OnePlus has grown from its underdog underpinnings. And I mean really grown. The days of the “affordable smartphone with flagship-level specs” is long gone. The OnePlus today sheds its “flagship killer” reputation for good. With the new OnePlus 7 family (yes, not one device but a couple), OnePlus not only propels itself into real flagship territory, taking on the likes of Apple, Samsung and Huawei, but also setting a new benchmark for speed and performance.
OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus’ new journey starts with the OnePlus 7 Pro. It’s the most powerful and biggest smartphone OnePlus has ever made.
The display also features Horizontal Light – a feature where edges of the screen illuminates to let you know you have new notifications.
The near-bezel-less looks trick, like OPPO’s Find X, Vivo NEX and Mi MIX 3, made possible by integrating a pop-up selfie camera ala the NEX. The 16MP selfie shooter takes 0.53 seconds to elevate and OnePlus says the pop-up module has been extensively tested for 300,00 times. That’s equivalent to 50 times a day for 16.5 years. And that’s a lot of selfies.
The OnePlus 7 Pro selfie camera has a safety mechanism in place, much like the OPPO Find X. If it detects a free fall, the device will automatically retract the camera to prevent any potential damage.
The camera department hasn’t been one of OnePlus’ strengths but this changes with the OnePlus 7 Pro. In fact, it’s rated second on DxOMark Mobile, scoring 111 points overall, just a single point behind tied champions Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
OnePlus says the new main sensor is 29 percent larger than the one on the OnePlus 6T and also comes with pixel binning technology. Pixel size has also increased by 70 percent.
The new camera setup offers three modes of focus and depending on the detected scenario, will pick between PDAF, CAF and Laser AF.
Make no mistake, the OnePlus 7 Pro will set the benchmark for 2019 flagships, in terms of performance. The no-holds-barred approach starts with the top-of-the-line 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. The new chip is 45 percent faster yet consumes 20 percent less power than its predecessor.
The scorching chipset is coupled with the Adreno 640 GPU which delivers 20 percent better performance and 30 percent better power efficiency.
The phone comes in various configurations, starting from 6GB LPDDR4X RAM up to a whopping 12GB.
It also uses the latest and fastest storage technology for mobile devices – UFS 3.0, which offers 79 percent faster performance compared to USF 2.1 technology.
To ensure the device keeps performance-robbing heat at bay, OnePlus has built in a 10-layer cooling system.
Keeping the device juiced is a 4,000mAh battery, the biggest yet on a OnePlus device. It supports Warp Charge, OnePlus’ rapid charge technology. All you need is 20 minutes of charge time to get from zero to 50 percent.
It’s a long time coming, and it’s finally happening. The OnePlus 7 Pro gets stereo speakers enhanced with Dolby Atmos.
The new OS release offers built-in screen recording with native sound recording and 90Hz app support, as well as navigation gestures and a new Gaming mode. The gaming mode, developed in partnership with Fnatic offers advanced DND (do no disturb), background restriction and network enhancement, aside from optimising RAM, CPU and GPU for gaming.
For the UK market, there will be a OnePlus 7 Pro 5G edition that’s exclusive to EE. The phone will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem.
For a more affordable option, there’s the standard OnePlus 7. The device packs 6GB or 8GB RAM, coupled with UFS 3.0 storage of either 128GB or 256GB capacity.
It features a smaller display (with a dew drop notch)—a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED that pushes Full HD+ resolution. Like its Pro sibling, it features an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The other similarity with its sibling is the Snapdragon 855 chipset mated to the Adreno 640 GPU.
Optics-wise, it gets one less camera—48MP IMX586 main sensor with OIS, coupled with an f/1.7 aperture lens. It lacks a telephoto lens too, and instead sports a 5MP f/2.4 shooter for depth effects.
In terms of audio, the OnePlus 7 also gets stereo speakers enhanced with Dolby Atmos.
It packs a smaller 3,700mAh battery that charges up via USB-C. It supports previous generation 20W Dash Charge technology.
OnePlus continues to ignore wireless charging, IP dust- and water-resistance and the 3.5mm headphone jack on its devices.
Pricing and availability
The OnePlus 7 Pro will go on sale in India on 17 May, while the regular OnePlus 7 will be available in June.
Pricing in India is as follows:
OnePlus 7 Pro
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage – INR48,999 (~MYR2907)
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage – INR52,999 (~MYR3,145)
- 12GB RAM + 256GB storage – INR57,999 (~MYR3,442)
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage – INR32,999 (~MYR1,958)
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage – INR37,999 (~MYR2,255)
In the UK, the OnePlus 7 series is priced as follows:
OnePlus 7 Pro
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage – GBP649 (~MYR3,497)
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage – GBP699 (~MYR3,767)
- 12GB RAM + 256GB storage – GBP799 (~MYR4,306)
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage – GBP499 (~MYR2,689)
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage – GBP549 (~MYR2,958)
Malaysians won’t have too long to wait as the new OnePlus 7 series is slated to debut on 21 May 2019.
For more information, visit the official OnePlus 7 webpage.