Today, May 14th 2019, OnePlus launched their new flagship device, the OnePlus 7 Pro, with a top-tier Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB of RAM, oh yeah, and a there’s a pop-up selfie camera too!
This isn’t the first time we’ve said this and it won’t be the last, but the latest in a long line of much-leaked smartphones has arrived. OnePlus are getting in on the act in 2019 with their OnePlus 7 Pro. There has been no end of leaks for this device from renders to specifications lists, and colour variants being available. All of that was finally confirmed during their New York launch event.
Specs – OnePlus 7 Pro
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC (7nm chipset) with Adreno 640 GPU
- Up to 12GB of RAM
- 128GB/256GB storage
- 6.67-inch QHD+ Fluid AMOLED display
- 90Hz refresh rate, 516ppi
- Rear Triple Camera setup
- 48MP Main camera
- 16MP Ultra Wide Angle
- 8MP telephoto camera with 3x Optical Zoom
- 16MP pop-up selfie camera
- 4,000 mAh battery
- Warp Charge 30
- Stereo Speakers
- 10-layer liquid cooling system
- UFS 3.0 storage technology
Overview – OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus are suggesting that the OnePlus 7 Pro is the most seamless Android experience available, along with the best-looking device on offer. The Fluid AMOLED display may well have something to do with those claims. The 6.67-inch display will deliver a 3120 x 1440 resolution, along with 800 nits of brightness at it’s maximum, which will no doubt help with the HDR10+ content you will be able to playback on this. The 90Hz refresh rate will certainly help with that gaming prowess too! Some consumers will be very happy that the days of the 1080p panel are now once and for all behind OnePlus.
That display is put to good use for the edge notifications too. There’s no LED indicator which will alert you to an incoming email, or SMS. Now, the OnePlus 7 Pro will subtly flash the edge of the display, presumably when in the Always-On display mode, to notify users of notifications.
The OnePlus 7 Pro will debut with up to 12GB RAM. I know what you’re thinking. “Nobody needs that much RAM on an Android smartphone!”. You’re both right and wrong. What OnePlus is doing differently here is that it’s using some new software magic to pre-load some of your most used apps and games into the RAM that isn’t being used to reduce app load times. Another nice tweak. The battery is a relatively modest 4000 mAh, but don’t worry because Warp Charge 30 is here. This can deliver up to 50% charge in just 20 minutes of being plugged into a compatible charger.
The fingerprint scanner sits beneath the display as is to be expected in 2019 (perhaps) and based on the quick response from the live demo, we’re sure it will more than suffice for most users.
Another feature OnePlus was pushing hard on the OnePlus 7 Pro is dual stereo speakers. There are a lot of smartphones really ignoring audio on their devices but OnePlus deliver Dolby Atmos speakers on their device so you won’t be stuck with mono output when binge-watching the latest Netflix show.
There’s also a 5G version which, in the UK at least, will exclusively launch with EE as a partner.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is available in three colour schemes: ‘Mirror Grey’, ‘Almond’, and ‘Nebula Blue’.
Camera – OnePlus 7 Pro
The OnePlus 7 Pro looks to deliver their best ever camera offering with a rear-facing Triple Camera setup, utilising the now ubiquitous Pixel Binning technology to deliver more detail in low light shots.
The main 48MP sensor has an aperture of f/1.6 with OIS stabilisation along with 3X optical zoom. The Ultra Wide 16MP camera has an f/2.2 aperture and delivers a 117-degree field of view. Finally, the telephoto 8MP camera manages a 3x optical zoom with an f/2.4 aperture to allow you to get into that detail.
Around the front, those Selfie lovers won’t be left out either. To maintain the front bezel-less aesthetic, OnePlus has opted for a pop-up 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera design, the mechanism for which they claim is good for over 300,000 motions. Just to be sure that it won’t snap off when you inevitably drop the device, the OnePlus 7 Pro identifies when it has been dropped and will retact the selfie camera. A neat trick!
Software – OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus aren’t resting on their heels with software either. They are the second best manufacturer to deliver updates and OTAs to users, behind Google themselves. Not bad company! They have also committed to being one of the first to deliver the forthcoming Android Q update when available.
On the OnePlus 7 Pro out of the box however, comes the OxygenOS 9.5 with screen recorders, 90Hz app support, navigation gestures and gaming modes. The latter has been tweaked along with their e-sport gaming partner, Fnatic, with a specific mode centred around delivering the best gaming experience.
You can expect a smooth,m silky Android experience as OxygenOS regularly polls as one of the better Android skins in the industry.
And then there’s Zen mode. Enable it, and for the next 20 minutes, you will have access to only phone calls and the camera. The idea is to get you back to some of the simplicity of owning the technology; communicating and experiencing the world around you. It remains to be seen whether this is a gimmick or whether there will be regular users of this mode.
The Little Brother – OnePlus 7
OnePlus made no real mention of the OnePlus 7, as it won’t be hitting stores in the US, but over here in the EMEA region, the OnePlus 7 might be a good option for those on more of a budget.
The OnePlus 7 will have to make do without the retractable selfie camera, instead opting for a notch cut out. There will be no ultra-wide angle sensor either, and it will without the more curved screen of the OnePlus 7 Pro and the 90Hz display, but will deliver all of the other internals, including a slightly bigger 4,150 mAh battery as a consolation.
Pricing & Availability – OnePlus 7 Pro
Here’s the rub. If you’re in the UK you can expect a number of different entry points for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. Pricing will depend on the RAM and Storage model you choose, a metric that many other manufacturers have started to use.
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage = £499
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage = £549
OnePlus 7 Pro
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage = £649
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage = £699
- 12GB RAM + 256GB storage = £799
The OnePlus 7 Pro will be available from the OnePlus store, as well as select UK outlets, such as Three UK, from 21st May, with certain variants dropping in June.
We;’ll be putting one of these through it’s paces just as soon as we get hands-on with the new OnePlus 7 Pro.