OnePlus 7 Pro review: amazing screen, solid camera

– This is the new OnePlus 7 Pro. OnePlus is a company
that has really built up a cult following over the years. Their shtick has always been making phones that don’t cost as much as
a typical iPhone or Galaxy, but do punch way above their weight class. This year, with this
phone, OnePlus decided to just go all-out and make a flagship. But it’s still a little bit
cheaper than the competition. And you know what? They’ve pretty much pulled it off. (relaxed electronic music) So, right at the jump,
here are the prices. The base model is $670,
the middle one is $700 — and that’s the one that
T-Mobile is selling — and then there’s a top-end
spec beast for $750. They come in gray, almond,
and this one, nebula blue. The 7 Pro is a really large Android phone. Like, kind of huge. It has a gigantic OLED display. But the thing that most people
are probably going to notice about it is the selfie camera, which pops up with a
little motor, like this. Okay, sorry, yeah. I’m going to come back to cameras, I promise, because the thing that
you are going to notice every day is this screen. It is stupendous. OnePlus calls it “Fluid
AMOLED,” which, fine, whatever. But they can’t decide
whether it’s 6.67 inches or 6.46 inches because it’s different depending on whether or not
you count the rounded corners. Fine. It’s also super tall, with
a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Look, it’s just really big
is what I’m getting at. But what’s special about
it is that it not only goes edge to edge, but it also curves around the sides just like a Galaxy phone. And just like a Galaxy
phone, it looks great. It gets really bright,
and it gives you lots of options for calibrating the colors. There’s no notch, of course, thanks to that pop-up selfie camera. But OnePlus has included a feature that’s still pretty rare on phones: a high, 90Hz refresh rate. I know you can’t really see it on the video here, but
in person it’s awesome. It’s the thing that
instantly separates the 7 Pro from almost every other phone, except for weird gaming phones. And the 7 Pro will ratchet
that refresh rate down in apps where it doesn’t make sense, like when you’re watching
videos for example. The resolution of the screen will also dynamically ratchet itself down
to match the video content. While the phone has Quad
HD, it’s 3120 by 1440, it will drop down to
1080p when it needs to in Netflix or YouTube. There’s also a Night Mode,
it blocks blue light, and there’s a Reading
Mode that gray scales the entire screen. You might think that some of this stuff is a little gimmicky, but
it kind of does matter. I really did use the Reading Mode and I definitely notice the
smoothness when I’m scrolling. I’m spending a lot of time
talking about the screen because, like I’ve said
in previous videos, that’s what you have to
do with top-tier phones. You’re spending a lot of
money and you want the thing that you’re looking at
all the time to look good. This screen looks great
and it has features you can’t get on even
more expensive phones. Also, under that screen is another one of my favorite features,
the fingerprint sensor. It’s way faster and more reliable than last year’s OnePlus
6T, and it’s also way faster than the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic sensor. OnePlus stuck with an optical sensor, but it made it much bigger
and more responsive. The screen does have to
light up to scan your thumb, so that looks a little bit weird, and you might have
issues with wet fingers, but I haven’t had any
problems with it at all. You can even choose faster animations if you want to speed it up more. It’s just fast and it’s super easy to use. Thumbs up. Spec-wise, you’ve got a
Snapdragon 855 driving the thing. And depending on which model you buy, you’re going to get 6,
8, or 12GB of RAM. This one’s got 12. And it’s going to have either 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, which is faster than what you’d get on a lot of phones. Look, it’s fast, the
whole thing feels fast. And I have had way fewer
app restarts than usual. Performance is no problem. The speakers sound okay,
they’re much better than the ones on the older OnePlus phones, but they do get a little
bit chippy at max volume. (cheerful music) “This is a Galaxy Fold.” Battery life, though, is even better. I’m getting through a full day super easy and often a good way
through the second day. Standby time is also
just ridiculously good, probably because OnePlus
is a little bit more aggressive about turning stuff off when it thinks you’re not using the phone. I really like OnePlus’ custom
version of Android, too. It’s called OxygenOS. It’s based on Android
9 Pie, and it’s filled with nice little touches
without being overbearing. And it gives you a ton
of customization options. You can set gestures up to get around, so swipe up for home or swipe
up on the side to go back. You can turn on a “Zen
mode” that locks you out of your phone for 20 minutes so you can go look at a damn tree or something. (birds chirp) There are very simple theming options. There’s a game mode
that’s way less annoying than Samsung’s game mode. And there’s a screen
recorder, which, thank you. Why doesn’t every Android
phone have one of those? This is the part of the review where you say “Dieter,
what about the camera?” Because that’s the rule
with Android phones. Unless it’s a Pixel or a Galaxy, they fall down on the camera. The camera’s always disappointing, right? Nope! I think people are going to be
really happy with this camera. Actually, all four of them. There are three on the back. A standard lens that’s
technically 48 megapixels, but mostly outputs 12-megapixel images unless you go into a special mode. There’s also an 8-megapixel
telephoto lens that does 3x zoom, and a 16-megapixel
ultra-wide angle. And of course, there’s
a pop-up selfie camera, which has 16 megapixels. Maybe you’re worried about
this motorized selfie camera, moving parts are always
a thing that can break. OnePlus says it’s rated for
300,000 uses, which, okay. It does auto-retract if it detects a sudden movement, like a drop. Sort of like a spooked prairie
dog on top of your phone. I can’t promise you that it won’t break, but it seems fine to me. The selfie camera, it’s not as good as I had hoped, but it’s passable. You just have to remember
to change the default away from mirrored selfies
so you’re not looking at your evil twin all the time. Here’s the news for the main camera. The shots are good, but to my eye, not quite as nice as a Pixel 3. But it’s very close, and I’m betting that some people are going to tell me that they prefer the OnePlus. It makes different choices. The images are warmer and just way less contrasty than the Pixel. I sort of prefer the Pixel’s
sharper look and color choices, they seem more photographic to me. But the 7 Pro’s main camera is solid. On a technical level, the telephoto and wide-angle cameras are
just not quite as good, but they’re a hell of a lot of fun, especially when you’re
outdoors with good light. You can usually trust them
to get something decent and I do love having all this versatility. But if you want the best-quality shot, you should use the main camera. The OnePlus 7 Pro also does
a bunch of the camera tricks that you’d expect on a modern camera. It does instant HDR by using
all of those 48 megapixels in parallel instead of sequentially. It’s got a night mode that
brightens things up pretty well, but it’s not the magic
that you’re going to get out of the Huawei P30 Pro
or the Pixel’s Night Sight. Portrait mode is about as good as everybody else’s,
which is to say it’s fine as long as you don’t zoom in too much. And there’s a pro mode that I really like. Now I haven’t done a ton of video testing, but I also haven’t noticed anything really bad with the video, either. It has OIS and EIS, and it can shoot up to 4K at 60 fps or 1080p at 240 frames for slow motion. Here’s the bottom line on the camera: OnePlus did the thing
that they needed to do, the camera should not
stop you from buying this. Okay, but what might stop
you from buying this phone? Actually, fewer things than I expected. It doesn’t have an IP
rating for water resistance. OnePlus is trying to do this thing where they say it’s not worth the money to get the official certification. But you know what? It is. We actually want to know how
scary water is for this phone. It also doesn’t have wireless charging. OnePlus says it has
this custom Warp charger that can charge it up
super fast, and it can. But I like wireless
charging, even if it is slow. Also, did I mention that it’s big? It’s big. And heavy. More than anything, that’s
probably why it’s not for me and it might be a deal breaker
for a lot of other people. But if you like big phones, it should not be a deal breaker for you. What else? Oh, there’s no headphone jack. I mean, come on, did you really think there would be a headphone jack? So that’s the OnePlus 7 Pro. It’s a spec monster. And sometimes with phones
that are spec monsters, I get a little bit nervous. It’s often a sign that the fit and finish end up being an afterthought. But in a week or so of using this phone, I didn’t feel like OnePlus
really cut that many corners. The software is really well thought out, the ringer switch is still
here and I still love it, and things like battery life, performance, and camera are all very impressive. Plus, you know, have you seen this screen? If you want a big Android phone, I’m sort of hard-pressed to think why you’d get a Galaxy
S10 Plus or Pixel 3 XL instead of the OnePlus 7 Pro. This has a screen to match
or better those phones and the cameras are in the same ballpark and I don’t really see a
performance gap, either. The bottom line is that
the OnePlus 7 Pro proves that great phones don’t
need to cost $1,000. Hey, thank you so much for watching. And you know, I think
the story of this phone was really the screen and the camera. And let me know in the comments, which of those is more important to you? And also, if $700 is too much for you, we just did a review of the Pixel 3A, which starts at $400, and you
should check that out, too.

100 thoughts on “OnePlus 7 Pro review: amazing screen, solid camera

  1. I don't think they can do a successful. The issue with moving parts isn't only that it gets damaged sooner but also that water can get in and get trapped.

  2. Great review Dieter. First time I have watched one of your reviews. I guess I'll spend less time with MKBHD now… 🙂

  3. What you say doesn’t make any sense. How can a 1440p display decrease its resolution to 1080p when 1,080 doesn’t divide 1,440 evenly?

  4. This is THE smartphone of 2019. Big. Fast. The screen. Plus, it's big. You keep wireless charging. I'll take UFS 3.0 12GB RAM and 256GB HD for $750

  5. People crying over – OP7Pro camera is not so good as competition or just average, wait until OP7Pro releases an OTA update and then sooner XDA will have Gcam port and boom, you are looking at way better camera in any phone segment!

  6. This ENTIRE time I've been calling this guy Dieter, when it turns out his name is Dieter.

  7. I know lots of people talk about the audio on the OnePlus…but with my 1+"6 the speaker works itself in much like high-end Audio drivers.I noticed that after 6months the audio was louder and much clearer. Its like a new tight fit that will sort itself out and should then last pretty long as a result

  8. Xiaomi just released the K20. They said it's a "Flasgship killer 2.0". You should check it out

  9. I really wish OnePlus would've had two different sizes. The 7 Pro shits on the iPhone XS Max, but some of us want a device we can actually fit in our pockets.

  10. curious if have the screen "roll" over the edge isn't a hindrance when it comes to watching videos that fill the screen. seems like you'd actually be losing a bit of viewable real estate in those scenarios. just a thought about wrap around designs like this.

  11. For me the deal breaker is the lack of headphone jack.i believe my current phone oneplus6 will be my last one plus. Sad, but gotta have the 3.5mm jack

  12. yes actually. I did think there would be a headphone jack. I was actually looking at the purchase page and exactly at 8:11 I closed the page.

  13. beautiful phone. Love the camera and screen. BUT WHY DO COMPANIES KEEP USING CURVED SCREENS?! I hate the curves on my Samsung S10+
    a) they distort the display and create a discoloration/blue tint
    b) makes holding the phone without a case near impossible without a ton of accidental touches, WHY DON'T THEY HAVE accidental touch protection on the sides if they're going to make the side of a phone a screen
    c) LITERALLY no advantage to just having no bezel, why add a curve?! just makes the phone harder to use and IMPOSSIBLE to type on

  14. The fingerprint sensor BETTER BE faster than the samsung s10+. Takes me several several tries to get it to scan my finger, mostly fails, and takes way too long. It's a horrendous experience

  15. This is one great phone. It's a premium phone that competes right up with the rest. Note 10 will probably be almost double the price. For what? Fast, smooth, great screen.

  16. It's not cheap anymore…camara is not as great as other phones…so it's kinda justifying it's price…it's not undercutting anything now….It's big and bulky and that's why I am not buying it…they shlould've done dot notch on this one or at-least on regular oneplus 7 and lower the price to a reasonable level.

  17. The camera IS important, especially if you travel a lot, but for me it's the screen. I would say that the average consumer looks at their screen approximately 40 times a day, whereas they may only take 2-3 dozen photos a month. Of course that can vary greatly depending on the age/mindset of the user. Either way, I think that OnePlus has done an outstanding job here and they should get the award for the cell phone of the year. I currently use an iPhone, but when this sucker dies, I may have to seriously consider the OnePlus 7 Pro. Thanks for the superior review. You rock!

  18. People say one plus is getting more expensive each year have them seen how much iPhones and Samsung increases price each year

  19. Every year I wish for wireless charging. EVERY YEAR ONE PLUS DISAPPOINTS ME! I will NEVER buy a OnePlus until they get wireless charging. Er, the screen is nice though.

  20. Great phone but it made me keep my S10. Why?

    Because I could not use the edge-to-edge display when filming (in any mode), the screen was alyways crippled to 4:3 format. Why make such a great display when you can't utilize it fully? Or even worse, according to my opinion, you can't even VIEW your filmed content in fullscreen, edge-to-edge, mode!

    Anyone else irritated by this? Or has a solution?..

  21. Now I know I will get this instead of the iPhone XR… it's much more powerful and a better deal. I still love Mac computers but I like good deals.

  22. Oh, you forgot to mention that this phone has liquid-cooling. That's a BIG dealbreaker for me. You don't want your phone to be broken after 1 drop, even with a case.

  23. Compared to crappy s10 plus exynos…op7 pro hands down beat it in camera and battery…specially when samsung is not bothered to fix battery drain issue

  24. How can you not talk about the much superior haptic feedback? Single most important reason why I prefer this phone over the Samsungs. The typing experience is incredible thanks to that haptic engine. I hear Pixels have a great haptic engine too.

  25. Every case for OP7pro had a ear bump which accualy hurts. I don't know if you guys have the same problem but OP has it's top speaker so high that every case is uncomfortable to hold by the ear. I'm still looking for something which doesn't cover the beatiful blue color of OP7pro and something which doesn't have bump on the top of the phone – the best will be something like "mod-3" or "radius X cases" for iphone but noone maks such cases for OP:(

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