Within the past few years, OnePlus has built a little bit of a reputation for doing things a bit differently: releasing one smartphone at a time, and only selling that one, all-in flagship phone. The new model was generally introduced every few months to ensure the company always offered the most effective processor available. OnePlus 7 is an interesting device, it is basically using the same design as last years OnePlus 6T and upgrading the internal hardware for 2019. Its a clever move by the company in my opinion.

When OnePlus hit the scene, there wasn’t much competition in the ‘affordable flagship’ space; now, it’s packed. So, while we absolutely loved the OnePlus 7 Pro, do we really need a OnePlus 7?

Quick Review

As an upgrade to the earlier OnePlus 6T, this newer model isn’t wildly different, and it launches in the shadow of the top-end Pro 7, not because of its a bad phone but because it has been outshone by its headline-grabbing sibling, the OnePlus 7 Pro. It’s the latter which has inherited the bells and whistles of a new era of the device, while the incremental upgrades on the OnePlus 7 are significantly more modest.

The OnePlus 7 can store up to 256 GB of data and quickly move files around with its UFS 3.0 technology. It packs in the top-end Snapdragon 855 chipset along with a choice of either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. It gives enough power to run pretty much app or game you want.

Though battery backup is great on all OnePlus devices, on this particular model I felt battery backup a little more powerful compared to older devices.

Design is identical to the 6T. Compact, well balanced weight distribution, and slim. Feels premium in hand.

Display is absolutely amazing, no issues with the color reproduction, darks(blacks) feel exactly dark thanks to the optic AMOLED panel. We won’t notice that well-placed drop notch as it is well placed.

However, if the price of this product exceeds your budget, there are plenty of other smartphones available for you to buy.

Pros

  • Superb lightning speed
  • Great battery life
  • Quick charging
  • Display quality is good
  • Amazing camera

Cons

  • No headphone jack
  • No type C to 3.5mm jack

Technical Specifications


OSAndroid Oxygen
RAM6 GB
Item Weight181 g
Product Dimensions16.8 x 0.8 x 7.5 cm
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Item model numberGM1901
Wireless communication technologiesBluetooth;WiFi Hotspot
Connectivity technologies4G;FDD;LTE;(1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/26/28/29/32);TDD;(34/38/39/40/41);TD-SCDMA;(34/39);UMTS(WCDMA);(1/2/4/5/8/9/19);CDMA;(BC0/BC1);GSM;(850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Special featuresDual SIM;In-display Fingerprint;Face unlock
Other camera featuresRear Camera – 48MP (Primary) + 5 MP (Tele-photo) | Front Camera – 16MP
Form factorTouchscreen Phone
Weight181 Grams
ColourMirror Grey
Battery Power Rating3700

Design

1) Very similar to OnePlus 6T, with the addition of a front-facing speaker 2) 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2mm; 182g

OnePlus 7 Design

Even though the design of OnePlus 7 is quite similar to OnePlus 6T, but if you pay close attention there are a few minor changes between them.

There’s a notch at the top of the phone covering the front-facing camera, which you may feel like it looks a little dated, especially as the Pro version doesn’t have any notch, instead of employing a pop-up selfie camera.

The bigger earpiece grill along the very top edge is much longer in order to make space for a more powerful Dolby-powered speaker. This joins the speaker on the bottom edge to create a fairly decent stereo sound.

The scanner is bigger than OnePlus 6T, which means your thumb will be able to find it quite easily.

With its Mirror Grey finish, the OnePlus 7 looks and feels great – ultra-premium and shiny, but touch it a couple of times and it fast becomes messy.

The OnePlus 7 also gets stereo speakers. That’s a new addition over the 6T, and it joins the down-firing speaker on the base of the handset.

In western markets OnePlus 7 only comes in one color:Mirror Grey but in India and China it is also available in Red.

Camera

1) Dual rear camera: 48 MP Primary; 20 MP Secondary 2) 16 MP Front Camera

Like the Pro model, the OnePlus 7 has the new 48-megapixel primary sensor camera, which ties four pixels into one, to create sharp 12-megapixel images. It’s coupled with a secondary 20-megapixel sensor that’s only really there for additional image data – used for things like depth measure – and isn’t of any use on its own. 

Outside, in good light, pointing and shooting the OnePlus 7’s cameras perform well, providing a good level of contrast and color. It provides a good amount of details. Inside the quality dips slightly, but results are still strong.

The phone can also shoot up to 4K video too at up to 60fps, and it’s nicely held together, impressive across lighting conditions.

The OnePlus 7 uses machine learning to blur the background. It does it quite well, but it’s not quite as accurate as the rear setup.

Even automatic mode isn’t poor in low light, which is a bonus. Where it falls down is with regard to nuance. Shots in good light might have a good quantity of detail, but contrast and saturation seem too pumped up in certain scenes.

Overall, it’s a really good camera, it might not offer you some of the insane night modes, but it’s not disappointing either.

Battery

1) 3,700mAh battery capacity, and 20W OnePlus rapid charging 2) Will last a full day on a single charge

OnePlus 7 Battery

At 3,700mAh, the battery inside the OnePlus 7 is exactly the same as its OnePlus 6T. Which means it’s quite good. There’s a comfortable full day’s worth of juice in this phone even with fairly heavy usage, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying you’ll get two days from it.

The battery in the OnePlus 7 also has fast charging compatibility, via the USB-C port on the base of the device, allowing you to quickly top up if you’re running low on battery.

OnePlus’s Dash Charging continues to be one of the best fast charging technologies around – it goes from 10 to 100 percent in just 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Since, it does not support wireless charging you have to plug it in order for it to charge.

Performance

1) Flagship performance and dedicated gaming modes 2) Oxygen OS 9.5.5 based on Android Pie, the latest Android software.

OnePlus 7 performance

With the super fast flagship Snapdragon 855, some ultra-fast storage speed (UFS3), the OnePlus 7 is a speed beast and matches other top-end flagships. The phone is extremely fluidic and there isn’t any lag even when running multiple applications and data.

Apps load at quite high speed and you can easily jump between multiple apps without the phone slowing down.

If you’re someone who likes to play a lot of intense mobile games like Fortnite or PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) with the graphics cranked all the way up – then the 8GB model will do better, but the 6GB OnePlus 7 won’t be a slump.

Gamers can also take advantage of Gaming mode on OnePlus 7. It lets you lock the screen brightness, enhance the display and choose whether or not you want notifications or call pop-ups to display on the screen.

The in-screen fingerprint scanner and face recognition, in tandem, they work quite well, getting you into your phone very quickly.

It runs the latest version of Google’s operating system, Android 9 pie, even though it’s not the stock version.

Overall, performance is great. You will not get these features in any other device in this range.

Final Verdict

OnePlus 7 has been a device that barely got any attention at the launch and hasn’t been talked about much since. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a bad phone.

It’s fast, fluid, is well made and looks good. What’s more, the camera is better than in previous years too. All in all, it’s a great flagship phone at a very good price – it’s just not all that exciting in the current climate.

If you can’t afford OnePlus 7 pro and you want an affordable flagship phone and you want to try something new then I would definitely recommend OnePlus 7.

OnePlus 7

Price – Rs 37,999

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