OnePlus 7 Pro Review

OnePlus 7 Pro is the new flagship smartphone giving tough competition to Samsung Galaxy S10 plus.

Its Mirror Gray version will be available in 6+128 GB (Rs 48,999) and 8+256GB (Rs 52,999) variants starting May 17. OnePlus 7 Pro Nebula Blue will be available in 8+256 GB (Rs 52,999) and 12+256GB (Rs 57,999) variants starting May 28.

7 Pro’s Almond colour version will be available in 8+256 GB for Rs 52,999 in June OnePlus 7 Mirror Gray will be available in 6+128 GB (Rs 32,999) and 8+256GB (Rs 37,999) variants in June OnePlus 7 Red will be available in 8+256 GB for Rs 37,999 in June

Display

With a 6.7 inch full AMOLED display, a QHD+ resolution and a 90 Hz refresh rate, the OnePlus 7 Pro promises greater immersion for streaming content on ultra-high resolutions and playing intensive games.

Not only is your PUBG game or watching the new season of Stranger Things about to become infinitely better experiences, but the smartphone also comes equipped with a Night Mode 2.0, which filters out short-wave blue rays that affect your vision. It also helps that the lowest brightness setting has been brought down further to just 0.27 nits, to further protect your eyes if you’re scrolling in complete darkness.

Design

For a smartphone brand that’s always focused heavily on design, the OnePlus 7 Pro raises the bar with its curved edges encased in Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone will be available in three colours: Nebula blue (inspired by the mystery of space), mirror grey (suited for the serious-minded) and almond (apparently, the new rose gold).

Processors & Operating System

The OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform, which is 45% faster and consumes 20% less power than the Snapdragon 845. The Adreno 640 graphic card also offers a 20% improvement over the last one and is 30% more power efficient.

As usual, the new smartphone runs on the in-house OxygenOS, a customized version of the Android OS, which has been a hit since the get-go.

 OnePlus 7 Pro

Audio

The smartphone is equipped with a dual-speaker system, worked upon by Dolby, placed on both ends of the device. It’s another feature that’ll make the gaming experience more interesting; along with an improved haptic vibration, a 10-layer liquid cooling system to keep the phone cool (even if you’re losing it) and RAM Boost, which will keep the phone from slowing down in overall performance.

More features

There’s a new Screen Recorder feature on the OxygenOS, which will allow you to capture the video and audio playing on your phone, as well as external sound through the microphone. Imagine being able to preserve, for posterity, a particularly epic game; or document the minutes of that hectic meeting without any extra effort.

The phone also comes with a Zen Mode, “developed to encourage users to focus on life”. If you switch this on, you won’t be able to use the phone for 20 minutes – except, to make and receive emergency calls and take photos. I.e. the original reasons they made smartphones in the first place.

Camera

The OnePlus Pro 7 comes with a triple camera setup on the back and – since they’ve deleted the notch – a pop-up camera for the front. The main lens of the three on the back is Sony’s IMX586, a 48 MP, ½-inch super-sized top grade sensor, with an aperture of f/1.6 and pixel size of up to 1.6 um.

This is complemented with a 78 mm telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom (for those deep portraits) and a 117-degree Ultra Wide Angle Lens with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 16 MP sensor (for those FOMO-inducing holiday landscapes). While this triple-camera setup on the back offers a focal length range from 17mm to 78 mm, the deletion of all bezel from the front has meant another quirk: A pop up 16 MP front camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

OnePlus claims that this modification has been tested over 3 lakh times: simple math tells you that means that even if you use it 150 times a day, it’d work smoothly for five years.

There’s also a protection mechanism built in: the accelerometer and gyroscope will detect if the phone’s in freefall and retract the camera automatically. To top it all, the OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera runs with the UltraShot engine, which sports HDR+ and Super Resolution for sharper images, better dynamic range and colours. The photo gallery is also directly linked to Google Lens, which some call the Shazam for objects, and which was a Pixel exclusive until very recently.

Battery

The OnePlus 7 Pro sports a 4,000 mAh battery which, coupled with the new WarpCharge 30 charging system (5V/6A lower-voltage high-current flash charge tech), means the smartphone charges 38% faster, giving you a day’s charge in 20 minutes. If you use the phone while charging, they promise it won’t heat up or lag either.

Pros

  • Excellent Display
  • Elegant design
  • Big battery and fast charging
  • Powerful performance
  • Excellent software
  • Stereo speakers

Cons

  • No expandable storage
  • No audio jack
  • Big and Bulky
  • No water resistance rating
  • wireless charging is absent.

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