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Exit flagship killer, enter flagship

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After weeks of leaks, rumors and speculations, OnePlus has lastly launched the OnePlus 7. This yr the “flagship killer” isn’t alone. Up to now, we now have seen OnePlus launch two units (a OnePlus variant and a OnePlus T variant) however by no means on the similar time – the T variant all the time got here later in the direction of the top of the yr. Issues are totally different this time round. The common OnePlus is accompanied by a “Professional” model, the OnePlus 7 Professional. The gadget not solely comes with a stronger spec sheet however with a better price ticket as nicely. However how a lot Professional does that make it, or will the shoppers consider its worth as a con?

A Premium pal that isn’t Matt le Bland

The OnePlus 7 Professional seems to be prefer it has taken a number of pages off Samsung’s flagship look-book. The minute that tall show on the OnePlus 7 Professional is turned on, a robust Samsung flagship-like show vibe may hit you. And with good cause. The show of the OnePlus 7 Professional curves out on the sides which is among the USPs of Samsung’s flagship smartphones. What’s extra, the bezels on the telephone are extraordinarily skinny, a trait which isn’t unique to Samsung however is recognized very strongly with it (keep in mind the Edge collection?). Some won’t just like the heavy Samsung affect the entrance of the smartphone bears however we expect it’s a good factor. In any case, Samsung might be accused of many issues however not of robbing us of an excellent show expertise. Samsung additionally is aware of how one can make a smartphone look premium and as OnePlus is climbing the worth ladder, premium seems are one factor the model completely wants. Nicely, it will get them.

The entrance can also be about that tall 6.67″ quad HD Fluid AMOLED show. Within the identify of bezels, the smartphone carries tremendous skinny strains across the show on the three sides whereas the chin is barely thicker as in comparison with the remainder of the edges (not that we thoughts). Above the show, there’s an earpiece which sits on the skinny black bezel like a camouflaged chameleon. The show is tall, superb and delightful. The colours appear sharp and the distinction seems deep. It’s a entrance that welcomes you into the brand new world of a extra premium OnePlus.

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The again of the telephone provides to this premium-ness. We acquired the Nebula Blue variant of the system and the non-glass wanting glass again typically transported us to the StarWars world. It is perhaps all matte and with no shade gradient however that doesn’t imply it appears uninteresting. Every time mild falls on it, we obtained main Lightsaber feels, just because the darkish blue colour appeared to show into sensible mild blue when mild falls on it, typically with a ray of sunshine jutting proper throughout. The again is just not as flashy as we’ve seen in some smartphones just lately, however the lack of glitz doesn’t make it look bland. Quite the opposite, we truly like this higher than the loudly reflective, mirror-y backs which might be trending in some flagships these days.

Then there’s the end – the again won’t appear to be glass (it truly seems extra metallic than glass, which we undoubtedly don’t thoughts) however undoubtedly feels prefer it, and has a clean, cool end. One in every of largest execs of getting a non-glass wanting glass again (sure, you learn that proper) is that you simply wouldn’t have to fret about smudges and fingerprints ruining it as a lot as you do on different glass surfaces. The again additionally holds the first digital camera association in an elongated capsule formed unit that protrudes slightly. It’s adopted by a spherical LED flash. Whereas all of it seems harmonious from a distance, wanting intently will reveal a slight camera-family feud within the glad wanting capsule. The model has positioned two cameras in a separate, smaller capsule unit inside the greater unit, leaving the third digital camera out, like an outcast. It isn’t an eyesore, however just a bit curious in design phrases (no matter did it do to deserve this exclusion, OnePlus?). The model’s emblem sits proper under the LED flash whereas the OnePlus branding is current on the decrease half of the again.

The metallic body, sandwiched between all this glass holds fairly a number of duties. The left aspect of the telephone homes the quantity rocker (which we expect is a bit on the upper aspect) whereas the proper aspect comes with OnePlus’ textured alert slider which is adopted by the facility/lock button. The bottom of the system carries totally different twin SIM card slot which appears like it might solely maintain a single SIM however can help twin SIM playing cards, one on both aspect. We have no idea how it’s purported to work with out dropping one of many SIM playing cards whereas extracting them, although. The SIM card tray is accompanied by the USB Sort C port and a speaker grill, all on the bottom. The highest of the body is the place one of many USPs of the OnePlus 7 Professional is hidden – a pop-up entrance dealing with digital camera which slides out as quickly as you turn from main to selfie mode.

The OnePlus 7 Professional measures 162.6 x 75.9 x Eight.Eight mm and weighs 206 grams, which makes it barely on the longer and heavier aspect. The smartphone might include an edge to edge show however it nonetheless stays fairly tall and is troublesome to function with a single hand. That stated, it seems to be very totally different from most OnePluses up to now and we imply that in a great way. That stated, despite the fact that it may be climbing up the premium ladder, there’s nonetheless no official score for mud and water resistance. Which is a little bit of a damper. Pun meant.

Spectacularly specced, as traditional

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The OnePlus 7 Professional is a looker however that doesn’t take away from the truth that beneath all that tumbler is a spec monster. It comes with a 6.67-inch Quad HD+ Fluid AMOLED show with a display decision of 3120 x 1440 pixels – the primary OnePlus to get into quad HD land. The show is about by default on an Auto Change mode (shifting between quad HD+ and full HD+), however you’ll be able to change between quad HD+ or Full HD+ manually if you want.

Powering the smartphone is the Herculean Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the highest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which can be making its debut within the Indian smartphone market with the OnePlus 7 Professional. That is paired with an enormous Eight GB RAM and 256 GB storage. The gadget additionally is available in a 6 GB/ 128 GB and 12 GB/ 256 GB variant. Nevertheless, the storage can’t be expanded as there isn’t a area for a microSD card – certainly that smaller SIM card tray might have gotten an additional slot?

OnePlus has gone to city speaking concerning the prowess of those cameras (a Nationwide Geographic cowl was shot utilizing them), and the 7 Professional appears designed to ship quite a bit. At the least on paper. It sports activities a triple digital camera association on the again. The primary one within the triple digital camera arrange is a 48-megapixel major sensor with an enormous f/1.6 aperture, with help for each OIS and EIS. Then comes the second lens which is an Eight-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.four aperture and help for OIS, and will provide you with 3x optical zoom. The third is an ultra-wide 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 117-degree vast subject of view (a bit under the 124 levels we received from Samsung). The digital camera can seize video in 4K at 30/60 fps and 1080p at 30/60 fps. Then there’s the entrance digital camera that pops out of the body when wanted – a 16-megapixel sensor that comes with f/2.zero aperture and help for EIS.

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To unlock the telephone, there’s an in-display fingerprint scanner and the telephone additionally comes with help for face unlock, by way of that pop-up digital camera. On the subject of sound, OnePlus has lastly added a pair of stereo audio system within the spec-mix with Dolby Atmos sound help, so we’ll lastly have a OnePlus that sounds good, though there’s nonetheless no room for a three.5 mm audio jack. Connectivity choices on the system embrace 5G (sure)/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.zero, GPS and NFC.

The telephone runs on Android 9.zero Pie and comes with a layer of OxygenOS 9.5.1, which is among the cleanest and least intrusive UIs we’ve got seen on Android. OnePlus additionally has a really spectacular replace document – we’re nonetheless getting common updates and fixes for the OnePlus 6T as that is being written. All of those mighty specs are powered by a four,000 mAh battery which comes with help for Warp cost 30 quick charging, which is even quicker than OnePlus’s well-known Sprint cost – 38 % quicker as per the corporate, and sure, there’s a charger that helps it within the field itself. There’s, nevertheless, no help for wi-fi charging, which is once more not a hygiene issue, however a little bit of a let down when one considers the worth phase into which the gadget is stepping.

Climbing up the premium ladder

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Be it design, specs or software program, OnePlus has thrown the kitchen sink at it, relating to the OnePlus 7 Professional. And it comes at a really in-OnePlus worth, which begins at Rs. 49,999. That worth is certainly extra flagship than flagship killer, one thing which was a USP of OnePlus units prior to now. It additionally modifications the profile of OnePlus’ competitors – shifting from Asus, Xiaomi, and Honor to the much more upmarket Samsung, Huawei and maybe even Apple. Not simply that, it can additionally need to hold a really cautious eye by itself sibling, the OnePlus 7, which could look like a bit plain as compared, however packs sufficient punch for its worth in its personal proper. Sure, it has the appears and numbers (together with worth) to problem for the flagship title, however will it’s value holding within the tech condominium of your life? Keep tuned to seek out out in our detailed assessment.

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