OnePlus 7T vs OnePlus 7 vs OnePlus 6T: All the major differences

OnePlus 7T vs OnePlus 7 vs OnePlus6T: All the major differences
OnePlus 7T, the “toc” of OnePlus’s tic-toc release schedule is now official. As with every new smartphone release, one question immediately rises: how better is it than the old one? Unlike the OnePlus 7, which mostly flew under the radar due to its similarity with the 6T, this time, the OnePlus 7T is taking center stage and with good reason. Despite coming just a few months after the OnePlus 7, the  7T is bringing more upgrades than what some manufacturers offer year-to-year.

As usual, leaks have spoiled the surprise but there are still some improvements we’re just hearing about today and the ones we already knew about are totally worth mentioning once more. There are changes pretty much across the board, inside and out, so let’s get right to it!

A new camera and a new display: the type of upgrades we like to see

Smartphone manufacturers these days seem to be inspired by those boards kids use to learn geometrical shapes for the design of their camera modules and OnePlus opted to go for the circle this time around. The new camera bump that’s on the back of the OnePlus 7T is the biggest we’ve ever seen on a OnePlus smartphone and the message is clear: OnePlus is getting serious about cameras, which has traditionally been one of the few weaknesses of its devices. There’s a good reason for the size increase too, the 7T receives an ultra-wide camera to go with the regular and telephoto ones, a significant upgrade compared to the OnePlus 7.

At the front, we get a slightly taller 20:9 AMOLED 6.5-inch display (previous was 19.5:9) that now has a 90Hz refresh rate just like the OnePlus 7 Pro. Those that prefer flat displays can finally enjoy the smoothness that comes with the higher refresh rate.

Now it’s time to take a look at the main specs of the three devices.

6.4 inches
6.4 inches
6.5 inches
Refresh rate
85.77 %
85.63 %
86.43 %
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Dual camera
Dual camera
Triple camera
Main camera
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Sensor size: 1/2"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Aperture size: F1.6; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Second camera
20 MP (PDAF)
5 MP (Depth information)
12 MP (Telephoto, PDAF)
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal Length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Optical zoom: 2.0x; Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 51 mm; Pixel size: 1 μm
Third camera
16 MP (Ultra-wide, Autofocus)
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 17 mm
Video recording
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (480 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (480 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Time-lapse video, EIS
16 MP
16 MP
16 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 (10 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SM8150-AC (7 nm)
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 485, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2960 MHz, Kryo 485, 64-bit
Adreno 630
Adreno 640
Adreno 640
Internal storage
256GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
Android (11, 10, 9.0 Pie), OxygenOS UI
Android (11, 10, 9.0 Pie), OxygenOS UI
Android (11, 10), OxygenOS UI
3700 mAh
3700 mAh
3800 mAh
OnePlus Dash Charge
Fast charging
OnePlus Warp Charge
See the full OnePlus 6T vs OnePlus 7 vs OnePlus 7T specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.

As expected, the new OnePlus 7T is getting Qualcomm's upgraded Snapdragon 855+ chipset, which comes with about 15% performance boost to the CPU and about 30% to the GPU, so top performance as always. There's also a 2GB bump in the RAM of the base model, now coming with 8GB. But let's talk about some of the improvements OnePlus announced that can't be seen in the table above.

Camera improvements coming to the OnePlus 7T

The camera department is where the most interesting additions are coming. Here's a quick list:

  • Improved portrait mode that can now be used with either the main or the telephoto cameras.
  • New Macro mode for close-up images of objects as near as one inch away from the camera.
  • New Nightscape mode for night cityscapes that uses the UltraWide camera.
  • Super stable video stabilization.
  • Video recording using the UltraWide camera.

How these changes will translate in practice we'll see in the next few days as we put the OnePlus 7T through some more in-depth testing. 

And some minor changes

There are also a few quality of life improvements that will make using the OnePlus 7T even more enjoyable than its predecessors:

  • New haptic motor that's stronger than the one found on the OnePlus 7, although not quite as big as the one on the Pro version of the phone. 
  • Improved optical in-display fingerprint reader.
  • Improved battery that allows Warp Charge 30T capable of charging the phone from 0 to 50% in 20 minutes and to 100% in an hour.

Of course, at launch the OnePlus 7T will be running Android 10, but the 7 and the 6T should quickly catch up via updates. OnePlus has also implemented some new features in its OxygenOS such as customizable Zen Mode.

OnePlus 7T vs OnePlus 6T price comparison

The OnePlus 7 wasn't officially released in the States so we'll ignore it for a bit. However, OnePlus is selling the OnePlus 6T as a more budget-friendly option with a price slightly lower than its original one. The 7T starts at $599 while the 6T is now $499. While the higher refresh rate of the display and the extra camera might not be worth the upgrade from the OnePlus 7, compared to the 6T the 7T is a significant change when you add the Snapdragon 855+ to the list. Once again, with the annual T model, OnePlus is bringing the heat to the market with top specs and a very competitive price tag. We're very excited about the OnePlus 7T as you can see from our hands-on video and we can't wait to see how the company will one-up itself in a few months when the OnePlus 8 is due.

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