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The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is a significantly better phone than the Apple iPhone XS 256GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition!

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Excellence Score
68.7
82.6
Value for Money Score
46.6
59.3
Price ₹ 72,999 onwards ₹ 58,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 12, Upgradeable to 13Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1125x2436 pixels (~ 463 pixels per inch) 1440x3120 pixels (~ 515 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 90 HzHigh
Display Features AMOLED, Super Retina HD Display, HDR Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), 3D Touch, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously, 120Hz touch-sensing Fluid AMOLED, 3D Curved Display, 100% DCI-P3 Support, HDR10+ Display, 90Hz Refresh Rate, Video Enhancer, Reading Mode, Night Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.49 GHz 2.96 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A12 BionicRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics) Adreno 640
RAM 4 GB 12 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 48MP + 16MP + 8MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Wide-angle: F/1.8 Aperture, Telephoto: F/2.4 Aperture, 2x Optical Zoom, Digital Zoom up to 10x, Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Dual Optical Image Stabilisation, 6P lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63MP), Sapphire Crystal lens cover, Backside illumination sensor, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, HDR, Live Photos, Local tone mapping, Red-eye Correction, Exposure control, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Timer mode, Geo-tagging, 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, Full HD Video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, HD Video recording at 30 fps, Slo-mo Video for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse video, Continuous Autofocus video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback zoom, Video geotagging, Stereo recording 48MP: F/1.6 Aperture; Sony IMX586 Sensor; 0.8 um Pixel Size; 1.6um (4 in 1)@12MP; 7P Lens; OIS; EIS, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size; OIS, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 117° Wide-angle Lens, 3X Optical Zoom, Multi Autofocus (PDAF +Laser + Continuous), Video: 4K @ 30/60fps; 1080P @ 30/60fps; Slow Motion: 1080p @ 240fps; 720p @ 960fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor, UltraShot, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image
Secondary Camera 7.0MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait mode with bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji and Memoji, Full HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, HDR, Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Live Photos, Retina Flash, Backside illumination sensor, Auto image stabilisation, Burst mode, Exposure control, Timer mode Motorized Pop-up Camera, Sony IMX471 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, EIS, F/2.0 Aperture, Time-Lapse, HDR, Screen Flash, Face Retouching
Internal Memory 256 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM + GSM
Thickness 7.7 mmMedium 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 177 gmMedium 206 gmHeavy
Width 70.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.9 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins) Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 2658 mAh 4085 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 20.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 30W Warp Charge 30T
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time: upto 12 hrs, Video Playback Time (wireless): upto 14 hrs, Audio Playback Time (wireless): upto 60 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; Fast Battery Charging: Upto 50% Charge in 30 mins, IP68 Rated; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Haptic Vibration; Alert Slider; UFS 3.0 Storage; DLNA; NFC; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Continues the gorgeous, premium design language of last year's iPhone X
  • Ditching the home button and moving to a face-based login was a bold move from Apple last year - and its mostly ended up working (with just a bit of a learning curve for previous iPhone users), and thus allowed modern iPhones to go nearly all-screen - the new iPhones this year continue the trend
  • There is now even better water and dust resistance - these iPhones can stay water-safe an extra meter under water, up to 2 meters of immersion for up to 30 minutes (last year's iPhones already survived up to 1 meter) - this phone, according to Apple, will also better handle salt water, chlorinated water and various liquid spills
  • Face ID is now faster than before
  • The display is fantastic, and even slightly better than the already great one on the iPhone x - the new display looks subtly brighter and richer at maximum brightness
  • Apple also claims to have used even more durable, scratch-resistant glass, than on the iPhone X
  • The new iOS 12 brings a number of new features like group notifications and most importantly makes deep performance improvements - Apple is known for regularly tuning its software to perform optimally with the hardware - overall, this as refined and polished as software experience on a smartphone as you can hope for
  • One of the best things about iPhones of course is that you are pretty much guaranteed updates for many years to come (even the best Android phones top out at about 3 years), so as long as you take care of your phone physically, the longevity factor here is really high!
  • The iPhone XS is a performance monster - there is no other way of putting it - it still blows the best Android phones away - and the new A12 Bionic processor sets a new standard for performance, and for chip design
  • The most important gains from the crazy fast A12 Bionic are in AI, AR and graphics - AR apps for instance show better, smoother video and higher-resolution backgrounds (Apple says that's due to a greatly improved Neural Engine chip for machine learning and computer vision)
  • The cameras will blow you away, and are easily the best-in-class along with the Pixel 2
  • The dual rear cameras are markedly improved from the iPhone X delivering better photos in both dark and high-contrast environments (Apple calls this "Smart HDR") thanks to a new sensor and the new image processor on the A12 Bionic chip - in practice, this means photos look better whether shot on a nighttime street, in a dark bar or in bright sunlight - focus is faster, too - all these elements combine to produce an even better camera than the already great iPhone X - and the difference is significant enough to get serious photographers interested
  • There is also a new adjustable background depth feature in portrait mode, that allows you to tweak the bokeh level, giving you even more power over your photos
  • Portrait Lighting effects, which digitally remove the background and turn selfies into head shots, now look slightly less artificial
  • The iPhone XS' video recording quality might benefit even more from the phone's camera improvements than still photos - the added HDR (better auto contrast, as with the still photos) and extra stabilization will make even your more casual videos look more vibrant, even at 1080p and 30fps - and the microphones now record in stereo, too - very simply, the iPhone's video camera is the best video camera on any phone at this point
  • As with the iPhone X, the iPhone XS pumps out some solid stereo sound in landscape mode, but the XS takes it up a notch - they sound even better, crisp and loud - movies and games sound great, almost like listening on an iPad Pro
  • The battery lasts the work day, and is slightly improved over last year's iPhone X - though it's not world-beating by any definition
  • Better wireless charging than before - Apple says the phone's wireless charging coil has improved so there'll be fewer misses when you place it on a charge pad
  • Support for faster Gigabit LTE
  • Finally, the iPhones this year also add dual SIM support - this is done with a physical nano-SIM + eSIM combination (eSIMs are currently supported in India only on Airtel and Jio)
  • On the whole, the iPhone XS series is pretty much an "S" iPhone series, an overall polish and refinement of the bold iPhone X - they're faster, with better camera hardware that will make everyday photography more professional-looking - for most iPhone X users this will be a skippable upgrade, but for everyone else, the iPhone XS and XS Max, are the very best iPhones (and arguably the best smartphones) you can get - that's of course if you can afford it - these are crazy good phones at crazy high prices!
  • Stunning, top-notch design, similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro, that continues to impress
  • Special McLaren orange theme, for McLaren fans
  • The soft-touch glass at the back feels luxurious
  • The frosted rear panel doesn’t attract fingerprints and the subtle gradient makes it look elegant
  • The immersive, 'all screen' razor-sharp display on the front (notch-less) makes for an absolutely gorgeous looking phone
  • Super fast in-display fingerprint reader (comparable in unlocking speed to standard physical fingerprint readers)
  • The selfie camera functions exactly the same as it does on the OnePlus 7 Pro - that is to say, it is mostly silent, and very quick to activate - in fact, it is fast enough to be used for face unlock if you chose
  • Incredible, silky smooth, 'all screen' AMOLED display - with a unique 90Hz screen refresh rate that makes games and movie-watching look more fluid - even things like scrolling through webpages and apps feels really fluid (if you place a standard 60Hz phone side-by-side, you will feel the difference)
  • In fact the 90Hz display pushes the fluidity and speed of the feel of OxygenOS to a whole new level - in practical terms, seeing animations and scrolling at fluid 90FPS does more to make a phone feel performant than any benchmark score - OnePlus has hit the ball out of the park with this one
  • Crisp, high-res screen
  • For avid multimedia consumers, HDR10+ support is on board
  • Overall, this is arguably the best display on any smartphone, at present
  • OxygenOS continues to be one of the most thoughtfully-designed, clean (stock-like) UIs for Android
  • OnePlus’ UI gestures are very nicely implemented - they feel natural and fluid
  • With the cutting edge flagship Snapdragon 855+, some ultra fast storage speed (UFS3), the well-optimized OxygenOS, and the 90Hz screen, the OnePlus 7T Pro is a speed monster, and easily one of the fastest (and the fastest-feeling) Android phones around
  • Good, versatile, triple rear camera setup - there is an ultra wide-angle camera, a standard camera and a telephoto camera - the setup is the same in fact as the OnePlus 7 Pro
  • The camera app has gotten a host of new features such as a Super Macro mode and the ability to use Nightscape with the wide-angle camera
  • On top of these, OnePlus made some notable changes to how the 7T Pro processes images - the company’s UltraShot technology will analyze what you’re shooting and then apply different presets of color, contrast, exposure compensation, and HDR effect (This is similar to the AI camera features touted by OnePlus’ competitors.)
  • Excellent stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Good battery life with a 4085mAH battery - a slight improvement over the OnePlus 7 Pro - you will get a comfortable one day of use
  • Super fast charging speeds - Warp Charge 30T brings the latest fast charging tech from OnePlus - it promises up to 23% faster charging speeds, though real-world gains are a bit more conservative - charging times from 0 to 100% clock in at about 71 minutes
  • OnePlus builds on its best ever phone, the OnePlus 7 Pro, with faster performance, a bigger battery and new camera modes - the 7T Pro isn't an overhaul of the previous OnePlus 7 Pro, but it doesn't need to be - it's simply a thoughtful selection of upgrades, all combining into a phone that once again undercuts other premium flagships by almost 50% in terms of price, and yet delivers (almost) the same flagship experience
  • The OnePlus 7T Pro is for those seeking the absolute best without spending top dollar - it nails almost everything you’d want from a 2019 flagship, and the few misses are easy to overlook for the money you save - for everyone else, there’s the cheaper OnePlus 7T, or the even cheaper Redmi K20 Pro
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Headphone jack dongles are now no longer included in the retail package - which means you will have to rely on Apple's included lightning port earphones (or purchase wireless earphones)
  • No fast charger included in the retail box - Apple only includes a 5-watt basic Lightning iPhone charger in-box - a fast charger will need to be purchased separately
  • On the heavy and large side - and a bit too big to use comfortably with one hand
  • No IP-certified water resistance, that's available on some of it's competitors like the Galaxy 10e
  • Having said that though, the camera setup on the OnePlus 7T Pro, while a slight (software-based) improvement on the OnePlus 7 Pro, is still not quite as good as the best cameras out there - the Huawei P30 Pro, the iPhone 11, the Pixel 3/3a, and the Galaxy S10 series - especially in terms of low light performance
  • No standard headphone jack - you will need to use either USB-C or wireless headphones (none of which is included in the retail package)
  • While the battery life is decent, the main competition - the Galaxy S10/S10e, and iPhone 11 - is significantly ahead here
  • No wireless charging support
Expert Reviews
  1. A benchmark for the whole industr...If money isn't an issue, then go ahead and buy it
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The iPhone XS and XS Max are your best choice if you’re looking for a no-compromise smartphone experience (and money’s not an issue)
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The XS and XS Max are more polished, more advanced versions of the iPhone X
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. An evolution, not a revolution
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The iPhone XS, and XS Max are solid updates to a winning formula
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A modest upgrade on a very good phone
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A powerful and gorgeous Device...but also one that's quite heavy on the pocket
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. As great as the new iPhone XS models are, it's difficult to really recommend them to anyone who isn't swimming in money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Its performance is leaps ahead of not just its predecessor, but every other Android flagship smartphone...However, with its average battery life and the astronomical price, this isn't a smartphone for everyone
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Going for the gold - the monstrous performance and cameras will blow you away
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Crazy good phones at crazy high prices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  17. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  25. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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  27. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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  1. The OnePlus 7T Pro gets our warmest recommendation for everyone looking to get a high-end smartphone and a fluid Android experience
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A great phone with almost no drawbacks...worth every cent
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Small updates make a great phone slightly better...Although you’ll find many of them on the cheaper OnePlus 7T
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The OnePlus 7T Pro is barely different from the 7 Pro, but it still gives more expensive flagships a run for the money when it comes to the overall value
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A pretty steep premium over the OnePlus 7T, which offers very similar features...Some might argue that the design and display alone are worth the premium over the OnePlus 7T, and if you fall in that camp, then you won't be disappointed
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A no-brainer choice in this price bracket...though not a major upgrade over the OnePlus 7 Pro
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Brings finesse to a game that the company has perfected, and melds top of the line hardware with a software build that truly impresses
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A wonderfully stylish smartphone with competition-smashing performance
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Excellent choice for an Android flagship
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. One of the most powerful smartphones around
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A fantastic smartphone that excels in all departments but it's not that different from the OnePlus 7 Pro
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. With a thoughtful selection of upgrades over the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus heads into the final quarter of 2019 with an incredibly strong line-up
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. It might look like a rehash, and, truth be told, it is one; but that doesn’t detract from the 7T Pro’s excellence
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. With such a similar offering to the cheaper OnePlus 7T, the 7T Pro is amongst the best smartphones that we can't wholeheartedly recommend
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  15. With plenty in the positives column, the OnePlus 7T Pro is instantly one of our favourite phones... it's a fantastic all-round package.
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. It is simply the best value for money flagship out there
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A very compelling experience
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. The most-powerful OnePlus smartphone right now!
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. Now more irresistible than ever..The OnePlus 7T Pro may have been scrutinised for being pointless in late 2019 but if you want a premium phone, there's nothing else that's better than this at the moment
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. Marginally better but copiously expensive than the 7T
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The best OnePlus device to date created by the company, but not by too much
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. 'Pro' features are great, but the cheaper 7T is almost as good
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Go for a premium look and massive storage at a price that won`t pinch you
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