OnePlus’ latest comes at a premium

OnePlus 7 Pro is a more premium variant of the OnePlus 7. It does away with a notched display, brings in a sliding front camera, and more. But does it deserve its premium price tag?

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Imagine a scene – You go to a luxury car showroom. You select a car and configure it to your liking. When time comes to pay up, the showroom asks you to pay the price of a budget car. Can’t ever happen, right? Well, that has been the calling card of OnePlus – make great stuff, use word of mouth for marketing, keep costs down. This happened for some time too. Its devices have continued to offer great value. However, recently they have started faltering on their priced point. In fact, OnePlus’ device prices continue to inch closer to premium devices from Samsung and Apple. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the OnePlus 7 Pro, the latest and greatest OnePlus smartphone in existence.

OnePlus 7 Pro – Photo Gallery

What’s new about the OnePlus 7 Pro?

The OnePlus 7 Pro marks the first time OnePlus has launched two devices at the same time. Back when the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X were launched, the company did so by spacing them a few weeks apart. Not this time. Also, this is the first time OnePlus has launched a different version of its flagship device. OnePlus does launch special versions of its smartphones but this isn’t that. You can call this the Samsung effect, the Apple effect or more accurately, the Huawei effect (Huawei P30 and P30 Pro).

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The next thing to note about OnePlus 7 Pro is the absence of a display notch. While the OnePlus 7 retains the water-drop notch of OnePlus 6/6T, the OnePlus 7 Pro goes for a cleaner notch-free design. There is a thin forehead and chin up front but those ain’t deal-breakers. OnePlus achieved this feat by hiding the front-facing camera in a sliding mechanism like the Vivo Nex. The company claims the sliding mechanism has been tested to last 3,00,000 times of opening and closing, and features dust resistance. Let’s leave it to Jerry Rig Everything* to test that one.

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Speaking of the display, the OnePlus 7 Pro features the world’s first Quad HD AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. Your regular smartphones features 60Hz display. Simply put, they refresh their screen 60 times a second. The OnePlus 7 Pro does that 90 times a second. The Asus ROG Phone matches that but it has a Full HD display. The Razer Phone and Razer Phone 2 beat OnePlus 7 Pro here with their 120Hz display. However, their screens are IGZO LCD and not AMOLED.

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Next up, the OnePlus 7 Pro marks the first time a triple rear camera has graced a OnePlus phone. It comprises of a 48-megapixel primary camera with optical and electronic image stabilization. Accompanying it is a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens (with no stabilization) and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with optical image stabilization. The rear camera of the phone offers 3x optical zoom.

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The OnePlus 7 Pro features dual speaker system with Dolby Atmos tech. It’s good to see OnePlus offering such an essential feature. However, going one step further, the phone also has a Fnatic mode. Simply put, once you turn this mode on, the phone goes into gaming mode. The CPU and GPU go into boost mode, Do Not Disturb mode is activated, and network connectivity is enhanced for uninterrupted gaming sessions.

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Next up, the OnePlus 7 Pro gets three colour schemes – Nebula Blue, Mirror Gray, and Almond. Nebula Blue is more like shifty Blue. It isn’t as shifty under lights as the Huawei P30 Pro’s but it looks as great as that one. More importantly, it feels nice to look at, no matter the angle. Mirror Gray is just shiny gray. The Almond colour is more like OnePlus’ take on gold colour with less shine and a little cream thrown in. It looks regal while not feeling too expensive.

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Lastly, the phone also offers UFS 3.0 or the latest and greatest in Universal Flash Storage. What this means in theory is data read and write speeds on the flash memory are faster than ever. This means data transfer to and from the OnePlus 7 Pro will be faster than on any other device. More importantly, the phone will be able to access files stored on its memory faster than any other phone. Benefits – shorter load and buffer times.

Is the OnePlus 7 Pro worth consideration?

The OnePlus 7 Pro presents a unique proposition. It is a separate, standalone device than OnePlus 7. Yet, for some reason, it fits into the same family. On top of that, it is quite costly too. To that end, it will be able to fend off competition from the likes of Samsung Galaxy S10e and Google Pixel 3a. However, will it be more popular than its cheaper sibling? If the OnePlus 7 Pro becomes more popular than OnePlus 7, that would propel the company into the upper stratosphere, an area where Samsung and Apple thrive.

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Let’s be honest – unlike most devices, the OnePlus 7 Pro doesn’t have a killer feature. While some may lament that, I think it is a good idea they didn’t go that route. Otherwise, the phone would be defined by that one killer feature. I still am not comfortable with OnePlus missing out on things like wireless charging and headphone jack. At least the Alert Slider offsets those issues.

OnePlus 7 Pro – Specs at a Glance

SpecificationsOnePlus 7 Pro
PriceRs 48,999 onward
Processor2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 witth Adreno 640 GPU
RAM6GB/8GB/12GB
DisplayFluid AMOLED, 6.67-inch with Quad HD+ (3120x1440p) resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Internal Storage128GB/256GB
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie-based Oxygen OS
Rear Camera48-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Front Camera16-megapixel
Battery4000mAh with fast charging
Dimensions162.6mm x 75.9mm x 8.8mm
NFCYes
Fingerprint ScannerUnder display
Water/Dust ResistanceN/A
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