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OnePlus 7 Pro review: Bigger, brighter, better

By Marcus Wong - 1 Oct 2019

Overview & Design

Highlights

Launched just three months ago, the OnePlus 7 Pro is OnePlus’ flagship offering in this region and it represents a move from the company to present a high-end option that better compares against the offerings from Apple and Samsung.

As such, the phone boasts some impressive specs to justify the higher price. For starters, it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor with an integrated Adreno 640 GPU for faster graphics performance. RAM options start from 6GB and go up to 12GB, so the phone is certainly a speedy contender. The 7 Pro measures just 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm, and weighs just 206g, making it one of the slimmer phones around, but not exactly light. However, its weight can be easily attributed to its huge 6.67-inch curved OLED Quad HD+ display.

The 7 Pro has a triple camera setup.

Its camera system has been overhauled and the OnePlus 7 Pro has a main 48-megapixel camera with a maximum aperture of f/1.6 and both OIS and EIS built-in. This is backed by an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle 17mm lens that has a field of view of 117o. The camera allows for 3x optical zoom and features an updated Portrait mode that’s said to ensure facial details are beautifully rendered.

 

Are there other OnePlus 7 models?

Until recently, only the OnePlus 7 Pro was available in Singapore but it now seems like the distributor has both the OnePlus 7 and the 7 Pro available, along with more configuration choices. Their LazMall store is one of the official channels to purchase OnePlus phones in Singapore.

 

How similar are the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro models?

The OnePlus 7 model comes with a flat 6.4-inch OLED Full HD+ display instead of the curved OLED Quad HD+ display on the OnePlus 7 Pro. The standard OnePlus 7 also sticks to the usual 60Hz refresh rate instead of the 7 Pro's 90Hz refresh rate display. You do get the same processor and software, although the OnePlus 7 only has a dual-camera system instead of the triple-camera system on the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Even the front camera system is different where OnePlus 7 utilizes a drop-style notch design and doesn't get the pop-up front camera. That also means the Pro edition is able to boast a crazy screen-to-body ratio of 93.22%.

Last but not least, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh battery whereas the 7 only has a 3,700mAh one.

So to summarize, while their drive trains are siimilar, the OnePlus 7 Pro is clearly a more  advanced model that you would better appreciate what the latest incarnation brings to the table. So while the 'budget' flagship OnePlus 7 starts from S$899, the OnePlus 7 Pro with better capabilities and design starts from S$1,199.

Having said that, this is why we're reviewing the more interesting OnePlus 7 Pro edition.

 

Where does the new OnePlus 7T sit?

The just announced OnePlus 7T has limited availability availability and it's catered for those chasing latest specs at a more palatable price point. In fact, it's a OnePlus 7 successor as it draws in some aspects of the 7 Pro like the better camera system, but forgoes the premium all-screen design. As such, the OnePlus 7 Pro is still their current flagship.

 

Color and configuration option for the OnePlus 7 Pro?

Our review unit is the top-spec 12GB RAM unit of the OnePlus 7 Pro.

OnePlus 7 Pro specs
 
 

 

Design

You get a nice play of light and dark when you place the phone down.

In terms of engineering, the OnePlus 7 Pro moves to a full-glass design, with a 3D Corning Gorilla Glass back to go with the 3D Corning Gorilla Glass display that covers the front. This gives the phone a very interesting gradient effect, with a nice play of deep blue and light blue depending on how the light hits it, much like what the 6T’s Thunder Purple did. 

The 7 Pro looks fairly similar to the 6T, with the exception of the extra camera on the rear. It also maintains the slider from previous OnePlus phones that lets you easily switch between silent mode, loud mode, and vibration-only mode. As expected, it the in-display fingerprint-scanner first introduced on the 6T is a mainstay, so you can use both face recognition and fingerprint identification to unlock your phone (though we highly suggest only using the latter as it's more secure than the Face Unlock option). 

The slider lets you quickly switch between silent mode, loud mode, and vibration only mode.

It's worth noting that the 7 Pro is among the first devices to have implemented UFS 3.0 (Universal Flat Storage). This lowers power consumption and makes flash storage more reliable over a wider range of temperatures. So, you get incredibly high transfer speeds of up to 23.2Gbps (11.6Gbps in two lanes), which bodes well for video capture at 4K and even 8K. In fact, the 7 Pro even has a liquid cooling system, with ten cooling layers strategically placed throughout your phone to keep it running optimally.

What are the storage options available for the OnePlus 7 Pro? 128GB and 256GB options. It  doesn't come with a microSD card slot, so choose your preferred option wisely as there's no way to increase the storage.

The 3.5mm audio jack has been replaced by USB-C connector, an irritant for those who've invested in good wired headsets. On the other hand, the phone does look good at this angle, doesn't it?

Like the 6T before it (and most modern phones today), the 7 Pro does away with the traditional 3.5 mm audio jack in favour of a USB-C connector.

Finally, it's worth noting that the 7 Pro doesn't come with an official IP-rating. OnePlus says that the IP testing was omitted so as to save you money, but it's worth noting that the warranty (like most other smartphones) doesn't cover water damage so you probably shouldn't submerge it or take it into the shower area.

  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 9
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Gorgeous full-body screen
Good sound from the speakers
Great battery life with fast charging
LDAC support included
UFS 3.0 storage for faster performance
Class-leading benchmark scores
The Bad
Low light shots don't have the dynamic range of the competition
Still no wireless charging
No IP rating
No earpiece or converter included
No expandable storage
Not as affordable as past phones