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OnePlus 7T – better screen, camera and Android 10

Released towards the end of 2019, the 7T was one of 6 handsets OnePlus released last year – as opposed to the usual 2! As the price is pretty similar, is it worth getting the 7T rather than the 7? Let’s find out!

Firstly, the AMOLED screen is a slightly larger version at 6.55” compared to 6.41”. This gives it a slightly larger screen-to-body ratio of 86.5% and a 20:9 rather than 19.5:9 ratio. The 7T also benefits from having a 90Hz refresh rate, giving silky smooth transitions and scrolling. The frame is still aluminium and the back is still Gorilla Glass but is 5 rather than 6.

Slightly improved internals

Inside the processor has upgraded from the Snapdragon 855 to the 855+, whilst RAM and memory remain the same at 8GB and 128 or 256GB of non-expandable storage. The 7T ships with Android 10 and OxygenOS 10.0.7, while the 7 is still waiting for its upgrade from Android 9 and OxygenOS 10.0.2.

The battery is now slightly larger at 3800 mAh compared to 3700, with fast charging now at 30W rather than 20W. Either way, the battery is not big seeing it has to drive the bigger and 90Hz refresh-rate screen.

Improved triple array camera

Moving onto the camera, this is the biggest difference between the 2 handsets both visually and in specification. The 7T comes into line with other premium handsets and offers a triple array (although many are now offering a quad). This has impacted the back of the phone with all the cameras, flash and sensors now incorporated into a central circular unit that protrudes noticeably from the back.

This new triple array consists of a main 48MP f/1.6 wide lens, a 12MP f/2.2 telephoto and a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide with auto focus. Combined with the night mode in the software this setup takes great shots even in poor light. On the front is the same 16MP f/2.0 wide selfie camera that is on the 7.

No wireless charging

The 7T is completed with an under-display fingerprint scanner and stereo speakers. It is available in Frosted silver and Glacier Blue. Also, like the 7 the 7T comes with no wireless charging and no water/dust resistance rating. Something that is now becoming the norm for phones in this price range.

So, in summary, if you are looking for a better camera, screen and Android 10, the 7T is a better option than the 7, presuming you can pick it up for around the same price (sub £500).



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