By now you will already know all about this OnePlus product, but despite this we wanted to have our say!
For some years now I have been delighted to see all the models, which we remember to be only top range, from the well-known Chinese brand OnePlus, a company that has now established a stable position in the market, even if it is a bit of a niche (or better to say “geek ”), Of high-level smartphones.
Also this year the expectations have not been betrayed, indeed for the first time the gap that OnePlus still held under the flagships of the most renowned Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. has really been filled. We are obviously talking about the camera department, which we will see in detail later in the review. But let's go step by step:
Difficult to explain, even if through photos and videos. It is absolutely held in the hand and seen live to understand its beauty and robustness. For the first time, an Edge display is introduced that gives the phone a definitely improved grip and a noticeable visual pleasantness, slightly bent even the rear one connected to the display with a metal frame also colored in blue with different gradient. Gorilla Glass 6 front and 5 behind give absolute resistance to wear and scratches and the Nebula Blue color is truly exceptional, iridescent on the basis of inclination and light. You have to cry having to put a cover (present in the package), even if with the original transparent the impact is really minimal. Volume rocker on the left, mute-vibration slider - do not disturb on the right above the power button. In the upper part we find the camera pop up (in addition to the classic sensors and microphones) while under the system speaker (which will become stereo with the aid of the ear capsule), the trolley for the sim housing and the USB-type c port 3.1. The dimensions, however, are really generous, not to say exaggerated .. in fact we talk about 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm for 207gr in weight, the one that really makes you feel more than size. Almost impossible to keep it in my pocket, is in my opinion the only big drawback of this smartphone.
As always we find the best that the market can offer: Qualcomm SD 855 processor, Adreno 640, Ram memory from 6 / 8 / 12Gb Lpddr4X, Rom memory from 128 / 256Gb UFS 3.0. Needless to say, with this power and the state-of-the-art Oxygen OS (now in the 9.5.10 version), the terminal is a splinter in any situation and with any application. The question that any of you could ask us is: "does it change to have Ram's 6,8 or 12Gb?" Well, our personal opinion is that, unless you are a gamer who is used to keeping different game sessions open, in the classic use of you will see no difference every day. The fingerprint sensor under the display is undoubtedly the fastest and most accurate on the market, now almost without differences compared to the standard standard biometric sensors. Another novelty, not a trivial one, is the pop up room, really very fast in opening and closing, which allowed to obtain a display without notch that is almost exclusively a useful screen. The Hardware department is completed by BT 5.0, liquid cooling, NFC and we are obviously not going to mention everything that we now find on top range phones. There is also some absence such as wireless charging, memory expansion, audio jack and IP certification, things that we are used to giving up on this phone.
Particular mention to the vibration motor that in previous models has always been criticized by lovers of the genre (I honestly keep it disabled ..).
Is it enough for you to have a Fluid Amoled (a term coined by OnePlus) with QHD + 1.440 x 3.120 pixel resolution, in 19,5: 9 format, with 516ppi density? Ok, if it is not enough, we point out that it is the first device on the market to reach a frame rate up to 90fps (which can also be set to 60fps to save battery) and HDR10 support. Do these 90fps make a difference? We say that if you don't have a term of comparison by the side you won't be able to notice it, but I can assure you that the difference in the fast scroll of the web / social pages is there. The screen is very bright (around 800nit), visibility in the sun is excellent. The only point I make to every OnePlus is the automatic brightness that always tends to lower too much inside. You will often find yourself having to raise it manually, unless you have a super view from 11 / 10. Size is really important, let's talk about 6.67 ″ without notch or holes. This will surely be a plus for watching multimedia content but a definite step back on the general portability of the smartphone.
The true leap forward of this 7 Pro is undoubtedly the camera department. We find in fact a triple rear sensor from 48Mpx (main) + 8Mpx (telephoto 3X) + 16Mpx (wide angle) and a selfie cam Pop up from 16Mpx. In detail:
- Main sensor: Sony IMX 586, f / 1.6 which combines 4 pixels into one from 1.6μm, thus taking 12Mpx shooting. It is possible to keep the definition to 48Mpx in pro mode. Present optical stabilization
- Telephoto: 8Mpx f / 2.4 sensor with optical stabilization
- Wide angle: 16Mpx f / 2.2 sensor with 117 ° angle
- Selfie cam: Sony IMX471 Pop up sensor from 16Mpx f / 2.0 with electronic stabilization
How do you take it? Well! Absolutely fine the main room, well the wide, well but not very well the zoom. The photos are realistic, the HDR works well without upsetting the shots as competitors often do. To give you an idea about Dxomark, 118 scored points in the camera department, one step away from the undisputed king of cameraphone, the Huawei P30 Pro (119). But I must admit that a single point of difference seems to me a little bit, having had the opportunity to try both. Without going into details and technicalities, I refer you to the photo gallery that you will find attached to the review. Very good night mode that I recommend in low light situations, even if the main sensor should capture a lot of light.
The videos are good, well stabilized and I reach the 4K definition at 60fps, although the advice is to use FullHD at 60fps. Only 480fps for slowmotion (720p) and 240fps (FullHD).
Also tested the Google Camera which, as often happens, even on our 7 Pro gives better results than camera stock. From this point of view there is to be improved at the software level.
The battery is a rechargeable 4000mAh with Dash technology from 30W (really fast, in just over an hour you will have a full charge). I always use the smartphone in 4G data mode, almost never in wi-fi, and I manage to arrive late in the evening with about 30% of recharge. I keep the screen mode 90fps and QHD. You can both reduce to 60fps and FHD + if your password is "Autonomy"! The 6 hours of display are reached and it is a good result even if not exceptional (I come from a Mi9 T that is something unbeatable autonomy).
What convinced me: practically everything, even if to my personal taste Oxygen still lacks fundamental features such as always on display.
What did not convince me: certainly the size and the weight are felt a lot, almost indispensable a bag or a pouch for transport. Another thing that could annoy the loved ones of the brand is the price: 759 € for the 8 / 256Gb model are really so many for a brand that has accustomed us to at least 100 € less than list price. However, it must be said that the step taken by OnePlus with this 7 Pro could not be painless and something more is right to recognize it. In an absolute sense this outlay is all right, but there is also to consider that the Android market devalues its products very quickly and, therefore, these figures, and even less, today are Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and therefore the choice becomes really complicated.
- Aesthetics and build quality Excellent
- Exceptional Display
- Top hardware
- Camera at the level of the big competitors
- Stereo sound
- Good autonomy
- Excessive weight, poor portability
- Lack of Always on Display (incoming)
- Absence of wireless charging
- Lack of IP certification