OnePlus 7 Pro review
Extreme performance and a photography pro
Our OnePlus 7 Pro review finds a smartphone that takes performance to new levels. If you are looking for the ultimate mobile phone gaming experience or want to take photos like a pro, then the OnePlus 7 Pro should be top of shortlist.
In the UK, this OnePlus phone comes in three performance/memory options and these are priced as follows:
6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory from £649
8GB RAM and 256GB internal memory from £699
12GB RAM and 256GB internal memory from £799
Fluid AMOLED display
The OnePlus 7 Pro has a crazy-good screen that is super-sized at 6.67”. The Fluid AMOLED display has QHD+ resolution (516 pixels per inch / 3,120x 1,440 pixels) and this detail is finer than most other flagship phones.
You will experience super smoothness in terms of the viewing experience with the world’s first AMOLED display that has a 90Hz refresh rate. This delivers bright highlights, deep blacks, and extremely clear detail.
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The display is certified for HDR10+ playback, with videos from Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube. There are three screen modes and these are Night Mode 2.0 (blue light filter), Reading Mode, and Video Enhancer.
Tough yet beautiful
The OnePlus 7 Pro has a back that is made from tough 3D Corning Gorilla Glass. The front is also glass and this curves over at the edges for that desirable all-screen look.
Available in Almond, Nebula Blue, or Mirror Grey, there is plenty of choice for matching your fashion style. The phone is 8.8mm thick and weighs 206g. This makes the phone a little thicker than some and it certainly weighs in a little heavy. However, this extra girth is well worth it when we consider the technology onboard.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 2.84GHz octa-core processor with up to 12GB RAM. This is cutting edge and results in a 45% performance upgrade, compared to the processors predecessor.
RAM Boost pushes the processor into performance mode when you need it. It also predicts and preloads your favourite apps in the background, so they appear instantly when you open them.
These bursts of performance create a lot of heat and OnePlus has tackled this with ten liquid cooling layers spread out in strategic areas, within the shell of the phone.
Phone Set Up
In-screen fingerprint sensor
Screen Unlock occurs in 0.21 seconds with a larger in-screen fingerprint sensor. This unlocks the OnePlus 7 Pro 38% faster than the OnePlus 6T. The in-screen sensor lights up with your choice of fingerprint animations that include stripe, ripple, and cosmos.
Alternative security options include Face Unlock and PIN code.
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The Setup Wizard and OnePlus Switch features get you up and running with ease. You can bring over your texts, contacts, downloads, music, photos, and videos from your old smartphone.
There is no microSD card slot, so you should choose wisely when you opt for either the 128GB or 256GB versions. Allowing you to get things done quicker, there is increased write and read speeds of up to 79%, which is great if you want to move a blockbuster movie onto the phone.
Gaming Mode and Fnatic Mode
If you are a true gamer then the OnePlus 7 Pro is definitely for you. Gaming Mode allows you to disable automatic brightness, enhance the light and dark areas of the game, and choose how to show notifications or answer incoming calls.
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When you want to completely immerse yourself in the gaming action, you can tap Fnatic Mode and get rid of notification distractions altogether. The dual stereo speakers are powered by Dolby Atmos and the new Haptic Vibration motor again adds to the experience. If you want to share or brag about your gaming achievements, then the Screen Recorder will let you do this.
Based on Android 9 Pie, the OxygenOS refines the look and feel of the menus, which now include smooth animations, clear icons, and updated navigation gestures. The Google-goodness gives you essentials such as the Google Assistant.
OxygenOS delivers in a big way with these key features:
- Quick Reply in Landscape Mode - no app switching is needed when you are playing games or watching videos
- Fingerprint shortcuts - long press the fingerprint icon and access up to six app shortcuts
- Video Enhancer - increase the contrast, sharpness, and makes colours even more vivid
- Zen Mode – wind down without phone distractions for 20 minutes
- Alert Slider – quickly switch between ring, silent, and vibrate
Camera & Video
The camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro has three lenses as follows:
- 48MP main lens
- 16MP ultra wide angle lens – increases the range of photos by up to 48% for capturing wide vistas across 117 degrees
- 8MP telephoto lens – enjoy 3x optical zoom at 0.6x, 1x, and 3x zoom
There is plenty of software and lens technology helping you capture professional looking photos. Portrait Mode ensures you capture subjects with accurate and precise results, while AI Smart Scene Recognition automatically adjust the camera settings for you.
Nightscape 2.0 uses a large image sensor to let more light in and Dual Image Stabilisation, UltraShot, and Studio Lighting again help you get great results.
Further OnePlus 7 Pro camera features include:
- 4K quality video recording
- Super Slow Motion
- Video Editor
- Google Lens Smart Content Detections – scan QR codes, email addresses, website addresses, and phone numbers
Pop-up 16MP selfie camera
The pop-up selfie camera is possibly the coolest feature on the OnePlus 7 Pro. The camera retracts if it senses that the phone is being dropped and the mechanism has been durability tested to 300,000 actions. Selfie tools include Face Retouching and Screen Flash.
Warp Charge 30
The OnePlus 7 Pro has a high capacity 4,000mAh battery and with Warp Charge 30, the phone is ready in 20 minutes. Warp Charge 30 helps the phone stay cool during charging so that you can charge at full speed, from start to finish, even if you are using the phone.
The OnePlus 7 Pro charges up to 30% faster than the OnePlus 6T.
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Written by: Michael Brown