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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