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  • - Here's the new OnePlus 7T.

  • It's a lot like one of our favorite phones of the year,

  • the OnePlus 7 Pro,

  • but it's a little bit smaller and it costs less.

  • It's a follow-on from the OnePlus 7

  • that was available in other markets,

  • but not here in the US.

  • So you can think of it more as a successor

  • to the OnePlus 6T from last year.

  • You'll be able to buy the 7T starting on October 18th,

  • from either OnePlus or T-Mobile

  • for 599 bucks,

  • which is about 70 to 100 dollars less than the 7 Pro.

  • Now don't let that lower price lead you into thinking

  • that the 7T is a worse phone than 7 Pro,

  • because in realty, between the two,

  • it's the one that I actually prefer.

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  • It still has the best parts of the 7 Pro.

  • That super-smooth 90 hertz screen,

  • fast and responsive performance,

  • but it doesn't have the other things

  • that make the 7 Pro challenging to use,

  • like a giant size and curved edges.

  • It also has a couple of new tricks

  • that the 7 Pro doesn't even offer.

  • So let's talk about specs,

  • because when you review a OnePlus phone,

  • you have to talk about specs.

  • The 7T is a 6.55 inch 10 eDP OLED display

  • with that 90 hertz refresh rate.

  • So scrolling on this looks a whole lot smoother

  • than on most other phones.

  • Now you probably can't see it on video,

  • but trust me, it's buttery in person.

  • It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor,

  • which is technically faster

  • than the standard 855 in the 7 Pro,

  • but I doubt you'd really notice

  • much difference between them.

  • Either way, performance is still excellent.

  • The 7T that will be available here in the US

  • has 8 gigs of RAM and 128 gigs of storage.

  • Other markets like India and China

  • are also going to get a 256 gig option.

  • The screen has a 20 by nine aspect ratio

  • which makes it a bit tall,

  • but it's noticeably narrower than the

  • 7 Pro and even last year's 6T.

  • That, plus the flat surface,

  • there's no waterfall curves here,

  • make it more comfortable to hold.

  • But you shouldn't go thinking

  • that this is a suddenly new, small phone from OnePlus.

  • This is still a big phone,

  • it's just a little smaller than the 7 Pro.

  • The display doesn't have a completely uninterrupted screen.

  • There is a small water drop notch at the top

  • for the front camera,

  • because the 7T doesn't have the fancy

  • pop-up motorized front camera that the 7 Pro has.

  • Now OnePlus says this notch is specifically 31.6% smaller

  • than the notch on the 6T and the 7.

  • And to be honest with you,

  • I really haven't found it to be any problem

  • in use over the past week or so.

  • Now the screen supports both HDR10 and HDR10+

  • and it's 27% brighter in direct sunlight,

  • thanks to a new boosted outdoor mode,

  • which lets it get to up to a peak of 1,000 nits.

  • There's really not a whole lot to complain about

  • with this screen.

  • It's bright, it's colorful,

  • it has that fast refresh rate that's awesome.

  • Now it's technically a lower resolution

  • than the 1440p panel on the 7 Pro,

  • but I really can't see a difference

  • in sharpness between them.

  • Now if we stop staring at the screen for a second,

  • which, I admit, it's hard to do,

  • we could flip the 7T over and check out its camera system.

  • Now just like the 7 Pro

  • and a lot of other phones out this year,

  • the 7T has a three-camera system.

  • It's got a standard one,

  • an ultra-wide and a telephoto.

  • And they're all housed in this kinda giant hump

  • on the back of the phone.

  • It kind of reminds me of the old Nokia Lumia 1020.

  • The standard camera and the ultra wide

  • are basically exactly the same as the 7 Pro's camera.

  • And the telephoto is just a 2x zoom

  • instead of the 3x that you get on the 7 Pro.

  • You can expect the same kind of images

  • from the 7T as you can get from the 7 Pro

  • and I think a lot of people

  • are gonna be really happy with these results.

  • One new thing that the 7T has is a super macro mode

  • that lets you get focused really close on an object.

  • It can be challenging to use

  • because it's hard to hold still

  • and get a sharp shot at these close distances,

  • but with a little practice,

  • it can be a ton of fun

  • and you won't be able to get this on the 7 Pro,

  • even through a software update,

  • because OnePlus tells me that to get this to work,

  • it requires some special hardware

  • that the 7 Pro just doesn't have.

  • Another thing that the 7 Pro doesn't have

  • is Warp Charge 30 plus,

  • which is the latest version of OnePlus's

  • proprietary fast-charging system.

  • The company says it's up to 23% faster

  • than the Warp Charge 30 that's on the Pro,

  • and it should charge the 7T's battery from zero to 100

  • in just 60 minutes.

  • In my test, I was able to go from 22 to 87%

  • in just 30 minutes, which is really impressive.

  • But just know that, in order to get those speeds,

  • you're going to have to use the included brick

  • and cable that came in the box with the 7T.

  • The 7T is launching with Android 10

  • and OnePlus's OxygenOS 10,

  • making it one of the first phones

  • to launch with Google's latest software.

  • Now you can choose

  • between Android 10's new gesture interface,

  • or the standard three buttons.

  • But if you were a fan of OnePlus's old gestures,

  • I'm sorry to report, those are no longer available.

  • One new thing in OxygenOS that I particularly like

  • is the chromatic reading mode,

  • which desaturates the screen to make it easier to read,

  • but it doesn't turn it fully monochrome like before.

  • Now I like using this when I'm using Pocket

  • or the Kindle app and doing a lot of reading,

  • but if you prefer the older,

  • full-style monochrome version,

  • you can choose that if you want to.

  • So, what's not to love with the 7T?

  • Well, for starters,

  • I'm only seeing average battery life with it,

  • which is about four to five hours of screen time.

  • Even though this thing has

  • a big 3800 milliamp hour battery.

  • I don't think this is a huge problem

  • and I think most people will be able to get

  • through a full day with the 7T,

  • but if you saw that stat

  • and were hoping for a multi-day monster,

  • this ain't it.

  • It's clear that the 90 hertz screen

  • does take a hit on battery life,

  • but I think it's totally worth the trade.

  • The 7T also has the familiar OnePlus complaints.

  • It doesn't support wireless charging,

  • which might not matter to you,

  • but matters to me.

  • It doesn't have a rated official IP rating

  • for water and dust resistance,

  • and you can't expand the storage with a micro SD card.

  • It also tends to aggressively shut down apps

  • when I'm not using them,

  • which is something the company says

  • it'll be addressing in future software updates,

  • but it just hasn't yet.

  • I mostly notice this when I'm using

  • Android messages on my computer

  • and I can't send or receive new messages

  • until I wake up the 7T on my desk.

  • But I can forgive and forget a lot of those things

  • when I consider the fact that I'm getting this screen

  • and this performance for 600 bucks.

  • We're expecting Google to put a similar 90 hertz display

  • in the upcoming Pixel 4,

  • but I guarantee that won't be available

  • for anywhere near the price of the 7T.

  • In fact, when I compare the 7T to any other phone right now,

  • even the 7 Pro,

  • I'm not sure anything else

  • can touch this combination of display,

  • performance and price.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/31
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