OnePlus 7 Pro hands-on: Full of surprises

Just when people were beginning to think that OnePlus was finally settling, the company took everyone by surprise with not only the introduction of its latest flagship smartphone in the OnePlus 7 Pro, but more importantly, the pricing that’s attached to it. Yes, folks, the OnePlus 7 Pro is official and its $670 starting price is the talk of the town. Even though the leaks gave us a good look at the phone ahead of its announcement, OnePlus still managed to make the announcement special.

OnePlus has shown to us that they’re staying faithful to their philosophy of offering flagship-caliber devices at the fraction of the cost. The OnePlus 7 Pro boasts all of today’s drool-worthy features – like a triple camera system, a monstrous sized bezel-less display, a beefy battery, fast-charging technology, an in-screen fingerprint sensor, and a design to die for. Without question, the $670 price attached to the phone is its biggest attraction when you factor in all the goodies that are packed into it.

A triple camera that rivals the best

As a true contemporary flagship, the OnePlus 7 Pro is endowed with a triple camera system that covers the gamut. Breaking down to a 48-megapixel main camera, combined with an 8MP 3x telephoto camera with f/2.4 and OIS, as well as a 16MP ultra wide-angle camera, it’s a convincing package that no doubt matches its main rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Huawei P30 Pro.

What remains to be seen is how it actually compares to those two aforementioned phones. We snapped a few shots during OnePlus’ launch event in New York City, and based on the samples we previewed on the device, they look really good! There’s a fair amount of sharpness and clarity to the shots, while colors turn out rich to give the entire composition a pleasing look. Low-light performance is said to be improved thanks in part to the larger sensor in use with the main camera, along with pixel binning.

We’re also curious to see how the delivers in even more challenging low-light situations. Naturally, there’s NightScape 2.0 that should improve and brighten up those shots. However, we’re eager to see how it compares to other night-time modes on other cameras, like those on the Google Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro. 

Hello pop-up selfie camera

Part of the phone’s beauty is attributed to its seamless appearance with that all-screen look – one that manufacturers have been trying to achieve. OnePlus is one of the few that forgoes the notch or cutout this year in favor of a uniform bezel this time around, achieved by going with a pop-up selfie camera. Now, for most of us here in the US, this is a brand-new experience that many will probably show off to people. When switching to the front-facing camera, a small compartment on the top left edge of the phone slides open to reveal the camera.

Certainly, this may be seen as a novelty to lure people in, but it’s the implementation that OnePlus opted to go with to achieve that bezel-less look with the display. Since it’s a physical thing that pops out, it makes you wonder if the phone offers any sort of water resistance. Unfortunately, the OnePlus 7 Pro doesn't officially have an IP rating.

90Hz refresh rate for smoother animations

The seamless look of the display deserves adulation, but OnePlus isn’t settling for just another ordinary display. First of all, the 6.67-inch 3120 x 1440 QHD+ Fluid AMOLED display looks exquisite! All the hallmark traits of the display technology are in full showcase here, like its piercing looking colors, immaculate details, and wide viewing angles. Is it better than say the Super AMOLED display in the Galaxy S10+? That’s up to debate, of course, but there’s no denying that this Fluid AMOLED display can give it a good run for its money. However, OnePlus takes another step by introducing a 90Hz refresh rate.

While looking at the display and using the phone, it’s almost tough to discern this unique trait over other phones. In most instances, it doesn’t appear to be different, but we’re told by the representatives on hand from OnePlus that it’ll be beneficial for those who use the phone for an extended period of time – by reducing eye fatigue. Although it would seem to us that the Snapdragon 855 in combination with OnePlus’ Oxygen OS are the two main drivers for the remarkably fluid look, we suppose that the 90Hz refresh rate contributes to this as well. Honestly, it helps in making the phone’s performance appear snappier than most things, but we’re looking forward to seeing if there’s really a noticeable difference with gaming.

Gorgeous looking design, but it’s not original

Again, we can’t stress about how the OnePlus 7 Pro features a premium design that warrants a price point that should be higher than what it is. We like all three color options, but better yet, the phone feels solidly constructed all around – so you know that a lot of love and thought went into its design!

For those abroad, the design of the OnePlus 7 Pro may look familiar. In fact, you can argue that it takes some cues from phones out of Vivo and Oppo’s collection – more so when they also feature phones with pop-up selfie cameras! We’ve played around with Oppo F11 Pro, which also features a bezel-less display because of its pop-up selfie camera. This shouldn’t be too much of a shock for some, given how previous OnePlus smartphones also followed after designs from Oppo’s collection. And if you don’t know, OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo are all under Chinese conglomerate BBK – so it’s no surprise that designs are recycled. Despite this, the design is still going to be perceived as being uniquely OnePlus because those manufacturers aren’t in the US market.

Setting the standard for other phones

OnePlus has done it again! When it comes to being a balanced smartphone, the OnePlus 7 Pro has all the ingredients for an awesome recipe. Irresistibly priced at $670 starting, it’s setting the benchmark high for what we expect in smartphones at this price point. Knowing that, more stress will be placed on other manufacturers to keep up with what the OnePlus 7 Pro is doing.

If we’re to look at other competing devices, namely the Apple iPhone XS Max, Samsung Galaxy S10+, and even Huawei P30 Pro, the OnePlus 7 Pro is proof that flagship-caliber features are still obtainable in something priced significantly less. Well, as long as you're not interested in any supporting services or ecosystem integrations, that is. The $670 cost is very impressive, and is a huge discount over the $1000 sticker price of the Samsung Galaxy S10+. We’re talking about a $330 savings right there, with the OnePlus 7 Pro boasting nearly the same scope of features. Sure, it may lack some things like wireless charging, water-resistance, and expandable storage, but we imagine that people will gladly accept those compromises in order to get an affordable flagship smartphone.

It’s going to be an interesting second half of the year, but if there’s something to be excited about right now, it has to be for the OnePlus 7 Pro! It's a tough act to follow, especially given the “Never Settle” mantra they’ve taken on again with the phone’s pricing.

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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. legar123

Posts: 68; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Samsung Note 10 will destroy this phone with its vibranium glass back and a killer price tag that will put oneplus 7 to shame!

4. thatguybern

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 17, 2018

lol funny comment

5. GuaTech7

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 08, 2018

Ok I think this it's a joke, isn't it? Lol

22. izim1

Posts: 1614; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You know vibranium isnt real, right?

10. threeline

Posts: 323; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

The price will kill you

34. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'm just glad to see another manufacturer introducing a high end device into U.S. markets. It gives us consumers more options and helps reduce the chances of monopolizing by Samsung and Apple. At the OnePlus 7 pro price point, it will be the best overall bang for your buck on the market.

36. cheetah2k

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Killer price tag alright. heart attack material when it ends up USD$1800

2. charulo316

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

If it had a microSD slot, I'd get this.

3. TadTrickle

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

256gig is a lot of on board memory

12. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 650; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

People dont just get memory cards due to storage limitations.

37. cheetah2k

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

and its UFS3.0 which is N.vme SSD speeds! SD cards are so slooooow

6. Whitedot

Posts: 892; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

"flagship caliber devices at the fraction of the cost." Not precisely but value-wise is better than mist flagships.

23. izim1

Posts: 1614; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

What part of that isnt accurate? It has flagship specs, and costs less than any other flagship.

25. j_grouchy

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Sure...I guess 4/5 is still a fraction...just not to the degree such a statement implies.

7. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Poor camera performance, poor battery life, no IP68, no headphone jack, no IR blaster, no wireless charging, no external storage, no 5G, gorilla glass 5, huge size and weight difficult to use with one hand and ultimately you have to queue up for months and import from foreign country with additional middle charges.

18. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

About that IP certification... I was in New York yesterday and tested the camera both on the demo floor and at T-Mobile. Trust me, it's more than fine. I agree about headphone jack and wireless charging although I never really used it on my wireless charging capable phone anyway. You just came here to whine basically. Whine on dude. Whine on.

33. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The test devices offered free by One plus to reviewers who don't know how the IP rating test works is trustable sample to valid the IP rating of OPO7. Mr Mobile review has given the OPO7pro a pretty meh review for the camera. Id take that over a fan review.

26. chrismichael83

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

What the hell do you need an IR blaster for. Those are so 2009? Wireless charging is not needed because of how this charges form 0-50% in 20 mins. Omg no 5G. If you saw the announcement they announced a 5G version of this moron. If you need more then 256gb on a freaking phone you have problems.

29. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 135; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Also the camera is pretty much on par with the s10+'s.

38. cheetah2k

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Poor camera - neg, Poor battery? My 6T still outlasts my S10+, No headphone Jack - who cares now!, No IR Blaster - fks sake are you the only one on the planet still using a phone to change TV channels? Gorilla Glass 5 is heaps and still valid. For the cheaper price you get some compromises - no IP rating for example.. Agreed OP need more stores around the world to be taken seriously - even in Australia we have to import from Oppomart, etc.

8. alancameron

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

You can pick up the mate 20 pro for around the same price now. Better battery life, better camera, ir blaster, wireless charging and full ip68 protection. Just saying.

39. cheetah2k

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

why would ya? Huawei are shiiiiiiitt. especially their screen issues

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2073; Member since: May 26, 2011

Why does this hands on review sound more like an ad? There has been few vids pointing out the fact that camera still needs work, 90hz only mode isn't that great on battery life. Also has ton of features missing like wireless charging, aod, etc

32. srgonu

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

One plus camera's are really bad when taking pictures of kids or moving objects. I tried 5 and 6T and am done. Also, their SAR values are too high, I literally felt pain near my ear whenever am taking calls and finally had to always use BT until I let them go. Thought they fixed it with 6T but they didn't.

40. cheetah2k

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I have no issues with the 6T except for Panoramas.. For this I downloaded the GCAM app and side loaded. Google does panos way better than OP

11. dumpster666

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

people whining for sd card slot, is 128gb not enough..wth ..

13. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 650; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Once again its not due to storage limitations. Imagine you drop your phone the screen breaks and it cost too much to get it fixed and you better off buying a new phone? If you have a SD card inside then you good to go or you could back it up to google drive but that takes longer and its limited to 15GB. And say you upgraded to a new device if you have a sd card all you have to do is take it out of the old device and insert it into new and you have all your movies, songs, pictures ASAP. No uploading or downloading back onto device. Fact is if Note 9 can have a SD card slot, an audio jack, have space for a STYLUS, be waterproof and also have a 4000mah battery then there isn't no reason to remove it on other devices apart from them to save money and charge customers more.

24. izim1

Posts: 1614; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

The convenience of SD cards has absolutely nothing to do with storage capacity, champ.

28. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 650; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"The convenience of SD cards has absolutely nothing to do with storage capacity, champ." Im sure I said "Once again its not due to storage limitations" So yeah I have already said that but nice to repeat yourself champ ;) Either you pay an extra 80-100 dollars for doubling the memory and go from a 128gb device to a 256 or you can pay 40 dollars and get a 256gb sd card to add to your phones storage. So its convenient, saves time and ends up being cheaper in the long run. Apps saved on the phones memory due to faster speeds. Photo's, music and videos especially 4k 60fps recorded ones go straight onto SD card.

30. superguy

Posts: 473; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I don't think izim1 was replying to you.

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