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OnePlus 7 Pro Review, Price and Specifications


The OnePlus 7 Pro features a 6.7″ Fluid AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855 processor, 6/8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256GB of storage, triple rear camera (48 + 8 + 16MP),16MP front camera and 4,000 mAh battery with 30W fast charge

OnePlus began its journey under the “flagship killer” mantra, which clearly reflected its intention to compete in price against the high-end smartphones of that time.

With time, OnePlus smartphones have been approaching in benefits (and cost) to the flagships of the big brands, but they still offer a more affordable price.

In May 2019, OnePlus has surprised us by launching two variants of the OnePlus 7: a “standard” and a “Pro”. The OnePlus 7 Pro not only competes in performance with the high-end smartphones of the moment but also outperforms them in some aspects such as its 90Hz screen.

The new OnePlus 7 Pro is on sale for $499.00 (6GB / 128GB) and $549.00 (8GB / 256GB) through the OnePlus website and also on Amazon.

OnePlus 7 Pro Review

OnePlus has made a qualitative leap with the OnePlus 7 Pro since the company has not only tried to give the same like other big brands at a lower price but has also incorporated some features that are not present in other high-end smartphones.

Starting with its design, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a full-screen front with minimal frames. Instead of resorting to a notch or a hole in the screen, the company has opted for a pop-up camera mechanism that, according to the company, endures more than 300,000 uses (that is, many years of selfies).

OnePlus 7 Pro Review, Price and Specifications

The OnePlus 7 Pro is a device of great size and considerable weight since it has a huge screen of 6.7″, a thickness of 8.8 mm, and a weight of 206 grams. Therefore, if you don’t like bulky smartphones, you should look elsewhere.

The design of the OnePlus 7 Pro is very attractive, and both the screen and the glass at the back are curved at the sides.

The Nebula Blue color variant has a matte blue finish on the back that produces quite striking reflections and, in addition, the prints are hardly marked. The OnePlus 7 Pro is also available in Mirror Gray and Almond.

OnePlus 7 Pro Review, Price and Specifications

OnePlus uses Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back to improve strength, although surprisingly last year’s model made use of Gorilla Glass 6 on the front. Once again, OnePlus has left the device devoid of water protection, at least officially, but the company says it does withstand a dip ( and has proven it ).

The OnePlus 7 Pro screen features a 6.67″ Fluid AMOLED panel with a 19.5:9 ratio that offers a Quad HD + resolution (3120 x 1440 pixels). Its newest feature is its 90 Hz refresh rate, which offers a much more fluid visual experience when scrolling than normal 60 Hz panels.

The screen covers 100% of the sRGB and DCI-P3 color ranges and offers three color modes: Intense, Nature and Advanced. The default color mode is Intense that offers saturated and colorful colors, but not very true to reality, while in the Nature color mode, color fidelity is very high.

The panel is capable of playing HDR10 + content and, in tests, YouTube and Netflix content has been successfully reproduced in this format.

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Being an OLED panel, blacks are pure and the contrast is very high (theoretically, infinite). The maximum brightness of the screen is somewhat limited compared to other high-end smartphones since it stays in about 560 nits, so in this aspect, we are left wanting “more.”

OnePlus incorporates the ‘Ambient Display’ functionality so that the screen is illuminated when a notification arrives or when the phone is picked up, but it does not have an ‘Always On Display’ mode to display information permanently on the screen. That together with the absence of the notification LED means that we do not know when there is any pending notice.

OnePlus has incorporated a fingerprint reader under the screen that allows you to unlock the phone just by resting your finger on it, provided we have turned on the screen before (for example, by tapping on it while it is locked or lifting it from the table).

The fingerprint reader under the screen is quite reliable when identifying the fingerprint, although it is important to support a good part of the finger in the reading area. On the other hand, the unlocking process is extremely fast (0.21 seconds), more than other high-end smartphones.

OnePlus has also incorporated facial recognition but it is not as safe as the fingerprint. And, in addition, since the front camera is emergent, it is not as fast as the process takes more than 1 second.

In terms of hardware, the OnePlus 7 Pro has very powerful components that have nothing to envy to other high-end smartphones of 2019.

It comes with a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6/8/12 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 128/256 GB UFS 3.0 storage. At this point, it is worth noting that it is the first smartphone to have this very fast storage that reduces charging times.

OnePlus 7 Pro Review, Price and Specifications

The OnePlus 7 Pro has obtained excellent scores in all the tests. In the day-to-day, the OnePlus 7 Pro moves with extreme fluidity and this feeling also helps the screen at 90 Hz.

In terms of graphic capacity, I have been able to measure stable rates of 30 or 60 FPS in games such as Asphalt 9, Dead Effect 2 or PUBG.

The OnePlus 7 Pro does not allow us to expand the storage by micro-SD card, so we must choose well between the storage variants. I would like OnePlus to offer a micro-SD card slot, as almost every manufacturer does.

The OnePlus 7 Pro arrives with a 4,000 mAh battery that may be a bit sparse for its large 6.7″ screens at 90 Hz. In the battery test, the smartphone has obtained a good mark, but its autonomy is below other high-end smartphones

OnePlus 7 Pro Review, Price and Specifications

OnePlus incorporates its own Warp Charge 30 quick-charge system, which is capable of charging about 60% of the battery in half an hour, and fully charging the phone in less than an hour and a half – impressive times.

The drawback of this fast charging is that it requires the use of the USB cable and the charger that come in the box to take advantage of the high charging speed. At least this year we can take advantage of the fast charging of a USB-PD charger, although it does not reach the speed of Warp Charge. Once again, OnePlus has decided not to include wireless charging, despite having a glass back cover.

The OnePlus 7 Pro has stereo speakers that offer a pretty good sound, although somewhat unbalanced since the lower speaker is more powerful and sounds louder than the earpiece speaker.

OnePlus 7 Pro Review, Price and Specifications

The bottom speaker is in a position that is easy to cover by hand when holding the phone horizontally. Unfortunately, the company has decided to do without the 3.5mm headphone jack and doesn’t even include a 3.5mm USB-C adapter.

In the photographic section, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a very versatile triple rear camera consisting of a 12MP f/1.6 OIS main camera, 3X 8MP f/2.4 OIS telephoto camera, and a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle camera

OnePlus 7 Pro Review, Price and Specifications

In good light conditions, the images taken by the main camera are sharp and, when light is scarce, the snapshots offer good image quality, although, in my opinion, it is somewhat behind other flagships.

The OnePlus 7 Pro camera offers a Pro mode with many manual control options and the ability to save in RAW, as well as a Portrait mode to blur the background of the image that works very accurately.

The Portrait mode uses the telephoto camera, so it does not distort the face with the fisheye effect that we see in other smartphones that use the main camera, but, in return, in low light, the quality suffers.

Speaking of the telephoto camera, it manages to approach us with a 3X optical magnification (in reality, it is a 2.2X optical magnification and a subsequent image cropping ) and, in general, it offers a good result. Although there will be those who think that a 5X optical zoom like the Huawei P30 Pro is more useful, this is not always the case.

Finally, the ultra-wide-angle camera is my favorite when taking pictures of landscapes or monuments, as it offers a totally different perspective. The drawback is that in low light conditions the quality suffers due to the absence of optical stabilization and a more limited opening.

In video recording, the OnePlus 7 Pro offers 4K and 1080p recording modes at 30/60 FPS, as well as a slow-motion mode up to 480 fps. Now, it is only possible to record video with the main and telephoto camera, not with the ultra-wide-angle camera.

OnePlus 7 Pro Review, Price and Specifications

The front camera has a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and offers fairly good quality, although its wide viewing angle makes the face appear somewhat deformed if you do not move your hand far enough. This camera also offers Portrait mode functionality, which offers a good result.

OnePlus 7 Pro Review, Price and Specifications

The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with Android 9 Pie and, above, the OxygenOS customization layer of the brand, which offers a user experience very close to pure Android.

OxygenOS offers interesting features above Android, such as double-tap screen power, gesture navigation, Night/Read modes, Dark Theme, app cloning, app protection, Fnatic game mode, the Zen mode to disconnect from the smartphone or the Quick response in «landscape».

Another unique feature of the OnePlus 7 Pro is the Notification Slider switch, which allows you to quickly mute your phone so it doesn’t ring and/or vibrate. It is a very interesting addition that I would like to see on more smartphones.

The new OnePlus 7 Pro is on sale for “$669.00” $499.00 (6GB / 128GB) and “$699.00” $549.00 (8GB / 256GB) through the OnePlus website.

Although the price of the OnePlus 7 Pro is not far from that of some high-end smartphones, it is still below many of them (especially the variants of 6 or 8 GB of RAM) and, in addition, it offers some unique functionalities (although also It has some lacks).

If you are behind a high-end smartphone with a modern design, an excellent and huge screen, very high performance, a very versatile camera and an Android experience with advanced features but you don’t want to spend 900 euros or more, the OnePlus 7 Pro is an excellent option.

OnePlus 7 Pro Full Specifications

Dimensions and Weight162.6×75.9×8.8mm206g
Back Material3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Colors* Mirror Gray
* Nebula Blue
* Almond
Operating SystemOxygenOS based on Android™ 9
CPUQualcomm® Snapdragon™855 (Octa-core, 7nm, up to 2.84 GHz), with Qualcomm AI Engine
GPUAdreno 640
RAM and Storage6GB/8GB/12GB LPDDR4X128GB/256GB UFS 3.0 2-LANE
SensorsIn-display Fingerprint Sensor, Accelerometer, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Sensor Core, Laser Sensor
Battery4000 mAh (non-removable) Warp Charge 30 Fast Charging (5V/6A)
AudioDual stereo speakers
Noise cancellation support
Dolby Atmos®
DisplaySize: 6.67 inches
Resolution: 3120 x 1440 pixels
Aspect Ratio: 19.5:9
Type: Fluid AMOLED
Cover Glass: 3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass
* Support sRGB, Display P3
* Video Enhancer
* Reading Mode
* Night Mode
Rear cameraRear camera – Main
* Megapixels: 48
* Aperture: f/1.6
Telephoto Lens
* Megapixels: 8
* Aperture: f/2.4
Ultra Wide Angle Lens
* Megapixels: 16
* Aperture: f/2.2
* Dual LED Flash
Front CameraFront Camera
* Megapixels: 16
* Aperture: f/2.0
In The Box * OnePlus 7 Pro
* Warp Charge 30 Power Adapter
* Warp Type-C Cable (Support USB 2.0)
* Quick Start Guide
* Welcome Letter
* Safety Information and Warranty Card
* LOGO Sticker
* Case
* Screen Protector (pre-applied)
* SIM Tray Ejector

The Best and Worst of OnePlus 7 Pro

The Best:

  • Full-screen design without notches or holes that obstruct vision. Attractive finish in glass and metal.
  • Fluid AMOLED display with high sharpness, excellent contrast, wide color gamut, HDR10 + support, and 90 Hz refresh rate.
  • Fluency in the use of the phone thanks to very powerful hardware: Snapdragon 855, 6/8/12 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128/256GB of UFS 3.0 storage.
  • OxygenOS software with features that improve the performance of Android 9 Pie.
  • Fingerprint reader under the screen that quickly unlocks the phone (although it is necessary to turn on the screen first)
  • Competent performance of the main camera and Portrait mode with excellent results.
  • 3X and ultra-wide-angle telephoto cameras to capture those elements that, otherwise, we could not photograph.
  • Physical switch that allows you to silence notifications comfortably.
  • Stereo speakers offer superior sound quality to other smartphones.
  • Quick charge, Warp Charge 30 capable of fully charging the battery in less than an hour and a half (although it requires the OnePlus cable and charger).
  • Dual SIM connectivity
  • Lower price (although not as much as before) to other high-end smartphones.

The Worst:

  • The device of considerable size and weight, not suitable for people with small hands
  • Display with maximum brightness below other high-end phones
  • Storage without the possibility of an expansion via micro-SD
  • Absence of 3.5 mm headphone jack and FM radio
  • Absence of Notifications LED and Always On Display
  • Autonomy below other high-end smartphones and the absence of wireless charging
  • No resistance to water and dust (at least officially)

Price and Competitors

The new OnePlus 7 Pro is on sale for “$669.00” $499.00 (6GB / 128GB) and “$699.00” $549.00 (8GB / 256GB) through the OnePlus website and also on Amazon.

The price of the OnePlus 7 Pro is one of its most attractive features, especially if you look at the models of 6 or 8 GB of RAM, which are below 600 dollars.

The price difference is no longer as pronounced as the one that was a few years ago between OnePlus devices and high-end smartphones from other manufacturers, but it is also true that the shortcomings regarding these are also much smaller.

Next, we will review some smartphones that compete in technical specifications with the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 + ( $799.99 on Amazon) has 6.4″ Super AMOLED display, Exynos 9810 processor, 6/8GB of RAM, 128/512GB of expandable storage via micro-SD, dual 12MP rear camera with 2X zoom, camera 8MP front, 4,000 mAh battery, on-screen fingerprint reader and water resistance.

The Pixel 3 XL ( $583.00 at Google store on Amazon) is Google’s flagship smartphone and features a 6.3″ OLED display, Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage, 12MP rear camera, 8MP dual front camera + 8MP, rear fingerprint reader and 3,430 mAh battery.

The Huawei P30 Pro ( $681.99 on Amazon) has an OLED screen of 6.47″ Full HD +, Kirin 980 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128/256/512GB of storage, quad rear camera 40MP + 20MP + 8MP + ToF, 32MP front camera and 4,200 mAh battery with direct and reverse wireless charging.

Finally, we can not stop talking about the iPhone XS Max ( $ 999.99 at Amazon), which has a 6.5″ OLED screen that occupies almost the entire front (except the cutout from the top), A12 Bionic processor and a dual-camera 12MP with good performance.

All Image Credits: 7pro (Fron the official OnePlus website)

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