OnePlus reversed most of its mistakes with the 6T and brought out a surprisingly ambitious OnePlus 7 Pro, packing several rare components that barely anyone else has procured. The result is a beast of a device that delivers fantastic mobile cinematic plus gaming experience, and one that’s in a well-designed package.
Both phones join the growing crowd of powerful Snapdragon 855-based devices, and to my surprise, these are the first non-Samsung phones to pack speedy UFS 3.0 storage chip, too. We’re talking about doubling the transfer speeds, here, which is a major advantage over most smartphones. They also feature a pair of stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, along with a larger and faster in-display fingerprint sensor. Thankfully, the three-stage alert slider and Warp Charge — OnePlus’ low-voltage fast-charging tech — are here to stay.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has the same excellent build quality and a similar design to recent predecessors. But, for a $600+ phone, I wouldn’t expect anything less. This variant is available in Mirror Gray, Almond and Nebula Blue options; it’s also the one that I’ve been using. I’m a sucker for its frosted glass back, which feels as smooth as OnePlus’ earlier “baby skin” texture. The gradient blue paint job underneath the glass gives a nice shine at different angles, too. While the OnePlus 7 Pro weighs a little over 200 grams, it didn’t feel that much heavier than the 185-gram 6T (the smaller OnePlus 7 weighs 182 grams). The phone also comes with a clear soft silicone case, which means I can still show off that fancy color while keeping it protected.
The main difference between the OnePlus 7 Pro and the 6T is that the notch camera has been replaced by a pop-up camera with a new 16-megapixel sensor, meaning OnePlus finally has a true all-screen smartphone. The pop-up mechanism has apparently been tested to withstand over 300,000 movements, which should last for well over five years of heavy use, even. Just to be safe, this camera is also able to retract automatically when the phone detects a fall. My only concern is how much dust — and potentially liquid — could get trapped in this compartment over time.
On the back, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a triple camera instead: There’s a 48-megapixel f/1.7 main camera (with optical stabilization), along with an 8-megapixel f/2.4 3x-zoom telephoto camera and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera. More on that later.
Another main selling point of the OnePlus 7 Pro is its Fluid AMOLED panel. With this, OnePlus is finally pushing into the QHD+ (3,120 x 1,440) resolution on a 6.67-inch curved screen (though the smaller 7 packs the same 6.41-inch 2,340 x 1,080 AMOLED screen as the 6T). The Fluid part refers to the screen’s 90Hz refresh rate, which makes everything you do look silky smooth — be it gaming, watching video or just general scrolling around.