- A giant screen in the pocket
- The effective camera pop-up
- Ultimate performance
- Two days of autonomy
- UFS 3.0 storage
We don’t like
- A photo part not at the level
- A heavy strand (the fault with the pop-up camera)
- Proprietary fast charge
If he dares to increase his prices with this 7 Pro, OnePlus does not forget his guideline and offers a beautiful high-end smartphone. A giant display, an ultra-fast processor, an equally efficient storage, even the small pop-up camera has its effect. Its autonomy is also remarkable. It is all the same criticized for some oddities, such as the absence of headphones in the box, or even curved edges which can activate inadvertently. Its big black point is its triple photo sensor which does not materially manage to exceed the software layer of a much better off pixel. Finally, to avoid the brick effect (6.67 inches!), We only found one solution: transfer the hull. And yes, we live dangerously at Tom’s Guide!
In 2019, OnePlus breaks with its habits. Until then, you had to be content with a single smarpthone each time you launched. In this month of May, the Chinese manufacturer is verbose and offers two new devices to the market.
If the OnePlus 7 is the worthy successor of the OnePlus 6T, the 7 Pro is clearly a pavement in the fed up and especially a big bet for OnePlus. With him, the brand leaves its comfort zone and dares to increase its prices, but always trying to respect its underlying leitmotif: the best quality at the best price.
Such a leitmotif prevented the brand from giving in to any eccentricity, each modification being felt on the final invoice. And the 7 Pro is no exception to the rule. It is not IP68, but it is waterproof. OnePlus preferred to save the costs of certification and always aim for the right price.
So we arrive in front of a smartphone displayed at 709 € in basic price – in its 6 GB / 128 GB version. It is 150 € more than a OnePlus 7 in the same configuration. Is the difference justified? Does OnePlus go astray by going to tease the very high-end (the 7 Pro in 12 GB / 256 GB is at 829 €!)? And more clearly, are we holding one of the best smartphones of 2019?
Yes, for its very (too) large screen
If this part is titled on the screen of the 7 Pro, we could just as easily have talked about its design instead. The screen is what takes up the most space on this device. It covers 88.6% of the front face. An occupancy rate which is only possible by eliminating a few elements. Just like the 6T and the 7, the 7 Pro does not bother anymore with the fingerprint sensor that it simply slides under its slab. As for the front photo sensor, it is relegated to its high edge in a retractable device. The notch is “so 2018”.
For the first time, OnePlus has allowed itself a curved screen. Sticking to the big names of the day like the Samsung S10, the Chinese brand is gaining confidence. This type of layout makes it possible to reach a diagonal of 6.67 inches (3120 × 1440 pixels and HDR10 +). We are only a few tenths of an inch from a tablet, the old Google Nexus 7 having 7 inches of useful display.
The rounded edges are also said to provide better grip. In fact, we still have a large brick that is particularly difficult to use with one hand. But the 7 Pro isn’t the only one to blame. Fashion being on the big screens (and it is a real problem, moreover), the concern is recurrent. Via its operating system – OxygenOS – it nevertheless recommends quick access to the notification panel which can be lowered by “sliding” downwards from any area of the screen.
These considerations of size put aside, let us add that the display of the 7 Pro has been pampered. It is especially configurable, which is very significant. The user has the choice between a vivid, natural calibration, but also sRGB or Display-P3. What best approach a real rendering, the heat is also adjustable.
Yes, for its retractable sensor
The retractable sensor is the other small revolution brought by the OnePlus 7 Pro. Named Pop-up camera, it results from the desire of OnePlus to offer an increasingly extended display occupation. It is not new as such. We have already seen other iterations in the mobile landscape. Vivo Nex S, Mi Mix 3 and more recently the P Smart Z. This is clearly the trend of 2019, the one that supplants the notch.
Located on the top edge of the phone, the selfie sensor is retractable. Despite the working time of its engine, it is available almost as quickly as a conventional sensor. In real test, a few tenths of seconds separate the access to this sensor and to that of a Pixel 3, fixed as for him. No problem for daily use.
Let’s take this opportunity to talk about its rendering. This 16 megapixel sensor opens at f / 2.0. That’s enough to bring in a lot of light. Be careful, however, against the light, poorly managed in selfie mode. The complexion is respected and no filter deteriorates the rendering. Note that despite a single front sensor, OnePlus offers portrait mode with its Pop-up camera. And the result is very honest, with a convincing bokeh effect, almost as good as that of a Google Pixel 3, for example.
Yes and no, for his photos not always fair
If it was one of the best nighttime photophones in 2018, OnePlus in no way wants to lose its advantage over the competition. Also, he continues his breakthrough in the field of mobile photography by inaugurating a brand new triple sensor on his 7 Pro. The main objective of 48 megapixels, a Sony IMX 586, opens at f / 1.6, enough to bring a lot of brightness. It is supported by a wide-angle of 16 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom of 8 megapixels.
A real artillery that promised much wealth on paper. In reality, the rendering is fairly clean, but still far from the software power of a Pixel 3.
The wide-angle is a joy to capture large scenes, but do not approach the shots, the loss of details here being quite clear. For the optical zoom, it is just as functional and allows you not to lose any element of the photograph at a good distance. However, watch out for stabilization.
Yes, it gets complicated with moving objects. It is difficult to capture a moving subject without having a blurring effect and even more so in zoom mode. OnePlus has thought of implementing a “Pro” mode which allows to manually disengage all photo options and calibrate its shooting precisely, but it is not within everyone’s reach.
On the colorimetric side, we don’t touch the most just. The hues draw towards red and green. A warm rendering that flatters people’s shots. The grass, on the other hand, appears much more oily and green than in reality. What we gain here in retinal excitement, we lose in realism. This comparison between OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei’s P30 Pro clearly shows this difference in colorimetry. Normally orange font appears red on the 7 Pro. Ditto for the yellow which seems to have taken a shot of saturation.
Like its elders, the 7 Pro is just as daytime as it is nighttime. Once night falls, we switch to “Night landscape” mode. Like a OnePlus 6T, it captures much more light and allows fully lit shots while a single lamp sprinkles the street. Ditto in a building entrance plunged into darkness, the 7 Pro manages to see details invisible to the naked eye. Still as impressive from this point of view, but we regret that the colorimetric interpretation is still confused.
Yes, for its stratospheric autonomy
4000 mAh. With such a capacity, the battery of the OnePlus 7 Pro has what it takes to work wonders. And that is verified in fact. In mixed use (photo, calls, Internet and videos / video games to a lesser extent), we managed to hold this smartphone for almost two days. More than respectable autonomy.
To this, we must add a fast charge which allows to regain 50% of autonomy in 20 minutes. Named Warp Charge 30, this technology had already been seen on the OnePlus 6T McLaren. However, owner, it only works with compatible chargers, and therefore few.
Yes, for its performance (it’s the best, period)
If this part is at the end of the test, it is because all the high-end smartphones share more or less the same technical characteristics. Here we find the brand new Snapdragon 855. It comes with 6 GB of basic RAM, but the model we tested is provided with 12 GB. Suffice to say that performance literally soars in the benchmarks.
With 5365 points under 3DMark, it explodes 99% of smartphones on the market. Under Antutu, a score of 356,407 points fell. A result confirmed once again with Geekbench which awards him 10,494 points in multicore. A tidal wave of power that nothing can stop. Suffice to say straight away, no game, no application stops our high-end version of the OnePlus 7 Pro. We bet that the same is true of the model equipped with 6 GB of RAM, which remains the norm for the most part.
We wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t talk about storing this OnePlus. It is special since it is UFS 3.0. Universal Flash Storage, for friends and family, is a memory specification that in theory offers bandwidth twice as fast as before, but also better management of energy consumption. We are therefore less surprised by the autonomy performance of this OnePlus 7 Pro.