Do these OnePlus 7 Pro 5G download speeds justify its price difference?

While it may have come as a surprise for OnePlus fans that two very different models were just released - the 7 and 7 Pro - it shouldn't have been for everyone that has followed the recent developments in flagships and 5G-capable phones.

Apple issued three phone models at once last year, Samsung followed suit with four, including a 5G version, and Huawei has three members of the new P30 family, while LG makes do with "just" two models as well.

That's exactly the strategy that OnePlus seems to be pursuing, equipping the 7 Pro with not only a 5G modem version, but also a huge battery and a unique selling point in the form of a high-res display that sports 90Hz refresh rate, up from the usual 60 frames per second on most phones.

The aforementioned OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will be exclusively sold by the EE carrier in the UK, and its 5G network rollout just went live yesterday, along with the phone. The prices for the OnePlus 7 Pro and its current versions are now as follows:

  • 6GB RAM/128GB storage: $670 in US / £649 in the UK

  • 8GB/256GB storage: $700 in US / £699 in the UK

  • 12GB/256GB storage: $750 in US / £799 in the UK

  • OnePlus 7 Pro 5G model: n/a in the US/~£999 in the UK, starting from £59/month with a 10GB 5G plan and £170 down payment

  • Suggested OnePlus 7 Pro 5G plan: £69/month with a 30GB 5G plan and a £50 down payment

Compared to the other 5G pjhones on the network, like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G or the LG V50, it's about 20% cheaper, and on par with the pricing of the other Chinese 5G juggernaut there, the Oppo Reno 5G

While you can grab the 7 Pro 5G for about a grand ($1250) and bring it to the EE network, it won't be as optimized for 5G connectivity compared to the carrier model and that one isn't sold without a plan, so pick your poison. What kind of speeds do you get for this kind of dough?

Well, EE's 5G network is more extensive than Verizon's offering here in the US, as it covers the hot spots throughout London and other major UK cities and yet is far from comprehensive coverage. Besides London, the 5G lights will be turned on in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Manchester this year, followed by Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield. EE 's goal is to have more than 1500 5G sites available by the end of the year.

People have been posting their 5G download speed results with the UK's first 5G handset that is commercially available to buy, and some have experienced peak speeds of just under a gig. Most have been reporting half that amount, with the average speeds being about 200Mbps and change. 

That's still way faster than their average 4G LTE speeds, but let's not forget that their OnePlus 7 Pro has been the only 5G phone currently on the network at places, as there simply aren't other 5G phone out there. The phone switches in and out of the 5G network effortlessly, turning into a 4G LTE machine where the 5G blanket is not available.

Users also didn't notice any significantly higher toll on battery life, which is an encouraging sign, as these early 5G phones don't have a true integrated chipset but rather tack on extra power-hungry modems to hook up to the nascent next-gen networks.

All in all, the speeds achieved with the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G in real life scenarios are commensurate with the peak speeds achieved on commercial 4G LTE networks, and the other advantages of 5G networks like low latency and less congestion aren't that visible for the average user. 

This is why we wanted to ask you if you think that these peak and average download speeds that the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G managed to produce in the day since it was launched, are worth the difference in price with the regular 4G 7 Pro. What do you think?

Do these OnePlus 7 Pro 5G download speeds justify the price difference?


Related phones

7 Pro
  • Display 6.7" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh(34h talk time)



1. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

If this speed is fast enough to tasks like: - update more than 15 apps withing 1 min - upload many photos or videos to social media in very short time - play a 2k or 4K video without beffering issues Yes, I would pay more for 5G version.

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Point 2 and 3 are feasible, but not the first because even if all the updates are downloaded within 1 minute, your phone still need to install them. And that will take you about a minute more for 15 apps in the best case scenario.

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

5G is a great idea. 5G phone prices are exploitation. I won't be buying one for a couple of years because it simply won't be deployed extensively worldwide. 4G Mimo is plenty fast for now.

2. OneLove123

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Pretty sure Samsung has done 3 flagship phones per year before Apple did it last year. That's where Apple got the idea from.

16. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

They have in my book. S7, S7 Edge and the Note.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

So, we will get like 40mbps in real life.

4. caqde

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 16, 2017

Odd how the first phone lists Best as 2.35GB per hour while the second one lists 1.82GB per hour for the best setting for the download. It doesn't change the fact that the second phone is downloading faster, but it does kinda exaggerate the speed difference shown.

5. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

What the article doesn't tell you is that Ben Wood was reporting this live on the BBC yesterday morning. During the broadcast they actually had to stop the demo as he had burn't through his 10 gig allowance in less than an hour. Until truly unlimited data plans are released at a decent price 5G will be pointless for phones.

17. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

If they did that, someone could just tether their phone's connection and sell the carrier's internet and make money.

19. Vogue1985

Posts: 488; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

5g will be great for mobile service providers because people WILL use much more data than they usually use.

20. amir1999 unregistered

much much more ... and time

6. LiveFaith

Posts: 492; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

For my personal usage I don't think I would even notice a difference in 5G. I'd honestly rather have nothing and just better coverage everywhere.

8. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Yesss. Its really unfortunate that many people do not see this. Smaller tasks - LTE with better coverage every where. Larger tasks - We already have unlimited wifi everywhere.

7. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

~$1250. Wow. Almost twice the price of the LTE version. My guess is that a significant number of people who can afford to put this money into a phone for one additional feature already have amazing home internet so this bulls**t of using 5G to download movies should stop. - 5G is currently not broadly available anyways. - These speeds are going to come down once lots of users start using it. I mean, the future of 5G after few years looks great but, this is in the future when technology that can make complete use of 5G will be available. Until then, decent LTE speeds and Wifi6 seems to be the way to go.

9. LAgurl

Posts: 116; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

Ok so let me get this straight the other day they posted an article talking shyte about the US being the worse in network speed. But this 5G in the Uk it's average is 200 Mbps with users reporting half the speed. And well while here in the US T-mobile and Verizon and At&t have been getting 200-250 with some even getting 300 on their regular 4G LTE as long as your in a an area that supports 4x4 mimo LTE. There are many vids and pics out there that prove that show people getting that speed on 4G LTE in those networks Hmm makes u wonder who really has the slower speed . And on 5G getting a gig while EE Uk topped out at 700 Mbps .

10. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The network was only turned on yesterday, it not optimised yet, speeds will go up. Same happened in Korea when they activated thier network, it was actually slower than 4G at first.

15. LAgurl

Posts: 116; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

@mootu I agree same thing is gonna happen here in the US the 5G was just turned on a couple days ago and if our 5G and 4G is already faster u bet it's gonna get faster . When it gets optimised.

12. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Very exciting for the cellular industry and consumers!

13. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Really, speed is enough these days. I don't ever wait for something because of low internet speeds.

14. monoke

Posts: 1185; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

"Hey it's the same ole s**tz. I don't feel no difference.".. Says the normal user flipping thru FB and Instagram.

18. Vogue1985

Posts: 488; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

How much does 5g Samsung cost compared to the Oneplus 7 5g? It's twice the price of the 5g Oneplus 7. Need i say more?

21. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

Well, I barely use mobile data, so I'm not interested in 5G so much. The positive thing about this is that 4G will get much cheaper and maybe even free from a certain point when 5G will be very spread. Just like with the foldable phones, I'll skip the first two generations.

22. geordie8t1

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

These speeds are great but that is simply because there isnt anywhere near its capacity, once a few MILLION more people connect to the network overall the speed will drop drastically, 4g in my area was ridiculously fast at first, now with network saturation its painfully slow and more akin to 3G or H+

23. Vulpecula

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 12, 2019

Well, not using Oneplus Products now, but based in my galaxy s10 5G experience, it is blazing fast with almost no delays in good conditions. (Which I satisfied more was low delays) Great for streaming and heavy-load tasks. (Note that I am using mobile data at least 25GB per day. ) But talking about price? Not satisfied at all. 5G data plans are absolutely great, but 5G handsets are way too pricey. Oneplus 5G model is cheaper than samsung's, yes. But I can't say both price are worth buying.

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