OnePlus 7 Pro review: amazing screen, solid camera

OnePlus 7 Pro review: amazing screen, solid camera


– This is the new OnePlus 7 Pro. OnePlus is a company
that has really built up a cult following over the years. Their shtick has always been making phones that don’t cost as much as
a typical iPhone or Galaxy, but do punch way above their weight class. This year, with this
phone, OnePlus decided to just go all-out and make a flagship. But it’s still a little bit
cheaper than the competition. And you know what? They’ve pretty much pulled it off. (relaxed electronic music) So, right at the jump,
here are the prices. The base model is $670,
the middle one is $700 — and that’s the one that
T-Mobile is selling — and then there’s a top-end
spec beast for $750. They come in gray, almond,
and this one, nebula blue. The 7 Pro is a really large Android phone. Like, kind of huge. It has a gigantic OLED display. But the thing that most people
are probably going to notice about it is the selfie camera, which pops up with a
little motor, like this. Okay, sorry, yeah. I’m going to come back to cameras, I promise, because the thing that
you are going to notice every day is this screen. It is stupendous. OnePlus calls it “Fluid
AMOLED,” which, fine, whatever. But they can’t decide
whether it’s 6.67 inches or 6.46 inches because it’s different depending on whether or not
you count the rounded corners. Fine. It’s also super tall, with
a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Look, it’s just really big
is what I’m getting at. But what’s special about
it is that it not only goes edge to edge, but it also curves around the sides just like a Galaxy phone. And just like a Galaxy
phone, it looks great. It gets really bright,
and it gives you lots of options for calibrating the colors. There’s no notch, of course, thanks to that pop-up selfie camera. But OnePlus has included a feature that’s still pretty rare on phones: a high, 90Hz refresh rate. I know you can’t really see it on the video here, but
in person it’s awesome. It’s the thing that
instantly separates the 7 Pro from almost every other phone, except for weird gaming phones. And the 7 Pro will ratchet
that refresh rate down in apps where it doesn’t make sense, like when you’re watching
videos for example. The resolution of the screen will also dynamically ratchet itself down
to match the video content. While the phone has Quad
HD, it’s 3120 by 1440, it will drop down to
1080p when it needs to in Netflix or YouTube. There’s also a Night Mode,
it blocks blue light, and there’s a Reading
Mode that gray scales the entire screen. You might think that some of this stuff is a little gimmicky, but
it kind of does matter. I really did use the Reading Mode and I definitely notice the
smoothness when I’m scrolling. I’m spending a lot of time
talking about the screen because, like I’ve said
in previous videos, that’s what you have to
do with top-tier phones. You’re spending a lot of
money and you want the thing that you’re looking at
all the time to look good. This screen looks great
and it has features you can’t get on even
more expensive phones. Also, under that screen is another one of my favorite features,
the fingerprint sensor. It’s way faster and more reliable than last year’s OnePlus
6T, and it’s also way faster than the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic sensor. OnePlus stuck with an optical sensor, but it made it much bigger
and more responsive. The screen does have to
light up to scan your thumb, so that looks a little bit weird, and you might have
issues with wet fingers, but I haven’t had any
problems with it at all. You can even choose faster animations if you want to speed it up more. It’s just fast and it’s super easy to use. Thumbs up. Spec-wise, you’ve got a
Snapdragon 855 driving the thing. And depending on which model you buy, you’re going to get 6,
8, or 12GB of RAM. This one’s got 12. And it’s going to have either 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, which is faster than what you’d get on a lot of phones. Look, it’s fast, the
whole thing feels fast. And I have had way fewer
app restarts than usual. Performance is no problem. The speakers sound okay,
they’re much better than the ones on the older OnePlus phones, but they do get a little
bit chippy at max volume. (cheerful music) “This is a Galaxy Fold.” Battery life, though, is even better. I’m getting through a full day super easy and often a good way
through the second day. Standby time is also
just ridiculously good, probably because OnePlus
is a little bit more aggressive about turning stuff off when it thinks you’re not using the phone. I really like OnePlus’ custom
version of Android, too. It’s called OxygenOS. It’s based on Android
9 Pie, and it’s filled with nice little touches
without being overbearing. And it gives you a ton
of customization options. You can set gestures up to get around, so swipe up for home or swipe
up on the side to go back. You can turn on a “Zen
mode” that locks you out of your phone for 20 minutes so you can go look at a damn tree or something. (birds chirp) There are very simple theming options. There’s a game mode
that’s way less annoying than Samsung’s game mode. And there’s a screen
recorder, which, thank you. Why doesn’t every Android
phone have one of those? This is the part of the review where you say “Dieter,
what about the camera?” Because that’s the rule
with Android phones. Unless it’s a Pixel or a Galaxy, they fall down on the camera. The camera’s always disappointing, right? Nope! I think people are going to be
really happy with this camera. Actually, all four of them. There are three on the back. A standard lens that’s
technically 48 megapixels, but mostly outputs 12-megapixel images unless you go into a special mode. There’s also an 8-megapixel
telephoto lens that does 3x zoom, and a 16-megapixel
ultra-wide angle. And of course, there’s
a pop-up selfie camera, which has 16 megapixels. Maybe you’re worried about
this motorized selfie camera, moving parts are always
a thing that can break. OnePlus says it’s rated for
300,000 uses, which, okay. It does auto-retract if it detects a sudden movement, like a drop. Sort of like a spooked prairie
dog on top of your phone. I can’t promise you that it won’t break, but it seems fine to me. The selfie camera, it’s not as good as I had hoped, but it’s passable. You just have to remember
to change the default away from mirrored selfies
so you’re not looking at your evil twin all the time. Here’s the news for the main camera. The shots are good, but to my eye, not quite as nice as a Pixel 3. But it’s very close, and I’m betting that some people are going to tell me that they prefer the OnePlus. It makes different choices. The images are warmer and just way less contrasty than the Pixel. I sort of prefer the Pixel’s
sharper look and color choices, they seem more photographic to me. But the 7 Pro’s main camera is solid. On a technical level, the telephoto and wide-angle cameras are
just not quite as good, but they’re a hell of a lot of fun, especially when you’re
outdoors with good light. You can usually trust them
to get something decent and I do love having all this versatility. But if you want the best-quality shot, you should use the main camera. The OnePlus 7 Pro also does
a bunch of the camera tricks that you’d expect on a modern camera. It does instant HDR by using
all of those 48 megapixels in parallel instead of sequentially. It’s got a night mode that
brightens things up pretty well, but it’s not the magic
that you’re going to get out of the Huawei P30 Pro
or the Pixel’s Night Sight. Portrait mode is about as good as everybody else’s,
which is to say it’s fine as long as you don’t zoom in too much. And there’s a pro mode that I really like. Now I haven’t done a ton of video testing, but I also haven’t noticed anything really bad with the video, either. It has OIS and EIS, and it can shoot up to 4K at 60 fps or 1080p at 240 frames for slow motion. Here’s the bottom line on the camera: OnePlus did the thing
that they needed to do, the camera should not
stop you from buying this. Okay, but what might stop
you from buying this phone? Actually, fewer things than I expected. It doesn’t have an IP
rating for water resistance. OnePlus is trying to do this thing where they say it’s not worth the money to get the official certification. But you know what? It is. We actually want to know how
scary water is for this phone. It also doesn’t have wireless charging. OnePlus says it has
this custom Warp charger that can charge it up
super fast, and it can. But I like wireless
charging, even if it is slow. Also, did I mention that it’s big? It’s big. And heavy. More than anything, that’s
probably why it’s not for me and it might be a deal breaker
for a lot of other people. But if you like big phones, it should not be a deal breaker for you. What else? Oh, there’s no headphone jack. I mean, come on, did you really think there would be a headphone jack? So that’s the OnePlus 7 Pro. It’s a spec monster. And sometimes with phones
that are spec monsters, I get a little bit nervous. It’s often a sign that the fit and finish end up being an afterthought. But in a week or so of using this phone, I didn’t feel like OnePlus
really cut that many corners. The software is really well thought out, the ringer switch is still
here and I still love it, and things like battery life, performance, and camera are all very impressive. Plus, you know, have you seen this screen? If you want a big Android phone, I’m sort of hard-pressed to think why you’d get a Galaxy
S10 Plus or Pixel 3 XL instead of the OnePlus 7 Pro. This has a screen to match
or better those phones and the cameras are in the same ballpark and I don’t really see a
performance gap, either. The bottom line is that
the OnePlus 7 Pro proves that great phones don’t
need to cost $1,000. Hey, thank you so much for watching. And you know, I think
the story of this phone was really the screen and the camera. And let me know in the comments, which of those is more important to you? And also, if $700 is too much for you, we just did a review of the Pixel 3A, which starts at $400, and you
should check that out, too.

100 Comments

  • The Verge

    May 14, 2019

    Which is more important to you: the screen or the camera?

    Reply
  • Sriram Natarajan

    May 17, 2019

    Oneplus has been that always "almost pulled it off" when it comes to being a flagship killer!

    Reply
  • danali22

    May 17, 2019

    screen is most important and thats the best!

    Reply
  • Imaad Zaffar

    May 17, 2019

    We NEED a video on the ASUS ZenFone 6!!

    Reply
  • Saifur Rahman Mohsin

    May 17, 2019

    I don't think they can do a successful. The issue with moving parts isn't only that it gets damaged sooner but also that water can get in and get trapped.

    Reply
  • Jim Langley

    May 17, 2019

    Great review Dieter. First time I have watched one of your reviews. I guess I'll spend less time with MKBHD now… 🙂

    Reply
  • Armando Salgado

    May 17, 2019

    wow, the Xanax and opiates is strong in this one

    Reply
  • dalton wildes

    May 17, 2019

    The 90 FPS is locked in and doesn't adjust unless you adjust it.

    Reply
  • hudstad

    May 17, 2019

    Only phone nerds complain about the lack of wireless charging

    Reply
  • Avkay

    May 17, 2019

    Solid review tbh

    Reply
  • TripleShot

    May 17, 2019

    No headphone jack? walks away ✌️

    Reply
  • Omar Hussain

    May 17, 2019

    So far the only review that's lauded the camera

    Reply
  • Ron Wolf

    May 17, 2019

    What you say doesn’t make any sense. How can a 1440p display decrease its resolution to 1080p when 1,080 doesn’t divide 1,440 evenly?

    Reply
  • Critical Mindset

    May 18, 2019

    This is THE smartphone of 2019. Big. Fast. The screen. Plus, it's big. You keep wireless charging. I'll take UFS 3.0 12GB RAM and 256GB HD for $750

    Reply
  • Josh Locash

    May 18, 2019

    2:22 LOL

    Reply
  • Osvaldo Gil

    May 18, 2019

    Oh ok, but is not Apple. And is android , I’m really sorry.

    Reply
  • Deep Dand

    May 18, 2019

    Okay, 3:39 – way fewer app restarts than normal?! hmmm…..

    Reply
  • Deep Dand

    May 18, 2019

    People crying over – OP7Pro camera is not so good as competition or just average, wait until OP7Pro releases an OTA update and then sooner XDA will have Gcam port and boom, you are looking at way better camera in any phone segment!

    Reply
  • Frankie !

    May 18, 2019

    An android phone that I like? What the hell?

    Reply
  • The Amazing Guyulnevrb

    May 18, 2019

    This ENTIRE time I've been calling this guy Dieter, when it turns out his name is Dieter.

    Reply
  • Alex To go

    May 18, 2019

    I'm sticking to my samsung. For 1 reason. Head phone jack. That was a deal breaker for me

    Reply
  • Luther David A Hall

    May 18, 2019

    I know lots of people talk about the audio on the OnePlus…but with my 1+"6 the speaker works itself in much like high-end Audio drivers.I noticed that after 6months the audio was louder and much clearer. Its like a new tight fit that will sort itself out and should then last pretty long as a result

    Reply
  • TheRussianLondoner

    May 18, 2019

    Amazing phone

    Reply
  • Jeff L

    May 18, 2019

    Made in China

    Reply
  • Janh Kian Halasan

    May 18, 2019

    Xiaomi just released the K20. They said it's a "Flasgship killer 2.0". You should check it out

    Reply
  • Simon czesak

    May 18, 2019

    Love his reviews
    But someone get this guy a sandwich lol

    Reply
  • Roger McIntosh

    May 18, 2019

    Never a mention of radio modem specs or mobile carrier fit.

    Reply
  • Constipated Carrot

    May 18, 2019

    MKBHD said it had not great battery life and The Verge said it had great battery life
    🤔

    Reply
  • bizmonkey007

    May 18, 2019

    I really wish OnePlus would've had two different sizes. The 7 Pro shits on the iPhone XS Max, but some of us want a device we can actually fit in our pockets.

    Reply
  • Elesh Patel

    May 18, 2019

    The screen because I like to watch movie a lot on my smartphone. So for me obviously screen

    Reply
  • Farhan Tanveer

    May 18, 2019

    *516 ppi

    Reply
  • Eric V

    May 19, 2019

    4:38 😂

    Reply
  • JERRY KOVIS

    May 19, 2019

    curious if have the screen "roll" over the edge isn't a hindrance when it comes to watching videos that fill the screen. seems like you'd actually be losing a bit of viewable real estate in those scenarios. just a thought about wrap around designs like this.

    Reply
  • RobertofTroy

    May 19, 2019

    No headphone jack – No buy

    Reply
  • Urvin Savla

    May 19, 2019

    Your videos look dope !
    You guys just need a better selection of phone wallpapers

    Reply
  • somaskanda

    May 19, 2019

    For me the deal breaker is the lack of headphone jack.i believe my current phone oneplus6 will be my last one plus. Sad, but gotta have the 3.5mm jack

    Reply
  • Terri Fic

    May 19, 2019

    SAVE ME FROM NOTCHES!!!

    Reply
  • Nathan Budd

    May 19, 2019

    Review the 6gb and then tell us it's "super fast"

    Reply
  • Karl Axel

    May 20, 2019

    But can it blend?!

    Reply
  • . yohannes

    May 20, 2019

    Without the curved display, I'd take it

    Reply
  • alikhan2655

    May 20, 2019

    Zenphone 6. Please review

    Reply
  • Edward Mazariegos

    May 20, 2019

    when does it come out for purchase?

    Reply
  • Makeshift Gentleman

    May 20, 2019

    yes actually. I did think there would be a headphone jack. I was actually looking at the purchase page and exactly at 8:11 I closed the page.

    Reply
  • momoxh

    May 20, 2019

    the only other thing in this video is as good as the phone is the painting on the back

    Reply
  • Don Schroeder

    May 21, 2019

    Doesn't have wireless charging… Common one plus, what are you waiting for?

    Reply
  • Joey W.

    May 21, 2019

    Is it just me or does this look like the kid from a Christmas story

    Reply
  • Nicholas Jeffery

    May 21, 2019

    "spooked prairie dog". I'm gonna refer all OnePlus 7 Pro's like that now.

    Reply
  • Manohar Chauhan

    May 21, 2019

    Higher SAR Value Damage head 1+7Pro
    1.187 (*#07#

    Reply
  • Dary Satyanegara

    May 21, 2019

    The maxed out Oneplus 7 Pro has tge same price as the basic XR. Excellent.

    Reply
  • besan mhameed

    May 21, 2019

    S 10 plus is the besttttttt♥️♥️♥️♥️💯

    Reply
  • Aniket Bhanderi

    May 22, 2019

    Why even Vivo add in OnePlus 7 pro video ..
    It is not even close 🤔😅

    Reply
  • BluD

    May 23, 2019

    oneplus chooses tmobile as its carrier of choice. worst decision about this phone.

    Reply
  • Vincent Rubino

    May 23, 2019

    beautiful phone. Love the camera and screen. BUT WHY DO COMPANIES KEEP USING CURVED SCREENS?! I hate the curves on my Samsung S10+
    a) they distort the display and create a discoloration/blue tint
    b) makes holding the phone without a case near impossible without a ton of accidental touches, WHY DON'T THEY HAVE accidental touch protection on the sides if they're going to make the side of a phone a screen
    c) LITERALLY no advantage to just having no bezel, why add a curve?! just makes the phone harder to use and IMPOSSIBLE to type on

    Reply
  • Vincent Rubino

    May 23, 2019

    The fingerprint sensor BETTER BE faster than the samsung s10+. Takes me several several tries to get it to scan my finger, mostly fails, and takes way too long. It's a horrendous experience

    Reply
  • James Peebles

    May 23, 2019

    It would be great if we could get 4K or 1440p videos, but otherwise great work Dieter 🙂

    Reply
  • MisterBigMack

    May 23, 2019

    What watch is dieter using? Is it a smart watch of some kind?

    Reply
  • beemerguy

    May 23, 2019

    This is one great phone. It's a premium phone that competes right up with the rest. Note 10 will probably be almost double the price. For what? Fast, smooth, great screen.

    Reply
  • Khandar William

    May 24, 2019

    No headphone jack = dealbreaker

    Reply
  • SD1ONE

    May 24, 2019

    It's not cheap anymore…camara is not as great as other phones…so it's kinda justifying it's price…it's not undercutting anything now….It's big and bulky and that's why I am not buying it…they shlould've done dot notch on this one or at-least on regular oneplus 7 and lower the price to a reasonable level.

    Reply
  • Jason George

    May 24, 2019

    Did you ever test how it does in water?

    Reply
  • Isa

    May 25, 2019

    I GOT IT!!! ITS BEAUTIFUL !!!

    Reply
  • Richard Schnatterly

    May 26, 2019

    The camera IS important, especially if you travel a lot, but for me it's the screen. I would say that the average consumer looks at their screen approximately 40 times a day, whereas they may only take 2-3 dozen photos a month. Of course that can vary greatly depending on the age/mindset of the user. Either way, I think that OnePlus has done an outstanding job here and they should get the award for the cell phone of the year. I currently use an iPhone, but when this sucker dies, I may have to seriously consider the OnePlus 7 Pro. Thanks for the superior review. You rock!

    Reply
  • GLTSA

    May 28, 2019

    Happy with OnePlus 5T.

    Reply
  • Setu Pandey

    May 29, 2019

    People say one plus is getting more expensive each year have them seen how much iPhones and Samsung increases price each year

    Reply
  • ApeZone Entertainment

    May 30, 2019

    Every year I wish for wireless charging. EVERY YEAR ONE PLUS DISAPPOINTS ME! I will NEVER buy a OnePlus until they get wireless charging. Er, the screen is nice though.

    Reply
  • Gaston

    May 30, 2019

    sony xperia 1 !!

    Reply
  • Amar Kadenic

    May 30, 2019

    Great phone but it made me keep my S10. Why?

    Because I could not use the edge-to-edge display when filming (in any mode), the screen was alyways crippled to 4:3 format. Why make such a great display when you can't utilize it fully? Or even worse, according to my opinion, you can't even VIEW your filmed content in fullscreen, edge-to-edge, mode!

    Anyone else irritated by this? Or has a solution?..

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  • Tek Minion

    June 1, 2019

    Looking at you hold the device, the device just looks long and not easy to hold in the hand.

    Reply
  • Tjay123 Shm

    June 1, 2019

    The screen is too big 🙁

    Reply
  • Gus Hay

    June 5, 2019

    Anyone have any idea how I could get the one plus 7 (not the pro) in new-zealand?

    Reply
  • Dimitri Lukashuk

    June 11, 2019

    Screen

    Reply
  • StonedNoob

    June 15, 2019

    IP ratings are useless, useless things like these is why phones are above 1000 usd

    Reply
  • Habs H

    June 15, 2019

    It costs 750€ here… s10 is 659€…. no chance

    Reply
  • bL33d77

    June 15, 2019

    Damn I want this phone

    Reply
  • 1985cactus

    June 16, 2019

    This isn't a phone, it's a tablet.

    Reply
  • Javier Treviño

    June 16, 2019

    Now I know I will get this instead of the iPhone XR… it's much more powerful and a better deal. I still love Mac computers but I like good deals.

    Reply
  • Brent van Durme

    June 17, 2019

    Oh, you forgot to mention that this phone has liquid-cooling. That's a BIG dealbreaker for me. You don't want your phone to be broken after 1 drop, even with a case.

    Reply
  • NIVEDITA MK

    June 17, 2019

    How to make selfies in OnePlus camera a better one….can u give me tips…I got OnePlus 7

    Reply
  • Johnny Aingel

    June 18, 2019

    What no headphone

    Reply
  • Pathum Tharindu

    June 19, 2019

    please i want a answer from anyone,,is this edge display is damege when phone will fall small gap.

    Reply
  • Lalit Sehgal

    July 6, 2019

    Compared to crappy s10 plus exynos…op7 pro hands down beat it in camera and battery…specially when samsung is not bothered to fix battery drain issue

    Reply
  • Raffaele Fossa

    July 8, 2019

    Dieter, you're amazing!!!

    Reply
  • Chip Dawg

    July 8, 2019

    Love your reviews

    Reply
  • Walter Maddox

    July 9, 2019

    I like it looking to get one. Size is not an issue

    Reply
  • Kaelys 玻心

    July 9, 2019

    It's too goddamn big for me

    Reply
  • anup rao

    July 12, 2019

    Everything is good but speaker is slightly averge

    Reply
  • William Winson

    July 12, 2019

    Watching this video on a OnePlus 7 Pro

    Reply
  • manideep bokka

    July 13, 2019

    Need Redmi K20 Pro review

    Reply
  • emailpr

    July 19, 2019

    How can you not talk about the much superior haptic feedback? Single most important reason why I prefer this phone over the Samsungs. The typing experience is incredible thanks to that haptic engine. I hear Pixels have a great haptic engine too.

    Reply
  • Ja Lee

    July 24, 2019

    Its not any larger than iPhone xs max

    Reply
  • Ja Lee

    July 24, 2019

    Ufs 3 storage is the first in any production phone. The fold was never released to the public remember

    Reply
  • Stefan Smuts

    July 25, 2019

    Great review!

    Reply
  • Mohd Helmy

    July 28, 2019

    Like everything about this phone

    Reply
  • QualityQontent

    July 30, 2019

    But can you text gifs tho?

    Reply
  • Bruce Yeh

    August 4, 2019

    Does it have NFC?

    Reply
  • Jay8stefan

    August 7, 2019

    Every case for OP7pro had a ear bump which accualy hurts. I don't know if you guys have the same problem but OP has it's top speaker so high that every case is uncomfortable to hold by the ear. I'm still looking for something which doesn't cover the beatiful blue color of OP7pro and something which doesn't have bump on the top of the phone – the best will be something like "mod-3" or "radius X cases" for iphone but noone maks such cases for OP:(

    Reply
  • Edwin Au Yeung

    August 8, 2019

    Gaming phones aren't "weird"…………

    Reply
  • Pikachu

    August 13, 2019

    Why in the world would you want to charge wirelessly when you have Warp charge… just why

    Reply
  • Utkarssh B

    September 2, 2019

    In India we have the K20 pro for $360
    So, you can save up even more

    Reply
  • Don Schroeder

    September 2, 2019

    thanks for your opinions on this versus the other competition. I would like to buy this but just saw the Axon 10 pro…

    Reply

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