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OnePlus 7T vs. OnePlus 7T Pro: Which should you buy?

OnePlus 7T vs. OnePlus 7T Pro
OnePlus 7T vs. OnePlus 7T Pro (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda/Android Central)

OnePlus 7T

OnePlus 7T

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The OnePlus 7T offers most of the same features as the OnePlus 7/7T Pro but at a lower price point. You get the same 90Hz refresh rate, but this time on a flat AMOLED display. The phone also has a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, updated 30W fast charging, and a new camera housing at the back that's reminiscent of a DSLR. Oh, and it comes with Android 10 out of the box.

OnePlus 7T

Incredible value

90Hz AMOLED display
Snapdragon 855+ chipset
30W fast charging
Android 10 out of the box
Stereo sound
Great value
Cutout
No IP rating
No wireless charging

OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus 7T Pro

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The OnePlus 7T Pro is a minor refresh of the OnePlus 7 Pro, offering a marginally larger battery, updated 30W fast charging, a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, and Android 10 out of the box. You do get a QHD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, and there's no cutout either — the front camera is tucked away behind a retractable motor. The 7T Pro also runs Android 10 out of the box.

OnePlus 7T Pro

Ditch the notch

Bezel-less all-screen design
90Hz QHD+ AMOLED display
Snapdragon 855+ chipset
Updated 30W fast charging
Stereo sound
Android 10 out of the box
Heavy
Average battery life
No IP rating
No wireless charging

OnePlus has launched six phones this year, and while the OnePlus 7T has loads of new features that differentiate it in a meaningful way from the OnePlus 7, that isn't the case on the OnePlus 7T Pro. Even as far as a T refresh goes, there's very little here that you won't find on the OnePlus 7 Pro. So which device should you pick up if you're looking for value? Let's find out.

What's the difference between the OnePlus 7T and the OnePlus 7T Pro?

The OnePlus 7T is a standout offering as it comes with the same 90Hz refresh rate as the OnePlus 7T Pro. Sure, the resolution is limited to FHD+, but you're still getting an AMOLED panel, and best of all, it isn't a curved screen. The flat display is, in fact, easier to use on a day-to-day basis, and even though it's just FHD+ resolution, it is still very decent.

The OnePlus 7T has a no-nonsense 90Hz flat display, and the same robust hardware as the 7T Pro.

The only area where the 7T Pro actually stands out is the cutout: that particular phone has a retractable module for the front camera, so there's isn't a cutout above the screen. You instead get an all-screen design that's enhanced by the dual-curved panel. It is gorgeous and makes playing games and watching videos so much fun. But the notch on the 7T is significantly thinner than that on the OnePlus 7, and you don't notice it after a few days.

There's a downside to the evocative design, however. The OnePlus 7T Pro comes in at 206g, making it considerably heavier than the 190g 7T. The curves on either side also affect usability, as there just isn't a whole lot to hold onto around the sides.

In that context, the 7T is a better choice. You lose out on the QHD+ resolution, but that is a net bonus as the FHD+ panel doesn't take as heavy a toll on the battery life. There's no difference in quality between both panels, as both phones use AMOLED tech. Furthermore, the 7T also has the same great stereo sound as the 7T Pro, with a grille located above the cutout acting as the secondary speaker.

OnePlus has differentiated itself by offering 90Hz panels on most of its phones in 2019. The high refresh rate combined with all the optimizations to OxygenOS and the high-end internal hardware has allowed OnePlus to pull ahead of other brands in terms of day-to-day performance.

OnePlus is the company to beat right now when it comes to raw power.

Honestly, even though there are dozens of other devices powered by the Snapdragon 855+, the 7T and 7T Pro are in a league of their own in terms of fluidity. A lot of that is down to OxygenOS, and OnePlus' obsessive focus on speed. The 7T comes with 8GB of RAM as standard and 128GB of storage, and the 7T Pro is available in 8Gb and 12GB iterations and has 256GB of storage as standard.

The 7T Pro has a larger 4085mAh battery, but things are evened out because of the QHD+ panel. Both phones manage to deliver a day's worth of use from a full charge, and they both feature the newer Warp Charge 30T fast charging standard that's able to deliver a sustained 30W charge for longer.

Both devices are on an equal footing when it comes to the camera side of things as well. They both share a 48MP Sony IMX586 imaging sensor, and while the 7T Pro has an 8MP zoom lens instead of the 12MP module on the 7T, the resultant photos are identical. Basically, you'll get great photos in most lighting conditions, but the cameras aren't quite on the same level as "true" flagships from Google and Samsung.

CategoryOnePlus 7TOnePlus 7T Pro
Operating systemAndroid 10
OxygenOS 10
Android 10
OxygenOS 10
Display6.55-inch 90Hz Fluid AMOLED
2400x1080 (20:9)
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass 6
6.67-inch 90Hz Fluid AMOLED
3120x1440 (19.5:9)
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass 6
ChipsetSnapdragon 855+
1 x 2.96GHz Kryo 485
3 x 2.42GHz Kryo 485
4 x 1.80GHz Kryo 485
Adreno 640
7nm
Snapdragon 855+
1 x 2.96GHz Kryo 485
3 x 2.42GHz Kryo 485
4 x 1.80GHz Kryo 485
Adreno 640
7nm
RAM8GB8GB/12GB
Storage128GB/256GB256GB
MicroSD slotNoNo
Rear camera 148MP, f/1.6
OIS, EIS
4K at 60fps
48MP, f/1.6
OIS, EIS
4K at 60fps
Rear camera 212MP, f/2.2
OIS, 2x zoom
8MP, f/2.4
OIS, 3x zoom
Rear camera 316MP, f/2.2
Wide-angle lens
117-degree field-of-view
16MP, f/2.2
Wide-angle lens
117-degree field-of-view
Front camera16MP, f/2.0
Sony IMX471
16MP, f/2.0
Sony IMX471
ConnectivityWi-Fi ac 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0
AptX HD, NFC, A-GPS
Wi-Fi ac 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0
AptX HD, NFC, A-GPS
AudioUSB-C
Stereo speakers
USB-C
Stereo speakers
Battery3800mAh
Non-removable
4085mAh
Non-removable
ChargingUSB-C 3.1
30W
USB-C 3.1
30W
Water resistanceNoNo
SecurityIn-display fingerprint (optical)In-display fingerprint (optical)
Dimensions160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1mm
190g
162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm
206g
ColorsGlacier Blue, Frost SilverHaze Blue

For all that the OnePlus 7T Pro gets right, there are a few omissions. There's still no IP rating on the phone, and while OnePlus claims that the device will work just fine even after a dunk in a bucket of water, you wouldn't want to take the phone to the pool. And although there are fast options around for wireless charging, the 7T Pro is limited to wired charging.

To be fair, the 7T doesn't have any of these features either, but it's easier to forgive these omissions on a $600 phone. For what the 7T Pro retails for, you'll want all the extras.

Thankfully, the software is one area where OnePlus does get things right. Both the 7T and 7T Pro come with Android 10 out of the box, and the software experience is identical. OnePlus continues to deliver the best third-party Android skin, and it has managed to build on that in 2019 with useful new additions like a native screen recorder and Zen Mode.

The OnePlus 7T is the safe bet, but you get more with the 7T Pro

OnePlus 7T vs. OnePlus 7T Pro

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With so little to separate the two phones, it all comes down to what you're looking for in a phone. If you're in the market for value, the OnePlus 7T is the obvious choice here. The 90Hz display is sublime, and you're getting the same robust internal hardware. Best of all, the AMOLED panel on the 7T is flat, making it easier to use.

The OnePlus 7T is the obvious choice here for its stellar hardware and 90Hz panel.

Furthermore, the OnePlus 7T Pro doesn't really offer anything you're not getting from the regular OnePlus 7 Pro, so you are better off saving some cash and getting that phone instead. That's one of the main reasons why the 7T Pro isn't available in all global markets.

That said, the 7T Pro is now available unlocked on Amazon, and although you lose out on warranty in the U.S., the fact that it costs $699 makes it an enticing option of its own. For $100 more than the 7T, you're getting a QHD+ panel and a design with no bezels or cutouts. If you're okay with picking up the global variant, the 7T Pro could just be the phone for you. All OnePlus phones have global LTE bands, so you're not missing out on anything here. Not willing to risk it? The 7T will serve you just fine.

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.