OnePlus 7T Pro, long-term test: An upgrade dilemma

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The OnePlus 7T Pro was launched in Oct 2019.


Graphic: OnePlus

When it was first launched to the finish of very last yr, the £699 (inc. VAT) OnePlus 7T Pro bought combined assessments. It was hailed as a excellent flagship-course handset, but not noticed as a huge leap forward from the £649 OnePlus seven Pro. Getting utilised the OnePlus 7T Pro as my key handset for a pair of months, I’ve uncovered some pluses, some minuses, and some features that have left me a very little chilly. 

This is a effectively specified handset, as it really should be for the cost. The Snapdragon 855+ chipset is a stage up from the OnePlus seven Pro’s Snapdragon 855, providing greater CPU and GPU clock speeds. Apps run smoothly, online video renders neatly, and ability-avid gamers may definitely respect the more zip. The OnePlus 7T Pro’s 8GB of RAM assists way too. I failed to practical experience any waits, or stalls, or gradual-downs through my tests period — if I had, I might have been worried, as they simply just should not materialize.

You will find 256GB of inside storage, which I failed to arrive anywhere around near to filling. The absence of a MicroSD card slot for supplemental exterior storage isn’t really a concern.

The display screen is a delight, and not just due to the fact of its headline 90Hz refresh rate, which will charm most to hardened avid gamers. The 6.sixty seven-inch AMOLED panel is vast — a good deal large more than enough for online video viewing and web searching — and has a resolution of 1,440 by three,120 pixels (516ppi). As a large fan of keeping away from paper, I was able to use the OnePlus 7T Pro with a Bluetooth keyboard for be aware-having in conferences, even though my tablet or notebook was nonetheless needed for document viewing. It is really not a terrible blend.

The OnePlus tactic to configuring the display screen for reading is nonetheless a large lure for me. Getting the display screen immediately switch monochrome when I start a unique app — any app I like — is a large in addition, and basically I had this facility set up on the Fast Options menu and flipped into it on and off when I needed a little bit of eye comfort and ease. For me, it beats the handset’s night method. This is a element of Oxygen OS, which sits on leading of Android 10, and I are unable to recognize why far more handset makers really don’t copy it. It is really a actual in addition point.

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The glass back again is desirable, but slippery in the hand.


Graphic: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

The in-display screen fingerprint reader is quickly and successful — no complaints from me on that rating. The screen’s curved edges are par for the study course for flagship-course handset these times, and are no large offer listed here — in fact, the display screen tapering into the sides would make the OnePlus 7T Pro simple to keep considering its measurement. This matters, due to the fact the 6.sixty seven-inch display screen would make this a pocket-difficult cellular phone at seventy five.9mm broad by 162.6mm deep by 8.8mm thick. It is really absolutely a little bit of a beast to use 1-handed for these, like me, with more compact hands. 

I was fairly content with the create, which feels pretty good and proved to be strong. A number of accidental drops, which includes far more than 1 on to a tiled floor, failed to dent or crack nearly anything — the entrance and back again each element 3D Gorilla Glass. The blue back again is rather neat to glance at, even though its slipperiness meant I resorted to the presented clear bumper scenario at instances. This provides a little bit of thickness and pounds to an presently significant 206g, and eliminates that nice curved structure of the extensive edges, but at the very least it leaves the blue back again noticeable. The absence of an IP ranking for dust and water resistance, which is popular on other flagship-course phones, is a slight concern though. 

You will find no three.5mm headset jack, so you are going to have to have to use the USB-C port or a wireless headset. I opted for the latter, with 1 of my legitimate wireless earbuds sitting in an ear for function calls, and each in put for after-hours listening.

Large workload times challenged the handset’s four,085mAh battery, draining it to 30 % on instances. Fast charging (30W), which OnePlus calls Warp Charge, was a boon: I could set the handset to charge when investing 50 % an hour getting ready a meal and it would leap from 30% to more than 70% in that time. 

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Graphic shot with the OnePlus 7T Pro’s 16MP extremely-broad-angle digicam (Five Arches Bridge on the river Cray, SE London).


Graphic: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

The array of a few cameras at the back again performed just fantastic through my point-and-shoot tests. The key forty eight-megapixel digicam has an f/1.6 broad-angle lens with OIS (optical picture stabilisation). This is accompanied by an 8MP f/2.four telephoto digicam (3x optical zoom, also with OIS) and a 16MP f/2.2 extremely-broad-angle digicam. I bought some nice panoramas when out on walking trips more than the Xmas crack and into January. The camera’s computerized suggestion to shoot panoramas in extremely-broad method invariably made much better-framed shots (see the illustration ultrawide picture). I also relished utilizing the macro method.

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The monochrome display screen alternative is valuable when reading e-guides.


Graphic: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

The pop-up entrance digicam (16MP, f/2.) enables for the entire of the entrance display screen to be full-confront without needing to accommodate a notch or reduce-out, ensuing in a display screen-to-entire body ratio of 88.five%. I really don’t do significantly selfie-related photography, so the wait around for the digicam to pop out was not a dilemma keen selfie-takers may locate it annoying though.

One additional element warrants a pretty honourable mention. The slider on the correct-hand side that sets the ringer to mute, vibrate or ring is a godsend. No handset really should be without 1.

Conclusions

Applying the OnePlus 7T Pro for longer than the typical evaluation period has been an pleasant practical experience. I’m a large fan of the Studying (monochrome display screen) method and the hardware slider that controls the ringer. These are staples on OnePlus handsets, though, and I’m not convinced the 7T Pro is vastly much better than the fairly significantly less pricey (£649) OnePlus seven Pro. OnePlus enthusiasts might want to do a ‘compare and contrast’:

OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus seven Pro

Screen measurement / technology

6.sixty seven inches / AMOLED  (90Hz)

6.sixty seven inches / AMOLED  (90Hz)

Screen resolution 

three,120 x 1,440 pixels  

three,120 x 1,440 pixels  

Pixel density

516ppi  

516ppi  

Dimensions 

162.6 x seventy five.9 x 8.8mm

162.6 x seventy five.9 x 8.8mm

Screen to entire body ratio 

88.five%

88.five% 

Body weight

206g

206g

Working technique / UI overlay  

Android 10 / OxygenOS  

Android 9 / OxygenOS  

Cameras (rear) 

48MP (broad-angle), 8MP (telephoto), 16MP (extremely broad-angle)  

48MP (broad-angle), 8MP (telephoto), 16MP (extremely broad-angle)  

Digital camera (entrance)  

16MP (pop-up

16MP (pop-up)

Movie seize 

4K @ 30/60fps  

4K @ 30/60fps  

Chipset 

2.96GHz octa-main Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ 

2.84GHz octa-main Qualcomm Snapdragon 855  

RAM

8GB (12GB available on 5G McLaren edition  

6GB / 8GB / 12GB 

Storage

256GB

128GB / 256GB

External storage (MicroSD)

no

no

4G LTE bands

24

24

Wi-fi 

802.11ac

802.11ac  

Bluetooth

five.

five.

Positioning

GPS (L1+L5 Twin Band), GLONASS, Galileo (E1+E5a Twin Band), Beidou, A-GPS  

GPS (L1+L5 Twin Band), GLONASS, Galileo (E1+E5a Twin Band), Beidou, A-GPS  

NFC

no

no

FM radio

no

no

Infrared

no

no

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

Headphone Jack (three.5mm)

no

no

Battery

four,085mAh

four,000mAh

Fast charging

Warp Charge (30W)

Warp Charge (30W)  

Wireless charging

no

no

Fingerprint sensor

in-display screen

in-display screen

IP ranking (dust/water resistance)

no

no

Rate

£699 (inc. VAT)

£649 (inc. VAT)

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