By now, you probably already know: there will be not one, but two different OnePlus devices: a OnePlus 7 model and then an advanced OnePlus 7 Pro version with a brand new generation of screen that promises to outdo all existing phones in terms of color accuracy and smoothness.
With all the leaks, rumors and teasers by OnePlus, we now have a nearly complete picture of the two new OnePlus 7 handsets, so it’s time to take a closer look and see what’s new and how the two models differ between each other.
So… what’s new? Let’s find out.
The biggest new feature: the screen
A 90Hz screen will change the game for smoothness
The biggest rumored change for the OnePlus 7 Pro is without a doubt the new screen. No notch, no disruptions, but the big story here is the 90Hz refresh rate, much faster than most modern-day flagships that run at 60Hz.
What this gives you is extra responsiveness in animations, transitions, and gaming, among many others. When the screen is static it makes no sense to run it at 90Hz, so chances are that OnePlus will use some sort of dynamic adjustment of the refresh rate of the display and only run it at 90Hz when needed.
Add to this independent testing that suggests record-breaking color accuracy of this new panel, the sharpest Quad HD resolution ever put on a OnePlus phone, and this really shapes up to be an incredible display.
It’s important to note that the non-Pro OnePlus 7 model will get a 1080p AMOLED screen running at 60Hz, and that is clearly the biggest differentiator between the two.
Finally, a great camera? OnePlus 7 is expected to have three rear cameras
For the first time, an ultra-wide angle camera on a OnePlus phone!
If there was just one thing that keeps OnePlus from completely taking over mainstream flagships that would have to be the camera: it performs very well during the day, but just can’t quite keep up with the best at night.
OnePlus promises that it has worked hard on improving the camera this time around and the OnePlus 7 Pro will have three cameras on its back. Here is what we expect to see on the Pro:
- 48MP main camera
- Telephoto camera (3X zoom)
- Ultra-wide camera
The regular OnePlus 7 model will likely skip the ultra-wide camera and will feature only two rear cameras.
Confirming these leaks and rumors are images that have allegedly been snapped on the Pro (above) and where you can see the new 3X telephoto zoom camera in action.
Yes, a pop-out front camera!
A camera that is hidden when you are not using it
Another cool feature that makes the truly edge-to-edge design of the OnePlus 7 Pro possible is the pop-out selfie camera. Note that the regular OnePlus 7 is expected to keep the teardrop notch and the traditional front-facing camera, while only the Pro will get the new front cam.
The camera will appear whenever you switch to taking a selfie in the camera application and otherwise it will remain retracted inside the phone.
Other phones made by the parent company of OnePlus advertize that a pop-out selfie camera takes just 0.67 seconds (less than a second!) to appear, so it’s definitely fast. We are yet to see how well the mechanism will work over the long term, though.
Fixing the worst from the 6T: A new fingerprint scanner
We expect to see an optical fingerprint reader, but a much faster one than on the 6T
The OnePlus 6T is a very reliable phone that runs impressively smoothly, but one thing that we noticed and many people agree with is that the optical fingerprint scanner that is embedded inside the display is just not as fast as a traditional fingerprint scanner.
We expect the OnePlus 7 series to rectify this: you will still have an optical fingerprint reader, but expectations are that it will be bigger and nearly 30% faster. We have already seen Huawei implement this newer generation of optical fingerprint readers in its P30 Pro and it works much better than earlier generations, so we are hopeful for the OnePlus phones as well.
Price and Release date
Expect it around May-June 2019, but at a higher price
OnePlus has slowly, but steadily increased prices for its phones and we expect the price to grow even further with the OnePlus 7 and specifically with the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The screen on the Pro is rumored to cost three times as much as ordinary 60-hertz screens alone, and then you have the cameras and all the rest of the new technology with it.
So yes, we do expect higher prices on the new OnePlus phones this year.
We expect the OnePlus 7 price to start at around $580 to $600 for the base model, with higher prices for models with more RAM and added storage.
We expect the OnePlus 7 Pro base model to cost $750, which gets closer than ever to flagships by Apple and Samsung, but it’s still not quite as high, so while OnePlus phones are getting more and more expensive they will keep their price competitiveness against the mainstream brands.
The OnePlus 7 series will be officially unveiled on May 14th and are likely to go on sale shortly after the official announcement.