OnePlus 7T release date, price, news and features
The new phone was just introduced at an event in India where the company also unveiled the OnePlus TV.
Coming so soon after the OnePlus 7, we're not expecting many massive changes for the new handset but we're listing everything that has changed below. This is a breaking story, so bear with us as we update with new information.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next OnePlus phone
- When is it out? Announced today in India, US and UK details come on October 10
- What will it cost? A lot – but less than most flagships
OnePlus 7T release date and price
So far, we've only had confirmation of the OnePlus 7T launching in India. That's because we have to wait until October 10 to hear the company's plans for its UK or US release.
The company is hosting livestreams for both of those countries, where we expect to hear similar details about the OnePlus 7T.
The price hasn't officially been unveiled, even at the India launch. The original OnePlus 7 cost £499 (around $640, AU$930) so we'd expect a similar amount for this newer handset.
OnePlus 7T design and display
The company has now brought its 90Hz refresh rate technology to the standard OnePlus 7T.
Originally, it was a feature just on the Pro range of handsets from OnePlus but now it has brought it to the cheaper version of the phone.
There's no 3.5mm headphone jack on this device – that's something the company dropped a few generations ago – but the bottom edge of the device has a USB-C port.
The camera array on the back of the phone has changed to a circular look too, but apart from that it looks largely similar to the OnePlus 7.
The phone comes with a frosted glass back, and it'll come in a variety of colors including the Glacier Blue you can see at the top of this page and a grey shade too.
OnePlus 7T OS and specs
The OnePlus 7T is confirmed to come with Android 10 onboard, plus the company has included its OxygenOS overlay on top.
That includes its own design that changes the look of Android, plus there are a variety of new features including a new Chromatic Reading Mode that gives you saturated colors for a better reading experience.
It also includes a feature called Zen Mode – that debuted on the OnePlus 7 – as a way to shut down your phone for 20 minutes to encourage you not to use those features.
There's also a new mode called Work Life Balance that allows you to put certain apps into groups of work or play. That way you can be restricted for using Twitter when you're working, but you'd still have access to Gmail.
The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset is inside the OnePlus 7T, so you should get some flagship level performance from this. We don't know how much RAM or storage will be available.
When it comes to battery, OnePlus has included a new version of Warp Charging that works 27% faster than on previous handset from the company. The phone also comes with stereo speakers too.
There's a haptic motor onboard that allows the phone to vibrate while gaming too.
There's also a new feature called OnePlus Pay that is a specific contactless payment system made by the company. It's thought it'll work in a similar way to Google Pay, but it's currently unclear where it'll be available.
It was announced at the company's India launch, so it may be an India specific feature.
OnePlus 7T camera
On the rear of the phone is a 48MP wide-angle camera that is combined with a 2x telephoto camera and a 117 degree standard camera. We've yet to learn the exact specs of the second two elements of the camera.
One of the biggest upgrades here is a new mode called Macro Lens that allows you to get impressive macro shots using the rear camera. The examples shown on stage were impressive, and we're excited to try this out.
There's a new mode called Super Stable that combines an "ultra-precise gyroscope" with electronic image stabilization to create more stable video footage.
Portrait Mode is getting some upgrades too allowing you to use the telephoto lens for the bokeh style mode. Night Scape mode has also come to the ultra-wide angle camera on the OnePlus 7T.
This is a breaking story, so we're just filling out what is being announced on stage by OnePlus. Below you'll find what we want to see from the OnePlus 7T, but be sure to check back or tune into the OnePlus 7T launch live.
What we want to see
The OnePlus 7 and especially the OnePlus 7 Pro were impressive phones, but they could be even better with these upgrades.
1. A class-leading camera
While the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro both have decent cameras, they’re not among the best around, and given that the OnePlus 7 Pro is essentially a flagship, it’s not unrealistic to ask for it to have a truly top camera.
So we hope that the OnePlus 7T and/or OnePlus 7T Pro does. We’d particularly like to see low-light photo quality improved, along with the ability to zoom in further.
2. An IP rating
While OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 7 range does have some water resistance, there’s no official IP rating, meaning no certainty as to how water resistant the phones are.
The lack of an IP rating was apparently to save money – since it costs money to get the phones certified, and since even with such a certification most brands don’t cover water damage as part of the warranty.
It’s a reasonable argument, but for the OnePlus 7T we’d still like the reassurance that an IP rating provides, and ideally improved water resistance too, since various third-party tests suggest the OnePlus 7 range isn’t quite as water resistant as most flagships.
3. An in-screen camera
The standard OnePlus 7 has a teardrop notch for its front-facing camera, which almost feels dated in 2019. The OnePlus 7 Pro meanwhile has a pop-up camera, which is more modern and allows for an all-screen design, but also makes the camera feel more vulnerable.
Not only that, it also makes facial recognition less appealing, since you have to wait for the camera to pop up, and since doing that dozens of times a day to unlock your phone could wear the mechanism out.
So for the OnePlus 7T we’d love to see an in-screen camera. That would allow the phone to retain the OnePlus 7 Pro’s all-screen design, without any of the problems that come with a pop-up camera.
We should note that this is unlikely to happen. While the tech exists, it’s not yet available on any handsets, and with the T model likely to be a minor upgrade we wouldn’t particularly expect it, but you never know.
4. Wireless charging
One small feature that OnePlus hasn’t yet embraced is wireless charging. This probably isn’t a huge deal for most people, but it is a standard flagship feature, so it’s something we’d like to see, especially with the OnePlus 7 Pro being more of a real flagship, rather than the usual more affordable alternatives that OnePlus offers.
5. A slimmer, lighter, smaller build
The OnePlus 7 Pro in particular is a big, heavy and fairly thick thing, so we’d love to see the OnePlus 7T get shrunk down slightly, and be a bit lighter.
There will be limits to what can be done here while still offering a big screen and battery, but we reckon that refinements are possible. And the screen doesn’t really need to be quite as big as the OnePlus 7 Pro’s mammoth 6.67-inch one anyway.
6. A bigger battery with better life
The OnePlus 7 has a 3,700mAh battery and the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 4,000mAh one. Those are both respectable sizes, but not the biggest around, and neither phone delivers particularly brilliant life.
So we’d like to see a bigger battery in the OnePlus 7T, and beyond that possibly some software or hardware optimizations to help it last longer. Though in the case of software optimizations, we don’t want the company to take the sort of approach that could interfere with the functionality of apps.
7. Fast charging from third-party chargers
The OnePlus 7 range charges very fast, but only if you use an official OnePlus charger. That’s not a huge problem as one comes in the box, but if you ever need a replacement or a spare, they’re expensive.
This also means that if you borrow someone else’s charger you won’t get fast speeds (unless they happen to have a OnePlus one) and nor will you get fast charging from portable chargers/power banks. So we’d like to see this addressed for the OnePlus 7T.
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