Phone Comparisons: Sony Xperia 1 vs OnePlus 7T

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It's time for the Sony Xperia 1 vs OnePlus 7T comparison. These two smartphones are both high-end offerings from their respective OEMs. The Xperia 1 has been out in the market for quite some time now, and we've already compared the OnePlus 7T and Xperia 5.

The Xperia 1 is a more powerful iteration of the Xperia 5, so it seems right to compare it to the OnePlus 7T. This phone is still Sony's flagship handset. These two phones are fueled by very similar processors, but they do not have that much in common overall.

Both phones are made out of metal and glass, but Sony's and OnePlus' approach to design is not that similar. Both phones have a lot to offer, though, so it will be interesting to see how they compare. Let's pit the Sony Xperia 1 vs OnePlus 7T, shall we.

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Specs

Sony Xperia 1 OnePlus 7T
Screen size 6.5-inch FullHD+ OLED display 6.55-inch fullHD+ Fluid AMOLED display (90Hz)
Screen resolution 3840 x 1644 2400 x 1080
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
RAM 6GB 8GB
Storage 64GB/128GB; Expandable (up to 1TB) 128GB/256GB; Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 12MP (f/1.6 aperture, 1.4um pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF, 5-axis OIS, 26mm lens)
12MP (f/2.4 aperture, 52mm telephoto lens, predictive PDAF, 5-axis OIS, 1.0um pixel size)
12MP(f/2.4 aperture, 16mm ultrawide lens, 1.0um pixel size)
48MP (0.8um pixel size, f/1.6 aperture, PDAF, OIS, EIS, Laser AF)
12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 1.0um pixel size, PDAF, 2x optical zoom telephoto)
16MP (f/2.2 aperture, 17mm lens, ultrawide)
Front cameras 8MP (f/2.0 aperture, 24mm lens, 1.12um pixel size) 16MP (f/2/0 aperture, 25mm lens, 1.0um pixel size)
Battery 3,343mAh, Non-Removable,  18W Fast Battery Charging (USB Power Delivery 2.0) 3,700mAh, Non-Removable,  30W Fast Battery Charging
Dimensions 167 x 72 x 8.2mm 160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1mm
Weight 178 grams 190 grams
Connectivity LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
Security Side-facing fingerprint scanner In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)
OS Android 9 Pie (upgradable to Android 10) Android 10
OxygenOS 10
Price $748 $599
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Sony Xperia 1 vs OnePlus 7T: Design

Both of these phones are made out of metal and glass. Still, the final product is quite different. Both are extremely slippery, which is worth noting. The Xperia 1 is considerably taller, and considerably narrower than the OnePlus 7T. That is mainly due to its thick top and bottom bezels, and its high display aspect ratio. The Xperia 1 ships with a 21:9 aspect ratio, compared to a 20:9 one on the OnePlus 7T.

The OnePlus 7T features a waterdrop display notch, and thin bezels overall. The Xperia 1 does not have a display notch or hole, but it does include noticeable bezels above and below the display. It also has sharper corners than the OnePlus 7T, while the two phones are almost equally thick. The Xperia 1 is 167mm tall, while the OnePlus 7T sits at 160.9. The Xperia 1 is 72mm wide, while the OnePlus 7T is a bit wider at 74.4mm.

Sony's flagship is a bit lighter than OnePlus'. The Xperia 1 weighs 178 grams, compared to 190 grams of the OnePlus 7T. Both phones include three cameras on the back. The Xperia 1's are vertically-aligned, while the OnePlus 7T's are horizontally-aligned. As you can see, these two phones are considerably different in the design department. In all honesty, we can see some people prefer the Xperia 1's design, while other the OnePlus 7T's design. If you like narrower phones without notches or display holes, the Xperia 1 is for you. If you hate bezels and extremely tall phones, the OnePlus 7T should be your choice.

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Winner: Tie

Sony Xperia 1 vs OnePlus 7T: Display

The Sony Xperia 1 and OnePlus 7T both include OLED panels. The Xperia 1 sports a 6.5-inch 4K panel (3840 x 1644). The OnePlus 7T, on the other hand, comes with a fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Fluid AMOLED display. Now, some of you would probably say that the Xperia 1 wins this round, and move on. Well, that's not the case, not really. There's more than just sheer numbers to talk about here.

Both of these displays can provide you with great image quality, no doubt about that. Both displays produce really contrasty images, deep blacks, and overall quality picture. In fact, both support HDR playback as well. Both of these panels are protected by Gorilla Glass, the Xperia 1's with Gorilla Glass 6, while the 5th iteration of Corning's protection has been applied on the OnePlus 7T.

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The Xperia 1 can produce a considerably sharper image, but that's not something you'll easily notice in your day-to-day usage. The Xperia 1 cranks up its full resolution only if you're watching 4K content. Besides, OnePlus managed to reduce blue light emission from the 7T's panel a lot, so the display looks stunning, despite it's "only" a fullHD+ panel. That's not all, the OnePlus 7T's panel offers higher refresh rate.

The Xperia 1's panel comes with your regular 60Hz refresh rate, while the OnePlus 7T amps that up to 90Hz. Because of that, everything you do on that display will seem more fluid. To be quite honest, we've enjoyed using the 7T's panel more than the Xperia 1's, and due to OnePlus' tweaks on this display, and its higher refresh rate, we'll call this a tie.

Winner: Tie

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Sony Xperia 1 vs OnePlus 7T: Performance

In terms of performance, both of these phones are quite great. Performance on either is nothing to scoff at. The OnePlus 7T does come with a slightly more powerful SoC, the Snapdragon 855 Plus. The Xperia 1 is equipped with the Snapdragon 855. The OnePlus 7T also includes more RAM, 8GB compared to 6GB. On top of everything, OnePlus' flagship also sports UFS 3.0 flash storage, which is much faster than the Xperia 1's UFS 2.1 flash storage.

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OnePlus 7T: Oxygen OS 10

The numbers are on the OnePlus 7T's side, but the Xperia 1 keeps up the pace when it comes to performance. We did not experience any significant issues with the device, that goes for both day-to-day performance, and gaming. Truth be said, the OnePlus 7T did feel a tad faster, not only due to its software and hardware, but due to its high refresh rate display

So, even though the Xperia 1 is extremely close to the OnePlus 7T in this category, we'll go with OnePlus' offering. OnePlus really managed to optimize OxygenOS quite a bit. The Xperia 1 will hiccup from time to time, and that's something that we did not experience on the OnePlus 7T. The OnePlus 7T is also more future proof in the performance department, due to more powerful internals.

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Winner: OnePlus 7T

Sony Xperia 1 vs OnePlus 7T: Battery

In terms of battery life, well, the OnePlus 7T has the upper hand. OnePlus included a considerably larger battery in its phone, than Sony did in the Xperia 1. The two phones have almost the same display size, and both are fullHD+ OLED panels. Their SoCs are quite similar in terms of battery drain as well, so those battery sizes and software optimization play a huge role here.

The Xperia 1 includes a 3,330mAh battery, which does seem a bit on the smaller side for a 6.5-inch display. OnePlus opted to include a 3,800mAh unit in the OnePlus 7T. The OnePlus 7T managed to get over the 6-hour screen-on-time mark for us, pretty much consistently. On most occasions, we were able to push it past the 7-hour mark as well. The Xperia 1 does not offer such battery life.

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It can reach a 5-hour screen-on-time mark without a problem, and then some, but cannot match up to the OnePlus 7T. If you're a heavy user, the OnePlus 7T is probably a better choice for you. The OnePlus 7T also offers faster charging, 30W vs 18W in the Xperia 1. So, the OnePlus 7T is the winner of this category, without a doubt.

Winner: OnePlus 7T

Sony Xperia 1 vs OnePlus 7T: Cameras

If great camera performance is what you're looking for, well, it's worth saying that both of these phones are quite good in that regard. Neither of them is best in the business, but both are really good. Both of these phones include three cameras on the back, and a single one on the front. Those cameras are considerably different in comparison, though.

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Both devices can provide you with really detailed images during the daytime. If there's ample amount of light in a shot, both will do a great job, with punchy colors, lots of detail, and great dynamic range. Both are fairly good on cloudy days as well. For macro shots, the OnePlus 7T has the upper hand, as it comes with a dedicated motor for macro photography. Results are really impressive, and it will allow you to get much closer to your subject than the Xperia 1.

As far as low light performance is concerned, well, they're both fairly good. Neither of the two phones will bring up as much light as the Pixel 4, but that may not be a bad thing. Images in low light, when these two phones are concerned, look much more natural. Both phones can let it quite a bit of light into an image, and capture more than decent shots. These two phones are more or less on the same playing field in terms of camera performance, so we'll call this a tie.

Winner: Tie

Sony Xperia 1 vs OnePlus 7T: Audio

Both the Xperia 1 and OnePlus 7T offer stereo speakers Those speakers are really good in both instances. Both phones offer Dolby Atmos sound support, and audio from their speakers is quite clear. Distortion is quite minimal on high volumes, but that is to be expected. The main speaker is placed on the bottom in both instances.

Neither of these two phones includes a 3.5mm headphone jack. You'll either have to opt for a Type-C port, or Bluetooth audio connection. We did not really notice a major difference in sound output via headphones either. Both phones are up to par in that regard, which is a really good thing. All you need is a quality pair of headphones in order to enjoy rather good audio output here.

Winner: Tie

The overall winner

Sony Xperia 5 OnePlus 7T
Design
Display
Performance
Battery
Cameras
Audio

The OnePlus 7T is the winner of this comparison. OnePlus' handset managed to win in the performance and battery departments, while in all other aspects, these two phones were up to par. Truth be said, both devices are really great, and you cannot go wrong either way. We did see some advantages for the OnePlus 7T, but if you prefer taller devices, and prefer Sony's software, the Xperia 1 is more than a solid choice.

The Xperia 5 is yet another alternative if you want a smaller phone than the Xperia 1. It offers most of what the Xperia 1 offers, but we've already covered that in a separate comparison with the OnePlus 7T. That's it, this brings our Xperia 1 vs OnePlus 7T comparison to an end. Both devices are really good, even though the OnePlus 7T has some advantages over the Xperia 1.

Winner: OnePlus 7T