OnePlus 7 Professional evaluation: The very best Android telephone worth of 2019


OnePlus is not taking any probabilities. The Chinese language telephone maker packed its newest flagship telephone, the OnePlus 7 Professional, with just about each stylish telephone function we have seen within the final yr or so. In a approach, it is smart. Telephones these days are always one-upping one another with pop-up selfie cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors and a number of rear cameras. Apart from, say, a folding show, the OnePlus 7 Professional has sufficient options du jour to maintain its followers enticed.

However to stay related on this aggressive business, OnePlus must courtroom customers exterior its loyal base. Within the US, the telephone works on Verizon and OnePlus’ continued partnership with T-Cell, which began solely final yr, helps. However it’s the telephone’s $669 and £649 (6GB of RAM/128GB) beginning worth that’s the deal maker. (There’s additionally an 8GB/256GB variant that prices $699 and would be the one out there from T-Cell.)

Since 2014, when the corporate launched its first OnePlus One, OnePlus has garnered a fame for making telephones with premium specs at a wallet-friendly worth. And whereas yearly it will get tougher for OnePlus to maintain costs low (in comparison with different manufacturers, OnePlus has one of many highest will increase in value from mannequin to mannequin), the OnePlus 7 Professional remains to be a fantastic worth regardless of being the corporate’s most costly telephone.

OnePlus 7 Professional pricing

Cellphone Storage RAM Worth
OnePlus 7 Professional 128GB 6GB $669, £649 (AU$962 transformed)
OnePlus 7 Professional 256GB 8GB $699, £699 (AU$1,006 transformed)
OnePlus 7 Professional 256GB 12GB $749, £799 (AU$1,076 transformed)

With the OnePlus 7 Professional, the corporate is giving its prospects a top-of-the-line telephone at an affordable worth that is nonetheless cheaper than the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E — the most affordable “flagship” choices from Apple and Samsung.

(Oh and in case you are questioning, a OnePlus 7 does exist. It launches in June and OnePlus studies that it will be similar to the OnePlus 6T. It’s going to value £499 and solely promote in sure markets — the US not being one among them. There is a totally different OnePlus 7 Professional too, a 5G model you’ll be able to solely get within the UK. There is no pricing or availability data on that but.)

Little by little, OnePlus is shedding that wunderkid-flagship-killer magic it had when it first burst onto the scene with the $299 OnePlus One. However there isn’t any denying it continues to make highly effective telephones with coveted options at ridiculously aggressive costs. In brief, the OnePlus 7 Professional’s sharp show, excellent triple rear digicam setup and quick processor make it not solely the most effective telephones for its worth, however the most effective telephones proper now, interval.

Editors’ observe: The scores above are topic to alter as we proceed to check the OnePlus 7 Professional versus different telephones in its worth class. Maintain watching. 

OnePlus 7 Professional’s 90Hz, notchless show

Whereas most telephones have a refresh charge of 60 frames per second (put in one other approach, in a single second the show refreshes 60 occasions), the OnePlus 7 Professional has a 90Hz show with a crisp 1,440-pixel decision. By refreshing 90 frames a second, issues like scrolling by means of webpages and apps feels actually fluid.

In comparison with the earlier OnePlus 6T, video games like PUBG really feel extra fluid and silky. The distinction is not essentially night time and day, however in the event you’re a gamer, you may undoubtedly recognize that additional smoothness.

Remember the fact that the OnePlus 7 Professional is not the one cell machine with an enhanced Hz show. A number of gaming telephones, just like the Razer Cellphone 2, has a 120Hz show, and are displaying customers the advantages of these additional hertz. Although I am not a gamer I definitely discover the function compelling, and after I switched again to viewing the OnePlus 6T, the display screen felt “draggy” regardless that I knew there wasn’t something flawed with it.


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The OnePlus 7 Professional’s show is seamless.

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General, the telephone seems incredible. As a result of the front-facing digicam sits on the highest edge (extra on that later) and the left and proper sides of the show spill to the sides (à la current Samsung Galaxy telephones), the viewing expertise feels extra immersive in a approach. The show is razor-sharp and because of the pop-up digicam, it is all display screen; there isn’t any cutout tab or teardrop notch or “gap punch” dot.

Maybe my greatest grievance although is that the telephone feels heavy and large. The OnePlus 6T was already troublesome to maneuver with one hand, and the OnePlus 7 Professional is now taller and heavier by 0.77 ounces. That does not sound like lots, however I undoubtedly really feel its weightiness after I maintain it, particularly after I’m taking a photograph with one hand or making an attempt to stuff it in my jean pockets.

Different design takeaways:

  • The OnePlus 7 Professional has an in-display fingerprint reader, which implies you’ll be able to scan your fingerprint on the entrance of the show to unlock your display screen. It really works sooner than the OnePlus 6T’s scanner, however in the event you do not like utilizing your fingerprint, you’ll be able to nonetheless use your face or a PIN to unlock the telephone.
  • The OnePlus 7 Professional’s stereo audio system are nice. After I performed Beyonce’s “Homecoming” audio was clear and wealthy, with plenty of depth and vary.

OnePlus 7 Professional’s pop-up digicam and triple lens setup


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The telephone’s pop-up selfie digicam.

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On its rear the OnePlus 7 Professional has an extremely wide-angle digicam, a typical digicam and a telephoto digicam. Images are clear, shiny and vibrant and I am impressed with the digicam’s HDR rendering. In a single specific shot of a darkish room and an enormous shiny window, the OnePlus 7 Professional lit up the foreground higher than even the Pixel 3 — the present low-light king — although the latter retained extra particulars of the surface. There have been occasions nevertheless that the OnePlus 7 Professional took higher low-light pictures than the Pixel 3’s Evening Sight, which is kind of spectacular.

The telephone’s 3X telephoto zoom mixed with a 10x digital zoom means the telephone might zoom in on faraway objects whereas sustaining readability and stability. With the wide-angle digicam, you’ll be able to match far more content material in every body, although pictures taken on the wide-angle digicam appeared muddier close to the sides. The OnePlus 7 Professional additionally took nice portrait pictures. Although its depth of area was shorter than the Pixel 3, Galaxy S10E and iPhone XR, the falloff between the fore- and background was easy whereas my topic appeared sharp.

One novel factor in regards to the telephone is its front-facing digicam. It is embedded contained in the telephone and pops up out of the highest. The mechanism works easily and shortly, and its general development appears fairly sturdy. (Simply do not attempt to snap it off or something.) In case you unintentionally drop the telephone, the digicam will shortly pop again inside. The selfie digicam takes stable portrait pictures too, with faces trying clear with a constant blur impact, and it’s also possible to regulate the look in put up.


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