Which one should you buy, OnePlus 7T or OnePlus 7T Pro?

OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus moved to two variant system on top of their annual T refresh since the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7T Pro came out earlier this year.  This move was a step in the right direction for the brand to move into serious flagship territory. Now there are two variants of the latest offering from OnePlus, namely the OnePlus 7T and the OnePlus 7T Pro. Many people are a tad bit confused about which one to buy. So I thought I will give you my thoughts on the choices

Let us look at both these devices and their key features first. Starting with the OnePlus 7T

OnePlus 7T

As soon as you take the OnePlus 7T out of the box, the first thing that grabs your attention is the phone’s large and pronounced 6.55-inch display. Even when the screen is turned off, it seems to stretch delightfully to each edge of the phone, and is only interrupted by the phone’s tiny drop notch that houses the front camera lens, which is situated top-center in the front.The minute you turn this screen on, the Fluid AMOLED panel’s real star quality makes itself known. It has a 90Hz refresh rate. This is the same panel used on 2019’s OnePlus 7 Pro and, as we all know by now, the 90Hz screen equates to “buttery smooth” scrolling, swiping and transitioning. All in all, the display is one of the heroes of the phone and the fact that it is flat and not curved is a big plus for people like me who are not fond of curved displays.By refreshing at a higher rate than an average smartphone’s typical 60Hz, the crispness and clarity of the screen is markedly improved to the eye, and every transition (scrolling, page turning, app switch etc) appears incredibly slick and smooth. Although it sounds like a small point when I say it here, the screen is the part of the phone that you use the most, hence the fact it moves so well now  is something that makes the experience wonderful and pleasing.

Add that to the fact that the OnePlus 7T’s screen also delivers 400 pixels-per-inch in terms of sharpness, which is  so premium and good that it is imperceptible to the human eye, that and strong peak brightness levels. The display is also covered with Gorilla Glass, giving it great levels of protection, too. I can’t say enough how good the screen is on the OnePlus 7T.

OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro

Coming to the design, the OnePlus 7T at first glance looks like a slightly taller and thinner OnePlus 6T, mostly because of the 20:9 aspect ratio. The front it is all screen, with very very tiny bezels around each side. When you flip the phone over, you see the big difference with a circular three camera array sitting on a frosted glass matte finish, which on my review device was Glacier Blue.

OnePlus has delivered a blindingly fast mobile phone in the OnePlus 7T. The device has at its heart is a state-of-the-art Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU, which along with the Huawei Kirin 990 currently is one of two market-leading Android processors.

In fact, the only processor that actually beats the 855 Plus is Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor as featured in the iPhone 11 range of phones, but that is largely immaterial in terms of real-world performance, and especially so when it comes round to OS and app performance on a day-to-day level. In terms of Android phones right now in 2019, the OnePlus 7T is blindingly fast. But then that is now regular expectation from a OnePlus phone and they have not disappointed with the OnePlus 7T.

Now the OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus 7T Pro was just launched amid much fanfare in London just sometime ago. The device is a successor to the OnePlus 7 Pro that helped OnePlus move into serious flagship zone. This device packs a lot of class and power. Here are my first impressions of this new offering from OnePlus

Smooth, responsive, and vivid, the OnePlus 7T Pro’s 6.67” Fluid  AMOLED features a 90 Hz refresh rate, QHD+ resolution, and HDR10+ technology.  A layer of gently-curved glass extends from edge to edge for an incredibly immersive viewing experience and a remarkably  premium look and feel.

The cutting-edge 90 Hz refresh rate introduced on the OnePlus 7 Pro makes its return on the OnePlus 7T Pro, with an edge-to-edge display for seamless viewing.  Whether you’re browsing the web or scrolling through photos, experience it all in smooth, responsive, borderless 90 Hz. The OnePlus 7T Pro’s spacious display isn’t just unbelievably smooth—it’s also unbelievably clear, boasting an impressive 3120×1440 resolution for 516 pixels per inch. Videos are crisp, images are sharp, and text is smooth, bold, and easy to read.

OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro

The OnePlus 7T Pro has a triple camera set up. Three independent cameras work in concert for exceptional versatility, stunning clarity, and true-to-life color reproduction.

Main Lens: Featuring the Sony 48 MP IMX586 sensor, the OnePlus 7T Pro’s main lens is ideal for everyday photography. It features a 7P lens structure, f/1.6 aperture, and optical image stabilization (OIS) for detailed photos and videos.

Ultra Wide Angle Lens: When you need to fit more in frame, switch over to the 16 MP ultra wide angle lens with an impressive 117° field of view, perfect for expansive landscapes, group photos, and cramped spaces.

Telephoto Lens: For long-range photography, the dedicated 8 MP telephoto lens produces 3x optical zoom at an aperture of f/2.4.  It also boasts OIS for clear shots at a distance.

The OnePlus 7T Pro’s intelligent photography optimizations automatically streamline settings and post-processing algorithms for more consistently impressive photos. UltraShot particularly focuses on optimizing images in difficult lighting, allowing users to capture better sunrises, sunsets, and professional backlit portraits.

Utilizing both the telephoto lens and main lens in Portrait Mode, users can choose between two distinct focal lengths—each producing its own unique aesthetic. Dramatic portraits and professional headshots are bolder and more expressive than ever before.

The OnePlus 7T Pro is powered by the latest mobile platform, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855+, which renders graphics 15% faster and significantly augments CPU performance compared to the standard Snapdragon™ 855.

With data speeds of up to 23.2 Gb/s, UFS 3.0 means faster file transfers, quicker loading times, and smoother overall system performance. And with 256 GB of storage, you’ll never run out of room for photos, music, or games.The OnePlus 7T Pro has been upgraded with a more powerful processor, updated unlocking algorithms, and the latest in-display fingerprint reader. Unlocking is as fast as ever, and it’s now more secure and accurate.

So which one should you buy, OnePlus 7T or OnePlus 7T Pro?

If you are looking for best value for what you are spending on the phone and want it to have power specs and flagship value – then the answer is a resounding yes for the OnePlus 7T. The OnePlus 7T is the best value flagship with the best android experience of the year and it costs a good 15k less than the pro version

If you are looking for a true blue flagship that turns heads and delivers like a speed demon and you don’t mind spending on a classy device, then the OnePlus 7T Pro is for you. It has an exquisitely large screen, it is a 6.65-inch fluid AMOLED screen. The screen is also of considerably higher resolution 2K screen, while also having zero bezels and a curved panel. There is a snazzy popup camera. The rear camera is slightly faster than the standard OnePlus 7T and it comes with a laser autofocus system.

So the answer is that the choice depends on what you want from your phone.

About Shakthi

I am a Tech Blogger, Disability Activist, Keynote Speaker, Startup Mentor and Digital Branding Consultant. Also a McKinsey Executive Panel Member. Also known as @v_shakthi on twitter. Been around Tech for two decades now.

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