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The Pixel 3a is our 2019 Smartphone of the Year

2019 hasn't been what you'd call a huge year for smartphones. In many ways, our phones are more alike than they ever have been, and the things that set them apart are, similarly, less consequential than ever. But that doesn't mean there wasn't a phone that stood out in a really noticeable, important way to the Android Police editorial staff.

That also doesn't mean we all agree on which phone that is. In a vote among Android Police's seven editors (plus Artem), it was a very close race. The winning phone took away four votes to the runner-up's three, and strong arguments were made for both.

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The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren 5G is the first 5G phone I actually want to buy

My time with the OnePlus 7T Pro (deep breath) McLaren 5G has been relatively short, but also pretty dang informative. And my opinion on it has, as a result, formed about as rapidly as the supercars which share its namesake get to triple-digit speeds. It's no secret that the OnePlus 7 Pro is a favorite among the staff here at Android Police, and the 7T Pro is really just a tweaked and tuned variant of that phone. The McLaren edition simply maxes out the RAM and storage configuration and adds 5G.

Is $900 a lot of money for a OnePlus phone?

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I used the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren 5G on T-Mobile's new 5G network—here's what I learned

The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren 5G (yes, this is a really long name) is the first 5G phone on T-Mobile anyone should care about. And, I would argue, it's the first 5G phone in America anyone should consider buying, because it's actually just a really great phone you otherwise can't get here. It's also the very first phone in the US that can use a 5G network that will actually be available to most Americans: T-Mobile's 600MHz 5G covers over 200 million people, meaning you're more likely than not inside that coverage map.

I spent the last few days with the McLaren 5G here at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, where T-Mobile provided a number of journalists phones to test out the network.

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T-Mobile turns on low-band 5G, reaching more than 200 million people

T-Mobile has officially turned on its 600MHz-based 5G network, claiming 1 million square miles of coverage across urban and rural areas with service possible to more than 200 million people. With the launch, the carrier has summed up what customers can expect from the new spectrum.

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OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren 5G now available for pre-order at T-Mobile, set to ship December 6th

If you were excited for the prospect of 5G, but less so for a signal that dies when you walk around the block, today OnePlus and T-Mobile have your back. Pre-orders for the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren (say that five times fast) have just opened at T-Mobile for use on the company's brand new 600MHz 5G network. It's set to ship December 6th, this upcoming Friday, with pricing ranging from $31.25 a month for 24 months with financing, or $900 if bought outright.

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OnePlus 7T Pro review: The best OnePlus phone, but not the one you should buy

When I shared my first impressions of the OnePlus 7T Pro a few weeks back, the sum of my observations was that nothing much had changed since the last generation. Having spent more time with the phone, that's even more apparent, and so are its various imperfections. While all the things that made the 7 Pro great are still present, OnePlus has done little to improve its flagship offering, and some of the omissions are even more glaring six months down the line.

To readers in the US, this will come as something of a relief since only the more affordable OnePlus 7T is available to buy in the region.

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OnePlus built a piano out of 17 7T Pros and let people (and dogs) play it

OnePlus is known for its outrageous marketing stunts so we didn't even blink when we saw that the company was building a piano out of its phones. The goal is to show off the 7T Pro's 90Hz display and fast processor, which were supposedly crucial in creating a smooth musical keyboard.

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T-Mobile's OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren is its second 5G phone, coming soon

Last year OnePlus and McLaren collaborated to make a limited special edition phone called the OnePlus 6T McLaren. The partnership must have been fruitful for both sides, as they have teamed up again for the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren edition which became available earlier this month. Initially thought not available in the US, the phone will be coming here after all but as an exclusive to T-Mobile with 5G support.

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OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro update brings cloud photo backups in India, front-facing low-light camera improvements

The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro snagged a new update over the weekend. OxygenOS 10.0.4 adds a new "Cloud Service" for folks in India, which gives device owners a Google Photos-like experience, backing up images through the built-in Gallery app. Outside of India, the update is mostly minor bug and usability changes, plus some front-facing low-light camera improvements, which seem to be unnoticeable in our testing.

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The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro are now on sale in Europe

While US buyers bemoan the lack of choice they've been given with recent OnePlus releases, it's a different story in Europe where both the 7T and 7T Pro are now on general sale. Here's where you can buy the latest "flagship killers."

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