OnePlus has been the disrupters in the market, offering powerful devices for great value, starting with the One Plus 1. The OnePlus 7 Pro is a premium smartphone that competes with the flagships in the market, while the OnePlus 7 holds the fort in the value-for-money segment.
Design and Build Quality
We received the Nebula Blue version of the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the device looks stunning with the subtle, yet classy play of colours. The device features curved 3D Corning Gorilla Glass on front and back. The phone does not feature a notch since the front camera is a pop-up type model. This makes the entire screen area available for display. While the back surface has a matte finish, the metal rim has a glossy finish. The triple cameras at the back are aligned vertically in a straight line at the centre along with the flash. The front-facing pop-up camera retracts automatically if it detects that the device is being dropped. According to OnePlus, the system has been tested to withstand sliding out up to 300,000 times. It is also resistant to everyday dust and dirt.
The OnePlus 7 Pro uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor clocked at 2.84 GHz along with a Qualcomm AI Engine. It is combined with an Adreno 640 GPU for better gaming performance. The device uses OxygenOS based on Android 9. The OnePlus 7 Pro is available with 6GB, 8GB or 12GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB internal memory.
The OnePlus 7 Pro uses a triple camera system with normal, ultra wide angle and telephoto cameras. The normal camera uses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor. It features Optical (OIS) and Electronic (EIS) image stabilisation and offers a maximum aperture of f/1.6. The ultra wide angle camera is a 16-megapixel model offering f/2.2 and 117-degree angle of view, while the telephoto camera features 8 megapixels with OIS and f/2.4. The device incorporates a Dual LED flash and features Multi Autofocus including PDAF (Phase Detection AF), LAF (Laser AF) and CAF (Contrast AF).
The main camera can record videos of up to 4K quality at 30 or 60 fps, while Super Slow Motion videos can be captured either at 1080p, 240 fps or 720p, 480 fps. Other features include UltraShot, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, AI Scene Detection and Raw image. Nightscape is a high dynamic range mode that allows cityscapes shot at night look bright and detailed. The phone uses a pop-up front camera with a 16 MP Sony IMX471 camera. It features Electronic image stabilisation and a fixed focus with f/2.0 aperture. This camera can record videos up to 1080P at 30fps. The device offers Time-Lapse mode.
The phone uses a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display providing a refresh rate of 90 Hz and resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels (QHD+) at 516 ppi. The screen offers HDR+ technology for better video playback of Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Videos. It also offers Night Mode 2.0, which filters out blue light and optimises brightness level to eliminate eye-strain while reading. Dual Speakers and Dolby Atmos provides crystal-clear sound.
The 7 Pro uses a USB 3.1 GEN1 Type-C port that also supports standard Type-C earphones. It has dual nano-SIM slots and is powered by a 4000 mAh non-removable battery. The device supports Warp Charge 30 (5V/6A), OnePlus’s new fast charging technology. This allows you to charge the phone even while playing games. A new liquid cooling with ten cooling layers strategically placed throughout the phone keeps the device cool. The phone measures 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm and weighs 206 g.
The phone is a pleasure to use with a comfortable form factor and ideal size for one-handed operation. The notch-less display offers the best viewing experience along with QHD+ resolution. The on-screen fingerprint sensor saves some more space on the display and the system is responsive and user-friendly. The device never lagged even with intensive gaming and videos. With fast refresh rate, scrolling and other actions on the display feel fluid. The phone uses haptic vibration. Dual stereo speakers ensure great audio.
The OnePlus 7 Pro, with its impressive hardware specifications, did what the company promised. The phone never exhibited any lag even while handling graphic-intensive games and apps. The stereo speakers provided excellent audio reproduction. The battery lasted for over a day on full charge even with above-average use.
The triple camera system performed well with all the three cameras providing sharp and crisp images. Colours were true to the original with sufficient details. The OnePlus 7 Pro controlled noise very well. Even ISO 3200 proved to be usable in good lighting. The device performed well under low-light. Portrait mode rendered images with smooth bokeh. However, the effect was not as distinct as that of some other devices. Videos were quite smooth and punchy.
Value for Money
The OnePlus 7 Pro is available in three versions. The 6 GB, 128 GB variant retails at Rs.48,999, while the 8 GB, 256 GB variant carries a price tag of Rs.52,999. The most powerful 12 GB, 256 GB version is listed at an MRP of Rs.57,999. Please note that the OnePlus 7 Pro is a premium offering from the 7-series and not exactly a value-for-money replacement to the OnePlus 6T. The device is certainly worth the price.
Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android 9
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (Octa-core, 7nm, up to 2.84 GHz) with Qualcomm AI Engine
GPU: Adreno 640
RAM: 6GB/8GB/12GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 128GB/256GB UFS 3.0 2-LANE
Main camera: 48 MP, Sony IMX586 sensor, 7 elements, OIS, EIS, f/1.6
Telephoto camera: 8 MP, OIS, f/2.4
Ultra Wide Angle camera: 16 MP, f/2.2, 117° FoV
Autofocus: Multi Autofocus (PDAF+LAF+CAF)
Best video: 4K at 30/60 fps
Battery: 4000 mAh (non-removable)
Dimensions: 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm