Take a look at the cheaper OnePlus 7 in all its glory

Take a look at the OnePlus 7's very familiar design
Just hours after a gallery of OnePlus 7 Pro renders leaked out online showcasing the upcoming flagship in all three official colors, the folks over at WinFuture have obtained official renders of the regular OnePlus 7 in the Mirror Grey finish.

The OnePlus 7 sports a very familiar design

As previously revealed, the cheaper OnePlus 7 model sports a design that doesn't differ too much from that of the OnePlus 6T. Once again, OnePlus has equipped its flagship with a large 6.41-inch display that boasts a 2340 x 1080p resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This is paired with thin side bezels, a slightly thicker chin, and a waterdrop-like notch that is home to a 16-megapixel selfie camera.

At first glance, as you can tell from the above description, the OnePlus 7 is identical to the OnePlus 6T. However, in order to make the upgrade worthwhile, a big change has been introduced to the speakers. Specifically, the usual in-ear speaker grill has been replaced with a much wider one that, along with the bottom-firing speaker, now works as part of a stereo speaker setup like the one expected on the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Moving away from the front of the smartphone and over to its sides, the OnePlus 7 maintains the power key and Alert Slider along the right, and the volume rocker over on the left. Similarly, a speaker grill and USB-C port can be found along the bottom. Unfortunately, those of you hoping for a 3.5mm headphone jack are out of luck as OnePlus has once again skipped the feature.

Two rear cameras like the OnePlus 6T

Because this smartphone is the cheaper flagship, the triple-camera setup found on the larger OnePlus 7 Pro hasn't been carried over. Instead, the OnePlus 7 utilizes a modified version of the OnePlus 6T's dual-camera system that ditches the old sensors and replaces them with completely new ones. The primary 16-megapixel camera found on last year's device, for example, has been swapped out for a superior 48-megapixel alternative that boasts an f/1.7 aperture. The 20-megapixel depth sensor, on the other hand, has been replaced by a 5-megapixel one.

Accompanying all of this is, as usual, a dual-tone LED flash. But in the hope of creating a slightly sleeker design, this no longer sits below the camera module and has instead been incorporated into it. Another small design change comes in the form of branding. Rather than printing the words 'Designed by OnePlus' on the rear, the company has chosen to simply include its name.

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Regarding the internal characteristics of this smartphone, consumers can expect to find Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 855 accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as standard. However, if the base configuration isn't sufficient, a pricier version with double the storage and 8GB of RAM is apparently on the way.

Completing the OnePlus 7's setup will once again be a 3,700mAh battery and compatibility with the company's 20W Warp Charge technology. The smartphone also includes an in-screen optical fingerprint sensor and should ship with Android 9 Pie pre-installed paired with the latest version of Oxygen OS.

OnePlus 7 release date, pricing, and availability

Despite all of the leaks, it's currently unclear how OnePlus will choose to price its cheapest flagship. The current-gen OnePlus 6T start at $549 in the US but rumor has it the OnePlus 7 could cost a little more, perhaps in the region of $579. When it is released, the expectation is that it'll be sold through the company's official website and T-Mobile alongside the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, it remains to be seen if any trade-in offers will be available.

Regarding the release date itself, the OnePlus 7 should be made available to purchase on May 22nd, just over a week after its official introduction on May 14th. OnePlus 7 Pro sales are expected to commence the same day.

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