The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the company’s best premium smartphones thanks to its novel pop-up front-facing camera with a curved all-screen display. Despite debuting as an expensive device, it still outranks the competition by a better margin, offering sheer speed performance with an outstanding camera that most rivals can’t match.
The premium smartphone still outmanoeuvres its top competitors with a sleek slate and a motorised module that pops up from the top of the phone alongside high-end features at a consumer-friendly price. Although the OnePlus 7 Pro is a bit outdated since the launch of the OnePlus 8 Pro, it remains a powerful device even in 2022 and can comfortably compete among the best Android phones in the market.
Selling at a starting price of $540, the OnePlus 7 Pro is more expensive than last year’s 7t along with the Huawei Honor 20 Pro. What should we expect from the OnePlus 7 Pro in exchange for an expensive price tag? Apart from being a Pro device, a 6.67-inch QHD+ AMOLED display is absolutely amazing and challenges Samsung’s curvy bezel while gaining a 90Hz refresh rate.
Under the hood are Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 chipset, a massive 4,000mAh battery and up to 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. The OnePlus 7 Pro photography world is spearheaded by a 48MP sensor that’s accompanied by an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and a 16MP ultra-wide lens.
For fans tempted to sneak peek into the world of 5G, the OnePlus 7 Pro has got you covered with its 5G version. However, it’s an identical smartphone apart from the inclusion of 5G connectivity although it costs a few bucks more. All of that is to say the OnePlus 7 Pro is an amazing device you can’t wait to get your hands on. Here’s our honest full review and final verdict about the handset.
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OnePlus 7 Pro Key Specifications
- Display: 6.67-inch AMOLED
- Resolution: 3120 x 1440 pixels
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- Front Camera: 16-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 16-megapixel
- RAM: 6GB /8GB /12GB
- Storage: 128GB /256GB
- Battery Capacity: 4000mAh
- OS: Android 9 Pie (Upgradable to Android 11), OxygenOS 11.0.4
Design and Build-up
The handset’s design is every phone lover’s choice and has almost every design attribute you’ll want on a 2019 handset. It can be mistaken for a taller version of the Galaxy S10 Plus – minus the punch-hole front camera.
With curved edges and bezel-less screen all around, the OnePlus is gradually saying goodbye to traditional smartphone design. With this latest design trend, it’s hard not to like holding this phone despite requiring the service of both hands to operate comfortably.
Depending on the RAM variant you’re going for, the OnePlus 7 Pro has amazing colour options of Mirror Grey, Almond, and Nebula Blue. The rest of the phone is great too. There’s a triple camera setup on the middle back, a USB-C port on the bottom, and no 3.5mm headphone support.
Despite the bezel-less display, there’s no point denying how big the OnePlus 7 Pro is having 206g weight. Unfortunately, the handset is not officially IP68 water-resistant certified although it was altered to reduce cost. These omissions in some cases are either a win or loss for you depending on the features you’ll like to have on your smartphone.
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This is undoubtedly one of the best features of this device as OnePlus makes sure the 7 Pro has more fluidity and screen than other competitors.
The excellent OnePlus 7 Pro is the first handset from the company to have a true all-screen display as there’s no notch or punch-hole for the selfie camera. Its motorized pop-up front camera doesn’t enter into the display and this is an innovation we’ve seen on Vivo, Xiaomi, and Oppo devices.
The bezel-less 6.67-inch display is just the tip of the iceberg. OnePlus debuted a new display called “Fluid AMOLED” that’s touting at an amazing 90Hz refresh rate. We experienced the greatest smooth feeling when watching movies and scrolling through the Chrome browser looked better.
Although there are few phones with up to 120Hz refresh rate but the OnePlus 7 Pro despite its price compared to the competition has a better camera, faster performance, and superior software. If you’re looking for a small phone, it’s better to look away from the OnePlus 7 Pro as the device has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio that makes playing high-end games more enjoyable.
A Motorized pop-up front camera is a wow idea and the future of self-indulgent smartphone photos as of 2019. The camera only pops up when the camera app is active, otherwise, it remains hidden.
At first, many fans including us were concerned about how this innovation will leave the phone prone to damage especially if you mistakenly drop it. Fortunately, OnePlus introduced a mechanism that allows the camera to automatically retreat once it free-fall.
The 16MP front camera photo quality matches up to flagship-like. It thrives excellently in well-lit environments and has superior HDR, unlike other phones. It’s a nice upgrade from the blown-out selfie camera of the OnePlus 6T although the Huawei P30 Pro takes a better photo.
Before now, the main camera had consistently been one of OnePlus’s biggest weaknesses. However, the OnePlus 7 Pro triple camera brings an end to that and introduces a new era of excellent photo performance that’s twice better than its predecessors.
Leading the triple camera array is a 48MP main shooter with an f/1.6 aperture that exhibits warmer colours than last year’s OnePlus 6T. Good news! We’re now saying farewell to muddy looking photos that have been replaced by sharper, brighter, and more natural-looking pictures.
Also, OnePlus debuted a Night Sight mode that helps in low-light shots. Significantly, the camera’s night performance has improved at least to some extent. However, you’ll need the services of a tripod to get the best out of this mode as a slightly shaky hand will spoil the entire camera settings.
Next in the line is an 8MP telephoto lens with up to 3x zoom and optical image stabilization (OIS). OnePlus 16MP ultra-wide lens does justice to landscape modes with its 117-degree field-of-view. Video quality was good too but not advisable for indoor shots.
Undoubtedly, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a camera that can keep up with the best from Apple, Samsung, Oppo, and Xiaomi, as well as Huawei’s ultimate P30 Pro in low light performance. Its triple camera configuration offers an amazing way to take excellent photos and fixes the errors of last year’s OnePlus 6T camera performance.
OnePlus 7 Pro: Hardware, Performance, and Software
The OnePlus 7 Pro was tagged “Go Beyond Speed” and focuses on bringing clock speed performance under the hood. The handset is among the fastest phones of 2019 alongside Samsung Galaxy S10 and LG G8.
The mighty Snapdragon 855 chipset gave it a boost in performance alongside up to 12GB of RAM. We experienced no problem or lag issues while running apps, playing games, or multitasking. There’s no doubt the OnePlus 7 Pro is specifically built for sleek uninterruptible performance.
To prevent heating, OnePlus equipped the device with a 10-layer liquid cooling system underneath. The cooling system technology, RAM boost, and enhanced vibrations combine to make the OnePlus 7 Pro an amazing gaming device.
OnePlus’s Oxygen OS alongside Android 9 Pie offers a perfect combination for a minimalistic flat design and allow users to make any likeable changes they desire.
Added to the OnePlus 7 Pro software suite is an inbuilt screen recorder that can capture everything on your screen’s display. Also, it allows you to create a play-to-play video tutorial with the option of recording both internal and external audio. Undoubtedly, the OnePlus 7 Pro skin is close to pure Android-like. Fortunately, you can update the device to the latest Android 11 operating system.
OnePlus 7 Pro: Battery Capacity
There’s a huge 4000mAh battery on the OnePlus 7 Pro that’s solid enough to handle all day’s work. Thanks to this handset’s hefty battery, we never found ourselves hunting to connect to a power socket while during the day’s work.
One of this battery’s features is the inclusion of a Warp Charge 30 adapter and cable that charges the phone from 0 to 35% in 15 minutes and a full battery in just 1 hour 30 minutes.
Amazingly, the WarpCharge 30 is arguably faster than Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charge technology. However, with the absence of a wireless charging pad on the OnePlus 7 Pro, you’ll have to pack along this specific travel while travelling.
OnePlus 7 Pro: Price in Nigeria and the US
- Price in Nigeria: ₦250,000
- Price in the US: $540
The OnePlus 7 Pro was officially released on May 17, 2019, to the excitement of OnePlus die-hard fans globally.
The OnePlus 7 Pro starts selling at ₦250,000 (about $540) for the entry-level variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage, which goes up to ₦310,000 (equivalent to $750) for 12GB /256GB storage configurations.
However, the best part of this smartphone’s deal is its 256GB /8GB model which you can buy for ₦290,000 (almost $700). Meanwhile, if you have extra bucks to spend, you can shy away from the price tag and pick up the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, giving you access to the latest internet connection and speedy internet.
Looking for where to buy the OnePlus 7 Pro? Fortunately, the handset is available to buy all over Europe, Australia, and Africa including Nigeria.
OnePlus 7 Pro Full Specifications
- Brand: OnePlus
- Model: 7 Pro
- Release Date: May 14, 2019
- Weight: 206g
- Colours: Mirror Grey, Almond, Nebula Blue
- Touchscreen: YES
- Type: Fluid AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+
- Display Size: 6.67-inch
- Screen Resolution: 1440 x 3120 pixels
- Facelock Support: YES
- In-display fingerprint scanner: Yes
- Sensors: Fingerprint (Front-mounted)
- Dimensions: 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm (6.40 x 2.99 x 0.35 in)
- Operating System: Android 9 Pie (Upgradable to Android 11), Oxygen 11.0.4
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
- GPU: Adreno 640
- RAM: 6GB /8GB /12GB
- Inbuilt Storage: 128GB /256GB
- SD Card slot: No
- Rear Flash: LED Flashlight
- Rear Camera: 48-MP f/1.6 (wide), 8-MP f/2.4 (telephoto), 2-MP f/2.2 (ultra-wide)
- Video: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@480fps
- Front Camera: 16-MP f/2.0 (wide)
- Front Flash: —
- Wi-Fi: YES
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- USB: MicroUSB-C 3.1
- GPS: YES
- WLAN: YES
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Technology: GSM | HSPA | LTE
- 3G Support: Yes
- 4G/ LTE Support: Yes
- 5G Support: Yes
- Capacity: Li-Po 4000 mAh, non-removable
- Fast Charge: 30W (WarpCharge)
- Price in Nigeria: ₦250,000
- Price in the US: $540