OnePlus 7 Pro Launches in New York

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 21 Comments

OnePlus today launched the OnePlus 7 Pro at a special event in New York City. As expected, the phone arrives with a leading edge design and features but is still much more affordable than other flagship smartphones.

“It’s not just the best smartphone we’ve made,” OnePlus general manager Kyle Kiang said during the presentation. “We believe it’s the best smartphone you’ll see [released] this year.”

It certainly looks impressive. The OnePlus 7 Pro boasts a new, ultra-slim design with a tapered front and back. There’s no notch on the 6.67-inch “Fluid AMOLED” display, which boasts a 3120 x 1440 resolution,  560 ppi, and a 93.22 percent screen to body ratio. It supports HDR10 and HDR10+, and it features a bigger and faster new in-display fingerprint reader. Best of all, it has earned DisplayMate’s highest-possible A+ rating in all measurements, thanks in part to its “breakthrough” 90 Hz refresh rate. A pop-up front camera with 16 MP resolution rounds out the front of the device.

Even more impressive, perhaps, is the OnePlus 7 Pro’s triple rear camera system, which provides a 48 MP main camera, a telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom, and an ultra-wide angle camera with a 117-degree field of view. OnePlus described it as an “entire camera bag that fits in your pocket,” and it provides a new UltraShot mode with smart HDR for more natural images and better low-light performance. As with the display, it’s already won awards: DxOMark awarded the OnePlus 7 Pro its highest-ever score for photos and its second-highest score, overall, behind the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

As you should expect, the OnePlus 7 Pro is driven by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and Adreno 640 GPU, and it is outfitted with ultra-fast UFS 3.0 storage that offers up to 5x faster app install times when compared with other modern phones. There’s also a new liquid-cooling system, a large 4000 mAh battery for all-day battery life, Warp Charge 3 fast-charging (38 percent faster, with the ability to charge to 50 percent in just 20 minutes), and, finally, true dual speakers with real stereo separation and Dolby Atmos support.

On the software front, OnePlus promises 2 years of Android version updates and will be among the first to get each new Android update. It also supports three years of security updates. A new Fnatic mode offers super-charged performance for games and other tasks. And a new Zen mode turns off most of the phone for 20 minutes, during which you can only receive phone calls, make emergency calls, and use the camera.

The OnePlus 7 Pro will be available in blue, gray, and almond, and will ship alongside new versions of classic accessories, plus a new Warp Charge 3 car charger and an all-new set of Bullets Wireless 2 earbuds (which also support Warp charging; with 10 hours of playback after just 10 minutes of charge) that will cost $99.

The OnePlus 7 Pro will start at just $669 for a 6 GB/128 GB configuration, while two other variants will cost $699 (8 GB/256 GB) and $749 (12 GB/256 GB), respectively. It goes on sale this Friday at T-Mobile and OnePlus. There is a trade-in program for popular smartphones.

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21 responses to “OnePlus 7 Pro Launches in New York”

  1. JustinMSalvato

    Between the look of the phone, specs, and "There’s also a new liquid-cooling system, a large 4000 mAh battery.." I mean, geezus, this phone is screaming at me to buy it. Guessing AT&T will not be selling this, will have to go direct to OnePlus: "t goes on sale this Friday at T-Mobile and OnePlus."

    • jdmp10

      In reply to JustinMSalvato:

      Yeah in so many ways you can say this is the absolute flagship to buy in 2019 hands down, even the 12GB - RAM/256GB Storage tier at $749 isn't terrible at all, you're getting A LOT of phone for your money.

      My biggest hesitation though is the sheer size, my current Essential phone with a 5.7" display is very compact for a display that size, this thing has an almost 6.7" display but a very tall aspect ratio so almost impossible for someone like me with smaller hands to use one-handed which I do with my Essential phone constantly. I've used large phones before but resorting to using it two-handed most of the time has been the biggest deal-breaker for me with so many current flagships.

      • JustinMSalvato

        In reply to jdmp10:

        No shame here, I got small hands LOL but I used the Lumia 1520 with no problem. You know that thing is practically a tablet, so the OnePlus 7 Pro would be fine, for me anyway.

        I do get the sense that they are not selling an unlocked version, just for T-Mobile when I visit the OnePlus site. This is a situation where I hope my reading comprehension is the problem and not the other way around.

        • jdmp10

          In reply to JustinMSalvato:

          Pretty sure the T-Mobile version is locked to T-Mobile even though it may technically work and have supporting bands for the other 3 major US carriers, similar to the Pixel but unless you buy the device from T-Mo outright and get an unlock code from them to switch to another carrier, chances are the T-Mo SIM you get with the phone will be locked to them especially if you finance with them. No sense in getting from T-Mo if you're going to buy outright anyway, just get it from OP and save yourself the headache.

          Was just reading a MacRumor post comparing LTE speeds on band 4 between the OP7 Pro, S10 and iPhone XS Max and the S10 and OP7 Pro won out with the superior X24 Qualcomm LTE modem versus the Intel unit Apple uses. For some reason though in the OP7 Pro, the modem is using 5 carrier aggregation even though the modem is capable of 7 which is how it operates within the S10 with a theoretical 2Gbps throughput speed versus the 1.2Gbps in the OP, just odd is how I found all that.

          Regardless it's an amazing phone for the money and could even give the future Note 10 a run for its money seeing as how that will have the recent trend of sub or near $1000 price and going north towards $1500.

  2. PeterC

    The standard OnePlus 7 model starts at £499 in the UK with 6gb/128 and £50 more for 8gb/256. Doesn’t have the 7 pro screen and has dual cameras instead of the triple camera pro set up. For me that’s value for money. Simple.

    For me If I returned to android, that’s the winner, if I really want the best cameras then it’s the huawei P30 pro as Leica are unbeatable at camera tech.

  3. ubelhorj

    It super fancy and all, but the price has now risen to that of the original Pixels. Those phones pushed me to OnePlus in the first place.

    I'd consider the non-Pro 7, but apparently they're going to just keep selling the 6T in the US instead, but not increase the length of update support for it.

    I guess my 3T will continue to soldier on.

  4. anderb

    12GB RAM is stupid. What are these people running on it? OS/2 apps?

  5. djross95

    Only 2 yrs of feature updates? That's not in keeping with the "flagship" image OnePlus is trying to establish. Even the $399 Pixel 3a give you 3 yrs. No wonder why Android phone resale values are substandard, especially compared to iPhones.

    • jbinaz

      In reply to djross95:

      Well, for Android, at least Samsungs, 2 years is standard (unless I'm mistaken). I have Pie on my S8 and don't expect it to get another update. I'd consider pixels an exception, since they are Google phones.

      iPhones are unique in their longevity.

      • wocowboy

        In reply to jbinaz:

        OnePlus approaches iPhones in their capacity for updates. The OnePlus 3, launched in 2016, is capable of being updated to Android Pie, so there is reason for hope that this new model and ones going forward will have similar capability. That is FAR better than most Android devices. (Are you listening, LG?)

  6. docpaul

    This is slightly off topic, but this article got me thinking... As has been discussed, new flagship phones are reaching the point where the faster performance is no longer compelling enough to justify upgrading. Where new phones continue to be enticing is the upgrades to the camera.

    So this got me thinking about laptops. I can't really think of an analogous feature that laptop manufacturers can point at and say, "Tadaa, here's a reason to upgrade."

    Probably nostalgia, but I want laptops to become compelling again.

  7. dcdevito

    Specs are fantastic, but OnePlus always rubs me the wrong way.

  8. yoshi

    No wireless charging or IP rating?

  9. David Guillaume

    Looks incredible and i never take selfies so glad to have the front camera gone, unfortunately Battery life looks shocking due to the large screen and high refresh rates and the camera is still not as good as Samsung, Huawei or Pixel.

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