We go hands-on with the new beast
While OnePlus’ flagships are increasingly getting more expensive every year, they’ve also become better each generation. The OnePlus 7 Pro is no exception to this – the new flagship offering from the company has the best blend of hardware, design and performance we’ve seen from them yet, though at the price of their flagship-killer reputation.
What’s Inside the Box?
Everything about the packaging screams classic OnePlus with a clean, white cardboard box with the OnePlus logo on top and the model number in front. When you open up the packaging, you’ve got the standard fanfare that includes the documentation, a jelly case, their trademark red cables (USB-C), and — replacing their Dash Charger this year — is their 30w Warp Charge.
You’ve never seen a OnePlus like this before
For OnePlus, bigger is better. The OnePlus 7 Pro is significantly bigger this time around, thanks to a massive 6.67-inch QHD+ AMOLED display. There’s no notch on the front of the phone, so you’re getting the most screen in any device that the brand has launched so far.
That display is freaking amazing and has a refresh rate of 90Hz, which is a first for an OLED display. The result is buttery-smooth scrolling and navigation, and that ultra-fast refresh rate makes it a joy to play games on the phone. Just like most flagships today, the OnePlus 7 Pro has an in-screen fingerprint scanner.
The phone’s front wraps towards the sides and the phone’s rear have soft curves that try to make things as ergonomic as possible for one-hand use. That’s just as well – the OnePlus 7’s size makes it difficult to use the phone one-handed, and people with small digits will struggle to reach the top of the phone with their thumbs.
There’s a triple camera module on the back of the phone that consists of a 48-megapixel shooter with an f/1.6 aperture and OIS, a 16-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle camera that shoots photos at 117 degrees and an 8-megapixel f/2.2 aperture telephoto lens with OIS.
The front camera is hidden via a pop-up camera module, which allows the phone to have that massive, notch-free display. The pop-up camera module that houses that 16-megapixel f/2.0 aperture selfie camera emerges quickly, with OnePlus claiming that it takes around 0.53 seconds to fully deploy.
There’s always a potential for things to go wrong when there are mechanical parts involved, though OnePlus made sure that the camera module retracts automatically when the phone detects it’s in free fall. There’s also o-rings on the phone’s pop-up module to keep dust and debris from clogging the works.
Each iteration of the OnePlus’ phones always have the very best hardware in them, and this year’s phone is no exception. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor in it, along with a choice of either 6GB/8GB/12GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of UFS 3.0 of storage.
As expected the phone felt extremely fast. That, coupled with the phone’s 90Hz display made the phone feel extraordinarily fluid, and it felt faster than any flagship we’ve handled in the past.
Android 9 Pie runs on the phone along with OxygenOS 9.5, which has to be one of the best thought-out UI’s we’ve seen in a while.
Battery for the OnePlus 7 Pro clocks in at 4,000mAh, and if you manage to completely drain the phone’s battery down to 0, you can use OnePlus’ 30-watt Warp Charge tech to get it back in action. There’s no wireless charging tech here though.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is officially available in the Philippines through Digital Walker for Php 38,990 for the 6GB/128GB variant. That’s significantly more money than what the OnePlus 6T sold for, and while the phone still looks to be a great value over the offerings of bigger outfits like Huawei and Samsung, it’s difficult to call the OnePlus 7 Pro a flagship killer.
Stand by for our full review of the OnePlus 7 Pro later in the week!
OnePlus 7 Pro specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor
- Adreno 640 GPU
- 6GB/8GB/12GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 128GB/256GB of UFS 3.0 storage
- 6.67-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED curved display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, HDR10+ certified, 90Hz refresh rate
- Triple rear cameras: 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 f/1.6 main camera with OIS, 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and OIS, 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; PDAF, LED Flash
- 16-megapixel f/2.0 pop-up front camera with AI
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE Cat. 16/13 4CA
- Wi-Fi,4×4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- USB Type-C, in-display Fingerprint sensor, Face unlock, Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
- 4000mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge
- Android 9.0 Pie