OnePlus phones used to be all about price, they'll now have a new defining feature

OnePlus phones used to be all about price, they'll now have a new defining feature
OnePlus phones used to have one defining feature - value - that was stuffed into a very affordable handset. They now look cheap compared to the iPhones and Galaxies of this world, but when ranked with brands for the fellow countrymen, the OnePlus 7T and the 7 Pro before it, are $599 and $699, respectively.

That is why OnePlus had to strike above its weight to entice buyers with something more than selling phones near cost, and it found it. Perhaps the most defining characteristic of the new OnePlus 7T and the 7 Pro before it, is the high display refresh rate - something that the big brands have yet to match, even with their flagships.

OnePlus introduced something it calls a Fluid Display with the 7 Pro, and is never looking back, confirmed co-founder Carl Pei. All of the company's phones in the future will be arriving with at least a 90Hz display which is great news for those who love the smooth scrolling and fluid animations that higher refresh rates offer. 

The 90Hz mark is a good trade-off between added fluidity and extra toll on the battery, plus you can always turn the feature off when you don't need it, so the announcement that the 7T Pro, the OnePlus 8, and all future models, will be equipped with Fluid Displays, is welcome news and a warning to juggernaut brands like Samsung or Apple to step it up.

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  • Display 6.5" 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, Octa-core, 2960 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3800 mAh

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24 Comments

1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

This phone would have been much compelling if it was priced at $499.

15. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Are you serious?

25. matistight

Posts: 1007; Member since: May 13, 2009

If we could get rid of all the cheap people in the world...

2. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

Still no SD card slot = Still not interested.. Flagship killer my az. More like featureless flagship wannabe.. Maybe for usual people it's ok, but for power users like myself it is incomplete and probably missing the most important feature right after the CPU and GPU. The camera is the last thing that interests me in a phone.. Currently, the Note 10+, S10+ and Xperia 1 are the only phones that catch me eye.

3. saif2711

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Samsung nibba you must be..in terms of performance and processing capabilities op7 pro has torn apart the note 10+ and you can easily find my claim on countless YouTube videos.The only thing Op7 pro lagged behind against note 10+ is camera and that too by minor points I would say.Lol to hypocrites like you

6. notfair

Posts: 761; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

dude, oneplus was cheap and good and now it became expensive and trash. so to all oneplus apologists please stop supporting this trash brand...

7. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

So what? The difference is marginal. It's not like I use the phone for nuclear physics where every mb counts. And this still doesn't make up for the lack of the SD card slot. Why am I a hypocrite? Because I know what I want (SD card slot) or because I like Samsung or Sony more than OP?

12. saif2711

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

You claimed to not like camera that much and you are more into the processing power of a smartphone then how come lack of sd card slot is a big letdown for you especially when op7 pro/7t are beasts in terms of gpu and cpu performances that even beat the likes of note10+,s10+.You get like 256 gb or 512 gb for lesser price than similar variants of note 10+.Not to forget presence of sd card in a phone slows it down by some margin too.

20. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

I never said it's not good. I sait it's INCOMPLETE. The main reason why I won't buy a phone without the SD card has to do with the storage LOCATION (as in having 2 of them insted of only 1, not necessarily the storage space per se. I keep on my SD card everything: OS kits, ROMs, apks, scripts, programs, documents, photos, movies, music, audio books etc. The internal memory is used only for installing apks. This way I never need to backup anything. I don't need cloud services, cables, usb-otg or even internet connection. I am into extreme debloating of the android os on my phone. Many times I uninstall or disable the wrong app and I have to hard reset the phone from recovery. It's a trial and error process. So if I wouldn't have the SD card, all my data would be gone. WITH the SD card I can hard reset the phone 100 times per day if I need to and NEVER bother with backups. Also, if I brick the phone beyond the point of repair (it has happened to me before), I won't cry like a baby over forgotten backups. I just place the SD in a new phone. Don't think I don't backup the SD. With root you can even install the whole Android OS on the SD card and boot it from there. Without the SD card, the phone becomes unusable. Just for geeks and secret agrents :)) I HIGHLY recommend you to go buy an EXPENSIVE and ORIGINAL SanDisk Extrme Class 10 SD Card if you want durability and quality, not a cheap knockoff and then judge all of them. Oh, now there are UHS-II SD cards. Hopefuly, in the next 2-3 years all smartphones will support them. Bottom line: If you don't use one, it does't mean other people don't. Different people, different needs. It's not about status, or showing off, it's about productivity. All you seem to care is that it's cheaper. Well, ANYTHING above 500 SHOULD have SD card and Waterproffing.

23. jamesgam7

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

You must not know how to read or you're too blind to read like you are as a oneplus fanboy. Clearly you wouldn't want a cheaper oneplus and would support oneplus until they become a 1000 dollar flagship phone then let's see your reaction, sure it is slighty faster than the note 10 because of software, but in camera department, they lag behind. It's not even top 5 on the camera department rn with Iphone, pixel, samsung, huawei, and a couple of brands above oneplus. I'm not saying oneplus doesn't have anything unique because it has 90 hz and a really snappy software, but don't be delusional that the fact they're becoming expensive year by year.

22. PartTimePhoner

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 03, 2019

Feature wise OP7 pro is still behind by far. Like IP and wireless charging, wireless reverse charging, desktop experience, Samsung Pay-like feature, S-Pen, Up to 1TB micro SD card slot, 32x slow-motion, ToF camera, 4K selfie camera, Bixby and Bixby Routines, extra 4GB RAM and 128GB memory for the base storage etc... Oneplus has a better pricing and 90Hz display tho thats a good feature

24. PartTimePhoner

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 03, 2019

Ever seen the SpeedtestG mate

4. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Really? I mean if you get a phone with 256GB of storage, is that really not enough? I used to think that SD card expansion was important, too. But if a device comes with 128GB or more, that is plenty of storage for me! Also, any microSD card you get will be slower than the internal UFS-3 memory. So it will just slow down your device!

9. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

128GB is enough for you, but for me it is not. Especially with 4K cameras on board. And let's not forget that 256GB model cost more than basic one. And for that kind of money, I can buy p30pro...

14. vpro0

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 23, 2017

Why would someone want an sd card slot in a 256Gb phone?

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lack of an SD card doesn't mean much when you have so much onboard storage like OnePlus smartphones offer. As far as cameras go, the camera on the OnePlus 7Pro is pretty good, but what's more important, IMO, is the great performance that comes with OnePlus smartphones. They also pack a lot of features, and the battery life on the latest OnePlus smartphones is great. I'd rather what OnePlus offers than having a smartphone that's just a good camera and everything else is meh like say, Pixel smartphones, for example.

5. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

If OP 8 comes with QI charging next year, it will be the perfect phone! This is really the only think that is missing for me.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Same for me. With wireless charging OP phones become even more compelling.

10. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

And better camera ;)

11. TadTrickle

Posts: 97; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

This phone is an absolute beast. I picked it up at tmobile. The critcism is unwarranted. It goes toe to toe with any flagship. Now il be truthful and say i returned it. Bc it was still 699 retail price. With the 7t coming out, i felt the ohone shouldve had some type of sale. If it was 100 off i wouldve kept it without a doubt. i found a great deal on a note 9. And this was all bc my old note died out of nowhere

13. inFla

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Would be more interesting with a 5.5 inch screen and under 5.5 ounces.

16. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The lack an SD card isn't that bad considering how much storage it offers and everything else it brings to the table. Now camera performance is a bit meh, but no one buys 1+ for the camera.

17. OneLove123

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It competes in a mid -premium price. I’ll take it over and iPhone pro and iPhone 11. You get more for you dollars.:)

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Glad to see OnePlus differentiate from other flagships this way. It adds to the great performance of their smartphones, which, along with battery life, are the most important things for smartphones, IMO. Even moreso than the camera, especially when OnePlus provides a pretty good one. Not the best, but the other things I named are where OnePlus has been excelling lately. I'd rather pay for a good camera with great performance and battery life on a smartphone than a smartphone with a great camera that skimps out on the battery life and the performance is ruined by buggy software, like 2 OEM's in particular are famous for.

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