OnePlus launched their new phone after a few months of their OnePlus 7-series launch. It’s OnePlus 7T which is powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus and equipped with 90 Hz refresh display panel. It’s priced at ₹37,990 for the base variant (8 GB RAM / 128 GB Internal) in India. It is successor to the OnePlus 7, not the Pro.
So, considering it was released at exactly the same price of ASUS ROG Phone 2, it made a lot of people confused about this phone. So, here in this article, you’ll know everything about the new OnePlus 7T which you must know.
Everything You Need To Know About OnePlus 7T:
It has changed. OnePlus has provided 90 Hz refresh rate panel even on their cheaper phone. It’s not just upgraded in terms of display refresh rate, but there are other improvements as well.
OnePlus 7T is having 6.55-inch FHD+ display now. It is much brighter than the predecessor at 1000-nits. And now it supports HDR10+ content as well. OnePlus managed to put some sensors inside the screen and make the notch smaller. It’s having Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED and have great colour accuracy.
The only drawback here is the 90 Hz panel itself. With ROG Phone 2 at same price having 120 Hz display, most people are going to be more interested in ROG Phone 2, not this.
However, considering the fluidity of Oxygen OS and the past record of ASUS’ software, 90 Hz shouldn’t be considered bad.
#2 Battery & Charging:
There is a slight increase in battery capacity by 100 mAh when compared to OnePlus 7, making it 3800 mAh. However, the battery life gonna be affected a lot due to the 90 Hz panel. It results in much higher battery drain than the usual 60 Hz display.
There is a very low chance that you’re going to switch to 60 Hz because it will just feel less smooth once you’re used to 90 Hz display. And even if you do so, what will the use of getting such a device in which you have to use it in a limited way?
OnePlus 7T includes WARP Charge 30T. It’s slightly faster than the charging speed of the old one. The thing I love about OnePlus’ charging tech is not just the charging speed, but how their phone remain cool even when you’re using the phone while charging.
You may say that you can always charge your phone if the battery capacity is low and it’s just too easy to charge with such super fast charging speed, right? That’s true. OnePlus 7T comes with really fast charge and you’re more likely to full charge your phone within an hour.
However, it hurts the battery.
No, I am not talking about the charging speed. I am talking about charging cycles.
If you’re a heavy user then there is really high chances that you will drain the battery twice a day and you will need to charge it again. That will add another count to the charging cycles of your phone’s battery.
Battery capacity starts depleting after about 500 charging cycles. And you might touch that number of charging cycles within a year or less.
At the same time, ASUS ROG Phone 2 comes with a 6000 mAh battery and 30W charging support. The charging speed is not as fast as OP7T but it does the job.
There is improvement in OnePlus 7T’s speaker and the front facing speaker (or say earpiece) sounds louder than before. The depth on the audio from the speakers is also noticeably better than the older models. OnePlus seems to have done a good job here.
However, when compared to ASUS ROG Phone 2, it is still not loud enough.
Also, unlike the ROG Phone 2, OnePlus 7T don’t come with headphone jack neither any adapter comes in the box. You’ll need to purchase it separately if you want to use your headphones with 3.5mm jack.
OnePlus has improve the LTE connectivity with this device. It can support max 1.2 Gbps of download speed now with 5 CA support. It also supports 4×4 MIMO, which is common for OnePlus devices but not others. Of course, your ISP need to support all this and currently, neither of them is available in India. However, it’s good to have something than not.
On the other hand, ASUS ROG Phone 2 don’t support 4×4 MIMO and have a max speed of 650 Mbps with its base model of 8 GB RAM and 128 GB Internal storage.
So, when compared to the predecessor, it seems to have upgraded camera modules. It now packs 48-MP SONY IMX586 sensor with f/1.6 aperture. They have added 12 MP 2X optical lens as well as 16 MP 117-degree ultra wide angle lens.
It is having a new mode called “Macro Mode” which lets you take macro shots for as low as 2.5cms distance. OnePlus says that it’s hardware-dependant feature, so it won’t be arriving on the older OnePlus devices.
Also, the slow motion video recording at 960-FPS is not available right out of the box. It will be enabled after a software update.
There is a new mode called Super Stable Mode which lets you capture video at [email protected] with great video stabilization.
OnePlus is known for having great performance and retaining the performance for a long time. With the addition of 90 Hz display, the already super smooth Oxygen OS feels just great. It has Snapdragon 855 Plus to handle all the task, easily. And one of the main advantages of playing games on OnePlus devices is that- they don’t start thermal throttling as quickly as others. It makes the gaming experience great for a longer period of time.
#7 Daily Usage:
The biggest competitor of this device is ASUS ROG Phone 2. Both are priced at exactly the same price. However, we should remember that not everyone prefers to play mobile games. There might be people who just want to use their phone for the basic usage such as calling, web browsing, social media app usage etc. And this phone seems perfect for those.
It has 190gms weight compared to 240gms of ROG Phone 2. It is also thinner at 8.13mm. It supports better LTE connectivity as well as Oxygen OS is known to be great when it comes to long term usage.
Also, one of the very important things to know is that ASUS is not exactly known for their software. Instead, they are hated mainly because of the slow update roll-outs and bugs in their phones, mainly the mid-range though.
Meanwhile, OnePlus seems to be pretty fast at rolling out update now. And OnePlus will support it for 2 years when it comes to OS updates and 3 years for the security patches. There are no words for ROG Phone 2.
It’s a great phone for many kinds of people. The only downside, in my opinion, is the battery. It will drain out pretty quickly compared to other devices with 60 Hz panels. And there is no cooling system either which means that it will heat faster and remain hot for a longer period when compared to the devices with some kind of useful cooling system.
It’s definitely not easy to decide whether one should go for this device or the ROG phone 2, but if you’re a gamer then I would say go for ROG Phone 2. There might be an issue with their software updates but soon there will be custom ROMs available for this device and you can flash any such stable custom ROM for bug-free experience.