Pricey OnePlus 7T Pro and its McLaren edition are official but don't expect a T-Mobile release

Pricey OnePlus 7T Pro and its McLaren edition are official but don't expect a T-Mobile release
After teasing for a good while now, OnePlus just took centerstage in London and announced its next flagship, the 7T Pro. Coming along for the ride is a souped-up McLaren edition which may or may not see a Verizon release in a 5G reincarnation.

The phones come hot on the heels of the OnePlus 7T which replaces the popular 7 Pro in T-Mobile's roster, but the phone maker wisely left availability of its new phones at that, since the 7T Pro is only slightly different from the 7 Pro. Thus, Europe and the rest of the world will get the 7T Pro, as they didn't have access to the 7 Pro before, while the US will have the more affordable "T" model in a role swap.

OnePlus 7T Pro design and display

Blue lagoon

Keeping largely the same design as the 7 Pro, the "T" model still differs from it in a different shade of blue that leans more towards the greenish hue, as well as the small black ellipse of the laser autofocus that is now added to the camera area. The vertical positioning of the camera kit stays unaltered in the middle of the rear, though, and the selfie snapper is still of the pop-up variety, emerging from the top frame to take a shot and then go back in.

That leaves you with just the bright, high-res 6.7" OLED display panel that is slightly curved to the sides at the front, thought the phone still feels large and heavy in the hand when you tack on the official case. Needless to say, the screen supports a smooth 90Hz refresh rate, unlike most other flagships on the market.

OnePlus 7T Pro specs and battery

Faster processor, faster charging, 2x the storage

The bigger changes to the 7T Pro compared to the 7 Pro are under the hood. It comes with the most powerful "Plus" version of the flagship Snapdragon 855 processor that offers higher clock speeds and better productivity at the same power and thermal envelope as the 855 in the 7 Pro. 

Coupled with 8GB of RAM and a new, faster version of the fast Warp charging standard of OnePlus, the 7T Pro is a gaming powerhouse that keeps it cool under pressure and under charging conditions. 

The new Warp charger is able to pump the OnePlus 7T Pro's slightly larger, 4085 mAh battery full of electrons quicker, topping off nearly 70% in half an hour, sweet! The most significant change for us, though, is doubling the amount of internal storage from 128GB to 256GB, catapulting the 7T Pro in flagship category indeed.

OnePlus 7T Pro camera

Triple double

The vertical triple-camera setup is still present on the rear with no drastic upgrades to the lens or sensors. The kit is headed by a 48-megapixel primary shooter coupled with an 8-megapixel telephoto zoom camera, as well as a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle snapper. 

To help differentiate the 7T Pro from its non-T sibling, OnePlus has reshuffled the combined laser and phase-detection AF systems, moving the laser to the left side of the camera are to aid in a more precise focusing.

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren edition specs

Premium to the chassis

The more premium of the two phones that OnePlus announced today, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren edition comes with the papaya orange color matching the current Formula 1 race car, a premium Alcantara case, and interface accouterments mimicking the race car design like dashboard-resembling clock, or curved display edges glowing orange.

On top of the already top-shelf specs of the 7T Pro, the McLaren edition is equipped with the whopping 12GB RAM pack as any self-respecting "edition" phone should nowadays. Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive:

OnePlus 7T Pro and McLaren edition prices and release dates

The last but not least advantage of the 7T series of OnePlus is that they come with OxygenOS 10.0 out of the box, OnePlus’ latest operating system based on Android 10. There is now a hub for customization settings including the new wallpapers and clock styles, while landscape switching between apps while watching video is now possible, too.

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OnePlus is taking a cue from its previous releases, and the 7T Pro will be available just a week after its announcement today, in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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