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OnePlus today unveiled its 7T, the “simple” version of the new T-models has a new screen on board, but can still only partially meet the very high expectations. However, this OnePlus smartphone is undoubtedly one of the best Android devices that you can buy in the coming months. Compromises included, because the camera was doing it […]


OnePlus today unveiled its 7T, the “simple” version of the new T-models has a new screen on board, but can still only partially meet the very high expectations. However, this OnePlus smartphone is undoubtedly one of the best Android devices that you can buy in the coming months. Compromises included, because the camera in particular has only made limited progress recently, except for the way OnePlus installed it on the 7T. How is my vision of things, you can read in the following lines.

Focus is on the camera

The area around the main chamber is now noticeable. A large round camera hump houses the three horizontally arranged camera sensors. The basis is again a 48 MP sensor from Sony, which can look through an F1.6 aperture and with optical image stabilization ensures very good photos on bright days. But don’t get me wrong, today’s challenge is being able to take good photos even in low light and especially at night. Mid-range smartphones take good photos during the day too.

Although OnePlus has a night mode on board and likes to advertise it, even the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese can’t always keep up with what the high-priced competition has to offer. All in all, the photos fit, but all too often they take a single light source for the whole photo. Dim light without night mode sometimes reveals even more weaknesses, clearly visible in comparison (OP7T left):

While the floor becomes even and many areas of the image are too dark, the OnePlus smartphone has the lamp on the left in the background much better regulated. Unfortunately, just one highlight in addition to the numerous weak moments in this shot.

Night mode compared to Pixel 3

As anyone can easily see, the OnePlus smartphone takes too much of the yellowish light from the bulbs and transfers it to the entire photo. This creates an incredibly ugly effect. This is different with Google’s smartphone, which exaggerates a bit with brightness, but reproduces house walls, road markings, and other objects in their true color.

In some situations, the OnePlus smartphone performs well or even better. In the last comparison it brightens the situation, this time it does not discolor the whole image. All in all, night mode offers very mixed results and that’s exactly what can be frustrating. A really good smartphone camera makes consistent quality photos and visual inspection obsolete. Point and shoot.

Zoom and ultra wide angle

Like Huawei and Co., OnePlus wants to offer a complete package. It means we have an ultra-wide-angle camera on board, the zoom is dual optical, and that’s enough for most purposes already. However, zooming becomes a bit more difficult at higher levels, because then there is no image stabilization and the image shakes like I did after a wet visit to the stadium. The Pixel 3 sometimes performs better with a pure digital zoom, sharper and less blurry. Also, the telephoto lens sometimes offers different colors and brightness.

The color reproduction and brightness match quite well if you compare the normal view and the ultra wide angle. Depending on the subject, curves and distortions are more or less noticeable in wide-angle photographs. On the other hand, it may happen that the zoom is too strong. A fundamental problem with the various apertures and image sensors that manufacturers do not always manage to balance properly.

If we use the zoom, the photo is totally overexposed. In another example, however, the opposite effect occurs, the house suddenly appears a darker corner when zoomed in:

macro

You can get very close to objects without help, but the perfect photo is difficult even on sunny days. If I can bring the small text on a bottle closer to the camera, it is clear that several attempts with a flower have failed. The macro is possible, but you need a steady hand and a little “luck.”

Flagship at the highest level

The fickle camera aside, the OnePlus 7T lives up to the demands. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 855+ with at least 8GB of RAM, in addition to the optimized software and the excellent fast 90Hz 6.55 ”AMOLED display, so the OnePlus 7T, like its predecessors, is unparalleled in performance. system journal.

More is (almost) impossible, only a few gaming smartphones offer anything more at 120Hz. In any case, I don’t want to go back to 60Hz when I’ve been able to test devices with 90Hz and up. That was the case with the OnePlus 7 Pro and also the 7T. By the way, the overall image quality of the panel is again very consistent.

A new vibration motor, the even more efficient Warp Charge with 30 watts and the 3800 mAh battery with a smart runtime of almost two days, these are all optimizations that can be expected in such a short time between individual generations ( about 4 months). The biggest innovation for the “normal” OnePlus model is clearly the 90Hz display, so we no longer have to resort to the Pro model.

A first conclusion about the OnePlus 7T

Now I had almost anticipated my first conclusion. OnePlus definitely offers an extremely attractive flagship smartphone, but due to its comparatively low prices, it cannot do without compromises. Also, people have to live with the fact that the camera can do a lot, but it doesn’t come close to the level of absolute flagship smartphones, and most of all, it’s not consistent enough. Instead, there’s the faster viewing, the clean, and generally high-quality software. OnePlus continues to fight against Xiaomi and company, but continues to provide only the cheapest alternative to Huawei and company.

  • 6.55 ″ FHD + AMOLED display, 90 Hz, fingerprint
  • Snapdragon 855+, 8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage
  • 48 MP main camera (F1.6, OIS) + ultra wide angle + 2x zoom 16 MP front camera
  • 3800 mAh battery, 30 W fast charge, USB-C 3.1
  • Dual SIM, NFC, BT 5, WiFi-ac 2.4 / 5, GPS / Glonass / Galileo
  • Dual speakers, alert slider
  • 160.94 x 74.44 x 8.13mm, 190g