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OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro: Everything we know about the upcoming smartphones

The Google Pixel 3a has only been out a week, but it’s already in danger of being eclipsed by a serious challenger. OnePlus has taken the wraps off the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the combination of a stunning redesign with the latest flagship specifications make it a hard phone to ignore — even if its price has crept up a little more.

But there’s been a break in tradition this year, and the OnePlus 7 Pro isn’t alone. For the first time, OnePlus has launched two handsets simultaneously. Outside of the U.S., the OnePlus 7 Pro is joined by the OnePlus 7, a slightly cheaper variant with the same specs, but last year’s design. While you won’t see the OnePlus 7 inside the U.S., OnePlus is still offering the OnePlus 6T at a slightly lower price alongside the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Here’s everything you need to know about the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Design and display

OnePlus has always followed smartphone design trends closely, but this year it’s going ahead of the curve. There’s almost no bezel around the display, and it makes the phone a stunning sight to behold. But the really amazing change is hidden beneath the design.

The keen-eyed will have noticed that something very important is missing from the OnePlus 7 Pro: A front-facing camera lens. But there’s no need for selfie fans to panic, the front-facing camera is still there, it’s just hidden from view. Taking inspiration from phones like the Vivo Nex S, the front-facing lens is housed on a mechanical pop-up slider. It’ll pop-up when you need it and hide away when it’s not required. There’s no need to worry about durability either; OnePlus claims the mechanism has been tested over 300,000 times, which is enough to use it 150 times a day for the next five years. It’ll also automatically retract in a fraction of a second if it detects a drop, keeping it safe from fall damage.

There’s no point hiding the selfie camera away to emphasize the display if it’s not a great display. Thankfully, OnePlus has pulled out the stops to make the OnePlus 7 Pro’s screen an absolute stormer. It’s a massive 6.67-inch AMOLED beast running a QHD+ 3120 x 1440 resolution in an extra-long 19.5:9 aspect ratio. At 516 pixels per inch, it’s crisp, comes with an improved eye-saving Night Mode 2.0, HDR10+ support, and even has a 90Hz refresh rate that’ll make your use seem smoother than usual. It’s so good that DisplayMate has already confirmed the OnePlus 7 Pro’s display has achieved its highest A+ rating in tests.

Like the OnePlus 6T, there’s an in-display fingerprint underneath that impressive AMOLED display. It’s not an ultrasonic scanner like the Samsung Galaxy S10, but OnePlus claims it has improved the scanner’s unlock time and reliability.

That in-display fingerprint scanner means the back of the OnePlus 7 Pro has a clean and uncluttered look. There’s a vertically-stacked triple-lens camera system on the back of the phone, with a dual LED flash and OnePlus’ logo underneath.

There’s still no water-resistance, though OnePlus said the device is water resistant and that IP ratings cost money — and the headphone jack is still missing. However, you will find dual stereo speakers tuned with Dolby Atmos, as well as a USB-C port at the bottom of the phone. The OnePlus 7 Pro will come in three colors: Nebula Blue, Almond, and Mirror Gray.

Specs and battery

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OnePlus is known for offering powerful flagship specs for a lower price than other manufacturers, earning the nickname “the Flagship Killer” for doing so. The OnePlus 7 Pro is no different, and offers some supremely impressive internals.

The first entry on the docket is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. This powerful chip is the flagship of choice for 2019, and it powers the world’s top Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. It’s sure to provide smooth performance in both your day-to-day apps, and in the top 3D games of the moment. That strong processor is also backed up by a 10-layer liquid cooling system, which should allow the phone to work harder for longer, without slowing down.

OnePlus is similarly well known for packing a high amount of RAM into its phones, and the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with the option for 6GB, 8GB, and an incredible 12GB of RAM. No matter which option you pick though, you should be guaranteed to get strong performance.

There’s no space for a MicroSD card, but you might not need it. The OnePlus 7 Pro has options for 128GB and 256GB of onboard storage, giving you plenty of room for snaps, games, and other multimedia.

All that power requires a large battery to keep it powered, and a large battery is what you get. There’s a large 4,000mAh battery in the OnePlus 7 Pro, and it’s likely to provide excellent battery life of at least a day, and potentially more. When it runs out it’s recharged with OnePlus’ own Warp Charge 30, which has consistently been one of the fastest ways to recharge a phone. OnePlus claims its boosted its impressive charging speed still further though, and says Warp Charge 30 can charge almost half of the OnePlus 7 Pro’s huge battery in just 20 minutes. Unfortunately, there’s no wireless charging, which OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has defended on the grounds that Warp Charge 30 is fast enough to not require it.

Software and special features

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You’ll find Android 9.0 Pie on the OnePlus 7 Pro, but it’s layered underneath OnePlus’ custom skin, OxygenOS. OnePlus is pretty good at keeping its devices upgraded with the latest version of Android, so you can expect to receive Android Q fairly soon after it arrives, and you’ll probably also be able to access the Android Q beta as well.

It also used to be that you wouldn’t find many other special features on OnePlus’ phones, but those days are well behind us now. OnePlus’ Gaming mode is designed to make the most of the OnePlus 7 Pro’s incredible power, and deploys a raft of features to boost your performance and enhance your graphical experience. The RAM Boost feature learns from your usage habits to intelligently allocate RAM where it’s needed, reducing loading times and allowing more apps to stay open while gaming, without your phone slowing down.

Not much of a gamer? There’s still plenty here. The aforementioned Night Mode 2.0 tints the screen at night to make sure you can sleep soundly, while the new Zen Mode gives you a break from your device when you need it. Zen Mode locks your phone for 20 minutes, and only allows emergency calls and camera use. Screen Recorder is another new feature for OxygenOS, and makes sharing clips — whether gaming, business, or personal — is easy and fast.

Camera

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OnePlus is catching up to recent camera trends in the OnePlus 7 Pro, and has finally taken the plunge on a triple-lens camera system. The main lens is 48-megapixels with optical image stabilization (OIS) and an aperture of f/1.6. The next lens down is an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with an optical zoom of 3x, OIS, and an aperture of f2.4. The third and final lens is an ultra wide-angle 16-megapixel lens with a 117-degree field of view, and an aperture of f/2.2.

This hardware is bolstered with some impressive software too. OnePlus’ Night Mode returns, as does its Portrait mode. You’ll also get access to A.I. Scene Detection, and OnePlus’ new UltraShot HDR mode.

On the video side, you’ll get a Time Lapse mode and 4K video recording at up to 60 frames-per-second (fps), slow motion 1080p video at 240 fps, and super slow motion 720p video at 480 fps.

Around the front, the mechanical pop-up selfie lens is a 16-megapixel fixed focus lens with an aperture of f/2.0. It can record video at 1080p at 30 fps.

Release date and price

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The OnePlus 7 Pro will be available from May 17, with prices starting from $669. You’ll be able to pick up the Nebula Blue or Mirror Gray from OnePlus.com, or from T-Mobile. T-Mobile will be offering the OnePlus 7 Pro will 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, in both Nebula Blue or Mirror Gray. You’ll be able to grab the phone from T-Mobile for $29.17 a month for 24 months with no interest and no money down.

OnePlus is also offering a trade-in program for the first time ever, with discounts of up to $449 available for eligible devices. All previous OnePlus phones will be able to be used as a trade-in, up to and including the original OnePlus One.

As an additional bonus, OnePlus is dropping the price on the OnePlus 6T. On May 17, the 8GB models of the OnePlus 6T will receive $30 discounts. The 128GB OnePlus 6T will drop to $549, while the 256GB OnePlus 6T will drop to $599.

The OnePlus 7

OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro: Everything we know about the upcoming smartphones

Unfortunately for bargain lovers, the OnePlus 7 Pro is currently the only entry in the OnePlus 7 range that will make it to the U.S. But if you’re in the U.K. instead, you can choose to save a little money by opting for the standard OnePlus 7.

The differences between the two phones are obvious to the eye. The OnePlus 7 borrows heavily from the looks of its predecessor, the OnePlus 6T. This means the OnePlus 7 still uses a small teardrop notch to house the selfie lens instead of the OnePlus 7 Pro’s pop-up camera. It also only sports two camera lenses: A 48-megapixel lens with OIS and an aperture of f/1.7, and a 5-megapixel secondary lens that’s primarily there for portrait mode shots. It also has access to OnePlus’ new UltraShot engine.

On the plus side, there’s little difference between the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro in hardware terms. Both phones have the superfast Snapdragon 855 processor, and though the OnePlus 7 misses out on 12GB of RAM, it still has the option for 6GB and 8GB of RAM, and storage options of 128GB and 256GB. The cheaper variant also comes with OnePlus’ improved in-display fingerprint scanner.

Prices for the OnePlus 7 will start from 499 British pounds in the U.K., making it significantly cheaper than the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, it won’t be available until June 2019.

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