The OnePlus 7 Pro might have grabbed all the attention, but there was a new OnePlus launched without the Pro tag as well – the OnePlus 7. The phone was not as high profile as the 7 Pro, which got a number of snazzy options (the display, triple cameras, pop up selfie cameras and so on), but unlike the Pro, which was targeting a premium audience, the OnePlus 7 was meant squarely for OnePlus loyalists – the ones who wanted a great device at a surprisingly affordable price. On the surface, however, it looks like an almost exact twin of the OnePlus 6T that was launched in late 2018. And to be honest, the similarly between the 6T and & variants go beyond skin-deep beauty, Here’s a quick look at what has changed and what remains the same:
Well, you would be hard pressed to tell the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 6T apart from a distance. That is because not only do both of them follow the same broad “glass on front and back and metal frame” design framework, with the display dominating the front and even the dual cameras located similarly on the back, but because they even have almost the same dimensions. They have actually the same width (74.8 mm) and are as thin as each other (8.2 mm). The 7 is slightly taller at 157.7 mm as compared to 157.5 mm but you would have to really strain your eyes to spot the difference. In spite of being longer, the 7 is actually slightly lighter than the 6T – 182 grammes to 185 grammes. But yes, in terms of aesthetics, there is not too much change in the air.
Similar display (and fingerprint scanner too)
The biggest reason for the similarity of the two phones is their display – they both have 6.41 inch AMOLED displays with a drop notch (containing the selfie camera) and a full HD+ resolution. What’s more, both displays have a fingerprint scanner below them as well. They are very difficult to tell apart.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the two phones is the processor that powers them. The OnePlus 6T comes with the Snapdragon 845 chip, which was the favourite for 2018’s flagships, The OnePlus 7, on the other hand, comes with the latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 855.
Still lotsa RAM and storage (still not expandable, though)
The processors might be different, but both devices come similarly loaded as far as RAM and storage go. The OnePlus 6T comes with 6GB/ 128 GB, 8 GB/ 128 GB and 8 GB/ 256 GB RAM and storage variants. There is, however, no 8 GB/128 GB variant for the OnePlus 7, which comes in 6 GB/ 128 GB and 8 GB/ 256 GB RAM and storage variants. Neither has expandable memory, incidentally.
Different cameras (well, rear ones anyway)
They might LOOK similar but the cameras on the OnePlus 6T and the OnePlus 7 are very different kettles of fish. The OnePlus 6T comes with a 16-megapixel main sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor on the back. The OnePlus 7, however, has a much larger 48-megapixel main sensor with a f/1.7 aperture on the back with a 5-megapixel depth sensor, Both phones, however, have similar 16 megapixels with f/2.0 aperture front-facing cameras.
Similar software and connectivity
Both phones run Android Pie with OnePlus’ Oxygen OS on top of it, and offer a clean, uncluttered user experience – we do expect the 7 to have a slightly newer version of Oxygen OS, but we also expect the 6T to catch up with it sooner rather than later. In connectivity terms too, both phones are equally matched – you get 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
Similar battery…with Dash Charge
The similarities extend even to the batteries – both phones come with 3700 mAh batteries, which are charged off USB Type C port. And they both have fast charging in the shape of Dash Charge – the faster Warp Charge is reserved only for the Pro model at the moment!
We end the comparison with a crucial difference. In spite of being newer and offering a better processor and cameras, the OnePlus 7 actually comes at a lower price than the OnePlus 6T. The OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 for 6 GB/ 128 GB, while the OnePlus 6T officially still starts at Rs 37,999 for 6 GB/ 128 GB (although it is available at lower rates from time to time). The 8 GB/ 128 GB variant of the 6T is available for Rs 41,999 while the 8 GB/ 256 GB one is available for Rs 45,999. The OnePlus 7, on the other hand, has no 8 GB/ 128 GB variant, but offers a 8 GB/ 256 GB variant at Rs 37,999.
Which one is better? Well, we can say for sure only after we have used a OnePlus 7, which has at the time of writing not yet been released in the market (it is expected in early June), but if you have neither device, the OnePlus 7 seems a much better option. But what if you already have a OnePlus 6T? Well, it all depends on how much you value that better processor and cameras. As you can see, these seem like twins in more ways than one.