• 6.7-inch Liquid AMOLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 pixels; 90 Hz refresh rate
• Under-display fingerprint sensor
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset
• 6/8/12 GB of RAM; 128/256 GB of storage
• Triple camera with 48 MP main, 16 MP ultra wide; 8 MP telephoto sensors; 16 MP pop-up selfie camera
• 4,000 mAh battery with fast charging tech
I'm not going to mince words here: The OnePlus 7 Pro Android smartphone is absolutely worth all the hype that preceded its official debut.
The newcomer is handily the most exciting OnePlus product to date — and, at quick glance, a perfect embodiment of the manufacturer’s ambition to deliver high-performance, high-value products. It has a groundbreaking new design, top-shelf hardware, and a price tag that’s hard to resist.
I spent well over a week testing the OnePlus 7 Pro and found it to be the company’s best product to date, as well as the best big Android phone money can buy.
Here are five good reasons why the device is worth your attention and hard-earned money!
It's Beautifully Designed
The 7 Pro is not only the best looking OnePlus offering to date, but also a front-runner for the most elegant Android smartphone available today. The phone manufacturer’s decision to equip the device with a pop-up selfie camera has resulted in a practically bezel-free display.
There’s literally nothing to distract your attention away from the slightly curved screen — no notch, chin, or punch hole to speak of. Because of its clever design, the OnePlus 7 Pro is also impressively easy to handle for a device with such a large display.
The Gorilla Glass-covered back of the phone is equally impressive to look at. The all-new, attention-commanding Nebula Blue matte finish is surely the one to go for, as it looks like nothing else available on the market today. OnePlus also offers the phone in Mirror Gray and Almond colors, with the last one being a synonym for gold.
The build quality of the phone is impeccable, though I wish it had an official rating for water resistance. OnePlus opted to skip this process in order to keep the pricing in check, though the manufacturer tacitly suggested that the phone is capable of surviving encounters with water.
It Has a Phenomenal Display
The award-winning 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED display of the OnePlus 7 Pro is nothing short of sensational. Unsurprisingly, it is plenty sharp and vibrant, just as you would expect from a high-quality screen panel. It’s also compatible with enhanced HDR content.
What impressed me most about the display is its 90 Hz maximum refresh rate — up from 60 Hz on your current smartphone. The feature makes any interaction with the smartphone feel more instant than usual. It also makes the screen well worth its fluid moniker.
The under-display fingerprint sensor performed flawlessly during my testing. It's fast and responsive, like the display panel itself.
To top things off, for the first time ever in a OnePlus product, the display of the 7 Pro is accompanied by stereo speakers. Adding the feature addresses one of the most notable shortcomings in the device’s predecessors.
It's Mind-Bogglingly Powerful
The OnePlus 7 Pro is currently the most powerful Android phone you can get your hands on. Thanks to Qualcomm’s range-topping Snapdragon 855 chipset and up to a whopping 12 GB of RAM, there is literally no slowing the phone down. The desktop computer-worthy amount of RAM in particular guarantees that the phone can multitask better than any competitor.
In addition to being a multitasking champion, the smartphone is also a highly capable mobile gaming rig, thanks to a dedicated cooling system. OnePlus has also added a dedicated gaming mode in its custom take on Android. In addition to hardware performance boost, it includes a really cool haptic feedback.
It Has an Excellent Camera
Unlike past OnePlus smartphones, the 7 Pro has a triple camera setup, which can compete with the best out there. Rather impressively, the device’s camera performance has earned it a top spot in the prestigious DxO mobile photography rankings — a welcome first for a OnePlus product.
I found the OnePlus 7 Pro capable of consistently capturing photos and video with excellent quality. Having a wide-angle and a telephoto lens to choose from also makes the device a highly versatile imaging tool.
The pop-up selfie camera of the phone, in addition to being a proper conversation starter, is also capable of capturing excellent photos. I also liked how it works during Google Duo video calls.
It Has the Fastest Charging Tech in the Business
The 4,000 mAh built-in battery of the OnePlus 7 Pro easily lasted through a full day of heavy use. The latter consisted of plenty of screen-on time, including web browsing, streaming YouTube TV, sending and receiving multiple emails, and graphic-intensive gaming, to name a few tasks.
What impressed me even more than the battery endurance of the OnePlus 7 Pro was its charging speed. Thanks to the company’s proprietary Warp Charge 30 tech (it debuted on last year’s OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition), the device can charge faster than any other smartphone.
Having wired charging this fast also makes up for the device’s lack of wireless charging. I still hope that OnePlus will introduce the slower — but incredibly convenient — feature in a product down the line.
Crucially, despite having properly high-end design, craftsmanship, and performance, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a perfectly reasonable $669 starting price tag for a device with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. In an age when spending $800 and beyond on a top-shelf phone has become the norm, this is a welcome sight. The phone is compatible with all major carriers in the United States, including Verizon.
Jumping to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage costs only $30 more. For comparison, Samsung is asking $1,000 for a Galaxy S10+ with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage. The range-topping Nebula Blue version I tested with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage costs $749. I highly recommend that you opt for it, as it’s the most futureproof pick of the bunch.
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