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OnePlus 7T launches with a 90Hz display and Snapdragon 855+ But was it necessary?

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An unexpected mega update! Yup, that’s what OnePlus has introduced to the market in the form of OnePlus 7T. Judging from past experiences, I only expected a maximum of a chipset upgrade in the latest iteration of the 7 series from OnePlus. Well, it launched yesterday, and it’s safe to say my expectations were far too limited in comparison with what OnePlus had in store for us. Yes, there is a chipset upgrade, but there’s far too much to it than just that.

First of all, let’s start with the camera update. Though the triple camera setup on the back has a similar 48MP primary sensor as before, the photos from it will turn out much brighter. And that’s because the aperture has been bumped up from f/1.6 to f/1.7. Thereby matching it with the existing OnePlus 7 Pro. However, the sensor on it is the same Sony IMX586.

Moving on to the telephoto lens, OnePlus 7T has a 12MP telephoto lens with a 2x optical zoom. Now, that’s small in comparison with the 7 Pro’s as it provides 3x optical zoom. However, it had a lower resolution as it used an 8MP sensor. Also, a noteworthy fact here is that the 7T’s telephoto lens unlike 7 Pro’s does not have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The ultra-wide lens, however, remains the same. OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T both have a 16MP ultra-wide lens with 117-degree FOV. Regardless, the 7T still boasts a few updates here too. It has a macro mode that helps to shot from 2.4cm away. Additionally, it also provides 960fps slow-mo mode at 720p.

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Another key area in which the 7T has upgraded is its display. The 7T boasts a 6.55-inch FHD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. This inclusion propels the OnePlus 7T’s display into the same category as few gaming-centric smartphones. The notch up-top is also said to have further decreased by a third of the actual devices’ notch. However, the front camera housed inside the notch has not been changed. It is still a 16MP selfie shooter.

You can also see that the peak brightness in the display has been upgraded too. The peak brightness in 7T is 1000 nits. This surpasses the 7 Pro’s 800 nits peak brightness by a margin and outshines the OnePlus 7’s 453 nits (643 nits in auto mode) by a mile. Furthermore, it also includes a new haptic driver which helps the device to get a stronger and more natural vibration.

Nevertheless, despite an increase in the refresh rate, it seems the 7 Pro still leads the way in some aspects. Though the 1080p+ resolution of the new 7T is no joke, the Pro version boasts a QHD display. Well, for that all I can say is you can’t have it all, can you?

Also Read: Oneplus 7 Pro gets a price drop in Nepal 

With the inclusion of Snapdragon 855+, OnePlus has brought an expected chipset upgrade. This update seems rather mandatory as the screen boasts a 90Hz display. So, a boosted GPU for playing games in the 90Hz supported display is not surprising. Furthermore, 7T comes with 8GB of RAM. And as for the internal storage, buyers have the option to choose whether a 128GB variant or a 256GB variant.

Talking about the battery, the OnePlus 7T is powered by a 3800mAh battery that supports Warp Charge 30T. Now, it slightly smaller than the 7Pro’s 4000mAh battery, the charging speed has been upgraded. It now charges 23% faster than the existing 30W Warp charge. Meaning, the device can reach 70% charge in half an hour. However, there’s still no sign of the wireless charging in this device either.

One Plus 7T Specifications Highlights:

  • OS: Android 10 with OxygenOS 10.0
  • Display: 6.55-inch (2400 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 20:9 aspect ratio Fluid AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ sRGB color gamut, DCI-P3 color gamut, 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • CPU: Octa-Core (1 x Kryo 485 at 2.96GHz + 3 x Kryo 485 at 2.42GHz + 4 x Kryo 385 at 1.8GHz)
  • GPU: Adreno 640 GPU
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB (UFS 3.0) storage
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • Primary Cameras:
    – 48MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash, f/1.6 aperture, 1/2.25″ Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, OIS, EIS, 4K 60fps, Super Slow Motion 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960fps
    – 16MP 117° ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 2.5cm macro
    – 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.2 aperture for 2x optical zoom
  • Front Camera: 16MP front-facing camera with Sony IMX471 sensor, f/2.0 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor: In-display (optical)
  • Dimensions: 160.94×74.44×8.13mm
  • Weight: 190g
  • Audio: Stereo Speakers, Dolby Atmos
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz) 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 3800mAh with Warp Charge 30T fast charging
  • Colors: Glacier Blue, Frosted Silver
  • Price: $599 (128GB)
  • OnePlus 7T Price in Nepal (expected): Rs. 75,000

OnePlus 7T Initial Impression:

90Hz display, 8GB of RAM, Snapdragon 855+ and what not. All these specs seem great. But what about the price? Well, the expected starting price of the OnePlus 7T is $600. That seems like a fairly reasonable price. However, a problem lies herein too. What I mean is, people have an option to buy the brand-new iPhone 11 at $700. Now, that’s just 100 bucks more than the starting price of the OnePlus 7T. So, will people really choose OnePlus 7T over iPhone 11?

That’s a matter of contention. Especially in the American market in which iPhone users surpass Android users by miles. Furthermore, A13 bionic chip used in iPhone 11 is quite frankly a beast when it comes to performance. It has Apple’s custom quad-core GPU and octa-core Neural Engine. These Neural Engines are capable of performing 10 trillion tasks per second. Moreover, the chipset also packs the impressive Deep Fusion machine learning capabilities. This significantly improves low and medium light photography.

By contrast, the Snapdragon 855 plus’ Hexagon 690 AI engine is capable of performing around 7 trillion operations per second. Although this chipset does enhance the mobile gaming experience, performance-wise the clear winner out here is the A13 chip. And that means that by paying just 100 dollars more, you’ll get a better performing device in the form of iPhone 11. Not only that, iPhone, to be honest, has its own appeal that brands such as OnePlus will always find tough to compete against.

Now another reason why I don’t believe this phone was a necessity is that despite having a 90Hz display and Snapdragon 855+, the OnePlus 7T is not a dedicated gaming smartphone. No doubt people will enjoy the silky-smooth refresh rate of the device and the expanded color range of the display. But still, it does not provide other necessary gaming support features that one would normally buy a 90Hz display smartphone for. Now I’m not saying that what OnePlus has achieved with the 7T is bad, but rather it was sort of unrequired at the moment to bring a smartphone once again targeted for higher-segment customers.

Maybe they could have designed a phone for the mid-range segment? Though the OnePlus X was sort of a failure, they should have I guess opted to better their mid-range offering in order to further capture the market. My opinion is that Redmi with its K20 and K20 Pro currently rules that segment. And OnePlus had a far better chance to come up with a device and make dethrone them. Another option could have been to come up with an entirely new segment, maybe their own lineup of gaming smartphones to introduce such features. But no, they went on to upgrade the already existing segment.

Thus, even though an impressive device, the OnePlus 7T I guess is not what the market currently needed. However, at the end of the day, these are just my opinions and they do not necessarily have to align what others have to say. But what do you think, is the OnePlus 7T worth buying over iPhone 11 or as a matter of fact the OnePlus 7 Pro itself?