Upgrading to a OnePlus 7T is an easy sell if you have an 18-month-old OnePlus 6. It's better in every way (aside from losing a headphone jack), with higher-end hardware, a nicer display, better cameras and better specs.
The OnePlus 6 is still a solid phone, and runs the latest OxygenOS software, but its design, display and cameras are showing their age compared to the super-capable 7T.
Hanging in there
Should you upgrade to the OnePlus 7T?
OnePlus refreshes its phone line every six months, so the jump from a OnePlus 6 to a 7T is an 18-month upgrade. That puts it in a relatively awkward position — you get the full generational updates that the 7 introduced, but not enough to make the 6 feel really out of date.
There are a few big changes in store for you if you upgrade. The 7T's new display is immediately noticeable: it's larger, brighter, more colorful, and most importantly ,has a buttery-smooth 90Hz refresh rate that just makes everything look better. Under the display is a new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that's quick and easy to use. There's also a bigger 3800mAh battery inside, paired with the latest high-end specs for better battery life — with faster 30W charging as well.
Aside from the display, it's easy to argue the new rear cameras are the most worthwhile reason to upgrade. The main sensor is an all-new 48-megapixel unit with bigger pixels (through pixel binning) that takes much better photos with better brightness and contrast across the board. There's also an improved telephoto camera, and an additional ultra-wide camera. The whole combination is way ahead of the OnePlus 6.
|Category||OnePlus 7T||OnePlus 6|
|Operating System||Android 10|
|Display||6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Rear Camera 1||48MP, 1.6 μm pixels|
|16MP, 1.22 μm pixels|
|Rear Camera 2||12MP, 1.0 μm pixels|
|20MP, 1.0 μm pixels|
|Rear Camera 3||16MP|
|Front Camera||16MP, 1.0 μm pixels|
f/2.0, fixed focus
|16MP, 1.0 μm pixels|
|Security||Optical in-screen fingerprint sensor||In-screen fingerprint sensor|
|3.5 mm headphone|
Warp Charge 30W
Dash Charge 20W
|Dimensions||160.1 x 74.5 x 8.1 mm||155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75 mm|
|Weight||190 g||177 g|
Of all the things that are the same or improved in the OnePlus 7T, there are just two downsides. The new phone doesn't have a headphone jack, and it's both larger and heavier than the OnePlus 6. Of course that larger size brings a bigger battery, a larger (and better) display, and new camera capabilities, but it is large and that's a consideration for some people. The headphone jack is purely a personal decision — some can handle using a USB-C dongle or Bluetooth, and some can't; though if you can't your options for a phone are rapidly diminishing.
There are also many parts of the OnePlus 7T that are really just carry-overs from the 6. The hardware is simply a different take on metal and glass — albeit a nice one. The new spec sheet is incredible for performance, but the differences aren't that noticeable considering how powerful the OnePlus 6 is itself, particularly when you take into account the OnePlus 6 is about to (or already has, depending on when you read this) get the Android 10 update. OnePlus phones are impressive in their ability to run new software almost as well as the brand new phones.
The biggest thing that might keep you from upgrading to a OnePlus 7T is that the OnePlus 6 is still a very capable phone. Yes it's falling behind on specs and features compared to the brand new 7T, but the OnePlus 6 still has plenty of life left in it. With the update to Android 10, it's using effectively the same software as the new phone, and the specs are still more than capable for the end of 2019.
The only question is how much you value the 7T's clear advantages. The display is much better, the battery lasts longer (and charges faster), and the cameras are a clear upgrade. You're also resetting the timer for future software updates, and buying into once again overbuilt specs that can easily last you another two years. This is all with the OnePlus 7T coming in at a great price. For $600 it's a fantastic value, and a purchase you may be able to justify now considering the age of the OnePlus 6. However, if you still feel your OnePlus 6 is getting the job done, give it another six months and make the two-year upgrade to the 7T's successor instead.
The same great OnePlus formula, 18 months newer.
If you love your OnePlus 6, the 7T is an easy upgrade. It's generally the same experience, but with a great new display, longer battery life, better cameras and newer specs across the board.
Hanging in there
Still a great phone, running the latest OxygenOS software.
The OnePlus 6 still runs extremely well, and has the same software as the 7T. But the specs are getting a little old at this point, and its display and cameras are clear weak points compared to the latest devices.
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Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.