The smartphone market has been revolutionised single-handedly by OnePlus. By offering premium smartphones at exceptional prices to customers, OnePlus is the hottest phone maker of the time. Their newest device is the OnePlus 7 Pro, and as it says in the title, it is a market killer. The entry of OnePlus 7 Pro has stomped the whole smartphone market and has become the most popular device to be talked about. Let’s take a look at the specification sheet:
- 6.67-inch screen,
- 6.46 usable area 3120 x 1440 pixels, 516 ppi,
- 19.5:9 aspect ratio “Fluid AMOLED”
- 90Hz refresh rate
- Snapdragon 855
- 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB RAM
- 128GB or 256GB UFS
- 3.0 storage 4,000mAh battery
- ”Warp Charge” fast charging;
- no wireless charging
- No IP rating for water or dust resistance
- In-display optical fingerprint sensor 2 x 2 MIMO Wi-Fi,
- Bluetooth 5.0 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm
- 206 grams Android 9 Pie with OxygenOS
This specification sheet is clearly indicative of a skill-packed quick device packed with an enormous amount of power to run each thing you do with it buttery smooth! Let’s break down the review:
With the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company has entered the arena to battle the top drawer cellphones of the market such as the iPhone and Galaxy S series. Therefore, build quality is key and the 7 Pro does not disappoint. The glass on the front and back curves into a metal bezel which runs all around the entire frame. The back has a matte finish along with a vertical array of cameras. Overall, a smart and slick device to hold.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is a large phone. Larger and heavier than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, the phone has a screen that’s around 6.5 inches diagonally comes in a reasonably tall package with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. If you’re someone who prefers big phones, all of this would be something you’d really like. If you’re not used to big phones, you’d still be tempted to give it a try due to the beautiful screen.
So how did they achieve an uninterrupted screen without any notch like the iPhone X or the camera hole of S10? Motorised pop-up selfie camera. It really is a neat trick. The bezels are tiny and the screen curves right into the body.
“Immersive” is the word for the screen. While looking into the large and expansive surface, you hardly notice there’s a phone behind it. You may say that big screens are pretty common and nothing special anymore. At this tier of phones, the quality is of the screen is what really matters. And OnePlus has nailed it. Firstly, the screen shoots down all the basics: It is a high-resolution screen, gets super bright, and is able to bring out the colours vibrantly. It’s an OLED just as one should expect on a high-end device.
The screen has one more trick. It’s underneath the screen: a fingerprint sensor. An on-screen fingerprint sensor is also nothing new anymore but the 7 Pro has a better performing scanner than anything I’ve tried, including the S10 lineup from Samsung.
The major downfall of the OnePlus 6T was the camera and therefore, while reviewing the 7 Pro, the level of scepticism was quite heavy. One would notice the sheer quantity of cameras which the device is loaded with. There is the pop-up selfie camera, one wide-angle camera and a three times telephoto, which is reaching above what the iPhone or Samsung devices offer. The forty-eight-megapixel sensor outputs twelve-megapixel images by default. Pleasantly surprised, the quality does live to up to top drawer standards, looming around image qualities offered by the iPhone XS, Galaxy S10 and even the Pixel 3 sometimes.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is blazingly quick. And here’s why: it has top drawer specs for an Android phone. There’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, paired with both fast RAM and roomy storage. You can pick from 6, 8, or 12GB of RAM and either 128 or 256GB of storage, depending on the model. The RAM is LPDDR4X and storage is UFS 3.0 — both the top of the line for what you can get in a phone at this tier.
OnePlus’ custom version of Android, OxygenOS is really great. It’s based on Android 9 Pie, and it’s full of nice little touches without being overbearing. The experience gives you a whole heap of customisation options. OnePlus also has a very good track record of updating their devices fairly quick once Google releases new Android versions, something which doesn’t hold true for many of its Android competitors.
You can set up your very own gestures to get around. Turn on the “Zen mode” which locks you out of your phone for twenty minutes so you can look at a damn tree or something. Minimal theming options? Check. There’s a game mode which is not annoying. I ended up using the Reading Mode a lot more than I thought I would. There is also a screen recorder, a feature which Google itself seems incapable of building directly into Android OS.
The OnePlus Pro 7 is a spec giant. In the boxing arena for flagships, the OnePlus 7 drops quite a few good punches and defines the phrase “value for your buck”. The phone goes ahead to show how overpriced the current cellphone market is. With the OnePlus 7 Pro, no corners have been cut and an excellent phone has been delivered to the customer at a phenomenal price point. The screen is stellar, the camera is trustworthy and all come in one silly fast package! If you’re looking for the next new phone, the OnePlus 7 Pro must certainly make your considerations list.
If you don’t have a pressing need to get a feature on the other flagships in the market, I cannot think of a single compelling reason not to get yourself a OnePlus 7 Pro.