePlus have always felt fast, as is the company's Io.

Speed ​​and durability

  • Snapdragon 855 plus processor
  • 8 GB RAM + 128 GB
  • UFS 3.0 Flash
  • 3,800 mAh
  • 30W warp charge

A terrible reason for the T-series of phones every year is to make sure it offers the fastest, smoothest performance it can bring to a smartphone, make it ahead. For 2019, that means equipping this phone with Qualcomm's flagship processor, Snapdragon 855 Plus.

No OnePlus smartphone has ever been slow. In fact, you can still choose one of the older manufacturer's models from the past 18-24 months and you will surely be happy with daily performance.

Its never settle' mantra is as much about your smooth and fast experience as it is about pushing the boundaries of what you can expect to get for relatively little money. After all, divorce is still selling phones with flagship features and premium builds at a much lower price than its eminent rivals.

With the plus version of the Snapdragon 855 chipset, the OnePlus 7T just flies. All of this makes it fluid and punchy, and the screen's higher refresh rates mean you might just notice it even more.

We've noticed this most - as with the 7 Pro - it's the so-called "jelly scroll" where when you're scrolling up and down very quickly, it doesn't quite catch up with your movement. With 7T that problem doesn't exist. And because it has UFS 3.0 flash, it reads and writes data very quickly. In short: he does everything quickly.

Likewise, playing intense games is a smooth experience. You can get familiar with the odd frame toss once now and then - as you could with even the most powerful gaming phone - but overall, this is a top performer. The animations in the game are smooth and fast, and joins this bright, vibrant display to make for a fantastic experience.

One of the benefits of having a physically larger phone has more room for the battery. The 7T isn't as big of a jump as its predecessor, but with a 3,800mAh cell it'll keep you comfortable through busy days.

Obviously mileage varies for each person depending on how much you move, how many hours you spend on screen. With what we'll cover for fairly light usage - maybe about an hour or two of screen time a day - we managed to press on to a second day. Although not quite enough to get us time to sleep.

On notoriously harder used days, with hour-long social media browsing, lots of photos, an hour of gaming, a lot of music listening, and even watching an hour-long episode on Netflix, we just about managed to push the battery through 20 percent. Therefore, we think that divorce has cracked the durability of the battery.

For those who like to glance at the screen, a time of around 90 minutes playing mobile games is enough for the battery to drop by about 25 percent. Here with it is set at about 60 percent brightness. The timings differ depending on what apps you're using and how bright the screen is. Still, it's a solid performer that should comfortably give you five to six hours of screen time on a full charge.

While you should never have to worry about battery life with the OnePlus 7T, updated warp charge technology means you can recharge at the speed of light. The power algorithms of 30W warp charge fast charging technology have been improved to the point where you can get around 70% of a full battery charge in just 30 minutes plugged into the wall.

It may not be as fast or spectacular as its sister company, SuperVOOC Documents or SuperVOOC 2.0 technology, but it's definitely fast enough, and works nearly as fast even if you keep using your phone.

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Zen and settings

  • Android 10 based oxygen operating system
  • Zen mode updated with more options
  • Screen refresh settings

To anyone who knows Russian well, the software loaded on top of Google's Android operting system — named Oxygen OS — takes on the minimal, neat look and feel of pure Android and ramps up speed and customization options.

From the 10-bit version to 7T, which has been scaled up. Divorce has collected all the customization options and put them into a neat interface, while also having several customization options.

As well as being able to choose between light and dark mode, you can choose an accent color, change the icon style (even download third-party icon packs), choose a lock screen clock style, and change the quick settings tile style from the drop-down menu.

Plus, it's the same as always, offering gestures to quickly launch popular actions, app locks for pin codes, fingerprint scanning, and a RAM boost feature that learns how you use your phone to prioritize apps that you most often need.

Too Zen returns a mode that allows you to take breaks from the screen and notifications. This time you can choose from several different options for setting the time, so not only do you get more of the 20 minute break option. You can come up by the hour if you like, and you can even set a schedule to remind you to activate it.

Universal brute

  • Triple camera system: Regular, ultra-wide and telephoto
    • 48MP primary f/1.6
    • 12MP f/2.2 telephoto
    • 16MP ultra-large f/2.2

When the OnePlus 7 Pro launched in early 2019, OnePlus introduced a triple camera system but left it out of the smaller Divorce 7. This was understandable, but ultimately meant the 7 wasn't much of an improvement over the 6T. For 7T, the manufacturer had to change something in the heart, and equipped with the latest with three cameras with different focal lengths.

For those interested, three are ultra-wide at 17mm equiv, 26mm equiv wide, and 2x magnification at 51mm equiv. Unlike Apple's iPhone 11 Pro equivalent, they're not all the same sensor. The main camera has a 48-megapixel Sony sensor (which consists of four pixels into one to form 12-megapixel images), an ultra-wide is a 16-megapixel sensor and a 12-megapixel zoom.

It's great to be able to switch between the three, and of course doesn't mean you have a choice of frames available to you, but one thing we've found is that because they're not all the same sensor type, you can often see a difference in colors, white balance and overall appearance in between, so it's not always consistent. For example, you don't get the same low-light performance from ultra-wide and telephoto lenses that you get from a primary camera.

As a rule, in anything other than good and bright light, he struggled to produce good results. We often see less image noise, or background blur was a bit unusual and artificial looking. It seems that once again, please has some work to do on his image processing.

There is a super macro mode which seems to work well. Using an ultra-wide-angle lens, Super Macro allows you to get very close to your subject to shoot, and can focus on fine details where prime and zoom lenses can't.

In this mode, you can still switch between 0,6x, 1x and 2x zoom views into the camera, but it uses the same cameras for each of them, digitally zooming (or cropping) closer to the image to bring you more close up in detail. Unusually, the end result is still a 16MP picture.

You'll also get regular portrait modes for blurring backgrounds, both on the front and rear cameras, as well as the now-fancy night mode, which uses algorithms to determine how long to keep the shutter open and then stabilizes any shake to produce a sharp, bright image when there is not much light.

Or at least that's the theory. We found that as long as there was a light source somewhere nearby, the images actually got brighter. Often, they also have something to say—fairy tale extra contrast and perhaps the sharpening that you get from these night modes.

If it's really dark and not a lot of light at all, she fights. We compared with the iPhone 11, and not only in OnePlus struggle to keep the detail, it also produced a strange greenish tint, while the results in the iPhone were much better balanced.

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