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THE WAIT for one of the most awaited smartphones of 2019 is over. OnePlus finally launched its OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro in India. Both smartphones are expected to set the benchmark for most of the flagship Android smartphones slated to launch later this year – casting gloomy shadows over some that have already already launched, including Samsung Galaxy 10 and Galaxy S10+.
We have been using OnePlus 7 Pro for a while now and waiting to talk about it. However, as is its wont with most tech companies, embargoes are to be taken seriously. Now that OnePlus has finally unveiled the device, here it goes.
OnePlus is a brand known for practical design. With OnePlus 7 Pro, the company has stuck to their design philosophy of “Never Settle”. One of the biggest devices to come out of OnePlus’ stable, it is more curvy than ever before. We had the Nebula Blue variant of OnePlus 7 Pro with us. It reminded us a lot of the Thunder Purple variant of the OnePlus 6T.
OnePlus claims this colour is inspired by the mystery of space. The Nebula Blue variant of OnePlus 7 Pro features multiple layers of glass along with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The result is a vibrant blue colour, which does not attract a lot of fingerprint smudges, and its anti-glare material which adds to the premium feel of OnePlus 7 Pro. There are two more colour variants for consumers, namely Mirror Gray and Almond.
The first thing that strikes you about OnePlus 7 Pro is its sheer size and the dense feel it offers. Touch and grip of the device has premium written all over it. The phone weighs 206 grams, way heftier than many flagship phones in the market. So, yes, it is a heavy phone to carry but it is not a deal-breaker.
Up front you get a big display without a notch, so no prizes for guessing that this one comes with a pop-up camera. At the back are centrally and vertically placed triple camera module which is also pretty much standard on flagship devices this year. There is no physical fingerprint sensor, but OnePlus 7 Pro, just like OnePlus 6T, gets an in-display fingerprint sensor. On the left of the device you get the volume keys and on the right a power button and a physical notification toggle button, which has been one of the trademark designs of OnePlus since inception.
OnePlus 7 Pro sports OnePlus’ biggest display on a flagship smartphone till date. The notch-less, full-view display on OnePlus 7 Pro is measured at 6.67-inches. It is a full AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution and a refresh rate of 90Hz. Earlier this year, we believed Samsung Galaxy S10+ had one of the best-looking displays in the market. Until we got our hands on this one.
The visual fluidity that OnePlus 7 Pro offers is unparalleled in any flagship smartphones in the market, with a commendable level of detailing. With 516 ppi of pixel density and 4.49-million individual pixels, OnePlus 7 Pro features a display one would expect of a flagship smartphone. We loved watching Game Of Thrones and Formula One Drive to Survive on it. We loved the sound quality, thanks to its dual-stereo speakers. The display offers a crisp and clear visuals along with providing its users enough brightness both indoors and outdoors.
The display on the OnePlus 7 Pro is also intelligent and the Android Pie based Oxygen OS is something that powers all that intelligence. The big 6.67-inch display of the OnePlus 7 Pro offers now a NightMode 2.0, which filters out the short-wave blue rays that effects vision when one looks at the screen of a device during the night. The OnePlus 7 Pro has now the capability to make the display brightness go down as low as 0.27 nits, so that when you look at the display in complete darkness your eyes won’t hurt.
As the OnePlus 7 Pro offers an in-display fingerprint sensor, the device uses a large sensor this time around unlike what we saw on the OnePlus 6T. The speed and accuracy of the in-display fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 7 Pro sees leaps of improvement over what we have seen on the OnePlus 6T.
Performance and Usability
The OnePlus 7 Pro is the first device in India to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform that was unveiled by Qualcomm in December 2018. This is a 7nm chipset that features an oct-core Kyro CPU processor. This mobile platform from Qualcomm offers a 45% higher clock speed and also a 20% less power consumption as compared to the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform that powered many flagship smartphones in 2018.
Needless to say, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a device comparable to silver arrows of Formula 1. This mobile platform is best utilised by OnePlus on the 7 Pro by offering upto 12GB of RAM. The device that we tested came with a 12GB RAM, however there are also 6GB and 8GB RAM variants of the OnePlus 7 Pro on offer. More RAM basically just allows you to do more multitasking without the device facing any lag and even a 6GB variant we believe will be enough on the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, if you are someone who likes to flaunt specs on their device, just go ahead and get the 12GB RAM variant.
Powered by Oxygen OS 9.5 on top of Android 9.0 Pie operating system, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a delight to use. It will offer you four years of updates and optimisations so yes the device can last you for more than a year than just months. OnePlus has also been a company that listens to it’s community, so this time around on the OnePlus 7 Pro you will get things like a screen recorder that is also capable of recording both internal as well as external audio. There is also a Zen Mode now right of the quick access panel on the OnePlus 7 Pro that will give you a digital detox from your device for 20 minutes.
OnePlus has also put in a new improved gaming mode for those who like to game on their smartphone. We played games like Need For Speed and PUBG on this one and were left impressed along with better stats than what we played these games on other devices. This was not due to our skill level but had more to do with the big real estate of the display along with uninterrupted gaming because of the gaming mode. OnePlus is also renaming the gaming mode as Fnatic mode on OnePlus 7 Pro, which basically blocks all notifications, restrict background to boost your game and also stops the secondary SIM to enhance network speeds.
The cherry on top is the 256GB storage variant with UFS 3.0 2—Lane storage. Overall be it multitasking, gaming or just streaming content, the OnePlus 7 Pro will not disappoint you at all. In fact after using the seamless experience that this device has to offer we are in a dilemma of can we go to other Android phones now?
The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a triple-lens setup, which is pretty much standard in 2019. Also, a standard is a 48-megapixel camera that comes with a 1/2-inch super sized sensor. Yes the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a 48 megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.6. There is also a 8 megapixel telephoto lens and a 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera.
Both the 48MP and 8MP lens comes with OIS as well as EIS capabilities. The telephoto lens now has the capability to offer 3X optical zoom. This 3X zoom does not lose on quality because of the 78mm lens and a f/2.4 aperture. This lens also offers superb portrait modes on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The cameras on the OnePlus 7 Pro has a huge improvement over the OnePlus 6T, not just interms of numbers but also in reality. The camera comes with HDR+ image taking capabilities, along with things like NightSight and Pro mode for greater control. The image results in low light even without the NightSight are quite good and with minimum distortion.
In terms of video the OnePlus 7 Pro is also capable of capturing 4K videos and the ultra-wide angle lens offers a 117-degree field of view. The wide angle imaging is better than what you get on a Samsung Galaxy S10+ which was surprising for us. The image detailing is spectacular on the OnePlus 7 Pro and it seems like that OnePlus has tried their best to fixed the Achilles heel that they had with their devices in the past. Other camera modes on offer are UltraShot, AI Scene detection, Panorama, Studio Lighting and RAW image.
It was no surprise for us that OnePlus will at some point introduce a pop-up camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro since they would want to get rid of that notch on their phone. So, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a pop-up 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.
OnePlus says that they have tested the elevator mechanism on the pop-up camera up to 3 lakh times to make sure that it never misfires. This means that for 5-years everyday you can pop the front camera up 150-times every day and you won’t have a problem with the elevating mechanism. This is reassuring since, we have seen the pop-up cameras on Vivo and Oppo smartphones also very reliable in terms of their pop-up mechanism.
The 16MP front camera offers great image resolution along with portrait mode also for your selfies. The images are well detailed, in-focus and crisp every time you click them. Overall the OnePlus 7 Pro offers a flagship front camera that will not let you complain at all.
The OnePlus 7 Pro offers a 4000 man battery that lasts a day with ease, however the star is not the battery on the OnePlus 7 Pro, it is the charger. Just like the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition, the OnePlus 7 Pro now comes with Warp Charge 30. This its a 5V/6A low-voltage high current fast charger that’s 38% faster than what we are used to on OnePlus devices.
The Warp charging during usage of the device also does not hamper the charging speed or the performance of the device. The device also does not heat up while charging and that promise of 10 minute charge and a days power on a OnePlus device is still intact.
There is no doubt in our minds that with the price point that the OnePlus 7 Pro is offered in, one can hardly get anything better than this. Even some of the features like the latest Qualcomm mobile platform, Warp charging and 12GB of RAM is something that many other smartphone companies will find hard to match. The OnePlus 7 Pro, like the OnePlus devices in the past is just an easy recommendation from us for anyone looking for a flagship smartphone to buy that can last them years without any hassle.
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