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OnePlus 7t Review – Continues to be Great Value

by Nicole on October 4, 2019
OnePlus 7T
Positives
  • Display is stunning
  • Solid Camera, the triple camera is very versatile
  • Pop up camera felt gimmicky, but now we have the teardrop. This is personal preference, I don’t mind either set up.
  • Different lenses treat the same color differently (OnePlus always improves their camera significantly, so expect this to go away in an update or two)
  • Android 10
Negatives
  • A little tall for smaller hands
  • No more pop up camera means the teardrop is back
  • OnePlus always improves the camera quite dramatically, the camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro got much better 3 months after launch. We know it’s coming, but we review what we have.
  • No official waterproof rating, even though it capable of being dropped in the bathtub (my OnePlus7 Pro has taken 5 baths so far)

The T line of OnePlus phones has always been an elegant refinement of its predecessor, the same is true for the OnePlus 7T. The design has undergone some significant changes and they’re all ones that immediately made me love it more! No more gimmicky pop-up camera, better in-hand feel and a flat display that yes, does have bezels but makes that 90Hz display pop! Let’s dive into OnePlus 7t!

 

Display

OnePlus has been pleasing display snobs with their 90Hz display and HDR10+and the trend continues with the 7t. 90Hz refresh rate means that scrolling looks insanely smooth. At 6.55 inches it has a rather long 20:9 ratio. This is nice for fellas with big hands, but if you have average size mitts you’ll be heavily reliant on gestures to navigate the phone. OnePlus does have a very intuitive gesture bar, so though it is long, they’ve got solutions for this. The screen to body ratio is 31.46, yes it’s not the highest around, but I appreciate the fact that at least one of the glass surfaces doesn’t have an exposed glass edge.

The AMOLED display is bright with a maximum brightness of over 1000nits and a new internal luminescent that blocks 40% of blue light. OnePlus has also included a full color reading mode, the saturation, gamut and contrast ratio are improved for clarity and I tried it in bed, it was more comfortable. Monochrome reading mode is still there, but it’s nice to have some color when reading articles.

Camera

Triple camera FTW! The main lens is a Sony 49MP IMX586 sensor with a 7P lens structure, f1.6 aperture and optical image stabalization (OIS). The wide angle is 16MP with a 117 degree field of view while the Telephoto lens is 12MP with an apeture of f/2.2 and 2X optical zoom.

Here we take the zoom to task on the Berliner Fernsehturm we used the full 10X zoom to see just how clear was. The detail is impressive, but this isn’t on the same level as the party trick the Huawei P30 plays with its 50X zoom.

When testing out the triple camera in my living room on some flowers you can see that the main lens is heavily saturated while the wide angle and telephoto are washed out.

We tested out the Macro Mode which lets you take photos from 2.5cm away, the detail is pretty amazing. We took two photos of the flower, one in super macro, the standard lens is really pulling up the saturation, but the detail in super macro mode is much better. Future meals, you’ve been warned, you won’t be able to hide a thing!

Macro Mode

ProTip: We take most of our food photos in Nightscape, the over sharpening is a little artificial, but we love the aesthetic.

Gallery of OnePlus 7t Photos

OnePlus offers a dedicated night mode, Nightscape works on the Ultra wide and the main lens, not the telephoto.

The night shots are impressive and on par with the OnePlus 7 Pro, the 7T have night time chops.

Normal Photo Mode

Nitescape

You can still shoot in RAW and OnePlus has included an AI scene detection, pretty standard stuff.

When it comes to video OnePlus is offering Hybrid Image Stabilization (HIS) which combines OIS and EIS to help compensate for unwanted bumps, shakes to produce smoother video. We have 4K video at 30/60fps, super slow motion at 1080p 240fps, 720p at 480 or 960fps.

Selfies

The selfie camera is good! With an aperture of f/2.0 it is fine in low light, and the contrast with background lighting is very solid. The 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor has EIS and a pixel size of 1.0um. This sensor hasn’t changed from the 7 Pro, but we found that the photos are better, nicer detail and it handles back lighting much better.

Performance

The OnePus 7t comes with an updated SOC, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, Octa Core, 7nm up to 2.96GHz with Qualcomm AI Engine and an Areno 640 GPU. We have options for 8GB or RAM and 128/256GB with UFS 3.0 2-lane. The in screen fingerprint sensor works great, no missed reading yet.

The haptic driver has been updated with a new motor that (according to OnePlus) provides a more natural an tactile feel. We spend a few minutes making the phone vibrate and a few phones we had one hand vibrate (Note 10 & 7 Pro) the vibrations feel smaller or tighter and it’s less dramatic when it kicks in, we’re not sure if this means we won’t feel it, but if you have a phone whose vibration can be heard from across the room you’ll hear the difference. Often the haptic motors are loud, you want to feel it, not hear it. This new motor is quieter and the vibration tighter.

OnePlus 7 Pro vs OnePlus 7t

The major difference It does have a smaller display 6.55” vs 6.7 but the smaller display means smaller battery 3800mAh vs 4000mAh on the 7 Pro. Overall, I believe the lighter weight 190g vs 206 to be a huge improvement to the overall feeling in hand, the 7 Pro always a little top heavy, the 7t feels perfectly balanced. The triple camera is a major step forward we have loved the wide-angle since LG began the trend.

OnePlus 7

OnePlus 7 Pro

Battery Life – Updated!

If you’re a heavy user, this will not last you the day, the upside is that the warp charge is the fastest around. The times where I made it through the entire day were moderate use days, 2-2.5 hours of chat/social/reading articles/web browsing, 30 min of navigation, 30min of emails and 4hrs of Spotify (mix of offline and online). I’ve gotten nearly 5 hours of screen on time, brightness on auto using it outside. Most days if I’m going to head out at night and expect to be messaging a bit over the evening I’ll top up, thankfully this only takes a few minutes.

The upside to OnePlus has always been the Warp Charge, you need their charger and cable, but you get very fast charging speeds. The 7t has Warp Charge 30T which will give you 70% in 30min. I tested it out, I went from 5% to 76% in 30min, so even faster than advertised. OnePlus has also focused on keeping the phone cool while topping it up so aggressively. This can a problem if you’re gaming while charging, the phone does get warm around the battery, but it’s not uncomfortable.

Software

Oxygen OS is OnePlus’ software skin running on top of Android 10.0. It offers a light amount of alterations to Google’s operating system ethos, with a minimalistic flat design – and the extras that are here are really likable changes.

New with the OnePlus 7 Pro software suite is a built-in screen recorder. You can capture everything that’s happening on your display if you want to, for example, create a play-by-play video tutorial. You can even choose to record internal or external audio.

Google thinks full-length screenshots are ‘infeasible’ for stock Android, but OnePlus has you covered with its returning Extended Screenshot tool, and it’s reintroduced with more scrolling screen fluidity thanks to the OnePlus 7 Pro’s 90Hz refresh rate – gone is the jerky motion of stitching and moving down a long web page.

Zen Mode is a new software perk along the lines of Google’s Digital Wellbeing, encouraging you to put down your phone more often. Entering this mode restricts your phone usage for 20 minutes – no texts, no checking the news and no social media whatsoever. You can still make and receive calls and take photos, but the point is to give yourself a 20-minute digital break.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is close to pure Android, it has fun software extras, and it’s easy to use.

We did one Android 10 features missing, we’d been wanting to check out Live Caption which will add text to any video playing. It’s an amazing feature for those with a hearing impairment or anyone who wants to read the audio on any video playing. It works offline as well, which is an incredible feature if you have a hearing impairment or just don’t like listening to audio on top of video.

Price

The OnePlus 7t will set you back $599 for the version with 128GB or storage and 8GB of RAM, which is a great deal for such a premium handset.

Rating
Design / 8
Camera / 8
Sound / 8
Performance / 9
Battery Life / 8
Software / 9
Price / 9
Editor's Choice / 9
Hardware / 8.5
Display / 9
OnePlus 7T

The OnePlus 7t went back to basics and focused on what really matters in a handset. Durability. I don’t know how many cracked display’s I see on the subway but this curved glass trend, though stunning, it’s practical for the majority of us who tend to drop our phones. The flat panel really makes the 90Hz display shine, even though my daily driver is the OnePlus 7 Pro, I still can’t get over just how beautiful the transitions and UX are, nevermind when I watch video or play games.

The triple camera is solid, but does need some work, right now we’re seeing variations is color temperature when we switch lenses. The selfie camera seems to have gotten a boost over the previous generation and we love it. The camera doesn’t pop up so people know where to look when you’re taking a groupie, the skin quality and detail is excellent. If a solid selfie camera is high on your list, this one won’t disappoint.

The 190g weight is very comfortable in hand and the phone feels very well balanced. The matte glass back means that it’s resistant to finger prints and the curve makes it sit comfortably without feeling too slippery. As a bonus there is a case included in the box and OnePlus knows what premium means, the screen protector that it ships with is meant to stay on your phone, unlike Samsung whose foil is damaged the first time you put it in your pocket. It’s the little details that makes this a premium handset at a more affordable price.

8.6
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