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OnePlus 7

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OnePlus 7 is undoubtedly a great smartphone. Equipped with a Snapdragon 855, up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of non-expandable memory and a 6.41-inch OLED in FHD +. Sounds good.

OnePlus 7: Everything in it


In the white-red packaging from the manufacturer, you can still find a red USB Type-C cable, a charger with 30 watts and various instructions, an opener for the SIM-card slot and a clear case of high quality next to the smartphone. Headphones or an adapter from 3.5 jack to USB Type-C can not be found, unfortunately. OnePlus would like to sell its own USB headphones.

OnePlus 7 Design: same procedure as every year?


At first glance, OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 7 are very similar. The front side is again occupied by the almost borderless display. The screen offers – unlike the OnePlus 7 Pro – a Notch for the 16-megapixel front camera. The back is also made of frosted glass and does not look as shiny as the “big” brother. At the time of the test, unfortunately, there was only the color “Mirror Gray”, in China and India it is also available in red and soon even in ” Mirror Blue “. With dimensions of 157.7 mm x 74.8 mm x 8.2 mm, it is significantly smaller than the OnePlus 7 Pro (162.6 × 75.9 × 8.8mm). The dimensions are more similar to those of the OnePlus 6T. Also, the weight of 182 grams is similar (high).

In the arrangement of the keys, nothing has changed. On the right side you will find an on / off switch and the Alert Slider, with the help of which I can easily put my OnePlus 7 into a “Do Not Disturb” mode. On the left side of the frame is the volume button. The bottom is taken up by the USB Type C input based on USB 3.1 as well as one of the two speakers. However, a headphone jack with 3.5 mm is not available and the case is also not IP6X certified. The manufacturer has nevertheless installed protective rubber seals on the openings. It is supposed to endure a rain shower. The processing of the OnePlus 7 is without blemish, visually but rather uniformity.

OnePlus 7: technical details

  • OnePlus (consciously) no longer calls its new smartphone a “flagship killer”. Technically, it is still up to date and can easily compete with the competition. But not more. In addition to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with Adreno 640 GPU, UFS 3.0 flash memory (128/256 gigabytes) and 6/8 GB of memory (LPDDR4X-RAM) is the 7er only a dual camera with 48 & 5 megapixels with OIS to Commitment. In summary, this means:
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (1x 2.84 GHz, Cryo + 3x 2.42 GHz, Cryo + 4x 1.80 GHz, Kyro)
  • RAM: 6 GB – 8 GB
  • Built-in memory: 128 or 256 GB
  • Display: 6.41 inches AMOLED with 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and 60 Hz
  • Interfaces: LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, NFC, GPS (GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo), USB Type-C, Dual nanoSIM
  • Battery: 3,700 mAh
  • Camera resolution: 16 MP – Selfie camera (aperture f / 2.0), 48 (aperture F / 1.7) + 5 MP
  • Videos: 4K (up to 60 fps), Full HD 1080p (up to 240 fps)

OnePlus 7: 6,41 inch AMOLED display


The 6.41-inch, almost borderless AMOLED display of the OnePlus 7 dissolves in FHD + (1,080 x 2,340 pixels).

 The display supports the playback of different color profiles (sRGB, display P3) and offers me numerous options for color calibration.

Everyone should find their individual attitude. The color representation and also the contrast are of very high quality. This also applies to the maximum brightness. Overall, the screen of the OnePlus 7 makes a good impression on me. Incidentally, the panel is protected by 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Of course, the manufacturer has again thought of a reading mode with reduced blue, a night mode with lower brightness and a “video enhancer” for stronger colors when watching movies.

OnePlus 7 and the two cameras


Well, purely arithmetically, the OnePlus 7 yes three cameras: In addition to the 48-megapixel sensor (Sony’s IMX586, aperture f / 1.7) with optical and electronic image stabilization can be found on the back of a telephoto zoom camera with 5 megapixels and a diaphragm f / 2.4. Which is responsible for the double zoom. The notch on the front hides the front camera with a resolution of 16 megapixels.

In terms of image quality, the main camera delivers good quality. In daylight, the colors look natural, contrast and details are right. 

The software-generated bokeh effect works well, but it can not tear me from the famous stool. The OnePlus 7 records videos in 4K at up to 60 frames per second. In contrast to the Huawei P30 Pro, I can convince both the video and the sound quality here. 

A timelapse and slow-motion mode (in Full HD with 240 fps and in HD with 480 fps) complete my good impression. Although the 16-megapixel front camera does not have an optical image stabilizer, it still takes good pictures. The sometimes very artificial beauty mode with the possibility for facial and body optimization is available for free.

OxygenOS 9: Very fast, very clean

The OxygenOS is definitely one of the fastest and slimmest user interfaces on the market. Visually, it is strongly based on Google’s Stock Android, but also offers a few personalization options and a dark fashion. The built-in Zen mode, a kind of digital wellbeing, is activated manually via the quick settings, or automatically after continuous use of two hours. 

If you use it then (is, of course, voluntary), the smartphone is locked for 20 minutes. Now I can only make emergency calls, accept calls and use the camera. The mode can not even be deactivated by a smartphone restart. New is also a screen recorder, with the help of which I can record the content of my screen in Full HD resolution inclusive audio.

Connectivity, battery, performance: Everything at its finest


The OnePlus 7 offers LTE after Cat. 16 and supports Wi-Fi in all available standards. Likewise, Bluetooth 5, GPS and NFC are on board. Instead of an extension via MicroSD, you get “only” support for dual-SIM. The smartphone comes so with two Nano-SIM cards at the same time (also by LTE) clearly. 

The transmission and reception performance was at a good level, as there were no significant problems. The call quality was great. The two speakers sound not overly loud, for one or the other song about Spotify and Co. or the conversations with the loved ones, but the sound is more than adequate, also thanks to Dolby Atmos ®, The built into the display glass fingerprint sensor responded quickly and reliably in the test. 

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If you like it even faster, use the built-in 2D face recognition.

The 3,700-milliamp-hour battery of the 7 Pro is comparable in terms of runtime with the Huawei p30 Pro. In normal use, I come with a battery charge easily throughout the day. One and a half days is also no problem. 

But I did not make it for two whole days. The wireless charging is not possible, but I can inflate the battery over the in-house Warp Charge solution with up to 30 watts. I reach 50 percent battery capacity in less than 20 minutes without the device noticeably warming up. There are no surprises in the performance thanks to the Snapdragon 855, 6 GB of RAM and a fast GPU. In the current Geekbench 4, the SoC gets 3,527 points in the single-core and 11,154 in the multi-core. 


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