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

1. greyhulk

Posts: 181; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

No it's not. You just have toddler-sized hands.

21. Vega007

Posts: 69; Member since: May 18, 2017

It's still a huge and heavy phone regardless of hand size.

43. bardock

Posts: 7; Member since: May 30, 2019

It's not huge, is multimedia friendly, with this you don't need a magnifying lens!! I think it's a good size, I own a Huawei mate 20X an it has 7.2 inch of screen and I don't think it is too big, I like it and it fits on my pocket

93. Vega007

Posts: 69; Member since: May 18, 2017

Huge and multimedia friendly are not mutually exclusive. Of course the larger screen you have the better it is to watch content on, that is obvious. At what point does it become unwieldy and not user friendly? This is why laptops are meant to be light and preferably screens that aren't too large. I am not saying this phone is past a capping point, but my point is that it is still a huge and heavy phone in relative comparison to its market. Also it's not other peoples fault your eyesight sucks.

66. cheetah2k

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Its the same size as the Note 9... And no one at PhoneArena complained about the size of that!! Is Victor having regrets on that 9/10 score they gave it? Did Apple send you some nasty emails?

26. jimv1983

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

So you're saying you can hold the One Plus 7 Pro with one hand and reach all parts of the screen with your thumb? Either you are lying, have disproportionately large hands for your body size or you are like 9 feet tall.

45. bardock

Posts: 7; Member since: May 30, 2019

Why you need to reach all the parts of the screen with your thumb?? You don't have two arms!?? Just use the other thumb, don't be lazy. That's why there are so many broken screens!! ( I am the guy who holds the phone with one hand and it is my 20th screen that I buy for it!!) please don't be like this!!!

59. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

When tf did he say he can reach all parts of the screen with his thumb? I swear people just put words in other's mouths sometimes. You can't even do that with an galaxy s10e. He is just saying the phone is small enough to be manageable without having to return it,

63. libra89

Posts: 2259; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I have a S10e and I can but I have long fingers. It was one of the things that drew me to the phone.

82. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

My Nex is the same size and I have large hands and have to shimmy the phone to reach the top. But.......... Funtouch OS opens the quick settings shade from the bottom with a swipe up. It also has something called Easy Touch which places a quick toggle anywhere on the screen (and minimizes after 3 seconds) that you can map for any function including notifications. That's how I open the notification shade. I've never used Oxygen OS but it's very likely it has something similar. It took me 6 months to figure out I could do that and most users may not be aware it's available. As for the author, he needs to stop wearing those trendy tight pants with silly pockets and get some 501's.

39. Phonehex

Posts: 752; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Its big , ungainly and a just a bust of a phone. It's like when google made the Nexus 6 with Motorola. That was HUGE mistake and so was this. Hoping the Oneplus 7T Pro or whatever its called is in the 6T size with the same pro features .

67. cheetah2k

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

So? Just buy the Oneplus 7 when it comes.

77. Codenamer

Posts: 2; Member since: May 30, 2019

I think you need to calm down a bit. It is 4.9 millimeters (less than a quarter inch) taller, 1.2 millimeters wider, and 0.6 of a millimeter thicker than the 6t...

2. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 39; 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: 39; Member since: May 29, 2019

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

68. cheetah2k

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; 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: 2491; 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: 282; 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: 282; 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: 200; 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: 318; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Regardless it is still the heaviest and largest...

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

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

SI unit for measuring the mass is the "gram" (g). If you want to use "ounces" and "ponds", you should also post the SI (g) values.

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1045; Member since: May 27, 2011

You can see the international unit measurements in our size comparison tool that we use twice throughout the article.

80. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I sure can, but the article should use SI measures and the handful that still lives in stone age and use imperial measures should b the ones that use your size comparison tool.

97. Lita9

Posts: 43; Member since: May 07, 2017

exactly Leo. what's with these ounces, farenheit, miles ? ? these Americans should just use what the world is using

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.

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