For the first time, OnePlus is releasing two flagship models in a single release: the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro as they revealed on three simultaneous events in New York, London, and Bangalore today May 14.
Interestingly, OnePlus decided, not only to drop two models this year, but these will also be their most high-end and priciest phone to date. Other smartphone companies like Apple, Google, and Samsung have all decided to release their newer models on the less pricey side because people aren’t just crowding to buy new phones as immediately like in the past. It’s just not practical to keep buying a new phone every 6 months.
Moreover, reports claim that the OnePlus 7 flagship to be the first handset from the company that will be available with 5G technology. They just solidified the idea that 5G is coming and they’re saying that they’re ready.
In comparison to the OnePlus 6T, the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus7 Pro has overwhelmingly overtaken by nailing down what went missing and what went wrong with its predecessor. But you will surely have different experiences between the 7 and 7 Pro; where OnePlus is really out there defining what Pro stands for.
But we’re here to get down to the nitty gritty:
The first thing you’ll notice on the brand new OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro is its notch-less screen. Respectively, you’re getting the full effect of its 6.41-inch and 6.67-inch screens that both curves to the sides to give that luxurious Android look.
It’s available in three colors: the shiny and sophisticated Mirror Gray, the more adventurous and colorful gorgeous Nebula Blue, and the understated Almond which will be available much later as a limited edition.
OnePlus’ latest flagship models also retained their understated but quite handy volume toggle buttons where you can easily trigger the ring/vibrate/silent features easily.
Quite new, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro has stereo speakers at the top of the screen. They’re not big but they’re there. This model will also use a USB-C charger. However, there’s no earphone jack. That’s how it tends to be on higher-end phone models, so we’re not really surprised.
The main difference between the 7 and the 7 Pro is the screen. The 7 Pro boasts its 3,120 x 1,440 Fluid AMOLED panel while the smaller 7 utilizes a 2,340 x 1,080 AMOLED screen, which is similar to the 6T. What makes the Fluid AMOLED panel great is that the screen has a 90Hz refresh rate that makes everything you do on your phone look smooth and seamless. It’s stunning and crisp, all the while realistic. Even better, you get to appreciate it with its full screen! You’ll also notice the difference during gaming and photos.
If you’re wondering how OnePlus was able to achieve a full screen, then you would probably also wonder about the front camera, which leads to the next topic.
As seen in numerous leaks leading to the launch, the camera of the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro pops up! It’s certainly a topic of debate amongst smartphone enthusiasts whether or not this was a good move or not. But, OnePlus certainly has taken the necessary steps to make sure that their pop-up camera is something the public would appreciate.
First of all, it pops up and down smoothly and gracefully. It doesn’t seem cheap or tacky whenever you decide to take a selfie!
Moreover, on the debate about potentially damaging the camera in case of a fall, OnePlus also has it covered. Automatically, the camera pops back down immediately in the situation where the phone senses the littlest detection of a fall. The pop-up mechanism has also been tested to withstand over 300,000 times, which should last you a really long time.
Meanwhile, the back camera follows suit to the trend of triple cameras. There’s a 48-megapixel f/1.7 main camera (with optical stabilization), along with an 8-megapixel f/2.4 3x-zoom telephoto camera and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera.
They take amazingly crisp and realistic photos that is certainly comparable to other flagship phones like Apple’s iPhone.
Both phones will also join the bandwagon on using the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. This is also the first non-Samsung Android device that can double performance speeds with its UFS 3.0 storage chip, which can be partnered to up to 12GB of RAM.
On the other hand, there’s no wireless charging capability in both models, But, they definitely do charge fast with its 4,000 mAh of battery power. You can get a full charge within an hour or less because of the bigger battery packed in the device. It will also last you longer!
Lastly, another feature that the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro nailed is the on-screen fingerprint scanner. Compared to the previous, 6T, the latest models now scan faster and easier!
Like the Apple’s ‘Do Not Disturb,’ or other versions of the feature, OnePlus is also introducing one with the latest models; but they’re giving it a twist. Unlike other versions, once triggered, you can only change your mind within the first 5 minutes or you will be forced to not use your phone for the next 15 minutes. You can still make emergency calls and use your camera though!
The OnePlus 7 Pro will price at $699 all the way up to $749 but one thing is for sure, you’ll be getting your money’s worth! There were hardly any points in this device that would make you think otherwise.