OnePlus 7, analysis: the essence of the brand is maintained with this more continuous evolution

OnePlus new move for this year, already with subdivisions in which it used to be the delivery of a single terminal to start the new course in the mobile market. In the OnePlus 7 analysis we show you the one we baptized as “flagship in the shade ”, being a standard version in front of its brother the OnePlus 7 Pro.

A smartphone that, although it does use the usual iterations of the processor and other components, maintains many similarities with the OnePlus 6T, its most immediate and equivalent predecessor. Are there reasons to also label experiences as standard and pro speaking of these two phones? We tell you what we have found the most conformist proposal of the new batch of smartphones from this manufacturer.

OnePlus 7 data sheet

OnePlus 7

screen

6.41 "AMOLED, FullHD +
(2,340 x 1,080, 402 dpi), 19.5: 9
Gorilla Glass 6

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Adreno 640 GPU

RAM

6/8 GB LPPDR4X

Storage

128 / 256GB UFS 3.0

Battery

3,700 mAh with fast charge (5 volts / 4 amps)

Rear camera

Main: 48MP, f / 1.7, 0.8 µm, Sony IMX586, OIS, Dual LED Flash
Secondary: 5 MP, f / 2.4, 1.12 µm

Frontal camera

16 MP, f / 2.0, Sony IMX471, 1 µm

Sound

Stereo speakers, noise cancellation and Dolby Atmos support

Dimensions and weight

157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm
182 g

software

Android 9.0 Pie with OxygenOS

Others

WiFi 802.11ac, BT 5.0, NFC, GPS / GLONASS / Galileo, USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1), Dual Nano-SIM, LTE, NFC, under-screen fingerprint reader

Price

559 euros (6/128 GB)
609 euros (8/128 GB) on the official website

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Design: playing the "old acquaintance" card

After a few years of relative accommodation in terms of design, since last year we are seeing some proposals that perhaps seek to kill two birds with one stone: on the one hand, closer to that 100% use of the front by the screen, and on the other, stand out, differentiate. One of these may be the OnePlus 7 Pro, forgetting about the notch and opting for a removable module for the front camera, as we had previously observed in the Vivo Nex and some other precedents.

The design of the standard brother is more conservative and fits more in what we already saw in the OnePlus 6T, with the notch on the front, the more pronounced frames and the rear in ceramic shine with the cameras (two) in the center. The dimensions, in fact, are a carbon copy with this predecessor, with the only difference of three grams less, so the feeling in hand is much more similar to what we had with this terminal than with the new 7 Pro.

OnePlus 7 Pro OnePlus 7 OnePlus 6T OnePlus 6 OnePlus 5T OnePlus 5 OnePlus 3T OnePlus 3 Dimensions (mm) 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 Screen (inches) 6,67 6,41 6,41 6,28 6,01 5,5 5,5 5,5 Front surface (cm2) 123,41 117,96 117,81 117,4 117,08 114,26 114,07 114,07 Volume (cc) 108,604 95,55 96,604 90,98 85,47 83,41 84,41 84,41 Exploitation 87,4 80 85,6 83,2 80 73% 73,1 73,1 Weight (g) 206 182 185 177 162 153 158 158

No curvature on the screen either, the terminal is somewhat thinner than the 7 Pro, although there is no difference in the grip in this regard either. It's more comfortable because it's quite a bit more compact, somewhat in part because it houses a smaller screen and also a probably lower-volume battery.

Without being strictly light, it is not too heavy and the curvature that does draw its back makes it ergonomic and the grip is more pleasant than in the case of the other OnePlus 7, the Huawei P30 Pro and those phones whose edge is something more angular. In this case, in addition, the upper and lower edges are at an acute angle, so that they join a rear part that is smaller on the surface than the screen and have a small inclination, on which the USB Type-C, the microphone and the speaker fit. (aligned to the center the last two, somewhat closer to the rear the first), and no 3.5 mm jack.

The back, built in glass, has that shiny patent leather finish that in our case we have been able to see in dark gray (Mirror Gray) for analysis and that air remains discreet and elegant (which is perhaps more casual in the red version). It is also the variant that we tested in making contact, and the sensations are more or less the same as at that time also after a few days with the terminal being one more organ of our body.

It is a beautiful and well finished mobile at first glance, but there are some aspects to improve in this regard. The back is a fingerprint magnet (something that, not being common with this material, should not be outlined, since in the end there can be a lot of difference depending on the finish) and despite being glass there is no wireless charging support, although what Perhaps it influences us more is that it scratches easily. In addition, at least in our unit a plastic between the screen and the chassis came out slightly, so the assembly or its parts have room for improvement.

It is not a drama, but it is a small flaw that we at least saw in this unit (and having continuously used it with a cover).

With these characteristics, mobiles are born with a cover under the arm at least for more cautious users, and in this case it is most convenient if we want to preserve it without damage (not so much due to friction, because it is not a mobile that slips). In addition, it will also protect the joints between the edges and the back a bit more, since it is not completely overlapped and there is a fine indentation in which the dirt is placed very easily (and the opposite does not happen when trying to remove it).

Seeing how it fits with the rest of the high-end phones of the moment, the OnePlus 7 is more voluminous than many of them, falling below the OnePlus 7 Pro, the HTC U12 + and the Sony Xperia 1. It is heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S10 + and that the Xperia 1, but it is below all the others in a matter of grams.

Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (millimeters) Weight (grams) Screen (inches) Battery Area (cm2) Volume (cc) OnePlus 7 157,7 74,8 8,2 182 6,41 3.700 117,95 96,73 OnePlus 7 Pro 162,6 75,9 8,8 206 6,67 4.000 123,41 108,603 One Plus 6T 157,5 74,8 8,2 185 6,41 3.700 117,81 96,604 Huawei P30 Pro 157 73,2 8,6 190 6,47 4.200 114,92 98,83 Samsung Galaxy S10 + 157,6 74,1 7,8 175 6,4 4.100 116,78 91,09 iPhone XS Max 157,5 77,4 7,7 208 6,5 3.174 121,91 93,87 Pixel 3 XL 158 76,7 7,9 184 6,3 3430 121,19 95,74 LG V40 ThinQ 158,8 75,7 7,6 169 6,4 3.300 120,21 91,36 HTC U12 + 156,6 73,9 9,7 188 6 3.420 115,73 112,26 Sony Xperia 1 167 72 8,2 180 6,5 3.330 120,24 98,597 They have been left with a discreet, sober, well-resolved mobile phone (with caveats) and with which it is already a characteristic and iconic button

Beyond the numbers, above all we have a similar feeling to the OnePlus of last year, seeing that we continue with the two cameras in the back (more protruding), the curvature of this surface or a front that is a photocopy (probably with the same screen we saw on the OnePlus 6T). We do not have, therefore, that feeling of evolution that the OnePlus 7 Pro did give us, but it has remained a discreet, sober, well-resolved mobile phone (with caveats) and with which it is already a characteristic and iconic button on mobile phones. this brand, the switch side for volume control.

Screen: and then evolution did not reach the younger brother

One of the main differences between one OnePlus 7 and another, if not the most important, is the screen. The OnePlus 7 integrates a 6.41-inch AMOLED panel, with a 19.5: 9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels, coated with Gorilla Glass 2.5D.

The same characteristics that we saw in the 6T, so it fits quite well with the idea that this has remained unchanged compared to its predecessor. Also for the pinch that was involved in investing in the OnePlus 7 Pro screen, with higher resolution, HDR10 + support and with that 90 hertz refresh rate that we do not have here (and yes, it is missed).

In this way, OnePlus has let the most basic of its first range caps of 2018 (assuming that there may be a second batch) stay in the wagon of the flagships that do not pass FullHD +, along with the Huawei P30 Pro ( there we have understood a little less), the Xiaomi Mi 9 and the HTC U12 + among others.

Inch

Resolution (pixels)

Pixels Per Inch

Exploitation (%)

OnePlus 7

6,41

1,080 x 2,340

402

85,5

OnePlus 7 Pro

6,67

1,440 x 3,120

516

87,6

Huawei P30 Pro

6,47

1,080 x 2,340

398

88,6

Samsung Galaxy S10 +

6,4

1,440 x 3,040

526

87,5

LG G8 ThinQ

6,1

1,440 x 3,120

564

83,5

Xiaomi Mi 9

6,39

1,080 x 2,340

403

85,2

iPhone XS

5,8

1,125 x 2,436

458

82,9

Pixel 3 XL

6,3

1,440 x 2.5560

523

82,4

Sony Xperia 1

6,5

3,840 x 2,520

643

82

HTC U12 +

6

1,080 x 2,160

402

77,7

As we usually comment, this is not something serious, but seeing that there are manufacturers that for many years already have at least QHD + for their most powerful mobiles (such as Samsung or LG) and that those who opt for lower resolutions are already in the minority Yes, more is missing. Especially now that we have a fresh experience with the OnePlus 7 Pro, which provides an extra dose of detail and refreshment that leaves us with a particular bite.

It is therefore a screen with an acceptable level of detail, which gives a good experience at the level of reading, navigation or observation of any content (although it may be shorter with videos that would otherwise look sharper). The automatic brightness behaves well, so on this side we do see a slight improvement over the OnePlus 6T (and the confirmation that it was some software).

What is well below what is expected (and required for a good experience) is the maximum brightness. Without having the data of the nits, the screen does not get to visualize clearly in broad daylight and when the sun's rays hit with greater intensity, so we have to look for shade or manage to see the elements of the interfaces well.

Well at the level of contrast and color palette, something cold comes from the factory but both this and the saturation in the videos can be adjusted in the extra configuration options that OxygenOS provides at the screen level. They are those that we saw in the 7 Pro and that in the same way are offered to us in the pre-load of the system, so there is no news in this regard.

As it happened to us in the previous case, the configuration that we like the most is the Advanced option with the Display-P3 profile, since we can adjust it to a greater degree and with the others we have a panel that is too warm. We can also configure the ambient screen (Oneplus style, with the white and red for the flag and with no other customization options than the watch face) but again we will have to choose between activating the screen with a double touch or the touch of the screen to visualize the environment.

Here we retrieve an option that we did not see in the 7 Pro for obvious reasons: if we do not like the notch we can hide it. The system is the usual one, making a bar appear that unifies everything in that part on a black background, thus leaving a strip of about 7 millimeters (that is, the span of the notch).

However, there is a difference in the design of this area compared to its predecessor that makes the thickness of the frames and toolbar feel greater: there is now a speaker between the front camera and the edge, which increases the thickness of the latter. , so that the set of toolbar and border is somewhat higher than in the 6T (we are talking about 8.54 mm in the case of the OnePlus 7 and 5.89 in the OnePlus 6T).

OnePlus 7 with notch.

OnePlus 7 without notch.

This makes the sum of the edge and the bar greater than in the case of the HONOR View20 and its hole, although in this case the toolbar is actually thinner (about 5 millimeters in the OnePlus 7 and 6.74 in the View20 ). Hence, perhaps it is not the most discreet and decisive solution to increase the use of the front by the screen, but it is true that with this notch in the form of a drop in process the elements of the bar are less lost than with the hole for the front camera.

In this way, there is therefore asymmetry between the upper and lower frames (the latter being narrower) while remaining on the sides, reaching according to GSM Arena 85.5% of the front occupied by the panel, which is not bad (and which is exactly what we saw in the OnePlus 6T). As for the notch, the pattern is repeated: it does not make any functional difference and does not integrate anything beyond the subjective camera.

Normally there will be no difference between hiding it or not, and as usually happens, interfaces adapt to it as if it were a standard toolbar. Of course, in this case we can find the bar that forces apps like ‘Asphalt 8’, which we saw as is in the OnePlus 6T and not in the 7 Pro (without notch).

Well also at the level of tactile sensitivity and viewing angles, experiencing only the color reflections that are not uncommon to see on AMOLED panels. As we will also comment in relation to the software, OnePlus maintains the possibility of having a navigation with gestures by the system, taking better advantage of the panel, adding the option that we do it in the Pixel style (with the permanent bar and back button), and to establish a dark theme (equivalent to the dark modes that we see more and more regularly).

Performance - You don't need the most powerful hardware possible to deliver a satisfying experience

It is interesting what we see in this section, especially after checking that the 10 GB of RAM does not have to mean yes or yes a noticeable difference in the experience. The OnePlus 6T McLaren was one of the first to integrate 10 GB of RAM and the first of the brand, followed by the OnePlus 7 Pro with 12 GB of RAM, but the latter included a screen that did manage to convey that greater fluidity.

The OnePlus 7 is an applicant in this regard, because it keeps a Snapdragon 855 but up to 8 GB of RAM (which are the ones that make up this model). Are there differences with the OnePlus 7? Yes, but not the one we might expect to see in the benchmarks, but rather the one related to software optimization, that extra RAM and the contribution of 90 hertz of refreshment.

Fluency is more than enough in this OnePlus and we have not experienced anything strange, as they could be lags on load or run, unexpected restarts or shutdowns. No problem loading heavy apps or opening split screen with multimedia apps, hardware carries and software responds.

But for a good experience it is enough that there is a minimum fluidity and power, which this mobile has

It's not the "magic" combo of the OnePlus 7 Pro: that is missed and will be missed until someone hits an equal or similar key. But for a good experience and to conform to a minimally demanding type of user, it is not necessary to break records; it is enough that there is a minimum fluidity and power that this mobile phone has, accompanied by that software that we will later review.

At the time of the game, one of the most demanding tasks, the OnePlus performs well with its Adreno 640 and the 8 GB of RAM pulling to the maximum. Well with the loaded menus of the 'PUBG', the games to the 'Asphalt 8' or the performance of other games, and with a temperature increase that we will notice with more intensity from 10 minutes but without a graphene refrigeration system , It is well below what we saw in the OnePlus 7 Pro both in sensation (upper edge and camera area, especially) and in the record of internal temperatures when we have noticed it warmer.

As for what we were already referring to before, we leave you the results of the benchmarks that we usually carry out on the mobiles that we analyze. Curiously, in some cases the result is less with less RAM, the same processor and GPU and almost even software.

OnePlus 7 OnePlus 7 Pro Xiaomi Mi 9 Samsung Galaxy S10 + HONOR View20 Huawei P30 Pro OnePlus 6T Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro OPPO Find X iPhone XS Processor Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9820 Kirin 980 Snapdragon 845 Kirin 980 Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845 Apple A12 Bionic RAM 8 GB 12 GB 6 GB 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 4GB AnTuTu 369.741 376.968 374.570 331.707 273.973 270.728 261.115 287.503 282.324 313.341 Geekbench 4.0 (single / multi) 3.526 / 11.323 3.465 / 11.017 3.539 / 11.164 4.459 / 10.195 3.284 / 9.744 3.328 / 9.735 3.251 / 9.670 2.456 / 9.178 3.308 / 7.915 4.803 / 11.178 PCMark Work 9.282 9.991 9.036 7.780 7.620 7.644 8.650 8.236 9.803 - 3DMark (Ice Storm Unlimited) 41.865 39.555 61.089 56.351 38.471 36.003 65.760 63.047 63.702 -

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OxygenOS by flag: the firm commitment to proprietary software (which has worked so well for them)

We do not know why OnePlus continues to imply that OxygenOS is an operating system in some of the descriptions (and in the name itself), but the case is that it is the customization layer that is applied on Android. We have in this case the 9.5.3 version of OxygenOS on Android 9 Pie, in fact this software version will even reach the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T (from 2016), thus far exceeding the two-year cycle of updates that the high-end.

The genetics of OxygenOS seems to renew itself more at the level of internal processes, keeping one of its characteristics more than appreciated: there are hardly any apps added. Nothing of bloatware, the additions are limited to two own apps that can be removed and Google apps, which can be disabled.

With this desktop comes the OnePlus 7 from the factory.

These are the pre-installed apps that the OnePlus 7 comes with.

OnePlus has its added apps and utilities, but they can be easily uninstalled. Google apps can be disabled if they do not interest.

We see a layer of family aesthetics since there are hardly any changes in this regard beyond the themes that new mobiles usually bring. Option to customize colors, fonts and choose the dark theme, which we also saw last year.

The apps are distributed in a drawer, accessible with a gesture or a button depending on which navigation system we have chosen, without the possibility of leaving it in a single space. And we will have, sliding from left to right, the Never Settle tab if we are on the desktop (with customizable cards) or the hidden space (to hide apps).

Speaking in this way, it is an option for system settings and some other interface of its own, but that as we have seen in other cases does not affect third-party apps. In this case, it is part of those added to the screen customization settings, along with the option to activate the ambient screen and the rest that we have already reviewed in the previous screen section.

So are some of the interfaces of OxygenOS with the dark theme.

In line with the navigation options, in the OnePlus 7 we find three variants to navigate the system and that we also saw in OxygenOS in the 7 Pro:

  • Traditional buttons
  • Stock Android style navigation bar (a Back button and a bar to minimize, multitask and go to the previous app)
  • Gestures (to minimize, multitask, back and the assistant)

There are some other additions regarding what the standard Google system brings. We have commented on the screen, we will see later the sound and there are also other features of the layer, such as Game Mode, gestures for screen off or Zen Mode among others.

Game Mode is a profile that restricts active tasks and notifications to a certain extent to prioritize a video game. It will be automatically activated with each game we run, being able to deactivate it and configure some aspects such as receiving calls, but what we do not have is the Fnatic mode that we saw in the OnePlus 7 Pro (much more effective).

Zen Mode is a function that we can activate either voluntarily or automatically after using the phone continuously for two hours. It forces us not to use the phone for 20 minutes, blocking all functions and interactions except for emergency calls, and notifications come after the Zen session ends.

Very comfortable gestures on off screen, especially to control music playback without having to activate the screen (although double-touch activation works very well), we can block apps, have them in parallel (that is, duplicate an app to be able to maintain open different sessions simultaneously) and activate the quick start, although as we already said the lack of personalization gives it for the moment a questionable utility. More useful we find the possibility of being able to respond quickly in landscape mode, although there are few compatible apps.

There is no maintenance suite that tries to support the user with regard to the maintenance and management of the software and tasks as is usual to see in other layers, although in many cases they do not end up providing anything beyond the closure of tasks or the cleaning of files. . We do see some more information on energy consumption in the battery section, but maintenance must in this case be at the user's expense.

Thus, OxygenOS maintains aspects such as asepsis at the added software level and the addition of complementary functions to Android stock without it being excessive and quite deductive. Above all, it remains fluid and does not seem to demand much more from the hardware, apparently well optimized and now with animated backgrounds.

Biometrics

Truce again in the differences between one mobile and another and equality of conditions (more or less) regarding the unlocking methods alternative to the traditional ones. What we have in the Oneplus 7 is the standard facial unlocking and the fingerprint reading on the screen, with optical reader.

Speaking of the first option, apparently it is a simple system without resorting to a set of sensors in the style of Apple's FaceID and of other manufacturers. In fact, it is easily verified beyond scrutinizing the front or the specifications by putting us in the dark after activating it: there is no valid face reading, not even resorting to the trick of putting a clear wallpaper to give more lighting.

Thus, registration of the face occurs normally (quite quickly, in fact). We can do it with or without eyeglasses and even on a background that is not flat or white, the reading will be effective later whether we wear them or not (in good light conditions).

Face recognition will activate when the screen does; OnePlus continues to block this reading for the ambient screen, so even if we activate it to open when lifting the terminal, we will have to press the start button or double-tap for the reading to take place.

Normally the face will be recognized if there are good light conditions and even if we do not have the terminal in front, for example looking at it a little while resting on the table or almost perpendicular. It will fail, as we have said, in the dark or in very low light.

When this happens, or if we prefer it that way, there is the alternative of fingerprint reading. If we perceive a slight improvement regarding the performance in the OnePlus 6T, but we do not have a fully satisfactory experience either and it is still quite demanding in the placement of the footprint.

When this happens, or if we prefer it that way, there is the alternative of fingerprint reading. If we perceive a slight improvement regarding the performance in the OnePlus 6T, but we also do not have a fully satisfactory experience and it is still quite demanding in the placement of the footprint, at least as it is configured by default.

The animation doesn't help either, although it can be changed and indeed the experience improves a little by turning it off. But possibly there is room for improvement when reading the fingerprint when the finger is somewhat lateralized but the supported surface is the maximum possible.

Cameras: an experience that is too familiar to us

Behind the screen, the other most significant difference between choosing the Pro option or the standard of the new OnePlus is the photographic apparatus.The OnePlus 7 maintains the double rear camera of the 6T, but yes, as a certain slogan said in the 90s, it is renewed on the inside and it shows on the outside.

The main camera is made up of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor, with 0.8-micron pixels and four-in-one grouping to form 1.6-microns and shoot at 12-megapixels. It has optical and electronic image stabilization and integrates a lens with f / 1.7 aperture.

The secondary camera consists of a 5-megapixel sensor with 1.12-micron pixels and a lens with f / 1.4 aperture. The zoom? No three-magnification optical zoom, no telephoto for the most basic sibling of the OnePlus 7.

For the front camera they have opted for a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 471 sensor, with 1-micrometer pixels, EIS and an f / 2.0 aperture lens. Here strict tables with the 7 Pro, same sensor and same lens.

More equality also in video recording, being able to capture in 4K at 30 or 60 frames per second and super slow motion mode in 1080p at 240 fps. Night mode (Night landscape), portrait, saved in RAW and other options that we review best with the usual walk through the camera app.

Camera app

The OnePlus app is preserved as we have been seeing it for a while with the last update of OxygenOS. Intermediate navigation between tabs and a drawer with some of the modes, all as we saw in the OnePlus 7 Pro except the adaptations for optical zoom and wide angle.

Simple interface and navigation for your own photography app, which opens and runs smoothly from both the lock screen and the icon. Interesting to take a look at the settings before, since we can add grid, manual control of the HDR and some other aspects such as the histogram for the pro (manual) mode.

We find the automatic mode, portrait, night (night landscape) and video among those who have their own tab and the rest in the drawer, pulling it as a curtain to see it. It is not the most comfortable depending on which modes we use the most, in fact it would not be bad to customize its presence in the main bar as the Samsung app allows.

The activation and deactivation of HDR is the only thing that is somewhat slow (this has been happening for a while in this app, also in the Xiaomi one), but the rest runs without problems and it is easy to get used to the arrangement of the elements if for us it is a new interface. It is also easy to use the specific modes, such as the night landscape or portrait, since in this case they are completely automatic and at most we can focus (we cannot modify aperture, ISO or other parameters that this mode sometimes has).

Rear cameras

At the hardware level, the jump of the OnePlus 7 Pro has been remarkable considering the configuration we saw in its latest mobiles, but that did not translate at all talking about the experience with the lenses, their components and processing. With the OnePlus 7 and its somewhat more conservative bet we have other expectations and they are met, for good and not so well.

In general plans, the rear photograph complies in an acceptable way, always maintaining the levels of detail and vividness of the colors somewhat below what was expected. We can fix at least the second with a slight editing, or with more dedication if we decide to edit the RAW that we can get by shooting manually (although we will lose the HDR as well).

Photography in automatic mode.

The dynamic range is improvable whether or not we activate this HDR, in fact we will hardly notice changes in backlights or when retrieving information from shadows and highlights on many occasions. Too exaggerated in certain scenarios: if for example it is a planter in which the colors are more contrasted, better not to resort to HDR since it is somewhat exaggerated, but it can be a good ally at night (we will see later).

In shots like this there is usually not much difference.

In details the quality is somewhat poorer as it is normally more difficult conditions. However, it does not give a bad result either and even the portrait mode tends to be successful.

Automatic photography.

Speaking of which, what we have noticed is that on the one hand the blur has improved slightly. Although it still feels a little more artificial than in other modes, the trimming is good and there are no aberrations or smudges.

What is appreciated above all is that it is somewhat more tolerant than before. It is a static mode in which we can do no more than accept the minimum and maximum distance conditions and focus manually, so the experience improves by being able to use it in more situations, while still being somewhat more reticent than others.

Portrait mode.

Portrait mode.

Portrait mode.

At night the cameras of the OnePlus 7 do not escape the norm and the loss of detail is more pronounced, although we see a much more exaggerated amount of noise than in the OnePlus 7 Pro even in well-lit scenes (if possible). It is seen in the contours of people or objects, and more easily when ISOs above 2,000 are seen (which occurs even when an ISO 800 would suffice).

Hence, we have two options to obtain a better result than with the automatic mode, pulling manual. On the one hand there is HDR, which simply with a touch will give us better definition and obviously a greater dynamic range, although noise is usually maintained by also maintaining ISO. On the other hand, we have the manual mode, which allows us to adjust the ISO (although the autofocus usually "gets dizzy" when we do it, and without peaking it is more difficult to focus manually as they are low light scenes).

The Night Landscape mode, on the other hand, does not seem to have undergone a remarkable evolution. What we achieve with it is not that “magical” light contribution that modes such as those of the Pixel or Huawei do give us, but rather that it draws accentuated edges and more exposed scenes but eliminating noise (shooting at ISO 0).

Regarding manual mode, it will be the way to adjust the usual parameters (ISO, exposure, focus, white balance and shutter speed) on demand, as well as to choose file format, size and the possibility of displaying the histogram . There are no changes in the minimum focus distance for the macros, but as we have said it can serve to improve the result at night.

What about shooting at 48 megapixels? That gives us 8,000 x 6,000 megapixel photographs instead of 4,000 x 3,000 megapixels, also taking up more storage. But as far as the quality of the photo is concerned, the result is practically the same.

Photography shot in Pro mode, with everything automatically adjusted to 12 megapixels.

Photography shot in Pro mode, with everything automatically adjusted to 48 megapixels.

Photography shot in Pro mode, with everything automatically adjusted to 12 megapixels.

Photography shot in Pro mode, with everything automatically adjusted to 48 megapixels.

Photography shot in Pro mode, with everything automatically adjusted to 12 megapixels.

Photography shot in Pro mode, with everything automatically adjusted to 48 megapixels.

The zoom is not optical, but neither does it give a bad result speaking of the two magnifications. In fact, it is a good ally when we use it to zoom in on nearby objects, looking for a more “magnifying glass” shot if we have good lighting.

Frontal camera

With a non-equivalent sensor but very similar to the one we saw mounted on OnePlus phones last year for the subjective camera and without specifying changes in the lens, the quality we expected with this camera was somewhat similar to the previous ones. And just this is what we see, an acceptable performance and that reminds us a lot of what we have already seen.

Colors also slightly muted, although usually with a good automatic white balance and a balanced tone between magenta and green. What fails and quite a lot: the approach, not even in manual we managed to correct it many times.

Portrait mode.

Good performance of portrait mode, being more tolerant than in the case of rear cameras and showing adequate cropping on almost all occasions. Of course, in profile he is not capable of acting and we will always have to look at the camera.

The beauty mode that does not fail. Dose of blending, thinning of the face and enlargement of the eyes in three levels to choose from if we want, both in automatic shooting and in portrait mode.

Beauty mode applied to photos with its different degrees.

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Video

The specifications for the video do not stand out especially placing the terminal in the high range, but this does not mean that the experience is far from good. In fact, stabilization works very well, being a combination of optics and electronics.

The sharpness will depend on the resolution we choose, but in both cases it will always be favorable if the scene is illuminated. Better always if we opt for 4K, although what should be compensated are the contrast and saturation, finding shots with somewhat washed colors when the light is abundant.

Good sound capture, in terms of quality and range. In addition, it does not happen to us to cover the microphone that it did with the 7 Pro, probably due to the difference in dimensions.

With the front camera we also get satisfactory shots. Here it is noted that the stabilization is of a lesser degree, but still saves a lot in the day shots, and not so much in the night shots.

Autonomy: the duration of a charge does not stand out, but neither does it disappoint

Another difference between the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro is the battery that they integrate. With less available volume, the OnePlus 7 is left with one of 3,700 milliamps / hour, perhaps the same that we saw in the OnePlus 6T.

As we always remember (and perhaps more in this case), it is not only about mAh, since other components influence and also the software and how it manages blueprints and others. In this case we have several options in this regard, but first let's talk about the means.

After a few days of use (between intense and medium) the average autonomy has remained in about 22 hours and a half, with more than 10 hours of screen per charge. It is far from the 48 hours that we got to get the 6T, but they are better statistics than those we had with the OnePlus 7 Pro. Of course, without the 90 hertz and with less diagonal and resolution.

The charge is completed in one hour and 20 minutes, the same as its predecessor, obtaining 50% of battery in the first half hour (with the charger that comes in the box and the terminal turned off).

The dark mode does not seem to be a great energy saving, perhaps by staying only in the settings and some other interface of the system (which does not influence the use of multimedia, social networks or many others). What we can do is browse the battery saving options, whether we already have little left or in relation to what the system offers (“smart” battery and app optimization), as well as activate the notifications to notify us if there are some app that is exceeding in terms of consumption in the background.

Sound: now we are talking about a top of the range at the hearing level

Better distribution of improvements in terms of audio, because the OnePlus 7 also has stereo audio output, thanks to a new speaker inserted at the top (between the front camera and the edge) like the 7 Pro. Elongated, Discreet and well-matched to the main speaker on the base, which is at home with the microphone and USB Type-C without 3.5 mm jack.

In the first impressions the audio is not usually able to be valued well: the environment is very noisy and it is almost impossible to appreciate any nuance, especially speaking of the sound coming out of the speakers. But already in that test it seemed to us that the volume stood out and after having used it for a few days this impression is maintained, registering about 107 decibels at the output of the main speaker and being around 80% enough to have a good setting without losing anything high volume quality.

The experience also remains at the level of quality: we also perceive a considerable leap with respect to the brand's previous mobiles and the audio that is now achieved with the new hardware and software falls directly into the league of the best. A sound with a wide dynamic range, clear and as we said volume to spare so that it is enough without resorting to the maximum.

The stereo output makes the game a little more immersive and the multimedia content is enjoyed somewhat better (although the icing on the cake would have been that little bit more resolution). Being a more contained mobile than the 7 Pro, the grip is somewhat more comfortable and it has not happened to us as often as covering the main speaker with the thumb, so in this sense there is some advantage over the Pro in the speaker experience.

Supporting the performance of the pieces is the Dolby Atmos and the sound options provided by OxygenOS. It starts from three presets that are established according to the type of content. The change from one to the other is not too exaggerated, but there are some nuances and we will appreciate them better if we use headphones:

  • Dynamic: The option that is activated by default and offers a standard setting, with adequate sharpness and dynamic range.
  • Movie: Deeper sound with higher dynamic range than above, with more reverb.
  • Music: the result is very close to that offered by the first option, perhaps with a little more nuance.
  • None: Environment-based enhancement is disabled depending on whether the headphones are turned on.

Talking about these, there are also some sections to adjust the experience with headphones. There is the headset mode, focused on configuring some automatic actions when connecting headphones via Bluetooth, and to try to personalize the experience are the style preferences, although we hardly found any variation:

  • Balanced: There are no noticeable changes from the standard audio.
  • Warm: greater dynamic range and depth, but very subtle difference.
  • Nuanced: somewhat higher dynamic range, very similar to warm but with less reverberation.
  • None: it is the option that is activated by default.

In general, the experience is very good for both headphones and speakers, although the improvement is more noticeable in this second option, speaking of what was obtained with its predecessors. Good experience also with calls, hearing is correct and the maximum volume is more than enough under standard conditions.

OnePlus 7, Xataka's opinion

OnePlus does not carry much comparatively in the smartphone market, but it does have enough to create an audience that follows in its footsteps and that, after all, is the possible buyer.

Due to the characteristics that stood out in that first moment and that time has shaped them, we can broadly define two groups within this target audience: those who have been "educated" with the OnePlus style and they are looking for a “top of the range” (thus in quotation marks) that above all is contained in price with respect to the other proposals, and those who still have tattooed that of flagship killer and they want to make it a reality that it is a flagship with all the letters, perhaps prioritizing this at the lowest price.

It seems that the current pair of OnePlus has sought justly to satisfy these audiences, with a more conform OnePlus 7, more "more of the same" and with a more contained evolution (such as its price) and a OnePlus 7 Pro that earns the surname , that stands out, that it clears its throat among the anthological titans settled at 800, 900 and 1,000 euros, reaching for the first time these retail prices in the case of the manufacturer.

In this way, after analyzing it as best we can, we do not have that feeling of flagship killer in the shadow that we had left in making contact, but rather a deja vu and a "fine, but". The Pro itself has shaded this standard OnePlus, that is undeniable, but it is not that the trunk of this phone could make it per se to many others.

It is a well-built mobile, with a design quite "for all audiences", without stridency and current

It is a well-built mobile, with a design quite "for all audiences", without stridency and current. Great evolution in sound, no surprises for very good software and autonomy that without shining is satisfactory and better than others.

Less differs on screen and cameras. Here it probably has not been invested to be otherwise and the result is as expected: very suitable for conformists, not so much for demanding.

8.8

Design9 Screen8.5 Yield9.50 Camera8.25 Software9 Autonomy8,75

In favor

  • The improvement in sound quality is noticeable, and the secondary speaker is inserted very discreetly.
  • It is not a small smartphone, but it is more content than the Pro and due to its dimensions and design it is very comfortable and does not tire.
  • OxygenOS fluidity is maintained generation after generation, adding enhancements and preserving stability.

Against

  • Considering the market and the leap with the Pro, the screen lags behind in terms of resolution and final quality.
  • The same thing happens with the cameras: there is hardly any evolution despite the 48 megapixel sensor of the main one.
  • There is no IP resistance certification and it gets dirty and scratches relatively easily.

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