Popularly known as the maker of ‘flagship killer’ smartphones, OnePlus has been one of the most loved smartphone manufacturers in India. Its latest offering is the OnePlus 7 Pro, a device that helps the Chinese company foray into the premium segment. With features that are only available in high-end devices, OnePlus 7 Pro puts itself against the likes of Samsung, Apple, and Huawei. Starting at approximately INR 50K, does the device justify the price tag? Let’s find out.
First of all, the device is heavy. It might be because of the bigger battery or the pop-up selfie camera, but you do feel it when you pick it up. Aesthetically, it is quite premium. Thanks to the bezel-less and notch-less display, curved glass on the back and front, and the new Nebula blue gradient, the phone looks delicate.
The front has a massive 6.67-inch ‘Fluid AMOLED’ display with a QHD+ resolution. The result is a pixel density of 516ppi. Text and images render sharp and you can shift the refresh rate between 60Hz and 90Hz, as per your choice.
OnePlus is known for using the top-end SoC on all its flagships and this one continues the legacy. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm 855, built on a 7nm architecture that offers improvements over the Snapdragon 845. You have the option to choose between 6GB, 8GB, and even a maddening 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
Other features include UFS 3.0 flash storage that speeds up operations, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and dual 4G VoLTE among others. There is a 4000mAh battery with Warp Charge 30 charger that charges the device quickly. Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging. The OnePlus 7 Pro is equipped with a new version of OxygenOS (v9.5), which is based on Android 9 Pie.
One thing that the OnePlus devices aren’t known for is impressive cameras. The same goes for the OnePlus 7 Pro. With a triple camera setup at the back and a pop-up camera at the front, the company has tried to give their best shot. The 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor does manage to click decent pictures in ample light. However, it is far behind if compared with the flagships from Samsung and Huawei. Along with the primary sensor, there’s an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 16MP sensor with an ultra wide-angle lens. There is Optical Image Stabilisation as well. Overall, the camera is impressive but not the best.
For the price, OnePlus 7 Pro is worth considering. It offers quite a bit of value but misses out on some features that people might actually need. If you want a solid performer, go for it but if you are looking for the best camera, there are better options.