OnePlus has been positioning itself, with each new smartphone put up for sale, as one of the best options in the Android landscape in its price range. It was something that we saw especially from OnePlus 6, launched just over a year ago and that opens a path for the company that led its steps towards premium and quality at a higher level. An expression that was clearly manifested a few months ago with the arrival, for the first time, of a "Pro" model of greater capabilities, and now it is also largely transferred to the base variant of the brand with the OnePlus 7T, object of analysis today.
He OnePlus 7T It is the second iteration of the year for the brand entry model, which has already accustomed us to launch in the first months of the year and another in the final stretch. A biennial device soda that works very well for the brand because it is precisely something else than a simple update of components or specifications on paper.
In this case, internal improvements come hand in hand with a major aesthetic change In its back part with which to attract the attention of the consumer is so much that, as something unusual in the firm, the CEO reveals behind the back of the terminal, where the changes lie, adding attractiveness to the terminal. A daring bet with which to encourage sales for the Christmas campaign and with which not to be buried under the avalanche of smartphones that have arrived or will reach the shelves in the coming weeks, when almost all the main brands of the moment They have planned releases.
What OnePlus offers with the 7T is meridian: a telephone that continues to group the philosophy of the brand and that, under the combination of hardware and software as few know how to do today, is considered as one of the strongest of the brand in general terms and, saving some details, one of the most recommended in the segment in which it is located.
Reinforcing the entry line
The strategy followed on this occasion in the case of the OnePlus 7T involves adopting some of the features that until now were reserved for the larger model, such as the triple rear camera. They do, almost, forced by the trends of the sector, where Apple and its iPhone 11 Pro have been the last to join the party of a market that already has three and four later lenses as usual.
The Asians have not walked with little girls on this occasion, taking advantage of the inclusion of the extra lens in front of the OnePlus 7 to redesign the entire camera module. Although it would have been easy to adopt the one already seen in the OnePlus 7 Pro, with the lenses happening vertically in a discreet manner, the technology redoubled the visual weight of this component by encapsulating the tro in a rather striking circular format and impossible to ignore.
Any flash or reflection disappears from the back, moving to a matt glass that feels great both in sight, if you ask a server, or when it comes to holding it. To this last one also helps its weight of 190 grams which, without being too light, only makes it manageable to one hand.
The front is the one that has not changed a bit compared to the previous model, with a 6.55-inch screen that retains the resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and 402ppp and the notch in the form of a drop of water in its upper area. The front camera is housed in it, which allows it to fulfill both its photographic task and that of facial identification to unlock the terminal. To this access method is also added a fast fingerprint reader like few in the market and with a remarkably high efficiency in terms of success and error rates. Two systems that complement each other very well and leave little to be desired for a higher quality facial recognition, with 3D sensors, just in case when it comes to performing one of the most everyday actions with the device.
The OnePlus 7T takes a small pull of ears, as has happened before, when we review the specification sheet and see that, indeed, does not have a certified water or dust resistance. That is, it is better to get away from such elements as much as possible if one wants to preserve the device in the best possible state. It begins to be missing that the company offers this quality in its terminals, especially when they aspire to compete against the greats of the moment.
An ace in the day to day
In OnePlus 7T it is, as expected by the trajectory of the brand, a well-oiled machine as far as its daily performance is concerned. On the one hand, we find the Qualcomm's new processor, the Snapdragon 855+, which has only reached the market and crowns the offer of the San Diego manufacturer in its SoC line for smartphones. On the other, it is flanked by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage so that we do not lack anything when it comes to using multitasking, playing any title of the Play Store or storing files and photos. If we add to this the addition that your screen now has a refresh rate of 90Hz, just like the last Pro model, the experience is magnificent.
Inside we also find a 3,800 mAh battery which, without being excellent, is enough not to have to visit the plug in the middle of the day with a standard use. If we abuse video playback, games or have an intensive day photography, it is likely that you have to give a "shot" of intermediate energy. For this, it has the fast Warp Charge 30T load, which allows to approach 70% of tank filling in just half an hour. This is not the model, either, in which the firm introduces the wireless charge, which continues to be absent and that the regulars will miss.
As I mentioned some lines above, the camera is one of the aspects that more prominence claims in the OnePlus 7T, both for its new appearance and for the improvements that it entails, at least on paper. It includes a wide angle intended to expand the photographic capabilities of the terminal, in addition to the main lens and a telephoto that reaches double magnification (2x) without loss of quality. It also includes a macro mode that allows you to take photos with a distance as close as 2.5 centimeters.
And despite the predominance that OnePlus has wanted to give to this aspect, the sensations are mixed when opening the camera application, shooting and contemplating the obtained result. A good part of it is due to aspects that we already saw reflected in the 7 Pro, such as excessive shadow enhancement, that leaves by the way any intermediate tone that could be between them in cases where the light directly affects one of the faces of an object. On the other, that extra intensity that makes the photographs perhaps more attractive, but less realistic.
They are not the main discomforts I have encountered when shooting, however. The most notable, and surprising to see in a terminal of these characteristics, is the unlikely saturation that makes an appearance when using the telephoto, which is very noticeable in green tones. Making use of the wide-angle lens or the main lens to take a picture of a landscape with trees or grass and then move on to 2x zoom means taking a leap to a parallel dimension in which the green color is bright until enough is said. In the other shades there are also nuances and it can be seen that there has been a change between lenses beyond the approach, but without being so dramatic. I do not know if this is something that the brand later corrects for software or if it is something permanent. Be that as it may, it is something that matches the experience of using the camera to a large extent.
However, the camera behaves well in general and also has particularly good aspects, such as night shooting mode. This can make a radical difference when it comes to obtaining a profitable result in certain cases and, in those less complicated, it solves the scene well with a correct interpretation of the lights, focusing those details that escape in the standard mode and, above all , without offering an overly artificial compound. At a time when many devices have a night shot option and few manage to complete the process behind it, the results of the OnePlus 7T are more than satisfactory.
The wide angle without night mode will be impossible to use in many cases. With it activated, however, things change a lot.
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The OnePlus 7T is a terminal that aspires to take a bite to the sales of a segment where, as I mentioned at the beginning, there are more and more terminals and these are more similar to each other. With a 90 Hz display, the latest Qualcomm processor and an Oxygen OS that is a breath of fresh air against the customization layers of the rest of the manufacturers, the experience of carrying the terminal in your pocket and giving it a daily use is certainly good
The note is always relative, and depend on what you value most. To be close to 2020, it is uphill to continue seeing aspects such as the absence of wireless charging, water resistance or a camera that is really consistent in all its modes.
However, the positive aspects when it comes to valuing the OnePlus 7T as a potential purchase, I think they add up to more than the negative ones, and the firm has managed to play in many correct clubs with this terminal. If software updates revitalize your weak points in the near future, it will be really complicated to say no.
- 90Hz display
- A very capable processor
- Night mode without extravagances
- Oxygen OS makes a difference
- No wireless charging
- No water resistance
- Inconsistent results with the telephoto