As we make our way to summer, we can get excited about two things: warmer weather and the release of the latest OnePlus device. This time around, OnePlus will have a hard act to follow, as the 6T was one of their best phones in years. Based on the latest rumors, they are up to the challenge.
Thanks to a partnership with T-Mobile, the OnePlus 6T is in the hands of millions of Americans who may have previously never even heard of the brand. This is what makes the OnePlus 7 so important. For many, this will be their first time seeing the OnePlus upgrade cycle. If the changes are small or the price too high, they will leave to the bigger OEMs. But if they can make a worthy successor, they will have fans for life and slowly raise their market share in the US.
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The OnePlus 7 will have a nearly bezel-less display. The front-facing camera now pops up from the frame, leaving more room for the 6.5-inch screen. The rear cameras have been upgraded to three cameras this time, with the primary camera being a 48 MP sensor. It will continue to use the all-glass design with aluminum frame and will be powered by a huge 4,000 mAh battery.
There is also a Pro version, a first for OnePlus. This will be the first OnePlus device to not sport a 1080p display, instead opting for the industry standard 1440p. It will also have a 90 Hz refresh rate for smoother gaming and overall experience. It will even have dual speakers, another first as well.
OnePlus announced officially that the launch event will be May 14. It will take place in cities spanning four countries: London, UK, New York, US, Bengaluru, India, and Beijing, China. For those wanting to attend, tickets are on sale now.
As for the phone's release, we're pretty confident preorders will go live on May 14. Those that preorder should receive their phones within a week, with the phone releasing to the public around May 21.
- Release date: May 21, 2019
- Preorder date: May 14, 2019
- Announcement date: May 14, 2019
As we approach the rumored May 7 announcement date, new leaks are emerging for specs we previously knew nothing about. One of which is the storage capacity.
Recent leaks from Max J. indicate that the OnePlus 7 will start at 128 GB, and a higher-tier variant will be available with 256 GB. As with previous OnePlus phones, it will not have expandable storage.
With the OnePlus 7 Pro, storage will also start at 128 GB, and it will be available in a 256 GB variant as well. While we speculated 512 GB storage could be an option, it appears (at least at launch) this won't' be the case. However, OnePlus is differentiating the two versions by giving the 7 Pro UFS 3.0 storage. UFS 3.0 has about two times the bandwidth per lane when compared to UFS 2.1, meaning you can enjoy faster read and write speeds to the internal storage. If this turns out to be accurate, the OnePlus 7 Pro will be the second phone to include the new standard (the other option being the $1,980 Samsung Galaxy Fold).
- Storage available: 128 GB, 256 GB
- Standard: UFS 3.0 (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Expandable storage: no
OnePlus is conscious of its ever-increasing pricing. Each year, fans see the price of the latest OnePlus phone increase marginally, further shrinking the gap between it and flagship phones of the same year. We expect this year to be no different, with rumored specs including some major upgrades which should require a sizable increase in price.
We speculate that the price will increase between $50–$70 to $629–$649. With the rumored pop-up front-facing camera, triple rear camera array on the back, large battery, and potentially improved in-display fingerprint scanner, there is a little chance OnePlus will be able to go any cheaper while still making a profit.
At this price, it would still be less expensive than almost all other US flagships. We are talking $250–$270 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S10, and $50–$80 cheaper than the Nokia 9 PureView with its year-old SoC.
As far as the OnePlus 7 Pro goes (which we are somewhat skeptical about), based on what we know, its price should be about $50–$70 more than the highest variants of the OnePlus 7. If the OnePlus 7's highest variant is $649, this will put the OnePlus 7 Pro at $699–$729, around the same price as last year's OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.
Giztop has posted a listing of the regular OnePlus 7 with a $569 price tag. If true, this would be the first time the company managed to drop the price of their phone. OnePlus phones have been notorious for these early postings from online stores with varying results, so take this with a grain of salt. While a lower price tag may be possible with the success of the T-Mobile partnership, it is still unlikely.
- Price: $569–$649 (OnePlus 7), $699–$729 (OnePlus 7 Pro)
Based on leaked images and previous iterations, we expect OnePlus to continue the all-glass design language from the OnePlus 6T. We already know that the glass back is not an indication of wireless charging, as CEO Pete Lau already confirmed the OnePlus 7 lacks support. However, we do expect an aluminum midframe to add premium feel and durability.
The alert slider is returning as seen by OnePlus's YouTube video which announces the launch event. Based on leaked images, the OnePlus 7 will also still include a volume rocker and power button (no pressure areas like the HTC U12+).
- Frame: glass (back and front), aluminum (midframe)
- Finish: Blue, Grey, Brown
Rumors have it the OnePlus 7 will be nearly identical to its predecessor, the OnePlus 6T, in regards to its size. According to leaks, it should be the same length, width, and depth as the previous version, making it an easy upgrade for those who enjoy the hand feel of the 6T.
As for the OnePlus 7 Pro, due to the upgraded screen and battery, it is a bit larger in all dimensions. However, despite this marginal change, OnePlus managed to make noticeable improvements to the screen, including increasing the size and removing the notch which is found in the OnePlus 7.
While no rumors have emerged regarding carrier support, we can expect last year's support to carry over. This includes an official variant for T-Mobile customers, extending the partnership established during the launch of the OnePlus 6T. Additionally, having the necessary bands (and certifications) to work on Verizon is also possible. Finally, AT&T will also be supported since the version sold on OnePlus's website will be a global version which is GSM unlocked. We are crossing our fingers that OnePlus will finally offer support for Sprint customers, but no information has come out of whether this will happen.
- Height: 6.21 inches (OnePlus 7), 6.4 inches (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Width: 2.94 inches (OnePlus 7), 2.99 inches (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Depth: 0.32 inches (OnePlus 7), 0.35 inches(OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Weight: Unknown
- Dust/water resistance: no official rating
- Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile
- Infrared blaster: no
We won't know specifics as to the non-operating temperature, altitude, and relative humidity ranges of the OnePlus 7 until its official release. However, with most phones operating at the same temperatures, we can make an educated guess it will have the range as not only the 6T but the majority of other smartphones.
- Operating temp: 32°F –95°F
- Non-operating temp: Unknown
- Relative humidity: Unknown
- Operating altitude: Unknown
Outside of a significant shakeup, you can expect the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro to be running the latest version of Android, 9.0 Pie. With Google I/O just days before, there is a chance that Google opens up the beta for Android 10 (Q) to non-Pixel phones such as the OnePlus 7 as they did last year. While this is speculation, there is a good chance this happens, especially since rumors of a potential beta program have already emerged.
- Version: Android 9 Pie
The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro will run the latest version of Oxygen OS. At the time of this writing, that's version 9.0.12. While it should be running v9, it will probably run a newer version than the latest available on the OnePlus 6T, as they will usually include some optimizations for the new hardware.
- Version: Oxygen OS 9
The OnePlus 7 will have a fairly similar design to the OnePlus 6T. This includes its display, which leaks have indicated will be a 6.4-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED with the same water drop notch as its predecessor. For the real change, you need to look at the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is rumored to have a 6.7-inch Super Optic AMOLED display. It's also supposed to be curved and notch-less screen, relying on a mechanized popup slider to house the front-facing camera. It will have a 90 Hz refresh rate, making it one of only a handful of phones which offer higher than 60 Hz refresh rate.
The OnePlus 7 Pro will also be the first OnePlus phone to break away from the same old 1080p display, instead upgrading to a 1440p display (the resolution of most flagships).
- Screen size: 6.4 inches (OnePlus 7), 6.7 inches (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Screen resolution: 2340 x 1080 (OnePlus 7), 3120 x 1440 (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Total pixels: 2,527, 200 pixels (OnePlus 7), 4,492,800 pixels (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Pixel density: 403 ppi (OnePlus 7), 485 ppi (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Screen type: flat Optic AMOLED (OnePlus 7), curved Super Optic AMOLED (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Notch: no
- Screen-to-body ratio: Unknown (OnePlus 7), 95% (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Aspect ratio: Unknown (OnePlus 7), 19.5:9 (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Minimum brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness:Unknown
- Refresh rate: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch-sensing) (OnePlus 7), 90 Hz (60 Hz for touch-sensing) (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Color temp: Unknown
- Color gamut: Unknown
The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro will both use the Snapdragon 855, the latest and greatest SoC from Qualcomm. This SoC uses a 7 nm process which allows it to have significant improvement in power efficiency and performance. It also uses a new three category arrangement with one Gold core having a clock speed of 2.84 GHz, three Gold cores having a slightly lower clock speed at 2.41 GHz, and four Silver cores at an even lower clock speed of 1.78 GHz. This arrangement allows the SoC to consume less battery, as each category can better address the needs of the user.
Where the OnePlus 7 Pro will see improvement is in the amount of RAM available. Rumors have it the OnePlus 7 Pro will not only offer 6 and 8 GB variants, but 12 GB as well. We've previously only seen this on the Samsung Galaxy S10+, which will likely be hundreds of dollars higher in price. While this amount of memory is unnecessary for the majority of the population, the extra RAM and high-end SoC will make the 7 Pro future-proof for several years.
- Memory: 6 + 8 GB RAM (OnePlus 7), 6 + 8 + 12 GB RAM (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- Chip size: 7 nanometer
- CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x Gold), 2.41 GHz (3x Gold), 1.78 GHz (4x Silver)
- CPU cores: 8 Cores (4 Gold + 4 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 640
Rumors have it that OnePlus 7 Pro will upgrade the battery to 4,000 mAh. The OnePlus 7 will bring back the 3,7000 mAh, a more than capable battery which will be larger than the bulk of flagship phones this year.
CEO Pete Lau already confirmed wireless charging will not be coming to the OnePlus 7. We also know that the Pro variant will, in fact, have Warp Charge 30, OnePlus's new fast-charging system which uses 30 W of power to charge its smartphones rapidly. This system, which debuted with the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, managed to charge a 3,700 mAh battery to 70% in 30 minutes.
- Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
- Capacity: 3,700 mAh (OnePlus 7), 4,000 mAh (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Wired charging: yes, Fast Charging 20 W (OnePlus 7), Warp Charge 30 (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Wireless charging: no
While the OnePlus 7 will house the front-facing camera in the same notch, the 7 Pro will make a significant change. The OnePlus 7 Pro will use mechanized popup slider which emerges from the frame of the phone whenever an app calls upon the use of the front-facing camera.
This change helps in two major ways. The first is it frees up the display for a notch-less design in the pursuit of an all-screen front face. The second is it provides comfort for privacy-conscious individuals. Instead of your camera always pointing toward you and having to trust the software to protect you from background monitoring, you are now physically protected with the camera tucked safely away when not in use.
- Resolution: 16 MP
- Aperture: f/2.0
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash: yes, screen flash
- Image stabilization: Unknown
- RAW support: Unknown
- Object detection: Unknown
- Formats: Unknown
OnePlus is also improving the rear cameras by both increasing the resolution and the number of cameras. Similar to Huawei, OnePlus is using three cameras, with multiple leaks stating the primary sensor will be 48 megapixels. With such a high resolution, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro will able to capture more details in each photo. There is also a 16 MP second lens and 8 MP third lens.
Rumors indicate that the OnePlus 7 Pro's cameras will use a similar arrangement to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which used a 40 MP main sensor, an 8 MP telephoto lens, and a 20 MP ultra-wide lens. Ultrawide lenses are all the rage in 2019, so it makes sense that the 16 MP camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro will be ultrawide. And just like the Mate 20 Pro, the telephoto lens will be the 8 MP sensor. However, one unique feature is the fact that this lens will provide 3x optical zoom instead of the usual 2x.
The OnePlus 7 will have dual cameras on the back, retaining the same 48 MP primary lens and combining it with a 5 MP Depth Sensor for bokeh effect. This combination should keep prices low while still providing an improved photography experience when compared to its predecessor.
- Resolution: 48 MP + 5 MP Depth (OnePlus 7), 48 MP + 16 MP + 8 MP (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Sensor size: Unknown
- Aperture: f/1.7 (OnePlus 7), f/1.6 + f/2.4 + f/2.0 (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Zoom: unknown (OnePlus 7), 3x optical (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Flash: yes, LED
- Image stabilization: yes, OIS + EIS (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- RAW support: yes
- Lens cover: sapphire crystal
- Object detection: Unknown
- Formats: Unknown
While no rumors have arrived about the video performance, we can make some predictions based on its predecessor and its SoC. First, it should be able to handle 4K recording at 60 fps. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 can handle this with ease, and the 6T was already offering this option on the Snapdragon 845. Slow motion video should also be possible, with the SoC supporting 480 fps at 720p.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p, and 4K (2160p)
- Max frame rate: 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 720p at 60 fps
- Slow motion: Unknown
- Time-lapse: Unknown
- Photos: Unknown
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash access: Unknown
- Video stabilization: yes, EIS
- Object detection: Unknown
- Autofocus: Unknown
- Audio: Unknown
- Formats: Unknown
With its removal in the 6T, it is unlikely OnePlus brings back the 3.5 mm headphone jack, making the OnePlus 6 the last OnePlus device to include it. However, another one of the upgrades of the OnePlus 7 Pro is the inclusion of stereo speakers, a first for OnePlus smartphones.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
- Stereo speakers: no (OnePlus 7), yes (OnePlus 7 Pro)
- Mics: Unknown
- Max speaker volume: Unknown
The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro should support the usual set of codecs found in Android phones.
- Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
- Video: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM
We expect OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro to include the same sensors as the 6T.
- Accelerometer: yes
- Ambient light: yes
- Barometer: no
- Color temperature: yes
- Compass: yes
- Gravity: no
- Gyroscope: yes
- Hall: no
- Infrared: no
- Laser: no
- Pedometer: no
- Proximity: yes
We are not sure if the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro will update the satellite navigation technology, but we expect at least the same support as the 6T.
- GPS: yes
- aGPS: no
- Glonass: yes
- BeiDou: yes
- Galileo: yes
- QZSS: no
We strongly believe that OnePlus will announce three phones during their May 7 event: the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, and the OnePlus 7 5G. Although recently, The Verge reported the OnePlus 7 Pro will be coming with 5G, we're not so sure about this, as we already know the 5G variant is not coming to the US. With the US market being one of biggest contributors to OnePlus becoming a top five OEM in last quarter of 2018, we doubt they would stunt growth by not releasing a powerhouse of a phone in the 7 Pro until later in the year.
While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 supports up to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), no phone released with the SoC besides the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup includes support. This leads us to believe the OEMs have to add support, so there is a chance it doesn't appear to save cost.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/ac
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: nano-SIM
- Port: USB Type-C 3.1
Regarding security, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro will once again use an in-display fingerprint sensor. Our hope is that they upgrade to an ultrasonic sensor, which wasn't available at the time of the 6T's release. With the newer sensors, you will be able to authenticate when your fingers are wet or dirty, and you can unlock your phone without having to wake the display first.
- Fingerprint scanner: yes, in-display
- Face scanner: no
- Iris scanner: no
- Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe