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OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition Smartphone Review

OnePlus has partnered with supercar manufacturer McLaren to bring a OnePlus 7T Pro smartphone to the premium smartphone market and we're finding out if its performance matches its cool looks.


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OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
 

Quick Verdict

If you're simply wanting to purchase a OnePlus smartphone with a decent screen and good battery that can capture images with good levels of quality then you might as well save £100 and buy the OnePlus 7T Pro. However, if minor speed improvements and a really cool-looking design are important to you then you're probably going to opt for the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren edition. But, in all honesty, you're probably going to put a case on the smartphone any way which means you won't be able to see the edgy design so you might as well save yourself some cash, buy a cool-looking case and capture your photos with the OnePlus 7T Pro. 

+ Pros

  • Great screen 
  • Good image quality 
  • High-speed device
  • Lovely design
  • Fun pop-up camera
  • Impressive night mode

- Cons

  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone socket
  • Digital zoom isn't great
  • Not the best, but not the worst camera we've seen (for the price)
  • Expensive 
  • Not too different from the OnePlus 7T Pro 
 

 

OnePlus and McLaren have, once again, joined forces to introduce a flagship smartphone from OnePlus that features McLaren branding as well as the promise of more power. 

The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren is available now for around £799 (12GB RAM/256GB internal storage) which is £100 more expensive than the OnePlus 7T Pro it's based on so it'll be interesting to see if the specs it does add are worth the extra cash. It's also worth mentioning that the cameras on the McLaren edition are exactly the same as those found on the OnePlus 7T Pro so if photography is the main reason you're thinking of getting a new smartphone and you're deciding between the OnePlus 7T Pro and the McLaren edition, then you're going to be better off saving £100 and purchasing the OnePlus 7T Pro. 

As we've not reviewed the OnePlus 7T Pro, yet, we'll be putting the cameras to a full test on the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren edition so you can find out how the cameras built into both smartphones perform. 

If you're already thinking you don't want to spend £799 on a smartphone, you might want to take a look at the OnePlus 7T instead which is priced at around £549 and features a 48MP ultra-wide triple camera set-up with 2x zoom, fast charging and quite a few interesting camera modes.

 

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Features

OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
 

The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren smartphone, and 7T Pro, feature a triple camera set-up arranged in a vertical design whereas the 7T features 3 cameras in a circular module. The camera specs are also slightly different on the basic 7T vs the 7T Pro/Mclaren edition, too. 

The Triple camera setup features a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586, half-inch large image sensor with a 7P lens, and a large aperture of f/1.6 with OIS, there's a 3x telephoto lens which also has OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). A 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide lens is also built-in with auto-focus (AF). The selfie camera is a 16MP f/2.0 lens which pops-up from the smartphone's interior so there's no notch or punch hole taking up space on the screen and among the camera modes, are a macro mode which can focus to 2.5cm and a Nightscape mode which can be used with the ultra-wide-angle lens, and the standard camera. OnePlus' photography UltraShot Engine is also built into the full camera line-up to help improve image quality, particularly in low light. 

Those who often capture video can now switch interchangeably between all three lenses while simultaneously stabilising the footage. 

Other standout features include a 6.67inch (1440x3120) 90Hz Fluid QHD+ Resolution display, Snapdragon 855 Plus, 4K video at 30/60 fps, super slow mode video, Warp charging, In-display fingerprint sensor and a 4085mAh battery. 

Key Features

  • 48MP, f/1.6, 26mm, PDAF, OIS, Laser AF (wide)
  • 8MP, f/2.4, 51mm, PDAF, 3x telephoto camera
  • 16MP, f/2.2, 13mm, AF - Ultra-wide
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.0, 25mm
  • Night mode, Portrait mode
  • Pro mode with manual controls
  • Video: 4K video at 30/60fps, 720P video at 480fps, 720P video at 960fps, 1080P video at 240fps
  • 6.67inch (1440x3120) 90Hz Fluid QHD+ screen
  • Front/back glass construction with McLaren detailing 
  • USB Type-C
  • 4085mAh battery (fast charging)
  • Weight: 206g
  • Size: 162.6×75.9×8.8mm
  • 12GB RAM/256GB 

 

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Handling

OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
 

Design is the name of the game with the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren smartphone adding the McLaren hallmark Papya Orange tint to the smartphone in a line that surrounds the smartphone's edge, and camera unit, and it also appears on the side switch. This accent stands out against the black surface which also has a carbon fibre effect that bends light to create unique patterns. It's pretty cool and makes you go 'ooh' the first time you see it but as you'll probably be putting a case on the smartphone to protect the glass back, you won't be seeing it very often. 

Talking of cases, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren comes with a very smart-looking case that features carbon fibre accents and down the middle, you find Italian-made Alcantara, the same fabric found in the interiors of McLaren's luxury sports cars. As in-box cases go, this one is really impressive as it's built well, feels solid and gives you confidence that it will protect your smartphone. Have a look at our video below to view more.

The Papya Orange tint is continued onto the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren smartphone's display with app icons taking on an orange glow when they have a notification. There are also exclusive animations, themes and wallpapers available. Plus, icons are custom-made exclusively for the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition with the clock, in particular, taking inspiration from the minimalist dashboard instruments found in McLaren cars. There's also a dark mode enabled by default which you can change in the settings if you want to. 

We can't deny that it's a lovely looking smartphone that screams 'McLaren cool' and, it also feels really well built, too - something you definitely expect when a smartphone brand teams up with one of the most famous car manufacturers in the world.

 

OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
 

In the hand, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren smartphone feels sturdy and re-assuringly heavy (just like the iPhone and premium smartphones from Samsung) which lets you know it's built really well. Edges are curved, making it easy to hold in one hand, and the case gives the device even more grip. Plus, it doesn't slide off surfaces either. 

It's a big smartphone with a 6.67inch edge-to-edge screen but it doesn't feel overly big and is comfortable to hold. 

Talking of the screen, it has a 90Hz refresh rate so transitions are smoother and it's bright, colour reproduction is good and you can view it fine in sunlight. Bezels are thin, adding to the premium feel and the removal of the top-notch and no in-screen camera cutout does make the screen feel bigger when viewing photos or watching videos. 

Other features worth a mention include an in-screen fingerprint sensor, fast charging, 12GB RAM/256GB, 4085mAh battery and Snapdragon 855 Plus. There's no headphone jack and the smartphone doesn't have a MicroSD slot so the memory can't be expanded (not that you'd need to anyway).

OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
 

On the back, you find the following cameras: 

  • 48MP, f/1.6, 26mm, PDAF, OIS, Laser AF (wide)
  • 8MP, f/2.4, 51mm, PDAF, 3x telephoto, with OIS
  • 16MP, f/2.2, 13mm, AF (ultrawide)

This triple-camera set-up is slightly different to the one found on the OnePlus 7T but it is the same as the OnePlus 7T Pro. The 16MP, f/2.0, 25mm selfie camera is also different as it pops-up out of the smartphone whereas the basic 7T has a dewdrop design. It's not the first pop-up selfie camera we've seen but it is one of the most well-built with not too much movement if you wiggle it (please don't do this) and there's only a gentle mechanical noise when you activate it. As with other smartphones that have a pop-up selfie camera, if the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren senses you've dropped it, it will quickly retract the selfie camera so it doesn't get broken. 

 

OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
 

Video, on the rear camera, can be captured at 4K 30/60fps, 720 at 480fps/960fps and 1080P at 240fps. The selfie camera captures video at 1080p 30fps. 

As you'd expect to find on a modern smartphone, some clever technology is also built-in to help optimise your images including adding bokeh and creating better low light images. There are also portrait enhancement options available along with a Pro mode, macro mode, panorama and time-lapse. 

The camera app is like we've seen on other OnePlus smartphones but if you've not used one before, it's easy to navigate/use. 

The benchmarking stats for the OnePlus 7T Mclaren are impressive: Geekbench 5 scores are 790 single-core, 2838 multi-core and 497888 with AnTuTu. 

Battery life - The 4085mAh battery impressed us as even after hours of capturing images/video it still had plenty left in the tank and, should you need it, fast-charging is available too. 


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