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US$669 OnePlus 7 Pro: Flagship At A Fraction Of The Cost

At its global launch in London, OnePlus announced the latest iteration of their massively popular smartphone lineup. As the most expensive handset produced by OnePlus to date, the OnePlus 7 Pro baulks the trend of ultra-affordable, ultra-capable devices set by the company. 

The OnePlus 7 Pro in Almond, Mirror Grey and Nebula Blue. The other members of the OnePlus 7 family will be revealed later in the year. Image: OnePlus

However, with some of the most impressive features on any “flagship” device – like an exceptional display and hardware components, OnePlus touts the 7 Pro to be minimalist – without any “bells & whistles” – and without any bezel or notch.

Display

The notch-less, bezel-less display is the most important feature on the OnePlus 7 Pro. A large surface with a 6.67″ diagonal, the “Fluid AMOLED” display on the OnePlus 7 Pro is 90Hz QHD+ (3120x1440p), with a pixel density of 516ppi. OnePlus touts it as the “best display you will find on any smartphone”.

The display features curved edges, not unlike the “Infinity” display seen on Samsung Galaxy devices. The “Fluid AMOLED” display delivers 800 nits of brightness, with a wide DCI-P3 colour gamut, along with HDR10+ support for immersive and detailed content. Most importantly, a 90Hz refresh rate delivers OnePlus’ vision of smoothness – something not before achieved on an AMOLED display.

To achieve a notch-less, bezel-less form factor, the OnePlus 7 Pro repositions the selfie camera on a motorised tray that extends only when required.

Performance

With “Fast and Smooth” the mantra of the company, the OnePlus 7 Pro sports the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile chipset, which sports an octa-core Kryo CPU with a 7nm process, along with a Adreno 640 GPU. This delivers greater clock speeds with a higher power efficiency.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is available with up to 12GB of RAM for the greatest multitasking. RAM Boost allocates processing power to pre-load the most commonly used apps. The device also utilises a Liquid Cooling System for

Most notably, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the first commercially available smartphone with the UFS 3.0 storage technology. This enables far greater read/write speeds.

The 4,000mAh battery within is charged quickly with Warp Charge 30, that delivers a 50% in 20 minutes, 38% faster than the OnePlus 6T. It also enables faster charging while undergoing heavy usage.

OxygenOS 9.5 now supports Screen Recording, 90Hz app support, navigation gestures, and an all-new gaming mode created in conjunction with eSports team Fnatic.

Build and Design

OnePlus has always paid special attention to the design and build of its devices, and the OnePlus 7 Pro is no different. With curved glass surfaces on front and back, the ultra-slim device comes in Almond, Mirror Grey and Nebula Blue.

The on-screen fingerprint scanner. Image: OnePlus

The on-screen fingerprint sensor has been improved 38% over its predecessor, with an unlock time of only 0.21 seconds. Haptic motors have also been updated to be more tactile and accurate.

The OnePlus 7 Pro also now sports stereo speakers, with Dolby Atmos support meaning greater channel separation.

Camera

On the OnePlus 7 Pro is an all-new triple camera array. A main 48-megapixel f1.6 camera with OIS, a 3x telephoto 8-megapixel f2.4 OIS camera, along with an ultra-wide angle 16-megapixel f2.2 camera (unstabilised).

The main camera features a half-inch Sony IMX586 sensor with massively larger individual pixels that enables greater low-light performance. The camera array delivers UltraShot and Nightscape 2.0, and delivers a DxOMark Mobile score of 111, just under the Huawei P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G at 112.

The motorised front-facing camera is rated to 300,000 actuations, and automatically retracts quickly when the phone detects a drop.

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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