The OnePlus 7 Pro is too big

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The OnePlus 7 Pro is too big
I have been using OnePlus phones since the very first one and the new OnePlus 7 Pro that I have just reviewed has been an amazing ride. With a fabulous display, probably the fastest performance of any phone, and the best implementation of portrait mode that I have seen, this is clearly the most impressive phone that OnePlus has ever made.

Yet as much as I love this phone, I will be returning it: it is just too big!

To be perfectly precise, the OnePlus 7 Pro is not just big, it's taller than pretty much any mainstream phone currently in existence. I don't care about the exact measurements, but when your phone does not fit in your jeans pockets without sticking out, you know things have gone out of control and a bit too far.

At 7.27 ounces, or close to half a pound, the 7 Pro is also surprisingly heavy.

And... you guessed it right: it's much thicker than all previous OnePlus phones. It's just one big and bulky device.

With the help of our size comparison tool, you can see how each year OnePlus phones have just grown larger and larger to reach the enormous proportions of the new OnePlus 7 Pro: 

The Evolution of OnePlus Phone Sizes


OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro

Dimensions

6.4 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches

162.6 x 76 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.27 oz (206 g)

OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T

Dimensions

6.2 x 2.94 x 0.32 inches

157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Dimensions

6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 inches

156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

Dimensions

6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches

154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro

Dimensions

6.4 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches

162.6 x 76 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.27 oz (206 g)

OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T

Dimensions

6.2 x 2.94 x 0.32 inches

157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Dimensions

6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 inches

156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

Dimensions

6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches

154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Looking at these images I keep on wondering what will be next: a OnePlus 8 with the size of a tablet?

For other phone makers like Samsung and Apple having such large phones is not a problem. If you don't like the big phone, you can get a smaller version of the same device! For the iPhone XS Max, you have the XS. For the Galaxy S10+, you have the smaller S10 and also the really compact S10e. It becomes a problem in the case of a company like OnePlus that makes just one phone and it goes towards an extremely large size without providing a smaller counterpart.

To help you better understand the huge gap between the new OnePlus 7 Pro and the currently available compact flagships, we turn to our size comparison tool again...

OnePlus 7 Pro vs Compact 2019 Flagships


OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro

Dimensions

6.4 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches

162.6 x 76 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.27 oz (206 g)

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10

Dimensions

5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches

149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Dimensions

5.6 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.29 oz (150 g)

OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro

Dimensions

6.4 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches

162.6 x 76 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.27 oz (206 g)

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10

Dimensions

5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches

149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Dimensions

5.6 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.29 oz (150 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



The phone market has proven time and time again that people love big phones, but it has also shown that you can go overboard (remember the failed Nexus 6?) and that there is a limit to big, and by going to the extreme as OnePlus has done here, with no smaller alternative, it risks alienating users who prefer a mid-sized device that actually fits properly in your pockets.

This is also disappointing for me personally: the speed that you get from this phone and the carefully optimized Android experience is something that you just don't get on other, non-OnePlus phones, and I would have loved to have all of that OnePlus experience in a smaller device that I could use more comfortably.

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99 Comments

2. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 174; Member since: May 29, 2019

The release plan for the OP7 is too dumb to take it seriously anymore. I'd just go with a 5T since that's A) all I'd need and B) updates go pretty well for that phone, it seems. But I can see why people like the OnePlus 7 pro, have a ball.

8. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 174; Member since: May 29, 2019

Also your favorite smartphone which isn't even an Android is annoyingly big.

68. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

5T? You'd be better off with the 6T

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I guess this is in the Samsung Note territory Which I find most appealing. so, it is just subjective opinion. Anyway is not the normal 7 T Plus an alternative with a less hefty size?

4. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

It's definitely too big. You know a phone is huge when it's bigger than an IPhone XS Max, and duarfs the Galaxy S10+. Infact the OP7P is bigger than every single mainstream flagship on Earth.. and that's saying something.

14. pimpin83z

Posts: 593; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

You know that's the XS & not the Max in the image, right?

25. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

It actually is slightly larger the the Xs Max though. It's about the same size as the Note 9, but not as thick.

31. pimpin83z

Posts: 593; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I know that. His comment is based on the image in this article, which shows the XS instead of the Max.

24. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

The Note 9 is less than 1 mm shorter and just as thick as the OP7 Pro. I'm assuming the Note 10 will be similar. And who knows what Apple will be doing with the larger iPhone this year. Point being, the author doesn't like large phones. And for some reason tries to justify this by comparing it to the smallest flagships.

41. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Regardless it is still the heaviest and largest...

102. Locoman_

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 13, 2019

That's true, but irrelevant. The comfort of use is dependant on the user. Say the article's author wears size 48" pants. They wouldn't fit me, but does that mean they're the wrong size? Well, for me, but for the author they might be perfect. I find small phones annoying. That doesn't mean they should be judged by their size since other people might find them just right.

48. bardock

Posts: 7; Member since: May 30, 2019

Huawei mate 20x is bigger!!! And I own it and I love it!! I like to watch videos and search things on my smartphone, so a smaller phone it's not for me, if you just call or send sms just buy a Nokia 3310

55. Hughey2k2

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Hell yeah I have the same phone I just wish the OS was better that's why I'm looking at the OP7 pro but after having a 7.2in phone I kinda feel like even 6.7in is small but Oxygen Os is incredible so that makes it a hard decision

7. lostdaynight

Posts: 31; Member since: May 16, 2011

This is just silly. I use mine with the included case, and it was nothing to transition from a OP6 with a Spigen case. If anything, it reminds me of the in-hand heft of the Essential Phone and its ceramic design. Also, the premise of this article is dumb when most of the rest of the world can get the SMALLER OP7 non-pro, while the US can still get the 6T. So OP provides size choice for their flagships just like Samsung or Apple.

34. ijuanp03

Posts: 616; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Did you get the point of the article?

9. kplayon

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 02, 2018

I think so too. This phone is too big so I returned it. Galaxy s10+ is what I rock now. Much lighter and even has a headphone jack

50. bardock

Posts: 7; Member since: May 30, 2019

Small pockets =?????

10. User123456789

Posts: 1014; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Dear Viktor .... Iphone Xs Max has 208g. More than OP7 Pro. You cant compare to Xs that has almost the size of iphone 8 when OP has size of a Note 9.

11. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Victor if you think the OnePlus 7 Pro is too big, then what are your thoughts on the Samsung Note 9? Dimensions and weight are very similar (162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm weighing 206 g on OnePlus vs. 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm weighing 201 g on Note 9).

13. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Same thing, with one important distinction: Samsung has smaller phones, so you can get a smaller Samsung phone, OnePlus does not.

16. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I could add the iPhone XS Max to this list but since they offer smaller sizes, it's not an issue. My gripe with these taller phones has always been how they wouldn't fit in my pocket so it would be nice for companies to offer smaller sizes like what the rumor mill says for a Note 10e. I could definitely see OnePlus offer multiple sizes in the future if there's enough customer feedback.

17. SubtleOne

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Sure it does. OnePlus 7 (non-pro) gives you the same CPU, GPU, UFS3.0, stereo loudspeakers, with just no 90hz screen, and no triple camera. In China, via AliBaba, they are already selling the 8GB/256GB version, with Global ROM flashed on it, for under US$500.

19. User123456789

Posts: 1014; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

But if you want the Pen , you dont have choice. That is why people usually buy the Note.

28. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Even the "smaller" phones from Samsung are too big.

32. pimpin83z

Posts: 593; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

No dude. That's just your opinion. My 5'1" coworker loves her S9+.

36. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Might as well just use a watch lol

51. bardock

Posts: 7; Member since: May 30, 2019

So buy another brand!! Huawei has excellent ones!!

12. OneLove123

Posts: 1194; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It's still lighter and narrower than the iPhone XS max.

15. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The large phone trend is mainly encouraged by customers, but not necessarily by their need for large screens as their need for big batteries, more cameras, faster performance which requires cooling. The Chinese cannot create compact phones with decent batteries due to technological constraints, so they just resort to huge bricks. I've got an S10e (specifically for the compactness) and I will never ever go back to those large phones. A compact phone is infinitely more ergonomic.

54. bardock

Posts: 7; Member since: May 30, 2019

I own a Huawei mate 20X and the battery last longer than your Samsung, my girlfriend has a Huawei p20 pro, and last longer than your Samsung, don't talk bad of Chinese brands, they have superior tecnology, that's why usa are so afraid and are doing this with Huawei, and they tryed to buy Huawei's company, but fail... It they want tech, they have to work and search for it, not just invent lies..

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