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Since its first handset was announced in 2014, OnePlus has become the master of balancing cost versus functionality mid-range price, it has been published in the mainstream market, and the result is the OnePlus 7 Pro.

But the OnePlus 7 Pro has a New way of approaching the balance point By deciding to compromise on the 'mid-range' target and gambling on a higher list price of $ 699, OnePlus has taken a little bit more headroom to bring more technology and features into its prime Samsung's Galaxy S10 family and Apple's iPhone XS portfolio.

OnePlus 7 Pro (image : Ewan Spence)

Ewan Spence

I've been using a OnePlus 7 Pro review unit for the last week to get a better understanding of the device. There are still some areas to explore in the next few weeks (so as the camera) so expect more long-term thoughts during June. For now I want to look at the overall impression of the handset and the three key areas that define the 7 Pro; the large and fast display, design decisions around the front and rear cameras, and the battery and charging options.

 

Let's start with the display, and the obvious missing feature. OnePlus has turned the block back a few years, there's no sign of a notch, punched-out hole, or any trimmed pixels to accommodate the front facing camera. Pair that touch with the much smaller bezels at the top and bottom of the screen and the edge of the handset, and it has a smartphone that is getting closer and closer to an 'all-screen' forward facing aspect.

OnePlus 7 Pro

Ewan Spence

While the varnish of a notch wants to drive the headlines, it's the use of the curved edges on the screen and the handsets That visually lifts the OnePlus 7 Pro's challenger credentials. OnePlus handset has managed.

Practically it's a little bit more awkward. Like Samsung's Galaxy S handsets, the curved edge offers more reflections from ambient light and unless you are looking at the screen in an exact and unnatural orientation. Netflix or YouTube is obvious case, where it feels so uncomfortable and the curved edges pick up some awkward reflections.

OnePlus is not alone in suffering these issues, they apply to any smartphone with a curved screen.

Curves aside, the screen is gorgeous. The 6.67 inch display has a resolution of 3120×1440 pixels (QHD +) with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. This is not a phone that is just for single handed use, it's just too much real estate to stretch your thumb over. Thankfully the 7 Pro wins out because of the size (it's not the big display out there) but the quality. I've already highlighted the resolution, but this OLED screen is really bright and staying in the vivid color setting. Alternatively, you can switch it to sRGB or P3 screen, with other customizations available.

Then there's the refresh rate. This is a relatively new technology for smartphones – 60Hz refresh rate on the iPad and the Razer Phone 2. OnePlus' 90Hz refresh rate on the 7 Pro makes everything go much smoother when scrolling, navigating the UI and when your touch is echoed with any on-screen action.

To help with battery life and UI speed, the OnePlus 7 Pro can dynamically alter the resolution and the refresh rate as required – so your 1080p YouTube

The other feature on the screen – or the screen – is the fingerprint reader. Following the lead of the OnePlus 6T, OnePlus has continued to use an optical fingerprint reader under the screen. Although some manufacturers have come to grief, I found the 6T implementation to be almost and accurate with a large enough target area. The OnePlus 7 Pro continues this tradition.

OnePlus 7 Pro

Ewan Spence

I suspect I'll be using the fingerprint more than the 6T. Although both handsets feature facial recognition, the 6T's forward facing camera is always available, mounted in the teardrop shaped notch on last year's handset. For the 7 Pro, the selfie camera is tucked out of sight until it is needed. When it is required, the motorized mechanism lifts the camera into position, and it does not fall back (or when it detects the phone is falling, in which case it quickly retreats back into the case as a safety precaution) [19659001] It gives the phone some much-needed physical identity, but it means the ease of facial recognition is gone.

OnePlus has also upped the imaging stakes for the main camera, using the popular triple-lens Sony IMX586 CMOS system, which can be found in a number of modern flagship smartphones. OnePlus is using 1.5 megapixel main camera (which outputs 12 megapixel images by default, oversampling the pixels to create a 'fusion' of image data), a 117 degree f / 2.2 wide angle lens, and af / 2.4 telephoto lens.

OnePlus 7 Pro

Ewan Spence

I've not seen the cameras in the next week so far a full review on the imaging when that drops). The camera is the weakest point.

I think there is no such thing as a picture in the picture. There's less contrast and a notable bias away from vivid colors in the images. This should make a great impression on your pictures, but they will not pop out of the 7 Pro's screen. OnePlus' software choice from the automatic modes needed a little bit of calibration from the public, hence the upcoming update. We are talking about very fine details and here. It is also challenging to use the $ 700 smartphone … but OnePlus is a very expensive and expensive smartphone, so the camera software needs the same iPhones of the world.

OnePlus 7 Pro sample image – full scale crop in lower right

Ewan Spence

Certainly the core specifications make the OnePlus 7 Pro an equal of these leading handsets. The heart of the handset is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 system on chip. 256GB of onboard storage – there's no microSD support – and 12GB of RAM (12GB / 128GB and 8GB / 128GB variants are available).

The Android-powered Oxygen OS may be aggressive in keeping memory free, but there's enough space for my popular apps to stay open and quick to switch to, while lesser apps open smartly without a foot.

Two prominently advertised features have been added to the OS. The first is a full screen capture and recording mode which also allows you to record voiceover, expect streamers and reviewers to make full use of this. The other is Zen Mode, which locks out just about the phone's functionality for 20 minutes, leaving just the camera, and the ability to make and receive calls of time. OnePlus 7 Pro

Ewan Spence

You can not get away from the fact that the OnePlus 7 Pro is a big one handset. Even with the minimal bezels around the screen the handset is near the upper limit of 'big smartphone' and you are going to use this as a two-handed smart [honeformuchofthetime

Couple the large battery with the aggressive power-saving code in Oxygen OS and you have a handset that does not just make it comfortable through a working day, but last well into a second day of use without charging.

If you do not need to top up the battery, then OnePlus 'Warp Charge 30' fast charging system, which debuted in a special edition of the OnePlus 6T last year, is present in the 7 Pro. This promises 'a day's power in thirty minutes' from the 30w charger (delivering 5 volts at 6 amps).

But to get that almost charge you need to use OnePlus' own charger, because much of the circuitry is needed is in the charger and not in the handset. You can still use a regular USB-C charger for the OnePlus 7 Pro, you just do not get the speedy charging.

What's not here is wireless charging. Long-time readers want to know I'm a big fan of this, but they'll know that OnePlus has decided to prioritize an almost cabled charge over the convenience of sipping on power throughout the day from a charging pad. Both offer confidence that you can make it from dawn to dusk (and beyond). While the OnePlus 7 Pro still has a low price point to meet, and I can understand the decision process that would lead to a lack of wireless charging and a focus on faster wired charging.

I 'm less forgiving about the lack of an IP rating for the device. Again this is about consumer confidence. OnePlus can happily show off a 7 What are the consumers have an affinity with. Especially when the handset is sitting on a high street, rather than being sold to a dedicated OnePlus fan online.

I can live without wireless charging and I can even live without a 3.5mm headphone jack (even though I feel forced into it by the industry). Neither of these are deal breakers for consumers. But waterproofing? If OnePlus is going to take on the behemoths at the top of the food chain, then it needs to be done with no gaps in its armor – and the lack of IP rating is a gap.

With the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus has made a conscious decision to fight first on features, then on price. Previously it felt that OnePlus put price marginally before performance … here it is the other way around. OnePlus handsets, the extra capacity has allowed the team to step up its game and design a handset that rivals the top tier of other manufacturers while still being considered a competitively priced flagship.

For consumers more focused on price The OnePlus 7 is expected to be the direct successor to the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T, and a similar price bracket. But if you are looking for the latest technology in a refreshing design, with the latest features and a strong history in software support, the OnePlus 7 Pro is fighting for the top of your list.

Now read more about OnePlus' plans in my exclusive interview with co-founder Carl Pei …

Disclaimer: OnePlus supplied a OnePlus 7 Pro for

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Since its first handset was announced in 2014, OnePlus has become the master of balancing cost versus functionality The Shenzhen-based company's work on breaking Into the mainstream market, and the result is the OnePlus 7 Pro.

But the OnePlus 7 Pro has a new way of approaching the balance point By deciding to compromise on the mid-range and gambling on a higher list price of $ 699, OnePlus has been taken This is the Samsung Galaxy's favorite piece of technology S10 family and Apple's iPhone XS portfolio.

OnePlus 7 Pro

Ewan Spence

I've been using a OnePlus 7 Pro review unit for the past week device. There are still some areas to explore in the next few weeks (so as the camera) so expect more long-term thoughts during June. For now I want to look at the overall impression of the handset and the three key areas that define the 7 Pro; the large and fast display, design decisions around the front and rear cameras, and the battery and charging options.

Let's start with the display, and the obvious missing feature. OnePlus has turned the block back a few years, there's no sign of a notch, punched-out hole, or any trimmed pixels to accommodate the front facing camera. Pair that touch with the much smaller bezels at the top and bottom of the screen and the edge of the handset, and it has a smartphone that is getting closer and closer to an 'all-screen' forward facing aspect.

OnePlus 7 Pro

Ewan Spence

While the varnish of a notch wants to drive the headlines, it's the use of the curved edges on the screen and the handsets That visually lifts the OnePlus 7 Pro's challenger credentials. OnePlus handset has managed.

Practically it's a little bit more awkward. Like Samsung's Galaxy S handsets, the curved edge offers more reflections from ambient light and unless you are looking at the screen in an exact and unnatural orientation. Netflix or YouTube is obvious case, where it feels so uncomfortable and the curved edges pick up some awkward reflections.

OnePlus is not alone in suffering these issues, they apply to any smartphone with a curved screen.

Curves aside, the screen is gorgeous. The 6.67 inch display has a resolution of 3120×1440 pixels (QHD +) with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. This is not a phone that is just for single handed use, it's just too much real estate to stretch your thumb over. Thankfully the 7 Pro wins out because of the size (it's not the big display out there) but the quality. I've already highlighted the resolution, but this OLED screen is really bright and staying in the vivid color setting. Alternatively, you can switch it to sRGB or P3 screen, with other customizations available.

Then there's the refresh rate. This is a relatively new technology for smartphones – 60Hz refresh rate on the iPad and the Razer Phone 2. OnePlus' 90Hz refresh rate on the 7 Pro makes everything go much smoother when scrolling, navigating the UI and when your touch is echoed with any on-screen action.

To help with battery life and UI speed, the OnePlus 7 Pro can dynamically alter the resolution and the refresh rate as required – so your 1080p YouTube

The other feature on the screen – or the screen – is the fingerprint reader. Following the lead of the OnePlus 6T, OnePlus has continued to use an optical fingerprint reader under the screen. Although some manufacturers have come to grief, I found the 6T implementation to be almost and accurate with a large enough target area. The OnePlus 7 Pro continues this tradition.

OnePlus 7 Pro

Ewan Spence

I suspect I'll use the fingerprint more than the 6T. Although both handsets feature facial recognition, the 6T's forward facing camera is always available, mounted in the teardrop shaped notch on last year's handset. For the 7 Pro, the selfie camera is tucked out of sight until it is needed. When it is required, the motorized mechanism lifts the camera into position, and it does not fall back (or when it detects the phone is falling, in which case it quickly retreats back into the case as a safety precaution) [19659001] It gives the phone some much-needed physical identity, but it means the ease of facial recognition is gone.

OnePlus has also upped the imaging stakes for the main camera, using the popular triple-lens Sony IMX586 CMOS system, which can be found in a number of modern flagship smartphones. OnePlus is using 1.5 megapixel main camera (which outputs 12 megapixel images by default, oversampling the pixels to create a 'fusion' of image data), a 117 degree f / 2.2 wide angle lens, and af / 2.4 telephoto lens.

OnePlus 7 Pro

Ewan Spence

I have not seen the cameras in the next week so far a full review on the imaging when that drops). The camera is the weakest point.

I think there is no such thing as a picture in the picture. There's less contrast and a notable bias away from vivid colors in the images. This should make a great impression on your pictures, but they will not pop out of the 7 Pro's screen. OnePlus' software choice from the automatic modes needed a little bit of calibration from the public, hence the upcoming update. We are talking about very fine details and here. It is also challenging to use the $ 700 smartphone … but OnePlus is a very expensive and expensive smartphone, so the camera software needs the same iPhones of the world.

OnePlus 7 Pro sample image – full scale crop in lower right

Ewan Spence

Certainly the core specifications make the OnePlus 7 Pro an equal of these leading handsets. The heart of the handset is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 system on chip. 256GB of onboard storage – there's no microSD support – and 12GB of RAM (12GB / 128GB and 8GB / 128GB variants are available).

The Android-powered Oxygen OS may be aggressive in keeping memory free, but there's enough space for my popular apps to stay open and quick to switch to, while lesser apps open smartly without a foot.

Two prominently advertised features have been added to the OS. The first is a full screen capture and recording mode which also allows you to record voiceover, expect streamers and reviewers to make full use of this. The other is Zen Mode, which locks out just about the phone's functionality for 20 minutes, leaving just the camera, and the ability to make and receive calls of time. OnePlus 7 Pro

Ewan Spence

You can not get away from the fact that the OnePlus 7 Pro is a big one handset. Even with the minimal bezels around the screen the handset is near the upper limit of 'big smartphone' and you are going to use this as a two-handed smart [honeformuchofthetime

Couple the large battery with the aggressive power-saving code in Oxygen OS and you have a handset that does not just make it comfortable through a working day, but last well into a second day of use without charging.

If you do not need to top up the battery, then OnePlus 'Warp Charge 30' fast charging system, which debuted in a special edition of the OnePlus 6T last year, is present in the 7 Pro. This promises 'a day's power in thirty minutes' from the 30w charger (delivering 5 volts at 6 amps).

But to get that almost charge you need to use OnePlus' own charger, because much of the circuitry is needed is in the charger and not in the handset. You can still use a regular USB-C charger for the OnePlus 7 Pro, you just do not get the speedy charging.

What's not here is wireless charging. Long-time readers want to know I'm a big fan of this, but they'll know that OnePlus has decided to prioritize an almost cabled charge over the convenience of sipping on power throughout the day from a charging pad. Both offer confidence that you can make it from dawn to dusk (and beyond). While the OnePlus 7 Pro still has a low price point to meet, and I can understand the decision process that would lead to a lack of wireless charging and a focus on faster wired charging.

I 'm less forgiving about the lack of an IP rating for the device. Again this is about consumer confidence. OnePlus can happily show off a 7 What are the consumers have an affinity with. Especially when the handset is sitting on a high street, rather than being sold to a dedicated OnePlus fan online.

I can live without wireless charging and I can even live without a 3.5mm headphone jack (even though I feel forced into it by the industry). Neither of these are deal breakers for consumers. But waterproofing? If OnePlus is going to take on the behemoths at the top of the food chain, then it needs to be done with no gaps in its armor – and the lack of IP rating is a gap.

With the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus has made a conscious decision to fight first on features, then on price. Previously it felt that OnePlus put price marginally before performance … here it is the other way around. OnePlus handsets, the extra capacity has allowed the team to step up its game and design a handset that rivals the top tier of other manufacturers while still being considered a competitively priced flagship.

For consumers more focused on price The OnePlus 7 is expected to be the direct successor to the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T, and a similar price bracket. But if you are looking for the latest technology in a refreshing design, with the latest features and a strong history in software support, the OnePlus 7 Pro is fighting for the top of your list.

Now read more about OnePlus' plans in my exclusive interview with co-founder Carl Pei …

Disclaimer: OnePlus supplied a OnePlus 7 Pro for review purposes.


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