Oneplus 7 Pro Honest Review in India - 2020
|OS||Android 9 Pie OxygenOS|
|Item Weight||204 g|
|Product Dimensions||16.3 x 0.9 x 7.6 cm|
|Batteries:||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Item model number||GM1911|
|Wireless communication technologies||Bluetooth;WiFi Hotspot|
|Special features||Dual Sim, Front Camera, Touchscreen, USB, In-display Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Electronic compass, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Sensor core, Laser sensor|
|Display technology||pixel density of 515 PPI and Aspect Ratio 19.5:9|
|Other camera features||8MP|
|Form factor||Touchscreen Phone|
|Battery Power Rating||4000|
|Whats in the box||Handset, Power Adapter, Type-C Cable (Support USB 2.0), Quick Start Guide, Welcome Letter, Safety Information and Warranty Card, Logo Sticker, Case, Screen Protector (pre-applied) and SIM Tray Ejector|
The One plus 7 Pro is a really nice device, and with a starting price that sounded surprisingly low after all of its features and specs were revealed. It’s got a beautiful super smooth display, dual stereo speakers, and top of the line performance specs, but after spending a week with it, I have to say I wouldn’t buy it. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad phone by any means, in fact, its industry-leading in multiple areas, but it’s not without its flaws, and in many areas it’s just good, not great. I’ll let you know exactly what those are including which phone I’d buy instead, but first, let’s talk about what they got right.
The exterior design not only looks nice, but feels very premium. Aluminum sandwiched by curved gorilla glass, Subtle logo and text on the back, perfectly located buttons, the same triple mute switch that I love, and hefty weight that adds tithe premium feel. We don’t have waterproofing rating but various videos and breakdowns have shown it’s up tithe task so I wouldn’t worry.
The center of attention is the massive curve doled display coming in at 6.7 inches. It’s bright, has great color accuracy, and super sharp. As you can see there isn’t any kind of notch or cutout and at the same time we have very slim bezels. Not only that, but the 90 hz refresh rate paired with great software makes using it the most smooth experience I’ve ever had on a Smartphone.
To make this full screen experience possible One Plus designed a motorized front facing camera and I think this is probably the best solution for the notch issue. They showed it holding over 50 lbs of weight which is crazy, and say it’s rated for over 300, 000 actuation, so I don’t think durability should be an issue but only time will tell. Inside of that popup is a really good 16 MPF2 sulfide camera, and on the back we have 3 more in a layout that’s been very popular recently, a standard, a telephoto, and an ultra wide. One Plus chose to go with a 48 MP main camera instead of Apples and Samsung 12 MP, and on the telephoto an 8 MP 3x zoom, which was found to actually be a 13 MP 2.2 that they crop into which makes sense since the zoomed images don’t look much better than 2x systems cropped in digitally.
The photo and video capabilities are much better than any previous device and very good overall, but are it enough to take on the flagships? No, not really. Many images look fantastic but it’s inconsistent. Some shots turn out perfect while many others have highlights pulled down too much, another having too much contrast or demising. The same inconsistency shows up in the videos well, and some things are just missing like video recording with a wide angle.
The sensors are great but the software still needs tweaking which means One Plus can improve it, but at this time the 7 Pro can’t compare with the S10+ or XS Maxi you want to see a detailed comparison I’ll link it after the video. Although the camera needs work, I have today it again, One Plus has the best Android Software. The icons, shortcuts, keyboard, and quick animations are better than even stock android and we also finally have an out of the box screen recorder on an Android.
- Rear Camera - 48MP (Primary) + 8MP (Tele-photo)+16MP (Ultrawide) | Front Camera - 16 MP POP-UP Camera
- 16.9 centimeters (6.67-inch) multi-touch capacitive touchscreen with 3120 x 1440 pixels resolution
- Memory, Storage and SIM: 8GB RAM | 256GB internal memory | Dual SIM dual-standby (4G+4G)
- Android Oxygen operating system with 2.84GHz Snapdragon 855 octa core processor
- 4000mAH lithium-ion battery, The display curves over the edges for an arresting design and an immersive viewing experience
- 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase
- Box also includes: Power Adapter, Type-C Cable (Support USB 2.0), Quick Start Guide, Welcome Letter, Safety Information and Warranty Card, Logo Sticker, Case, Screen Protector (pre-applied) and SIM Tray Ejector
This wouldn’t be possible without great hardware and in typical One Plus fashion weave a flagship Snapdragon 855 processor with a ton of ram, up to 12 GB in fact and One Plus can actually make use of that with their RAM Boost feature that reloads software. Add in brand new UFS 3 storage which in the real world doubles read and write speed, and you have a crazy fast phone that loads apps noticeably faster than the competition. The optical fingerprint sensor, in my opinion, is now just as good as a physical one, and definitely better than Samsungs ultrasonic. So that’s a bunch of great features of the One Plus 7 Pro, and when you pair that withal $700 price tag for the model most will likely choose, the 8GB RAM 256GB storage I’m using, the value proposition is incredible, so why wouldn’t I buy one? The biggest culprit is the S10+ and the fact that just two months later it’s been deeply discounted on multiple websites bringing it down from the $1000 I paid, to as low as $700 for an international model or just a bit more for a Snapdragon version. That is just crazy, I’ll leave some linking the video description for some of the deals I’ve found.
If the One Plus 7 Pro was released half a year ago it would have destroyed the market, or if the S10+ stayed at $300 more the 7 Profound be a no brainier, but with Samsung’s flagship being available so close in price the Nonpluses hard to recommend for most. When we compare them side by side the One Plus falls behind in too many areas. The battery charger is super fast but you have to use both their proprietary charger and cable, and the 4000 MAh battery is large but the 90 hz display drains the battery so much that I couldn’t ever get a full day of use like I can with the S10+ which still has 10-15% remaining. To make matters worse we still don’t have wireless charging so you can’t leave ion a stand to top off throughout the day.
I understood it at $530, but I think at this price point, paired with the “Pro” name and high battery drain, One Plus needed to include it. The display is nice, but it also can’t compete. Samsung’s is quite a bit brighter and HDR videos look much better on the S10, and the something goes for speakers, the S10+ blows the one lush 7 Pro’s average stereo pair way in sound quality and volume is good. Its nice not having a cutout but the curved portion of the screen starts bending much earlier so reflections are a bigger issue.
If you like listening to music and watching videos on your phone the S10 is definitely ahead. The S10’s camera quality is much more consistent and overall better in both photos and video, especially for the ultra wide lens where the photos are far ahead because of processing, are wider, and allow for video recording withal cool super steady feature. You do get 128 GB of slower but still fast storage as the base but the SD card slot will accept up to another 512, and for those that use wired headphone we still have a headphone jack. And I’m leaving my biggest to complaint for last, and that the size and weight.
I never thought I’d say it but this Smartphone screen is just too big. I love the large screens but 6.7” paired with 206 grams means that in some of my pantsuit actually sticks out of the pocket. My hands were noticeably more tired when watching YouTube for a while and playing games compared to the S10+ which is smaller, thinner, and about 20% lighter while still having a large 6.4” display. In the real world, this phone will be too large for most people, and that’s before adding case.
The One Plus 7 Pro is a really nice phone that leads in multiple areas but to achieve that they had to raise the cost. At the same time, competition has really upped its game and is still ahead like they were in previous years, but now the price tags are closer together. If your priority is a super smooth experience both with software and display, and fast specs for a great gaming experience it could still make sense, but for most people, if you can spend just a bit more, I think the S10+ Isa better choice.