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Is OnePlus 7T Pro the rightful heir of OnePlus 7 Pro or just a new variant in old package?

he company seems to be losing its charm as the devices are getting costly, positioning them to the premium segment smartphones, which already offers some great features.

OnePlus is one of those players that started the whole trend of giving premium features at an affordable price tag. The term ‘Flagship Killer’ was coined to show the company’s legacy of killing the competition with its top-of-the-line specifications and aggressive price point.

The OnePlus One, followed by OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3 series laid the foundation for the brand and it became a known name in the smartphone industry. However, as time passed by, OnePlus slowly and steadily started increasing the price of its next flagship smartphones. With each launch, we noticed a rise in the price tag, though it was justified with new features and premium design.

But, things took another turn when the company introduced the OnePlus 7T Pro. The smartphone, which is priced at Rs 53,999, along with OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition (price tag Rs 58,999) is currently the most expensive models from ‘flagship killer’ brand. The company seems to be losing its charm as the devices are getting costly.

At Rs 58,999, we have the latest Apple iPhone 11, which is probably one of the best iPhones under this price segment. The latest iPhone does offer superior chipset along with better cameras and closed ecosystem of iOS are some of the features that make it a far better deal than the OnePlus 7T Pro.

And that’s not all. Even Asus ROG Phone 2 is a better buy. It offers a higher refresh rate of 120Hz along with latest Snapdragon chipset, much higher battery backup of 6000mAh and comes with a cheaper price tag of Rs 37,999.

OnePlus has even undermined its 6-months old flagship device, the OnePlus 7 Pro, as well as 7T Pro, is nothing but old wine in a new bottle witha higher price tag. Now, the question that pops up in mind is, “Does OnePlus 7T Pro justify to be the rightful heir of OnePlus 7 Pro? Or is it just another new variant with the same skin?”

Let’s start with the pricing first. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a price tag of Rs 52,999 for the 8GB RAM variant, while the 12GB RAM option is priced at Rs 57,999. The OnePlus 7T Pro is Rs 1,000 expensive as compared to its predecessor. So, because you just recently bought OnePlus 7 Pro, does it make sense to go for OnePlus 7T Pro? The answer is a simple NO! And here is why.

The difference in hardware is minimal!

The OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro features a similar set of hardware. Both the smartphones are loaded with a 6.67-inch Quad HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10/10+ support, 800nits brightness, Fluid AMOLED screen. This simply means that you will get the same visual experience on both the devices without any sort of difference.

The only difference here is the processor. The OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor along with Adreno 640 GPU. The OnePlus 7T Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset. The latter comes with a marginally higher clock speed of 2.96GHz as compared to the 2.84GHz clock speed of the former. This gives almost 4.2 per cent of improvement in terms of CPU performance as compared to the Snapdragon 855. In simple layman terms, you will not notice any major difference in the performance of both the smartphones. Apart from this, you get the same set of RAM and ROM options, in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlocks feature in both the devices

But OnePlus 7T Pro ships with Android 10?

Agreed, the OnePlus 7T Pro are the first smartphones from OnePlus that ships with Android 10 operating system. However, you should know that the company rolled out Android 10 update to the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro just days ahead of the official launch of the OnePlus 7T Pro. So, the question of OnePlus 7T Pro getting the latest update is ruled out.

Ok, but what about the cameras? There might be some changes?

Let’s refresh the camera specifications of the OnePlus 7 Pro first. The phone is loaded with a triple-camera setup with a combination of 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.6 aperture, and OIS, 16-megapixel wide-angle secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 117 degree field of view, and there is a third sensor of an 8-megapixel resolution with f/2.4 aperture, 78mm focal length, and a 3x optical zoom. For the front, it comes with a pop-up selfie mechanism that houses a 16-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture, EIS, 1080p video recording and more.

The OnePlus 7 Pro (sorry, OnePlus 7T Pro!) also features a triple-camera setup. The primary lens is of 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.6 aperture, OIS, EIS, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and 117-degree field of view. For the front, it features a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 sensor with f/2.0 aperture. As you can see that there is virtually no difference in the camera setup of both smartphones.

And battery?

This is where things go slightly interesting. The OnePlus 7 Pro is backed by a 4,000mAh battery with Warp Charge 30 fast charging support. The OnePlus 7T Pro is juiced up by a 4085mAh battery and it comes with Warp Charge 30 for fast charging support. So, this is where the major difference lies, you get extra 85mAh battery on the OnePlus 7T Pro ( pun intended).

To conclude, the OnePlus 7T Pro is just another variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro and not the much-hyped upgrade. Both the smartphones features almost the same set of specifications whether be it display, cameras, operating system and more. So, like said at the starting: Does OnePlus 7T Pro justifies to be the rightful heir of OnePlus 7 Pro? Or is it just another new variant with the same skin? You now know the answer!

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