August 5, 2021

OnePlus 7T one year later , still holds up


2019’s OnePlus 7T was one of the most feature-packed devices released by the company in recent years. The phone was the pinnacle of the OnePlus experience. It delivered excellent value with all the specs you could want. In fact, in Android Authority’s OnePlus 7T review, we called it one of the best devices ever made by the company.

Twelve months since its launch, how well does the phone hold up today? More importantly, how well does that OnePlus 7T fare against the brand’s most recent affordable flagship, the OnePlus 8?

With the OnePlus 8T on the horizon, we take a long-term look at its T-series predecessor to see if the phone is still worth it one year later.

The pace of innovation is fast, but OnePlus hardware usually manages to stay abreast of the latest trends due to the forward-looking spec-sheet. The OnePlus 7T, however, surprises by surpassing the OnePlus 8 in several areas. In fact, the phone can handily keep up with some of the best smartphones available today.

Sure, the OnePlus 8 gets the newer Snapdragon 865 chipset, but to say that it is meaningfully faster would be a disservice. Paired up with 8 or 12GB of RAM, the OnePlus 7T’s Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset continues to fly through tasks. I had no issues with day to day use.

In fact, a year of software optimizations has made the phone particularly slick. I’ve been switching back and forth between the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 8 for a while and there is no discernable difference in performance to the naked eye.

It also helps that the two phones are remarkably similar. The OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 8 sport very similar 90Hz Full HD+ panels, with the biggest difference being the switch from a notch to a camera cut out.

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