Our Opinion

The OnePlus 7T 256GB is a significantly better phone, but the realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the OnePlus 7T 256GB

OnePlus 7T 256GB  realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
OnePlus 7T realme XT
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Excellence Score
70.9
48.7
Value for Money Score
64.0
70.0
Price ₹ 37,489 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Sep, 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 6.4 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, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
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 Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.96 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 616
RAM 8 GB 8 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 USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 16MP + 12MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
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 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse
Secondary Camera 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features Sony IMX471 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, EIS, F/2.0 Aperture, Time-Lapse, HDR, Screen Flash, Face Retouching Sony IMX471 Sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM + GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.13 mmMedium 8.6 mmMedium
Weight 190 gmMedium 183 gmMedium
Width 74.4 mmOk for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash 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, 20W VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W 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 UFS 2.1 Storage; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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
  • Beautiful, attractive, premium glass design (Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back - a first for Realme), with a modern gradient finish at the back
  • The phone is also marginally smaller than the Realme X and is lighter too at 183 grams, which gives it a very balanced in-hand feel
  • The glass on the back is of the glossy kind, but it barely registers any fingerprints or smudges and it isn't very reflective
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is snappy as is the facial recognition
  • Very good 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080x2340) Super AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch - it has vibrant colours, deep blacks, good sunlight legibility, and good viewing angles - one of the best displays of this price range
  • Also comes with Widevine L1 standard, which means videos on platforms like Netflix and Prime can be seen in crisp HD resolution
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined than before, and packs fast animations that helps the phone feel snappy - there are of course a number of add-on features too, compared to what you would get in stock Android
  • The UI also isn't ad-strewn as recent Xiaomi phones have tended to be
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 712, which is one of the better mid-range mobile SoCs out there, especially for gaming - the Realme XT is able to run graphically intensive games like PUBG on default high graphics without breaking a sweat - of course day-to-day use is a breeze too
  • Thermal management is good too - the phone remains quite cool throughout gaming sessions
  • Excellent quad camera setup at the rear - 64MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor - this is the first phone to launch in India with a 64MP sensor
  • Much like the popular 48MP sensor, the 64MP camera also works (by default) on a 4-in-1 pixel binning technology that combines four 16MP shots to offer one bright and detailed photo
  • The primary camera capture some really attractive photos in daylight, offering good brightness and clarity - with HDR enabled, the camera offers a wide dynamic range
  • The ultra wide-angle camera comes in handy if you want to capture a wider frame of view or want a different perspective on the subject (but there is some noise even in daylight conditions)
  • The camera also supports Nightscape (Night mode), which comes in handy in low-light conditions, and helps improve picture clarity
  • The Realme XT also does a good job when using Portrait mode - edge detection is excellent thanks to the dedicated 2-megapixel depth sensor and details are crisp
  • Decent video recording performance - image quality is good, and there is also stabilization at 1080p (but not at 4k)
  • Overall, this is now arguably the new camera champ of the under 20k category, coming out a bit ahead of the current leaders pack - the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme X, and the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Good speaker - verbal audio sounds clear enough even in max volume, and the audio is loud enough for you to hear the phone ring from another room
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • There is VOOC 3.0 fast charging support, which is great - you can charge up the Realme XT in about 80 minutes
  • Once again, like clockwork, Realme has launched another champion phone with the XT, that sets the benchmark for mid-range phones even higher
  • But more broadly, you won't go wrong with either of the current leading 3 Realme phones - Realme 5 Pro (cheapest, Snapdragon 712, but not a premium glass design, not a 'full-screen' display, not an AMOLED display), Realme X (pop-up selfie, and 'full-screen' AMOLED experience, but not a premium glass design, and 'only' Snapdragon 710), or the Realme XT (premium glass design, AMOLED display, best camera of the lot by a small margin, Snapdragon 712, but not a 'full-screen' display) - and you can chose one depending on your priorities
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
  • There is as usual some bloatware that comes pre-installed (but most of it can be uninstalled)
  • The macro lens is ordinary - you will be able to get really close to the subject, but detail levels in the images are low
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. Amazing value for money proposition...one of the easiest recommendations we have given
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Realme XT has it all...the next round of Realme vs Redmi begins
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Yet another solid addition to Realme's smartphone lineup...packs in a lot of features for the price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of the best phones in the midrange segment
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Realme has delivered an ace with the XT....it is hard to not get impressed by
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The camera is a well-rounded hardware and software package that makes this one of the best smartphones in the mid-range segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Makes for a very attractive option, especially with the aggressive pricing
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Solidifying Realme's presence in sub-20K smartphone category...it's going to be a tough call choosing between the Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Standout phone...the phone to beat in this segment when it comes to value
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The realme XT offers a raft of exciting features and top-notch performance at an equally impressive price.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  11. Great choice for those looking for camera-centric smartphone
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Emerges as a winner
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A very able phone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. You will be hard pressed to find a phone that offers as much value...an easy recommend for anyone looking for a phone in the sub-20k segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A good device even apart from its excellent camera performance
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. It's a steal...comes really close to being a game changer
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A good phone on most counts....but if you are going for this smartphone only and only for the 64 MP camera, don't
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Takes the whole value for money proposition thing to another level...Dear mid-segment, we have a real(me) contender for your crown
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. Yet another winner from Realme
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
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