From producing flagship killers, slowly OnePlus has turned its viewfinder to the premium range. This is because, over the years, the characteristics that favored the first OPs spread like wildfire. To understand, if in the 2014 one Snapdragon 801 was enough to make the difference, in the 2019 there are other parameters to consider. By now almost all the phones in circulation work in a more or less satisfactory way, therefore being a flagship requires other requirements. That's why it exists OnePlus 7 Pro, of which I will speak to you in this review.
OnePlus 7 Pro Review
Does not change the budget compared to the past years, so here's what is in the package:
- OnePlus 7 Pro;
- transparent protective cover;
- Warp Charge charger with its cable;
- pin for the SIM slot;
- manuals and stickers.
One flaw to consider is the absence of the USB Type-C / mini-jack adapter. Not everyone has one at home and, given the price at which the phone is sold, I don't understand why to omit it.
Design and construction quality
It is enough to hold OnePlus 7 Pro to understand that you are facing a prestigious product. The tactile sensation is decidedly satisfying, especially thanks to double curvature present both front and back. The feedback is very similar, if not equal, to that of Huawei P30 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S10. At the same time, this makes it very slippery, since the side frame is also curved, as well as restricted.
The double panel Gorilla Glass 6 makes it sufficiently resistant, but the soap effect is around the corner. A cover is practically mandatory, unless you use it purely at home. Without considering that the dimensions of 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm and the weight of 206 g make it a real "pan". This coloring Mirror Gray it is minimal and elegant, even if personally I prefer more vivid colors: if you think like me, opt for that Nebula Blue.
Aesthetically speaking, he still does not convince me of the ring that rotates around the two sensors of the triple rear camera. I would have preferred that everything was more uniform, but they are details. A less influential detail is, instead, the presence of theAlert Slider for quick selection of Silent / Vibration / Ringtone audio profiles. Another detail, even less apparent, but no less useful, is the displacement of the volume rocker higher and the Power button lower. This means that, as happens with OP6 and OP6T, it will not happen to take screenshots by mistake, holding the frame.
Its being totally full screen, among other things with a Chin rather restricted, it is dictated by the presence of retractable camera selfie. As well as other models, even here there is a protection system which makes it possible to retract automatically once a fall is detected. Furthermore, even by exerting a certain pressure on the spilled camera there is an automatism to make it come back. It is probably also for this conformation that OnePlus 7 Pro suffers from a certification IPXX, as far as the company has implied that it can be used "without problems" under water. Personally, I strongly advise against it.
Last but not least, the haptic feedback provided by the new vibration motor is "crunchy". Not only when typing the keyboard but also during the gaming phase. One of the best experiences from this point of view in Android, if not the best ever.
Although it does not incorporate ultrasonic technology, I found the fingerprint reader in the OnePlus 7 Pro display the best among those seen so far. Exactly, the technology is always the optical one, therefore it is not infallible, but at the same time the sensor has turned out very quick. Unlike other smartphones with this type of unlocking, the pressure to be exerted on the panel is less (although it is not enough to touch it anyway).
Keep in mind, however, that using it at night will risk blinding you, since the brightness is raised to allow a correct scan. With the option Quick start it is possible to unlock with the imprint and, holding pressed and moving the finger laterally, access to the customizable shortcuts. Although retractable, the selfie camera allows a excellent facial recognition. It is still a very safe 2D release, but fortunately the release and consequent release is very fast, almost surprising.
To make a parallel, OnePlus 7 Pro and iPad Pro are both "Pro" for a common feature, namely the high refresh rate. We are not in front of Razer's 120 Hz, but we are still on 90 Hz, a frequency more than adequate to have excellent fluidity. Compared to the canonical 60 Hz, the "buttery" effect contributes to having a visual effect that, combined with the power supplied by the hardware, makes the experience of use really satisfying.
However, there is a price to pay on the battery side (which we will discuss later), although it is possible to set the display to 60 Hz. This is especially true for the combo Quad HD +: for the first time even OnePlus has decided to raise the resolution of its top of the range, given the wide diagonal 6.67 " in 19.5: 9. It is however possible to switch to Full HD + or opt to have it automatically adjusted to the software. I still think that such a high resolution is of little use, if not for the use of more and more demodé VR content.
For the first time, then, OP7 Pro can boast of a curvature Dual Edge until now exclusive to some competitors. But as they say in Rome, "it is beautiful but not dancing". The moment you are in direct sunlight i reflexes they are quite obvious. The brightness is still high, wandering around 550 nits in Auto mode, while not reaching the peaks of the Samsung / LG / Huawei flagships.
Obviously we are again in front of a excellent panel AMOLED (word of DisplayMate), whose calibration has been further improved compared to the last generation. If you didn't like the default one, you can change the calibration, choosing between 5 presets, and adjust the white temperature. On the software side there are the Night and Reading modes to reconcile the view in the respective situations. There is also a mode "Video Enhancer”To increase saturation and contrast in video playback.
The Always-On is still missing: in its place there is a Ambient Display to view clock, battery and notifications. However, these cannot be expanded and cannot be answered. To recall it (and with it also the ID sensor icon) there is both the single / double tap to wake and the simple raising. Digging into the advanced options, the entry DC dimming, or the so-called DC Dimming of which we have already discussed. Enabling it you go down to only 0.3 nits in Nocturne mode, a godsend to keep your eyes safe.
Hardware and Performance
Every time we talk about top of the range, especially if we talk about the OnePlus brand, it's almost pleonastic to talk about performance. Take one Snapdragon 855 with Adreno 640, put us 8 GB of RAM LPDDR4X e 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage (always not expandable) and you will get a war machine. Especially if the slim software that responds to the name of OxygenOS enriches everything, but we'll talk about this later. Moreover, as already pointed out, the refresh rate at 90 Hz can only contribute to making everything even faster.
It must be said that we have arrived at a stop point, in some ways. In daily use this hardware / software combo results Overkill, to use an Anglo-Saxon term. Everything focuses on the appearance of the Gaming, at this point, perhaps the last remaining balance needle to understand what a telephone is made of. Needless to say, even under this aspect OnePlus 7 Pro is a true champion. With PUBG to details HDR / Ultra the frame rate remains stable on the 40 FPS, while going down to Smooth / Extreme can be reached without problems i 60 FPS.
There are two ways to manage in-game performance, one from “classic” Gaming and one new one Fnatic mode. With this you activate an advanced Do Not Disturb mode and the hardware and network performances are entirely focused on the game. In all this we note a certain overheating of the phone when very stressed, but at the same time the performances are not affected, without any thermal throttling. About optimizations, the feature RAM Boost is in charge of learning their habits and managing the speed of app loading accordingly.
Based on Android 9.0 Pie, the OxygenOS 9.5.8 which I now have on OnePlus 7 Pro carries on the software philosophy of the company, enriching it with some new features. There is the Dark Theme to take advantage of the AMOLED screen, as well as the inevitable Shelf with the useful parking position service. There is a new one Zen mode, with which to lock the phone for 20 minutes and enjoy life without smartphone distractions.
If you like the Customization, OxygenOS will satisfy you, to suffer from the possibility of changing icon pack by choosing your favorite from the Play Store. Being a full screen device, there is no lack of navigation gestures classic, along with other gestures to start various shortcuts, including the double tap to block. If you have multiple accounts, with Parallel App you can use two instances for the main social networks, while with App Locker increases the privacy for the apps we want to hide (and with them the related notifications).
Photo / video quality
As with virtually all 2019 flagships, the OnePlus 7 Pro photographic industry is composed of 3 sensors: primary, telephoto and wide-angle. The main one is a Sony IMX586 from 48 mega-pixels f/ 1.6, flanked by an 3x canvas from 8 mega-pixels f/ 2.4 and a wide-angle lens from 16 mega-pixels f/ 2.2 with not too pronounced FoV of 117 °. The department is favored by the presence of stabilization OIS + EIS, in addition to the laser autofocus and a dual bi-color LED flash.
Although at 48 mpx, normally the Sony IMX586 shoots at 12 mega-pixel. It is however possible to "force" the 48 mpx into Pro mode, being able to also shoot in RAW format. To signal the possibility to activate the camera quickly by pressing 2 times the Power button (it can be disabled). We also note a certain AI intervention, if we want to define it as follows: the software suggests you to change the shooting mode depending on what is framed. If it's too dark, we recommend Nightscape mode, if the subject is too close to using wide-angle and so on.
Speaking of quality, the first improvement I noticed over previous models is greater fidelity to the white point. This helps to have one more real color reproduction. More generally, the positive aspects of the work of OnePlus remain, including a wide dynamic range (thanks to the frequent help of the Auto HDR), a saturation present but never excessive and a general software intervention never invasive.
In the daytime situation the behavior is very good too wide-angle lens, although in some contexts you notice less convincing colors, but not badly reproduced for this. The same can be said at night, where this aspect is accentuated, as well as a worse lighting management and a lower overall brightness. Also very good 3X telephoto lens, thanks also to the addition of the always useful OIS. For the Portrait mode it is this sensor that is used, differently than on other models. This means that we need to be a little more distant from the subject, but with decidedly more natural and convincing results.
The mode is not too bad Nightscape, with which to obtain more satisfactory night images. However, you will have to remain firm in order not to get the micro-moves, although there is the aforementioned OIS. That said, the difference is visible, with the areas in shadow better lit and a more calcified image definition.
Last but not least the Sony IMX471 camera selfie from 16 mega-pixels f/ 2. Compared to the previous models I noticed a better definition, above all thanks to a more reactive shutter speed. To improve the shots there is an always reactive HDR, even if in some contexts the saturation could upset the most "purists". Do not miss the Portrait mode, with which to adequately blur the background.
If we talk about video, a lack is the impossibility of record video with wide angle. Actually I teach you a trick: open the dialer, type * # * # 1597 # * # * and the camera debugging software will open. At this point, switch to Video and press the button on the bottom left to change the lens, until the one is selected Wide Angle. Videos recorded in this mode will normally be saved in the Gallery app.
That being said, videos can normally be recorded in 4K a 30 / 60 fps, as well as in Slow Motion at 240 / 480 fps in 1080p / 720p. The clips made in 4K are excellent, both in terms of detail and color reproduction and dynamic range, with well preserved lights and shadows. The same cannot be said for the telephoto clips, good but less convincing and more "smarmellate".
Connectivity and audio
As there is a door USB Type-C 3.1, OnePlus has not yet decided to develop a Desktop Mode that exploits the high power supplied. I hope he can make up for it as soon as possible. The rest does not change: dual SIM support 4G +, Dual Band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD, NFC and dual frequency GPS offer a well-fed connectivity department.
The novelty that perhaps I most appreciated is the inclusion of the speaker stereo, after years of requests from the community. This is not an entirely frontal combo, but the boost is heard and not a little. Thanks to the help of the ear capsule, the volume is very high, as well as not being distorted when turned up to maximum.
Given the size, inside OP7 Pro there is a battery from 4000 mAh which would promise well. The reality of the facts is that, by keeping i 90 Hz and the display in Quad HD +, the phone's longevity is lowered in a non-exaggerated but sensitive manner. The average duration stands at 4 hours and minutes 30: a respectable range, considering mixed Wi-Fi / 4G use, but lower than the OnePlus standards.
Going down to 60 Hz and in Full HD + here you go up 6 hours, a result already more considerable. Fortunately, there is also the recharge Warp Charge which guarantees a very fast top-up, although no longer a record. With the included 30W charger you can switch from 0% to 100% in solos 60 minutes. In 30 minutes you get to just under 50%, to the delight of all the anxious (including me). Nothing to do, however, for wireless charging.
Conclusions and price
OnePlus 7 Pro is available on GearBest for a price of 627€ for the western version from 8 / 256 GB. A decidedly lower price than the official 759 € in the store. That said, it is still a cost that brings the smartphone closer to almost the entire competition. There is no more excuse for it: direct confrontation with rivals such as Samsung Galaxy S10 + or Huawei P30 Pro is all there. At this point a crossroad is created: those who are willing to spend without batting an eyelid will find in OnePlus 7 Pro a terminal that will hardly disappoint them in a bit 'all points of view. Especially from the display, provided you sacrifice a little battery. On the other hand, instead, for those who will be burned by the new road taken by the company of Carl Pei and Pete Lau. Of course there is still the cheapest OnePlus 7. But for what reason to buy it compared to a more depreciated and almost identical one OnePlus 6T? In which of the two poles to place, however, it's all up to you.
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