The OnePlus 7 has arrived, this is the successor to the OnePlus 6T from last year. Both phones are extremely similar, in this in-depth OnePlus 7 review, I will tell you everything you need to know about this phone.
In the past, OnePlus had only released one phone at a time. OnePlus released a new phone every six months, this gave the company the ability to offer great phones with the latest features and functionalities before the previous phone was outdated.
However, OnePlus decided to change things up in 2019. OnePlus release the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, and the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.
The OnePlus 7 is the most economical phone from the phones that OnePlus has released this year.
OnePlus 7 Display Screen:
There’s not much that separates the display screen on the OnePlus 7 from that of the other smartphones that are currently on the market.
The display screen has a wide array of rich and vibrant colors and you also have the ability to calibrate the colors to match your personal preferences.
You can adjust the color temperature to make the colors cooler or warmer. Or you can choose between sRGB and DCI-P3 modes which will give you more accurate color reproduction.
It’s a nice display screen but there’s something that I dislike about it. When apps are shown in full screen. A black bar will appear at the top of the display screen which hides the notch.
As a result of this, the corners at the top of the display screen are square. However, the corners at the bottom are rounded, so there’s a lack of consistency here.
This may not be a problem for some smartphone users but I couldn’t help to notice it, so I had to mention it.
OnePlus 7 Design:
The OnePlus 7 has a similar look and feel to that of its predecessor the OnePlus 6T. The phone has an aluminum frame and there’s glass on the front and back.
The dimensions of the phone are 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2mm (HWD) and it weighs 182g. Among the three OnePlus phones that have been released thus far for 2019, the OnePlus 7 is the smallest.
The glass on the back panel of the OnePlus 7 curves towards the edges of the phone, this is reminiscent of a premium Samsung Galaxy phone.
The phone has three color variants which include Almond, Nebula Blue, and Mirror Grey.
The OnePlus 7 does not have an IP certified dust and water resistant rating, OnePlus probably does this to keep the phone more economical.
However, the phone should be fine if it gets wet but you probably shouldn’t submerge it in water.
The front of the OnePlus 7 looks very much like that of its predecessor the OnePlus 6T.
Both phones have the same notch at the top which houses the front-facing camera, and the size of the display screens are the same.
The earpiece grill that’s located at the top edge of the phone is bigger, this is due to a more powerful Dolby speaker that the OnePlus 7 possesses.
The size of the camera bump on the back of the OnePlus 7 is also bigger than that of its predecessor. This was necessary to incorporate the dual-tone LED flash.
As a result of this, the camera bump on the OnePlus 7 is slightly more noticeable than that of the OnePlus 6T.
Even though the design of the OnePlus 7 isn’t as attractive as the OnePlus 7 Pro. It’s still an attractive, nicely designed phone.
OnePlus 7 Operating System & Hardware:
The OnePlus 7 comes equipped with the latest Android 9.0 Pie operating system with OnePlus’ Oxygen OS on top.
There are some great customization tools that are built into the standard software. These tools give you the ability to change the look and feel of the user interface.
The hardware on the inside of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are essentially the same.
The OnePlus 7 has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB – 8GB of RAM, and 128GB – 256GB of non-expandable internal storage.
The phone feels extremely fast and responsive, whether you’re watching movies, playing video games, or multi-tasking the’s absolutely no lag.
The overall performance of the OnePlus 7 is good. However, it’s not a significant improvement over that of its predecessor the OnePlus 6T or the OnePlus 6.
So if you have one of those phones, I don’t think you should worry about upgrading to the OnePlus 7.
OnePlus 7 Battery Life:
The OnePlus 7 comes with a 3,700mAh battery which is the same as its predecessor the OnePlus 6T.
Even though this battery is smaller than that of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the battery life is about the same.
The battery on this phone will last for roughly 1.5 days of moderate usage. But if you’re a heavy smartphone user you can still get at least 1 full day of usage.
The phone comes with OnePlus’ fast charging technology which works with the 20W charger.
The phone will charge from 0 to 60 percent in half an hour, this is fast. However, it’s not the fastest on the market because Huawei has taken that title.
OnePlus 7 Cameras:
At the back of the phone, the OnePlus 7 has a new 48-megapixel primary camera. This camera binds four pixels into one to create a sharp, well-detailed 12-megapixel photo.
That camera is paired with a secondary 20-megapixel camera which is used for accurately measuring depth.
That’s not bad, however, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a triple camera setup and each camera is used for a specific purpose, so it produces better photos as a result of this.
Nevertheless, when you’re using the OnePlus 7, the user interface gives you the ability to switch to 2x zoom which results in high-quality photos.
The camera performs well when taking photos in a well-lit setting. The photos look rich and vivid with lots of colors and the selfie camera also takes great photos.
The camera does a good job focusing, zooming in and getting close to the subject without negatively affecting the photo quality.
However, when taking photos in a darker setting. The photo quality isn’t bad but the colors have a tendency to look unnatural.
The color reproduction could have been better in this area, and there’s a little noise. The photos taken in a darker setting with this phone isn’t horrible, but there’s some stiff competition in the smartphone industry.
Premium phones from Google, Samsung, And Huawei do a much better job of getting more light into their photos via their night mode feature.
Nevertheless, the cameras on this phone are good, the OnePlus 7 may not have the best night mode or the most features.
However, it takes decent photos in a well-lit setting.
My Final Thought:
The OnePlus 7 has been in the shadows of the OnePlus 7 Pro ever since the phones were released.
This phone isn’t talked about very much but it’s a good phone. OnePlus has built a reputation for making great phones and selling them at an affordable price.
The prices of the OnePlus phones this year has exceeded that of its predecessors. However, it’s still cheaper than the premium phones from that of its main competitors this year.
As I stated earlier, if you currently have the OnePlus 6 or OnePlus 6T I don’t think you should upgrade to the OnePlus 7 because the improvements are minor.
However, if you have a different phone and you wish to upgrade then, by all means, you should get this phone.
The OnePlus 7 is nicely designed, it’s fast and responsive, and the cameras have been upgraded from that of its predecessors.
The OnePlus 7 is a good premium phone that you can get at an affordable price. If you’re due for an upgrade and you’re looking for a good phone that will not break the bank, you should consider getting the OnePlus 7.