The OnePlus 7 is more similar to the 6T model than the recently released 7 Pro. We present our first impressions on its price, design, and specifications after having tested the OnePlus 7.
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OnePlus 7: is it worth your purchase?
The OnePlus 7 is a careful update of the 6T. The same design and the same screen with improved specifications, a new camera, and some small software adjustments.
We have not perceived it as a radical change in any way, but it seems a safe and competitive mid-range device that should appeal to anyone who has already been tempted by a OnePlus device before.
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The OnePlus 7 will see its protagonism stolen by the 7 Pro, its big brother, premiered at the same time, which is much faster, bright and novel. The OnePlus 7 is left behind looking much more like the previously released models (which do not mean it is a bad phone).
The OnePLus 7 is a fairly “light” update of the OnePlus 6T of 2018: a similar design and virtually no software change. Yes, we see changes in some internal specifications, which may do slightly better than 6T.
If you do not want a phone that is too big and you are not convinced by the outstanding camera, then you will like the OnePlus 7 more than the 7 Pro. In addition, the OnePlus 7 offers half the price of some of its closest rivals.
Price and availability
The OnePlus 7 Pro is now available. Its price starts at € 709 and rises to 829 if you choose 12 GB of RAM and 256 of ROM.
The OnePlus 7, which we discussed in this article, can also be purchased for € 559 for 6 GB of RAM and 128 of storage; and for € 609 for 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB.
At first glance, OnePlus 7 is very similar to 6T. Essentially, it has the same size, structure, screen, and notch. The color is slightly different – Mirror Gray, a shade lighter than last year’s Mirror Black, with a smoother finish – but you will find it hard to detect unless you place them side by side.
In person you can see some more subtle differences: the bulge of the camera is more pronounced, some of the buttons have slightly changed shape or have been repositioned a bit, but you really have to know the 6T well to appreciate these little details without having them side by side.
The OnePlus has a large front screen of 6.4 inches with a small notch in the center and a thin bezel around the perimeter. Both the front and back are coated with glass, with a bright gray finish on the back – there is also a red version, but that is only available in India and China. On the back, you’ll find a set of double cameras centered near the upper body.
The screen as a whole is the same: a panel of 2340×1080, 19.5: 9 AMOLED 60Hz, although having the phone in our hands looked much brighter than the 6T panel with the same settings. You also get exactly the same 16Mp selfie camera embedded in the top.
It’s a conservative design then, but it’s definitely still attractive. There may be something left behind compared to the 7 Pro full-screen and its sliding self-slipping trigger.
It’s also true that that pop-up comes with its own questions about durability and reliability that this notched design simply does not arouse.
It is not surprising that there is still no headphone jack, but it does have dual stereo speakers and USB-C 3.1 to charge them.
There is also a fingerprint scanner on the screen, although this has had an update last year, with a new lens and a faster sensor area that makes scanning faster than before.
The 3700mAh battery has not changed either, with the same fast charging capacity as well. This means that you will not get the Warp load of 30W faster than if you have the 7 Pro.
Like the previous model, there is no wireless charging and, although the phone is water resistant, there is no IP rating either.
And the new of OnePlus 7
Still, not everything is the same. So, what has changed in OnePlus 7? It may sound like a minor detail, but one of the best news of OnePlus 7 is its enhanced haptics.
A constant complaint against OnePlus phones has been a noisy and audible vibrator. There is a new one in the 7 and it is very good – it feels as good as in Pixel 3, although not as good as the LG V40 or iPhone XS.
It is a small thing, but writing with vibration feedback is much more pleasant when the haptics is a small inaudible clip instead of a long, loud buzz.
To no one’s surprise, the 7 includes the new Snapdragon 855 processor, an 845 6T update. It’s paired here with RAM and similar storage options (6GB / 128GB and 8GB / 256GB), but that storage is it improved: the phone uses UFS 3.0, a faster storage medium that technically offers an opening faster application, loading games and large file transfers.
This is difficult to prove and observe with regular use, in the same way, that I can not really tell the daily difference in speed offered by the update to Snapdragon 855 from 845.
The same goes for UFS 3.0 and its inclusion here is a test of the future for the phone rather than a short-term acceleration. However, every little help, even if you are a user or user accustomed to light and lightweight phones.
When we evaluated the OnePlus 7 it got one of the highest scores we’ve ever seen on a phone (at least until the date of this article) that matches the iPhone XR and the iPhone XS, as well as the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Sony Xperia 1 and the Xiaomi Mi 9.
With the UFS 3.0 and incredibly fluid animations, the OnePlus 7 (and the Pro) are the fastest phones you can buy right now.
It could be said that the biggest change is in the back of the phone. There is still a dual camera configuration, and the secondary target is the same depth sensor as in 6T, but the main camera is now a 48Mp, f / 1.7 shooter with optical image stabilization – which, in theory, should produce sharper images and better shots in low light.
OnePlus says it is using a new algorithm that directs photography, with dedicated modes to improve HDR, new 48Mp super-resolution shots, and a Nightscape 2.0 update for better shots in low light conditions.
It is the same software updates that we see in the 7 pros, but with a slightly different main objective and without the additional wide-angle and telephoto lenses.
This 48Mp lens is paired with a 5Mp f / 2.4 depth sensor for portrait shots. The conclusion is that OnePlus is still behind the best in mobile photography, but only if you are very iniquitous with photography you will be able to perceive it.
For us, the cameras on a smartphone that most impress in all aspects is those of the Huawei P30 Pro (although they also deserve mention of the Google Pixel 3 for the Xiaomi Mi 9).
The OnePlus 7 camera sometimes has problems with dull skies and brightness of scenes and colors in an unrepresentative grade. Sure, many of the most popular smartphone camera programs (Samsung) tend to alter the images to be what they think to looks better, rather than what’s really there.
Check out the gallery below – the landscapes often look gorgeous, but the fruit bowl looks dull and monotonous, the portrait mode is inconsistent and the night mode is not as accomplished as that of Huawei and Google.
If this bothers you, the OnePlus 7 cameras are not up to scratch. But for 99% of people who are not spying and obsessed with pixels, it’s a very good rear configuration.
Around the front, there is a 16Mp sensor exactly identical to the 6T sensor – a perfectly acceptable camera with smarts software to make selected portraits. You’ll be happy with the lens for selections, group photos, and video calls. It also facilitates a fast unlocking function of the face, although it is not safe enough for biometrics.
The OnePlus 7 works in a fluid way thanks to its operating system Oxygen OS (Android 9 Pie), in addition, it will be familiar to many and many. It is easy to get used to and learn to drive.
OnePlus continuously adjusts the Oxygen OS operating system to improve it, especially with regard to the new functions of the latest models. But it also deals with the older phones, with the OnePlus 3 of 2016 recently receiving Android 9 Pie (which was sent with 6 Marshmallow!).
There’s a new screen recorder to record unlimited images and audio from your phone, an enhanced game mode that gives you granular notification control, and Zen mode, which essentially locks the phone to nothing but the camera and calls emergency for 20 minutes, with no way to turn it off. A cruel and cold joke waiting for it to happen, so do not tell your friends.
I also love that OnePlus does not force you to use the new Android 9 Pie navigation bar, not even OnePlus’ own gesture system, although you can use them if you want. By default, OnePlus 7 has the three traditional Android navigation buttons, but the choice between three different styles is great.
The gesture system is a simple tear of the iPhone, but to be honest is not a bad thing since it is still the best that exists.
The OnePlus 7 is a fairly cautious update of the 6T: the same design and the same screen with improved specifications, a new camera, and some small software settings.
It’s not a revolutionary change, but it seems like a safe and competitive mid-range device that should appeal to anyone who has been tempted before by a OnePlus device.
If you put it next to the OnePlus 7 Pro, surely this model does not seem so exciting, although the difference in price between both models can make you opt for the OnePlus 7.
- Android 9 Pie with OxygenOS
- 6.41in 19.5: 9 2340 x 1080p OLED, 402ppi
- The fingerprint sensor on screen with biometric support
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- 6/8 GB RAM
- 128/256 GB storage
- Rear cameras 48Mp and 5Mp, f / 1.7, OIS support for 4K video at 60fps
- Front camera 16Mp, f / 2.0
- Wifi 11ac dual band
- Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD
- 4G LTE
- Dual Nano-SIM
- Stereo speakers
- USB-C 3.1
- 3700mAh battery with 20W fast charge: 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm