Laurent Joly

Electronics, News, Smartphones

OnePlus 7T Unveiled, What Do We Think?

OnePlus is a resilient powerhouse among smartphone makers. The company recently unleashed the OnePlus 7T. The phone is the sequel to the OnePlus 7, which was released globally (except in the US) earlier this year, and last year’s OnePlus 6T.

The 7T offers most of the same features as the OnePlus 7 Pro, similar to the Apple’s iPhone 11 line-up. But, the OnePlus 7T costs less and is a smaller chassis.

To own the 7T from OnePlus or T-Mobile in blue or gray, it begins this October for $799 CAD. This is around $70 to $100 less than the 7 Pro costs.

But, the lower price shouldn’t fool you. The 7T is no less a powerhouse than the 7 Pro. Just like with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, there are several features that are precisely the same in both the OnePlus 7T and its sibling. To keep things interesting, OnePlus even includes a couple of features on the 7T that are obviously absent on the 7 Pro.

In our opinion, owners of the 7T would take their phone to be a huge bargain, considering they can boast features that 7 Pro owners can only dream about. There is every likelihood most people will be better served by the 7T.


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  • Display

The 7T’s new 90Hz display is a hand-down from the 7 Pro. While the screen is a tad smaller and has a lower resolution than the Pro, it is a delight to use, just for the refresh rate alone.

Use the phone for a while, and you’d not for a second think a higher resolution will serve your needs better. The screen stays sharp, with great color and overall brightness. We really love the new boosted sunlight mode. It will even get the screen up to 1,000 nits of brightness in direct sunlight. Therefore, you can see more easily. It also supports HDR10 and HDR10+ protocols in tandem.


  • Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor is the power behind the OnePlus 7T’s beast-like performance. The SnapDragon 855 Plus is technically faster than the 855 sitting in the 7 Pro, but there is barely any performance lag in either. The 7T is easily one of the fastest Android phones to buy, just like its sibling. It neither lags nor stutters.


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  • Battery

The 7T has really fast wired charging. OnePlus says the new Warp Charge 30T is 23 percent faster than the Pro’s Warp Charge 30. In 60 minutes flat, it can charge the 7T’s battery from 0 to 100 percent. Tests show that in 30 minutes, an additional 65 percent charge can be had. This is impressive, except for the fact that you need the included charging brick and cable to attain such speeds.


  • Speakers

The 7T’s speakers are impressively loud stereo speakers. They are not on the level of the iPhone 11 Pro’s or the Galaxy Note 10’s, but they sound super decent. Sadly, there’s no headphone jack or USB-C to headphone dongle in the box. Relying on Bluetooth headphones for private listening or getting a dongle to use wired headphones may be your only alternatives.

This might be where our love for the phone starts to wane. Bluetooth puts a strain on the battery. The 7T’s battery – a 3,800mAh unit – only offers 4-5 hours of screen time; this is really average. That said, you may be able to get by with it. Most people can knock a full day out of the 7T. The 90Hz screen impacts battery life sorely, though this can be reduced to 60Hz.


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  • More Issues and Conclusion

Other common issues include the typical OnePlus complaints: absence of wireless charging, no memory card slot, and no official IP rating for dust and water resistance. The phone also aggressively shuts down apps. Aside from these, the OnePlus 7T is worth having.