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OnePlus 7T Pro and revved-up McLaren Edition unveiled with faster fast-charging, but no 5G

ONEPLUS has refreshed the OnePlus 7 Pro series with faster fast-charging, an improved triple-camera with Macro Mode for all your David Attenborough-esque close-up shots, and a shiny new McLaren Edition complete with trademark orange accessories. Here's everything you need to know about price, release date, and more.

OnePlus 7T Pro has a tweaked blue finish, dubbed Haze Blue, but otherwise looks identical to 7 Pro (Image: ONEPLUS / UNSPLASH)

OnePlus uses the tagline "Never Settle" – words it is clearly living by at the moment as it launches even more smartphones. Last month, the Shenzhen-based company unveiled its OnePlus 7T with a 90Hz high refresh rate display, boosted Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ silicon, and faster fast-charging, known as Warp Charge 30T.

It also previewed its all-singing, all-dancing OnePlus TV, with an Apple TV-like remote, OLED panel, and some clever features that tie the Smart TV into your existing handset (it will automatically lower the volume when you get a call to your OnePlus phone).

But that wasn't enough for OnePlus, which held a glitzy launch event in London today to announce two new smartphones and an update to its Bullet Wireless headphones. First up, the OnePlus 7T Pro gets the same treatment lavished on the OnePlus 7T.

Just like the OnePlus 7T, the overhauled 7T Pro gets a camera boost. According to the OnePlus marketing department, the overhauled triple-camera is good enough to make the new handset an "all-in-one photography studio". The main camera on the OnePlus 7T Pro is a Sony 48MP IMX586 sensor with f/1.6 and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS).

OnePlus has coupled that camera with a 16MP ultra-wide with a 117° field of view to shoot those artistic fish-eye style shots of tall skyscrapers, or huge group shots of friends and family. There's also a dedicated 8MP telephoto camera that produces 3x optical zoom and f/2.4. This also has OIS to help stabilise any shakes while you're shooting zoomed-in photos.

That's the same line-up of cameras we saw on the original OnePlus 7 Pro, so don't upgrade to the 7T Pro in the hope of being able to get some Huawei P30 Pro-esque 50x zoom, or any bokeh-style blur in videos, like you'll find on the Galaxy Note 10 and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

That said, OnePlus has made some improvements to the camera capabilities of the OnePlus 7T Pro. Portrait Mode, which only worked with the telephoto camera on its predecessor, now works with the wide-angle main camera, too. So you can choose whether you'd like a closer crop for your photo, or would prefer more context around the subject.

OnePlus isn't updating the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G as part of its latest 7T series overhaul (Image: ONEPLUS )

OnePlus says there should be no noticeable difference between the way the camera detects the subject using the telephoto, or the main sensor. So you don't need to worry about the OnePlus 7T Pro adding lashings of bokeh blur to your hair strands just because you've opted for the 48MP camera.

There are a number of other small tweaks to the camera experience that you won't get on the standard OnePlus 7 Pro. Nightscape – the Shenzhen-based company's answer toiPhone 11's Night mode andGoogle Pixel 3's Night Sight – is now available on the ultra-wide angle camera too. So you will be able to illuminate tough low-light conditions without the flash with the widest possible field of view, too.

OnePlus' Super Stable Video Shooting Mode, which takes out any wobbles as you walk and hold the camera, now works up to 1080p HD, too. This has been achieved thanks to the overhauled Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) in the OnePlus 7T Pro.

But the biggest camera feature is the new Macro Mode. This is designed to improve shots taken from as little as 2.5 centimetres away from the subject. So you’ll be able to get some Planet Earth-style shots of creepy crawlies and foliage with your new phone. In our time with the OnePlus 7T, this worked incredibly well.

In fact, Macro Mode on the OnePlus 7T was so good that we quickly found ourselves wandering around the office, looking for everyday objects to peer at through the viewfinder and discover new textures, and new details in common materials. We don't expect the OnePlus 7T Pro to be any different. Given that the OnePlus 7T Pro has some pricier components in its triple-camera set-up, we'd expect the results to beeven better.

The cap of a water bottle suddenly becomes a thing of beauty with OnePlus' impressive Macro Mode (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)

Camera aside, there are only a few more improvements in the OnePlus 7T Pro compared to its predecessor.

OnePlus 7T Pro has the same pop-up mechanism to house the front-facing camera. And that means the new handset has the same benefits – and niggles – as the last one. So, OnePlus is able to squeeze in a massive 6.67-inch panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It has reduced blue light, which can negatively impact your sleep, by more than 40 percent. Like its predecessor, it's a stunning Fluid Display with a 90Hz high refresh rate, so system animations and mobile games will be just as slick and buttery-smooth as the OnePlus 7 Pro.

However, the return of the pop-up camera also means you're going to have to wait for the mechanised drawer to emerge from the chassis. It's pretty fast – OnePlus claims around 0.53 seconds – but that's not as fast as switching to the selfie camera on the OnePlus 7T, which houses its selfie camera in a dewdrop-style notch at the top of the 90Hz display.

Although OnePlus still lets OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro owners use its stunningly-fast face unlock feature, it's a little clunky to wait for the periscope-like camera withdraw, clock your features, and then whirrrr back down into the body of the phone. OnePlus says it rates the mechanism for at least 300,000 return journeys.

That number equals to hoisting the selfie camera out of the phone 150 times a day for three years, which is a lot of selfies. But if you're using the face unlock feature (most people unlock their device thousands of times a day, research shows) you might yourself hitting that number much faster.

Of course, it's not like the camera mechanism kicks the bucket in a shower of sparks on the 300,001st return journey, but it's just something to be aware of.

As you'd expect, OnePlus 7T Pro ships with the latest OxygenOS update, based on Android 10 (Image: ONEPLUS)

Selfie camera aside, the OnePlus 7T Pro ships with 256 GB of built-in UFS 3.0 storage, which is able to save and load-up content much faster than the previous UFS 2.1 standard. That is coupled with 12GB of RAM and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ mobile chipset, which should provide a performance boost across the board, especially with gaming.

OnePlus 7T Pro has support for Warp Charge 30T, which is 18 percent faster than the already-pretty-fast fast-charging on the OnePlus 7 Pro. This new system can refill your smartphone from empty to 70 percent in half an hour. That’s faster than fast-charging on the Samsung Galaxy S10, iPhone, or Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

OnePlus says its fast-charging system is now sophisticated enough to stay cool, even when it’s charging at full speed while playing heavy-duty video games. In fact, the only fast-charging system that still manages to beat OnePlus is Oppo’s impressive SuperVOOC system, which can top-up the handset to 100% in 35 minutes – and 40 percent in as little as 10 minutes.

The McLaren Edition has a tweaked design inspired by the car manufacturer's trademark orange finish (Image: ONEPLUS)

As you'd expect from OnePlus, which doesn't drag it's feet when it comes to Android upgrades, it ships with Android 10 out of the box. OnePlus' operating system, known as OxygenOS 10, is almost indistinguishable from the standard Google-branded version of Android you'll find on its Pixel smartphones.

However, there are a number of small new features and improvements here and there, including a built-in screen recorder, optional shortcuts to launch the camera or control music playback by drawing on the display – even when it's switched off.

OnePlus is also very proud of its Zen Mode, which strips away all distractions so that you can relax (and made some emergency calls, if you need to) for a predetermined amount of time.

If you're thinking about upgrading to EE 5G or Vodafone 5G, you'll be a little disappointed to learn there's no OnePlus 7T Pro 5G. Instead, the five-month-old OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. However, there was one more handset announced at the OnePlus 7T launch in London today.

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is the spiritual successor to the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition launched last year. Like its predecessor, it has some supercharged specs and a trademark McLaren orange trim around the edge of the handset. There's also an orange braided USB-C cable and a limited edition wall plug, too.

The OnePlus 7T starts from £549, while the OnePlus 7T Pro will land in the UK from October 17, 2019. The entry-level model starts from £699. Finally, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition lands on November 5, 2019 and will cost £799. The Bullets Wireless 2, which now arrive in a trendy Olive Green finish, will still cost £99 – the same price as the original pair.

All the new smartphones will be available from OnePlus, as well as Amazon, O2, EE and a number of other network and retail partners.

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