OnePlus 7T: Leaks, Release Date, Specs, and Price
2019 was a truly game-changing year for OnePlus. For the first time an all-out flagship was released along with the usual cut-price ‘flagship killer’, and the brand that formerly defined itself as an underdog staked its claim to a place in the decidedly premium section of the smartphone market.
The typical OnePlus launch cycle consisted of a handset released in the spring which was followed by a ‘T’ version in the Autumn, which was a refined version of that year’s earlier device. That all changed when OnePlus uncharacteristically released two devices in Spring 2019: the OnePlus 7 Pro was an unapologetic flagship, while the OnePlus 7 kept up the brand’s usual reputation for good value at a more reasonable price. Due to this atypical release there was speculation that the typical T version would be skipped over in favour of the new two-tier system; that’s until this tip was given by a notorious leaker on Twitter:
Here’s how we reckon the OnePlus 7T (and possibly the OnePlus 7T Pro) will shape up based on all we know so far…
OnePlus 7T Release Date — When will the OnePlus 7T be released?
No release date has yet been confirmed, but we can make an educated guess based on OnePlus’ well-established launch pattern. Below are the release dates of all previous devices in the T-series:
Going from such a strong pattern, we reckon it’s very likely that the handset will be released in October or November 2019.
The latest leak suggests that’ll be October. October 15 to be precise. However, take that with a pinch of salt until we’ve heard from OnePlus directly.
OnePlus 7T Price — How much will the OnePlus 7T cost?
Again, there’s been no official word yet as to the price of the device. But a familiar pattern emerges based on launch prices of the series over recent years:
As you can see, prices have risen gradually over the years; the OnePlus 7 Pro in particular was a big jump in price, representing as it did a change in tack from the company. We think the price of the OnePlus 7T and the OnePlus 7T Pro is likely to be very close or even identical to the price of the handsets released earlier this year.
OnePlus 7T Camera
The OnePlus 7 had a dual camera, with the main 48-megapixel sensor complemented by a 5-megapixel depth sensor. On the OnePlus 7 Pro, these two sensors are joined by an additional 12-megapixel ultra wide lens. It’s an impressive, versatile setup which we praised in our review, yet noted it fell short of the high standard set by the best flagships such as the Huawei P30 Pro or Google Pixel 3.
Firstly, although lowlight shooting was improved thanks to Nightscape software, it still has some way to go before it preserves detail and suppresses blown-out highlights in the manner of the best snappers in the industry. We’d also like to see the software get smarter for portrait mode, which sometimes kept background faces in sharp focus, thereby spoiling the bokeh effect. Over The Air updates have improved the camera, but we want to see all these creases ironed out for the launch of the OnePlus 7T.
Discouragingly, the track record is not all that encouraging with regard to big camera improvements to the T series. The OnePlus 6T only received software updates for photography, with no hardware improvements for the actual camera. But if we indulge our optimism, we’d love to see ultra wide angle lens coming to the OnePlus 7T as well, and the introduction of a Time of Flight sensor to the OnePlus 7 Pro would also be very welcome.
OnePlus 7T Performance
The OnePlus 7 Pro recorded highly impressive performance scores in the benchmarking tests we put it through, including Antutu, Geekbench 4, and 3D Mark. Those results were achieved with the Snapdragon 855 chip, which was at the time the most powerful chip produced by Qualcomm.
Since then, the upgraded Snapdragon 855 Plus chip has been released and can be found on dedicated gaming phones such as the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro and the Asus ROG Phone 2. We hope — and expect — to see the Snapdragon 855 Plus come to the OnePlus 7T, which should boost the already-impressive performance and live up to the “Go Beyond Speed” tagline boasted by the range.
OnePlus 7T Screen
The OnePlus 7 Pro had a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a stunning 1440 x 3120 resolution; yet perhaps its most impressive feature was the 90Hz refresh rate, which gives a far smoother display than the typical 60Hz refresh rate found on most smartphones. Trust us, it’s difficult to go back once you’ve experienced it. That specification has since been surpassed by the Asus ROG Phone 2, which rocks a very impressive 120Hz OLED display. For OnePlus to keep up its edge in this regard, we’d like to see the refresh rate upgraded to 120Hz.
Whatever upgrades OnePlus makes, the phone will have some pretty stiff competition when it launches later this year. Samsung has unveiled its latest Galaxy Note 10 line of phablets, with Apple set to reveal the highly anticipated iPhone 11 very shortly. The Pixel 4 is then expected to arrive in October.