Official: OnePlus 7/7 Pro to be noticeably faster than rival flagships

Official: OnePlus 7/7 Pro to be noticeably faster than rival flagships
OnePlus 7 Pro CAD-based render

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and LG G8 ThinQ both sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are also expected to include this chip. But as announced by OnePlus today, its flagship smartphones will be noticeably faster than competing devices from the likes of Samsung and LG. Why? Because of UFS 3.0.

The latest version of the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) standard was first announced in early 2018 promising to double the memory bandwidth of the UFS 2.1 standard which is currently used in flagship devices. This may sound a bit confusing, but in terms of everyday performance it means apps will open faster, accessing files will be quicker, and games won’t take as long to load. UFS 3.0 phones should also boot up quicker and be capable of handling larger image and video files with ease.

The first smartphones with UFS 3.0 storage were initially rumored to be the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e. This rumor, however turned out to be false, and Samsung instead reserved the feature for the more expensive Galaxy Fold which, with an original release date of April 26th, would have become the world’s first UFS 3.0 smartphone.

Ultimately, Samsung encountered some well-documented issues with the Galaxy Fold and decided to indefinitely postpone its launch. This means that, come May 14th, the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro will become the first and only smartphones in the world to feature UFS 3.0, thus making them significantly faster than rival devices.

The OnePlus 7 series, for those of you that haven’t already heard, will be officially announced at an event on May 14th. The regular OnePlus 7 should act as an upgraded version of the OnePlus 6T, while the OnePlus 7 Pro will go all-out with a 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display and 5G support in certain regions. Leaks suggest the latter will also sport a pop-out selfie snapper and a triple-camera setup on the rear.

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