Why OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren edition is a paradox


Just like the iconic formula one car maker McLaren, the new OnePlus 7T Pro is a paradox. You love it undoubtedly but then you also then tend to wonder what the hell is happening. The OnePlus 7T Pro is essentially a OnePlus 7 Pro but with a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor. This is a good and bad thing which makes this a paradox. That also includes the McLaren special edition. So let me explain why this phone’s existence is confusing despite it being a great product.

Why this is a great phone

  1. Everything that makes the OnePlus 7 Pro great translates to the OnePlus 7T Pro. You get the same design, same screen and the same cameras which means you’re getting a phone which is basically the Android smartphone of the year. You’re basically getting the most versatile and reliable Android smartphone that money can buy.
  2. But then you’re getting something that’s slightly better as the new Snapdragon 855+ is around 15% faster and more power-efficient. This phone will be slightly more future proof.
  3. McLaren fans will now have a special edition model which wasn’t there with the OnePlus 7 Pro. The new holographic design on the back looks slick and you’re also getting a custom case which has a mix of Alcantara and Kevlar.
  4. The cameras have gotten better. OnePlus has made headway with their software tuning which wasn’t up to the mark with the OnePlus 7 Pro. They’ve added a new motor on the camera assembly which enables a very cool wide-angle mode. This makes the camera even more versatile. If you’re not happy with this, then you can always install GCam which elevate imaging.
  5. The battery is also slightly larger at 4,085mAh and now warp charge 30T provides 15% faster charge times which pushes the lead for OnePlus even further than the competition.

What’s the bad news

  1. The bad news is less for a new customer than for the older ones. Suddenly people who bought the OnePlus 7 Pro have been thrown under the bus as an identical phone with slightly better performance and battery life is now out.
  2. The new Blue shade on the OnePlus 7T Pro isn’t as nice as the original nebula blue which had this great soft-touch finish and had subtlety about it.
  3. Now that we are in the second half of the year with phones like the iPhone 11 and the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in the mix, the OnePlus 7T Pro camera doesn’t feel as competitive.
  4. The upgrade to the OnePlus 7T makes life very hard for the OnePlus 7T Pro as it also now has a 90Hz screen with flat-panel which may be to the liking of a lot of people. It also now gets the same triple camera system and newer design. People may not mind the lower 1080p resolution as it does improve its battery life.

Regardless, the OnePlus 7 Pro was going to be perhaps the Android smartphone of the year. OnePlus even managed to Herculean task of updating the phone to Android 10 before the launch of the Pixel 4. This was already a superb phone which has just gotten a minor upgrade, but this upgrade comes at the expense of pissing off older customers, and also confusion newer ones as the OnePlus 7 Pro is still sold while the gulf between the OnePlus 7T is almost next to nothing. My recommendation is to skip this unless you’re a diehard McLaren fan and go for the OnePlus 7T.