Alleged OnePlus 7 pops up in real life photo. Reveals tiny but fun detail

Alleged OnePlus 7 pops up in real life photo. Reveals tiny but fun detail
The design of OnePlus' "flagship killer" phones is a living, breathing entity. Despite the fact that the company launches two phones per year, it will always apply a facelift to its product, upgrading the design in one way or another.

Last year, OnePlus gave us two phones with a notch — the OnePlus 6 had a rather large, iPhone-esque notch up top, while the OnePlus 6T had the "waterdrop notch", where the cutout on top of the screen is more of a nub, giving it a much cleaner look. Rumor has it that, this year, we will get a completely notchless design with the selfie camera being hidden behind a slide-out mechanism.

Now, the first photo — allegedly of the OnePlus 7 — has popped up online. Check it out, and we will discuss it further below:



First things first: you probably noticed that the device has a slightly bigger "forehead" and that its hardware buttons seem to be positioned in odd locations. This is because we are, most likely, looking at a slider phone turned upside down. So, the chin, which is usually a bit "meaty" as it holds the display driver, is at the top, giving this "leaked device" a slightly different appearance. And, obviously, the volume and power buttons are way out of place at the bottom of the device's frame, as opposed to being placed in the top half of the device.

So, why turn it upside down?


Well, if this is a fake leak, then the would-be leakster probably wanted to fool people by just flipping an already-existing phone and taking a snap of it.

Or, if it's real, it could be there to showcase how the user interface of the OnePlus 7 is able to flip in either direction, even upside down. This would a new feature from the company. And hey, if the phone is simply a rectangle, with (almost) uniform bezels all around, why not be able to just flip it any way you like, right?

Will this slider be as cool as the one on the Oppo Find X?


Oppo released the Find X last year and it was definitely a jewel to behold. What put the icing on the cake was that its slide-out camera was completely mechanical, popping out and retracting by itself, whenever the phone needed to use it. There are other sliders out there in the market — like the Honor Magic 20 or Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 — but they are not as advanced (and expensive), as their mechanism requires you to squeeze the phone and slide the camera out by hand.

Now, OnePlus and Oppo are... very close — same manufacturing plant kind of close. And we have seen in the past that whatever Oppo develops, OnePlus may adopt (like its Dash Charge, which Oppo calls VOOC Charging, phone designs, and other tidbits). But, tempting as it is to hope that the OnePlus 7 would have the same slider as the Oppo Find X, we kind of think that won't happen. Simple reason — OnePlus wants to cut corners and stay on the affordable side of things and that thing does look expensive.

Hey, we'd love to be wrong on that one!

Is this picture real, though?


You may feel like the icons on the photo are a bit small, in proportion to the phone's body, possibly being evidence that the image is doctored. However, the OnePlus interface does allow for icon resizing and it does look to us that the sizes shown in this picture are consistent with the "small" icon option found in our OnePlus phones' settings. The icons themselves look like the default Oxygen OS icon set.

In other words, you may want to take this with a grain of salt. But it's worth noting that the picture does present a phone that matches all the rumors and leaks about the OnePlus 7 we've heard so far. Just check out this render, which was fan-made and based entirely on leaked information:



To top it off, reports have claimed that OnePlus has prototypes of its next phones ready to be presented behind closed doors to partners at the upcoming MWC.

But still, due to the potato quality of the photo and questionable decision to shoot the phone upside-down, we can't guarantee this image here isn't a spoof.

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38 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Flagship killer at a flagship price. I miss the times when one plus cost around 300 USD.

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 644; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

It's not really a flagship price though, is it? Nowadays flagships cost $1000 or sometimes more. Back when OnePlus smartphones cost $300, flagships cost in the region of $600 to $700. There are plenty of good offerings from Chinese brands for $300

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 644; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

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6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is clearly fake lol

34. cozze02

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Definitely agree, look at the area below the dock, either it has a gigantic nav bar or there has been something added here

7. IT-Engineer

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

it's still half the price of other flagships like Samsung and Apple.

17. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Dang near half the specs too.

25. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

How So?

26. IT-Engineer

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

It has higher specs, 8 GB RAM, 256GB Storage, and the latest Snapdragon chipset.

30. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

You just mentioned the same specs as the Note 9 which is a Samsung phone.

39. IT-Engineer

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

yup, same specs as my OnePlus 6T, half the price.

8. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Don't you miss that time when you were earning 1/3 of what you're earning now? Prices are going up, so is everyones income.

16. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I need to move where you are then cause that's not happening here in GA.

36. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

1/3 of what you are earning now? Of course, a job change can do this, pretty sure inflation doesn't. The average income in the Netherlands has doubled from 1980 to 2017, not tripled.

15. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Flagship killer? An inconsistent camera, lack of expandable memory & no water resistance = flagship killer?

19. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

If you consider only performance, then yes.

32. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Which phones does it outperform?

41. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Any Samsung flagship. Even Apple sometimes.

45. yesyeswe

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 13, 2017

Every android phone, best user interface and fastest android updates after google

23. Marcwand3l

Posts: 452; Member since: May 08, 2017

It has water resistance although not an official rating on the box. It's not like water damage is covered by any manufacturer anyway. The 6T starts at 128gb so I wouldn't say that expendable memory is a concern. The camera is more than OK, I don't understand why people exaggerate so much about this. What One Pluse's phones lack is: a better taptic engine and stereo speakers. If they add these 2 the OP7 will be very competitive.

33. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Several reviewers & from what I've seen in person say that the camera is just okay.

2. lee480 unregistered

Better value than S10

3. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

I might get this one.

9. Rocket

Posts: 697; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

And or any iphone :p

10. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I honestly don't like the chins anymore... Not sure how Apple did it and nobody noticed, they steal losing the headphone jack but still have a damn chin.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Chin screams "we are some lame-ass weak manufacturers that can't solve a very simple problem". It's quite incredible how no one besides Apple can solve this issue. Looks like Vivo V15 Pro will finally solve it: https://www.phonearena.com/news/Vivo-V15-Pro-to-feature-32MP-pop-up-camera_id113495

24. Marcwand3l

Posts: 452; Member since: May 08, 2017

LoL, what problem?

12. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

One plus fix your messaging app!

21. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

What's wrong with it?

14. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I would much prefer a hole and no chin, than going to stupid lengths (like a space-consuming, water resistance-ruining, battery capacity-decreasing) slider mechanism just to hide the selfie camera. Or just remove the selfie cam and be done with it, half of the users don't even use it.

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