Our Opinion

The OnePlus 7T 128GB is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the OnePlus 7T 128GB!

OnePlus 7T 128GB  Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
OnePlus 7T Xiaomi Black Shark 2
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Excellence Score
72.9
63.0
Value for Money Score
64.9
55.8
Price ₹ 37,699 onwards ₹ 39,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Jun, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS 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 6.5 inches 6.39 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 90 HzHigh 60 HzStandard
Display Features Fluid AMOLED, DCI-P3 Support, HDR10+ Display, 90Hz Refresh Rate, Video Enhancer, Reading Mode, Night Mode DCI-P3 Support, Always-on display, Eye Protection mode, Intelligent Motion Compensation, Image Enhancement
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.96 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 16MP + 12MP 48MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.6 Aperture; Sony IMX586 Sensor; 0.8 um Pixel Size; 1.6um (4 in 1)@12MP; 7P Lens; OIS; EIS, 12MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size; 2X Optical Zoom; OIS, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 117° Wide-angle Lens, , Multi Autofocus (PDAF +Laser + Continuous), Video: 4K @ 30/60fps; 1080P @ 30/60fps; Slow Motion: 1080p @ 240fps; 720p @ 480fps; 720p @ 960fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor, UltraShot, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, HDR, Panorama, Pro mode, Slow motion, AI Camera, Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 16MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features Sony IMX471 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, EIS, F/2.0 Aperture, Time-Lapse, HDR, Screen Flash, Face Retouching F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 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 8.13 mmMedium 8.77 mmMedium
Weight 190 gmMedium 205 gmHeavy
Width 74.4 mmOk for one-handed use 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 3800 mAh 4000 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, 30W Warp Charge 30T Yes, 27W Quick Charge 4.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Haptic Vibration; Alert Slider; UFS 3.0 Storage; DLNA; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos In-display Fingerprint Sensor; WiFi Display; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent, premium, 'dreamy' new design, with high quality materials and top-notch build quality - the frosted glass at the back just adds a new dimension to not just the visual appeal but also the in-hand feel
  • The front has a smaller teardrop notch than the OnePlus 7
  • A bit smaller than the OnePlus 7 Pro and slightly easier to hold (it's still on the large side though on absolute scale, so if you don't like big phones, you might want to reconsider)
  • Basic water resistance (though it's not IP rated)
  • Snappy in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Gorgeous, super smooth 90Hz AMOLED display - along with the display on the OnePlus 7 Pro, this is one of the most amazing displays out there on any smartphone - you will enjoy how much zippier and smoother the phone feels scrolling through things like web pages and apps
  • Strong brightness and great sunlight legibility
  • This time it's also a flat screen without the curved edges of the OnePlus 7 Pro - while that makes it look perhaps less stunning, it's a more practical design from a usability point of view
  • OnePlus continues to have one of the most refined, butter-smooth, minimalistic (nearly stock), yet very useful Android skins, with some handy off-screen gestures, smart customization options, an excellent and improved 'Reading' mode, and Zen Mode to control your phone usage - the excellent software experience remains one of the primary reasons to consider a OnePlus phone
  • Breakneck speeds with the new Snapdragon 855 Plus (which is supposed to be about 15% faster than 855 with graphics), and fast UFS 3.0 storage
  • Playing graphic-intensive games is smooth, and the phone is lightning quick at launching and quitting apps, surfing the web and taking photos
  • Good, versatile, triple rear camera setup, almost identical to the OnePlus 7 Pro - the only significant difference is that the telephoto lens, while packing more pixels (12MP vs 8MP on the 7 Pro), lacks OIS, and has up only to 2x zoom (instead of 3x on the 7 Pro)
  • What that means is that picture & video quality is also very similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro - in daylight, the photos are clear, bright and vibrant with some very good HDR rendering - in low light too, the performance is more than decent, and the Night mode helps with that
  • The wide-angle camera takes bright and sharp landscape photos, and the pictures don't show much warping around the corners, as wide-angle cameras tend to do
  • The new macro mode is good too - allowing you to take pictures of objects closer and with much more in focus than before
  • Portrait shots are also great - the fallout between the foreground and background looks smooth and natural, and you can now take portrait photos with the wide-angle camera as well
  • The 16MP front camera is good too - again similar to the 16MP front camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro
  • Uses its earpiece as a speaker, which gives the OP7T an excellent stereo audio setup - it's even slightly louder than the 7 Pro - and one of the best stereo audio setups on a current smartphone
  • Good battery life with a 3800mAh battery, and a 1080p screen - you will comfortably get a day's use, even with the 90Hz display
  • Amazingly fast charging with the new Warp Charge 30T technology - it charges to 34% in 15 min, and 68% in 30 min
  • On the whole, the OnePlus 7T is an excellent, top-grade addition to OnePlus' tradition of providing top-grade flagship devices at surprisingly reasonable prices - arguably its best value device in recent times - it's again the new 'budget flagship' to beat - near perfect
  • Between this and the OnePlus 7 Pro, it will be mostly down to whether you value the curved screen and the pop-up selfie camera enough to pay the extra moolah - for most people, the OnePlus 7T will be the more sensible value choice
  • Powerful, unique, industrial 'gaming device' design
  • Slick 'gaming lights'
  • The Black Shark logo on the rear of the phone can be customized to glow and pulse in just about any color
  • The included case has two small ledges onto which you can latch your fingertips - the grippy material of the case and these ledges really help you take firm hold of the phone when gaming
  • The buttons (a short volume toggle, a small power and screen button, and dedicated Shark Key) have excellent profiles and perfect action
  • Fast, effective face unlock
  • Large, crisp, punchy OLED display - you are going to enjoy playing games and watching videos on this device
  • Contrast, and viewing angles are great
  • The display also supports a 'MagicTouch' feature, that relies on the phone’s pressure-sensitive display to let you reassign controls to a more convenient location on the screen - which can make playing games in landscape mode (like PUBG) much more fun
  • The UI is mostly stock Android, which keeps things nice and simple
  • The primary modification to the software is in terms of a number of options that help you optimize the gaming experience on the phone
  • The “Game Dock” and “Light Settings” found at the bottom of the settings menu let you adjust certain aspects of the gaming experience, such as notifications, frame rates, brightness, and the floating window that acts as a dashboard for all your key performance metrics (battery temp, CPU temp, CPU frequency, and so on)
  • The Shark Key on the right side grants entry to the phone’s gaming zone, called Shark Space that squashes notifications and will essentially help you focus 100 percent on gaming - it also dumps out the RAM to help boost speeds
  • Shark Space is also a central location for all your games - any titles you download from the Play Store are automatically loaded into the Shark Space launcher
  • You’ll also find controls for the optional gaming pads - if you purchase the pads you can customize the actions for each button here, as well as perform some baseline calibrations.
  • If you don’t have the controllers, you can map on-screen buttons to perform specific tasks
  • The display is also capable of 240Hz touch sensitivity with latency as low as 43.5ms - together, these translate to faster finger recognition and quicker response to your input
  • The performance as you would expect from a gaming device, is drool-worthy - the flagship Snapdragon 855, with oodles of RAM, and other modifications like liquid cooling, and a multi-layered heat dissipation system, means that this is simply one of the most powerful Androids you can get your hands on
  • From day-to-day use to complex games, the Black Shark 2 will chomp through everything, without batting an eyelid
  • Pretty good cameras for this price bracket
  • The dual-camera setup on the rear lets you shoot normal and telephoto images, as well as use the two lenses together for portrait/bokeh
  • The majority of photos show sharp focus, and even low light shots are better than average
  • The selfie camera does a decent job too
  • You can shoot video up to 4K - they generally come out clean, well exposed, and mostly free of noise
  • Overall, especially for a gaming-centered phone, the Black Shark 2 packs some pretty capable cameras
  • Good bunch of front-facing stereo speakers - can deliver 1W of audio output, which means the Black Shark 2 can get really loud
  • There is also a dedicated gaming mic on one side of the phone to ensure it isn’t covered by your hand while you play
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAH battery, and some good optimization - with regular use, it can breeze through 48 hours and power to spare - and even with a lot of gaming time, you will comfortable get through a day
  • Fast charging support (Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0) with some very good charging speeds - 30 min plugged into the included charger will provide a 60 percent boost in battery life
  • If you are into hardcore gaming, and spend a lot of your day engrossed in PUBG or Fortnite, this is the best value-for-money dedicated gaming phone you can get, period - it's big on both personality and performance - and the bang for buck it delivers is off the charts
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The camera bump at the back may be an eyesore for some (it's subjective though)
  • It's a very competent camera setup for the price, but again it's not quite up to the level of the most expensive flagships like the Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Note 10 series, Pixel 3 series, or the iPhone 11 series
  • No included earbuds or a 3.5mm headphone adapter
  • If you want to look at even lesser expensive budget flagships though, you do have some strong options now - the two best value ones would be the Asus 6Z, and the Redmi K20 Pro - though you will be missing out on the super smooth 90Hz display and the great software experience of OxygenOS
  • While the front of the phone is all glass, the rest of the chassis is some seriously heavy metal - this is a big and heavy device, no 2 ways about it
  • No IP-rated waterproofing
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor only has average accuracy (you will be better off using the face unlock mostly)
  • The Black Shark 2, like all gaming device tend to be, is a sharp, aggressive-looking piece of hardware, and it may be too much for regular, non-hardcore-gaming folk
  • Unlike some other gaming phones (such as the Asus ROG phone), the screen refresh rate is limited to a standard 60Hz
  • Brightness levels peak at 430-nits - it could have been a bit higher for better outdoor visibility
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack - audio output is via USB-C, and there are no USB-C earphones included either - so you will need to get your own USB-C or wireless headphones
  • The Black Shark 2 is primarily for gamers thanks to its lights, aggressive design and gaming optimizations - having said all that though, it’s a good smartphone generally speaking, and anyone looking for a standout handset, who doesn’t mind a bit of ‘grrr’, can also check it out
Expert Reviews
  1. The phone's high specifications and low price keep its value high and the company's aggressive pricing will not go unnoticed
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for the best deal in mobile, OnePlus still delivers and the 7T should be high on your list
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Premium specs and zippy performance at a value that's better than its Android rivals
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of our favorite Android phones of the year
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. When I compare the 7T to any other phone right now, even the 7 Pro, I’m not sure anything can touch this combination of display, performance, and price
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A solid update to the OnePlus 7
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worthy successor to OnePlus’ line-up of handsets
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Brings the best of 7 Pro at an affordable price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Hits all the right notes...Ultimately, the OnePlus 7T is all about value - a core tenet of OnePlus - and it does deliver
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Brings all the best features from the OnePlus 7 Pro, such as the 90Hz display and a great triple camera system, to a lower price point..If you’re shopping for a new smartphone, the OnePlus 7T is a no-brainer
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The fuss-free OnePlus 7T's screen tech, camera and overall simplicity make it ultra-desirable
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Near perfect phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. If camera is not the priority, then everything else about OnePlus 7T should tick
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Too good for the price
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. By far the best Android phone, at its price
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Buy it and don’t think twice: The OnePlus 7T is the new Android phone to beat for the money
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. Let's get right to the point: the OnePlus 7T is the best phone you can buy at this price...It's got the chops to compete with devices nearly twice its price
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Take a slurp because this is one tasty T...a beautiful-looking phone with some better-than-flagship features for a lower-than-flagship price
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  19. The best smartphone value of 2019
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Each time OnePlus releases a new phone, they seem to improve their ability to implement the right set of features for the best possible value
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. One of the best phones you can buy
    arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. Practical and premium to a T
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Turning up the heat in the flagship smartphone segment, again
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. The perfect lovechild of the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. A killer combination for anyone looking for a flagship device on a relatively tight budget
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. Almost the perfect budget flagship
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. A great device...something that I can easily recommend to anyone
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  28. If your a hardcore gamer and you've been saving up for the OnePlus 7T, get the ROG Phone 2 and you won't regret it....For everything else, the OnePlus 7T is just the right value for money flagship to buy
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. Lies between the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro....If you can afford the 7 Pro, get the 7 Pro
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. An unbeatable package for the price
    9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. Nails almost all of a phone’s most important features while still packing in a few big-ticket items like its 90Hz screen..OnePlus is still delivering on its guiding mission of offering big specs at half the price (or close enough) of today’s flagship devi
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  32. Everything you wanted at an affordable price point
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  33. Phenomenal smartphone
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  34. Few phones get everything just right every once in a while and the OnePlus 7T is another shining example of that.... it's a steal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  35. It might not have the sharper display of the 7 Pro, but we think the 7T is the best OnePlus phone this year, regardless of cost
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  36. Near-perfect...impossible not to recommend
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  37. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  38. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  39. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  40. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  41. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  42. pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  43. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. A great phone, that we thoroughly liked..but one that we find surprisingly hard to recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Black Shark 2’s pressure-sensitive screen makes mobile gaming better
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A big, powerful bite at an affordable price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Delivers on its key promise — excellent gaming performance..but feels slightly overpriced compared to a rival such as the Nubia Red Magic 3
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Ideal gaming smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Solid value for the money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The new king of mobile gaming
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you are a person that loves to game on the go, this is the smartphone for you
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Quintessentially one of the best gaming smartphones out there
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. One of the best gaming phones you can buy
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A dependable option for gamers
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. This gaming phone is a real killer
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  13. Well worth the money
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A mighty phone with supreme gaming capabilities
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Consider this one if you need an all-round smartphone that also doubles up as a gaming device
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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