With each phone launched by OnePlus, they’re introducing a great smartphone with specs that rival the latest Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone but just for slightly less. The same goes the company’s latest device, the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Design & Hardware

OnePlus 7 Pro (Nebula Blue)

One of the highlights of the OnePlus 7 Pro is the 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED QHD+ display which has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Unlike other smartphone screens, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 90Hz refresh rate which makes scrolling and navigating around Android a super smooth experience.

The OnePlus 7 Pro has curved edges that make it almost feel like the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+. The device is made from metal and glass that makes feel more premium and up there with other flagship smartphones.

OnePlus 7 Pro (Nebula Blue)

The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The model I tested was the fully-specced device and that 12GB of RAM makes the OnePlus 7 Pro super fast.

The in-display fingerprint sensor makes a return on the OnePlus 7 Pro, which isn’t perfect but it’s fast when it works.

In terms of battery, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with 4,000 mAh with the company’s Warp Charge that gets you 50% charge in just 20 minutes. The battery on the OnePlus 7 Pro was easily able to last all-day with about 40% by the end of the day.

OnePlus 7 Pro (Nebula Blue)

While there’s no official IP rating, the OnePlus 7 Pro isn’t water or dust resistant and there’s also no wireless charging.

There’s also a stereo dual-speaker system that was tuned by Dolby. The haptic feedback has been improved on the OnePlus 7 Pro.

I was able to test out the Nebula Blue version of the OnePlus 7 Pro and has a sort of mirrored finish that makes it look good from all angles.

The phone comes in Nebula Blue, Mirror Gray and Almond colour options.

Pricing for the OnePlus 7 Pro is as follows:

  • Mirror Gray – 6GB of RAM/ 128GB of storage – $899 CAD
  • Mirror Gray – 8GB of RAM/ 256GB of storage – $939 CAD
  • Almond – 8GB of RAM/ 256GB of storage – $939 CAD
  • Nebula Blue – 8GB of RAM/ 256GB of storage – $939 CAD
  • Nebula Blue – 12GB of RAM/ 256GB of storage – $1,009 CAD

The OnePlus 7 Pro is available now from the company’s website.

Software

The OnePlus 7 Pro is running Android 9 Pie with OnePlus’ OxygenOS. As mentioned in my OnePlus 6T review, OxygenOS has a mostly stock Android look but with some tweaks by OnePlus to make it better.

The latest version of OxygenOS comes with a built-in Screen Recorder that allows you to record audio and video on your screen.

Zen Mode is designed for you to focus more on life and it will only allow you to make and receive emergency calls for 20 minutes.

OxygenOS also gives you a few options to navigate Android with multitasking gestures or traditional navigation buttons.

There is also included display gestures, so you do stuff like drawing a V when the screen is off to turn the flashlight on or other letters to open specific apps.

Some features in Oxygen OS include a Gaming Mode which will reduce or block notifications, lock the screen brightness and redirect network data to gaming apps.

Camera

OnePlus 7 Pro (Nebula Blue)

The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a triple-camera setup with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), 8-megapixel 78mm telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens.

Instead of having a notched display, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a pop-up front-facing camera that is 16-megapixels. The pop-up front camera is motorized and pops-up in about 0.5 seconds and can be used for face unlock.

Photos taken on the OnePlus 7 Pro are great, there’s lots of details and an improvement over the OnePlus 6T.

One minor annoyance I had was with the camera app when switching between different camera modes. There’s no option to swipe between modes, you have to tap on the mode’s names instead.

Switching between the different lens just takes one tap and works in both the standard photo mode and video mode.

The night camera mode called Nightscape that can automatically recognize dark screen and make the photo brighter. Nightscape did work well but it’s not as good as Google’s Night Sight on their Pixel phones.

There are also a few different modes including Portrait, Pro, Time-lapse, Panorama and Slow Motion.

The OnePlus 7 Pro can shoot video up to 4K at 60 fps as well as slow-motion video at both 1080p at 240 fps and 720p at 480 fps. Videos take on the device looks good and are smooth for the most part.

Final Thoughts

OnePlus 7 Pro (Nebula Blue)

The OnePlus 7 Pro is a great device that has a solid camera that works well, crazy fast performance (thanks to that 12GB of RAM), long battery life and specs that rival more expensive smartphones.

Pro

  • Great screen, especially with the 90Hz refresh rate
  • Superfast performance
  • Great camera
  • Pop-up camera is relatively quick
  • Warp Charge is great
  • Great build quality

Cons

  • More expensive than previous OnePlus devices
  • Nightscape isn’t as good as Pixel’s Night Sight
  • No headphone adapter included in the box (it’s sold separately)
  • No wireless charging or official IP water resistance rating

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