OnePlus has just announced their brand new flagship, the OnePlus 7 Pro. There’s also a less flashy standard OnePlus 7, but all eyes are on the Pro. OnePlus are shouting out to the skies that this phone is the fastest Android device ever, and there are many reasons why this might just be true.
Let’s take a look at this brand new take from OnePlus and what kind of things you can expect from the OnePlus 7 Pro. For now, we’re unsure of which retailers will get the OnePlus 7 Pro, but it should be widely available across the UK very soon.
What’s so special about the OnePlus 7 Pro?
Truth be told, there is a lot that’s special about the OnePlus 7 Pro. In many ways, all of the changes from the Pro compared to any other flagship smartphone are incremental, but when you tie them all together you have a flashy new device with buttery smooth performance.
Let’s first start with the display. The OnePlus 7 Pro is the first smartphone to wield a 90Hz OLED display. We’ve seen 120Hz displays on smartphones such as the Razer Phone, but that uses a less than impressive LCD display. The OnePlus 7 Pro is 6.67 inches of pure OLED glory. That means brighter colours, better contrast, and generally a much more vivid viewing experience. The 90Hz upgrade is something that many have exclaimed to be immediately noticeable, even just for navigating menus.
It makes sense when you consider it - i’ve been using a 144Hz PC monitor for years and I’d never want to go back. With a smartphone, everything is that much closer to our faces and that much more noticeable. The OnePlus 7 Pro display also comes with a 1440x3120 resolution and HDR10+.
So, the display is fast, and being the main point of contact for users, it’s a great place to start, but it doesn’t stop there. The OnePlus 7 Pro also has some ridiculous hardware options. The OnePlus 7 Pro of course comes equipped with the latest Snapdragon 855, which is arguably the best Android chipset available right now. There are multiple options including either 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB RAM, all of which are on the high end of the scale for how much RAM you actually need on a smartphone.
You also get an in-display fingerprint sensor that’s super snappy thanks to the reduction of unnecessary animations and flashy elements on the home screen to load. If you’re unfamiliar with OnePlus 7 Pro’s Oxygen OS, here’s how I can explain it best - it’s as simple and stripped back as possible, whilst keeping functionality and personalization still available.
You can customize small things like each individual notification icon size in the settings, or change resolution or screen refresh rate to save battery, amongst many other settings changes. Overall, though, the experience is very streamlined thanks to the removal of any flashy graphics or overpacked menus.
The OnePlus 7 Pro camera also improves upon its predecessor quite significantly. OnePlus still hasn’t quite nailed the whole software side of things, so it’s not going to beat a Google Pixel, Huawei, or even a Samsung, but it still has some beefy hardware.
On the back you get a main 48 megapixel snapper, a 16 megapixel ultrawide and an 8 megapixel 3x zoom lens.
The selfie camera is hidden inside the smartphone and it pops out with a motor when you switch to selfie camera view. It's a 16 megapixel sensor, so not the most impressive. I'm a bit wary of how safe it will be to have the camera pop up like that. OnePlus says it's rated for 300,000 opens and closes, but they say you shouldn't excessively open and close it. Thankfully, there's a neat feature that will auto hide the camera if the phone senses it is in freefall, so at least it won't break after a nasty drop.
Next let’s talk about battery life. Now, whilst you do get a reasonably sized 4,000mAh battery, the life on the OnePlus 7 Pro isn’t great. You’re looking at about 60-70% of the battery life of any other flagship Android. That 90Hz OLED really eats up battery. You can switch it to 60Hz and battery life is increased, but you really miss out on what makes the OnePlus so fluid. Thankfully, OnePlus’ charging is super fast. It’s one of the fastest charging speeds out there, and you can get from 0% to 50% in just 20 minutes.
The OnePlus 7 Pro also has 5G connectivity. In the UK, EE will be rolling out 5G very quickly, so it’s something to get excited about. EE has mentioned that they will roll out 5G much faster than they did 4G, but it will still be starting in major cities.
A quick note on the standard OnePlus 7 - it’s a cheaper non-5G variant with no 90Hz display. It’s a more traditional OnePlus device with 8GB RAM, a Snapdragon 855, a 6.41 inch 1080x2340 display, a 3,700mAh battery and a waterdrop notch 16 megapixel selfie camera. On the back you get a dual camera with a 48 megapixel primary lens and a typical 5 megapixel depth sensor. The OnePlus 7 also has an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Summary and Pricing
The OnePlus 7 Pro will start from £649 and the OnePlus 7 will start from £499. We’ll have to wait and see how availability will be like, but they should be releasing very, very soon. In the meantime, if you’re really after a phone right now, why not take a look at the new Huawei P30 range
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