OnePlus’s new flagship doesn’t change much, but then again, it really didn’t need to.
If you needed proof that OnePlus is now a fully-blown, big-boy smartphone manufacturer, look no further than the number of phones it’s been able to field in 2019. Between the OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7 Pro 5G, 7T, and now 7T Pro and 7T Pro McLaren Edition, we’ve seen a whopping six devices emerge over the past year.
However, unlike the vanilla 7T, the OnePlus 7T Pro is a fairly conservative upgrade over its six-month-old predecessor. OnePlus fans will recognize it as more of a 3 to 3T upgrade, as opposed to a 5 to 5T. If someone handed you both a OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro, you’d have to examine them in forensic detail to tell the difference.
Nevertheless, that’s more of a measure of how compelling the 7 Pro itself still is, rather than evidence a lack of ambition on the part of OnePlus. With the latest software upgrades, the OnePlus 7 Pro remains hugely competitive. So, take that phone and add in subtle camera, performance and battery improvements and you have yourself a worthy encore.
Unfortunately, the phone isn’t coming to the U.S., at least not at launch. OnePlus, which didn’t bring the original OnePlus 7 to North America, is muddying the waters even more with the release of the 7T Pro, making it available in Europe and Asia, where it replaces the OnePlus 7 Pro, but not in North America, where the 7 Pro will continue to live alongside the 7T. Confused about the whole OnePlus lineup? You’re not alone — we have a complete layout of every OnePlus phone you can get that clarifies things.
Hardware and Design
If you’ve seen the OnePlus 7 Pro, you’ve already seen 99.9% of the 7T Pro. A design overhaul wasn’t needed for this release cycle, and so the OnePlus 7T Pro takes what works very well in the previous model and offers only minor tweaks.
The main color option on offer, “Haze Blue” is lighter and a touch more colorful than the old “Nebula Blue,” with a slightly more pronounced reflective pattern. The top-to-bottom gradient on the outer frame is similarly tweaked, in a lighter hue, but otherwise the same.
The easiest way to tell a 7T Pro and a 7 Pro apart is to look for the telltale laser autofocus module, which now lives in the glass panel itself, to the left of the main camera module.
All the strengths and weaknesses of the 7 Pro’s return in the refreshed model. It’s still a slippery, heavy beast that’s hard to use in one hand and easier to drop than I’d like it to be. (You may well want to use in the in-box TPU case.) Yet the simple front face design continues to rank as my favorite in any 2019 handset: curved, but not excessively so. And as close as you’re going to get in a mainstream phone to the platonic ideal of an all-screen handset.
The motorized selfie camera, like the 7 Pro’s, is hidden inside the top bezel, and quickly pops up as and when it’s needed.
The panel, though unchanged from the 7 Pro, also didn’t need an upgrade. With ample resolution, brightness and an ultra-smooth 90Hz refresh rate, it can still match and even beat the more expensive competition. The same applies to OnePlus’s excellent in-screen fingerprint scanner, which is just as fast as the older model, but now works better with damp hands due to additional tuning.
OnePlus’s trademark mute slider is back too, located along the right edge where I’ve occasionally accidentally triggered it while unpocketing the device. Equally, the previous OnePlus flagship’s lack of either a headphone jack nor any official IP rating may be irksome. Personally, I’ve been all-in on Bluetooth audio for a while now, and 7T Pro, like most flagships, was unperturbed by normal use out in the rain during my review period.
The internals of the OnePlus 7T Pro are where you’ll find more meaningful tweaks. It’s using Qualcomm’s very latest Snapdragon 855+ platform, with 8GB/256GB being your only RAM and storage options (the beefier McLaren edition boasts 12GB of RAM). The battery gets a small bump up to 4,085mAh, up from 4,000. And the new Warp Charge 30T charging standard, first introduced with the OnePlus 7T, maintains the same peak wattage as the previous models, but with improved tuning allowing for faster charging speeds during the middle of the charging cycle.
Refrence site – Andriod Central