OnePlus 7 Pro Review: A Smartphone Designed for Performance

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After the launch of the OnePlus 6T phone, the Chinese manufacturer has birthed a better performance-based smartphone in the OnePlus 7 Pro. Unlike most premium smartphones whose main strengths are battery life and camera only, the OnePlus 7 Pro is renowned for its all-round performance.

With super-fast read and write speeds championed by UFS 3.0 storage (a first in the smartphone industry), as well as the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, the OnePlus 7 Pro is on a par with the competition.

Additionally, a tripartite camera system, much improved in-display fingerprint reader, impressive display quality, and fast charging feature further solidify its place among the top smartphones in the world.

PROS

  • Excellent screen quality
  • Super fast performance
  • Fast charging

CONS

  • Camera isn’t top notch
  • As pricey as an iPhone

Appearance and Display

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  • 6.67-inch edge-to-edge display
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Curved edges

The OnePlus 7 Pro has an amazing 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED screen with  curved edges. You’ll definitely love the display’s QHD+ resolution. The display’s 90Hz refresh rate is as good as what Asus ROG (90Hz) offers, but lags behind Razer IGZO which has an impressive 120Hz refresh rate.

With 90Hz refresh rate, playing games like Alto’s Adventure, Pac-Man, and Pokemon Go is an absolute breeze. Also, the refresh rate makes web browsing and video streaming very smooth. A 90Hz refresh rate isn’t a must, you’ll be fine with a phone which has a 60Hz refresh rate— as most smartphones do.

Its screen is edge-to-edge, and you won’t find any notch or punch-hole on the front. Truth be told, the OnePlus 7 Pro’s screen looks like a Samsung screen. The Chinese manufacturer did not show originality in this regard — it’s a shame.

Nebula Blue, Mirror Gray, and Almond are the colour versions of the OnePlus 7 Plus available on the market. The colour you get may well depend on the RAM and storage selection you make.

Just know: the OnePlus 7 Pro’s screen is big — stretched-out, actually so you may struggle to reach all areas of the display, if your hands are small. Please note that this doesn’t mean that you can’t use the device with one hand, however, it’s better handled with two hands.

 

We don’t recommend the OnePlus 7 Pro to anyone who
needs a small-sized smartphone.

 

In short, this smartphone is not for small hands! The slider on the right side of the phone is positioned correctly making it easier for fingers to reach. Users complained about the position of the slider on the OnePlus 6T, the manufacturer listened.

OnePlus 7 Pro manufacturers have followed in the footsteps of Google Pixel 3, Apple iPhone XR, and Huawei P30 Pro by excluding a headphone jack on the smartphone. You won’t find a headphone jack on OnePlus 6T, Apple iPhone XS, Google Pixel 3 XL, and Apple iPhone XS Max.

This is fast becoming the new normal. We think phone makers are ditching the headphone jack to make room for other components, and more importantly, to make their phones IP68 water-resistant. Also missing on the OnePlus 7 Pro are a wireless charging feature and microSD card slot.

Elsewhere, there is also a 5G model of the OnePlus 7 Pro with the same specs, but it costs a little more. The 5G model guarantees very fast data speeds. The phone’s manufacturers are silent on its ability to resist water, so you won’t find its IP water-resistant classification. They claim an IP certification would’ve made the OnePlus 7 Pro even pricier than it is right now.

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OnePlus 7 Pro Specifications

Display 3120 x 1440 pixels
6.67 inches, QHD+
CPU Snapdragon 855
Operating System Android 9
RAM 6GB/8GB/12GB
Storage 128GB/256GB
Battery 4000 mAh
Front Camera 16 MP
Rear Camera 48 MP
8 MP
16 MP
Size 162 x 75 x 8.8 mm
Weight 216 g

Storage

oneplus 7 pro

  • 128GB, 256GB of storage
  • 6GB, 8GB, 12GB of RAM

The phone doesn’t really offer users many storage choices as others in the same price range. However, it has a generous amount of RAM. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with just two storage options: 128GB and 256GB. You get either 6, 8, or 12GB of RAM.

Entry-level configuration comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. For more money, you get the 12 GB RAM version. Although you really don’t need this amount of RAM on a phone right now. In the future? maybe, yes. The Nebula Blue variant has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage; no other colour variant has this RAM/storage combination.

Camera

oneplus 7 pro review

  • 48 MP camera
  • 16 MP ultra-wide lens
  • 8 MP telephoto lens for 3x optical zoom
  • Nightscape sensor

The rear of the OnePlus 7 Pro holds a 48-megapixel sensor, a low-light-ready Nightscape sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens for 3x optical zoom, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens. These are almost as good as what you find on the Huawei P30 Pro as well as the Google Pixel 3.

The OnePlus 7 has a pop-up front camera. We anticipated this, since the display has no notch blemishes. We’ve seen the pop-up selfie camera technology on Xiaomi and Vivo devices before.

You can only see the pop camera when the camera app is in selfie mode or when you want to use the face unlock feature. Don’t worry about the camera’s durability, because it can with thousands of movements without any damage. The phone has a gyroscope that helps in retracting the pop-up camera in the event of any accident.

 

The OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera is great but can be improved.

 

Now to the performance of the cameras. Pictures taken via the pop-up snapper won’t blow you away, we must admit. As a matter of fact, the front cameras (and the rear cameras) on the Huawei P30 Pro, iPhone XS, iPhone XR and Google Pixel 3 give better images. You’ll get better pictures with the pop-up camera in a well-lit environment.

The picture quality of the triple-lens rear cameras is commendable. At least they are a significant improvement over the OnePlus 6T’s cameras. The pictures are a lot sharper and brighter.

Software

oneplus 7 pro review

  • Oxygen OS 9.5.2 (Based on Android 9)

The OnePlus 7 Pro is packed with the super-fast Snapdragon 855 chipset much like the Samsung Galaxy S10,  Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S10e.

OnePlus has upgraded the previous Oxygen OS to Oxygen OS 9.5.2. The new OS offers new features which were non-existent on the OnePlus 6T. We love the new in-screen recorder, as well as the newly introduced reading and gaming modes.

Performance 

oneplus 7 pro

  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • Fingerprint reader 
  • Face unlock

It sports the same Qualcomm Snapdragon chip as the Xiaomi Mi 9, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S10e.

With the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, and 6, 8, or 12GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro, streaming videos, playing games, and downloading items work seamlessly. We dig the ease with which apps open.

 

A big part of the OnePlus 7 Pro’s appeal is its top-notch speed.

 

The OnePlus 7 is plenty fast, we quite agree. That being said, Apple iPhone XR and iPhone XS are slightly faster given that the Snapdragon 855 chip on the OnePlus 7 Pro is still behind the A12 Bionic chips on these Apple smartphones.

The in-screen fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 7 Pro is now very responsive and accurate.  Furthermore, the Chinese manufacturer has increased the sensor’s surface area so you won’t have to press the screen a hundred times before it can recognize your fingerprint. It is faster than the reader on the previous OnePlus 6T, obviously.

Battery Life

  • 4000 mAh
  • No wireless charging

As far battery capacity is concerned, the OnePlus 7 Pro belongs to the league of high-end smartphones such as the  Huawei  P30 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus which are powered by no less than a 4000mAh battery. This means good battery performance, and rightfully so. This is a huge upgrade from the 3700mAh battery on the OnePlus 6T.

 

The OnePlus 7 Pro is now among the smartphones with longest lasting batteries.

 

The battery will last you through 24 hours of constant use on a full charge. We praised the very fast charging speed of the Huawei  P30 Pro, but the OnePlus 7 Pro charging time is equally as good.  It takes half an hour to charge the OnePlus 7 Pro from zero to 60% while juicing up the Huawei P30 Pro from 0% to 70% takes the same 30 minutes.

What You May Not Like

  • The OnePlus 7 Pro lacks a headphone jack
  • It is a bit too big, especially for people with small hands
  • You won’t find a microSD slot on the OnePlus 7 Pro
  • The smartphone lacks a wireless charging feature

Bottom Line

Excellent performance, good battery power, decent cameras, and a good price are features everyone looks out for on a smartphone. The OnePlus 7 Pro has all of these features and more.

If you need an outstanding top-tier smartphone, cheaper than most in its class, the OnePlus 7 Pro is your best buy.