OnePlus 7 review 2019: Absolutely Brilliant OnePlus 7

OnePlus 7 is an incremental upgrade to the flagship OnePlus 6T which was launched in October last year. The OnePlus 7 is designed for those who do not cough to the all-singing, all-dancing OnePlus 7 Pro or its 5G-capable counterparts, starting at £ 649 - five to one handset Highest price gone. - If old Shenzhen based firm.

While the OnePlus 7 does not have an eye-catching redesigned, triple rear-camera or headline-grabbing 90Hz refresh rate AMOLED panel, as shown in the OnePlus 7 Pro, it typically holds a surprising amount with its older cousin is. You look under the bonnet. The OnePlus 7 also manages to skirt around some of the pitfalls plaguing the 7 Pro and stopped receiving gold medals in our coveted Best Android Phones and Best Phones round-up.

OnePlus 7 review 2019

OnePlus 7 review Release Date

OnePlus 7 ships with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Since there is still no expandable storage option via microSD, we would recommend opting for the largest possible model you can afford - otherwise you will be able to secure yourself all your holiday snacks in the future The pricey can depend on DropBox or Google Drive subscription.

The 6GB / 128GB model costs £ 499, while the maximum 8GB / 256GB variant costs £ 549. Both of these are only available in a plain mirror gray finish, so if you want a little more color in your life, you have to be ready for the OnePlus 7 Pro. 

OnePlus 7 review Design 

From the outside, it appears that not much has changed: the OnePlus 7 has the same 6.41-inch OLED display as seen on its predecessor, with a resolution of 402 pixels-per-inch, with the same dockdrop notch. , And the same 16-megapixel front-facing camera inside.

This is not the subject of much criticism, as the OnePlus 6T looked astonishing a few months ago. In fact, it is only when comparing side-ups with the OnePlus 7 Pro that the OnePlus 7's shell looks dated. Don't forget, more than six months passed between the 6T and 7 - no other smartphone manufacturer overhauls the industrial design of their flagship phones in that time. Hell, Apple only bothers every 24 months or more.

The display is not the brightest, but it is colorful and feels incredibly responsive. And Dockdrop Notch is more expensive for a selfie camera, which is more beautiful than the pop-up camera found on the OnePlus 7 Pro, which comes out of the phone like a miniature periscope every time you take a selfie.

The OnePlus 7 has an upgraded in-screen fingerprint sensor that is 36% larger and feels sharper and more accurate than its predecessor, which was a bit granular.

For our money, we've always preferred the front-facing fingerprint scanner - not least because it means you can unlock the phone and authenticate secure apps when the handset rests on your desk without lifting it Have been So, this new and improved in-display sensor ticks all the boxes.

But if it's not fast enough for you, the OnePlus 7 boasts the Shenzhen-based company's highly impressive face unlock technology, which is not as secure as your fingerprint, but is impossible. Like, you blink of an eye.

OnePlus 7 review Specs

Talking about speed, OnePlus 7 is seriously fast. According to the Chinese company, its new product philosophy revolves around the "fast and smooth" tagline, and it does not explicitly market the buffs seen by interns.

OnePlus 7 can load apps, gobble video edits, and play the most graphically-taxing games without breaking a sweat - something that can't always be said about a phone twice the price. Keeping everything together there is up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB / 256GB of non-expandable storage. The latter uses the UFS 3.0 standard, which provides at least twice the speed of the 800 Mbit / s read speed available on its predecessor, UFS 2.1, which appeared in the OnePlus 6T.

Even Google itself cannot achieve the same level of performance from Android phones that you would get from OnePlus 7. If you're looking for a no-nonsense, wait-anytime-your-app-to-load-again experience, this is your next handset.

But it's not just under the bonnet that brings speed, the OxygenOS operating system on the OnePlus 7 provides an incredibly streamlined and zippy experience.

OxygenOS is almost indistinguishable from the stock version of Android, unlike the hefty crime-software-design that runs on similarly priced handsets from the likes of Honor, Huawei, and LG, which you'll find on the Google Pixel Series.

Given how good the Android OS is these days, it is a big accolade for the OnePlus team to keep some restraint and do nothing for it.

The latest update includes the ability to record your screen, as well as edit and share videos directly from the Gallery app. There's also a gaming mode that pushes the phone to its limits to get you the best possible performance - and prevents notifications interrupting your play-through.

One disappointment with the OnePlus 7 is that it still uses the fast charging solution seen in the OnePlus 6T to compensate for its 3,700mAh cell. It's not wrong, we're still refilling the battery up to 50% in half an hour, fast ... but it's slower than the 20-minute top-up available on the 7 Pro. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition enjoyed these 30W Warp charging speeds, so this omission is a bit confusing.

OnePlus 7 review

OnePlus 7 has a dual camera set-up consisting of a 48MP 1⁄2 inch super-sized sensor with an aperture of f/1.7 and built-in Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) to keep things steady when you're nervous, moving, or shooting in tough low-light conditions.

This main shooter is coupled with a 5MP secondary telephoto camera, which is used to shoot Portrait Mode photos with artificial bokeh blur behind the subject, and offers 2x optical zoom. The Portrait Mode shots are pretty decent and will help things pop on your social media account, but scrutinising the images up-close too much will reveal a few weird patches where the bokeh failed to take.

However, that's an issue that still plagues the likes of the £1,000+ flagship smartphones with this feature, so it's not something that shelling out more cash for your next phone will solve.

Elsewhere, still images and videos are generally pretty good. OnePlus has had a bit of a shaky reputation on this front for a while, but this is definitely a step-up from the shots produced by the OnePlus 5 launched two years ago by the company. That said, the results from the OnePlus 7 fall well short of the similarly priced Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, which offers crisper details, better bokeh-blur, and deeper shadows for more interesting, contrast-y shots.


If you missed OnePlus 6T, or better yet - OnePlus 6, OnePlus 7 will be an unprecedented upgrade that is unlikely to disappoint. After all, it features a very generous 6.4-inch AMOLED display, gorgeous all-screen design, fast in-display fingerprint scanner, blazing quick flagship internal, and all powered by a quietly controlled operating system that bundles only those features That are really useful.

And it still starts at £ 449.

If you want to upgrade only for the camera, you can opt for the rival Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL, but you will miss out on the stunning design, futuristic fingerprint sensor and fast-charging, which is better for everyone. Is that Google's R&D team can muster at the same price point.

Owners of the OnePlus 6T should definitely avoid the OnePlus 7 and wait for the next handset of OnePlus, or thicker for the OnePlus 7 Pro. Otherwise they are unlikely to see much change. But everyone else will get a surprisingly stunning handset similar to last year's flagship OnePlus 6T. 

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