After proving its worth to be a premium flagship brand with its OnePlus 7 Pro, the Chinese brand is out with the trimmed down version of the same as OnePlus 7. Ever since the brand launched OnePlus One in the market it is consistently providing its users with new Smartphone experiences with products that have top of the line hardware but are affordable. OnePlus entered the premium Smartphone segment with the introduction of the OnePlus 6T which was a success and helped the brand to capture a huge segment of premium Smartphone segment in India.
The OnePlus 7 Pro also proved to be a worthy successor for the OnePlus 6T. You can check out the detailed review of OnePlus 7 Pro to know what makes this Smartphone one of the major successes for the brand. With the OnePlus 7, the brand is aiming at repositioning itself as the major stakeholder in the premium segment that Samsung took over with the launch of its Galaxy S10 series recently.
With almost the same core hardware, the OnePlus 7 is priced at a much more aggressive price than the OnePlus 7 Pro. With a price tag of Rs. 32,999, OnePlus 7 seems to be the best Smartphone in the mid-range segment right now. Let’s find out whether it is truly the best mid-segment Smartphone in India or not.
|OnePlus 7 Quick Specifications|
|Display||6.41 inches Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass|
|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||157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm|
|Price in India||₹ 32,999|
|OnePlus 7 is an attempt to take control of the midrange segment of the Indian markets by the Chinese manufacturer. With top of the line hardware and specifications and such aggressive pricing, the OnePlus 7 is one of the best midrange Smartphones in the market right now.|
|Great battery life||Average camera performance|
|Higher performance||No headphone jack|
|Top notch UI||No wireless charging|
|Loud stereo speakers|
OnePlus 7 Design & Display
OnePlus 7 Pro is appreciated for its end-to-end display with minimal bezel and no notch, the OnePlus 7 has all of these and borrows the OnePlus 6T design, the only distinguishing factor between the two models is the paint job. You can get OnePlus 7 in Mirror Gray and Red colours on Amazon India.
We believe retaining the same design as the old 6T model, OnePlus 7 will disappoint some fans but it is true that maintaining the same design is the reason why OnePlus is able to offer such aggressive pricing for this new model.
You get metal frame sandwiched between the glass panels in OnePlus 7 that makes it look premium but slippery to hold. The display on this phone is a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Unlike OnePlus 7 Pro the display is not curved at the edges with thin bezels around the display but with a noticeable bigger chin. One of the reasons why OnePlus 7 Pro is able to offer end-to-end display is the popup front camera that OnePlus 7 lacks. Instead, front camera is located in the waterdrop notch just like OnePlus 6T.
Looking at the performance of 6.41-inch display, it offers full-HD+ resolution (1080×2340) and is able to produce a good colour variation. You get a lot of option to change the colour scheme and choose between natural to vivid or NTSC, DCI-P3 or sRGB gamuts. The display gets bright enough when outdoors and there is an option to tweak the colour balance. It is important to note that the display does not have a 90Hz refresh rate like the OnePlus 7 Pro.
For the sound, you get stereo speakers in OnePlus 7. The bottom speaker is positioned on the left side at the bottom that avoids it from getting muffled up when you are holding the phone in landscape position. The considerably long earpiece at the top acts as the second speaker. The Type-C USB port is also at the bottom of the phone. The buttons in OnePlus 7 has the identical placement as the 6T model. The volume buttons are on the left while the power button and alert slider are on the right side. All the buttons have good clicky feedback plus the alert slider has the knurled texture and is a handy way to change audio profiles quickly. OnePlus 7 has abandoned the 3.5mm headphone jack just like the 6T and 7 Pro models to make way for the Type C port. However, unlike the OnePlus 6T, users will not get any Type-C to 3.5 mm dongle with this Smartphone that can be an inconvenience.
For protection, the OnePlus 7 comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back. On the back, you have the dual camera set up along with the dual-LED flash. The surface on the back is not flat and the camera module protrudes a little. The glass back does not get smudgy easily, but still, you might want to use the bundled plastic case for protection.
In the box, OnePlus 7 comes with a 20W fast charger and a USB Type-C cable.
OnePlus 7 Hardware & Software
OnePlus 7 might be priced lower than the OnePlus 7 Pro, but still, it packs same top of the line hardware. To being with, you get the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC in OnePlus 7. This processor is a significant improvement over the Snapdragon 845 used in OnePlus 6T. The octa-core Snapdragon 855 has a superfast Kryo 485 Gold core clocked at 2.84GHz, three high-performance Kryo 485 Gold cores clocked at 2.42GHz and four high efficiency Kryo 485 Silver cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The graphics are handled by the integrated Adreno 640 GPU.
You can buy any of the two OnePlus 7 models-6GB RAM and 128 internal storage or 8GB RAM and 256 internal storage. The storage on this device is not the UFS 2.1 used by most mid-segment Smartphones, instead OnePlus 7 uses the faster UFS 3.0 storage as the 7 Pro. These two are the only Smartphones in India to have UFS 3.0 storage.
The OnePlus 7 runs the OxygenOS 9.5 on top of the Android 9 Pie just like its sibling. The Oxygen OS is one of the best skins to have over Android that add many useful features and customizations to the stock version of the OS. This Smartphone has all the software features available in OnePlus 7 Pro including the Gaming mode and the Fnatic mode.
Along with Android’s default Digital Wellbeing feature, the OnePlus 7 also has the Zen Mode that keeps a tab on your Smartphone usage. The Zen Mode renders your phone unusable for 20 minutes, except for the ability to make emergency calls or to take photos. One switched on you cannot disable it even on restarting your phone. For a complete profile of the software and OxygenOS features, check out the OnePlus 7 Pro review.
OnePlus 7 Performance
With OnePlus 7 you get the same performance boost as the OnePlus 7 Pro and there is hardly any activity that will slow down the Snapdragon 855 processor on this Smartphone. Even playing games is fun on this Smartphone as an easier experience as it is less heavy and slippery than the OnePlus 7 Pro, so you don’t have to worry about dropping it continuously.
If you have used OnePlus 6T, you will recognize that the in-display fingerprint scanner on OnePlus 7 is much faster even after having the same CMOS sensor. The face unlock feature in OnePlus 7 is not as sharp as the OnePlus 7 Pro but under ambient light, unlocking the phone is effortless. The AMOLED display is crisp to use but cannot match the OnePlus 7 Pro but that is expected for the price cut. The stereo speakers give a wonderful video and gaming experience. The Dolby Atmos support lets you choose between different audio profiles.
In the benchmark tests, OnePlus 7 impressed us with its performance. In the AnTuTu, the device was able to score 375,219 points, while in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests, the OnePlus 7 scored 3,536 and 11,192 respectively. In GFXBench’s Car Chase test, the Smartphone managed 37fps.
Altogether, OnePlus 7 makes an excellent gaming Smartphone that can support any modern-day game. PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends and Call of Duty all games run smoothly, although the phone gets heated a little but nothing uncomfortable.
OnePlus 7 Camera
Unlike OnePlus 7 Pro’s triple camera setup, the OnePlus 7 has adopted the dual camera setup. Good news is OnePlus has kept the 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor for this Smartphone that has an f/1.7 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization. The pixel size of the sensor is 0.8-micron but as claimed to be 1.6-micron because of 4-in-1 pixel binning. The secondary camera on the device is a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, you get a 16MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture.
When you use the primary camera, it takes 12MP pictures by default unless you manually choose to use Pro Mode that takes 48MP pictures.
Here are the sample pictures taken from OnePlus 7:
Image credits: Gadgets NDTV
In the daylight, the OnePlus 7 captures images with decent details but the focus is not as sharp as the OnePlus 7 Pro that has laser autofocus. During macros shots, the camera is able to lock the focus quickly to take photos with decent details but colours are not accurate in this mode. Under low light conditions, the phone takes longer to lock the focus.
Portrait mode automatically activates the 5MP depth sensor that detects edges easily. In portrait shots, the camera sets exposure automatically that sometimes causes subject to get overexposed. In low light conditions taking shots with the Nightscape Mode is better.
Selfies with OnePlus 7 are good but not as great as with OnePlus 7 Pro. They lack a certain amount of detail and taking selfies in the low light condition is cumbersome.
You can shoot 4K video at 60fps with the primary sensor, but there is a 5-minute limit at this resolution although you can shoot a 10-min video setting resolution to 30fps. You can also record slow-motion videos at 1080p at 240fps, or 720p at 480fps with this Smartphone.
OnePlus 7 Battery
The OnePlus 7 packs a 3700mAh battery that comes bundled with a 20W charger. The OnePlus 6T uses the same battery but this phone offers better power back up because of a more efficient processor. On average daily use, you can expect the OnePlus 7 to last for the entire day and still have enough power left.
Playing games, watching videos, messaging and browsing the internet will not let you feel the power crunch. Even if you run low on battery, the 20W fast charger can charge the battery up to 52 percent in under 30 minutes and 93 percent in an hour. You can fully charge the device in 1 hour 30 minutes.
OnePlus 7 is the brand’s attempt to keep a hold on the mid-segment flagship market share by offering top of the line specs at an aggressive price. With impressive hardware, AMOLED display and stereo speakers, this Smartphone is offering value for money.
Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor makes OnePlus 7 withstand any task you throw at it. Be it watching 4k videos or playing current-day video games, the phone hardly breaks a sweat. The superfast UFS 3.0 storage standard helps this Smartphone to deliver snappy performance. Excellent battery life is another reason to consider OnePlus 7. It can last more than a day even after continued use. The weak point of the OnePlus 7 is its camera quality that could have been better.
OnePlus 7 Price In India
|OnePlus 7||6GB/128GB||Rs. 32,999|
|OnePlus 7||8GB/256GB||Rs. 37,999|
At the moment, OnePlus 7 is one of the very few Smartphones to flaunt the Snapdragon 855 processor. If you are ready to let go of the camera flaws, this Smartphone makes an ideal value for money product.