OnePlus is not taking any possibilities. The Chinese language telephone maker packed its newest flagship telephone, the OnePlus 7 Professional, with just about each stylish telephone characteristic we have seen within the final 12 months or so. In a manner, it is smart. Telephones these days are always one-upping one another with pop-up selfie cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors and a number of rear cameras. Excluding, 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 business, OnePlus must courtroom customers exterior its loyal base. Within the US, the telephone works on Verizon and OnePlus’ continued partnership with T-Cellular, which began solely final 12 months, helps. However it’s the telephone’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-Cellular.)

Since 2014, when the corporate launched its first OnePlus One, OnePlus has garnered a status for making telephones with premium specs at a wallet-friendly value. And whereas yearly it will get more durable 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 remains to be an ideal worth regardless of being the corporate’s most costly telephone.

OnePlus 7 Professional pricing

Cellphone

Storage

RAM

Value

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 telephone at an inexpensive value that is nonetheless inexpensive than the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E — the most cost effective “flagship” choices from Apple and Samsung.

(Oh and in case you are questioning, a OnePlus 7 does exist. It launches in June and OnePlus studies that it will be similar to the OnePlus 6T. It’s going to value £499 and solely promote in sure markets — the US not being one in every of them. There is a completely 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 dropping that wunderkid-flagship-killer magic it had when it first burst onto the scene with the $299 OnePlus One. However there is no 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 digicam setup and quick processor make it not solely the most effective telephones for its value, however the most effective telephones proper now, interval.

Editors’ notice: The scores above are topic to alter as we proceed to check the OnePlus 7 Professional versus different telephones in its value class. Hold watching. 

OnePlus 7 Professional’s 90Hz, notchless show

Whereas most telephones have a refresh price of 60 frames per second (put in one other manner, 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 means of 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 when you’re a gamer, you will positively admire that additional smoothness.

Take into account that the OnePlus 7 Professional is not the one cellular machine with an enhanced Hz show. A couple of gaming telephones, just like the Razer Cellphone 2, has a 120Hz show, and are displaying customers the advantages of these additional hertz. Despite the fact that I am not a gamer I actually discover the characteristic compelling, and once I switched again to viewing the OnePlus 6T, the display screen felt “draggy” regardless that I knew there wasn’t something unsuitable with it.

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The OnePlus 7 Professional’s show is seamless.

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Total, the telephone appears to be like implausible. As a result of the front-facing digicam sits on the highest edge (extra on that later) and the left and proper sides of the show spill to the sides (à la latest Samsung Galaxy telephones), the viewing expertise feels extra immersive in a manner. The show is razor-sharp and because of the pop-up digicam, it is all display screen; there is no cutout tab or teardrop notch or “gap punch” dot.

Maybe my largest grievance although is that the telephone 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 zero.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 trying 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 screen. It really works sooner than the OnePlus 6T’s scanner, however when you do not like utilizing your fingerprint, you may nonetheless use your face or a PIN to unlock the telephone.The OnePlus 7 Professional’s stereo audio system are nice. After I performed Beyonce’s “Homecoming” audio was clear and wealthy, with a number of depth and vary.

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

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The telephone’s pop-up selfie digicam.

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On its rear the OnePlus 7 Professional has an extremely wide-angle digicam, an ordinary digicam and a telephoto digicam. Images are clear, vibrant and vibrant and I am impressed with the digicam’s HDR rendering. In a single explicit shot of a darkish room and a giant vibrant window, the OnePlus 7 Professional lit up the foreground higher than even the Pixel three — the present low-light king — although the latter retained extra particulars of the surface. There have been instances nonetheless that the OnePlus 7 Professional took higher low-light pictures than the Pixel three’s Evening Sight, which is kind of spectacular.

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

One novel factor concerning the telephone is its front-facing digicam. It is embedded contained in the telephone and pops up out of the highest. The mechanism works easily and shortly, and its total building appears fairly sturdy. (Simply do not attempt to snap it off or something.) If you happen to by accident drop the telephone, the digicam will shortly pop again inside. The selfie digicam takes stable portrait pictures too, with faces trying clear with a constant blur impact, and you may as well modify the look in put up.

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