OnePlus has unveiled its two new flagship smartphones under its 7 series: The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. The OnePlus 7 Pro is the smartphones with a new and improved design in which there is a pop-up selfie camera in order to eliminate the front screen bezels. There is a huge 6.67-inches Fluid AMOLED display which has the smoothest 90Hz refresh rate. But this smartphone is a bit towards the expensive side and has the starting price of Rs.48,999. This heavy pricing is not being suited on the company like OnlelPlus who has been establishing its name for providing flagship phones for an affordable price. Well, the company itself is familiar with this thing and that’s why there is the OnePlus 7 in the market.
The OnePlus 7 is going to provide almost all the main features if the OnePlus 7 Pro but with a cheaper price tag. The smartphone has a starting price of Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB+128GB variant and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB+256GB variant. And yes, this pricing is really very close to the OnePlus 6T. So, if you own a OnePlus 6T and want to upgrade to OnePlus 7 and are confused about, will it be worth upgrading? Or if you were thinking to buy a OnePlus 6T then, should you go with the OnePlus 7? Here, we are going to elaborate on all the major and minor differences in both these smartphones in order to answer these questions.
ONEPLUS 7 VS ONEPLUS 6T
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
There is nothing new in terms of the design, display and build quality. There is the same 6.41-inches Optic AMOLED Display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Full HD+ (2340×1080) resolution. Both the smartphones have the dew-drop style notch for the front facing camera and has been equipped with the 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass. The OnePlus 6T has the Gorilla Glass 6 and the OnePlus 7 has the un-named Gorilla Glass and in my opinion this is the Gorilla Glass 5.
Both the smartphones have the same Optical type In-Display fingerprint sensor for the biometric verification and also have the face unlock feature. The fingerprint sensor of the OnePlus 7 is slightly larger which allows the user to unlock the smartphone much faster than the OnePlus 6T.
Even the back side of the smartphones are similar looking. Both have a dual camera set up at the back and has a glass build. OnePlus 7 is available in Mirror Grey and Mirror Grey Red colors and the OnePlus 6T in Thunder Purple, Mirror Black, and Midnight Black. There is also a McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T but it belongs to a higher price range of Rs. 46,999.
Even though this time OnePlus has used a 48-megapixel sensor, we wouldn’t say that this is an upgrade over the OnePlus 6T’s 16-megapixel camera module. We will explain it but first, let’s see what these smartphones offer in terms of camera.
The OnePlus 7 has the SONY IX586 sensor which is a 48-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and pixel binning technology. There is a secondary 5-megapixel sensor which just for collecting the depth information.
On the other hand, the OnePlus 6T has the SONY IMX519 image sensor with 16-megapixel resolution and f/1.7 aperture. The secondary sensor in the OnePlus 6T is a 20-megapixel, SONY IMX376k telephoto lens which provides 2x optical zoom.
On the front side, there is nothing new. Both the smartphones have the same 16-megapixel sensors with f/2.0 aperture which has been embedded inside the front notch.
Now, come to the thing that why there is no upgrade in terms of the cameras? Well, this is because even though we are getting a high-resolution camera in OnPlus 7, it’s not able to cover the fact that there is no optical zoom in it. However, in the OnePlus 6T, there is a telephoto lens and in our opinion rather than calling it an upgrade we would call it an alternate use of the dual camera module. Now, its all up to you guys that you would prefer the high resolution or the telephoto arrangement.
In the hardware department, there are two major changes. First is the change in the processor and second is the change in the internal storage type. First thing first, there is a massive upgrade in term of the processor. OnePlus 7 has the Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 mobile processor which has been build over the 7nm fabrication process and has new Kryo 485 cores. In comparison to the OnePlus 6T’s Snapdragon 845 with a 10nm build and Kryo 835 cores, the OnePlus 7 is a huge upgrade.
There is also an upgraded GPU in the OnePlus 7. It has the Adreno 640 GPU which performs more efficiently than the OnePlus 6T’s Adreno 630 GPU. If you want to have a detailed comparison between the Snapdragon 845 and 855 then we have that content and you read it by clicking here.
Coming to the second thing, the Internal storage. The upgrade in the onboard storage is not in the terms of the amount of data you can store but in terms of how faster you can store that data. The OnePlus 7 is the second device available with the UFS3.0 version of internal storage. The first smartphone with this storage is the OnePlus 7 Pro. Talking about the OnePlus 6T then it has the UFS2.1 type internal storage which is also a good performer and is being used in many other flagship smartphones but the UFS3.0 outperforms the UFS2.1.
In terms of battery capacity, there is nothing new. Both have the 3,700mAh battery capacity with 5V-4A (20Watt) fast charging with USB-C connection and the 3.5mm audio jack is still absent.
Keeping the thing in mind that the 6GB RAM variant of OnePlus 7 and 8GB variant of OnePlus 6T are available at the exact same price of Rs. 32,999 the person who was making his mind to buy an 8GB RAM variant of OnePlus 6T should go with the 6GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 7. Because with the loss of 2GB RAM you are gaining a new Snapdragon 855 with an UFS3.0 storage which will make the phone faster than the OnePlus 6T even after 2GBs of extra RAM. However there will not be any optical zoom but the 48-megapixel resolution would might help you to digitally zoom into the clicked pictures.
Now coming to the people who already have the OnePlus 6T and are confused about the upgrade. For these guys we would say that the upgrade actually worth.The Snapdragon 855 and the new UFS3.0 storage is actually dominating the fact that there will be no telephoto arrangement and even there is a trend of having a 48-megapixel camera in the smartphone.