Since its inception, OnePlus has been one of the most beloved companies among Android users. Its rapid growth was driven by fan input and was literally molded over time to produce phones its fans wanted to buy.
The OnePlus 7 Pro feels like the first device from the company that has truly entered the hyper-premium space. It’s bigger, faster, and more expensive than any OnePlus device before it. The company clearly listened to fan input around the design of this phone, but it also added features made to directly compete with Samsung and Huawei — and it shows in the price.
Do the new features justify the higher cost, and will fans stick with the company now that it is trying to compete more directly with the big dogs?
This is Android Authority’s OnePlus 7 Pro review.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is the biggest, fastest, and most expensive device the company has ever offered. Its edge-to-edge display trades the notch for a mechanical pop-up selfie camera, and the new high-resolution 90Hz display looks and feels amazing. In adding these features, however, the 7 Pro trades a key benefit for which the company has traditionally been known: battery life.
OnePlus devices have typically targeted customers who want the best experience at the lowest price. The latest from OnePlus still undercuts the competition in raw price-to-performance, but the 7 Pro doesn’t quite offer all the bells and whistles found in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus or the Huawei P30 Pro.
OnePlus is also launching a standard OnePlus 7, albeit not in the U.S., and that might be a better option for people who prioritize battery life over the display and triple-camera array. The standard model is substantially cheaper than the OnePlus 7 Pro, so if you liked the form factor of the OnePlus 6T you’ll find updated specs at a reasonable price.
The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with the company’s Warp Charge 30 charger. This is a 30W brick. It doesn’t charge quite as rapidly as Huawei’s 40W SuperCharger, but it does get close. When you plug the phone in you’ll see a special animation. It’s nice to be able to top up the battery extremely quickly. OnePlus says its charger keeps the phone from getting too hot by converting the voltage to 5V at 6A in the charger itself, instead of handling the conversion on the device.
The phone also comes with a cheap clear TPU case. OnePlus’ wide array of first-party cases are some of the best we’ve used over the years, so we recommend checking those out to replace the case boxed with the device.
Read: The best OnePlus 7 Pro screen protectors you can buy
OnePlus refines its design about twice a year and has done so for the last five years. I’d label the OnePlus 6 as the height of design for its smartphones. It’s clear the company sees curved edges and bigger screens as the preferred design aesthetic, and that isn’t a bad assumption. Both Samsung and Huawei use curved edges on their flagship devices, and while bigger screens and curved edges arguably add a premium look, there’s a point at which screens just feel too big.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has a 6.67-inch display that’s great for consuming media, but doesn’t lend itself to one-handed use. I feel OnePlus should have maintained the body size of the OnePlus 6T — or even gone smaller since there is no notch and very little bezel in the OnePlus 7 Pro. Instead, OnePlus went the other direction.
OnePlus achieves this nearly-bezel-less design by hiding the selfie camera in a pop-up mechanism in the top of the device. The mechanism is quite silent and fast, and you can even use it for face unlock without skipping a beat. OnePlus says it takes 0.53 seconds for the camera to emerge from the housing and 0.65 seconds to recognize your face for unlocking the device. Like Oppo’s Find X, I found this unlock mechanism to be surprisingly fast and accurate. This isn’t 3D face unlock, though, so it may not be as secure as something like the in-display fingerprint reader.
The pop-up camera allows for a really, really big display.
The rear of the device is made of the same soft-touch glass as the OnePlus 6T. It feels more like metal than glass, so depending on your preference you might love it or hate it. The phone comes in Nebula Blue, Mirror Grey, and Almond, depending on your market. The colors are very classy and subtle. A Mirror Blue colorway was announced exclusively for India on July 8, though we may see it show up in other countries in the future.
OnePlus makes some of the best first-party cases on the market, and with most any smartphone you’re probably going to want to use some protection. Here are some good options.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has one speaker grille on the bottom of the device, and another embedded in the top bezel. OnePlus was able to hide the top speaker in the crevice between the aluminum frame and the display, and it doesn’t take up much more physical space than the bezel itself. This allows for a nearly edge-to-edge display, with only the slimmest chin on the bottom.
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