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OnePlus 7T Pro quick review: Fast and smooth now has a new meaning

The OnePlus 7T Pro is an upgrade to the OnePlus 7 Pro with finer improvements made in key areas. The McLaren Edition offers more of OnePlus goodness fused with the cool factor of the McLaren brand.

OnePlus 7T Pro quick review: Fast and smooth now has a new meaning

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The OnePlus 7T Pro is priced at Rs 53,999 and comes in only one variant with 256GB storage.
  • The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition will set you back for Rs 58,999 and it gets 12GB RAM.
  • Both the models will start selling in India from October 12.

It was evident a few weeks ago and now, it's finally here. The OnePlus 7T Pro is a reality and as was rumoured, it is exactly a finer version of what the OnePlus 7 Pro was, which in itself is still a mighty impressive Android phone. And the best part is that there's also a special edition of 7T Pro. And fortunately for automotive nerds, OnePlus has tied up with McLaren once again for doing the special edition of the OnePlus 7T Pro. Hurrah!

Keeping my excitement aside, the OnePlus 7T Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition are here as the best phones OnePlus has ever made. And if you don't see many changes, it's completely fine as the OnePlus 7 Pro was already a superb phone in itself. But OnePlus did improve the formula with a little more power here, a touch of new paint there, and voila! You have the OnePlus 7T Pro. It starts at Rs 53,999 for the regular model and if you have orange blooded veins, the McLaren Edition will set you back by Rs 58,999.

On paper, these two phones sound mighty delicious, which is why for someone as tech-hungry as me, it was obvious that I get to try out the phones beforehand for a few days. And boy have these days been good!

Let's talk about the OnePlus 7T Pro

I have been saying it while covering the leaks and even after the launch, I will stick to this - the OnePlus 7T Pro is a mild upgrade to the OnePlus 7 Pro, no matter how much OnePlus will want you to believe that it's a new phone. And that's not necessarily a bad thing given that the OnePlus 7 Pro was an exceptional phone. I have been using it since its launch and even if the OnePlus 7T Pro wasn't planned, I would have still recommended it.

But the OnePlus 7T Pro exists and right out of the box, it feels exquisite. It looks the same as the OnePlus 7 Pro, save for the rearranged sensors for the triple rear cameras. Every inch of the OnePlus 7T Pro is identical to the OnePlus 7 Pro, which means you still get the beautifully crafted glass-metal body with the sublime curves all around. The darker Nebula Blue gradient colour has given way for the new Hazy Blue gradient, which in essence is a lighter shade of the nebula Blue. With the frosted matte finish, it feels premium in every single way.

The front still gets the same 6.67-inch Quad HD+ Optic AMOLED display with curved edges. And if your ears haven't been used to the marketing campaigns already, the screen retains the 90Hz refresh rate. The bezels are slim all around and thanks to the pop-up camera, there's no notch like the OnePlus 7T. And it looks as brilliant as the screen on the 7 Pro, which I think is the best mobile phone screen today.

What's it like to use when compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro

Honestly, not a lot different. OnePlus will tell you that the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset inside will ensure superior performance, and according to the Qualcomm press release, "you will be greeted with 15 per cent better graphics performance and four per cent better CPU performance over the Snapdragon 855." That may be true and I hope to see the difference by the time I write my final review. But as of now, it feels as fast as the OnePlus 7 Pro even with the new chip and that's not a bad thing. Neither is OnePlus cheating the customer.

You see, all expensive phones are fast but it depends on how that performance is served. OnePlus is master at tuning the software to reap every last bit performance from the hardware as and when needed. With the OnePlus 7T Pro, that's happening as usual but the newer Oxygen OS 10 based on Android 10 also has a major role to play in it. Even though I am yet to put it through its paces, the new Oxygen OS feels a tad smoother and refined with soothing animations and mesmerizing live wallpapers - this is porn for the eyes.

OnePlus has left the camera untouched and even that's alright. Because the triple rear cameras from the OnePlus 7 Pro, in my opinion, is the best smartphone camera system - even better than the Google Pixel 3 (sorry Pixel fanboys, OnePlus has got it just right). And it remains unchanged on the 7T Pro. The 48-megapixel main camera with the Sony IMX586 sensor is flanked by the 16-megapixel wide-angle camera and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera offering 3x optical zoom. And so far in my limited time with the cameras, they seem to offer the same great performance in all lighting conditions, if not better in situations. And the macro mode works as wonderful as the one from the OnePlus 7T. Keep an eye for the sample shots in my detailed review soon.

The last (and major) area where OnePlus has worked upon is the battery and charging tech. The OnePlus 7T Pro gets a slightly modified 4085mAh battery and it supports 30W fast charging. However, with the reworked battery design and the optimised software, OnePlus claims you can top up the battery 23 per cent faster than the older Warp Charge 30 system. This is something I will need to test before giving my word.

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition: Smooooth Operator?

Confused with the subheading? It's a joke only McLaren F1 fans will understand. But it so aptly describes the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition. For those who love logic, the McLaren Edition is just the regular OnePlus 7T Pro with more RAM and a fresh coat of paint inspired from the McLaren F1 racing car. And it costs Rs 58,999. That's it, you can skip the rest.

But if you are a McLaren fan, who, like me, prays every alternate weekend for Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz to push the Papaya Orange MCL34 to the finish line in the top five ranks, you will be excited what OnePlus has done for fans like us. It has just fulfilled every car nut's nerd dream.

The rear is where all the McLaren goodness happens with this version of the OnePlus 7T Pro. And most of this year's design inspiration comes from the McLaren supercars instead of the F1 racing car. The design looks similar to the 6T McLaren Edition from last year but OnePlus has made a few changes. The Papaya Orange streak on the bottom half edge of the rear panel is there with the McLaren logo printed where usually you expect the OnePlus logo (I can barely contain my excitement). This year though, the vertically stacked triple rear camera module is also surrounded by the Papaya Orange streak and that only adds to the 'McLaren-ness' of the phone.

However, in an age when gradient colours are a norm on all phones, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition also gets a slight gradient effect that reflects rainbow-like colours when seen from an angle. OnePlus has fused a raw carbon fiber pattern effect into the spine of the rear panel, which makes this phone look deadly. And the Alert Slider also gets the orange treatment which makes this phone radiate awesomeness. Ah God, I want this phone so bad!

The rest of the phone gets an all-black treatment. And when you tap the display, the Ambient Display displays a clock that looks just like the tachometer from the McLaren supercars such as the 570S, 600LT and so on (choking in excitement). And when you swipe around the phone, there are some McLaren additions that OnePlus has incorporated in Oxygen OS.

You will get to see a lot more Orange everywhere. Boot up the phone and the McLaren animation is slick. The interface has orange accents everywhere and there's even a special McLaren theme with dark icons and special live wallpapers.

The packaging box also gets a different McLaren treatment with an overdose of Papaya Orange and Carbon Fiber finish everywhere. Additionally, there's a bumper case with a combination of real Alcantara and fake carbon fiber design. And before you ask, the McLaren logo sits at the bottom.

OnePlus 7T Pro first impressions

The OnePlus 7 Pro is already an amazing smartphone and the OnePlus 7T Pro only goes on to show how good OnePlus is at its own game of keeping their offering up to date. The regular version of the OnePlus 7T Pro feels like a proper flagship phone and it will put a smile on your face. It has all the stuff you need in a phone from 2019. The McLaren Edition is mighty impressive for nerds like me and it only shows the design prowess OnePlus has made as a smartphone company. The phones will go on sale from October in India and if you are willing to buy the new OnePlus flagships in the first sale, go ahead. However, hold on for our full review in a few days if you want more information on these phones.

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