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11:03 15/05/2019 |

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The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro headlining features include a display with a 90Hz refresh rate, upgraded fast charging, and a telephoto lens

(Tech) The OnePlus 7 Pro’s edge-to-edge waterproof design is very “of the moment,” and that’s not a knock against it. In fact, the execution here is polished to the point of perfection.



The protective screen Gorilla Glass 5 curves around the lip of the aluminum frame, concealing the seam where the two meet. Much like the displays on Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series and Huawei’s P30 Pro, the OnePlus 7 Pro’s is rounded at each corner along the contours of the frame and slightly tapered at either edge, slightly curving toward the rear cover.

Flip the OnePlus 7 Pro around, and you’ll see a triple-sensor camera module protruding from the rear above an embossed OnePlus logo and accompanied by a dual LED flash. It comprises an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 48-megapixel primary camera, all of which we’ll dig into in a bit.

OnePlus says that the OnePlus 7 Pro’s Fluid AMOLED display, which measures 6.67 inches diagonally, is the best it’s ever sourced, and there’s some merit to its claim. In a test prior to today’s launch, DisplayMate, a firm that develops and uses calibration and optimization software to test consumer electronics displays, awarded the OnePlus 7 Pro’s the highest A+ grade. That’s on par with the Samsung Galaxy S10, which recently received Display Mate’s all-time top rating.

Suffice it to say that said display renders frames crisply thanks to its 4.49 million pixels (Quad HD+, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 3,200 vertical pixels x 1,800 horizontal pixels, 516 pixels per inch), a total that’s more than double the number of pixels in the OnePlus 6T’s screen (2280 x 1080). Perhaps more importantly, it features a 90Hz refresh rate (up from 60Hz), which means that the display refreshes 90 times a second. That might fall short of the Razer Phone’s 120Hz, but in practice, it should make app interactions smoother, supported games quicker to respond to touch, and scrolling and navigation as smooth as butter.

Worth noting is the OnePlus 7 Pro’s support for high dynamic range (HDR) videos, TV shows, and movies, which boast improved brightness, wider color gamuts, and better contrast than their non-HDR counterparts. The flavor here is HRD10 and HDR10+, both of which cover 100% of DCI-P3 and Rec 2020 color spaces - the standard for digital cinema projectors and most 4K Ultra HD televisions and computer monitors - for a total of 1.07 billion colors (1,024 shades of each primary color). HDR10+ confers the added advantage of dynamic metadata that allows for finer-grained control over HDR content’s appearance.

The OnePlus 7 Pro’s 48-megapixel sensor (Sony’s IMX586 at f/1.6 aperture and 1.6 μm pixel size) is optically and electronically stabilized, as is the 8-megapixel 78mm telephoto lens (at f/2.4 aperture and 1.0 μm pixel size), and the 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens (at f/2.2 aperture) has a 117-degree field of view. All three benefit from a shutter lag under 0.3 seconds; a new autofocus system that intelligently leverages phase detection autofocus, continuous autofocus, and laser focusing methods to smooth out shaky shots; and a 7-element plastic lens.

Subject isolation and progressive blurring have been improved in the OnePlus 7 Pro, according to OnePlus, as has clarity and dynamic range. And to reduce noise, the 7 Pro’s software downsamples or pixel-bins the primary camera’s 48-megapixel photos to 12-megapixel images.

The OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera app augments the optical zoom with up to 10 times hybrid digital zoom and offers an automatic high dynamic range mode with improved tonal fidelity and more realistic color temperature, plus a burst mode that snaps up to 20 pictures, AI scene detection, and new lens filters optimized for specific shooting scenarios. 

The OnePlus 7 Pro packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, the same system-on-chip inside Galaxy S10 series phones, the Galaxy Fold, Sony’s Xperia 1, and LG’s G7 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ. It’s a 7-nanometer eight-core chip that can hit downlink speeds upwards of 1.2Gbps and uplink speeds of 150Mbps (LTE Cat. 18, Cat. 13) courtesy the embedded X24 LTE modem and 4×4 MIMO antenna, and it supports Wi-Fi 6 (aka 802.11ax) along with 802.11ac Wave 2 for superior performance on pre-802.11ax networks.

The Snapdragon 855 in the OnePlus 7 Pro is paired with 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB of RAM (depending on the model) and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. Folks dead-set on 12GB RAM will have to make peace with one color (blue) and one storage configuration (256GB).

The OnePlus 7 Pro ships running OxygenOS, a lightly customized version of Android. The latest version - OxygenOS 9.0.0, based on Android Pie - packs a number of unique features you won’t find in bone-stock Android, such as a theme engine with an accent color selector, a notification shade network speed indicator.


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