OnePlus held a special event in London on October 12, an event during which the brand formalized the OnePlus 7T Pro . You know, he has been with me for about two weeks. Now is the right time for a test.
But before we go any further, and to avoid wasting your time, let's get things straight from the start: if you have a OnePlus 7 Pro, then you have (almost) no interest in switching to a OnePlus 7T Pro.
The two devices are indeed very close to each other, whether in terms of design or even their technical sheet.
So it's true, I could have contented myself with pointing out the differences between the two phones, but at the same time, it's still a phone that deserves a minimum of attention.
On the other hand, we will still avoid repetitions and this test will focus mainly on its design, its technical sheet and everything related to the photo. I have detailed the novelties brought by the last version of Oxygen OS in my test of the OnePlus 7T and I refer you to this video if you want to know a little more on the subject.
And instead, well we'll talk about the McLaren edition of the OnePlus 7T Pro.
Design & Ergonomics
But no more chatter, the time has come to get down to business and we will start with the design and ergonomics of the phone.
The OnePlus 7T Pro therefore does not revolutionize the genre. It uses the same fundamentals as the OnePlus 7 Pro … and that's a very good thing.
Unsurprisingly, the case is therefore made of glass and metal. The backplate has been frosted and tinted in a gradient of blue. Haze Blue as they say.
And the result is really up to what we are entitled to expect from a flagship. This color is really beautiful and it also makes the phone little messy, which is sure to excite those who spend their time wiping their fingerprints with microfiber cloths.
At the front, there is a huge screen … and curved. The slab indeed covers part of the edges of the phone and the result is frankly nice … especially since it has no hole or notch.
The front camera hasn't been removed, of course. It was actually moved to a pop-up room located at the top edge. A part that you already know since it was also present on the OnePlus 7 Pro. The recipe has not changed.
We're not going to lie, the OnePlus 7T Pro has a devastating look. And the borderless side is really a treat.
Now in life, nothing is perfect and every asset has its weaknesses. Here, in this case, there are two to emphasize.
The first is inherent in curved slabs. They are certainly very pretty, but they are also prone to reflections. Which can be quite annoying at the beach or even driving behind. Especially with older models that don't have dark tinted windows.
The second fault, I had already mentioned during my test of the OnePlus 7 Pro. The front camera takes about a second to fully deploy. In everyday life this is not a problem, but if you use facial recognition then there is always a little waiting time. It's not much, of course, but it should be emphasized.
And then ? No big surprises for the rest. The power button is on the right, below the switch for changing the sound profile. The two volume keys are on the other side and we have the connector on the lower edge, next to the first speaker.
The second speaker is in fact located between the top of the screen and the top border.
The only other visible difference between the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 7T Pro, ultimately, is in the photo module. Next to the three optics, there is an additional sensor… and more precisely a laser autofocus.
The focus should therefore in theory be a bit faster. In practice, I haven't really seen any difference with the 7T, but we'll talk about it a little later.
Screen, Processor & Autonomy
The OnePlus 7T Pro might not reinvent the genre, but that doesn't stop it from looking polished. And as we will see immediately, its design is not its only asset.
The screen, for starters, reaches a diagonal of 6.67 inches and it is simply magnificent, with beautiful contrasts, beautiful brightness and a wide range of colors. Moreover, OnePlus provides HDR10 + compatibility.
We are of course on Fluid AMOLED, with a definition tending towards QHD +, that is to say 3120 x 1440. Unlike the OnePlus 7T, the brand is therefore not part of a screen in 20: 9 format and we thus remain on 19.5: 9.
Very concretely, this means that the phone will be a little less manageable than its comrade, because it is wider. In return, we will have a little more display area, which will not fail to delight those who consume a lot of videos.
Although, the difference is not very marked. With its 6.55-inch screen, the OnePlus 7T also lends itself very well to this use.
In the end, there are mainly two differences: the curves of the slab and its borderless character.
Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 7T Pro is indeed equipped with a curved slab with the edges contained. And be careful, because this time, no notch or hole spoils the view. And of course, it gives the device a lot of style.
Besides, it's not just a matter of style. This screen is also very pleasant to watch movies… or to play. In addition to ignoring the hole and the notch, it indeed has the very good idea of offering a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Everything will therefore be more fluid and we will of course gain in reactivity, which will not fail to delight fans of very rhythmic games… and very nervous.
Especially since behind, we can count on the computing power of the Snapdragon 855+, a Snapdragon 855+ associated with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory in UFS 3.0 format.
And there, of course, we end up with perfs similar to those of the OnePlus 7T. The phone will therefore not fear anything, neither the videos in 4K nor even the most demanding games. He will be comfortable at all times and he will not show any signs of weakness. At least, he did not show any during these two weeks of testing.
As for autonomy, no bad surprises, the OnePlus 7T Pro will be able to last the day without the slightest difficulty. See more if you change the refresh rate to 60Hz. If you don't, and if you play a lot, then the drums will melt like snow in the sun.
On the sidelines, of course I ran PC Mark on the OnePlus 7T Pro in order to have a slightly more global view of its consumption. Unfortunately, the application crashed during my two tries.
Fast charging is still as effective for its part. The terminal will regain 70% of the capacity of its battery in a good half hour, which is most correct.
Now we have to talk about the modem. And as usual, the test of its speeds was carried out with Nperf and with my SIM Sosh, from the Paris region. I did several tests at different times of the day which allowed me to calculate an average.
The Oneplus 7T Pro has therefore reached 200 mbps in reception and 26 mbps in transmission with a latency of 29 ms. All for a score of 85% in web and 96% in video. And a total score of 119,000 points on average.
Photo, Video & Sound
The time has of course come to move on to photography, video and sound. And there, of course, it is very difficult not to think of the OnePlus 7T.
If the modules of these two devices do not really look alike, they do indeed inherit the same architecture.
We thus find a main sensor IMX 586 of 48 million pixels, with an optics composed of seven parts, an optical stabilization, an electronic stabilization and an aperture at f / 1.6. Very bright optics, therefore.
To accompany it, there is a second sensor of 16 million pixels with this time an ultra-wide angle offering a field of view of 117 ° and an aperture at f / 2.2.
The third sensor is limited for its part to 8 million pixels of definition, with a telephoto lens opening at f / 2.4 and a 3X optical zoom.
Apart from the presence of a laser autofocus, the only notable difference is therefore on the side of the optical zoom which reaches 3x on the OnePlus 7T Pro, against 2x for the OnePlus 7T.
And that also means that behind, the performances are more or less the same.
In the middle of the day, the OnePlus 7T Pro is therefore able to output photos with a high level of detail and good dynamics. Once again, it turns out to be impressive here, even under the most difficult conditions. OnePlus has indeed specially optimized its algorithms to allow its phone to feel more comfortable on very bright scenes or even with significant backlighting.
The colorimetry is rather natural. The weather hasn't really helped in recent weeks, but the OnePlus 7T Pro still has a lot of response and we really feel that its manufacturer has brought the greatest to the photo. Which is ultimately a good thing since it was the only thing that was really lacking in previous models.
At night, the OnePlus 7T Pro is as comfortable as its comrade and it will again be able to obtain beautiful images. Night mode, on the other hand, is a little less efficient than what some competing devices offer. I'm thinking in particular of the iPhone 11 Pro, or the Pixel 4.
Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to shoot as much as with the OnePlus 7T, but I did not notice any real differences between the photos obtained by these two devices.
Which is obviously good news.
As indicated above, the OnePlus 7T Pro goes a little further in terms of zoom and it can thus go up to 3x magnification in optics. It is therefore a little more flexible in terms of composition.
More generally, the change of focal length does not have a big impact on the colorimetry and if we still distinguish some differences from one focal length to another, we are all the same on pictures that are close to each other.
On the other hand, due to the lack of aperture of the ultra wide-angle, the OnePlus 7T Pro will struggle to generate background blur at this focal length. Unlike the wide-angle which will be able to generate bokeh that is both soft and silky.
The macro mode answers the call of course and it is always as effective. At least as long as you place the phone in the right place and avoid tremors. In this mode, the slightest centimeter of shift can indeed have an impact on the quality of the generated photo.
Now, once you get used to it, you can really take some really great macro photos with the OnePlus 7T Pro.
And I think that's really the trump card of this phone. Most phones today offer two or three different focal lengths. But with this macro mode, we go up to a total of four focal lengths. What makes the OnePlus 7T Pro a real Swiss Army knife of photography.
More generally and as I said during my OnePlus 7T test, I was frankly amazed to see the progress made by OnePlus in this area. Compared to a OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7 Pro, it's really day and night.
Regarding the videos, nothing more to say. The performance offered by the OnePlus 7T Pro is similar to that of the OnePlus 7T. We can therefore obtain very sharp sequences with beautiful colorimetry and extended dynamics. The stabilization is not bad, but it will of course be better to invest in a gimbal if you want to achieve smooth shots without shaking.
It remains now to evoke the sound part, which is always very good.
The OnePlus 7T Pro still does not have a headphone jack, but it incorporates two speakers and it is able to reproduce very good sound quality. Personally, I often watch animes or even series on my phone in bed or from the back of the sofa, and the OnePlus 7T Pro lends itself very well to this use.
The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition
I told you earlier, but this video will not mention the platform since my OnePlus 7T test already spoke about it quite a bit. So, for this last part, we will focus on the McLaren edition of the OnePlus 7T Pro.
If you've seen my unboxing of the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition , then you know that the latter doesn't quite look like the standard model. We stay on glass and on a borderless screen, but the back changes quite a bit with an ink stain effect around the photo module and orange light reflections in the lower part.
The effect is quite successful and these personalization touches ultimately give the device a lot of personality.
And above all, OnePlus did not give in to the sirens of the snap. Despite its racy character, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is therefore sufficiently sober and refined to appeal to the greatest number.
However, the design is not the only point that differs between the two editions of the OnePlus 7T Pro. The McLaren version also has the main feature of carrying no less than 12 GB of RAM on board.
And the question you ask yourself is of course whether you need that much RAM on a smartphone.
There, ultimately, everything will depend on how you operate. If you change your phone every one or two years, then no, you certainly won't need that much RAM on board your phone. On the other hand, if you're the type of person who keeps your phone for five or six years before changing it, then those 12 GB of RAM may be of interest. In five or six years, there is no doubt that mobile games will be much greener than they are today.
Now, as far as I'm concerned, I admit that to choose, I would have preferred that the manufacturer focus on the storage capacity of his phone and double the bet on this special edition.
Otherwise, well OnePlus didn't limit itself to the exterior design of its phone. The manufacturer has also customized its platform.
We therefore have colors tending towards brown, and a typeface specially developed for the occasion. For a fairly coherent whole.
And we come to the conclusion of this test. So it remains for us to answer the question you may be asking yourself, namely: is it worth buying the OnePlus 7T Pro?
There, finally, there are several scenarios. If you have an old phone and fancy a change then yes the OnePlus 7T Pro is a great option. Of all the flagships on the market, it is one of the most successful and the cheapest. The price / quality ratio is therefore excellent.
And besides, if the photo is not your priority, then you can even turn to the OnePlus 7 Pro which is even cheaper.
Now if you have a OnePlus 7 Pro then no like I said a bit above I don't think the investment is necessary. Admittedly, the 7T Pro is clearly more comfortable in photos, but I'm not sure that warrants a new investment.
I would be more inclined to wait for the OnePlus 8 which will undoubtedly be announced between the first and the second quarter of 2020.
So afterwards, I saw a lot of reviews going on this OnePlus 7T Pro. Critics mainly focused on the little changes between the 7 Pro and the 7T Pro. And I must admit that I do not really understand the reaction of some of my colleagues.
The OnePlus 7T Pro is an intermediate model and so it makes sense that it doesn't mark a break in the lineup. OnePlus simply did what most manufacturers do year over year. He improved the hardware and the software part. After all, at Apple, we keep the same design for several years in a row, right?
I think the misunderstanding comes mainly from the OnePlus 7T. A OnePlus 7T which marks a real break in the range. And suddenly, in my opinion, many were hoping that the 7T Pro would take the same path.
But in the end, for me, this is not a valid criticism. Just because OnePlus has made a big effort on the OnePlus 7T does not mean that it should be criticized for not having done as much on the OnePlus 7T Pro.
Afterwards, it is also true that the manufacturer's renewal cycle is quite short. Launching a new phone every six months is short and it might have been better to go on a one-year renewal cycle and split the year between the OnePlus 7 / 7T and OnePlus 7 Pro / 7T Pro.
Now, this strategy also allows OnePlus to occupy the market. And given the competition, we also understand what motivates the firm.