OnePlus 7 Pro, analysis: OnePlus is finally fighting for the best smartphone of the year
It is often said that "whoever follows it, gets it" and in OnePlus they can be close if they have not already done so. A relatively new manufacturer that on this occasion has presented two top of the range with a superior edition that seeks to be from you to you in a deserved way with the rest of the rivals, and we wanted to see if this is the case in the analysis of the OnePlus 7 Pro.
We do not know if launching two terminals at the same time will be the end of the "T" edition that usually arrives six months later, but for now what we have is this older brother whose last name carries a bigger and better screen, more cameras and a series of progress compared to the standard edition. A qualitative leap with respect to what a OnePlus has provided so far to the user? We check it after testing it thoroughly.
OnePlus 7 Pro datasheet
90 Hz, 516 dpi
+ 8 Mpx tele f / 2.4 OIS + ultra wide angle f / 2.2 117º
8 GB 7/256 GB: 759 euros (Mirror Gray, Almond) 12 GB / 256 GB: 829 euros (Nebula blue)
Design: OnePlus DNA turns blue and makes us forget fingerprints
Many manufacturers have long opted for glass and metal "sandwiches" for their flagships, opting for those materials by always conveying a higher quality feel (and enabling wireless charging).A path that OnePlus also took in that evolution that seems to be experiencing especially since the OnePlus 5, when it adopted its own style that it redefined in the coming years, the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T.
The OnePlus 7 Pro seems to represent a change, especially considering that the standard version is much more compact, and seeing that they have dared with more colors. The unit we have tested for this analysis is blue (cheers!), Or Nebula Blue as they have baptized it, with that hologram effect that makes the light play a lot on its back giving shades that turn to violet.
It is not what we saw in the HONOR View20 or the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, there were more than just flashes and the shades were much more electric. The "hazy" blue always plays with a dark base and some lighter and more vivid reflection depending on the light, but with a more discreet result.
However, it adds a note of color with respect to the traditional black (in gloss or matte) of OnePlus, especially on the edges, since the chrome or silver tone that they usually have now gets a matching bluish tint. Curved edges that are narrower on the sides, at which point the curves that pronounce the front and rear will fall (curves that are not symmetrical between them, by the way).
This aspect of the design is similar to what we saw in the Huawei P30 Pro and could be considered in a way still a heritage of what Samsung showed from the Galaxy S6 Edge and its games with curves and corners, although in this case the edge is something more wider than the P30 Pro and appreciated. The negative part of the bends and thinning is usually that the grip is more uncomfortable (that "cutting" feeling), and in this case the grip (especially when taking photographs with the smartphone horizontally) is somewhat better than in the smartphone of Huawei.
Populating this border are the usual physical buttons, speaking of this manufacturer: there is no incursion of a "fourth" button for the virtual assistant and we will call it by voice or with the tactile ones, but the slider for the sound modes is maintained with its three positions (silence, vibration and sound). The dual SIM tray is on the bottom, next to the USB Type-C and mirrored with the main speaker, thus being different from the 6T.
The protagonist is the removable module in which the front camera has been embedded
There is no gap then in the base for an audio jack that we did not see in its predecessor, and at the top the protagonist is the removable module in which the front camera has been embedded. A camera that is apparently larger than that of the Vivo Nex, whose system is very similar to that of the OnePlus 7 Pro, although we will clarify the differences later.
As for the rear, there are quite a few changes from what we have seen before on the OnePlus. It is true that the glass (Gorilla Glass 5) continues to be more reminiscent of a hard and well finished plastic, unlike the clear perception given by other finishes such as the iPhone, but that is not synonymous with transmitting a material sensation. little valuable; on the contrary, the prints are much less on this back than the 90's holographic sticker.
With these corners it is not the most comfortable mobile in the world (and less with that size, which we will now see in detail), but neither can it be said that it is uncomfortable or that it ends up annoying. After a while it is possible to get used to those corners if we come from other mobile phones that are wider or with more curvature, although what we are going to notice is the weight: they are 206 grams, quite a heavyweight champion now in the age of compaction. Although here we talk about a large screen (almost 7 inches) and a battery of 4,000 milliamps / hour, and that is paid for with two coins: grams and cubic centimeters.
Interesting to see the jump to the level of dimensions and use of the front by the screen that the brand's mobile line experiences with the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Thus, it is the largest flagship among the main brands if we take the last of each in reference. What was said: they are 6.67 inches and so far no other more recent ones have been released (we will see what happens until the end of the year that there is still a lot of fish to sell), but for now the throne in "Weight-King's Landing "no one takes it off.
More screen is more volume, the translation of mathematics here. The OnePlus 7 is only more voluminous than the HTC U12 +, which is precisely not an example of compaction with 6 inches and almost 1 centimeter thick, but it has almost 6.7 inches of screen compared to the 6.4 of the S10 + or the LG V40 ThinQ.
Thus, what has left them with what is now the flagship itself (having launched two range caps) is a very well built, contemporary and quite characteristic mobile. Perhaps redefining once again that style that they seemed to draw as we mentioned before, but trying to fit better in that high range with higher prices (inherent in a way to a feeling of luxury when holding them).
Of course, we do not have IP certification for resistance to water and dust. It is true that from the brand they have commented that it resists splashing, but for the moment we are not going to dare to immerse the mobile in a bucket of water as they showed us from their official Twitter account. Also, the back doesn't provide that feeling of peace of mind in terms of scratch resistance: We haven't evidently tried to scratch the surface on purpose, but this new finish makes it a little more scary (probably unfounded) to resting your back on a surface.
Screen: the true protagonist
The last name Pro has led in this case to satisfy several aspects that those who were looking for in the brand's mobiles a flagship at the height of others asked (of course, also expressed in the final price). No more staying in FullDH + resolution for a mobile that aspires to be the best on the market: OnePlus gets on the QHD + bandwagon, like Samsung, LG and Huawei among others, leaving Xiaomi and those who consider that a flagship should not be left alone meet this minimum resolution.
The screen, in fact, is one of the keys in differentiating with the standard OnePlus 7. We are not only talking about a greater diagonal (almost half an inch of difference), but a greater use of the front by it and the inclusion of a higher refresh rate: 90 hertz.
We are going to go with all this little by little, because it deserves it. The resolution is something that we will value more or less according to our preferences and also the sensitivity that our vision has, but in any case it is an expected and convenient jump: it has much more detail and reaches 516 pixels per inch, a figure that translates precisely in watching videos, images or text in a much more defined way.If we want to perceive the maximum sensation of fluidity (especially in animations) and a few * scrolls * of challenging speed, better to opt for 90 hertz
Therefore, it is very pleasant to read or view any type of content, although the experience will change depending on whether we set the terminal to 60 or 90 hertz. If we want to perceive the maximum feeling of fluidity (especially in animations) and some scrolls of challenging speed, better to opt for the latter.
It is especially noticeable when we play, although it is missed in general (in web browsing, by the system, with apps like timeline like Flamingo or Instagram) at the moment we decided to change to 60 hertz. Although what we will also have to take into account is that this higher refresh rate also leads to higher energy consumption.
This rate is one of the aspects that can be configured in the display settings. As other layers of customization allow, OxygenOS gives the option to configure certain aspects of the panel, such as this refresh rate, white temperature, resolution (note when we change it, apps open in the background are closed -notify us- ) or brightness, even in the pre-load when turning on the terminal for the first time.
As for screen calibration, it comes from the factory with the Intense setting applied. It is a configuration with somewhat cold whites and a high saturation level (complying with what is expected by precedents of an AMOLED panel) without the possibility of modifying, hence the one we like the most is the Display-P3, which is more Balanced, it covers more color space and the temperature can be adjusted (AMOLED gives too many reds and sRGB is too low in colors and vividness).
Automatic brightness adjustment works better than at other times (as a reminder: On the OnePlus 6T we experienced that it used to get too low when going to low and medium lighting environments). This time, in fact, the "problem" is the opposite: although it usually reacts quickly to changes in light, it is common for it to be high when moving into interiors or environments with medium-low light, with which we will have to manually adjust to leave it more low, especially if we want to maximize autonomy. In addition, add in this regard that the automatic screen suspension is established after two minutes at the factory, something that can also be adjusted to slightly increase the autonomy.
In these settings we also see what corresponds to the ambient screen, although we do not see big changes here. We can activate that the screen is activated when you touch it and when you lift it, as well as so that it lights up when you receive notifications (which at the moment we will see whole and later we will only see in the form of the icon of the app if we have not discarded it) and change the style of the watch, having four possibilities with the classic combination of white and red of the brand. Personalization? Nothing else, it is still very limited and not very different from other ambient screens.
Touch sensitivity is correct, reacts normally with the tap, instantaneously regarding the activation of the screen and there are no accidental touches talking about the curvature of the panel. Of course, we will have the greenish shading that we also saw in the Nokia 8 Sirocco or the Samsung Galaxy S10 + (in fact, more intensely than in the Samsung Galaxy S9 +), which in a way are inevitable and that are more noticeable in clear content or whites.
In the end, the fact of adding curvature (and seen the "success" of the Edge Screen, one of the few practical applications that it has been tried to give to said surface) is a merely aesthetic resource in a great majority of cases and that implies sometimes accidental touches that impoverish the experience (as happened to us when using the camera of the Huawei P30 Pro). In this case, we only perceive it in the grip aspect, as well as in the shading, so once again we consider it to be a questionable decision, even more so when it was not a characteristic feature of the OnePlus.
Speaking of this new panel, we highlight that there is no notch. The front camera is hidden in this retractable module (which requires even more personalized covers), but which together with a speaker as long as it is well integrated and with a reduced lower edge, manage to transmit the sensation of "all screen" in a decisive way.
According to GSM Arena (the reference that we usually take in any case to eliminate manufacturer biases and always be based on the same calculation), the OnePlus 7 Pro screen takes advantage of 87% of the front. Something that is even more real if we decide to opt for gesture navigation that OxygenOS once again offers, although with some difference from the previous one.
This time there are three possibilities for system navigation: traditional buttons, Android stock style buttons and OnePlus gestures, with the addition of swipe short to go to the previous app and change the slide to the side to go back, now having to slide from below but close to the side edge. This change means that getting used to it is more complicated and many times we will go back instead of minimizing, partly also because there could be more scope for the minimizing gesture than for the one behind, but in any case they are going very well and without lags (And in this regard comment that the case that is given with the smartphone makes navigation by gestures quite difficult as it has a protruding edge).
Also comment that, leaving aside the limitations of the ambient screen at the configuration level, the layer offers many options for customization. In addition to the three themes (light, color and dark, the latter being the traditional dark mode with a black background) we can customize the main color (except for the color theme, which has a default one), the font, size and some aspects of what we want to see in the status bar, much narrower thanks to not having the notch. The configuration of part of these aspects is actually offered in the pre-load from the terminal.
In short, it is a screen with which you have a very good experience. Except for the maximum brightness, very just for when the sun is most directly and intensely bright, otherwise it has an adequate contrast and resolution, and the size and reduction of the edges allow viewing content (especially multimedia) to be pleasant. This time yes, OnePlus.
Performance: you can not resist anything to this combination
It seems that it is over because of cutting in specifications to maintain a lesser global price, and if before we had opted for the leading processor of the moment this time it would not be different. For the two OnePlus 7 we have the Snapdragon 855 as a processor, with the difference that in this case it reaches up to 12 GB of RAM as the OnePlus 6T McLaren, which fortunately we have in the model that we have tested for this analysis.
With these components it is unthinkable to see limitations or erratic behaviors in relation to fluidity and execution, and indeed no trace of it. For any type of app or service the OnePlus 7 Pro is capable and valid to spare, with the speed per flag and options to maximize this in-game.
We see it in an improved game mode and totally focused on making games the only task that focuses on power and performance, especially if we opt for Fnatic mode. A new preset that blocks all notifications (except low battery and alarms), prioritizes the game at the level of resources that consume network, limits the activity of apps in the background and can optionally allow third-party calls, touch response and display enhancement (which is an increase in brightness).
The truth is that personally I had not played 'PUBG' so well, a game that already on its menu screen and its millions of additions in it is a tremendous tick of resources. Already on these screens, with high graphic requirements, the 90 hertz combo and the game mode make fluency maximum, almost the same as with a normal demanding task, and in games animations and movements follow one another. speed and extreme cleaning. Chapeau, OnePlus.
We did not mention 12 GB of RAM here because previously this amount of memory had not been an addition to this level, for example in the McLaren edition. The combination of the higher refresh rate with the correct optimization of the software seems the key, although there will always have to be a base power provided by the processor, the graphics and the RAM (it would be necessary to see if the OnePlus 7 Pro with less RAM is equals the feeling).
Of course, during the game we will notice that the temperature increases more than with other less demanding uses in terms of resources. Normally it is not an exaggerated or worrying increase, but at some point it has become very hot in some external parts, so the design, materials and that new liquid cooling system do not manage to dissipate that increase and it is noticeable to the touch.
On the left, the temperature we have making standard use (navigation, reading, etc.), in the center after playing for a few minutes and on the right after playing and noticing the outer edges very hot.
For those who take benchmarks as a reference, we leave you the results that we usually run with other smartphones of the moment and / or with similar settings.
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Software: re-oxygenating your own customization layer
OnePlus maintains its commitment to dressing Android with its own software, but in conjunction with that evolution that we have seen in hardware, there has also been one in Oxygen OS, in fact less and less "OS" in appearance. It is still a customization layer and it seems that this will be the path for which they will continue years after leaving the stage with Cyanogen aside, maintaining the status as a customization layer and not as an operating system.
This is how the OnePlus 7 Pro comes after starting the system for the first time.
Thus, in the OnePlus 7 Pro we find version 9.5.2 of Oxygen OS on Android 9 Pie, which presents some new features that we have already partially seen in the screen and performance sections. As we have seen historically, there is no bloatware Beyond the couple of own apps that OnePlus installs and the minimum Google apps that must be seen on all Android phones, the former can be uninstalled.
The apps with which the OnePlus 7 Pro comes from the factory.
We will be able to eliminate those from OnePlus, but not from Google.
The apps are organized in a drawer, without the possibility of changing it, which is accessed by sliding up. If we slide to the right, the Never Settle tab will appear, which offers some quick accesses as a card, including the possibility of quickly marking the place where we have parked.
The settings have their own appearance and layout, but remain clear and intuitive. It doesn't take long to find what you are looking for, even before we get familiar with them, although it also includes the search engine as in the other layers.
In Utilities is where we will find many of the peculiarities of this own software, for example all the configuration options of that game mode that we have mentioned before. Also the option to add a quick launch panel for certain applications, which works by keeping your finger on the fingerprint reading area after reading, although it is quite limited since it does not allow customizing shortcuts.
When you unlock with your fingerprint and hold your finger a little longer, these shortcuts will appear.
Other interesting and own add-ons are the parallel apps, equivalent to the MIUI dual apps and that allow two accesses of the same app to keep two accounts simultaneously and independently, and the Digital Wellbeing suite. Here we find some possibilities when controlling our mobile use and limiting it, for example by setting timers for each app or activating Rest Mode.
It works quite well and adds many possibilities, similar to what we are seeing in this line of suites on iOS, Android Stock, Samsung or Huawei. It tells us how much time we use the phone per day (and in what), and allows us to limit it easily if it seems too much.
It is also among the novelties the Zen mode. It is another way of forcing us to rest from the mobile (or to rid it of us) thanks to a restriction that we activate from the toggle from the notification panel, setting the disconnection time we want and being able to see usage statistics.
The mobile will be blocked and unusable no matter how hard we try (except for emergency calls), so that it is impossible for us to open messaging, social networks, the browser or any other app. A way to disconnect more drastically than with sleep mode, which is somewhat similar to iOS Do not disturb and other similar modes (notification restriction, etc.).
In addition to all this, the layer has renewed the settings for the screen (which we have already disengaged in the corresponding section) and also the audio settings, adding Dolby Atmos, which we will see in detail later. Although in this case we will also notice that there has been some elimination, at least in the current software version.
In addition to these navigation gestures, they also keep those available for the screen off, being able to open the camera or control music playback. And the truth is that they continue to work very well, making this use of the mobile somewhat more comfortable. They are in their own section in settings, including options such as activating the screen with a double touch or being able to use the power button to call the voice assistant.
We found some options in the settings dedicated to maintenance, such as battery saving modes or the option to activate RAM management. Although what we will perceive the most in use is the renewed Game Mode (which now also implements the Fnatic mode and that we have discussed before) when automatically activated with the games (it can be configured), or the dark mode that we have also mentioned.
Dark Mode tints almost all interfaces black.
Last year the fingerprint reader on screen was one of the distinguishing features between a OnePlus and its T edition, and it is also one of the changes talking about the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. Thus, in the older twin we have direct inheritance of the 6T and we have again read fingerprints on the screen, although with changes.
With the OnePlus 6T we had an experience with a lot of room for improvement, since it was quite demanding in terms of the footprint surface required for reading. In this case this does not happen and with a smaller surface the footprint already reads us (unless we tip the finger too much, something that happens more often with the thumbs).
If we comply with this, which is the usual thing, the reading is quite fast, especially considering that it is an optical system and not by ultrasound, although if we lateralize the footprint it will give us the wrong reading. The registration of the footprint occurs quickly and normally and we can do it from the pre-load.
Of course, for it to work the ambient screen or the active screen must be, specifically the reading area illuminated. It will not be worth posing the fingerprint if the screen is completely at rest, we will have to invoke in some of those ways that the scanning area is activated in order for it to work.
Another biometric system is facial recognition, which will be one of the two reasons that the periscope was made to check if we are the registered user. The registration of the face is fast, it could be said that without differing too much from what was in the OnePlus 6T with the integrated camera (doing it even in low light and with glasses).
The front camera module takes about a second to come out. It is not fast, but it has not been slow and it does not penalize the experience with facial unlocking either (the integrated camera does not win, but it is more on par). Although we do have a simple recognition system, not advanced with the sensor machinery that we have seen in other manufacturers (and that would take up much more space), and it does not work in darkness or very, very low light.
It does work well in most conditions, even when the light is low and / or if we have a clear wallpaper that can project some light onto the face. Although yes, we will have to activate the screen for it to work, the ambient screen will not be worth it.
Except on these occasions, it is much more comfortable than the fingerprint reader due to the fact that with the fingerprint on the side it does not work too well and when the module comes out relatively quickly. The only thing that can happen (and that could be revised) is that the start button is accidentally pressed when having the phone stored and that the module exits when we do not realize it and do not want it, although there is a security mechanism that reacts quickly hiding it if it detects that something is pressing on it or when the recognition fails.
Cameras: three rear cameras, deja vu and a front camera when needed
Fashion, needs, living up to it. Some of those reasons or perhaps all, but the fact is that in the OnePlus 7 Pro we see the fashionable triad in the rear: a standard lens with a 48-megapixel sensor, a telephoto lens and a "super" wide-angle. All this enlivened by a front camera that comes out at will and is not integrated into the front.
Breaking down and detailing all the machinery, this is the OnePlus 7 Pro photographic system:
- 48-megapixel main sensor with f / 1.6 aperture lens with OIS + EIS. 1.6 micron pixel size, with pixel-binning.
- Telephoto lens with 8 megapixel sensor and f / 2.4 aperture lens, with OIS. 1 micrometer pixel size and up to 3x optical zoom.
- Ultra wide-angle lens with f / 2.2 aperture and 117º field of view.
- Front camera: 16 megapixel sensor and lens with f / 2.0 aperture. 1 micrometer pixel size.
With the front we can record up to 1080p and 30 frames per second, while with the rear it allows us up to 4K at 60 fps. It also incorporates super slow motion at 1080p and a series of modes that we will now see in more detail with the app and the analysis of photographic quality.
In OnePlus they are not characterized by applying invasive or aggressive aesthetic software, but their own and we have been seeing this in the app for years. The one we have seen in Oxygen OS is maintained, based on contiguous tabs and an accessory for secondary modes and the app's own settings.
Thus, we see our own tabs for automatic mode, video, portrait and night landscape (formerly called Night mode), so we navigate with swipes sides and one vertically to see the tab as a drawer with all modes (adding time lapse, panorama and slow motion). There we will also see the settings, in which we can activate the appearance of manual control of the HDR in the main interface as well as other options, such as lens correction for the wide angle.
The Pro mode has manual controls for focus, ISO, white balance, exposure and white balance, being there the possibility of shooting in RAW or 48 megapixels. Depending on what format and / or size of photo we can choose a proportion, which has its quick access also at the top as in automatic mode.
The portrait mode does not present any news regarding its application. It will be necessary to maintain a distance of between 0.5 and 2 meters and it will indicate when it is active with the illumination of the sign in green as before, without the possibility of varying the opening and acting whatever the object is if the conditions are met.
Night mode does not change either. It is still fully automatic and does not offer the possibility of varying the exposure or ISO as it does with Huawei (and, by the way, it is now called Night Landscape)
The app works well, it is stable and opens normally either with the mobile locked or from the app icon, although the activation / deactivation of HDR is somewhat slow as it happens with the MIUI and sometimes the preview fails when manually adjust the shutter speed. It is intuitive and maintains a simple interface that makes it easy to use all the modes and the three cameras as well as the front camera, but let's see how it works.
When it detects that we are photographing a landscape, it proposes us to use the wide angle.
In general we consider that the rear photographic triplet of the OnePlus 7 Pro also gives that versatility that we have seen in other triple rear cameras, but we do not see results that stand out. Speaking of favorable conditions (good light, wide shots and macros) it is easy to see a kind of haze, perhaps adding lack of contrast and sharpness, and low saturation, although the latter can be easily edited with the serial app or some third-party app .
The dynamic range is somewhat low (not a serious thing) and the colorimetry is realistic (despite that general lack of liveliness), although HDR can help improve the result. Especially in backlights, a situation in which there is better management of illuminations and shadows, or if we take a photo directly in the sun.
Of course, on some occasions the contrast that remains with the multiple exposure of HDR is somewhat exaggerated, and perhaps we do not like the result when photographing landscapes with leaves or items with more contours. In low light, it usually helps to improve the result since it compensates for the slight underexposure that automatic mode gives without increasing noise (we will talk about this with night shooting).
Optical zoom shines brighter, as you might think, when lighting is more favorable. By day we get the best results, especially if we shoot more or less stable.
They are shots that give an extra sharpness with respect to what would be obtained with the digital magnification, although it does not appear to stand out clearly in relation to the competition (this, if we can, we will check later). What we can say is that the change from one lens to another is very fast, and that the app allows you to play quite well with these possibilities.
Speaking of the wide angle, it looks pretty good also when lighting is abundant, especially since there will always be a little underexposure due to the lens change. Well as for the distortion of the lens at the edges, partly because as it happens in Samsung and other brands there is an (optional) correction of the same, which in this case it is worth applying.
There's no noticeable or beyond-expected loss of detail when it comes to wide-angle, and it's useful for when we want to maximize framing and not miss a thing in the scene. At night or in low light, underexposure penalizes more and it is probably not worth it to use this shot.
Wide angle photo. Pro mode is a good ally especially in macros, night scenes or if we want to try to improve the processing with an editor pulling RAW
As for the Pro mode, it is a good ally especially in macros, night scenes or if we want to try to improve ourselves the processing with some editor pulling RAW, for example increasing that low saturation that we were talking about or a white balance that can also be too much sometimes cold (this is quite random and also depends on the lens). It is also the way we have to shoot at 48 megapixels, although what we have observed in the results is that again the clearest and most direct utility is to obtain larger images (8,000 x 6,000 megapixels and not 4,000 x 3,000) .
In fact, if what we are looking for is to get larger images, perhaps with a little more detail (although this depends a lot on the lighting and the distance to the focused item), the key is in manual focus adjustment. If we trust the autofocus, it does not usually stay with respect to the 12 megapixel shooting, and this can change the result quite a bit especially talking about macros. That is: if we do not want to shoot manually but we do want large photos, we will only have to stop with the focus to have the desired result (ISO, white balance, exposure and shutter speed we can leave them in automatic).
With autofocus, there may be slight variations from one shot to another.
The way to ensure focus at the point we want, regardless of how we shoot, is to adjust it manually.
Before talking about night shooting, it should be noted that indoors, noise appears quite early, even at low ISOs. The detail is quite low within what these conditions suppose and we may have too much contrast, depending on the degree of illumination.
At night is when the noise appears with hype and tambourine, especially if we try to fix it with HDR (shooting with the same ISO, in fact). It is best to pull Pro mode to adjust the ISO a little more, although not having peaking It will be more complex to get the manual focus right and the automatic does not shine too much. In addition, we see the failure again with the preview of the shutter speed change, so it will be quite difficult to hit this parameter so that we do not get an under or overexposed shot.
The Night Landscape mode will not help us to try to detect ectoplasms as they seem to claim in Huawei or Google, taking lumens from where there are none, but it will help us to improve some results with respect to automatic shooting. Always shoots at ISO 0, but some noise still creeps in, albeit without overexposure and without increasing the exposure time.
As usually happens with these modes (perhaps the simplest), if we use them in a suitably lit environment, in which the automatic modes defend well, what we will obtain are images with that touch of vignette derived from an exaggeration of the contours. We may like this more or less (it is somewhat artificial, but sometimes it is what pleases), although the advantage is that thanks to this there will be details in the background that will be more defined.
Speaking of portrait mode, perhaps it is where we have seen the least evolution with respect to what we saw in the OnePlus 6T.The app remains just as restrictive in terms of distance to the main object and not being able to edit the degree of blur, but the worst part is that it costs a lot to activate it; no matter how many touches we give to the main object and still being within the necessary distance range, sometimes we have to try it more than five or six times.
Although the subject differs from the background in terms of distance and colors, and being at the appropriate distance, it is difficult to activate portrait mode.
This shot was not easy and in the end we were able to apply portrait mode, but it took more than seven tries.
When applied it does not have a bad result in good light. It defends the edges well and there is no loss of detail in the main plane, although sometimes the bokeh it is too light and it is quite demanding in terms of lighting.
Persicopio style submarine camera for selfies in this OnePlus 7 Pro, in addition to the facial recognition that we have discussed before. That second that the camera takes to emerge is not something that penalizes the end and it is easy to get used to, especially since the camera gives more than acceptable results.
Well at the level of detail, although we see that depending on the scene the colors and tone could have a better processing. We can notice the lack of liveliness that we described in the rear cameras to a lesser degree, especially if we talk about a well-lit scene, and what can happen indoors and in low light is that the tone turns slightly to magenta.
The focus usually works well and quickly, although in low light a little help with a tap won't hurt. HDR does not harm the foreground and can be helpful in saving skies that are otherwise burned out or with a very low dynamic range.
Good for the portrait mode, which is capable of acting even if we are in profile. The cut is usually good, without being too radical and also hitting with that usual weak point that the holes represent (for example, the one that is between the arm and the body and that usually does not differ).
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The versatility seen for the rear cameras is partly transferred to the video. It will be easy to jump to the zoom (we will not be able to do it to the wide angle), and having the resolution adjustment in a quick access it is quite easy to make the type of shot that we want at any time.
During daylight and in full light, both 4K and 1080p give good results, in addition to stabilization, which is constant and with good results fights tremors, sudden plane changes or shaking. And although in some cases it can give a somewhat forced result, it is worth having it activated.
As for colorimetry and contrast, we see what we already anticipated in the photography section: good dynamic range, but sometimes a little low saturation. And the detail is well preserved in good condition, but indoors and at night watercolors abound and there is quite a noticeable loss of sharpness, even below what is expected in night shots.
At night the focus is also quite unstable, especially if we make videos on foot (although the stabilization is maintained). In addition, it is relatively easy to cover the microphone when holding the phone horizontally, so it will be worth not forgetting this detail.
Good result of slow motion, for which we have no limitation and we can record clips of the length we want. That 1080p is noticeable, giving good shots even in low light.
With the front camera we will have an acceptable result in favorable light. Realistic colors and fine detail, but at night and in low light the quality drops quite a bit, although the electronic stabilization is maintained (which works very well in this camera in general).
Autonomy: the maximum possible battery can be the minimum necessary
The challenge this time was somewhat greater with a larger screen, with higher resolution and offering that higher refresh rate. Features that can have their effect on consumption, as well as some aspects of the hardware, all based on the 4,000 milliamps / hour of the battery that integrates this terminal, among other aspects.
This figure does not determine anything in terms of experience, but due to precedents there is a certain psychological barrier when it reaches 4,000, which predisposes us to think that we will have good autonomy, with statistics such as those of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Is this true in the OnePlus Who has the last name Pro? Let's see.
We have tested full loads with the different options offered at the screen level and themes at maximum resolution (at 60 hertz, at 90 hertz, with a light theme and with a dark theme), also alternating days of more intense use and others less demanding, and in the end we have left an average of 20 hours of average autonomy and about 7:40 hours of screen.
Given the characteristics that we have commented, we consider that they are good figures, they are not going to be supreme and they do not give the tranquility of other averages that give almost a day and a half of autonomy. But it gives to endure the day when we spend long moments watching videos, using the camera or playing.
Warp charging also allows a little more than 50% of the battery to be charged in half an hour, recording full charge times of 1 hour and 20 minutes (from 0 to 100% with the phone switched off and the standard charger). If we set it to 60 hertz and pull the tools to optimize the battery, we can make it last the day, what is not so noticeable is the dark mode in this matter.
Audio: welcome, stereo, welcome, dynamic range
Perhaps the screen has been the protagonist of marketing in a more or less deserved way, but speaking of improvements over the above we have to talk about the audio. We don't have a 3.5mm minijack or adapter, but we do have stereo speakers and some customization options.Crisp sound with a very wide dynamic range and maximum volume to fill the room with little loss of quality
The qualitative leap is remarkable: now we do have the audio experience that we expect in a high range, and in fact it is one of the best we have had in relation to what we have analyzed this year. A clear sound, with a very wide dynamic range and a maximum volume that gives to fill the room with hardly any loss of quality (at the foot of the main speaker it gives a maximum of 114 decibels, not bad), although there is a better experience if we stay in around 80%.
Stereo always gives a more satisfying, nuanced and more enveloping experience. And it is especially noticeable in the display of multimedia content and games, now we do know where they are going to come to shoot us, although if we are short-fingered it will be easy for us to cover the main speaker with our thumb when holding the phone horizontally.
As for Dolby Atmos, these are three presets based on the type of content that are applied regardless of the source of the sound and the environment, although they are relatively subtle and we will perceive much better with headphones:
- Dynamic: automatic optimization based on content. It is the one that is configured at the factory, offering adequate and average sharpness and dynamic range.
- Film: more reverberation and depth, and a slightly greater dynamic range than the previous one.
- Music: slightly more nuanced, but the result is practically the same as with the dynamic adjustment.
- None: deactivate the environment-based enhancement depending on whether we have the headphones activated.
For headphones we have several options. Dolby Atmos settings include style preferences. The "None" option is preset, which gives practically the same experience as the "Balanced" setting. In fact, there are hardly any changes in this case, perhaps a little more bass and treble with the “Warm” and the “Tone”, but we will probably stay almost the same if we do not play this (removing some very subtle change in volume).
We also find the headset mode, which allows adjusting some automatic actions when we connect headphones via Bluetooth. Also comment that the mobile adds support for codecs such as aptX and LDAC, with which we can obtain a better experience depending on the type of files we listen to and if the headphones have it.
Speaking of which, the OnePlus Bullets 2 are included in the trial pack, which have minor design changes from the first edition. The experience with them is also very good, being in-ear and wireless, although the pieces that house the electronics and the battery are somewhat larger and heavier and the heads are slightly less than the previous ones, but despite this they are comfortable and they do not even fall while exercising (and the truth is that dispensing with the rubber that hooks with the ear bud of the first is appreciated, since this ends up bothering).
Add that the calls are heard very well, and that the solution of a speaker / earpiece so discreet feels very good to the front without the need to use the sound output through the screen that we have seen in other mobiles such as the P30 Pro.
OnePlus 7 Pro, Xataka's opinion
The manufacturer was in charge of raising expectations until May 14, when they would present the phones publicly. The clues hinted that the manufacturer had made a qualitative leap to try to better position itself among those flagships with which at first it was going to end the good-nice-cheap formula, but finally it has abandoned the third "B", and has given us a OnePlus 7 Pro that well deserves the name (although in the end it is paid at the level of investment).
The OnePlus 7 Pro is, both in terms of features and the experience it gives, a qualitative leap in the brand's mobiles. The sensation is now more similar to a top of the range whose manufacturer has prioritized giving a feeling of luxury, distinction, quality, moving away from that tighter mobile with very good results at a challenging price.
The bet for that screen is appreciated, although it does not give an outstanding experience in everything (shame about the brightness), it does make the user enjoy all kinds of content, either watching or playing. Good work also with the audio, which makes it a good candidate as a multimedia center, and more with that almost infinite screen.
The execution of the option of a retractable module seems to us evolved with respect to some precedents, although it still involves some small obstacles in the user experience. There is also a lot of room for improvement in that fingerprint reader integrated in the screen and photography, which although it lives up to the apparent demand, does not meet the level required of a 2019 flagship in total quality.
It is a very well built, attractive, complete mobile that is quite different from its standard edition. The bet for that frequency rate on the screen, UFS 3.0 (which gives very good results at the read and write level) and to forget the notch They can be a good claim for those who look beyond the processor and RAM (although we find the maximum in Android here) and who do not prioritize the camera.
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- The screen gives a very good experience in terms of resolution, reduced frames, contrast and the refresh rate of 90 hertz. Although it lacks some maximum brightness, overall very good.
- The audio has evolved a lot, the experience is also satisfactory if the 3.5 mm jack is not missing.
- Very good construction and a permanent fluidity in its performance.
- The photographic proposal is the one that seems to demand the demand and the one that is carried, but the overall result is below expectations: it reminds us too much of its predecessor.
- The autonomy is not bad, but it is somewhat fair looking at the competition even with 4,000 mAh.
- It can be large and the temperature dissipation should be improved.
The terminal has been loaned for testing by OnePlus. Can inquire our policy of relationships with enterprises.