Our Opinion

The OnePlus 7 (8GB RAM, 256GB) is a slightly better phone than the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the OnePlus 7 (8GB RAM, 256GB)!

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Excellence Score
72.0
76.8
Value for Money Score
60.2
72.2
Price ₹ 41,999 onwards ₹ 34,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Jun, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.41 inches 6.41 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Optic AMOLED, DCI-P3, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Adaptive Mode, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display Optic AMOLED, DCI-P3, 2.5D Curved Glass, Adaptive Mode, Reading Mode, Night Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 640
RAM 10 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 20MP + 16MP 48MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX519 Sensor; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; 1.22µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX376K Sensor; 1/2.8 Sensor Size"; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Slo-mo Video (1080p@30/60/240fps; 720p@480fps), Auto HDR, EIS, AI Scene Detection, Portrait Mode, Pro Mode, Night Mode, Panorama, Time-Lapse, HDR, HQ, Studio Lighting, RAW Image 48MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX586 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size @ 48MP; 1.6um Pixel Size (4 in 1) @ 12MP; OIS; EIS; PDAF, 5MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.4 Aperture, Video: 4K @ 30/60fps; 1080P @ 30/60fps; Slow Motion: 1080p @ 240fps; 720p @ 480fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor, UltraShot, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image
Secondary Camera 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/3.0" Sensor Size, 1.0µm Pixel Size, HDR, EIS, Sony IMX371 Sensor, Portrait Mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Studio Lighting, Smile Capture, Face Retouching F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX471 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, EIS, Time-Lapse, Screen Flash, HDR, Face Retouching, Portrait Mode, Studio Lighting, Smile Capture
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 8.2 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 185 gm 182 gm
Width 74.8 mm 74.8 mm
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 3700 mAh 3700 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, Warp Charge 30 Yes, 20W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30W Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Gestures & on-screen navigation; NFC; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 3.0 Storage; Alert Slide; DLNA; NFC; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely immaculate fit and finish - OnePlus’ design refinement has grown alongside the entire mobile industry to the point where it’s hard to now find flagship phones that don’t look like pieces of precision-engineered electronic jewellery
  • The design is in fact a subtle (and well done) enhancement over the standard OnePlus 6T - the back panel in the McLaren edition is layered with carbon fiber beneath the glass — this is something that has otherwise been a fixture of very premium phones thus far - there is also the McLaren inspired orange accent colour (popularly known as Papaya Orange) frame around the phone—this is thicker and brighter near the bottom and narrows as well as fades out towards the top - there is the McLaren branding on the back as well, that's a visual delight - when light reflects off it, the logo gives you the illusion that it is moving around
  • Pretty good ergonomics for a large phone (it is a large phone though, mind you, in line with the dimensions of the Google Pixel 3 XL and iPhone XS Max)
  • The in-display fingerprint reader is good - and works well most of the time - though like other in-display readers, it's not quite as quick as separate fingerprint readers can be, and can sometimes be finicky - that's the trade-off you make when you buy into cutting edge of technology
  • Big, beautiful 'dewdrop' notch display
  • OnePlus’ Reading mode is still there and is as useful as ever - it turns the screen to a reading-optimized monochrome, and it can be assigned to activate when you’re in certain apps
  • The implementation of Oxygen OS UI on the OnePlus 6T is a faultlessly smooth and pleasurable experience - OxygenOS adds genuinely good and desirable things without taking anything away from the core Android experience - and it is today arguably the best custom Android approach by any brand - and a lot of people might argue, even better than stock Android
  • OnePlus' gesture-based navigation system is intuitive, borrows from the iPhone, and is arguably better than the default gesture navigation system on Android Pie - of course, OnePlus also gives you the option to revert to the old trio of Android navigation buttons, if you so wish
  • In fact, thanks to things like OnePlus’ gesture navigation, a focus on smoothness, better app management and an built-in dark theme, Oxygen OS genuinely feels like an improved take on stock Android
  • Buttery smooth performance throughout with top-line hardware, as you would expect from a OnePlus - but the company has stepped up even further the level of polish to an impressive degree - it gives a sensation of both speed and comfort - the fluidity of the user experience here isn’t merely on par with the world’s most expensive smartphones, it surpasses many of them, thanks to good design decisions from OnePlus - there’s no unnecessary Bixby button here, none of the daft spam notifications you’d get from Oppo or Huawei, and no irksome theme stores that demand you create an account just to be able to modify your phone’s interface to your liking - using a OnePlus phone, for anyone who’s had to suffer the friction of dealing with other Android manufacturers’ software, is frankly liberating - speed at every turn, easy and flexible customization of both the interface and app icons, and precious little in the way of annoyances
  • The phone also comes with an incredible 10GB of RAM, making it as future-proof as you can get at this time
  • The camera performance is improved a bit, with some software tweaks and optimizations, over the OnePlus 6 - and overall, it's still an excellent camera for far less than its competitors
  • Very strong battery life - the biggest OnePlus has yet put in any of its phones - the 6T lasts that extra bit more than the 6, nudging it from good to almost great battery life - the OnePlus 6T will make it through a day of intensive use without a problem
  • OnePlus's excellent 'Dash charging' is this time replaced by an even more amazing 'Warp charging' - the phone will top up from 0 to 50% in just 20 minutes!
  • Simply put, the OnePlus 6T is the most affordable, top-notch Android you can get - offering some amazing bang for your buck - and the McLaren edition is a nice little 'premium' upgrade on top of it
  • It improves on its predecessor (OnePlus 6) and pushes mobile innovation further with choices like a smaller notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Overall, it's 90% of the ultimate flagship phone for 60% of the price - and for most people that will be an excellent deal
  • Immaculate fit and finish, and a pleasing, premium design - very similar to the OnePlus 6T
  • Pretty good ergonomics (similar to the OnePlus 6T, and better than the heavier/larger OnePlus 7 Pro)
  • The in-display fingerprint reader is very good - and even a bit faster than the already good one on the OnePlus 6T
  • Big, beautiful 'dewdrop' notch AMOLED display, again quite similar to the OnePlus 6T
  • OnePlus’ Reading mode is still there and is as useful as ever - it turns the screen to a reading-optimized monochrome, and it can be assigned to activate when you’re in certain apps
  • OxygenOS continues to be one of the most thoughtfully-designed, clean (stock-like) UIs for Android
  • 2 new features that make it to the latest version of OxygenOS are screen recording, and Zen Mode (for exercising more control over your screen time)
  • With the super fast flagship Snapdragon 855, some ultra fast storage speed (UFS3), the OnePlus 7 is a speed beast, and matches other top-end flagships
  • Good dual rear camera setup - there a primary 48MP camera and a secondary 5MP depth sensor
  • Overall image quality is good - it takes great outdoor shots, with vibrant colours and good exposure - and is a decent improvement over the OnePlus 6T (though not as good, or as versatile as the camera setup on the OnePlus 7)
  • It also has the new Nightscape mode, which lets you capture reasonably bright and sharp images even in very low light situations
  • Good 16MP front camera too
  • Excellent stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Good battery life with a 3700mAH battery - the OnePlus 7 will make it through a day of intensive use without a problem - and will give you battery life similar to the OnePlus 6T (and more than the OnePlus 7 Pro, which lasts less long because of the more battery intensive 90Hz screen)
  • OnePlus's Dash Charging continues to be one of the better fast charging technologies around - it goes from 10 to 100 percent in just 1 hour and 15 minutes - though it's a step below the Warp Charge tech on the OnePlus 7 Pro
  • Overall, OnePlus 7 retains the spot of the all-rounder, reliable, no-frills, budget flagship from OnePlus (while the OnePlus 7 Pro takes the more 'premium' flagship approach), giving you a high-end flagship experience for relatively less - and it makes for a decent update to the OnePlus 6T in the performance and camera departments
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Still not fully waterproof (there is some water resistance but it's not IP certified)
  • That said though, there is still some way to go before OnePlus can have a camera that matches to the level of a Pixel 3 or a Galaxy Note 9 - and it is the camera, more than anything else, where you’ll experience the price delta between the OnePlus 6T and the pricier flagships above it
  • Like most flagships now, OnePlus too has made the transition to audio over the USB-C port - which means that if you want to use your existing 3.5mm jack headphones, you will need to use the (included) dongle, or buy separate USB-C or wireless headphones
  • The loudspeaker is a bit on the quiet side
  • No wireless charging support
  • Still not fully waterproof (there is some water resistance but it's not IP certified)
  • Like all glossy finish phones (which is an increasing majority of phones these days), the glass back of the phone is a fingerprint magnet
  • It's not quite a match for the new budget-flagship camera champion, the Pixel 3a, however, which is ahead by a significant margin
  • No standard headphone jack - you will need to use either USB-C or wireless headphones (none of which is included in the retail package)
  • No wireless charging support
  • That said though, the budget flagship segment is much more competitive now (unlike when the 6T launched), so you will have some pretty good alternatives as well, not the least of which is the Pixel 3a/XL, which while not as beautiful looking, or as fast, will provide with a much better camera experience, a more compact design, and a headphone jack
Expert Reviews
  1. A great buy for any Formula 1 enthusiast or anyone who really appreciates a great-looking phone and prefers a splash of exclusivity
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are a die hard fan of McLaren and OnePlus, opting for the special edition is a no-brainer....but otherwise it's difficult to wholeheartedly recommend over the standard edition
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. One of the most powerful Android phones becomes even better
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A glorious celebration of smartphone seduction meeting speedy savagery.. and in typical OnePlus fashion, the brand’s pulled off this epic feat without burning a gaping hole in any pockets
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  5. theverge.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  8. zdnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Great phone...but this time, faces some properly tough competition
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. While the Oneplus 7 lacks the excitement of the 7 Pro, it's the sensible choice if you're shopping on a budget
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 7 is pretty great by itself...but this price point has become much more competitive recently
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great flagship phone that does the basics right and then some
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One of very few smartphones using the Snapdragon 855 in India at the moment..If you don't care very much about camera performance, the OnePlus 7 is well worth it for its asking price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. One of the most balanced devices in the market right now, considering price to performance ratio
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Practical, value for money flagship
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Excellent value for money proposition
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Practical choice for a flagship in 2019
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Perfect device for someone who demands the best performance at a sub-Rs 40,000 budget
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Offers impressive value for money
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. A smart purchase...The phone to beat in the affordable flagship space
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Absolutely brilliant
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A great high-end smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  15. The phone to get in this price segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The phone to buy in 2019
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. androidpolice.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  23. timesnownews.com hands-on Read Review »
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