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OnePlus 7 Pro Smartphone Review

The OnePlus 7 Pro looks slick and with its triple camera set-up, plus a pop-up selfie camera, it could be a smartphone which impresses photographers as well as those looking for something a bit different in a very busy smartphone market. Shall we find out if it can?


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1/320 sec | f/6.3 | 15.0 mm | ISO 800
 

Quick Verdict

The OnePlus 7 Pro is trying to stand out in a very competitive market and while its pop-up selfie camera might be cool, image quality doesn't wow us quite as much as the technology. The OnePlus 6 impressed us with its price and photo taking capabilities but, unfortunately, we're not quite as impressed with the OnePlus 7 Pro's performance. Plus, it costs almost as much as some really great flagships and is actually more expensive than the Honor 20 Pro and is on-par with the Huawei P30 which shoots better photos. However, the screen is a great size, if a bit tall for some hands, and as already mentioned, the pop-up camera is a fun feature that grabs your attention. 

+ Pros

  • All-screen display 
  • Pop-up camera is cool 
  • Quick charging 
  • Triple camera set-up

- Cons

  • Photo quality isn't anything special 
  • Long/tall design won't be for everyone
  • Price

 

The OnePlus 7 Pro is the latest smartphone to be introduced by Android smartphone creators OnePlus and with last year's OnePlus 6 impressing us with its excellent specs and reasonable price-point, we're certainly very interested in finding out how the latest edition to the OnePlus smartphone family performs. 

A standout feature of the OnePlus 7 Pro is the pop-up selfie camera but does it, along with the triple-camera set-up on the rear, actually capture decent photos or do we have an unfortunate case of 'style over substance'? Let's take a closer look at the smartphone so we can answer these questions, and more, in our review. 

Before we do, in case you're just interested in the when? where? and for how much? The OnePlus 7 Pro is available now for £649 (6+128GB), £699 (8+256GB), or £799 (12+256GB) and you can purchase the none-Pro version of the smartphone direct from Amazon (as well as other retailers). 


OnePlus 7 Pro Features

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The OnePlus 7 Pro is part of the OnePlus 7 series, which includes the 7 Pro, 7 Pro 5G, and the OnePlus 7. The OnePlus 7 Pro and 7 Pro 5G feature a triple camera setup which gives you access to an ultra-wide-angle, wide-angle (standard) and 3x telephoto camera. This is a popular configuration, with an ultra-wide, a wide/standard, and a telephoto camera being featured on flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10 (with 2x telephoto), and Huawei P30 Pro (with 5x telephoto). It also improves on the OnePlus 6 which has just two rear cameras. 

On the front, and the most interesting/cool feature of the OnePlus 7 Pro, is the pop-up selfie camera which allows for an all-screen display and, it's just a quirky feature that you don't really get bored of showing off. The specs of the front-facing camera are a bit generic, though, giving you a 16mp f/2.0 camera. 

''With a pop-up selfie-camera, the OnePlus 7 Pro certainly has the fun factor that makes it stand out from a busy crowd''

The specs for the rear cameras are as follows: ultra-wide-angle 16mp f/2.2 camera, a 48mp f/1.6 standard camera with OIS, and an 8mp f/2.4 telephoto camera. 

We've already mentioned the screen which, thanks to no top-notch or in-display camera, looks slick and measures 6.67inch. There's also an in-screen fingerprint reader. 

RAW photos can be captured, full manual controls are built into the camera app and with features such as Optical Image Stabilisation and Phase Detection Auto Focus built-in, the OnePlus 7 Pro is lining up to be an interesting tool for photographers. There's also a dedicated Night Mode and a Portrait Mode that uses depth-sensing to create bokeh. 

Other features include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 4000mAh battery, new stereo speakers and video recording in 4K at 60/30 fps. There's no headphone jack, however, and memory can't be expanded as there's no microSD card slot. You can't charge the OnePlus 7 Pro wirelessly, either, but you can charge it rather quickly via an adapter. 

 

Key Features

  • 6.67inch QuadHD+ (3120x2440) AMOLED screen, HDR10/10+
  • 16mp f/2.0 pop-up camera
  • 48mp f/1.6 wide-angle standard camera, with OIS
  • 16mp f/2.2 super wide-angle camera with PDAF
  • 8mp f/2.4 telephoto camera, with OIS
  • Raw photo support, full manual controls
  • 4K 60/30fps video recording
  • Google Lens included
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Liquid cooling system
  • 12GB RAM in the top version, UFS 3.0 memory
  • 4000mAh battery
  • In-screen fingerprint reader
  • Stereo speakers built-in (Dolby Atmos support)
  • Available in Mirror Grey, Almond, Nebula Blue
  • Buy on Amazon UK (not the Pro version)

 

OnePlus 7 Pro Handling

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When you first pick up the OnePlus 7 Pro, you will notice how long it is. The 19.5:9 aspect ratio makes the smartphone tall and navigating it with one hand can be tricky. The screen measures an impressive 6.67-inch and with the in-screen fingerprint sensor as well as a pop-up selfie camera, there's not a bezel insight giving you a greater screen-to-body ratio. Edges are curved, too, which just makes the design feel that little bit more modern and more comfortable to hold (even if you do need two hands to operate it comfortably). Unlike some other smartphones, the OnePlus 7 Pro doesn't randomly slide off objects but if you are prone to dropping things, a basic case is provided. As always, when taking photos, we recommend you use two hands to ensure shake doesn't spoil your shots. 

On the sides are volume/power buttons and to the bottom, you'll find a USB-C port, with new stereo speakers top and bottom. There's also a side switch to let you choose between silent, vibrate, and ring. On top is where the selfie camera pops out of and on the back are the three rear cameras, along with a flash, which are positioned centre/top. 

Under the screen, which is bright and sharp, is the Snapdragon 855 chipset, a big battery (4000mAh) and up to 256GB of storage which is plenty for most smartphone users. You also have the option of choosing 12GB or 8GB of RAM but for most people, 8GB will be fine so you can save yourself a few pennies. 

There's no headphone jack, they seem to be in-vogue one minute then last year's fashion the next, and you can't expand the memory with a MicroSD card but with so much built-in, you probably won't need to. There's no officially IP-certified waterproof rating either. 

Back to the cameras, and let's start with the selfie camera because, well, it rises up like a periscope scoping the area from a submarine which you can't deny is fun. 

 

 

To access the selfie camera, you have to have the selfie mode open in the camera app. When you are, the camera appears out of the top of the smartphone with a quiet whirring noise. A small, sticking out part makes you automatically think it will easily break but it actually feels sturdy, even when wiggled and if the OnePlus 7 Pro detects it's falling, the selfie camera automatically goes back into the smartphone's body - pretty clever stuff. 

On the back are a 48MP f/1.6 main camera, 16MP ultra-wide lens and an 8MP telephoto lens that give you access to 3x optical zoom. 

 

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The camera app is pretty generic but you don't see as many modes built-in as you do with Samsung and Huawei's smartphones. You do, however, get access to a Night Mode for hand-held low light images and the portrait mode comes with depth sensing as well as beauty options. There's also a Pro mode should you want more control over the camera settings.

For those of you who like numbers, we ran an AnTuTu benchmark, and the phone scored an impressive 375252. The Geekbench 4 score is 3452 (single-core), and 11023 (multi-core).

Battery life - The battery is rated at 4000mAh which is impressive and with the Warp Charge 30 adapter, it does charge impressively quick. You can use regular USB-C chargers, which are a lot smaller in size, but charging speeds aren't as fast. If you're going to be away from a power source for quite some time, we'd recommend getting yourself a portable power bank just in case but for day-to-day activities, you'll be fine. 

 


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