The much-awaited OnePlus 7 Pro has finally been launched, together with the slightly less charismatic OnePlus 7 phone. And with it, here are all the missing pieces in the great OnePlus puzzle game that has been unfolding for the past few weeks and months.
OnePlus 7 Pro:
Display and looks:
To begin with, what can undoubtedly be said to be the biggest draw of the event, the OnePlus 7 Pro has lived up to the hype of being one of the best-looking phones in recent times. And much of that has to do with the true edge-to-edge display that stretches right up to the edges, with nary a notch or a punch hole disrupting the flow.
That makes for what the company prefers to call as Fluid AMOLED screen measuring 6.7-inches. There used to be 7-inch tablets before, and smartphones have scaled up to that easily. Coming back to the phone, OnePlus is claiming a superb body-to-screen ratio of 93 percent having an eye-popping pixel spread of 516 per inch.
Another huge plus with the display happens to be its 90Hz refresh rate, which alone sets the OnePlus7 Pro apart from the rest, even some of its more illustrious flagships – read Galaxy S10 or the iPhone XS Max. The display that otherwise has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio has also won an A+ rating from Display Mate, making it one of the best to be fitted on to a phone in recent times.
Among the other positives with the display include 800nits of brightness, making it one of the brightest of its class while yet being soothing to the eye. The phone also boasts a Horizon Light feature wherein the light will be emitted from along the curved edges when the screen is dark, making it a spectacle to be seen. There also is the blue light filter as well to cut down on blue light that is considered harmful for the eyes.
Among the other salient feature of the phone happens to be optical features. And the phone scores a first here by being the only OnePlus phone to have a triple lens camera at the rear. The primary camera comprises of a 48 mp Sony IMX 586 sensor of f/1.6 aperture and boasts of OIS feature. Complementing the primary cam is a 16 mp lens having 117-degree FOV and boasts of PDAF feature as well.
Then there is the 8 mp telephoto lens having 3X optical zoom with f/2.4 aperture. The camera boasts of PDAF, CAF and Laser AF to ensure the best shot each time. No wonder the phone has already been awarded a DXOMark of 111 for its camera performance which is the highest among flagship phones at the moment.
However, when it’s about the camera, the other huge draw here happens to be the pop-up style that the company has adopted for the front-facing cam. The camera pops up in just 0.53 secs revealing a lens of 16 mp resolution. Also, lest anyone has any doubt as regards the durability of the pop-up design, the company said it has been retracted and deployed during tests hundreds and thousands of times without it ever breaking.
Also, when it still about the durability of the feature, OnePlus said they even tested its strength by hanging a heavy cement block several kilos in weight all by the protruding camera alone. And it survived all of the torture effectively without any degradation in its performance. What’s more, the camera is also designed to retract automatically if it detects a fall, thereby diminishing chances of damage by impact.
Sleek looks and a brilliant camera would have been of little use had the phone been found lacking on the performance front. And to ensure things remain zippy here, the phone comes powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset and Adreno 640 combo. Also, there is a range-topping 12 GB of RAM which places it slam bang in the ultrabook category.
The company also said there is a special RAM Boost feature as well wherein apps load from the RAM memory instead of ROM to further add to the performance credential. That said, it’s UFS 3.0 memory that has been used which OnePlus said is 79 percent faster than it’s conventional counterparts. And to ensure the heavy-duty processing does not melt things away, the OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with a liquid cooling system as well for quick heat dissipation.
Keeping the lights on is a 4000mAh battery which OnePlus said can easily sustain an entire day of usage or more. Plus, the phone supports WARP charge 30 which can charge the phone to 48 percent from zero in just 20 mins.
The new OnePlus 7 Pro can also be a great entertainment device as well. On that front, it comes with Dolby ATMOS enabled speakers that provide for a truly realistic audible experience. Not to mention, the superb display can be great for watching videos and movies, something that Netflix too upholds wholesomely.
All of the top end hardware is also conducive to some serious game playing as well. Aiding in that is the excellent sound as well as a powerful new vibrating motor for a truly immersive gaming experience. Then there is the new Fanatic Mode as well which essentially provides for a distraction-free experience to bring out the gaming fanatics among users. That means there is going to be no notifications served during playtime along with several other software improvisations for the same.
Running the entire show will be the company latest Oxygen OS version based on Android 9.0 Pie. OnePlus said it comes with several innovative features such as custom ringtone while there also is the Zen Mode which lets users take a 20 min break from their phone. The mode makes the phone inaccessible save for three features, making emergency calls, take photos or regular calling.
As for its price, it starts at Rs. 48,999 for the base 6 +128 GB model and climbs up to Rs. 52,999 for the 8 + 256 GB version. The range-topping 12 +256 GB model will sell for Rs. 57,999.
The company also unveiled the OnePlus 7 which may not be as fascinating as the Pro version but can still hold its ground on several fronts. Primary among those is performance given the phone also boasts of a Snapdragon 855 heart, which together with RAM Boost feature can make the phone a truly impressive performer.
The phone also comes with the same 48mp Sony IMX586 sensor as on the OP 7 Pro, along with dual DOLBY ATMOS speaker system. A 20W fast charger ensures the phone remains available for active use for the most part of the day. Coming to the price, the 6 +128 GB model will set one back Rs. 32,999 while the 8 +256 GB model will cost Rs 37,999.
The phone is going to be available via Amazon.in as well as hundreds of Croma and Reliance stores all over the country.