The OnePlus 7 Pro has been flying off the shelves since its launch earlier this year. It has completely overshadowed the regular OnePlus 7, which received only minor upgrades. The 7 Pro introduced a new bezel-less design with a pop-up selfie camera, a gorgeous display with 90Hz refresh rate, and other improvements. The Chinese company is now preparing to launch the OnePlus 7T Pro later this year.
OnePlus launches the ‘T’ variants of its flagship models in November. So, we can expect the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro to arrive during the holiday shopping season. A OnePlus 7T Pro prototype has been leaked on Chinese microblogging site Weibo and SlashLeaks. The leak should be taken with a bit of skepticism, but it could also shed light on what we can expect from the OnePlus 7T Pro.
No major design changes
The leaked image gives us a clear look at the front panel of the upcoming flagship. The device is placed in a case to hide its design, but it’s clear from the image that it would have a bezel-less display without a hole-punch or a notch, similar to the current OnePlus 7 Pro. The case is thicker at the top to hide the pop-up selfie camera.
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) August 4, 2019
The cutout for the mic on the ‘T’ model appears to be larger than that of OnePlus 7 Pro. Visually, it doesn’t look all that different from the current Pro model.
The OnePlus 7 Pro lacks water resistance and the 3.5mm headphone jack. OnePlus is unlikely to bring back the audio jack with the upcoming model, but water resistance is a possibility. The 7 Pro features curved glass panes on the front and rear, supported by a metal frame in the middle. It uses a motorized pop-up mechanism to accommodate the selfie camera.
The current OnePlus flagship sports a gorgeous 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display with QHD resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels and 516ppi of pixel density. It has a blazing fast 90Hz refresh rate, which enables a faster and smoother gaming experience. The screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.
Under the hood improvements
The leaked image didn’t reveal the specs of the upcoming device, but we can expect the OnePlus 7T Pro to bring under the hood improvements. It could run Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, which is a minor upgrade over the Snapdragon 855 that runs the OnePlus 7 Pro. The Snapdragon 855 Plus has a faster clock speed and better GPU performance than its predecessor.
We expect the 7T Pro to offer similar RAM and storage configurations as the 7 Pro. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes in three different configurations of 6GB RAM+128GB storage, 8GB RAM+256GB storage, and a top of the line model with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.
The RAM is more than sufficient to handle any task you throw at it, so a higher RAM in the upcoming model would be nothing more than a gimmick. But the 256GB storage is not sufficient for some people, especially considering OnePlus devices don’t support external storage. So, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a 512GB or 1TB storage variant of 7T Pro.
The device would run OxygenOS software on top of Android Q out of the box. The experience on OxygenOS is pretty close to stock Android. It has features like Gaming Mode and Smart Boost to offer better performance while preserving battery life. It also features background optimization to keep the phones running fast even as they age.
According to the rumor mill, the OnePlus 7T Pro could pack a bigger battery and support wireless charging. The OnePlus 7 Pro lacks wireless charging, even though most other flagship phones support the technology. OnePlus would want to catch up. The 7 Pro packs a 4,000mAh battery with the company’s proprietary Warp Charge 30 technology.
Camera upgrades on the cards
The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the world’s best smartphone cameras, according to DxOMark. It sports a triple camera setup on the back, consisting of a 48MP primary sensor with OIS, a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. For selfies, it gets a 16MP pop-up camera.
OnePlus has admitted that the 7 Pro camera isn’t where the company wants it to be. It wants its cameras to take photos with more “natural” colors with “emotions.” Even if the company chooses to keep the OnePlus 7T Pro’s megapixel count the same as 7 Pro, it would make under the hood improvements to achieve its objective.
OnePlus needs to up its camera game further with the upcoming model. That’s because the OnePlus 7T Pro will be competing with the Galaxy Note 10, iPhone 11, and Google Pixel 4, each of which will be pushing the limits of smartphone photography.