The OnePlus 7 Pro is ready to take your portrait with its novel pop-up front-facing camera and then dazzle you with its silky-smooth, truly unblemished all-screen display – two features Apple and Samsung can’t claim with their market-leading flagship phones.
It’s the latest Android phone from the Chinese brand to outmaneuver its top-shelf competition, offering similarly high-end power and features at a consumer-friendly (meaning lower) price.
In sum, OnePlus has done it again. But brace yourselves, long-time fans: this new model is more expensive than last year’s OnePlus 6T, the lower-featured regular OnePlus 7, and its competition, the Honor 20 Pro.
What do you get from the OnePlus 7 Pro in exchange for the extra cost? An upgrade deserving of the ‘Pro’ name: this smartphone has an immersive 6.67-inch screen that challenges Samsung’s display crown by ditching the bezel outline and gaining a 90Hz refresh rate for a more fluid gaming and scrolling experience.
Its 19.5:9 aspect ratio is fairly tall, so don’t expect small hands to reach all corners of the stretched-out display. We wish there was a OnePlus 7 Pro mini, but we still appreciate the curved edges for an overall thinner profile. The second-gen in-screen fingerprint sensor has also been improved to help you more reliably access the phone the first time you press your thumb to the glass.
Underneath the HDR10+ screen are Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 chipset, a hefty 4,000mAh battery that powered us through a day (but not any longer than that), and up to 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM – that latter spec is actually more than you need from a phone, so the 8GB version is just fine.
The OnePlus 7 Pro triple-lens rear camera array is spearheaded by a 48MP sensor, new 3x telephoto, and ultra-wide lenses, and low-light-ready Nightscape mode. It’s closer to Google Pixel 3 and Huawei P30 Pro-quality, but not the best camera phone. OnePlus has already issued several software updates focusing on the camera.
Missing OnePlus 7 Pro features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card slot and wireless charging, which will be a headache but not a deal break for some folks. Good news, it offers the fastest charging rates we’ve tested via an included oversized Warp Charge 30 adapter, while there’s also a new stereo speaker system…..this explains the huge price gap against its rivals.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is closer to delivering everything you want from a flagship phone than any previous OnePlus handset – but for this reason, it also no longer fits into the budget or mid-range categories. Once hailed a ‘flagship killer’, the OnePlus series is now a flagship to be killed……looking at the prices of its main competition, that might not be the case.
It costs around $699 or N250,000 which is far cheaper than its similarly-priced rivals (iPhone 11 pro – N510,000 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – N384,000).
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