Hot on the heels of the launch of the OnePlus 7T, the OnePlus 7T Pro is here. The phone was announced at an event in London and along with the regular version of the OnePlus 7T Pro, there is also a new McLaren version, which boasts 12GB of RAM. The most significant upgrade in the new premium offering is inside the processor. The Snapdragon 855 Plus, developed by Qualcomm specifically for gaming smartphones, powers two phones. Most of the features are the same, including display, camera and battery. Now, you can call it a minor upgrade, but a new, faster processor means better performance. And where is the best to see better performance than sports?
We see the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren in a gaming shutdown against the regular OnePlus 7T Pro, the newly launched Asus ROG Phone II and the formidable Black Shark 2 (at 29999 on Flipkart) to see if the new Snapdragon 855 Plus-powered OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren holds on to his name. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition was one of the fastest smartphones and we’ll see if its successors take it after that.
Before we begin, we should clarify that this article does not have the benchmark scores of OnePlus 7T Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren. While we had already received smartphones for review, OnePlus locked the benchmark apps for fear of information leaks prior to launch.
Both OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren and OnePlus 7T Pro are now powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC. So is Asus ROG Phone II. The Black Shark 2 regularly runs on the Snapdragon 855, but with additional modifications like the Ludicus mode that pushes the hardware to its limits. The ROG Phone II also comes with a dedicated gaming mode that comes with the OnePlus device phenolic mode, while the gaming mode is slightly sloped compared to the other two, but is still quite useful.
The Snapdragon 855 Plus is the key factor to watch here. Qualcomm has increased the speed of the Prime Core to 2.9GHz compared to 2.84GHz on the regular Snapdragon 855. The Adreno 640 GPU on the SD855 Plus also has more than one clock on the regular SD855, which promotes faster graphics rendering. In addition, Snapdragon Elite has a set of gaming features that make the Snapdragon 855 Plus the most chipset for Android phones currently.
Interestingly, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren and Asus ROG Phone II have 12GB of RAM, while our units of the 7T Pro and Black Shark 2 have 8GB of RAM. The OnePlus Phone and ROG Phone II rely on UFS 3.0 storage while the Black Shark 2 sticks to UFS 2.1.
For battery life, the ROG Phone II takes the cake with a 6,000mAh battery while the OnePlus 7T Pro and 7T Pro McLaren Sport support the War Charge 30T for the 4000mAh battery. The Black Shark 2 also has a 4,000mAh battery for 27,000 fast charging.
Starting with the hottest talk in the city, Call of Duty: Mobile on all four phones went well with OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren and Asus ROG Phone II with 60 fps. However, it is the OnePlus 7T Pro Mclaren with 76 percent stability with the ROG Monster. The regular OnePlus 7T Pro had a low of 31 fps with 55 percent stability. Black Shark 2 clocked 31 fps with a slightly lower 51 percent stability. While the numbers on the two new OnePlus devices can vary wildly, it’s important to note that the game itself is very new and not devoid of bugs. During our test, we noted the frame rate from one session to another. As a result, we only considered the final score that we got for testing.
ASPHALT 9 Legends
After a few heavy gunshots, we moved to high-octane racing. The Asphalt 9 was our sport of choice and the ROG Phone II surpassed the other three with 58 fps and 89 percent stability. OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren and OnePlus 7T both clocked 30 FPS with 96 percent and 91 percent stability, respectively. Black Shark 2 also clocked 30 fps with 95 percent stability. The experience in all four phones was more or less smooth and stable. However, thanks to a special tie-up with Gameloft, the ROG Phone II was able to run the game at a higher frame rate, which added a significant impact to the visual experience.
Moving on to everyone’s favorite battle royale, we failed to touch 60FPS on any phone despite several rounds of testing. This is odd because we gave our predecessors a clock of maximum frame rate before our test. Perhaps Tencent has changed the game settings to push for better graphics? This will require further investigation. But what we got here –
OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren clocked 40 FPS with 59 percent stability. Black Shark 2 matched it with 40 fps and 59 percent stability.