For the first time, the company has released two flagship models simultaneously: the OnePlus 7 and the larger OnePlus 7 Pro. It packs the very best of whatever is available today; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, upto 12GB RAM, a QHD display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a completely notch-free fascia. It performs just as well as one would expect, but tends to heat up during gaming. The battery life has taken a hit due to the impressive display.
OnePlus 7 Pro: Description
|Display||: 6.67″ (1440 X 3120)|
|Camera||: 48 + 16 + 8 MP | 16 MP|
|Internal Storage||: 128 GB | 256 GB|
|Chip||: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|OS (Operating System)||: Android v9.0 “Pie”|
|RAM||: 6 GB | 12 GB|
|Dimensions||: (162.6 X 75.9 X 8.8)mm|
|Weight||: 206 gms|
OnePlus 7 Pro: Build and design
It is a bigger phone as compared to its predecessor OnePlus 6T, measuring in at 8.8mm, a whole 0.6mm thicker than the previous phone. It is also considerably heavier, weighing 206 grams against the 185 grams of the OnePlus 6T. The back of the phone is somewhat slippery and thus justify the usage of the clear TPU case that’s included in the box.
The pop-up front-facing camera is housed on the top left corner. The volume button is placed on the left side of the frame and are easy to press with adequate feedback. The power button is on the right side, along with the OnePlus Alert Slider. The slider has a deep textured finish that is really nice to the touch and helps distinguish between the power button and the slider.
Overall, the build quality of the OnePlus 7 Pro is really good. It has solid construction with the back glass, the metal frame and the display blending is incredibly seamless. The only sharp edge on the phone is on the vertical camera module that houses the triple lens setup.
OnePlus 7 Pro: Display
Up until now, OnePlus had featured a 1080p display, however the OnePlus 7 pro goes the additional mile. Here, the display features a resolution of 1440 x 3120, giving the display an overall pixel density of roughly 516ppi. The notable bump in resolution isn’t the only factor operating in favour of the OnePlus 7 pro. Besides the high-resolution display, there’s additionally the HDR10+ certification which will allow you to stream HDR content from supported services like Netflix. Another notable feather in the OnePlus 7 Pro’s display is the 90Hz refresh rate, a feature that’s solely found on only a few android smartphones outside of the “gaming smartphone” niche.
Moving onto the HDR display, the max brightness on this panel is 742 lux, which puts it within the fairly high range. The lowest it’ll go is 7 lux that is certainly dim enough which allows you to use the phone in pitch darkness with none strain on your eyes. The phone offers two basic color profiles; Vivid and Natural. The Advanced mode offers AMOLED HDR, sRGB and DCI-P3 to decide on from. You’ll be able to even tweak the white balance of the display to your liking. Using the phone outdoors, its peak brightness of 742 lux proves to be more than adequate. The colors on the display don’t wash out when the display’s brightness is set to max.
Also as the OnePlus 7 Pro gives you the 90Hz refresh rate to a price segment that has never seen the feature before.
OnePlus 7 Pro: Performance
The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with the 6GB|12GB RAM. The Phone runs on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 chipset and with 12GB of RAM, it has more than enough room to flex its muscle. There’s even UFS 3.0 storage to ensure there’s nothing bottle-necking the performance package.
Gaming on the OnePlus 7 pro, is an absolute treat. The gameplay is butter smooth, however we noted some vital heat build up around the camera module, which can be felt on the rear, the display and even the frame of the phone.
OnePlus 7 Pro: Camera
It now comes with triple camera setup, that includes the Sony IMX 586 sensor for the primary camera, a 3x telephoto lens mounted on a 13-megapixel sensor and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The primary camera works well, producing incredibly sharp, consistent images in the 12-megapixel mode. This is due to the actual fact that the 12-megapixel image is a result of binning the 48 million pixels on the sensor. What you get is a sharp, vibrant image.
The ultra-wide lens shoots impressively wide shots and applies distortion correction to them as well. The edges do seem to be slightly less sharp than the middle and we’re certain that if distortion correction is disabled, you’ll see the softening in the corners. What’s nice about the ultra-wide camera is that it has its own focusing module, permitting you to get artistic with framing and focusing.
The telephoto lens has been dogged by controversy, with OnePlus using a portion of the 13-megapixel sensor to attain the publicized 3x field of view. The ultimate image’s EXIF information doesn’t match the 3x field of read, however OnePlus Imaging Head, Simon Liu says that could be due to an error in the EXIF data programmed into the camera. OnePlus uses a 13-megapixel sensor on the telephoto lens, but outputs an 8MP image as it needs to use a portion of the sensor for the extra reach. The results are visually okay, however we’re not too happy regarding OnePlus using technological loopholes. However, the resulting images are again significantly usable in the daytime, however low light results leave plenty to be desired.
The OnePlus 7 pro houses a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0. The mechanism is quick enough to not feel annoying. However, what is of concern to us is how long would the lens stay scratch-less provided that dirt and dust particles might simply get caught within the camera assembly. The 25mm field of view offered by the camera is sufficiently wide and sits at a point where the distortion is well controlled. Any wider and the distortion round the edges would start becoming increasingly apparent.
OnePlus 7 Pro: Battery
The OnePlus 7 pro comes with the packing of 4000mAh battery and great battery life, which are a few things that OnePlus smartphones are known for.
When the display is set to its full WHD resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, the phone barely last an entire day of significant use. This included about 2 hours of talk time, about an hour’s worth of gaming (Call of Duty Mobile, PUBG Mobile) and also the usual excessive WhatsApp use. Turning the resolution all the way down to FHD+ and the frame rate being locked to 60Hz, the battery life improves, however not by an entire heap.
OnePlus 7 Pro: Conclusion
The OnePlus 7 pro is in every way a premium flagship smartphone. Not solely do you get flagship specifications, but you also get a WHD display with HDR10+ certification. The battery life is additionally on the lower side, however that’s to be expected given the considerably upgraded display. All in all, for the price, the OnePlus 7 pro remains a rather strong contender in the premium flagship segment and you would not regret buying this phone.