OnePlus 7T review

Few phones get everything just right every once in a while and the OnePlus 7T is another shining example of that. And given that it costs less than Rs 40,000, it's a steal. Grab it while you can.
Never Settle -- when a brand takes this phrase as its motto, it is evident to believe that the eggheads behind the closed doors want to outdo themselves every time. And it's quite an achievement for them when you relate it subconsciously to the brand. OnePlus has been bringing out some of the most striking smartphones for five years in a row and I doubt whether any of them had disappointed the fans. They know what we want as consumers and deliver that in an unexpectedly sublime way. And then they don't wait and come up with something even better within a span of a few months.


Earlier this year, this very thought crossed my mind while checking out the OnePlus 7 Pro for the first time. It was a pinnacle of what the Shenzhen-based brand could offer this year and I wondered what happens to the T version of these phones in a few months. And most importantly - is there anything left for OnePlus to impress us even more? Has OnePlus settled for the time being? Fast forward to September and I am full of awe with the OnePlus 7T in my hands.

Before you start, I am still in two-bits about the design choice of the camera module. But look past that and if you are a geek, you will like, if not love, what OnePlus has done with this phone. It's a genuinely lovely phone and if you have waited for this one, your wait was worth it.
Classic OnePlus design with a twist
No matter how much of sci-fi tech a phone packs in, a phone has to look and feel good at first. Design has always been a priority for OnePlus. Whether it's the smart-looking OnePlus 3 from 2016 or the gorgeous OnePlus 7 Pro from early this year, if the phone has got an OnePlus branding at the back, it got to be classy for its time. The case stands true till date with the OnePlus 7T.
Democratising the 90Hz smoothness
I have used a couple of flagship phones this year and I can confidently say that the OnePlus 7 Pro still has the best phone display I have experienced. The smoothness of the 90Hz refresh rate and excellent colour profile tuning makes it ideal for watching movies or reading. OnePlus has tried to bring some of that awesomeness to the OnePlus 7T's display and it sort of works.

The display measures 6.55-inches and uses a Full HD+ Optic AMOLED panel. The panel has a refresh rate of 90Hz and supports HDR10+ colours. The notch on the top is noticeable at first but once you get used to it, it sort of disappears from your consciousness.
It's fast and smooth, as expected
OnePlus phones are silly fast -- a fact that will go down in history books as a universal truth. No matter what you throw, a OnePlus phone will never bog down or struggle with apps, unless the app is buggy. This stays true for all OnePlus phones and it is true for the OnePlus 7T as well.

Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and this is the fastest chip any Android phone manufacturer can use right now. The CPU is clocked at 2.9GHz and can offer 4 per cent better performance than its older sibling whereas the GPU gets a 14 per cent boost for graphics performance. This is paired with 8GB RAM as standard and UFS 3.0 type storage. If you know tech, this is the stuff you dream about on your phone.

However, the hardware is just 50 per cent of the story and it's the software that has to manage the rest of the 50 per cent to get the best out of it. On the OnePlus 7T, we have the new Oxygen OS 10 based on Android 10, which again is the best you can get in 'Androidverse'.
Conclusion
What is it that most Indian smartphone buyers look for in a premium phone? Fast and non-fussy performance, good cameras, one-day battery with fast charging, a big display and design to massage their ego. And after taking a close look at the OnePlus 7T, it seems to have delivered on the core requirements of the Indian consumer.

The display and cameras are undeniably the key reasons that make the OnePlus 7T special. Club the superfast Warp Charge 30T technology along with the faster Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and the buttery smooth Oxygen OS, and you have a phone that's near-perfect. And even with that controversial circular camera hump, it still will turn heads wherever you go.
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