OnePlus reveals the next 7T series design, and why it put the cameras in a circle

As if to drum up even more excitement about the new OnePlus 7T model that will eventually wiggle its way onto US carriers once the company is done and dusted with its September 26th launch, the CEO posted press renders of the actual phone.

The pictures are accompanied by a lengthy "making of" post with the usual OnePlus design drawings that tip the creative process behind each decision, titled "No detail is too small to be perfected." 

It ain't indeed, and it turns out that the OnePlus 7T will have a "frosted glass" housing, which is an euphemism for matte instead of shiny surface, similar to what the new iPhone 11 crop offers to the masses. 

The post is worth reading in its entirety, as OnePlus waxes poetic how it pioneered the "frosted-matte" look with some OnePlus 6 colors, and how it elevated the approach to a new height for the 7T, but it's the camera writeup that piqued our attention the most:

There you have it, if you have been wondering why OnePlus went with a circular camera area in the middle of its next phone, your questions have been answered. Now all that remains is to test whether that beautiful design translates into quality pictures during the OnePlus 7T launch event next week.

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  • Camera 48 MP / 16 MP front
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  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3800 mAh



1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Good Design.Getting this instead of Pixel 4.

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2330; Member since: May 04, 2015

That's lovely flowery language but the truth is that they took it from their BBK stablemate the Nex 3. Like they do with most their hardware it comes from Oppo and Vivo.

27. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Putting a circle over 3 cameras in a serial horizontal manner won’t make it a different setup than the s10 or other serial cameras. The iPhones have a triangular placement design for the features it provides. That specially placed setup provide extra quality while using features like deep fusion. So that design isn’t copied by anyone

30. TheOracle1

Posts: 2330; Member since: May 04, 2015


41. XyAzario

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 15, 2019


11. Georgio

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Nope. Pixel 4 looks better.

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2330; Member since: May 04, 2015

Better than the Mate 20 which it copies? The fact is that no one looks at the back of their phones and those bezels on the Pixel are fugly.

17. Georgio

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

They copied what ; the square shape camera? Hwawei made phone for google( nexus line) haha Look at huawei phones ; they copied everything from everyone. Huawei mate 30 pro looks like an abomination ; it looks like an iphone ; samsung and nokia or something.

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2330; Member since: May 04, 2015

I don't see anyone mentioning the Mate 30 apart from you in your garbled English. I was referring to the square camera housing on the Mate 20 only. Meanwhile beautiful and Pixel phones have never been in the same sentence and the new one seems to continue that fugly trend.

25. Georgio

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

That's because u don't know what are u talking about!! Google phones are decent looking phones. Think about ; google is just a software company ; they primarily make software ;not hardware like the rest. That's what they are good at. All android brands are hardware companies ; and they still make ugly phones. Samsung and apple are the only brands that makes good looking hardware. I'm sure u understand my garbled english ; I'm also quite sure that u can't even write or speak a word in a different language.

31. TheOracle1

Posts: 2330; Member since: May 04, 2015

Well you just said it yourself they're decent looking and that's about it. No Pixel has been good looking. Google is just a software company? I'll remember that next time I look at their phones, tablets, chromebooks and homepods. You realize they bought part of HTC's phone unit? Samsung and Apple are the only brands that make good looking hardware? You need to stop smoking that stuff bro.

32. TBomb

Posts: 1560; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think he meant they are a software-first company. You also have to give Georgio the liberty of generalizing in his comments. In his defense, Google has rarely been the first to market in terms of new hardware. Their software though, they are pushing the envelope in a lot of areas. Based on his comments, I would say English isn't his first language... but we should use our education to try to understand what others mean. Lazy reading can lead to a horrible comments section

36. TheOracle1

Posts: 2330; Member since: May 04, 2015

Lazy writing is worse because you have time to gather your thoughts and write them down. The software first excuse doesn't hold water because companies have divisions that specialize. Samsung is also a shipbuilding company but if their ships keep sinking no one will use the excuse that they're primarily an appliance or phone company. Either way it doesn't change the fact that Pixel phones, though technically very good, are ugly.

33. Georgio

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I know they bought part of htc ; I know they have some tablets and chromebooks ; but they are a software first company; ok? Samsung ; oneplus ; sony can make some software as well ; but nowhere near as good as google. Its like Sony playstation vs microsoft xbox. Sony playstion ( beautiful hardware but not so good software) MIcrosoft xbox ( advanced software but ugly hardware) That's because microsofts its a software first company ; like tbomb said. Sony its a hardware first company( beautiful hardware)

20. Rafishant

Posts: 398; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Nokia 7.2 lol

2. Mjnoles1

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 07, 2018

I wonder how the battery life will be? It is not that much larger of a battery compared to the 6t, but the 7t will now need to deal with the slightly bigger 90hrz screen. The 6t was a workhorse when it came to the battery life, I wonder if the 7t will be great as well or will it suffer? Since it seems the US will be the 7t now, I am debating between the 7t or 7t Pro (Mclaren which will supposedly be through Verizon). The reason I did not get the 7 pro is because of the bad battery life, hopefully the 7t has as strong a battery as the 6t.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22210; Member since: May 28, 2014

Battery life on my 7Pro has been great, so not sure where you are getting the bad battery life thing from.

5. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 167; Member since: May 29, 2019

Cute explanation. Camera humps still get in the way and I'd prefer it if my phone would lay flat.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22210; Member since: May 28, 2014

Design is honestly looking great. Looking forward to seeing it up close and personal. Still doubt I’ll upgrade my 7Pro, though.

23. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yeah I'm with you on this one. The camera has been reliable and fun to use with great pics and the battery life has been just beautiful. Only maybe two days out of six months when the battery drained faster than expected. You can't beat that.

7. OneLove123

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Replacement for my 6t. I hope the screen is brighter .

8. ECPirate37

Posts: 337; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

"We saw Hauwei's mate 30 leaks and thought, 'hmmm I think we could do that too'".

18. Icent55

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

Exactly and they immediately revealed it earlier cos mate 30 launches on the 19th haha

21. AbhiD

Posts: 838; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Phones aren't designed in a day. It's prototype images had been leaked last year itself by @ishanagarwal on twitter. Phones take around 1+ year from conception to final launch

9. TBomb

Posts: 1560; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

a centered camera on the back is lots more appealing than the off center one in my opinion. I think OP did good with this one. Still not a reason to buy/not buy a phone though.

12. Whitedot

Posts: 825; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Looks like they slapped Moto cam house. Maybe different colour will have a better feel.

19. Rocket

Posts: 669; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

They ruined the design, smh Op7 pro design is a lot better.

22. dnomadic

Posts: 423; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

PA: Frosted glass like the iPhone Me: looks at back of my Pixel 3 xl

28. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

What is this copy copy nonsense? All Android OEMs get inspiration from one another & work to deliver the best possible product. All OEMs work closely with Google, this each one will have some similarities. Then Apple tried to steal that.

29. el_sur

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

Didn't the Xperia Z5 come with a frosted glass back panel? Also, they put the cameras in a circle because every other Chinese manufacturer is doing it. Duh.

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