OnePlus 7 Pro Review: A fantastic Android phone

Verdict

The OnePlus 7 Pro manages to innovate on one of the most competitive technology markets in the market while bypassing the conventions by reducing the majority of the costs on the competition. Even though wireless charging and water resistance are not part of the equation, it has one of the most enjoyable screens you can find on a phone, is a superb artist , offers excellent battery life and the camera keeps getting better.

Advantages

  • Oxygen OS user experience
  • Super HDR 90Hz display
  • First-rate performance
  • Great battery life

The inconvenients

  • Disappointing cameras
  • No wireless charging
  • No resistance to water
  • Large and difficult to handle

Key specifications

  • Price of the opinion: $829
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • 128 GB / 256 GB of internal storage
  • RAM of 6 GB / 8 GB / 12 GB
  • AMOLED QHD + 90Hz liquid of 6,67 inches
  • 48MP main camera with OIS
  • Ultra-wide 117MP 16MP sensor
  • 8 MP telephoto lens with optical zoom OIS + 3x
  • 16MP front camera pop-up
  • 30 W Warp Charge Fast Charge
  • 4000mAh battery

The OnePlus 7 Pro has the best screen currently available on a phone, the latest in-house equipment and a design inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S10. It is also the most expensive OnePlus phone to date, giving up the company’s idea of ​​offering high-end specifications at a great price.

Despite the fact that he began his life as a brave negligent, OnePlus had to grow quickly and nothing highlights the momentum gained by the company, like its beginnings in the telephony market in 2019 : OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is aimed at those who want the best of the company and a phone full enough to compete with the latest flagship products of the competition. devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Huawei P30 Pro.

The OnePlus 7 Pro design brings a new level of attention to detail

The OnePlus 7 Pro is different from everything the company has produced so far. The standard OnePlus 7 looks a lot more like last year OnePlus 6T, the Pro model is a totally different beast.

The lessons learned by Oppo to create his Find X The flagship product of 2018 may have played a role in the engineering used by OnePlus’ new star player (OnePlus using Oppo’s production facilities to build its phones), based not only on its appearance, but also about how he feels.

OnePlus 7 Pro upper bezel

Almost without glasses

A wide curved screen with almost no telescope stretches out on the front of the phone, giving it an impressive screen-to-screen ratio of 88.6%. one of the highest of all current smartphones. Basically, when you look at the front of the 7 Pro, you will only see the screen, especially thanks to the curved edges of it.

With a curved glass Gorilla Glass facade reflecting the back of the phone, the metal frame in this sandwich is decidedly slim, but still, the phone is still solid and well built.

OnePlus 7 Pro Alert Slider

There’s still room for OnePlus’s characteristic physical alert cursor on its right side – a defining feature of the company’s phones that allows you to quickly switch between ringing, vibrating and quiet sound patterns without having to look; it is a small but important bonus that you will miss if it has been removed.

Without camera notch or perforation itself, OnePlus rather opted for a motorized snapper facing forward, similar to that found on the Vivo Nex (Although this one looks and feels much more robust).

It is fast enough for unlocking the face and, as for all phones incorporating such a system, one can claim rigorous testing and reliability.OnePlus 7 Pro OxygenOS

OnePlus reports that the phone’s front camera mechanism withstood nearly 300,000 actuations during testing, with no signs of lag, slowing, or breaking. There is also a fall detection, which will bring the camera back inside the moment the phone will detect itself throwing itself on the ground.

Collectively, you should be reassured by these assurances, but as always, in the real world, I still have doubts about the longevity of all moving parts on a phone, especially the tricky and complex one like a motorized camera.

Despite all the care and attention that OnePlus has brought to the aesthetics of the 7 Pro, such beauty is a practical sacrifice that some might not want to neglect.

To begin with, with a screen of 6.67 inches, 19.5: 9; It’s a very big device – the biggest of all time of OnePlus. Its width is almost identical to that of its predecessor, but it is much higher. In addition, its narrow metal sides allow you to make less purchases, which makes the use of one hand precarious.

Add to that the complete lack of one-handed mode in the software and the elements at the top of the screen in applications (such as placing “bubbles” of Instagram stories) require two hands or one shimmy risked along the phone’s body. be fired at the reach of an inch.

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There is also the question of the finish of the phone. I appreciate OnePlus’s decision to avoid a boring, all-black body and offer three colors for launch (partially related to different RAM and storage configurations).

For the base of 6 GB of RAM / 128 GB of internal storage, your only option is the “gray mirror” – a discreet color for those who are not interested in flash and stray light, or ideal if you want to immediately put a holster. That’s what comes closest to the black offered by this generation of OnePlus.

Choose the 8GB / 256GB model and you have the full range of colors at your disposal. Mirror Gray is accompanied by “Almond” – a mix of shiny gold metal and iridescent cream set behind glass, similar to the golden style iPhone XS. Blue Nebula is arguably the biggest head turner and finish that my review unit (photo) has arrived at.

While the three looks deserve praise for their “cool sober”, if you plan to launch without crates, ergonomics comes into play once again. The glossy finish of the folders mirror gray and almond models also attract fingerprints easily as their competitors, while the finely structured glass offered to the Nebula Blue model will remain comparatively smudge-free.

The trade-off is that the blue model’s rear-end also lacks grip, which, combined with its already heavy form, increases the chances of the phone slipping off your fingers. Although I did not ask OnePlus directly, I do not doubt that the new sophisticated screen of 7 Pro is not economical to replace. You were warned.

The OnePlus 7 screen is the first truly competitive mobile HDR screen

On a more positive note, this display is nothing exceptional. Out of the box, it may not be set as precisely as some of its rivals screens, but there are many tools to customize the viewing experience if you want to tinker.

The company has also welcomed the A + rating of the screen by the independent DisplayMate, even before the official launch of the 7 Pro, in case there is any doubt about its capabilities.

OnePlus 7 Pro HDR Test

HDR images on a screen of 6.67 inches are superb

This is the first time we’ve seen a OnePlus display transcend the Full HD + resolution. This Quad HD + panel also complies with the HDR10 complaint, with approved support for services such as Netflix – a popular service that previously only offered limited support for OnePlus devices.

The ‘Fluid AMOLED’ panel, as OnePlus calls it, takes its name not only from the blacks and vivid colors it can cast, but also from the intriguing 90-Hz refresh rate it supports.

Although you can manually dial it up to 60Hz, as most phones use it (or jump it when battery saving mode is on), the 7 Pro’s screen stays fixed at 90Hz. The result is a smooth and effortless user experience that lends itself perfectly to the idea that it is a state-of-the-art handset.

See, that is really believing, since only a handful of other devices offer something that looks like what OnePlus has concocted here.

Apple’s ProMotion technology, as well as the Asus ROG phone OLED and the Razer phone IGZO displays in the series all have the ability to operate at refresh rates significantly above 60Hz, but in the smartphone space, the OnePlus 7 Pro may be the most affordable and common device to present such technology.

We worry about the impact on the battery life by leaving the regular setting at 90Hz permanently, but considering the longevity that I’ve lived without ever having off (or rather reduced to 60Hz), I’d just like to take advantage of its inclusion. and the way it rises is as simple as sliding around the interface.

The worst thing about the feature? You really notice it is missing when you use a phone that does not support it.

Drawer side of OnePlus 7 Pro handheld applications

The smart display does not stop there. The integrated fingerprint sensor in the display is also an evolution of the functionality introduced by OnePlus with the 6T of last year.

This time, OnePlus has expanded the sensor reading area and reduced latency; all I can say is that it feels much faster and more reliable than its predecessor, even though it can still be triggered by particularly cold or wet hands.

OnePlus 7 Pro Portable Fingerprint

With the framework virtually nonexistent, there is no notification light itself. Therefore, the light emits pulses along the curved edges of the screen in the color of the corresponding application, which is a function that Samsung and Oppo have used for both curved screens devices.

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The OnePlus 7 Pro camera offers greater versatility, but is it enough?

OnePlus has followed the main trends in imaging in the field of smartphone photography, and the OnePlus 7 Pro performs the same steps as many of its contemporaries. implementation of a triple sensor on the back.

The three-lens arrangement of the 7 Pro is composed of a 48-megapixel main sensor with optical image stabilizer, an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor, always with the stabilizer of 39 optical image, which gives the phone a lossless optical zoom 3x, while an ultra-optical 16-megapixel Wide angle sensor, with an impressive 117-degree field of view , complete things.

OnePlus 7 Pro close-up main camera

OnePlus worked hard to ensure proper use of the equipment. This phone benefits from improved versions of the company’s Nightscape (version 2.0) scene mode and pixel suppression technology (condensing the four-pixel image data into one to reduce tremors and noise). ) as a result of this huge 48 megapixel main sensor.

OnePlus 7 Pro natural light camera Southbank

The ultra wide angle sensor allows you to frame more in the frame, which only adds to the photographic versatility of the 7 Pro.

OnePlus 7 Pro natural light camera Tate Modern ultra-large

The quality of the telephoto snapper also left me impressed, with a pleasant detail retention. Its narrower aperture, however, means that images suffer in shooting in low light

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As far as low light photography is concerned, the results obtained by the phone have surprised me, but not in a good way. OnePlus has worked hard to improve the low-light capabilities of previous years. OnePlus 6 and 6T, but this new material is clearly more difficult to adjust. As before, we will likely see subsequent software updates rectifying the phone’s current low-light capabilities and hopefully this will improve over time.

OnePlus 7 Pro low-light camera

The recently updated Nightscape mode helps to reduce general shooting in low light conditions, but over-corrects, with sharp sharpness and poorly-managed color correction that gives photos an unnatural finish.

OnePlus 7 Pro Nightscape 2.0

The OnePlus 7 Pro performance is superb

the OnePlus X Nevertheless, OnePlus does not intend to skimp on performance. When you buy a OnePlus phone, you know that you have a first-rate processor and complementary smart skills. This has never been so true as with the OnePlus 7 Pro.

I’ve already mentioned the memory and storage options available in the 7 Pro, ranging from the most generous to the pure excess (with an extra $ 150), but the speed and power are ubiquitous in the internal elements of the phone .

OnePlus 7 Pro two-handed

The last and the biggest 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 The chipset supports, which also allows OnePlus to convert the 7 Pro into OnePlus 7 Pro 5G – the standard 5G compatible brother that also integrates the Qualcomm X50 5G modem.

Then there is the inclusion of Universal Flash Storage 3.0. OnePlus was able to beat Samsung at the height after the Korean tech giant pulled out its first collapsible disk, the Galaxy Fold before launch due to engineering and reliability issues.

With the Fold back, it seems that the OnePlus 7 Pro is the first phone on the market to support the UFS 3.0 format, followed by Samsung Galaxy Note 10 later in 2019.

The technology is theoretically up to twice as fast in terms of read and write speed, which affects everything from the loading time of applications to the transfer of files.

The hardware is so powerful that I can not criticize the performance of the 7 Pro. This new addition only helps the 7 Pro to take the lead in an area that its more expensive competitors still have not dared.

The OnePlus 7 Pro battery life exceeds expectations

The story of the speed on the OnePlus 7 Pro does not stop with the fluid user experience and raw performance of the phone; it also sports a fast enough fast charging technology.

We first encountered the Warp Charge feature of the company last year OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition and it’s now part of the mainstream offering here.

The Warp 30W charging adapter and the free cable are undeniably quite large (although the previous generation Dash / Fast Charger was really not more compact), but the convenience they bring cancels the worry of carrying them.

OnePlus 7 Pro Warp Charge

Thanks to its large footprint, the 7 Pro also allows it to carry a heavy 4000 mAh battery and, with the Warp Charger included, this large cell can be filled flat in less than an hour and twenty. What really impresses, it’s the initial charge rate, though.

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A third of the battery can be refilled in just 15 minutes and more than one day of juice can be recharged in less than 30. Most of the battery can also be charged in one hour. You should not wait long to give the 7 Pro a significant supplement.

While fast in itself, OnePlus’s fast charging capabilities are no longer industry-leading solutions; Huawei instead took this crown. The OnePlus 7 Pro is also slightly behind due to its lack of any form of wireless charging – a feature missing from the company explained can never be part of the equation on his devices.

OnePlus 7 Pro Battery

As for longevity, the OnePlus 7 Pro has left me completely impressed. Reloading the OnePlus 7 Pro is a much less trying experience than some phones (I’m watching you Apple), not having to charge everything was an even bigger victory.

I routinely reached two days of use and up to 5 hours of screen saver with a single charge, which is well above the more affordable everyday endurance of most modern phones.

If I had lowered the refresh rate to 60Hz or if I had used the battery saving mode, there would be a good chance that the phone would last even longer.

The OnePlus 7 Pro software has changed little and it’s not a bad thing

The software experience of Android 9.0 is the basis of this generation of OnePlus phones, but it is the overlay OxygenOS company (version 9.5.2 has been tested) that allows you to navigate. This is an improved version of the Android base, elegant, clean, easy to use and powerful.

OnePlus 7 Pro OxygenOS

Built-in gestures make it easy to call notifications and quick settings (especially useful with the big screen 7 Pro), as well as activating features such as the camera and flashlight without having to wake up the phone.

‘The Shelf’ is a space dedicated to the placement of iOS widgets that keeps things in order. There is also a hidden ‘second space’ in which you can place apps that you want to hide prying eyes if you put your phone to a friend. These are all pre-existing features, however.

Notable innovations for the 7 Pro include an improved game mode that reduces silence and screen brightness, or by activating the “dynamic mode”, the phone directs all processors, GPU and the use of memory for your current gaming session and nowhere else.

OnePlus 7 Pro Fnatic Mode

The new Zen mode is born of OnePlus’ senior management mindfulness practices and takes a tough stance on the ubiquitous verification of the phone by locking everything except emergency calls, incoming calls and access to the phones. cameras, for 20 minutes at a time.

Do not restart the phone or turn it back on, then turn it back on. Make sure you are ready for the break before committing yourself.

OnePlus 7 Pro Zen Mode

This feature looks like a OnePlus extension of Android Pie’s native digital wellness toolkit. As with most elements that make the 7 Pro a decidedly OnePlus, it’s a strange inclusion but I appreciate it nonetheless.

Should I buy OnePlus 7 Pro?

When I took delivery of the OnePlus 7 Pro for the first time, I was not told how much it would cost (this information came later), and I was a little worried.

This phone is undoubtedly feature-rich, the richest the company has ever made, but its higher price deserves closer scrutiny. The previous OnePlus phones have always been the opposite of the flagship products of the time, but the relative accessibility they offered has absolved them of any minor flaws that would otherwise have caused disappointment or disappointment.

Nevertheless, the OnePlus 7 Pro still reduces the majority of the flagship packs of 2019 (several hundred pounds in some cases), which means that I can forgive the lack of features such as resistance to the water (certified) and wireless charging – this phone will always leave you impressed (and with more money in your pocket).

Where Huawei’s P30 Pro takes the cake for his camera and his battery, the OnePlus 7 Pro screen is easily one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever seen, and it’s the only one I’ve ever seen. OnePlus user experience is one of the best Android skin-based experiences you’ll find there.

The OnePlus 7 Pro shows that the company is able to grow, make significant changes and increase competition without losing what makes the brand and its devices so attractive.

OnePlus 7 Pro Review: A fantastic Android phone
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OnePlus 7 Pro still reduces the majority of the flagship packs of 2019 (several hundred pounds in some cases), which means I can forgive the lack of features such as water resistance (certified) and wireless charging - this phone will always remain impressed (and with more money in your pockets).

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