The OnePlus brand name is a big and famous one these days. It started its humble life touting their OnePlus One as a ‘flagship killer’; a moniker that stayed on for a while. It has been delivering on that moniker too with reasonable pricing and over-the-top specs on devices like the current OnePlus 6T. Prices though, did not remain as ridiculous as the OnePlus One. With each passing generation, the asking prices go up little by little. The question every new generation of OnePlus remains the same too. So for the upcoming OnePlus 7; can it keep the ‘flagship killer’ status? We shall worry about the price of the phones on the launch event that will be held on 14 May 2019 (tomorow). For now, let us take a look at the specifications are and how it fares against other flagship devices.
Just like most flagships of today there would be three different variants to the phone which are the OnePlus 7, 7 Pro and 7 Pro 5G. To stand out from the other flagships the new OnePlus 7 would pack a Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.0. With the previous generation of UFS 2.1 that writes and reads at 1200Mbps. The new generation of UFS 3.0 it can run up to 2900Mbps though; that is twice faster than the UFS 2.1. With these speeds for storage with the combination of the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor it should run buttery smooth as stated in their instagram tease. As for RAM it would most likely come with a 6GB RAM for the 7 and 10GB RAM for the 7 Pro, just to go on the over-the-top-ness. internal storage would most likely be a 128GB internal storage at least.
Another YouTube trailer from OnePlus in the description teases; “Slide into the smoothest display you’ve ever seen.” which could mean a few things. Either a smooth, bezel-less edge to edge display which has been confirmed in one of their tweets with the caption “No bells and whistles. No bezel. No notch. Just a better phone”. By making it notch and bezel free, Including the curved edge display this would make the OnePlus 7 possibly the largest screen to body coverage in the market to date. Either that, or it could also mean that the display can run high frame rates, 90Hz high frame for smooth display transition and experience.
The OnePlus 7 will feature a smaller display of 6.2 inches while the 7 Pro will feature a bigger 6.64 inch display. Both Super AMOLED displays will feature HDR10+ with 4,000 nits brightness. This sure is a unique feature as currently there is only one other phone that has HDR 10+ certification as well. Another features that has been anticipated but axed is its IP rating. Stating that “water resistant rating for phones cost you money” they posted a video of the OnePlus 7 being dunked into the bucket of water. This will most likely indicate that the phone would still be water resistant but without an official IP rating to lower the cost for both the company and the end user.
Finally we come to one of the most important aspects of a modern smartphone, the camera. Based on the tweet of a picture with OnePlus 7 Pro advertisement on New York Times confirmed the new triple camera in a vertical formation running down the middle of the phone. The triple camera module is rumored to have a 48-Megapixel main camera which is a huge upgrade over the 6T with a 16-Megapixel camera. The OnePlus 7 would most likely have the same 20-Megapixel ultra wide-angle camera as the secondary module. Then there is the new additional 5-Megapixel depth sensor to complete the triple-camera set-up. Right below the camera is the LED flash that sits right above the OnePlus logo.
Another notable feature, or rather lack of feature on the render is that the OnePlus 7 Pro no longer has a notch. That is an indication that the selfie camera is now housed in a pop-up mechanism similarly to the OPPO F11 Pro. Either that, or the OnePlus 7 Pro has no selfie camera, which is quite impossible and blasphemous for a modern smartphone. The idea of the pop-up mechanism is not that far-fetched either; we know that the OnePlus 7 series is made in the same factory as the OPPO and Vivo. Both brands have been pushing full notchless displays with pop-up mechanisms for some time now. The Megapixel count of the front-facing camera though is expected to remain at 16 across the series.
For OnePlus users I’m sure you will be familiar with the alert slider. The iconic alert slider is still placed on the right side of the frame placed right above the volume controls as per usual. At the bottom of the phone a USB type-C charging port is present with a speaker holes only present on only one side of the frame. No 3.5mm headphone jack are present on the phone which is a little disappointing but the OnePlus 6T did not have a 3.5mm jack either, so that is not that big of a surprise. The previous render of the phone showcase four different colours which are black, yellow, purple and blue. But now a leaked brand new almond colour has been introduced.
The OnePlus 7 series is set for a global announcement on the 14th of May, 2019 (tomorrow). There are no official word on pricing just yet as of today, we are guessing that pricing should not be too far off the OnePlus 6T. It would be a little higher though given the amount of premium features this new ‘flagship killer’ gets. At this point too we have no official word on whether or not the OnePlus 7 series will come to Malaysia. We do hope that it does though, just a matter of when at this point.