One Plus 7 Pro review: awesome screen and speed are unrivalled, the price is not


T3 Verdict

One Plus 7 Pro is an ambitious, brawny, beautiful flagship that shows what this spunky start-up is capable of when it’s not designing a budget-conscious device. The 90Hz Fluid AMOLED is gorgeous, the handset is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fast, and the 30W Warp Charging is unmatched. However, there are other areas where the OnePlus 7 Pro isn’t quite on the same level as similarly priced rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S10e and iPhone XR – there’s no wireless charging, no expandable storage, no adjustable bloke blur in Portrait Mode, no IP Rating for water resistance… the list goes on. There’s a lot to love here, but the new higher price tag means you’ll want to look closely at the competition before you take the plunge.

Reasons to buy

Buttery Smooth 90Hz Display

Flawless, Google-beating performance

30W Warp Charging is astoundingly quick

Gorgeous design and clearways

Reasons to avoid

Awful camera pop-up

No wireless charging

No IP rating

Dimensions: 162.6×75.9×8.8 mm

Weight: 206 g

Screen: 6.67-inch AMOLED, 90Hz, 3120 x 1440 at 516 ppi

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

RAM: 6GB / 8GB / 12GB

Storage: 128GB / 256GB

Battery: 4,000mAh

Cameras: 48MP main + 8MP telephoto + 16MP ultra-wide / 16MP selfie

OS: OxygenOS / Android 9.0 Pie

OnePlus 7 Pro marks a dramatic departure for the Chinese company. Until now, OnePlus has always launched a single flagship handset each year, with an iterative update pushed out the door ahead of the Black Friday sales in November.

However, OnePlus has really shaken things up with the OnePlus 7 series. For the first time, fans now face a choice: do they want to pay the same £499 price tag seen on the OnePlus6 and get the OnePlus 7 – an iterative update with faster internals, improved vibration motor, more accurate in-screen fingerprint scanner and tweaked camera? Or do they want to cough-up £799 for the OnePlus 7 Pro – a brawny handset that shows what OnePlus is really capable of when it flexes its muscles, whatever the cost?

As a result, OnePlus 7 Pro is easily the most ambitious handset ever conceived by the plucky Shenzhen start-up. It’s also a very different proposition from a company that has always positioned its devices as “Flagship Killers” – designed to convince consumers they didn’t have to cough-up for a Samsung or Apple-esque price tag to get the same specs, performance, design, and fit-and-finish. Lest we forget, the company charged just £329 for its flagship phone three years ago.

So, is the OnePlus 7 Pro worth almost twice as much as the OnePlus 7? And more importantly, after years of disparaging flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung and Huawei with its aggressively-priced rivals, has OnePlus done enough to convince us that it’s worth paying the price tag it used to openly mock?

Read our in-depth OnePlus 7 Pro review to find out …

OnePlus 7 Pro Review: Price, Release Date 

Just how much do you have to pay for the best OnePlus can muster? While it’s comfortably the costliest handset ever launched by the company, the OnePlus 7 Pro starts at a fairly reasonable £649.

For that, you’ll get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage. Sadly, this entry-level model is only available in the Mirror Grey finish, which is basically identical to the glossy Mirror Black colour seen on the OnePlus 6 last year and isn’t anywhere near as nice as the Nebula Blue finish.

Those who want beefier specs, more storage, or some slick new colour options will have to cough-up at least £699 for the 8GB/256GB variant. This is available in Mirror Grey, Nebula Blue, and Almond. The latter boasts a gorgeous cream-ish glass colour with a brushed bronze-gold band around the chassis, while Nebula Blue takes a leaf from the Huwai P20 playbook and includes a gradient effect that transitions from a dark to a light shade of blue depending on how the light hits it. It’s absolutely stunning – and OnePlus knows it, since this will be the only colour option available on the maxed-out 12GB/256GB model, which costs £799.

OnePlus 7 Pro hit shelves worldwide on May 21, except for the Almond finish, which won’t be available until an unspecified date in June. There’s also a 5G-enabled variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro which ships exclusively on mobile carrier EE in the UK.

Source: t3


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