OnePlus 7T Pro Review: The best kind of deja vu

OnePlus 7T Pro comes with a minor but significant update – the addition of an ultra-wide-angle camera! This almost certainly means that it will be an absolute beast amongst smartphones, especially in terms of taking in-depth photos and video.

Not only is the OnePlus 2019 upgrade a worthy successor to a halfway-decent phone, but it has even improved upon its predecessors.

The OnePlus 7T Pro is a powerful phone with a fast processor, great cameras, and a premium design. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor and the ability to wirelessly charge other Qi-enabled devices.

The OnePlus 7T Pro is one of the best phones you can buy for $550.

The bad news is that the updated phone starts at £50 more than its predecessor, at £699, although it also comes with more storage and RAM; in effect, it matches the cost of the earlier mid-range 7 Pro version. It also gains a faster processor, an upgraded software suite & new security protections.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a new 6.4in screen with a 600nits brightness that is just as beautiful and impressive looking as the dull-looking screens of the past. Back when displays were grainy, your eyes would struggle to see what you were viewing on your device despite how bright it was. This has not been an issue since the implementation of 90Hz displays.

It’s an attractive, incredibly modern-looking design with the excellent build quality and a minimalistic aesthetic that everyone will love. The camera is a feature that the vast majority of people look for when purchasing new smartphones and it has become ubiquitous.

More manageable, but still quite bulky. It’s around the same size as the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which is already rather large. We do like the small size of the 7T when we compare it to larger screens and its weight-only 190 grams. However, a bigger screen goes hand-in-hand with better battery life.

This smartphone has a gorgeous blue and there’s a new laser focus mark on the left side of the camera area. There’s also one USB-C input on the bottom.


  • Screen: 6.67in 90Hz QHD AMOLED (516ppi)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
  • RAM: 8GB of RAM
  • Storage: 256GB (UFS 3.0)
  • Operating system: This is the latest release of Android. It was announced on September 10, 2018, so it will start rolling out to most devices in the next few months.
  • Camera: triple rear camera 48MP, 16MP ultra-wide angle, 8MP telephoto, 16MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity: LTE, dual sim, Wi-Fiac, NFC, Bluetooth 5, and GPS
  • Dimensions: 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm
  • Weight: 206g

Sheer speed

The new OnePlus 7 Pro has more powerful graphics and a faster processor than the 6T thanks to its updated Snapdragon 855 processor.

The OnePlus 7 Pro already had the fastest-feeling phone of any smartphone, in comparison to its rivals. However, it wasn’t quite as fast as the OnePlus 7T Pro, which set benchmarks for devices on many fronts.

The standard version has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and the McLaren Edition has 12GB of RAM and also includes a new black & orange paint job. There will be two more editions available, as well as certain limitations for each.

All that speed is backed up by solid battery life of about 32 hours between charges – four hours longer than the OnePlus 7 Pro and enough to last from 7 am on day one until 3 pm on day two.

That was my primary device, with the usual deluge of email, messages, push notifications, lots of browsing, five hours of Spotify via Bluetooth headphones, watching 50 minutes of Into the Badlands on Amazon Prime Video, and shooting about 10 photos a day.

Despite the glass back, there’s still no wireless charging. Instead, OnePlus has reduced the internal resistance of the battery to make it charge even faster, hitting 70% in 34 minutes and full in just under 70 minutes.

OxygenOS 10

The 7T Pro ships out of the box with OxygenOS 10, based on the latest version of Android 10. This makes it one of the first phones to do so, just like the 7T.

OxygenOS is a custom Android operating system created by OnePlus, focused on speed and refinement. Full theming support for changing the color and shape of screens, icons, and boxes, including a full dark mode, is new for this version. But it is Google’s new swiping navigation gestures, replacing the custom ones used by OnePlus on previous phones, that are the biggest improvement.

Swipe up on a bar at the bottom of the screen to go home, up and hold for recently used apps, or left or right to jump to a previously used app. A swipe in from the left or right side in the lower two-thirds of the screen is now used for going back, which is a vast improvement, making using large-screen phones much easier.

The traditional three-button Android navigation bar is available if gestures aren’t your thing. New privacy controls for location data are also welcome.

OnePlus offers software support for at least three years from release, including two years of Android version updates and then a further year of security updates on a bi-monthly schedule.

Fingerprint scanner

OnePlus is known for the quality of its products and continuously develops smart ways to improve how users can take advantage of the features and benefits its device offers. The in-display fingerprint reader, 7T Pro, is no different.


The 7T Pro has the same triple camera system, combining a 48-megapixel main camera with an 8-megapixel telephoto and 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. It also performs similarly to its predecessor.

The primary camera is great, capable of capturing some good, finely detailed, and well-exposed shots that aren’t too far away from what you get from the very best on the market. Low-light performance was solid. A revamped version of OnePlus’s Night Scape proved to be more effective and can now be used on the ultra-wide angle camera too.

The 3x telephoto camera (which is technically 2.87x rounded up) is also good but produces noticeably more noise in dull lighting than the main camera. It has optical image stabilization and 1x more magnification than the cheaper 7T.

The 10x digital zoom is great, but it’s not the same league as Huawei’s 50x zoom. The ultra-wide-angle camera was fun to use and the 7T Pro has a new super macro mode that allows you to pick up details in portraits or even other objects around your home. Focusing on objects at a minimum of 2.5cm away takes a bit of practice but you can produce some really interesting images, rich in detail the human eye can’t see on its own.

Video quality was generally pretty good too but could be a little yellow in indoor lighting. The popup 16-megapixel fixed-focus selfie camera


The OnePlus 7T Pro is an exact copy of the best smartphone of this year, with an improved camera and slightly longer battery life. If you loved the first one and want to get your hands on it again, it’s now available for sale!

Whether an update was required is debatable, but OnePlus has made a name for itself with this rapid, six-month refresh schedule.

The camera’s new macro mode is great fun and can produce some spectacular images. Android 10’s new gestures have made handling the phone easier, the fingerprint scanner is even faster and having the very latest Snapdragon 855+ processor keeps the 7T Pro at the top of the pile on paper, even if the difference is hard to see.

The 7T Pro starts at £50 more than its predecessor, but also comes with more storage and RAM, matching the cost of the mid-range 7 Pro version.

Some of the downsides of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 are that it doesn’t have a water resistance rating, wireless charging, expandable storage, or headphone socket, the camera is good but not necessarily iPhone 11 Pro standards, and it is quite large & heavy. But that gigantic, gorgeous, fast, and notch-free screen is still something to behold and the curved glass and metal band make it just about manageable.

X The device has class-leading performance, a battery that lasts 32 hours, and fast charging. It also undercuts rivals and offers a better experience in almost every way. One of the biggest challenges to the 7T Pro is OnePlus’s cheaper (349), smaller 7T. This device offers much the same, but it is easier to handle.

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