OnePlus 7T Pro gaming review: Forget gaming phones, this one is good enough

The OnePlus 7T series has finally be unveiled in its entirety across its global markets and undoubtedly these are among the best Android phones you can buy this. Whether it be the cameras or the display, the new phones are offering what we tech-savvy people have been asking for. The OnePlus 7T Pro, which is the new OnePlus flagship, gets minor updates when compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro but it improves where it matters highly – performance.

Compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro, which still is undoubtedly one of the fastest Android phones you can buy today, the OnePlus 7T Pro gets the more powerful Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. This chipset, as Qualcomm says, offers substantially better performance over the regular Snapdragon 855 chipset. Coupled with a better and faster charging system, the OnePlus 7T Pro has all the makings of a phone meant for hardcore mobile gaming. But is it a good gaming phone?

That’s what I have willing to find out ever since I got my hands-on it.

How good is the OnePlus 7T Pro at gaming?

As I stated, the OnePlus 7T Pro is currently one of the most powerful Android phones you can buy and that’s courtesy of its updated Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. This chipset is responsible on its own for all the power that you are going to need for mobile gaming in the Android side of things. And then there’s OnePlus’ super smooth and efficient Oxygen OS 10 that’s been honed for gaming. These technical bits sound good on paper and in the real world, they show they really do work.

I played a couple of popular games available on the Play Store that are considered resource intensive. The most obvious one is PUBG MOBILE and since I had the best machine in the world, I maxed out all the settings, i.e. high graphics settings with extreme frame rates and HDR graphics. I even switched on anti-aliasing as well. In these settings, I played a couple of PVP deathmatch mode matches and even after 30 minutes of continuous gameplay, there was no drop in frame rates or performance. The rear warmed up slightly but it never became uncomfortable. Battery dropped on an average of 12 per cent with 30 minutes of gameplay.

Call of Duty Mobile, which is the new favourite in the town, also ran on the highest settings. This game is still optimised as well as PUBG MOBILE and hence the texture resolution isn’t as sharp as it should be on a Quad HD+ display. Still for a game in its early stages, the OnePlus 7T Pro managed to keep it smooth for a major duration of the gameplay.

With Asphalt 9: Legends, the OnePlus 7T Pro once again came into itself with its 90Hz smooth refresh rate. The game was effortlessly sitting on the highest settings for close to 30 minutes on an average and the OnePlus 7T Pro ensured it never dropped a frame or started lagging even when there was a lot of graphical elements rendered. And even when I kept the screen recording switched on, there was hardly any drop in performance, which goes on to show how well the hardware and software have been optimised.

With casual games such as Alto’s Odyssey, Temple Run 2 and F1 Mobile Manager, the OnePlus 7T Pro behaved as if it was just kidding around. Never did it drop frames or started suffering throttling.

Oxygen OS 10 makes gaming easier

With Oxygen OS 10, OnePlus has made some gaming additions to the interface. There’s a new Game Space launcher that consolidates all the installed games on your phone and offers shortcuts to all the gaming modifications available. The Fnatic Mode can be toggled on from the bottom control panel and it ensures notifications. I like how Oxygen IOS displays notifications in a minimal interface devoid of any graphics and only text – this way you know what’s happening in the back while the notifications don’t disturb your gameplay. You can even enhance the haptic feedback for supported games. The Gaming Display Enhancement mode brightens up the colour tones which makes it easy in games like PUBG to locate enemies.

90Hz display and Warp Charge 30T are highly helpful

Many would argue that the OnePlus 7T Pro’s 90Hz display doesn’t support all games and hence it’s useless. But for the games it supports, that 90Hz smoothness totally worth it. Shadow Fight 3 supports 90Hz refresh rates and hence, all the moves you make feel natural. Real Racing 3, Need For Speed No Limits, Marvel Contest of Champions and a bunch of other games are a joy to play on this display. However, the 120Hz refresh rate display on the Asus ROG Phone 2 is still the king when it comes to smoothness.

And when you are drawn too much into the 90Hz smoothness of your games, it’s obvious you will drain your battery fast. However, the Warp Charge 30T tech not only fills up the 4085mAh battery fast but it doesn’t heat up the device – thanks to all the charging circuitry positioned in the big wall adapter.


The OnePlus 7T Pro is silly fast and for gaming, I have found it to be more than just sufficient. But surely, at Rs 53,999, you will expect an Android phone to perform greatly. And that’s true as all flagship Android phones, including the gaming phones, are fast and powerful to play all games in the best of ways. However, the way OnePlus manages the performance only draws gamers like me more to it. And the best part is that it’s on par with any gaming phone in terms of performance but you get all that performance weaved into an everyday practical phone and this is a big draw for gamers.