Updated on 2019-05-26 by Sylvester Avijit Gomes
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OnePlus took the entire market by a huge storm when it first released it's OnePlus One in the year 2014. It carried the best in class specs. A great operating system. Last but definitely not the least the price tag of $299. That was the One plus Mantra over the years. Best in class specs, at half the price of the flagships of the market.
Well, over the years since then the price has obviously gone up due to the use of premium materials and latest specs. Fast forward to 2019 sadly, you don’t get to buy it at the old less than $300 price tag. But what you get in return is a phone that’s filled with the latest and greatest spec to the brim and like their promise at half the price of a similarly specced flagship.
So has OnePlus finally settled going against their “Never Settle” motto. Or is it still going to be the flagship killer that it has always promised in delivering? This is the short review of the OnePlus 7 covering all the details about the smartphone. Like we always say that if a phone checks the 5 boxes it a great one. In no particular order: Build and design, Display, Battery life, Camera and finally Performance.
OnePlus once was the pioneer of bringing best in class design and improvised with every phone they had released up till the 3T. Right from the OnePlus 5 lineup, OnePlus has sort of settled with design choices that just works and resonates highly with what the other players have to offer. The same goes for the OnePlus 7 series.
The OnePlus 7 is basically a OnePlus 6T with new color options. Gorilla glass 5 to the front and back. An aluminum frame holding the body together with the alert slider and power button to the right. Secondary noise cancellation mic to the top. Volume slider to the left. Type C port, Dual SIM card slot, primary microphone, and primary speaker to the bottom. Why do I say, primary speaker? This is because after months of asking OnePlus finally doubles the earpiece as a secondary stereo speaker output. The icing on the cake it's tuned with Dolby Atmos.
Overall the design that the OnePlus 7 has to offer is not just familiar but safe too and people who have used the OnePlus 6T will definitely find it at home. Now for a year, OnePlus has believed in delivering the best FHD+ display in the market. Well, this belief of theirs is most definitely seen on the OnePlus 7. Much like the design cues of the 6T the display used is also the exact same.
To begin with, OnePlus 7 like we said before of a basically a 6T, but one steroid. The 7 has a 6.41-inch optic AMOLED display. It has a dewdrop notch and runs at a resolution of 2340 x 1080p. The panel is again very similar to that of the one plus 6T. Colors are punchy and vivid. Whites are white and blacks are deep. There is absolutely nothing to complain about with this display. If we were to describe the display in 2 words it would be “on point”. This is one of the best displays that you can get at this price point.
OnePlus has always offered the best-in-class battery life thank the optimization of their OxygenOS, more on this later. With the 6T last year one plus had already bettered on their great battery life. OnePlus 7 gets the exact same battery from the OnePlus 6T. This means that the OnePlus 7 comes equipped with the same 3700mAH battery and you can easily expect an easy one-day battery life if you’re a power user. A day and a half if you’re a light user. This can be charged at 5V and 4A with the in-box WARP charger. This is pretty fast and is great as you don’t have to pay extra for the charger, unlike some other brands.
Now let us go to the camera department, This is one department that has stopped OnePlus from being called a true flagship killer since forever. So, the question is do they finally achieve it this time? Let’s first get the specs out of the way. The primary sensor on the OnePlus 7 is a 48MP F1.6 Sony IMX 586 lens which is assisted by a 5MP F2.4 depth sensor. The depth sensor is solely for portrait shots and nothing else. The selfie shooter is a 16MP F2.0 Sony IMX 471 shooter.
The primary sensor is simply amazing lots of details in daylight and a pretty good performer in the night. All in all, the picture’s that this camera takes will definitely be great. The selfie shooter is no slouch either. It’s just what one would expect of a 16MP shooter. Lots of details collected with slight beautification. You will definitely not be disappointed with what the camera on OnePlus 7 offers for a price tag of under 35000.
One area where OnePlus has dominated the smartphone market is in providing the absolute best smartphone performance. This continues even with the OnePlus 7. If you are even remotely interested in this company and have been following it for a while a few things will be very clear to you. Specs packed to the brim. A Software experience that rivals the very likes of stock android themselves.
The OnePlus 7 comes with the latest silicon for androids in the form of the Snapdragon 855. This is coupled with 6 GB RAM with 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM with 256 GB storage variants. Now the already fast speed from the 855 and the behemoth amount of RAM is coupled with the use of UFS 3.0 based storage which is touted to be 2X faster than UFS 2.1. All of that RAM power gives the OnePlus 7 series an overall AnTuTu score at a whopping 361038. This is the highest any non-gaming android phone has ever scored.
Now, if you are reading this article you must definitely, be knowing of the OxygenOS UI that runs the software side of things. Personally, we feel that OxygenOS is much better than Stock vanilla android. This is so as the UI is very close to stock Android with very few thoughtful upgrades. Performance on the 7 series is simply going to be butter smooth. Overall, OnePlus 7 is still the undisputed champion when it comes to performance.
Let’s take a peek into the price before wrapping things up. OnePlus 7 comes in 2 variants: 6GB RAM with 128GB storage that will cost rupees 32999 and the top end variant with 8GB RAM with 256 GB storage comes at rupees 37999.
This has been the very first time for OnePlus or any other company that successor, the OnePlus 7 is actually cheaper than the predecessor the 6T. If you all follow our blog regularly we had said in our Pixel 3A and 3A XL review that it’s going to get a tough competition from the OnePlus 7 series. Guess what we were damn right. Yes, it’s true that the 3A series has a much better camera than the 7 series. But there is way more to a smartphone than just the camera. The overall package that you get with both the 7 series phone is simply second to none.
Yes, the OnePlus 7 does have its shortcoming and yes it no more the $300 smartphone that we adored. The camera isn’t the best. The design isn’t groundbreaking. But once you look past these, the phone behind it is a solid buy especially considering its price point. We, are pretty sure that you will not be disappointed with the phone until next time considering the complete package this phone has to offer.
If you would like to read the reviews given by customers who bought OnePlus 7, check out the links below
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OnePlus 7 is an amazing smartphone when it comes to display, performance, battery and charging. The build quality and design and also unmatched however the camera is not the best out in the competition. Overall for under 35000, this smartphone is an overall complete package.