8.6/10
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The OnePlus 7 currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

Unless you’re looking for the absolute cutting-edge of mobile technology in 2019, the OnePlus 7 is likely to please. It offers a decent camera, stellar performance, a beautiful display, and a premium design at a price far below many of 2019’s top releases.

What's good

  • Outstanding performance
  • All-day battery life
  • Generous storage
  • Android 9.0 with OxygenOS
  • Fast-charge support
  • Respectable camera
  • Loud stereo speakers

What's bad

  • So-so low-light camera performance
  • No expandable storage
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack

OnePlus helped to pioneer the now-competitive mid-tier market offering near-flagship designs and performance at a fraction of the price. With the OnePlus 7, they’re releasing two phones simultaneously for the first time. As the more budget-oriented option, the phone comes with a few compromises. But OnePlus usually makes smart choices there. Is this latest release an exception to that trend?

Design

Most reviewers liked the metal and glass design of the OnePlus 7. However, they were also quick to note that it is essentially the same as the older OnePlus 6T.

As with most glass-backed phones, you must deal with smudges and a slippery grip. Reviews also note the phone is prone to scuffs and scratches so use the included case if you’re worried about appearances.

Still, reviewers enjoyed the upscale design even if the phone is not a trendsetter.

Gizbot notes, “On the whole, the design is good attractive and on par with the similarly priced smartphones except for a few misses such as IP certification. But I would like to have a 3.5mm headphone jack on the device.

Display

Around front, you’ll find a 6.4-inch, 1080-by-2340 pixel AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor and teardrop camera housing at the top of the display.

With support for sRGB and DCI-P3 color palettes, a full range of customization options, and a screen that’s nearly bezel-free, reviews indicate the phone is great for media consumption, playing games, and even reading the occasional blog post or email.

The biggest debates surrounded the teardrop at the top of the screen. As with other 2018 and 2019 releases, it a feature you’ll either love or hate. The teardrop became a non-issue for most reviewers within a few days.

One of the big features of the screen is its embedded fingerprint scanner. While reviewers noted it was slightly slower than the non-embedded options on other models, they had no problem with accuracy or recognition. Most reviewers still recommended it over face unlocking even with the delays.

Techradar summed up opinions well, saying, “Considering the OnePlus 7 price, it's hard to knock the screen.

Performance

The OnePlus 7 uses the same 2.84Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor you’ll find in many of 2019’s hottest releases. Paired with 6 or 8GB of RAM depending on the variant, reviewers found zero issues with performance.

Whether you’re looking to play the latest games or bounce between multiple apps, the phone will have no trouble keeping up with power users.

Fone Arena declared, “In our experience, we experienced zero lag, zero hitches, it’s just pure speed and raw power.

Software

The phone ships with the latest version of Android -- 9.0 Pie -- alongside OnePlus’ customized OxygenOS skin. Reviewers loved the subtle touches and useful features added by OnePlus. Many felt it was a great example of how to build upon Android without adding a ton of bloat or slowing down the phone.

Stuff praised the software, saying, “Without sounding gratuitous, Oxygen OS is easily one of the best versions of Android around, and it’s showcased beautifully on the OnePlus 7.

Storage

With 128 to 256GB of internal storage, you’ll enjoy plenty of room for your favorite apps, games, and media. Better still, reviews noted the storage is quick, allowing for snappy load times and quick transfer of files.

The only downside is the lack of microSD expansion support. However, with the generous allotments, this shouldn’t be an issue for most users.

Cameras

If you’re looking for a capable camera phone, the 48MP dual rear camera with a secondary 5MP depth sensor and a 16MP front-facing selfie shooter on the OnePlus 7 pleased reviewers. Many noted excellent detail and contrast -- especially in the 48MP mode.

While it’s not as strong as more expensive phones for night and low-light photography, reviewers still captured interesting, detailed shots with practice.

Pocket-Lint found the camera great for the price, saying, “It might not be the most feature-rich these days, nor offer some of the insane night modes of Huawei and Google, but it won't leave you disappointed for everyday captures.

Battery Life

Even if you love to play games or browse social media endlessly, the 3700mAh battery in the OnePlus 7 should get you through a day with easy. USB Type-C and OnePlus’ proprietary fast charging are good for just over half a charge in only 30 minutes should you find your charge low in the middle of the day.

Pocket-Lint tested the phone and said, “There's a comfortable full day's worth of juice in the phone even with fairly heavy usage, but we wouldn't go as far as saying you'll get two days from it.

Audio

The OnePlus 7 is the first model in their lineup to include stereo speakers. Alongside Dolby Atmos audio and Bluetooth 5.0, reviewers had zero issues with audio quality -- whether they were talking on the phone, streaming music, or watching movies.

But there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack. So you’ll need a USB Type-C adapter to enjoy your favorite cans.

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The Takeaway

Reviewers found the phone lived up the OnePlus name. It offers an excellent balance of design, performance, features, and price for the average buyer. The only exception is OnePlus 6 or 6T owners. There’s not a lot of difference here to justify upgrading.

9to5 Google sums up opinions well, saying, “This is a high-quality smartphone that tweaks an already winning formula.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.4"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


T3

It has an extraordinarily generous 6.4-inch AMOLED display, a fast in-screen fingerprint scanner, blazingly quick flagship internals, and a quietly restrained operating system that only adds features that are genuinely useful. If you already own a OnePlus 6T, you're better off waiting for the next c...

- Aaron Brown, T3
The Guardian

From the highs of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the “non-Pro” OnePlus 7 may look like a consolation prize, but in many ways the OnePlus 7 is better because it holds true to the winning OnePlus formula: exceptional bang for your buck.

- Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian
9to5Google

The OnePlus 7 is another fantastic smartphone option that has unnecessarily been stripped of the US market. Fans may complain that there isn’t enough difference to justify it existing at all, but we allow Apple to do the same with its own ‘S’ line. That said, I called the OnePlus 7 the OnePlus 6TT i...

- Damien Wilde, 9to5Google
Pocket-lint

As an upgrade to the earlier 6T, this newer model isn't wildly different, and it launches in the shadow of the top-end Pro 7 too. But that doesn't make it a bad phone: as an affordable flagship it's got all the main features present and correct and will make a superb 5T upgrade or brand new sub-£500...

- Cam Bunton, Pocket-lint
Stuff

No one’s suggesting the OnePlus 7 is a bad phone. But you only have to look at it to realise that OnePlus didn’t take any risks when putting the OnePlus 7 together - it’s basically a OnePlus 6T in a mirror finish outfit. It’s got the same screen size and resolution, fundamental design, and starting...

- Basil Kronfli, Stuff


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OnePlus released the 7 on June 30, 2019.


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Screen Size
6.4"

The OnePlus 7's screen size is 6.4 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3700 mAh battery. OnePlus's performance ratings are 900 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

OnePlus 7 Specs

Overview
Release date June 30, 2019
Regions available UK
Networks
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.166 W/kg
Body: 1.382 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3700 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 930 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 900 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Mirror Gray, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.77 x 7.48 x 0.82 cm (6.2 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 182 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 6.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, In-display Fingerprint, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F1.5/F2.4), Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, WMA, WAV
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


T3

Absolutely brilliant, but not for everyone

from T3

It has an extraordinarily generous 6.4-inch AMOLED display, a fast in-screen fingerprint scanner, blazingly quick flagship internals, and a quietly restrained operating system that only adds features that are genuinely useful. If you already own a OnePlus 6T, you're better off waiting for the nex...More

It has an extraordinarily generous 6.4-inch AMOLED display, a fast in-screen fingerprint scanner, blazingly quick flagship internals, and a quietly restrained operating system that only adds features that are genuinely useful. If you already own a OnePlus 6T, you're better off waiting for the next cycle, but those with older hardware will see a helluva lot of bang for their bucks (or pounds) here.

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The Guardian

Competition-beating performance for less

from The Guardian

From the highs of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the “non-Pro” OnePlus 7 may look like a consolation prize, but in many ways the OnePlus 7 is better because it holds true to the winning OnePlus formula: exceptional bang for your buck.

Read full review

From the highs of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the “non-Pro” OnePlus 7 may look like a consolation prize, but in many ways the OnePlus 7 is better because it holds true to the winning OnePlus formula: exceptional bang for your buck.

Read full review

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9to5Google

Not ‘Pro’ but definitely not amateur

from 9to5Google

The OnePlus 7 is another fantastic smartphone option that has unnecessarily been stripped of the US market. Fans may complain that there isn’t enough difference to justify it existing at all, but we allow Apple to do the same with its own ‘S’ line. That said, I called the OnePlus 7 the OneP...More

The OnePlus 7 is another fantastic smartphone option that has unnecessarily been stripped of the US market. Fans may complain that there isn’t enough difference to justify it existing at all, but we allow Apple to do the same with its own ‘S’ line. That said, I called the OnePlus 7 the OnePlus 6TT in our early hands-on, and to be completely honest, I still stand by that. This is a high-quality smartphone that tweaks an already winning formula.

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Pocket-lint

Evolution, not revolution

from Pocket-lint

As an upgrade to the earlier 6T, this newer model isn't wildly different, and it launches in the shadow of the top-end Pro 7 too. But that doesn't make it a bad phone: as an affordable flagship it's got all the main features present and correct and will make a superb 5T upgrade or brand new sub-£500 purchase.

Read full review

As an upgrade to the earlier 6T, this newer model isn't wildly different, and it launches in the shadow of the top-end Pro 7 too. But that doesn't make it a bad phone: as an affordable flagship it's got all the main features present and correct and will make a superb 5T upgrade or brand new sub-£500 purchase.

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Stuff

A solid, samey refresh of the OnePlus 6T

from Stuff

No one’s suggesting the OnePlus 7 is a bad phone. But you only have to look at it to realise that OnePlus didn’t take any risks when putting the OnePlus 7 together - it’s basically a OnePlus 6T in a mirror finish outfit. It’s got the same screen size and resolution, fundamental design, a...More

No one’s suggesting the OnePlus 7 is a bad phone. But you only have to look at it to realise that OnePlus didn’t take any risks when putting the OnePlus 7 together - it’s basically a OnePlus 6T in a mirror finish outfit. It’s got the same screen size and resolution, fundamental design, and starting price for the same storage/RAM configuration.

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Gizbot

Great overall performance

from Gizbot

It does have the right blend of specifications, features and pricing for an affordable flagship. It does miss out on some features that are seen in Android flagships such as water resistance and wireless charging. The device is for those who want to experience a flagship level performance without spending a whole of money on the purchase.

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It does have the right blend of specifications, features and pricing for an affordable flagship. It does miss out on some features that are seen in Android flagships such as water resistance and wireless charging. The device is for those who want to experience a flagship level performance without spending a whole of money on the purchase.

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Fone Arena

A humble beast

from Fone Arena

The OnePlus 7 is one of the most balanced device in the market right now considering price to performance ratio. Even though it looks physically similar to OnePlus 6T, some major upgrades under the hood makes it a humble beast.

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The OnePlus 7 is one of the most balanced device in the market right now considering price to performance ratio. Even though it looks physically similar to OnePlus 6T, some major upgrades under the hood makes it a humble beast.

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Gadgets Now

A seriously impressive phone that checks almost every box

from Gadgets Now

What works the most in its favour is the price that it comes with. At a starting price of Rs 32,999 it will be a tough ask for any phone to go up against this and come out on top. It has the fastest processor, reliable cameras and an excellent battery life. The OnePlus 7 is what we call a truly balanced phone that offers real value.

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What works the most in its favour is the price that it comes with. At a starting price of Rs 32,999 it will be a tough ask for any phone to go up against this and come out on top. It has the fastest processor, reliable cameras and an excellent battery life. The OnePlus 7 is what we call a truly balanced phone that offers real value.

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Tech Advisor

A confident, competitive mid-range device

from Tech Advisor

The OnePlus 7 is a cautious upgrade from the 6T: the same design and the same display with beefed up specs, a new camera, and a few small software tweaks. It's not a game-changer by any means, but it is a confident, ridiculously fast mid-range device that should appeal to anyone who's been tempted by a OnePlus device before.

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The OnePlus 7 is a cautious upgrade from the 6T: the same design and the same display with beefed up specs, a new camera, and a few small software tweaks. It's not a game-changer by any means, but it is a confident, ridiculously fast mid-range device that should appeal to anyone who's been tempted by a OnePlus device before.

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TechRadar

A solid smartphone, but it's more of the same

from TechRadar

The OnePlus 7 is a dependable, affordable flagship smartphone, but if you're looking for fancy 2019 features you won't find them here. It's got high-end power and in-display fingerprint scanner, but borrows a lot from its predecessor.

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The OnePlus 7 is a dependable, affordable flagship smartphone, but if you're looking for fancy 2019 features you won't find them here. It's got high-end power and in-display fingerprint scanner, but borrows a lot from its predecessor.

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