Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus recently held launch events in London and NYC for its 2019 lineup in the 7 series of products. While the OnePlus 7 Pro is the most widely available smartphone, the manufacturer also unveiled a 5G variant of the device for the United Kingdom. Rounding out the mobile phone announcements, the company also launched the OnePlus 7, which is coming as the cheapest smartphone in the 7 series family.
A mix between the OnePlus 6T and 7 Pro, it sports a design language that bears striking similarities with that of the 6T — and not the 7 Pro — it, however, brings many of the latest improvements of the larger sister smartphone. The OnePlus 7 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, alongside storage that is based on the current UFS 3.0 standard, available in 6GB RAM/128GB ROM or 8GB RAM/256GB ROM for higher performance. The new device also offers the same RAM Boost functionality for enhanced performance.
The OnePlus 7 retains the flat 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1080p+ resolution as well as a teardrop notch, but does not come with the 90Hz refresh rate of the 7 Pro model. It keeps the Pro’s faster in-display fingerprint reader.
It has a dual rear camera setup, which is based on the same 48MP sensor (with 0.8µm pixels) of the larger Pro smartphone. The 7 equally offers optical image stabilization (OIS), but its aperture (f/1.7) is a bit darker than f/1.6 of its sibling. But the second cam only serves as a depth sensor, instead of an ultra-wide or telephoto camera. The UltraShot options provide HDR+ and Super Resolution modes.
The 16-MP front-facing selfie camera can record 1080p videos with EIS, while the main 48MP shooter offers 4K/60fps video capture, in addition to 1080p/240fps as well as 720p/480fps slow-mo modes.
The OnePlus 7, just like the Pro, packs stereo speakers that are tuned by Dolby for improved audio.
It comes with the same battery and charging hardware as that of the 6T: 3700mAh battery capacity with 20W power.
When the OnePlus 7 hits stores, it will be sold in Mirror Gray and Red, exclusive to India and China. Unfortunately, markets in the US and Europe will not be getting the smartphone. (Sorry to burst your bubble if you are an expectant customer or fan in these regions.)
The mobile device’s cost will start from £500 for the 6GB/128GB variant, while the bigger memory model, 8GB/256GB, will set you back by £550.