OnePlus 7 review
Exactly what we wanted
Our OnePlus 7 review finds a phone that is exactly as we want it. There is a superb 48MP camera, a clean user interface, and a killer spec, from screen to security and processor. There is a OnePlus 7 high-performance model and super-high performance model and these will be priced as below:
6GB RAM with 128GB internal memory from £499
8GB RAM with 256GB internal memory from £549
The perfect display
The display on the OnePlus 7 is a real winner, partly because you can switch between modes that are tweaked for different circumstances. These screen modes include Night Mode, Video Enhancer, and Reading Mode.
The 6.41” Optic AMOLED display has a dewdrop notch and FHD+ resolution. This is very detailed with 2,340x 1,080 pixels.
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The OnePlus 7 is available in the UK in Mirror Grey and this is a dual SIM model, making it ideal for professionals. The display is protected behind Gorilla Glass and there is a 3D curved Corning Gorilla Glass back with a smooth texture.
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These pieces of glass are fixed onto a premium aluminium frame. This OnePlus mobile phone is 8.2mm thick and weighs 182g, both of which are pretty typical for 2019 premium phones.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 2.84GHz octa-core processor is designed to bring improved gaming and battery life. The RAM Boost feature adapts to what you do, preloading apps in the background and giving you a performance boost when you need it.
Phone Set Up
The in-screen fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate and it looks good with three on-screen animation effects, including:
Fingerprint security isn’t for everyone, so if you want an alternative you can turn on Face Unlock or go old-school with a PIN code.
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When you power up the OnePlus 7 for the first time you can use the Setup Wizard, to set up everything as you want it. With the OnePlus Switch feature, you can move text messages, photos, audio, video, notes, downloads, documents, and contacts over from your old phone.
The OnePlus 7 uses OxygenOS, a refined user interface based on the Android 9 Pie operating system. You get Google goodies like the Google Assistant and you can enjoy using updated gestures for going back to the home page or for switching between apps.
OxygenOS is all about making life easier and it has an elegant design with smooth animations and clean icons. Previous OnePlus smartphone owners will be pleased to see the inclusion of the Alert Slide button, which lets you quickly switch between silent, ring, and vibrate modes.
What else does OxygenOS include?
The OxygenOS feature list is quite extensive and here are some of the highlights:
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App shortcuts - long press the fingerprint icon on the screen to go straight to your favourite apps and you can choose 6 apps for this feature
Video Enhancer - increase the sharpness of the display, make colours more vivid, and boost the contrast
Quick Reply in Landscape Mode – there is no app switching needed, letting you reply while playing games or watching video
Zen Mode - take a break from technology with 20 minutes of downtime
The OnePlus 7 Gaming Mode is worth a special note and this works with the dual stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos. There is an upgraded vibration engine and Fnatic Mode that blocks incoming calls and notifications.
If you don’t want to completely block notifications, then Gaming Mode will let you decide how to show notifications and answer calls, along with the option to disable automatic brightness, enhance light and dark areas of games and use the Screen Recorder to capture your gaming action.
Camera & Video
UltraShot dual camera
The OnePlus 7 has a powerful dual camera with a 48MP lens and a 5MP lens. The camera will capture fine detail and vibrant colours and with UltraShot and Nightscape 2.0, a special software algorithm brings out the detail in low-light shots.
Portrait Mode has been updated to capture beautifully detailed portraits and Studio Lighting gives them that professional feel. You don’t need to worry about adjusting camera settings because Optical Image Stabilisation and AI Scene Detection, do the hard work for you.
Further OnePlus 7 camera features include:
- 4K video recording (the next step up from Full HD)
- Super Slow Motion
- Video Editor
- 16MP selfie camera with HDR (a technology that captures detail better in light and dark areas of your photos)
- Face Retouching
- Screen Flash
- Full HD selfie video recording
The OnePlus 7 has a large 3,700mAh capacity battery and in the box you will find a 20W Fast Charger. The Fast Charge system helps the phone stay cool when charging the phone will you are using it. This lets the phone charge at full speed, so for example, while gaming you can bring the battery back up to 80% capacity in only 1 hour.
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Written by: Michael Brown