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OnePlus 7T Smartphone Review

The OnePlus 7T is a reasonably priced smartphone that has a promising set of cameras and an interesting design but can it capture photos that are good enough to impress photographers?


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OnePlus 7T
 

Quick Verdict

If you liked the look of the OnePlus 7 Pro but didn't like its size or price-tag then the OnePlus 7T could be a good option for you. It's more compact, has a great screen and is capable of capturing good images. Generally, dynamic range was good and colours were accurate in images captured both indoors and outside (in good light) so there's no real complaint in the camera department either. Overall, it's a great smartphone but does it 'wow' us? Not really but then again, it takes quite a bit of innovation to do that nowadays. What we will say, though, is if you're looking for a smartphone that gives you some of the features you would expect to see on flagship smartphones at a lower cost, the OnePlus 7T is worth considering. 

+ Pros

  • Great screen 
  • Price
  • Good image quality 
  • High-speed device
  • Impressive night mode

- Cons

  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone socket
  • Digital zoom is terrible 
 

 

OnePlus 7T Blue (1)

The OnePlus 7T was announced in October alongside the 7T Pro and with it comes a better display/camera set-up than the OnePlus 7 offered but it's not quite as expensive as the 7T Pro so you can take better photos without spending too much cash. The price of the OnePlus 7T pushes it just outside the realms of 'budget smartphones' but it's not quite as expensive as the premium smartphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung. The OnePlus 7T is priced higher than the OnePlus 7 so does the higher price justify an upgrade? Let's find out as we put the OnePlus 7T's camera capabilities to the test. 

 

OnePlus 7T Features

OnePlus 7T

Standout features on the OnePlus 7T include a 90Hz 6.55inch fluid display with a dewdrop front-facing camera, 48MP ultra-wide triple camera set-up with 2x zoom, fast charging and quite a few interesting camera modes which include Nightscape for improved low light shots. 

On the rear, you find a 48MP f/1.6 26mm wide-angle lens with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), a 12MP, f/2.2 51mm telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and PDAF and then there's the 16MP f/2.2 17mm ultrawide lens with AF built-in. On the front, you find a 16MP f/2.0 25mm wide-angle lens with auto-HDR and the ability to capture 1080p video at 30fps. With the rear cameras, video can be captured at 2160p 30/60fps, 1080p 30/60/240fps and 720p 960fps with the rear camera. 

Key Features

  • Rear Camera: 48MP, f/1.6, 26mm, PDAF, OIS (wide), 12MP, f/2.2, 51mm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom (telephoto), 16MP, f/2.2, 17mm, AF (ultrawide)
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.0, 25mm
  • Video: 2160p 30/60fps, 1080p 30/60/240fps and 720p 960fp 
  • 6.55inch Fluid AMOLED display (1080x2400)
  • Weight: 190g
  • Size: 160.9x74.4x8.1mm
  • Front/back glass construction with matt frosted finish
  • USB Type-C
  • 3800mAh battery (fast charging)
  • Night mode, portrait mode
  • Pro mode 
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB/256GB ROM

 

OnePlus 7T Handling

OnePlus 7T
 

When you first take the OnePlus 7T out of the box you'll probably notice that it looks a lot longer and feels slimmer than other smartphones and the curved edges/back also make it comfortable to hold. It doesn't slide off surfaces as easy as some other smartphones do but it doesn't sit flush either as the circular rear camera housing does stick out quite a bit. Talking of the rear cameras, it'll be down to personal taste if you like the porthole-style home for the trio of lenses as it's very different to what we've seen previously from OnePlus and is rather similar to designs we've seen from Nokia previously. 

On test is the Glacier Blue version of the OnePlus 7T and there's also a frosted Silver version available but no black option for those who prefer something a bit more subtle. As you'd expect from a smartphone with a glass back/front construction, fingerprints are a nightmare and as too is the risk of damaging it so do pop on a case. There's nothing else on the back apart from the OnePlus logo so let's have a look at the sides of the OnePlus 7T where you find the power button and alert slider on the right side and the volume rocker on the left side. All of the buttons fall naturally under your fingers/thumbs which makes them easy to use/find without looking at the smartphone. On the bottom is a USB Type-C port, speaker, SIM tray but no headphone jack. 

The 6.55inch FHD+ AMOLED display 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 but it doesn't quite have that edge-to-edge screen feel (probably because it's flat rather than being curved) and there's a dewdrop front-facing camera sat at the top of the screen. 

There's no fingerprint sensor on the back as this is built into the screen, something we first found on the OnePlus 6T. 

Other features include 8GB RAM, 128GB/256GB ROM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, 3800mAh battery and fast charging.

 

OnePlus 7T
 

The rear camera set-up is great with 3 lenses built-in which are: 

  • 48MP, f/1.6, 26mm, PDAF, OIS (wide)
  • 12MP, f/2.2, 51mm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom (telephoto)
  • 16MP, f/2.2, 17mm, AF (ultrawide)

Inside the dewdrop on the front is a 16MP, f/2.0 25mm (wide-angle) lens and video (on the rear camera) can be captured at 2160p 30/60fps, 1080p 30/60/240fps and 720p 960fp.

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 are impressive: Geekbench 5 scores are 788 single-core, 2904 multi-core and an incredible 478780 with AnTuTu. 

OnePlus 7T Blue (3)

Battery life - The 3800mAh 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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