After the unprecedented success of its flagship phone OnePlus 6T, the Chinese manufacturer is once again here with its much-awaited OnePlus 7 Pro to entice its loyal fans and gain more customers. While the value for money factor of the newly launched OnePlus 7 Pro is higher than its predecessor OnePlus 6T there are still some features like water resistance, wireless charging and downgraded battery life that might put Android lovers in a fix over the choice.
That being said, OnePlus has always enjoyed the love and acceptance of Android fans, and this has led the brand to introduce Smartphones that fans want to buy. With its latest Smartphone, the Chinese manufacturer is truly foraying into the hyper-premium space. A bigger, faster and more expensive OnePlus 7 Pro has a lot to offer on paper and make competitors like Huawei and Samsung worry, but does it worth your money? Let’s take a look in this exclusive GreatBuyz OnePlus 7 Pro review.
|OnePlus 7 Pro Quick Specifications|
|Display||6.67 inches Fluid AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)|
|Storage||128 GB Internal/6 GB RAM|
|Sensors||Fingerprint sensor,Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
|OS||Android Pie 9.0|
|Network Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Bluetooth v5, 4G Volte, microUSB 2.0|
|Dimensions||162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm|
|Price in India||₹ 48,999|
|OnePlus 7 Pro is the biggest and most expensive device from the brand till now. With upgraded OxygenOS 9.5, better processor and brilliant display it is a device worth your consideration. However, average battery life is a concern you need to think about.|
|Great display||Average battery life|
|Higher performance||Too big|
|Top notch UI||No headphone jack|
|Smoother 90Hz refresh rate||No wireless charging|
OnePlus 7 Pro Price In India
|OnePlus 7 Pro||6GB/128GB||Rs. 48,999|
|OnePlus 7 Pro||8GB/256GB||Rs. 52,999|
|OnePlus 7 Pro||12GB/256GB||Rs. 57,999|
OnePlus 7 Pro Design
For the last 5 years, we have seen that OnePlus refines the design of its Smartphones twice every year with OnePlus 6 been the best-designed phone from the brand. The brand prefers to add curved edges and bigger screens to its devices. It does make OnePlus smartphone looks premium but there is a point after which the screen starts to feel too big.
The all-new OnePlus 7 Pro has a 6.67” display which is a treat for media consumption but a nightmare for one-handed use. Even after ditching the notch and with minimum bezel the brand decided to make OnePlus 7 Pro larger than the OnePlus 6T when in reality an opposite approach has been better. But if you have a taste for premium design, then this Smartphone is going to knock your socks off with it’s nearly bezel-less design. The selfie camera is hidden in the pop-up mechanism that OnePlus says takes only 0.53 seconds to emerge and only 0.65 seconds to recognize your face to unlock the device.
On the backside, you have the same soft-touch glass panel that OnePlus 6T had. But this time around it feels more like metal and less like glass. Currently, the OnePlus 7 Pro is available in two colours, Mirror Grey and Nebula Blue which rumours of an Almond colour variation in the future are doing rounds. There are two speaker grills in OnePlus 7 Pro, one at the bottom and other in the top bezel. With an aluminium frame and Gorilla Glass 5, the phone is quite sturdy but not the very best.
At the bottom, you have a USB-C port but no headphone jack. On the left, there is a dual SIM slot with no microSD slot so you don’t have any memory expansion on this device.
OnePlus 7 Pro Display
In the present scenario, almost every flagship phone is adopting OLED displays but OnePlus chooses to provide its users with the best, bright and bigger super display which is why it uses Samsung AMOLED panel in the OnePlus 7 Pro. The massive 90Hz AMOLED display on this Smartphone is smoother and faster than any other OnePlus device. However, this performance boost comes at the cost of battery life.
You should note that OnePlus 7 Pro is not using the standard Samsung AMOLED display which is a 60Hz panel, but a 90Hz variation which means animations and movements look a lot more fluid in OnePlus 7 Pro. The phone does not force apps to run at 90Hz but the ones that support 90Hz look a lot smoother. If you are bored of the 1080p resolutions on most devices, then OnePlus 7 Pro brings the Quad HD+ resolution to you. Given the larger screen size, this spec bump is expected.
Hands down, the OnePlus 7 Pro has one of the best Smartphones displays on the market across all brands and it will show once you get your hands on the device. The improvement in the display can be estimated from the fact that DisplayMate gave OnePlus 7 Pro an A+ rating, the first for the brand. The OnePlus 7 Pro display is also compatible with HDR10 and HDR+ which means it can display more colour and contrast information which is useful as services like Netflix are adding more colour and contrast to their content.
OnePlus 7 Pro Performance
The OnePlus 7 Pro is a device which is pushing its hardware limits to the bleeding edge to offer the smoothest experience to its users. From the newest premier processor to the fastest storage on the market, this OnePlus Smartphone offers unmatched performance combining the capable hardware with excellent software.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by the Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and has Adreno 640 GPU for graphics. Depending on the model you choose you to get 6GB or 8GB/12GB RAM alongside 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage.
For day-to-day use, the OnePlus 7 Pro runs smooth thanks to a number of optimization techniques used to keep the device fast. For one, it stores the frequently used apps in the memory so that they launch faster the next time. The benchmarks show how well optimized the OnePlus 7 Pro is.
In 3DMark, the OnePlus 7 Pro scored 5,412 and 4,814 in OpenGL and Vulcan respectively. In AnTuTu, the device achieved a score of 361,038 while in Geekbench it achieved 3,411 and 10,628 for the single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. Interestingly in Gary’s Speed Test G, the OnePlus 7 Pro was able to finish the course in 1 minute 33 seconds, exactly the same as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
One of the drawbacks of the OnePlus 7 Pro is its battery life which is hampered by its enormous screen. To keep the display alive battery has to compensate for the faster refresh rates that result in worst battery life. The trick is to reduce the refresh rate and resolution to increase battery life.
One of the distinguishing features in this Smartphone is the use of liquid cooling system that prevents heat from building up on intense use. The cooling system does its job and keeps the device under controlled temperature. Now we miss the presence of wireless charging in this device, but more about it in the battery section.
OnePlus 7 Pro Camera
Over the years, OnePlus has gained the attention of Android users, but it has continuously failed to make cameras on its devices impressive. Unfortunately, the trend continues with the OnePlus 7 Pro as well. One will expect from a hyper-premium device to have a top-notch camera, but this Smartphone disappoints.
OnePlus 7 Pro camera captures decent pictures in daylight, even best shots at times but if the light gets dim even a bit the pictures come out all washed out. The standard 48MP rear camera on this device has adopted the three-lens configuration that we have already seen in devices like Huawei P30 Pro. The setup has the 12MP sensor for capturing pixel-binned images by default, a 16MP wide-angle 117-degree sensor with f/2.2 aperture. For better zoom, there is a 3x Telephoto 8MP sensor. We are just glad that the OnePlus 7 Pro chose to adopt the 3 lens configuration as it is the best at the moment any smartphone can offer.
Under natural lighting, you can take sharp and brighter photos and the 3x telephoto lens delivers good results. However, the wide lens feels too wide taking pictures, but it performs an excellent job at capturing landscape pictures. The images clicked looked sharp with impressive colour profile and nice exposure. The shots were natural and looked exception under good light. However, in low-light situations, the OnePlus 7 Pro camera really fell apart.
Here are some of the pictures captured using the OnePlus 7 Pro camera:
Image Credits: Android Authority
If OnePlus 7 Pro has to compete with other flagship Smartphones on the market it really needs to work on the low light performance of its camera. Smartphones like Google Pixel 3a that are cheaper have a much better camera performance. This can be a losing ground for OnePlus.
Speaking, of the one camera app on OnePlus 7 Pro, it is simplistic and easy to use. You will find all the modes without any extra effort. Modes like Pro Mode allow users to get more technical and better control the aspects of the camera. Overall, the nightscape photography with the OnePlus 7 Pro seems the same as the OnePlus 6T, even though OnePlus says that it has improved processing on this device.
Now the 16MP OnePlus 7 Pro selfie camera is a whole different story. With the pop-out mechanism similar to likes of Vivo and Oppo devices, the camera offers great colour reproduction enabling awesome selfies. The camera is highly accurate and fast and retracts if you drop the device by mistake making it safe from any damage. You can use a selfie camera under any light condition, but we will not recommend you to use it under the rain as water can seep to the internals.
Video recording quality of the OnePlus 7 Pro is also good and you have the ability to switch cameras which recording video. The audio captured during video recording is also good.
OnePlus 7 Pro Software
This OnePlus Smartphone is powered by the same OxygenOS built over the Android 9 Pie, that ran the OnePlus 6T. The brand is known for keeping its devices updated with the latest Android versions and you can be rest assured that support for OnePlus 7 Pro will be present for long.
Running on OxygenOS 9.5, the OnePlus 7 Pro has the best Android skin on the market with some useful additions. There is a reading mode that turns display white or black while reading, then there is gaming mode that restricts notification and prioritizes data throughput for certain apps. You also get a built-in screen recorder in this smartphone which is a featured user often want.
Building on Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative, OxygenOS 9.5 features a Zen Mode which puts your OnePlus 7 Pro on a 20 minutes pause. You cannot use your device during the pause but can make emergency calls, even if you restart your phone it will remain locked until the period of 20 minutes is fully elapsed. Another improvement in the software is the introduction of Night Mode 2.0 that filters out blue light a lot more efficiently.
OnePlus 7 Pro Battery
Improving the battery power, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 4,000mAh battery as compared to 3,700mAh battery in the OnePlus 6T. But the larger battery is counteracted by the bigger display which higher refresh rate. This has resulted in worse battery life in the OnePlus 7 Pro resulting in a significant backup drop. On a fulltime use, the device is able to offer approx. 5.5 hours of screen life as compared to 7 to 8 hours in the OnePlus 6T.
The solution remains to reduce the resolution and refresh rate of the display and compromise on quality to have better battery backup. Furthermore, there is no wireless charging support in this device which is disappointing, but OnePlus argues that it’s fast-charging offered by its Warp Charger 30 is very quick. It remains to be seen if the company will suffer because of the absence of wireless charging, although at this price, OnePlus 7 Pro should have supported it.
What do we think?
At Rs. 48,999, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the most expensive Smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer yet. As compared to Samsung S10 and Huawei P30 Pro, the OnePlus 7 Pro does lack in camera and battery life but it makes up for it with higher performance, better UI and software.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is not cheap, but if you can let go the battery life for a much more immersive and brilliant display along with some of the latest hardware upgrades on the market right now, then this device will please you.