The OnePlus 7T Pro is only a spec bump upgrade

Earlier in 2019 with the OnePlus 7 released, OnePlus has started producing two models of each of its flagship phones. Six months ago saw the release of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, and today OnePlus has announced the OnePlus 7T Pro, the high-end sibling to the OnePlus 7T that the company first revealed last month. The new phone costs £699, and will be available to buy in the UK starting on October 17th, but there’s currently no US release planned for the device.

Alongside the new device, OnePlus has also announced European pricing details for the OnePlus 7T, with prices starting at £549. The OnePlus 7T will also be available in the UK starting from October 17th. Previously, OnePlus has announced that the phone will cost $599 in the US when it goes on sale there on October 18th.

Beyond the obvious design differences, you have to dig into the 7T Pro’s spec sheet a little to work out how it actually differs from the 7T. There’s no 128GB storage option for one thing, so its storage options start at 256GB, and the telephoto lens gives you 3x zoom with optical image stabilization on the 7T Pro compared to 2x with no stabilization on the 7T. It also has a 4,085mAh battery, which is a moderate step up from the 3,800mAh battery in the OnePlus 7T, and just a smidge bigger than the OnePlus 7 Pro’s 4,000mAh.

Otherwise, the OnePlus 7T Pro’s specs are very similar to both the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 7T. It’s got a triple-camera rear array consisting of a main 48-megapixel f/1.6 camera alongside an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera and 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera. These specs are identical to the 7 Pro, and the lenses are also arranged in a line, unlike the circular camera bump we saw on the 7T. The new macro mode that was introduced with the 7T is also present on the 7T Pro, allowing users to take photos from as little as 2.5cm away from their subjects.

The 7T Pro comes with very similar internals to the 7T, which means it offers a small improvement over the 7 Pro. It’s got a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor with 8GB of RAM, and it supports the new Warp Charge 30T standard that’s up to 23 percent faster than what we saw on the 7 Pro. Where the phone takes a small step back from the 7 Pro is that there’s no 5G version of the device this time around, so you’ll have to put up with a slightly older processor if you want to be able to connect to next-gen networks.

Technically, OnePlus says its Snapdragon 855 Plus processor should make its graphics rendering 15 percent faster than the OnePlus 7 Pro, but in real-world usage it was very hard to tell. Apps opened quickly and the camera was responsive. Its performance was hard to fault. The 90Hz display is just as smooth and vibrant as it was on the 7 Pro.

Battery life is another area where the spec sheet suggests there should be an improvement, but the actual benefit of an extra 85mAh of battery capacity compared to the 7 Pro is really difficult to quantify.

Major specification compared with Oneplus 7 Pro:

•    Snapdragon 855+ vs. Snapdragon 855 chipset 

•    CPU (Clock speed) - 2.96GHz vs. 2.84GHz; GPU (Clock speed)- 672MHz vs. 585MHz

•    Comes in a new hue - the brighter Haze Blue

•    Ultra-wide camera allows for closeup shots in its new Macro mode

•    Super slow-mo 720@960fps video recording (first OP phone to have that)

•    Faster charging (Warp Charge 30T vs Warp Charge 30)

•    Marginally larger battery (4085mAh vs 4000mAh)