There’s not much difference between it and the OnePlus 6T which it replaces, but that’s sort of the point. It offers a more affordable option to those who can’t stretch to the pricier Pro, but still want the latest power under the hood. The OnePlus 7 packs in the top-end Snapdragon 855 chipset along with a choice of either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Your RAM choice is tied to the amount of storage you’ll get inside (128GB or 256GB), but even the entry-level model provides plenty.
It fits the ‘affordable flagship’ bill nicely, giving you enough power to run pretty much any app or game, and there’s plenty of storage for your downloads, photos and music.
There’s a 6.41-inch AMOLED display on the front of the OnePlus 7, with a 2340 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution. That gives you 402 pixels per inch, and it provides plenty of color and detail. The OnePlus 7’s screen has a tall, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, providing you with more space for landscape gaming, and a better viewing experience for video. The top of the screen is also interrupted by a small notch, which houses the front-facing camera.
OnePlus has managed to keep bezels around the screen to a relative minimum, but there is a small chin at the base of the display – although it’s not an issue. The fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 7 is embedded into the display, and while it does work, it’s not the fastest or most accurate in-screen scanner we’ve used.
You can opt for face unlock instead, which is impressively fast, but you need to be looking at the device for it to work and it’s less secure.
We didn’t have any issues with the screen during our time with the OnePlus 7. It’s bright and colorful, providing enough detail for general usage as well as gaming and video.
It lacks HDR and a QHD (or higher) resolution, so image quality isn’t as good as the OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 or Sony Xperia 1 – but all these handsets cost more. Considering the OnePlus 7 price, it’s hard to knock the screen.
The design of the OnePlus 7 is very similar to the OnePlus 6T, but look closely and there are a few minor differences between the two handsets.
There’s a notch at the top of the phone housing the front-facing camera, which you may feel already looks a little dated, especially as the Pro version doesn’t have any notch, instead employing a pop-up selfie camera.
As noted above there’s also an in-screen fingerprint scanner here, which generally works well but not as fast as Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10.
It does allow the rear of the phone to be almost completely flush, with just the centralized camera module interrupting the shiny glass finish.
That rear glass doesn’t offer up much in the way of grip, so a case may be called for it you want to have a better hold of the OnePlus 7.
There’s still a silence slider on the right side of the OnePlus 7, just above the power key, which is a feature many like about OnePlus phones. This handset doesn’t have an IP rating though, so stay away from water. Also no microSD card slot, wireless charging and headphone jack.
Available in Mirror Grey, Red and Mirror Blue depending upon the region you are buying the phone.
The OnePlus 7 also gets stereo speakers, and you can see this with a slender speaker grille which runs along the top edge of the phone. That’s a new addition over the 6T, and it joins the down-firing speaker on the base of the handset.
One of the more significant changes on the OnePlus 7 comes in the form of its upgraded cameras. The primary 48MP camera uses a ½-inch Sony IMX586 sensor with a 6-element lens giving it an f/1.7 aperture. There’s a secondary 5MP camera which works in tandem with the main camera unit, to assist it in creating pictures with a depth-of-field effect. Furthermore, this is supported by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS).
You don’t get a telephoto lens or an ultra-wide angle sensor like its elder sibling as the OnePlus 7 focuses on the basics. It uses pixel-binning technique to create a crispier 12MP picture by merging the data from four pixels into one. That’s not to say that you cannot produce a native 48MP picture with the OnePlus 7.
So, while the 48MP primary sensor does all the heavy-lifting, it can also record in 4K at 60 fps, 480p for slow-motion clips along with features like time-lapse, nightscape, AI scene detection, portrait mode and HDR support to name a few.
All of this translates into generally good and bright looking pictures with more texture, balanced exposure and vivid colors. This is in daylight though, as the cameras are pretty average during night time.
On the front, the 16MP selfie camera uses Sony’s IMX471 sensor backed by EIS and an f/2.0 aperture. The pictures from the front camera look great when used in day-light, however, the software optimization sometimes overdo things. However, it can be fixed via software patch.
If you’d have asked me, the OnePlus 6T was by far the fastest phone of 2018 in my opinion. The OnePlus 7 just hits it out of the ballpark when it comes to speed. No to mention the buttery slick experience one can experience on the OnePlus 7 Pro, our regular chap here is no less and can flex its muscles with equal ease.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is the fastest processor in the world and forms the beating heart of the phone. This chipset has been fabricated on a 7-nanometer architecture process and is 45% faster than the previous generation while consuming 20% less power. Its octa-core CPU consists of Kryo 485 cores, one clocked at 2.84GHz, three running at 2.42GHz and another one at 1.8GHz.
The OnePlus 7 is available in two variants- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage.
OnePlus has developed a new feature they’re calling RAM Boost. This enables the phone to allocate RAM to memory intensive applications based on your app usage pattern. So, when you’re firing up a game, it will load faster and smoother. In my general use, RAM Boost allowed more applications to stay open in the background without any lag.
Sheer raw power. That’s how I’d like to describe the performance of the OnePlus 7. With OnePlus’ optimizations on OxygenOS, this right here is one powerful smartphone that will last for long if you want.
OnePlus 7 has dual stereo speaker setup which gets really loud when needed. These have been fine-tuned by Dolby Atmos and is a very different experience than on the 6T.
It is the rich and immersive audio output that makes the gaming experience worthwhile. Even while watching videos on YouTube, the visual and aural elements are perfectly balanced and captivating.
OnePlus 7 has the same 3,700mAh battery like the one found on the 6T. It supports 20W fast charging and comes with a Dash Charge adapter in-the-box.
In my use case, the OnePlus 7 lasted for a day and then some. But in many cases, such as if you play games, mostly the phone would require some juice to go on for the rest of the day.
Having lower refresh rate than OnePlus 7 pro and with Snapdragon 855 which is power efficient SoC gives the OnePlus 7 its long-lasting battery life that should suffice most users.
- Value for money
- Great viewing experience
- Extremely powerful
- Slickest UI ever
- Superior audio experience
- Respectable battery life
- No Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
- Cameras need more polishing
OnePlus 7 is the most balanced smartphone that would appeal to most users as it keeps the basics at the helm of things. Then there’s the Pro version that offers a superior experience for users who can afford to pay the premium. If you’ve already got a taste of the OnePlus medicine, you’re likely to budge for the latter even though the OnePlus 7 stands its ground firmly, head still held high.