In a world of massive and dangerous professional, plus, and premium smartphones, the OnePlus 7T is Baby Bear: Just proper. Coming alongside a refresh of OnePlus’s own surprising “pro” phone, the 7T brings top-of-the-line specs, high-end options, and flagship-caliber efficiency at a value level that undercuts professional and non-pro telephones alike.

All of which begs the query: Why can we even want “pro” telephones? Curved screens, higher cameras, and quicker charging have change into the hallmarks of “pro” telephones, however the OnePlus 7T doesn’t really feel any much less full or cutting-edge with out the OnePlus 7T Pro’s edge-to-edge display screen or pop-up selfie cam. If something, the existence of the 7T Pro makes the OnePlus 7T appear to be a fair better worth than it’s (even when the previous isn’t really accessible for buy within the U.S.).

With a Snapdragon 855+ processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 6.5-inch 90Hz show for $599, I can’t consider a motive why somebody would select to spend an additional $100 on the 7T Pro. Or an additional $400 on the Pixel 4 XL for that matter.

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The usual lacking options

Before we get into what the the OnePlus 7T has, let’s discuss what it doesn’t have: wi-fi charging and IP-rated water resistance. Still. (Neither does the OnePlus 7T Pro, in order that’s not a motive to improve.)

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You’ll nonetheless want to make use of USB-C for your whole OnePlus charging wants.

It’s one thing of a punchline at this level, however for a telephone that purports to be a flagship killer, it’s turning into increasingly more of a evident omission—particularly for the reason that OnePlus 7T can be in T-Mobile shops alongside the Galaxy S10 and iPhone 11, each of which embrace wi-fi charging and IP68 water resistance of their least-expensive fashions.

As far because the latter goes, OnePlus claims that the its telephones do have some extent of water resistance however doesn’t wish to its customers to pay for the certification by way of larger priced telephones. However, it doesn’t really provide any specifics as to how lengthy and deep you possibly can dunk your OnePlus 7T, so I wouldn’t advocate taking it swimming.

The lack of wi-fi charging is continues to be a head-scratcher, particularly since OnePlus continues to guide the wired charging pack. The OnePlus 7T introduces OnePlus’s new Warp Charge 30T, which can replenish roughly 70 p.c of the telephone’s 3,800mAh battery in a couple of half hour. The proprietary tech places the fast-charging wizardry within the charger moderately than the telephone to ship a sustained 30-watt cost for longer with out threat of overheating. And you gained’t want to purchase a separate $50 plug to get pleasure from it—OnePlus provides a 30-watt 30T charger and cable within the field, besting the bundled powered adapter within the Note 10+ (25W), iPhone 11 Pro (18W), and Pixel 4 (18W).

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