Oneplus 7 Pro – Quick to the Punch

Specs

The Oneplus 7 Pro comes with the Snapdragon 855 chipset, and up to 12 gigabytes of RAM. The display is a new Fluid AMOLED display, at 90Hz and 1440p. So, this is the first ever 90Hz OLED display on any phone. The display also supports HDR 10+ content, which before now has only been seen on the S10+. Also, the Oneplus 7 Pro is the first ever phone with UFS 3.0. They have also added a liquid cooling system to the phone, which should help with gaming

Design

The Oneplus 7 Pro has an amazing design. A completely bezel-less curved screen design, with an over 93% screen to body ratio, with the best screen on the market, with an A+ rating from DisplayMate, which is a first for any phone. On the rear, 3 choices for the colour, to go well with the 3 centred camera sensors. 

This phone is big. Like, really big. Bigger than the S10+, Pixel 3XL, and P30 Pro. That could be a dealbreaker for the small-handed among you. Also, it weighs 206 grams, approximately 31 grams heavier than the S10+. But, the curves of the phone both on the front and the back make it easier to handle.

Battery

The Oneplus 7 Pro comes with a 4000mAh battery, which can be juiced up by Warp Charge 30. This should provide moderate battery life, but nothing amazing, considering the screen is 1440p and 90Hz. That will drain the battery much quicker than competitors. Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging for this phone, which once again, is a shame, but a corner I can accept Oneplus cutting.

Software

“The best Android operating system around” is what they call it, but is it? With Android Q on the horizon, and OneUI here now, is Oneplus still as good as it used to be? Yes. It is amazing. Has it improved much since the 6T? No. Did it need to? No. Oneplus remains one of the best software makers in the market. Nobody will be disappointed by this software. Oneplus has added small features this time around, like Horizon Lighting, which lights up the curved screen when you receive a notification, which honestly just make the phone feel awesome.

“Oneplus has added small features to their software this time around, which honestly just make the phone feel awesome”

Cameras

The Oneplus 7 Pro comes with a triple rear-camera setup. The main lens is 48 megapixels, the telephoto lens is 3x, and the wide-angle is 117 degrees, which is a bit narrower than average in the flagship market. Overall, this camera system seems to have a lot of potential, and dxomark seems to agree, giving this phone a score of 111, the second highest ever, after the S10 and P30 Pro. However, most reviewers seem to agree that this camera system does not live up to its potential. I have not personally used the 7 Pro, but most people are saying that the cameras are good, but not great. The wide-angle lens is soft, the normal lens has inaccurate colours, and Nightscape is still as crude and gimmicky as it was when it debuted on the 6T.

Oneplus also has a new mode called Ultrashot, which is designed to be an automatic pro mode. They focused on it quite a lot during the keynote, and if it delivers on its promises, then it could give Pixel-rivalling camera quality, with minimal effort from the end user. However, despite its potential, I don’t think that it will deliver on its promise

The front camera is a pop-up motorised camera, that Oneplus seems quite proud of, but don’t expect it to win any awards. Overall, the camera is good.

Extras

Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, a brand new, top-of-the-range haptic vibration motor, the world’s fastest in-display fingerprint scanner, and 5G (On the very top model) are the main extras that this phone offers. About that fingerprint scanner, they say that it will let you unlock your phone in 0.21 seconds, which is nearly as fast as a capacitive fingerprint scanner. If this is true, then it will be a game-changer. 5G is a big deal. But, considering it is only available in parts of America, it won’t matter to most in Europe or other parts of the world. But, EE promises to launch 5G in 6 cities in the UK very soon, and a lot more soon to come.

Price

So, surely there must be a catch? A great phone, which leads the market in a number of categories? Well, yes. This phone won’t be cheap. The Oneplus 7 Pro sells from $669/£650 to $749/£799. The 5G version, though, will be a bit more expensive. It is exclusive to EE, and they haven’t announced a price or release date yet.

Verdict

The Oneplus 7 Pro offers a host of amazing features for a price noticeably below the competition. This phone is best summed up by looking at each category. It has top-of-the-range specs, breathtaking design, good battery life, best-in-class software, incredible extras, and a very reasonable price. However, the cameras are sub-par compared to the competition. So, Oneplus’ latest flagship is an amazing buy, if you don’t need the best camera. If you can sacrifice some camera quality for, well, just about anything, then the 7 Pro could be your next phone.

So what do you think? Is the Oneplus 7 Pro a good buy? Will you be picking one up? Let us know in the comments below.