OnePlus 7 Pro Review

OnePlus 7 Pro Review
OnePlus 7 Pro packs in a powerful SoC and a set of three cameras at the back
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OnePlus, popularly known as the maker of ‘flagship killer' smartphones, has grown over the years to become one of the most successful premium smartphone manufacturers in India. 

The OnePlus 6 (Review), helped propel the company to the top spot in the Indian premium phone segment, beating even Apple and Samsung. Since the launch of that model, OnePlus has continued to dominate this segment with the updated OnePlus 6T (Review).

However, in the first quarter of 2019 things turned slightly different, as Samsung's Galaxy S10 trio managed to get back to the top spot from OnePlus. Samsung's aggressive pricing in India also meant that there was not a great price disparity between the offerings of some of his phones and one plus. 

Let's not forget the ongoing price war in the premium smartphone segment, which has resulted in huge discounts on premium phones - Apple iPhone XR ₹ 59,900 (review) is one of the major examples.

In the global scheme of things, Apple, Samsung, and Huawei are still dominating the top three positions. If OnePlus hopes to crack this, it needs a new approach for its 2019 flagship. This is where the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro ₹ 48,999 come in. 

The trend of launching multiple flagships together has caught up with OnePlus, but rather than just having two very similar phones with only different display and battery sizes, the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro serve different purposes.

The OnePlus 7 is aimed at people who still want a ‘flagship killer', which is to say, a phone with top-end hardware but at a relatively low price. The OnePlus 7 Pro, on the other hand, is positioned as a proper flagship, for those who aren't shy of splurging Rs. 50,000 or more on a phone. 

These buyers, who would typically go for a Samsung, Apple, or Google phone, can now consider a OnePlus option too. At least, that's what the company hopes will happen.

As good as the OnePlus 6T ₹ 32,999 was, it lacked some luxuries such as waterproofing, wireless charging, and even an elaborate camera setup. With the 7 Pro, OnePlus is taking the opportunity to go all-out and deliver a truly stunning product. But has it managed to succeed?

OnePlus 7 Pro design

From a design perspective, OnePlus has done a great job. A new design is available in OnePlus 7 Pro, which has a curved glass in the rear and an aluminum frame sandwich in the middle. 
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The Nebula Blue version of the OnePlus 7 Pro looks really good

The design reminds us of a lot of Samsung Galaxy S10 + (review) and Huawei P30 Pro 71,990 (review), which is a good thing

However, all these glasses and metal have made the phone quite heavy - be 206g accurate - and this is something you will notice immediately when you pick it up. 

OnePlus 7 Pro is also a little top-heavy, probably due to three rear cameras and pop-up selfie camera, which does not make the use of single hand easy. The smooth finish for the back also slips this phone considerably, especially for the use of one hand.

Our unit nebula is the blue color version, which looks very beautiful. Frame and glass back is a gradient finish, which starts at the top of a navy blue (almost black) shade, and at the bottom is a cerulean blue. 

Matte finishes the light, which changes the blue color depending on the angle you see. There is also a mirror gray option, which has a bright surface, and almonds, in which a soft gold is finished.

In the front, you get a 6.67-inch ED fluid AMOLED display, which is QHD + resolution for the first time OnePlus device. Due to the pixel density of 516ppi, the picture and the text look sharp. 

The resolution automatically scales between full-HD + and QHD +, which you are doing, or you can force it to run on any of these offers. You get very thin bezels all around, which makes any kind of conversation immersive with the phone.

The display panel runs at 90 Hz by default, which scrolls through the interface and the web pages feel very smooth and fluid. You can set it up to 60 Hz if you want to squeeze a bit more battery life, but seeing the larger battery, we did not find any reason to downgrade. 

The display is also HDR 10+ certified, which means that you will also be able to take advantage of HDR programming in streaming apps like Netflix and even YouTube.

Overall, we have seen the display between the smoothness of the finest sun, the porous colors and the best black levels we have ever seen. These features have earned some high praise from DisplayMate's choice.

Physical buttons are easy to reach your thumbs and fingers but feel a bit rigid. You also get a Trademark Alert slider, which is since OnePlus 2 (Review). We said goodbye to OnePlus 6T's headphone socket and it does not look like it's coming back. Dual-SIM tray is the lowest with USB Type-C port and a speaker. 

Another one is the presence of the first stereo speaker for the OnePlus smartphone because earpiece acts as the second channel for audio.

An in-display fingerprint sensor is used in OnePlus 7 Pro, which the company says thanks to a large CMOS sensor under the display. In our experience, we found it very reliable and quick. 

Only times it failed to authenticate us when we did not put our finger on the sensor properly. You can also opt for face recognition, which is usually equally quick but does not work in very little light.

There are two features that we yearn for the OnePlus Phone, but sadly, they are still not made for OnePlus 7 Pro. 

We are definitely talking about IP-certified waterproofing and wireless charging. OnePlus has confirmed that 7 Pro has a water-repellent treatment but it does not have an IP rating.

Then there is wireless charging. Much of the premium smartphone today offer wireless charging, and even though this is not the fastest way to charge your phone, but does not deny its convenience. 
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The OnePlus 7 Pro features a pop-up selfie camera

Apart from this, the wireless charger has actually become cheaper, and there is a wide variety to choose from, so not including this feature seems like a missed opportunity.

OnePlus 7 Pro box does not come with headphones, but the rest of the stuff is what you would expect. You get a Warp Charge 30W power adapter in the box, starting with OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition (review), a USB Type-C cable, a sim eject tool, a sticker and a clear silicon case. 

This case makes the phone easy to catch, without making it very easy, and clear plastic means that you can still see that amazing blue color.

OnePlus 7 Pro specifications and software

OnePlus has always used top-end SoC from Qualcomm for all its flag, and this is no different. What makes Pro 7 special, though it is the first phone to be launched in India with the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform. The new 855 processor offers a bunch of improvements, compared to the last year's flagship, Snapdragon 845.
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The OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC

Snapdragon 855 is built on 7nm fabrication process, so it should be made more powerful (claiming to be better up to 30 percent), and new CPUs and GPUs are said to be 45 percent and 20 percent faster than those outgoing. Ideal What is really interesting is the way the new Kryo 485 CPU core has been designed.

Instead of having two groups of four CPU cores (ARM's BIG.little architecture), Snapdragon 855 has a single asynchronous core and two clusters of three large and four small cores. 

Qualcomm is introducing a new concept of a prime core with its Kryo 485 design, which is a single Cortex-A76 Core running on 2.84GHz, which is used for single-threaded applications. 

Next, we have three Cortex-A76 "Large" Corps, which is slightly lower at 2.42GHz. Finally, we have four small Cortex-A55 cores that are running at 1.8GHz.

Prime Design allows Qualcomm to use only one CPU core for functions such as scrolling through webpages and launching an app, rather than activating multiple cores, thereby protecting power.

OnePlus 7 Pro has also been loaded with sufficient RAM. You can select 6GB, 8GB, and even 12GB LPDDR4X RAM, which we have the version for review. It is one of the few smartphones that facilitates the brand's new UFS 3.0 Flash Storage standard, only the others which are still the Samsung Galaxy Fold. 

This new standard theoretically doubles the bandwidth of UFS 2.1 storage, which uses most of the premium phones of this generation. This means that you can expect faster app launches and snapper system feedback.

Other features include NFC, Bluetooth 5, Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Gigabit LTE, Dual 4G VoLTE, support for five satellite navigation systems and general succession of sensors. It is worth noting that FM Radio and Wi-Fi 6 are not supported.

OnePlus 7 Pro Ship is with the new version of Oxygen's (v9.5), which is based on Android 9 Pie. Our unit also had a safety patch in April 2019. 

Many of its features are the same as we have already seen in the current build in the phone like OnePlus 6T, but there are some new additions, which we will cover here.

Gaming mode gets a new sub-mode called Fnatic mode. With this enabled, all the information and calls will be blocked without any exception, all SoC resources will be directed towards the game being played, 

and the secondary sim (not to be used for data) to give priority to the signal Being) will be temporarily disabled The power of the main sim When you launch them, you can choose how gaming modes automatically include gaming modes. 

You can also enable the gaming mode from the notification shade and toggle it between standard and fanatic mode if needed. It works as described. If you are using Wi-Fi, then the Fnatic mode does not disable the SIM.

OxygenOS now also has an in-built screen recorder. You can adjust the resolution (up to 1080x2340), bit-rate, audio source and video orientation and also choose if your touch input is recorded or not. 

It can also be activated from the notification shed, and you will see a temporary bar at any time with the control start, stop, and stop recording.

Is a screenshot editor that annotates and crop your screenshots just like the iOS 12 offer. When using the phone in landscape mode, you can also send quick replies in some chat apps like Instagram and WhatsApp. Floating keyboard lets you quickly reply to messages without leaving your current app.

Then there is Zen mode, which is a way of announcing users every time to detox slightly digital. You can manually enable Zen mode, which disables all the phone's functionality except for making and receiving emergency calls and taking photos for 20 minutes. Once activated, it can not be disabled.

There are some other improvements in OnePlus 7 Pro. An advanced haptic vibration can give several levels of motor reaction, which has been integrated into some games such as Asphalt 9: Legends. RAM Boost is said to learn your usage habits and assign RAM to more demanding apps, such as games.

Other hints and shortcuts are the same as we have already seen in OxygenOS. You can choose between three navigation control styles, as well as many offers and screen-off gestures. 

The digital wellbeing of Android pie is present, and OnePlus Labs, which allows users to try beta features inspired by the OnePlus community feedback. 

At the moment, there is only one facility called DC Dimming, which separates the current supply and adjusts the brightness of the display.

You can open the app from the Quick Launch feature or when you long-press the fingerprint sensor from the lock screen, then do the same thing as composing the email. 

You can add six shortcuts here. It works well but we did not use it myself. Most BluetoothAware is not pre-installed. 

Due to a partnership with OnePlus, you get Community and OnePlus Switch app with Amazon and Netflix.

OnePlus 7 Pro performance, cameras, and battery life

After using the OnePlus 7 Pro for a few days, we had no complaints with day-to-day performance. As you'd expect, the 12GB version provides more RAM, which you'll ever need. 
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OnePlus 7 Pro Review

The interface is incredibly flaky and high-performance refresh rate feels very fluid to use. You can also take advantage of such high refresh rates in some sports, such as a winery.

Using a single hand is not the easiest to look at the size and slipping of this phone, but with one case it becomes easy to live with using it.

OnePlus 7 Pro gives a very good CPU and GPU performance. In the benchmark, the phone posted a very strong 3,67,740 points in AnTuTu and 7,272 points in the 3DMark slingshot test.

Samsung's Galaxy S10 + and Huawei P30 Pro show its strength in Android's new UFS 3.0 memory Android, compared to approximately 900MBps and 220MBps, respectively, respectively, writing speeds of 1.4GBps and 383MBps respectively. However, there was not much difference in the speed of random reading and writing in these phones.

OnePlus 7 Pro did not have any problem in handling huge gaming titles in our tests. PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends were very smoother on their highest settings. It got a bit hot after the 15-20 minute gameplay but never got uncomfortable.

Stereo speakers can be found very strong and provide a decent stereo effect. Bottom-firing speaker is more powerful than earpiece, but the overall sound is not much left. 

Dolby gives a good boost to the atmos bass and mid-range frequencies, and it can also be enabled for Bluetooth headphones.

The HDR content really looks great on the screen. There is very good saturation in the colors, the viewing angles are excellent and are black, which make HDR-compatible shows on Netflix and YouTube that look very enjoyable.

The camera system on OnePlus 7 Pro got a bigger overhaul than the OnePlus 6T. On the back side, we have the 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor, which has been used in phones such as the Redmi Note 7 Pro ₹ 15,995 (Review). 

You also get f / 1.6 aperture and optical stabilization (OIS). The next one is an 8-megapixel telephoto camera that has an aperture of 3x optical zoom, OIS and f / 2.4. 

Finally, we have 16-megapixel sensors with ultra-wide angle lenses. It provides you the aperture of 117-degree area and f / 2.2.

In Auto mode, 48-megapixel frames are inspected to give you an image of a 12-megapixel. You can shoot at JPEG and Raw at a full 48-megapixel resolution, which saves over speed JPEG and DNG files in Pro mode. 

We liked it best to stick to oversized shots because the image does not expand on native resolution. When we saw a 48-megapixel sample in the gallery, we saw a strange stammer issue while panning through the zoom-in.

In daylight scenario, OnePlus 7 Pro captured decent details with vibrant colors. Laser autofocus and PDAF features helped to lock the focus quickly, and HDR worked well under the harsh sunlight.

When macros were shooting, we encountered an annoying issue - the camera refused to focus on our subject, despite this we were repeatedly exploiting the viewfinder. 

We noticed this while trying to focus on small things while shooting the video and using a telephoto lens. Details were decent in close-up shots but many times, the edges lacked sharpness.

The telephoto camera comes in handy when you need to come close to your subject. The speed of the autofocus is slower than the main sensor, and we were quite a victim while trying to focus on small objects. 

The quality of the sensor is decent, and under good lighting, we managed the same details and saturation levels similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10+, but this phone is still no match for the quality of shots produced by the P30 Pro. 

In low light, like many smartphones, the OnePlus 7 Pro uses only the 3x digital zoom using the main sensor.

The wide-angle camera allows you to capture more of one scene in one frame, but the quality is strictly average. Compared to the offerings of Samsung and Huawei, colors looked silent under bright sunlight, and there was a lack of definition in the objects. 

The low-light landscape had to suffer the most because the aperture is not sufficient enough to give sufficient light in the sensor.

On the other hand, the primary sensor worked much better with low-light shots. The noise was well handled and there was a good extension in distant objects. 

nightscape mode gives you a bright image with a bit more detailed and better colors. Macros looked very good, although zooming in to slightly edgy edges under enough artificial light.

Portrait mode, which coordinates a bit to work well while shooting objects. If you take the shot before or after, you can not adjust the level of smog. 

When people shoot, then the edge was good to detect and the skin tone looked natural, but the shots were not as sharp as we would like. 

It got worse when we tried to shoot portrait shots inside the house. The main culprit seems telephoto sensor, which is used for portrait shots.

Now we come to Selfie Camera, which is a focus 16-megapixel unit. In daylight, the skin tone was handled well, but the shots looked flat overall and the colors did not really pop up all the time. 

HDR worked well, while shooting against the light, properly highlighted our topics and background. You also get portrait mode with the front camera, and it did a great job but was not convinced at all times. In low light, there is a shortage of grainy grains and lack of deficiency.

The pop-up mechanism for the front camera is silent and very fast, which works well for facial recognition. OnePlus says that this mechanism has been tested to run more than 300,000 times, which should be enough to run a specific user for five years or more. There is also a security mechanism, which automatically removes the camera when the phone is free-fall, and we found that it works as described.

OnePlus 7 Pro is capable of shooting 4K videos at 60fps, with a five minute limit per clip. When 4K 30fps (10-minute limit) and 1080p 30fps are shot during the day, stabilization was excellent. 

However, at night, there was a distracting shimmer with subtle movements, even at any resolution. In daylight 1080p, the video quality was good, but the colors in 4K were wildly increased. Both resolutions looked good at 60fps, but once again at 4K the colors were overrated and looked terrible. 

There is no focus tracking, which we have missed badly. You can lock the focus (which also lock the exposure) but there is no way that the camera can constantly track a topic.

Other shooting modes include slow video, panorama and timelapse videos at 1080p 240fps or 720p 480fps. The Camera app is well-designed and easy to use. 

A 'Smart Sean Detection' toggle that detects scenes, and offers suggestions. It can recognize things like QR code, email address, URL, etc. The problem is that it can detect only one thing at a time, so if a business card has an address, URL and an email address, it will only detect one. 

None of them, or sometimes, is nothing because it can not figure out who to grab. Recognized text appears with a relevant app icon at the bottom of the viewfinder so that you can directly call a number or start writing an email.

The battery experience was very solid in our experience. The 4000mAh battery lasted 14 hours and 29 minutes in our HD video battery loop test, which is quite good. 

With the actual use, we easily overtook the 24-hour mark, even playing heavy games and being successful in shooting too many pictures. With a little more frugal use, we managed to go halfway on one day and one charge.

Warp Charge 30 power adapter with OnePlus 7 Pro Ships. With it, we were able to charge the phone in zero hours by about 61 percent, and up to 94 percent in one hour. This phone will also be charged with the old OnePlus Dash Charger, not just as fast with a bundle.


There's a lot to like about the OnePlus 7 Pro. If you consume a lot of media on a daily basis, then this phone is sure to keep you happy. The display is among the best we've come across. 

Its massive size and the lack of interruption from a notch or hole-punch make watching the video and playing games all the more enjoyable. The stereo speakers complement this well very well too.

Then there's this phone's raw power. The Snapdragon 855 SoC runs pretty much anything you throw at it, without breaking a sweat. Add to that a lean and well-optimized operating system, and you get one of the best Android experiences outside the Pixel universe. The cameras have gotten a nice upgrade too, with some handy secondary sensors for zoomed-in and wide-angle shots.

However, if we're treating this as an "ultra-premium" smartphone, then it's still missing quite a few luxuries that should come with the territory. 

An IP rating for water and dust resistance would probably be tough to achieve for a phone with a physically moving part, but there's no excuse for leaving out wireless charging. 

The cameras also seem like they need some polish, especially in the video and autofocus department.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is only the first of many Snapdragon 855 phones that will launch in India. The Asus ZenFone 6 is another phone that's confirmed to have this chipset and will be launching really soon. 

We can also expect budget powerhouses such as the Poco F2, which will probably undercut both OnePlus and Asus if Xiaomi plays its cards right. 

Let's not forget the vanilla OnePlus 7 itself, which may lack the fancy new design and elaborate camera setup, but still retains the most powerful SoC, at a lower price.

For the price of the 12GB OnePlus 7 Pro, there's really nothing else on the market yet that will give you this amount of RAM and storage. 

Add to that the powerful processor, good battery life, and excellent display, and you have yourself a good package overall.

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