After several months of just continuous leaking and hyping up the phone’s launch, OnePlus has finally unveiled this year’s contender for the best phone, under the name OnePlus 7 PRO. I know what you’ll be thinking, since there is a PRO version, there must be a 7 version as well. However, the expected strategy from OnePlus would be that they would be releasing the OnePlus 7 later this year, to coordinate with the releases of 6t and 5t. Currently, the OnePlus 7 is all anyone can talk about, so let’s get into the details.
The screen is definitely worth the hype! OnePlus had been boasting over this screen for quite some time now and the moment we got our eyes to see it in real-time, it was one amazing experience. Atop of the amazing OLED, is the 90Hz refresh rate which makes it all the more compelling and gives the real punchy details, something you’d expect from the pricier Galaxy models, although this one is even better. It comes around at 6.67 inches with no cutouts.
Under the hood, is the familiar chipset of 2019 for flagships, the Snapdragon 855 with adreno 640 GPU. The RAM is available upto 12 GB and storage options are between 128 and 256 GB with UFS 3.0, THE latest of the file transfer systems that would mean incredible smooth data transfer and the general running on Android 9 PIE is so smooth it mimics the Pixel.
For its new camera system, the OnePlus 7 Pro has three different cameras on the back, with a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. By default, the main camera captures 12-megapixel images utilizing the data from four pixels to create one large pixel. This is similar to how other phones with this camera sensor have used it in the past. The 3X telephoto camera provides a little more reach than the typical 2X telephoto on an iPhone or Galaxy, and it is used in conjunction with the main camera for portrait-style shots. OnePlus says the new system uses three different focusing systems (phase-detect AF, contrast AF, and laser focusing) to improve focusing performance in both good and poor lighting situations.
On the video front, the OnePlus 7 Pro can record 4K footage at up to 60 frames per second, as well as slow-motion 1080p footage at up to 240 frames per second, keeping it in line with the Galaxy S10 and iPhone XS.
It also can’t be ignored that OnePlus is significantly moving upward in price with the 7 Pro. Just five years ago, the OnePlus One debuted at $299, putting the $700 price tag of the current model in stark relief. Of course, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a significantly better phone than the OnePlus One. And even with its higher price tag, it is still hundreds of dollars less than similarly equipped phones from Samsung and Apple.
But this time, more than ever before, the burden of success will be on the OnePlus 7 Pro itself, not the price that it’s being sold for.