Technical / OnePlus 6T vs OnePlus 7: What all is different and why you should now wait for June

India Today : May 16, 2019, 11:19 AM

The OnePlus 7 series has been officially unveiled globally and both the phones have been making waves in the smartphone industry for offering exceptional features without demanding a premium. While OnePlus is focusing on the OnePlus 7 Pro at the moment, the regular OnePlus 7 is expected to drive sales for the company. With a starting price of Rs 32,999, it is meant for those who still want a premium smartphone with flagship features but don't want to pinch their wallets.

The OnePlus 7 will be available online and in offline stores from June. That's a long wait and for those who desperately want an affordable OnePlus phone right now, the OnePlus 6T from 2018 is still selling on Amazon. The OnePlus 6T saw massive price cuts in the last month and is now available from Rs 32,999 for the 8GB RAM variant. The OnePlus 6T isn't that old yet considering it was launched last November but should you go for it now or rather wait for a few more weeks to get the OnePlus 7? Your answer lies ahead.

OnePlus 7 vs OnePlus 6T: Is there any similarity between these?

--The OnePlus 6T and the OnePlus 7 look identical. In fact, place them side-by-side and you will be hard-pressed to find the differences. The OnePlus 7 carries over the same 6.4-inch notched full HD+ AMOLED display with a slightly noticeable chin at the bottom. Only the earpiece is now slightly bigger when compared to the one on the OnePlus 6T.

--The OnePlus 7 also gets the optical in-display fingerprint sensor that was there in the OnePlus 6T. However, we expect that the recognition and unlock speeds will be faster than the older phone, given that fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 7 Pro is wildly fast.

--Both the phones don't have a 3.5mm headphone jack and rely on the USB-C port to route audio via wired headphones. The OnePlus 7 also has a dual rear camera setup, but with different specifications.

--Similar to the OnePlus 6T, the OnePlus 7 gets a 3700mAh battery along with 20W Fast Charge system. The regular OnePlus 7 doesn't get the faster Warp Charge 30 from the 6T McLaren Edition.

--The prices are similar too for now. The OnePlus 7 starts from Rs 32,999 for the base variant while the OnePlus 6T with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is selling for Rs 32,999 on Amazon.

How is OnePlus 7 different from OnePlus 6T?

--The OnePlus 7 is a 2019 phone and hence, gets the newer Snapdragon 855 chipset that' s massive more powerful than the Snapdragon 845 used in the OnePlus 6T. At this point of time, the OnePlus 7 will offer superior performance and will definitely last longer in comparison to the OnePlus 6T in terms of performance.

--The OnePlus 7 gets an upgraded camera system. There's a combination of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor (the same one used on the OnePlus 7 Pro) and a 5-megapixel depth sensor sitting at the rear for camera duties. The OnePlus 6T in comparison has 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual camera combo for the rear. With the new Sony sensor, the OnePlus 7 will have advantage in terms of details and colour reproduction. Low light performance is also expected to gain a massive bump with the new Sony sensor on the OnePlus 7.

--Since the OnePlus 7 is from 2019, it will get an additional Android update when compared to the OnePlus 6T. The OnePlus 7 will launch with Android Pie and is expected to be updated to Android Q as well as Android R. The OnePlus 6T was also launched with Android Pie but the slightly older hardware may not guarantee updates two years down the line.

--Similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro, the OnePlus 7 also gets the faster UFS 3.0 storage. The new storage makes a lot of difference in terms of app load speeds and as well as copy-paste speeds. For gamers, the UFS 3.0 storage will make a massive difference in terms of loading times.

--Lastly, with a dual stereo speaker setup, the OnePlus 7 will offer a better audio experience from its speakers. Compared to the OnePlus 6T's single loudspeaker, the OnePlus 7's speakers will be louder and offer a richer audio experience.

Is it worth waiting for OnePlus 7 now?

Absolutely.

The OnePlus 6T is definitely a good phone and has been our pick since November 2018. In fact, rumours suggest that the OnePlus 6T will stay around for a while in the market and we could see prices being reduced further (possibly under Rs 30,000 for the 8GB variant), thereby making it a very tempting deal. And that alone could make the OnePlus 6t extremely desirable to the value conscious.

However, the OnePlus 7 is a whole generation newer than the OnePlus 6T and the improvements it brings to the table will be visible in day-to-day usage, especially with the upgraded cameras and the more powerful chipset along with faster UFS 3.0 storage. And even if you go by common sense, at the Rs 32,999 now, it's more sensible to go for the newer phone even though you need to wait for a few more weeks.