The OnePlus 7T smartphone was announced on September 2019 to fill the gap between the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro. The 7T features a new 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display that the smartphone industry has been abuzz about. The phone also features an updated camera system with telephoto and ultra-wide lenses. Users will be delighted with an additional 100 mAH battery capacity as compared to the 7 Pro.
The OnePlus 7T also supports 30W fast charging as compared to previous models’ 20W charging. The device will also ship with the latest Android version (Android 10) as well as the latest OnePlus skin known as Oxygen OS. The phone is expected to retail at around 237,700 Naira once it hits the market. Information regarding OnePlus 7T price in Nigeria information is still scanty since the device will be officially released on October 18th 2019.
Here are the main pros and cons of OnePlus’s newest handset.
- Fluid AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate offers smoother animation.
- 30W fast charging will allow shorter charge times.
- Bigger battery capacity will probably last longer than previous models.
- Android 10 brings a wide range of new features and updates.
- 48-megapixel camera for stunning details in images.
- No optical image stabilization in the camera.
- Lack of a memory expansion slot could be limiting.
- No audio jack.
- No official IP rating.
- No wireless charging .
OnePlus 7T specs
- Announced: September 26th 2019
- Expected release: October 18th 2019
- Dimensions: 160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1 mm (length, width and thickness)
- Weight: 190 grams
- Build materials: Aluminum frame, front glass and back glass
- SIM card: Dual SIM
- Display: Fluid AMOLED touchscreen
- Size: 6.55 inches
- Display resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
- Operating system: Android 10
- Expandable memory: Not available
- Internal memory: 128GB & 8GB RAM or 256GB 8GB RAM
- Camera: 48MP wide, 12MP telephoto and 16MP ultra-wide
- Selfie camera: 16 MP
- Bluetooth connectivity: Version 5.0 with A2DP, aptX HD & LE
- Sensors: Fingerprint, proximity, accelerometer and gyro
- Battery: 3800 mAH non-removable Li-Po battery
- Charging: Warp charge 30T fast charging
- Price: 600 Euros (237,700 Naira)
The 7T features various changes in terms of its design as compared to the 7 or the 7 Pro.
OnePlus 7T design
The OnePlus 7T has a more refined design as compared to its predecessor, the OnePlus 6. The notch on top of the display is now significantly smaller. Users will immediately note the lack of a curved screen that was present in the 6. The functional benefit of a curved display has long been the subject of debate within the smartphone industry.
The 7T’s back is made of a matte-finish glass that comes in striking gradient colour. The backside also houses the circular camera island element that features horizontally-arranged lenses. The frame is made of polished metal and follows a gradient style colour scheme similar to the backside. The lack of curved edges means that the 7T feels heftier than models with curved displays.
The 7T’s most significant update over previous models has to be the display. The device has a 6.55-inch 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 20:9. The 90Hz refresh rate makes the phone’s interface feel snappier as compared to the conventional 60Hz displays. Transitions and animations feel livelier and more immersive on the new screen. The new display technology was among the biggest talking points surrounding OnePlus 7T rumors.
The display has 2400 by 1080 pixels resolution but now features a brighter panel as compared to the OnePlus 6. The 7T’s display achieves a maximum brightness of 743 nits which is significantly high. Keep in mind that the maximum brightness can only be achieved with the adaptive brightness enabled. Sunlight legibility is excellent on the 7T, even better than some pricier flagships from other manufacturers.
Processor, performance, and storage
The 7T will be available in two memory configuration options. The first includes 128GB ROM coupled with 8GB RAM while the second option will feature 256GB ROM paired with 8GB RAM. The device does not have a memory expansion slot which might be a deal-breaker for some users. However, 128 or 256 gigabytes are more than enough for most users.
The new Snapdragon chipset is among the most discussed OnePlus 7T details. The device will be using the Snapdragon 855+ processor which is principally a factory-tuned version of the popular Snapdragon 855 processor. This octa-core overclocked version promises a fifteen per cent increase in performance. The chipset features four low-power cores and four high-power cores.
OnePlus 7T battery life
The 7T gets a slightly bigger battery as compared to the 7 Pro. At 3800 mAH, the OnePlus 7T battery capacity is 100 mAH bigger than its predecessor. However, the display’s 90Hz refresh rate will probably impact battery life adversely. On the upside, the phone supports faster 30W fast charging as compared to 20W on models such as the 7 Pro.
In a battery test conducted by gsmarena.com, the 7T scored lower than the 7 Pro. The lower score is attributable to several factors such as the new display technology, refresh rate and specifications, among other factors. With the significantly larger battery and faster charging, the 7T will probably have no power reliability issues.
Speaker and call quality
OnePlus updated the speaker module on the 7T and made it bigger. The increased speaker size saw the SIM tray moved to the bottom of the device. The 7T is now louder than the OnePlus 7 and has clear, distortion-free sound even at the highest volume levels. Treble sounds can sound a bit muffled, but the bass and mid-range tones sound amazing.
Watching videos is a delight on the 7T since the front-facing speaker is directed at the viewer. Call quality is also excellent as tested by gsmarena.com. The in-call volume is a bit low and may not be the best for those working in noisy environments. When connected to an external amplifier, the 7T delivers great sound in terms of clarity and volume. The device, while not chart-topping, provides outstanding audio performance.
How about its software?
OS and features
The 7T will ship with Android 10 preinstalled. This will be overlaid with OnePlus’s Oxygen OS for added functionality. Oxygen OS has long been known for its minimal but useful additions to the stock Android software. The addition of a 90Hz display makes the entire user interface quicker and more responsive, an upside that users will undoubtedly appreciate.
The most significant changes in Android 10 revolve around app permissions and gesture controls. Directional swipes are now used across the operating system for navigation. Users will have the option to unlock their 7T devices using the inbuilt fingerprint scanner of face scanner. The latter is less secure since it does not make use of 3D scanning. The new Oxygen OS also receives some updates mostly related to ease of use.
The 7T will be running the latest Android version when it hits the market. Once a newer OS is released, users can expect to have the update via OTA (over the air) channels. For now, there are barely any details regarding future updates.
OnePlus 7T camera, video, and image quality
The 7T features a three-camera setup on the back in a conspicuous circular module. The three cameras include a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The camera interface is almost unchanged from previous models except for the addition of a few shooting features. When it comes to video, the 7T can capture 4K video in sixty or thirty frames per second.
Users will be limited to 1080p video when using the telephoto lens. There is also an updated 960 frames per second mode for capturing amazing slow-motion videos. Image and video quality is good, with stunning details and colour reproduction. The camera has a few shortcomings, including excessive noise reduction and the lack of image stabilization, but overall, the results are excellent.
OnePlus 7T colors and accessories
The device will be available in glacier blue and frosted silver colours. There are several OnePlus 7T accessories that users will get. These include a USB-A to USB-C cable, a 20W charging brick and a silicone phone case. The company sticks to its tradition of not supplying a pair of earphones with their devices.
Here are several opinions regarding the 7T from people online.
Users looking to purchase the OnePlus 7T could also take a look at the Asus Zenfone 6, Xiaomi Mi 9T (also known as the Redmi K20 Pro) and the Huawei P30 Pro. The Asus has a larger battery, the Xiaomi is pretty much identical to the OnePlus, and the Huawei offers a camera with five-time optical zoom capability as well as wireless charging.
The OnePlus 7T is a great device that seems to provide fantastic value for money. For the device’s specifications, 237,700 Naira sounds like a reasonable price.
The OnePlus 7T is let down by lack of features such as wireless charging and a headphone jack. However, the stunning display, new operating system, and fast charging should be enough to attract buyers.