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OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro: The Review

The OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro has been finally unveiled by OnePlus as the new flagship killers for 2019.

So, this year OnePlus in addition to unveiling their OnePlus 7 flagship killer as a follow-up to the OnePlus 6T, has gone ahead and somehow made a more premium version of it – The OnePlus 7 Pro.

The OnePlus 7 is an incremental upgrade over the 6T, the 7 Pro is a whole other story.

It is for the first time ever, that the Shenzhen based company has gone ahead and launched two phones at once, although if you take the 5G model into count, the tally technically comes to three. Now the question is, has the strategy delivered on the “Never Settle” promise?

Let’s find out.

OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro

What’s in the box?

in-the-box
OnePlus 7 OnePlus 7 Pro
2-pin fast charger 5V – 4A Warp Charger 5V – 6A
Clear Protective Case Clear protective case
USB Type-C cable Type-C USB cable
SIM ejector tool SIM ejector tool

The OnePlus 7 comes with a 20W charging brick that is carried over from the OnePlus 6T. It runs at 5V – 4A in the charger, as such keeping the phone cool while charging.

The 7 Pro comes with OnePlus’s Warp Charge 30 charger. That 30 in the moniker stands for 30W. It doesn’t charge quite as rapidly as Huawei’s 40W Supercharger, but it does get close. When plugging the phone in you’ll see a special animation. It’s nice to be able to top up the battery extremely quickly. OnePlus says its charger keeps the phone from getting too hot by converting the voltage to 5V at 6A in the charger itself, instead of handling the conversion on the device.

Specifications

specifications

OnePlus outfits its phones with the latest and greatest hardware it can get its hands on. It’s no different for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro.

OnePlus 7 OnePlus 7 Pro
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 9 Pie (Oxygen OS) Android 9 Pie (Oxygen OS)

DISPLAY

6.41 inch

1080 x 2340 (402 ppi)

19.5:9 – 60Hz
Optic AMOLED
6.67 inch

1440 x 3120 (516 ppi)

19.5:9 – 90Hz
Fluid AMOLED

PROCESSOR

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Octa-core

(1×2.84GHz Kryo 485

 3×2.42GHz Kryo 485

 4×1.80GHz Kryo 485)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Octa-core

(1×2.84GHz Kryo 485

 3×2.42GHz Kryo 485

 4×1.80GHz Kryo 485)

RAM 6/8 GB 6/8/12 GB
GPUAdreno 640Adreno 640
EXPANDABLENoNo
USB 3.1, Type-C3.1, Type-C
WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
dual band
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
dual band
BLUETOOTH 5.05.0
BATTERY3700mAh
20W fast charging
4000 mAh
30W fast charging
PRICE $475/$550 $669/$699/$749

Fresh New Design

new-design
OnePlus 7OnePlus 7 Pro
    157 x 74.8 x 8.2mm

    182g

    Notch

    Traditional non-curved display

    Traditional selfie camera

    Stereo Speakers
    162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm

    206g

    No notch

    Curved display edges

    Pop-up camera

    Stereo speakers

It’s clear that OnePlus sees curved edges and bigger screens as the preferred design aesthetic. Both Samsung and Huawei use curved edges on their flagships, and while bigger screens and curved edges do add a premium look, there’s a point at which screens just feel too big. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a 6.67-inch display that’s great for consuming media but doesn’t lend itself to one-handed use.

Save for the specifications upgrade, the OnePlus 7 is basically the OnePlus 6T with a spec bump. The OnePlus 7 Pro though is an all-new phone designed from scratch. There are virtually no bezels on the phone. Now, just as one would be searching for a notch going by the trend these days, it’s a pleasant surprise and somewhat a relief to finally do away with the notch. The notch is let’s say, replaced by a temporary solution before the arrival of in-display front cameras.

An All-New Display

new-display
OnePlus 7OnePlus 7 Pro
  • 6.41 inches
  • 1080 x 2340 Full HD+ resolution
  • 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Non-HDR
  • 402 ppi
  • 60 Hz Optic AMOLED Display
  • 6.67-inches
  • 1,440 x 3120 Quad HD+ resolution
  • 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • HDR10 / HDR+ Certified
  • 516 ppi
  • 90Hz AMOLED display

The OnePlus 7 is an incremental upgrade over the OnePlus 6T, that keeps the notch and the identical Optic AMOLED display with the same resolution, pixel density, and screen to body ratio.

The OnePlus 7 Pro though is another story. With a new Fluid AMOLED display with 1440 x 3120 resolution, running at 90Hz the experience is buttery smooth. Sweetening the deal further is HDR10+ support. In short, you get a screen that is extremely bright and vibrant. The OnePlus 7 Pro has the largest display on a OnePlus phone till date at 6.67 inches. The “Fluid” part of the moniker here specifically refers to the 90Hz refresh rate that makes for a smoother and snappier feel. The AMOLED panel is manufactured by Samsung.

Surrounding the display is hardly….no bezels! Except for a teeny tiny chin bezel at the bottom, there are literally no bezels at all on this phone! Not even a notch!

An all-new Rear Camera Setup

rear-camera

Wondering if the 7 Pro has more in store for you? Well, the camera department also takes a leap with the OnePlus 7 Pro both at the front and rear.

While the 7 gets the 48MP sensor in an f/1.7 aperture package down from the f/1.6 of the 7 Pro, it’s still pretty darn good. Although the secondary camera has taken a hit this year,i.e., the 20MP wide angle shooter has been replaced by a 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor, leaving the shooting duties to the single 48MP main shooter.

The rear of the 7 Pro though sports 3 cameras instead of the 7’s single w/depth sensor. Here’s what they consist of :

OnePlus 7OnePlus 7 Pro
Main Camera: 48MP with OIS and EIS with f/1.7 aperture

      Depth Sensor: 5MP with f/2.4 aperture

     

      Main Camera: 48MP with OIS and EIS with f/1.6 aperture

      Telephoto Camera: 8MP with OIS and EIS with f/2.4 aperture and 3x Optical Zoom

      Ultra-wide-angle Camera: 16MP with OIS and EIS with f/2.2 aperture and 117° FoV

    This is the first OnePlus phone to make use of three cameras at the rear, thereby allowing a lot of room and flexibility with the types of pictures one can capture.

    THE SENSORS

    The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor for the main camera, a sensor that has become ubiquitous in the smartphone industry in the last few months. The sensor is 34.8 percent larger than the one found on the OnePlus 6T, along with a larger f/1.6 aperture for improved low light performance, and OIS & EIS.

    Next up is the 8MP telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4 and OIS that supports up to 3x Optical Zoom. The 7 Pro also supports up to 10x digital zoom. At the top of the camera array is a 16MP ultrawide angle camera with a 117°degree field of view with f/2.2 aperture.

    OnePlus says this is their biggest leap yet in smartphone photography thanks to faster processing, pixel binning technology, and an improved Nightscape mode. The 7 Pro also debuts the UltraShot engine which automatically filters HDR and scene recognition data through OnePlus’ custom imaging algorithms. A rating of 111 has been awarded by DxOMark, which is the highest on any OnePlus smartphone to date and sits just shy of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Huawei P30 Pro’s 112 ratings.

    Where did the front camera go?

    front-camera
    OnePlus 7OnePlus 7 Pro
    Selfie Camera: 16MP at f/2.0Pop-up Selfie Camera: 16MP at f/2.0

    Coming to the front, well, there’s no front-facing camera to speak of, at least in the traditional sense. So, where did it go?

    It pops up out of the top of the phone. It does this by using a motorized system, which sounds like a super fragile component that will break down at any moment. Although, OnePlus has reassured again and again that it designed this motorized pop-up system to be extremely durable and has been tested over 300,000 times with no degradation.

    In fact, if and when you have the selfie camera out and accidentally drop the 7 Pro, the camera is going to retract itself back inside the phone’s body to keep itself from any harm. That’s a bonus in my books!

     The mechanized pop-up selfie camera is a 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor with EIS and an f/2.0 aperture. It takes just 0.53 seconds for the mechanism to pop-out and is protected by a silicone sealant to stop dust and water ingress.

    Performance

    performance
    OnePlus 7OnePlus 7 Pro
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    • Octa-core
    • Adreno 640 GPU
    • 6 GB or 8GB of RAM
    • 128/256 GB of storage
    • No expandable storage
    • No 3.5mm headphone jack
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    • Octa-core
    • Adreno 640 GPU
    • 6 GB or 8GB or 12GB of RAM
    • 128/256GB of UFS 3.0 Storage
    • No expandable storage
    • No 3.5mm headphone jack

    The Chinese OEM has clearly made an extra push to improve on areas in which its phones have traditionally lagged behind. However, one area where the OnePlus phones have always excelled at is Performance, and both the phones live up to that reputation.

    THE CHIPSET

    Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, the OnePlus 7 Pro is significantly faster than its predecessors. The Snapdragon 855 has also proved itself to be a significant step-up in performance over the Snapdragon 845.

    The OnePlus 7 Pro packs 6GB RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage as standard. However, this can be increased to 8GB RAM and 256GB, or if you really think of going all out bonkers, you can opt for a hefty 12GB RAM and 256GB storage exclusive to the Nebula Blue model.

    OnePlus has made a more premium version of their flagship killer.

    OnePlus has also beaten Samsung in the race to bringing UFS 3.0 support to flagships with the 7 Pro. This superfast storage offers much higher data transfer speeds and should perform much better with larger, memory intensive apps.

    The OnePlus 7 Pro packs a 4000mAh battery which can be charged rapidly with the Warp Charge 30 technology that makes it over from the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. There’s still no wireless charging support as OnePlus continues to insist that wired faster charging has more benefit to the end user.

     The Optical fingerprint has seen a lot of upgrades since the OnePlus 6T, and the new sensor once again from the same manufacturer, Goodix – is 36 percent larger compared to the 6T’s, and takes just 0.21 seconds to unlock. Face Unlock has also seen improvements despite the change to a pop-up selfie camera. OnePlus says the software-based face unlock takes just 0.65 seconds to unlock, including the pop-up duration.

    One last hardware upgrade comes with the stereo speaker pairing which supports Dolby Atmos for mobile.

    Software Changes

    software-changes

    Things are a lot calmer when it comes to software changes, but Oxygen OS does enjoy some new features with the OnePlus 7 Pro launch.

    New features include Night Mode 2.0 that takes the display brightness down to a lowly 0.27 nits, screen recording for capturing on-screen video, audio, and external sound via the microphone, and Zen Mode that disables everything on the phone except emergency calls and photos.

    The remaining hardware and software tweaks are reserved for gaming performance. A larger vibration motor for improved haptic feedback, a 10-layer liquid cooling system, and a gaming mode that should be more than enough for most mobile gamers, but the OnePlus 7 Pro takes things further with RAM Boost, which re-allocates RAM to more memory-intensive applications, and Fnatic Mode – a more intensive power optimization mode on top of regular gaming mode.

    Colors

    colors

    The OnePlus 7 Pro is impressive enough as it is, but OnePlus takes it up a notch with three gorgeous colors.

    • Nebula Blue
    • Mirror Gray
    • Almond

    The OnePlus 7 though comes in only 2 color variants to choose from. There’s:

    • Mirror Gray, and
    • Red

    to choose from, which for some may be a bit sparse considering the competition doing at least 3-4 colors at launch and then some.

    Battery Life

    battery-life
    OnePlus 7OnePlus 7 Pro
    • 3700mAh
    • 20W Fast Charging (5V/4A)
    • No wireless charging
    • 4,000mAh
    • Warp Charge 30 (30-Watt, 5V/6A)
    • No wireless charging

    While the OnePlus 7 gets away with the predecessors’ capacity at 3700mAh, with Full HD+ resolution and 60Hz panel, it manages a much better screen-on-time of 7hrs on average without needing any power-saving measures.

    The OnePlus 7 Pro gets an all-new 4000mAh battery, up from the 3700mAh of the 6T. This is counteracted by the larger, higher resolution display and faster refresh rate. Annoyingly, this results in comparatively worse battery life. It gives around 5.5 hrs. of screen-on-time compared to the 6.5+hrs offered by its predecessor. That is definitely not good.

    Reducing the resolution and refresh rate – a trick/method often used by heavy users can result in relatively better battery life, as long as one doesn’t mind the less sensational performance.

    Limitations

    oneplus-7-limitations

    As impressive as the OnePlus 7 Pro is as a no-compromise OnePlus flagship, there are a few areas where some of the more traditional smartphones maintain a lead.

    OnePlus has been very vocal about the OnePlus 7 Pro’s lack of an IP certification. Always stating that the certification is a waste of time that adds unnecessary costs which would inevitably be passed on to the consumer. OnePlus has noted that the 7 Pro is in fact sealed to protect against water damage, but that doesn’t change the fact that the phone has no official waterproofing rating.

    Then there’s the lack of wireless charging, lack of always-on display support even though it has the necessary hardware, no 3.5mm headphone jack – even as other OEMs are bringing it back. There’s no headphone adapter included either.

    5G Variant

    oneplus-5g-variant

    Even though the 7 Pro doesn’t support 5G as standard, but a 5G variant — the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G — will be sold in the U.K. and in Finland. So, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is essentially the same as the OnePlus 7 Pro in Nebula Blue model (8GB RAM/256GB ROM) but with one difference, it has been outfitted with Qualcomm’s X50 modem.

    OnePlus hasn’t revealed a price or a concrete release date, but more will be revealed in the coming months as stated by the company.

    Pricing

    oneplus-pricing

    So, if you’re interested in the OnePlus 7 Pro, then it’s available for purchase right now – Unlocked from OnePlus’s website or through T-Mobile if you’re in the U.S. There are three different variants to choose from:

    • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage — $669
    • 8GB RAM + 256GB storage — $699
    • 12GB RAM + 256GB storage — $749

    The OnePlus 7 though is not available in the US. The company decided to bring just the higher specced model to the States.

    Conclusion

    The OnePlus brand has evolved into a premium brand over the years. Back from when the OnePlus One was a Sub $400 phone to the likes of a $750 OnePlus 7 Pro premium flagship. Although OnePlus was the original contender for the title of “flagship killer”, that title is of little relevance from OnePlus’ current product portfolio.

    But, what OnePlus offers till date and is prized most among the Android community is a no-frills Android smartphone experience that is buttery smooth and extremely optimized, an experience that no other smartphone in existence can give and claim to give.

    Lastly, a $30 price difference between the first 2 models is really good considering the extra 2GB of RAM and double the storage. In our opinion, everyone should probably leave out the actual base model in its entirety and consider the $699 OnePlus 7 Pro to be the ‘base’ model.

    For reviews on the official website, click here.

    About Shraman Chakraborty

    Shraman is an aspiring blogger, a gadget and smartphone geek, and a motorcycle enthusiast. He dreams of starting his own motorcycle and travel blogs and tech youtube channels someday.

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