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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7
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh
7 Pro
  • Display 6.7" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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23 Comments

1. mdorno

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

If I wanted a curved screen I'd get a Samsung. Which I don't and think they're a stupid idea. Give me an all screen phone with no notches, sliders, or pop-up cameras. Put another screen on the back for the people who want selfies cause I don't take them.

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 405; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Why does the pop-out camera annoy you? If you never take selfies you won't know it's there.

3. AbhiD

Posts: 566; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Exactly!

5. User123456789

Posts: 386; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

If phone gets wet, water will enter where cam comes out. Dist too.

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 405; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I guess it's a good thing the OnePlus 7 series sports an improved level of water resistance then, isn't it?https://www.phonearena.com/news/OnePlus-7-Pro-better-water-resistance-no-IP-rating-teaser_id115769

8. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 621; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Some people just like to complain. That's why.

10. skips

Posts: 455; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

which why it's great now that OnePlus is focusing on the general audience vs the geeks and enthusiasts. we're so nitpicky, we're the worst as customers... literally any one con can be a huge deal breaker god

15. Bankz

Posts: 2478; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

What of those that love selfies?

22. QuantumRazer

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Unfortunately for you, the majority of people around the world use some sort of video chatting services like Skype or Facebook Messenger, which require front facing cameras. I'm one of them too, and I think it would be extremely cumbersome if we had to flip the phone and stare at the small display on the back every time we want to use FFC.

4. User123456789

Posts: 386; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Many SD855 phones will have.

18. AbhiD

Posts: 566; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Many SD855 released till now don't have it and unlikely to have till late this year.

7. basher

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Faster to do what? Sending an whataspp message faster? Or faster facebook? I don't get this crazy race en being faster in 2019. Nowadays even the midrangers are fast. We want a good design, a good IP rating, some wants radio, I want IR sensor...not the fastest smartphone. For that I will buy an iPhone.

12. OneLove123

Posts: 788; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I want dual 20 watt speakers on my phone.

14. IT-Engineer

Posts: 497; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Well, your not gonna get a good design and an IR sensor with an iPhone.

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1154; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Wasn't the Xperia 1 faster on geekbench than the OnePlus 7 Pro? I believe it topped 12,000 on multicore. So that will likely come with UFS 3.0 too.

13. liteon163

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Awhile back ZTE showed using F2FS can boost access speeds considerably. Could that be combined with UFS3.0 to produce an even faster memory subsystem?

16. ramdroid

Posts: 122; Member since: May 21, 2016

Fast in what sense ? P30 pro opens apps instantly, oneUI is extremely smooth stable and full of features rather than boring oxygen OS. Nowadays it's a matter of hardware, battery life design camera speakers display etc

19. AbhiD

Posts: 566; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

SD855 phones run circles around Kirin. And FYI, OxygenOS is many times better than that cheap iOS copy EMUI. And so much incoherent and filled with bloatware. Unlike Oxygen OS

21. QuantumRazer

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

SD run circles around Kirin only in GPU performance, so if we're talking about the actual app opening performance like ramdroid is they should perform equally well. Cheap iOS copy? Tell that to Google who made Android Pie which has literal rip off UI designs from iOS in every respect.

23. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Sure buddy.

17. MrMalignance

Posts: 96; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I'll wait until some real people run it through real use. I don't believe in all this speculation hype. There have been plenty of "fastest phone ever" claims.

20. AbhiD

Posts: 566; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

It's a known fact UFS 3.0 is considerably better in read , write speeds. What else of a proof do you need? And for that matter, OnePlus phones starting OnePlus 3/3T have consistently been the fastest phones in Speedtest

24. MrMalignance

Posts: 96; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I believe I mentioned what proof I need: real people using the actual device. Just because the tech POTENTIALLY can run better, doesn't mean the implementation will allow it to run that. Real world use is better than numbers on paper.

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