OnePlus 7 Professional evaluation: The perfect Android cellphone worth of 2019


OnePlus is not taking any possibilities. The Chinese language cellphone maker packed its newest flagship cellphone, the OnePlus 7 Professional, with just about each stylish cellphone function we have seen within the final 12 months or so. In a approach, it is sensible. Telephones these days are consistently one-upping one another with pop-up selfie cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors and a number of rear cameras. Except for, 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 trade, OnePlus must courtroom customers exterior its loyal base. Within the US, the cellphone works on Verizon and OnePlus’ continued partnership with T-Cell, which began solely final 12 months, helps. But it surely’s the cellphone’s $669 and £649 (6GB of RAM/128GB) beginning value that’s the deal maker. (There’s additionally an 8GB/256GB variant that prices $699 and would be the one obtainable from T-Cell.)

Since 2014, when the corporate launched its first OnePlus One, OnePlus has garnered a popularity for making telephones with premium specs at a wallet-friendly value. 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 continues to be a fantastic worth regardless of being the corporate’s costliest cellphone.

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 cellphone at an inexpensive value 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 experiences that it will be similar to the OnePlus 6T. It will 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 may solely get within the UK. There’s 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, very good triple rear digital camera setup and quick processor make it not solely among the best telephones for its value, however among the best telephones proper now, interval.

Editors’ be aware: The scores above are topic to vary as we proceed to check the OnePlus 7 Professional versus different telephones in its value class. Preserve watching. 

OnePlus 7 Professional’s 90Hz, notchless show

Whereas most telephones have a refresh fee of 60 frames per second (put in one other approach, in a single second the show refreshes 60 instances), 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 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 should you’re a gamer, you may positively recognize that additional smoothness.

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


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The OnePlus 7 Professional’s show is seamless.

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General, the cellphone appears implausible. As a result of the front-facing digital camera 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 due to the pop-up digital camera, it is all display; there isn’t any cutout tab or teardrop notch or “gap punch” dot.

Maybe my greatest criticism although is that the cellphone feels heavy and massive. 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 positively really feel its weightiness once I maintain it, particularly once 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 suggests you may scan your fingerprint on the entrance of the show to unlock your display. It really works quicker than the OnePlus 6T’s scanner, however should you do not like utilizing your fingerprint, you may nonetheless use your face or a PIN to unlock the cellphone.
  • The OnePlus 7 Professional’s stereo audio system are nice. Once I performed Beyonce’s “Homecoming” audio was clear and wealthy, with numerous depth and vary.

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


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The cellphone’s pop-up selfie digital camera.

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On its rear the OnePlus 7 Professional has an extremely wide-angle digital camera, a normal digital camera and a telephoto digital camera. Pictures are clear, vibrant and vibrant and I am impressed with the digital camera’s HDR rendering. In a single specific shot of a darkish room and an enormous vibrant 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 skin. There have been instances nonetheless that the OnePlus 7 Professional took higher low-light photographs than the Pixel 3’s Evening Sight, which is kind of spectacular.

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

One novel factor concerning the cellphone is its front-facing digital camera. It is embedded contained in the cellphone and pops up out of the highest. The mechanism works easily and rapidly, and its total building appears fairly sturdy. (Simply do not attempt to snap it off or something.) For those who by accident drop the cellphone, the digital camera will rapidly pop again inside. The selfie digital camera takes strong portrait photographs too, with faces trying clear with a constant blur impact, and you can too regulate the look in put up.


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