OnePlus 7 Pro 5G review
Amazing performance and a photography pro
Our OnePlus 7 Pro 5G review explores a smartphone that delivers performance at a whole new level. If you are looking for the ultimate mobile gaming device or want to capture photos like a professional, then the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is the phone for you.
Fluid AMOLED display
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has an amazing screen that delivers big due to being 6.67-inches. The Fluid AMOLED display has QHD+ resolution which equates to 516 pixels per inch or 3,120x 1,440 pixels. What this means is you will see finer detail and clarity than other phones can deliver.
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The super-smooth viewing experience is achieved as this phone has the world’s first AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. This delivers brighter highlights, clear detail and deep blacks. There are three screen modes:
- Night Mode 2.0 (blue light filter)
- Reading Mode
- Video Enhancer.
Tough yet beautiful
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has a back constructed from tough 3D Corning Gorilla Glass. The front is also glass and has been curved over at the edges of the phone for an all-screen look.
Available in Mirror Grey, Almond, or Nebula Blue the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G gives you plenty of choices when it comes to colour. The phone is 8.8mm thick and weighs 206g. While that may seem a little heavier than others you do get a lot of technology on board including 5G connectivity.
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G uses a Snapdragon 855 2.84GHz octa-core processor with up to 12GB RAM. This is among the best on the market and results in a 45% performance upgrade, compared to the previous processor version.
RAM Boost ramps the processor into an advanced performance mode when you need it. It will predict and load your favourite apps in the background, so they open instantly.
These extra boosts to performance can create extra heat and OnePlus has handled the issue by adding ten liquid cooling layers. These are spread out in strategic areas, within the shell of the phone.
Phone Set Up
In-screen fingerprint sensor
Screen Unlock is super-quick with a 0.21-second action. The sensor is placed in-screen for enhanced performance. This unlocks the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G faster and you can different animations such as stripe or ripple effects.
Alternative security options include Face Unlock using face-scanning technology or you can create a PIN code. There is no microSD card slot, so you will have to choose between the 128GB or 256GB versions.
Fnatic Mode and Gaming Mode
If you love gaming on your smartphone then the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is the phone for you. Gaming Mode will disable automatic brightness, enhance the light and dark areas of the game, and let you choose how to show notifications or handle incoming calls.
When you want to lose yourself in the gaming action, you can tap Fnatic Mode and get rid of notifications and other phone distractions completely. If you want to share or boast about your gaming achievements, then the Screen Recorder will allow you to do this.
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is an Android 9 Pie smartphone. The OxygenOS refines the look and feel of the menus, which now include smooth animations and updated gestures. The Google apps you are familiar with are all on board including Google Assistant, YouTube, and Chrome.
OxygenOS delivers some key features:
- Fingerprint shortcuts - a long press of the fingerprint icon allows you to access up to six app shortcuts
- Quick Reply in Landscape Mode - no need to switch apps or leave a game
- Video Enhancer - increase the contrast, sharpness, and makes colours even more vivid
- Zen Mode – wind down with no phone distraction for 20 minutes
- Alert Slider – quickly switch between ring modes such as silent and vibrate
This version of the OnePlus 7 Pro includes 5G connectivity. This gives you access to the very latest network technology. When you are in a 5G coverage area you will experience faster downloads and gaming.
Although the 5G network isn’t as extensive as the 4G or 3G networks, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will seamlessly switch to the best option as you move between coverage areas.
Camera & Video
The camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has three lenses as follows:
- 48MP main camera lens
- 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens – increased photo range up to 48% with a 117-degree field of view for capturing more in landscape shots
- 8MP telephoto lens – 3x optical zoom with options of 0.6x, 1x, and 3x zoom
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The phone is packed with lots of software and camera technology helping you capture professional-looking images and videos. Portrait Mode will capture subjects with accurate and precise result and you can choose different lighting angles. The AI Smart Scene Recognition automatically adjusts the camera settings based on the subject matter in the shot.
Nightscape 2.0 uses a large image sensor to take in more light while the Dual Image Stabilisation and UltraShot enhance the shots further.
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G camera features include:
- Video Editor
- Super Slow Motion
- 4K quality video recording
- Google Lens
Pop-up selfie camera
The pop-up selfie camera is one of the most eye-catching features of the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. A smooth mechanism will make the camera pop-up and will retract if it senses that the phone is being dropped. The mechanism has been durability tested to 300,000 actions to make sure if lasts. Selfie tools include Face Retouching and Screen Flash as well as lots of filter options.
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has a high capacity 4,000mAh battery and includes Warp Charge 30. This will make the phone recharge in 20 minutes and helps the phone stay cool during charging even if you are using the it.
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G charges even faster than the OnePlus 6T, up to 30% faster.
Written by: Carmel Brown