OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is the first 5G phone to go on sale in the UK - sort of. Though Vodafone got there first with Mi Mix 3 5G, its network isn't going live until 3 July. Meanwhile the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is available to pre-order now from EE and shipping on 30 May - the same day that the mobile operator switches on its next-gen 5G network in various UK cities.
One of three new OnePlus phones to be announced earlier this month, the OnePlus 7 is a decent upgrade for users of pre-2018 handsets, but it's the OnePlus 7 Pro (reviewed) that's going to get you all hot under the collar. These are two very different smartphones, and only the Pro has the long-rumoured 6.67in 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display, and the pop-up selfie- and triple-lens rear cameras. The Pro is already on sale in the UK, with the standard OnePlus 7 following in June.
Announced on 14 May alongside the second-gen Bullets wireless earbuds, with OnePlus 7 the company moves to a dual-device strategy.
Also see: OnePlus 7 vs OnePlus 7 Pro
Pricing & Release Date
The OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G were announced on 14 May 2019. The Pro is now on sale, direct from OnePlus, Three, John Lewis and Amazon, though the Almond colour option will arrive in June. The standard OnePlus 7 will also arrive in June. Meanwhile, you can pre-order the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, with shipping expected on 30 May (plans start at £69 a month).
Prices are as follows:
OnePlus 7 pricing
- 6GB RAM/128GB storage: £499 (Mirror Gray)
- 8GB RAM/256GB storage: £549 (Mirror Gray)
OnePlus 7 Pro pricing
- 6GB RAM/128GB storage: £649/$669 (Mirror Gray)
- 8GB RAM/256GB storage: £699/$699 (Mirror Gray, Nebula Blue, Almond)
- 12GB RAM/256GB storage: £799/$749 (Nebula Blue)
Note that the US market will not get the regular OnePlus 7, instead the firm will continue to sell the 6T as a cheaper alternative.
An iterative update to OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 7 is not a huge departure and, as such, offers the same incredible value, starting at just £499. It's poised as the phone to replace ageing OnePlus 3/3T/5/5T devices, but not so much OnePlus 6 or 6T - owners of 2018 OnePlus phones will most likely prefer to wait for OnePlus 8.
For performance OnePlus 7 has a faster 2.84GHz Snapdragon 855 processor with Adreno 640 GPU and UFS 3.0 storage. It's the first phone to launch with this super-fast storage standard (following the Galaxy Fold's delay) and will benefit from 9x faster read/write speeds, plus games, apps and files will load faster and images will save quicker.
Also new are stereo speakers, replacing the previous bottom-firing mono speaker, an upgraded dual-lens camera and some enhancements to the in-display fingerprint sensor.
For photography it takes the same 20Mp secondary camera as the 6T, but swaps out the 16Mp sensor for the OnePlus 7 Pro's 48Mp Sony IMX586. This has built-in OIS and supports an f/1.7 aperture. By default it shoots at 12Mp with pixel binning.
In terms of hardware it's otherwise very much the same as OnePlus 6T, right down to the 6.41in Optic AMOLED display with 16Mp selfie camera and waterdrop-style notch, and 3,700mAh battery with Quick Charge.
OnePlus has made some improvements on the software front, however, and specifically related to photography there's a new bespoke UltraShot in-house algorithm and Nightscape 2.0, the latter using the larger sensor to capture more light and shadow detail while reducing noise.
OnePlus 7 also gets a new gaming mode that gives users greater control over notifications, but the Fnatic mode that shuts them off completely and prioritises data usage for the game is restricted to the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Also helping you control notifications and maintain your sanity is Zen mode, which turns off pretty much everything for 20 minutes. You'll be able to call emergency service numbers and take photos, but that's about it. Be warned that once activated you cannot switch off Zen mode: you will relax, whether you like it or not.
Taking onboard feedback from fans there's a new screen recording option that lets you record internal or external audio. You can pause and resume recording at any time, with no limits on recording length.
Finally OnePlus offers RAM Boost, which works to load your most frequently used apps faster, and can hold more apps in memory.
The Pro model is the one that will really turn heads, and its gorgeous new design will impress even before we get to what's changed on the inside. It looks to offer great value, starting at just £649/$669.
As rumoured there are new gradient colour options for the Pro, with Nebula Blue and Mirror Gray at launch, and Almond coming in June.
The screen is standout, awarded an A rating by DisplayMate and the company's first Quad-HD+ display with 4.5m pixels (3120x1440, 516ppi). It's a 6.67in Fluid AMOLED panel with HDR10+ certification and curved glass.
This display is flawless, with the 16Mp, f/2.0 Sony IMX471 selfie camera (the same as in OnePlus 6T and 7) housed in a new pop-up mechanism slightly off-centre at the top of the device, which has caused the dual-Nano SIM tray to move to the bottom.
The selfie camera is called up and ready to go in 0.58 seconds, and OnePlus' testing suggests it will withstand at least 300,000 uses. There's an extra seal here to keep out dust and water, and it will automatically retract if you drop the phone.
Notable is its 90Hz refresh rate, which will translate to smoother transitions between frames in every app but most appealingly in games. This is the default, though the Pro can also run at the smartphone-standard 60Hz. The new gaming and Fnatic software modes will also help users enjoy games without distraction.
Although OnePlus 7 Pro has extremely slim bezels, the company says it has only an 88.6% screen-to-body ratio - below some of its competitors, but only because OnePlus has not counted the curves. This is rather a tall phone, at 162.6x75.9x8.8mm, weighing in at 206g.
Built into this display is an enhanced fingerprint sensor, and OnePlus says it has managed to reduce the unlock speed from 0.4- to 0.24 seconds. It uses the same tech but benefits from a larger sensor area and upgraded lens.
The notification LED has been removed from the OnePlus 6T and is replaced in OnePlus 7 Pro with Horizon Light, a feature that causes the side of the screen to flash in the colour of the app from which a notification is triggered.
A few other things have also been moved around the phone's body, for instance the side buttons and Alert Slider are now lower down to enhance usability in view of the larger display.
Likewise, OnePlus has seen fit to reposition the speaker grille to prevent it being muffled by the hand in landscape mode, and added a second speaker with Dolby Atmos for good measure. With no headphone jack personal listening is dependent on the USB-C 3.1 port.
The haptic vibration motor has also been improved following criticism that it was too weak, and is now 200% stronger.
Around the back of the phone you'll find one of the more notable changes, and something that was also rumoured for OnePlus 6T ahead of launch but never materialised: three camera lenses.
OnePlus combines 16Mp ultra-wide (f/2.2) and 8Mp telephoto (f/2.4) lenses with a 48Mp Sony IMX586. The latter is a custom-made 7-element lens that is said to perform particularly well in low-light. It has optical image stabilisation and an f/1.6 aperture, 1.6um pixels and 3x optical zoom. 4K video is supported at 30/60fps, and there's 1080p Super Slow Motion at 240fps (720p at 480fps).
The new triple-lens camera supports a hybrid autofocus that combines phase detection and contrast focus, which should translate to faster focusing in all conditions.
It also supports HDR+, another hybrid technology that compares light levels using the exposure value of each pixel and 3HDR, and Super Resolution, which takes into account the resolution information from multiple images to deliver more detail and dynamic range. As with OnePlus 7, there's UltraShot and Nightscape 2.0, too.
That rear camera has just been awarded 111 points by DxOMark - that's just one point shy of the leading Galaxy S10 5G and Huawei P30 Pro. It achieved 118 points in photography, and 98 for video, and DxOMark claims it saw excellent scores in almost all photo- and video sub-categories.
With more fragile glass on display OnePlus has fitted Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and rear, but sadly the OnePlus 7 Pro still has no IP rating for waterproofing.
Moving on to some of the things you can't see, OnePlus 7 Pro has the same 2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640 GPU and UFS 3.0 fast storage as the standard model, as well as 10-layer liquid cooling.
It will be available in configurations with 6GB LPDDR4X RAM/128GB storage, 8GB RAM/256GB storage, and 12GB RAM/256GB storage.
A 4,000mAh battery is higher in capacity than the 3,700mAh model of the standard OnePlus 7, and it also charges faster with 30W Warp Charge. This can achieve a 50% charge in just 20 minutes. Sadly, there's still no wireless charging.
OnePlus 7 Pro has all the same new software features as OnePlus 7, including screen recording, new gaming and Fnatic modes, Zen mode and RAM Boost.
The company has given away very little about the 5G variant of the OnePlus 7, except to say it exists and is nearly ready for prime time. It should have the same specification as the OnePlus 7 Pro, with the addition of an X50 modem that makes possible the next-generation mobile connectivity, and a larger cooling system.
OnePlus is keen to be first to deliver a 5G phone in the UK and is currently working with carriers to make this happen.
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