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OnePlus 7 Pro Quick Review

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OnePlus 7 Pro has been around for more than two months now so let’s consider this a long-term review as well. The unit we have here is about two months old already. We borrowed the unit just to review it for a few days. So how was it? Just read on.

OnePlus 7 Pro specs

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Adreno 640 graphics
  • 8GB RAM / 256GB internal memory
  • 6.67-inch QuadHD AMOLED display (3120 x 1440 pixels) woth 90Hz refresh rate
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Triple Rear Cameras 
    • 48 MP, f/1.6, 1/2″, 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF, OIS
    • 16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
    • 8 MP, f/2.4, 78mm (telephoto), 3x zoom, Laser/PDAF, OIS
  • 16MP motorized pop up front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (under display, optical), USB Type C
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, SBAS
  • 4,000 mAh battery with 30W Warp fast charge
  • Android 9.0 Pie with OxygenOS 9
  • Price: Php 38,990 (6GB/128GB), Php 42,990 (8GB/256GB), Php 46,990 (12GB/256GB)

HARDWARE

The OnePlus 7 Pro is a BIG phone. Realy huge! With a 6,67-inch display, a large 4,000 mAh battery and motorized camera made this phone hefty. We admit this size is not for everyone but if you are a mobile gamer or likes consume media a lot, you will really love the screen. Since we are talking about the display, this has 90Hz refresh rate which means the screen responds better when gaming and fluidity plus animations is far better than the standard 60Hz display. Plus this is also AMOLED so colors do pop. This screen is by far our favorite next to Samsung’s Galaxy S10 which is still the best in terms of display quality.

Moving to the rest of the hardware, we have the Nebula Blue variant here and this unit has a matte finish. We love it so much because this does not attract fingerprints and smudges at all. The glass and metal construction is very well built. You will know it is a true flagship once you hold it. This color is only available for 8GB RAM/256GB model and 12GB RAM/256GB. model. The cheaper 6GB/128GB model has a shiny Mirror Gray color.

Our gripes – no audio jack, no expandable storage. Another gripe is the pop up camera. We reviewed smartphones from OPPO, Huawei, and Vivo with pop up cameras and our concern remains unchanged. How will it last in long-term use? Only time can tell. On the flip side, OnePlus guarantees its durability.

SOFTWARE

OnePlus remains true to its slogan “Go beyond speed”. You get the speed and smoothness you need in a smartphone. This is because of the company’s own skin OxygenOS. This UI is butter. If we will define what butter smooth is, that is OxygenOS. That is very evident even in old OnePlus phones like the OnePlus 5, 5T, 6 and 6T. We know owners of the OnePlus 6 which more than a year old now and they are very happy with it and gets regular security and software updates.

Apart from the smoothness, this phone is also powerful. Underneath the hood is the Snapdragon 855, the 2019 flagship chipset. The 855, in terms of horsepower is more powerful than Exynos 9820 from the Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro’s Kirin 980. Compared to other markets, there are very few smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 855 and it is nice to see that the OnePlus 7 Pro is available here.

If you are an Android purists (users who hate custom skin on top of Android), you will love this phone for its pure Android experience. OnePlus phones are one of the first to get the latest version of Android. Later this year, Android Q is coming and expect your OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro will get Android Q very soon.

CAMERA

Another big improvement with the OnePlus 7 Pro is the camera system. Ever since its first offering, OnePlus phones can’t match the camera prowess of Samsung and Huawei’s flagships. Now, we are happy to report that photos taken from its triple camera system can really compete with the Huawei P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Portraits, daylight, and night shots are very impressive. Check out our sample photos. These are not edited and judge it for yourself.

CONNECTIVITY AND BATTERY

As for its connectivity. 4G/LTE and WiFi speeds are spot on. We never had drops in signal quality. Calls are clear with no issues. That is already expected since Qualcomm’s 4G and WiFi modems are the best in the industry.

Battery life will vary on your usage. You get great battery life as long as set your screen resolution to Full HD and screen refresh rate to 60Hz. We set the screen to Full HD / 90Hz and Full HD / 60Hz and there is not much difference in battery life. But setting the screen to Quad HD and 90Hz had greatly affect the battery life. We got around 6 hours of screen on time for the Quad HD / 90Hz setting, 7 hours on Full HD/90Hz and 8 hours on Full HD / 60Hz setting.

VERDICT

Honestly, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a great phone and it is safe to say it is really the best all-rounder smartphone today. It won’t win the best camera, best battery life or the best screen because there are phones that excels in these areas but these phones falls short in other areas. These phones may have the best screen but poor battery life or a great camera but not a great screen.

The OnePlus 7 Pro gets the job done. Period. Its outstanding features like 90Hz display and stereo speakers made us really fall in love with the phone. The cameras can really compete with the Huawei P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10+. With that, we give our #FTARecommended seal of approval on the OnePlus 7 Pro!

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