OnePlus has had quite the journey in a short amount of time. The Chinese company has built a reputation for delivering premium tier flagship smartphones at lower prices than the competition, becoming a major smartphone player globally in just five years. In that time it has churned out a whopping 11 models, with every new release receiving a slight bump up in price, culminating in its most expensive handset to date, the OnePlus 7 Pro.
However the company’s latest handset — OnePlus 7T — flips the script delivering almost everything great about the 7 Pro in an even more powerful package at a cheaper asking price of $US599 ($885). OnePlus doesn’t officially sell its phones in Australia, but “global” versions of the devices are available through various import shops.
The star of the show on the OnePlus 7 Pro was the 90Hz refresh rate display, and it’s the big draw once again on the 7T, providing a sense of fluidity that you don’t get with other flagships. The only problem is that it’s hard to give up when switching back to handsets with slower 60Hz screens like on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and iPhone 11.
The 7T has a flat display instead of the curved screen on the 7 Pro, which makes for more visible bezels but arguably an easier hold. The screen is smaller and less sharp than the 7 Pro, at 6.55 inches and full HD resolution versus 6.67 inches and quad HD. The spectacle of the motorised pop-up front-facing camera is gone as well and in its place we get a tiny teardrop shaped notch housing the camera. With the forward facing camera always exposed, I found the facial unlock to be quicker than the 7 Pro.