The Pro variant obviously has a major public mindshare lead, but the regular OnePlus 7 is perhaps the more interesting option for the masses, simply because its aggressive pricing makes it more accessible. (Hands-on: OnePlus 7 Review हिंदी में पढ़िए)
OnePlus has progressively increased the prices of its flagship killers (a term it hasn’t used for the last three years) and has finally leapfrogged into the truly premium segment with the 7 Pro (review).
In doing so, OnePlus has left a void in the lower mid-range segment that many other players like Asus, Xiaomi and even Samsung are now eager to fill their own set of flagship-specs phones.
However, the bigger problem is that the strategy also distances OnePlus from scores of young fans and community member that simply can’t afford the premium (this is especially relevant to India).
This is where the 7 comes in and addresses both challenges. In fact, OnePlus retraces its steps and prices 7 even lower than the 6T! This is done without compromising on the core OnePlus strengths like performance and software. OnePlus 7 was the first thing that we rushed to at the launch, and we will now talk about our experience in detail.
OnePlus 7 Price in India and Specifications
|Display||6.41″ 2340×1080p (19.5:9)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640|
|Storage||128GB/256GB; UFS 3.0|
|Rear camera||48MP F1.7 OIS+EIS, 5MP telephoto lens|
|Front camera||16MP, F2.0, Sony IMX471|
|Battery||3700mAh, 20W Warp Charge|
|Software||Android 9.0 Pie-based Oxygen OS 9.5|
|Fingerprint sensor||Optical In-display|
|Others||USB 3.1 Type-C, Dual nanoSIM, Dual-Stereo Dolby Atmos speakers, NFC|
|Price||Rs. 32,999 / Rs. 37,999|
OnePlus 7 Pro vs OnePlus 7: What all is the lower variant missing?
Here are all the extras that OnePlus 7 Pro offers over the regular OnePlus 7:
- The display. The biggest difference between the 7 and 7 Pro is the display. The 7 Pro gets a 2K curved, notch-free display with a 90Hz refresh rate that makes it sharper, smoother and more attractive.
- The 7 Pro gets slightly faster Warp charging (30W vs 20W) and a slightly bigger battery (4000mAh vs 3700mAh)
- The Pro gets an advanced ‘10-layer’ cooling system.
- There are extra camera sensors on the Pro, but the primary camera remains the same.
- The poplar silky-finish Nebula Blue and Almond colors are exclusive to 7 Pro.
OnePlus 7 Design and Build
The OnePlus 7 looks decidedly cheap when compared to the 7 Pro, but it’s still great looking and significantly slimmer and lighter.
The OnePlus 7 has the exact dimensions as the 6T and looks similar save for a few minor differences. The two prominent ones are the earpiece and the rear camera. The earpiece is now a lot bigger and an eyesore, but that’s the price you pay for stereo output. The camera module juts out a bit more.
The 7 will be available in two colors, the flashy red and understated Mirror Grey. The latter is more in line with our personal taste.
OnePlus 7 Display
The 7 has the same 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display as the 6T. It’s a full HD panel that allows you to choose between a couple of well-calibrated display presets. Of course, what the 7 Pro offers is so much better, but the 7 is a fairly acceptable compromise considering the wide price gap between the two. Besides, no other better options come to mind in the same class.
The OnePlus 7 screen has Gorilla Glass 5, which is a downgrade from Gorilla Glass 6 on OnePlus 6T. Both versions of Gorilla Glass have same scratch resistant, but version 6 is supposedly more resistant to drops.
Just like the Pro variant, we expect OnePlus 7 will have the DC Dimming as a laboratory feature. This should be a big help for people who are sensitive to PWM flicker.
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OnePlus 7 Performance Expectations and Software
The 7 undoubtedly has the best performance hardware out there, and this is one segment where it matches the Pro toe to toe! The handset is engined by Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset paired with up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. The base variant for India has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage
The software remains the same Oxygen OS, which is still one of our favorite custom skins out there. Some new additions are Zen mode, Fnatic gaming mode, and a new screen recorder, and these changes are likely to trickle down to older OnePlus phones as well.
We are not sure is OnePlus is using the newer fingerprint sensor on the 7 (the one they have on Pro), but the one on the 6T was quite fast too. We didn’t get to test the unlock speed during our hands-on time so we will need to wait till the time it’s out in the market.
We aren’t ruling out better mileage from the same 3700mAh battery as on 6T since there’s a relatively more power efficient chipset onboard.
OnePlus 7 Camera expectations
The camera is another area where the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro should be real close in practical life. Yes, the 7 Pro has a more versatile module with additional 3X optical zoom and wide-angle capture, but the main sensor on both phones are same.
And going by our OnePlus 7 Pro experience, it will be the main sensor that you’d be mostly using. The Telephoto lens and wide-angle cameras are useful additions, but the quality of images you get fall short of those from the main 48MP sensor.
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OnePlus 7 early verdict
The OnePlus 7 is more of a refinement of the last year’s OnePlus 6T. OnePlus has upgraded the internals within in the same last years’ casing. It now has the latest Qualcomm flagship chipset, UFS 3.0 storage, stereo speakers, and an improved 48MP primary camera – all of which bring the phone remarkably close to the Pro sibling on paper.
Of course, you’d be missing out on a swankier display the 7 Pro offers and will have to make do with a rehashed design, but other than that, the experience should be really close to the best of 2019 standards. Besides, OnePlus 7 is slimmer and lighter than the Pro model and has a very aggressive starting price of Rs. 32,999.