Pros: The OnePlus 7 Pro is fast, has a neat pop-up camera and its triple rear cameras take fantastic pictures — all at $80 less than its closest Samsung and iPhone rivals.
Cons: OnePlus’ new phone is heavy and isn’t rated for water resistance. It lacks wireless charging and a headphone jack.
In General: The OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera, performance and price make it the go-to premium Android phone of 2019.
With the exception of, say, a foldable display, the OnePlus 7 Pro has enough features du jour to keep its fans enticed. That’s because OnePlus packed its latest flagship phone with pretty much every trendy phone feature we’ve seen in the last year or so, including a pop-up selfie camera, an in-display fingerprint sensor and multiple rear cameras. Even a month after the phone’s release OnePlus is still doling out goods, like a big camera update and a special edition Almond color variant.
Since 2014, when the company launched its first OnePlus One, OnePlus has garnered a reputation for making phones with premium specs at a wallet-friendly price. And while every year it gets harder for OnePlus to keep prices low (compared to other brands, OnePlus has one of the highest increases in value from model to model), the OnePlus 7 Pro is still a great value despite being the company’s most expensive phone. With the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company is giving its customers a top-of-the-line phone at a reasonable price that’s still less expensive than the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E — the cheapest “flagship” options from Apple and Samsung.
(Oh and in case you’re wondering, a OnePlus 7 does exist. It’s very similar to the OnePlus 6T. There’s a different OnePlus 7 Pro too, a 5G version you can only get in the UK. There isn’t any pricing or availability info on that yet.)
Bit by bit, OnePlus is losing that wunderkid-flagship-killer magic it had when it first burst onto the scene with the $299 OnePlus One. But there’s no denying it continues to make powerful phones with coveted features at ridiculously competitive prices. In short, the OnePlus 7 Pro’s sharp display, superb triple rear camera setup and fast processor make it not only one of the best phones for its price, but one of the best phones right now, period.
OnePlus 7 Pro’s 90Hz, notchless display
While most phones have a refresh rate of 60 frames per second (put in another way, in one second the display refreshes 60 times), the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 90Hz display with a crisp 1,440-pixel resolution. By refreshing 90 frames a second, things like scrolling through webpages and apps feels really fluid.
Compared to the previous OnePlus 6T, games like PUBG feel more fluid and silky. The difference isn’t necessarily night and day, but if you’re a gamer, you’ll definitely appreciate that extra smoothness.
Keep in mind that the OnePlus 7 Pro isn’t the only mobile device with an enhanced Hz display. A few gaming phones, like the Razer Phone 2, has a 120Hz display, and are showing users the benefits of those extra hertz.
Overall, the phone looks fantastic. Because the front-facing camera sits on the top edge (more on that later) and the left and right sides of the display spill to the edges, the viewing experience feels more immersive in a way. The display is razor-sharp and thanks to the pop-up camera, it’s all screen; there’s no cutout tab or teardrop notch or “hole punch” dot.
Perhaps the biggest complaint, though, is that the phone feels heavy and big. The OnePlus 6T was already difficult to maneuver with one hand, and the OnePlus 7 Pro is now taller and heavier by 0.77 ounce. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but I definitely feel its weightiness when I hold it.
Other design takeaways:
- The OnePlus 7 Pro isn’t officially IP rated for water resistance. But after a series of water tests, the phone survived 30 minutes in a tank of tap water. It eventually died, however, after being submerged in a 3-foot-deep chlorinated pool.
- The OnePlus 7 Pro has an in-display fingerprint reader, which means you can scan your fingerprint on the front of the display to unlock your screen. It works faster than the OnePlus 6T’s scanner, but if you don’t like using your fingerprint, you can still use your face or a PIN to unlock the phone.
- The OnePlus 7 Pro’s stereo speakers are great. When I played Beyonce’s Homecoming, audio was clear and rich, with lots of depth and range.
OnePlus 7 Pro’s June 2019 camera update
In June, OnePlus rolled out a camera update for the OnePlus 7 Pro. The update, listed as 9.5.7GM21AA, improves clarity and noise reduction. Most of all, the camera cranks up colors and saturation levels. At times this does make images look surreal and less true-to-life, but users do tend to prefer high-contrast and more saturated colors over photos that depict 100% color accuracy, as other outlets and even OnePlus found in blind tests.
Thankfully, the OnePlus 7 Pro doesn’t boost colors to a point that it goes overboard. Though other improvements are slight in some situations, photos taken with the OnePlus 7 Pro still look sharp and vibrant overall. For more information, as well as more comparison photos, read OnePlus 7 Pro camera update: Punchier colors all around.