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OnePlus 7 impresses with 90Hz display, pop-up selfie camera, Dolby Atmos audio and more,...

By Shawn Knight · 14 replies
May 14, 2019
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  1. The OnePlus 7 Pro packs a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a resolution of 3,120 x 1,440 (516 PPI), a refresh rate of 90Hz and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 that’s covered in Corning Gorilla Glass. Powering the flagship is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC, a 7-nanometer octa-core part clocked at up to 2.84GHz, alongside Adreno 640 graphics, up to 12GB of RAM and a maximum of 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage.

    The display is near universally loved by reviewers that have had an opportunity to test it out. Wired's Jeffrey Van Camp called it "excellent," highlighting how the 90Hz refresh rate makes animations look smoother than you're used to seeing.

    OnePlus’ latest boasts an in-display fingerprint sensor and a pop-up selfie camera, resulting in a truly edge-to-edge screen without any unsightly notches or dedicated fingerprint sensors. Some may be concerned about the mechanical mechanism that raises and lowers the camera but according to OnePlus, it’s rated to withstand more than 300,000 actuations – or around 150 cycles per day for more than five years.

    OnePlus managed to squeeze in a 4,000mAh battery, no doubt a wise move given the high-resolution display and enhanced refresh rate. In lab tests, CNET managed nearly 16 hours of continuous video playback in airplane mode. That’s better than the 15 hours they got with the Pixel 3 but not quite as good as the 17 hours from the OnePlus 6T and the Galaxy S10E or the nearly 20 hours of runtime turned in by the iPhone XR.

    The phone features three cameras on the rear – a primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor with f/1.6 aperture, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and a 117-degree field of view. The pop-up camera is a Sony IMX 471 with 16-megapixels and an f/2.0 aperture.

    The general consensus, as shared by Engadget, is that the camera system on the OnePlus 7 Pro is good but not great like the Pixel 3's.

    Audio is delivered via dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos technology. Most were impressed with the sound quality of the OnePlus 7 Pro although The Verge advised against cranking the volume to max because “the sound gets super chippy.”

    Marques Brownlee describes the OnePlus 7 Pro as his favorite phone of 2019 thus far thanks to its display, speed and price. Speaking of price, it starts at just $669 for a model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and tops out at $749 for the high-end variant with double the memory and storage.

    For as good as the OnePlus 7 Pro sounds, it’s not without compromises. You don’t get a 3.5mm headphone jack, for example, nor do you get wireless charging capabilities or even an IP rating for resistance against the elements. Still, for the price, it's tough to beat.

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  2. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,831   +675

    Whopitee Doo
  3. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 674   +485

    A-m-a-z-I-n-g :) WHY would anybody go with any other brands other than maybe the big 3? (OnePlus for price, Samsung for quality, and Apple if you don't care about price)
    Charles Olson likes this.
  4. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 797   +327

    lmao Samsung for quality...

    Also oneplus wasn't even a blip on the radar a while back and now you quote them as the big 3. If no one tried "the other brand" before it never would have made it to big 3
    meric likes this.
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,959   +1,229

    Too expensive. "Flagships" are over rated, unless you are into benchmarks, social "stylish" types, gamers.
    For the most part, for day to day use, too much bang, for the buck, given what the general population uses these things for. But, it ain't MY money, do as you wish.
  6. Linux7055

    Linux7055 TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +8

    WTF Oneplus $669 USD doesn't equal $999 CAD. Instant no buy for me:(
    Charles Olson likes this.
  7. onestepforward

    onestepforward TS Booster Posts: 111   +42

    12Gig RAM to run a phone OS. Just how bad is Android!?
  8. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,234   +894

    I am not sure how to feel about pop up cameras.

    On the one hand you'll get a full display that's uninterrupted.

    On the downside, I don't trust moving parts in a pocket device subjected to shock and stress randomly, repeatedly and daily.

    Granted, I typically only have a smartphone for a year before upgrading...I think with my 512GB XS Max that I may skip the iPhone 11 and wait for something more - like a 1TB iPhone 12. If I keep a device I don't wanna worry about broken parts.

    That's the one area where I think the HuaWei Mate X made sense: the selfie camera was the full capability regular camera which was simply flipped around.
  9. Buhaj47

    Buhaj47 TS Enthusiast Posts: 31   +12

    The big 3 are Apple, Huawei, and Samsung (in aphabetical order). OnePlus might fight to be best of the rest in terms of recognition.
    Charles Olson likes this.
  10. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,493   +1,295

    This might just be my next phone. What a device! Should last me another 3 years.
    Jimster480 likes this.
  11. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 674   +485

    "Not a blip on the radar" could describe every new startup company. Compare other brand's specs vs price and it's clear OnePlus is a major player regardless of anything else.

    Huawei flagship phones are about as special as LG and other similar brands. They have good phones but they're just meh compared to the ones I mentioned. Who cares about recognition? I care about specs vs price and so should most consumers. If I buy Great Value Oreos and a package of regular and they taste the exact same, I'd be an idi0t not to buy the cheaper less-known one from then on. It means you are paying more just to have that brand's name on the packaging.
  12. McMurdeR

    McMurdeR TS Addict Posts: 144   +115

    Looks great. If they could just get that camera up a notch it would be a total home run, but I guess for a lot of people it already is.

    Brilliant job all the same.
    Jimster480 likes this.
  13. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Booster Posts: 187   +90

    I like the popup selfie camera. Much harder for the spying software to take pics unnoticed.
    Jimster480 likes this.
  14. Jimster480

    Jimster480 TS Booster Posts: 71   +61

    Oneplus isn't "the big 3".
    Samsung quality is poor.
    Apple UX is poor and CS is poor.
    Huawei isn't a "big 3" phone mfg. They have only recently sold alot of phones IN CHINA. Its a no-name brand everywhere else.
    Moving parts aren't a big deal really.
  15. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 674   +485

    Maybe our definitions of "the big 3" are different. Samsung has always had better display technology than others... period. Ontop of that, they've been a front-runner on specs and have high quality phones. I believe OnePlus gives the Samsung brand a decent run for their money based solely on overall specs vs price. I'm not talking sales, brand recognition, or anything else. While I've always been against Apple products in general, they've always managed to keep up offering innovative new features and overall very good specs, but you definitely pay more than it's worth. This is why I say these are the big 3. Based on the things that affect us consumers most.

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