The OnePlus 7 Series is now official
OnePlus' latest device unveiling, which has just taken place today (May 14, 2019), was largely a matter of confirming the numerous rumors about the phones in question. However, it was also the first of the OEM's launch events to take place simultaneously in 3 countries (the UK, the US and India).
This truly worldwide event finally introduced the latest hardware update from OnePlus as the 7 Pro. As expected, it is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC. It also has UFS 3.0 storage, as announced previously, as well as RAM Boost, a software feature that apparently enhances pre-loading of the user's most frequently-opened apps.
The new OnePlus phones also have the latest version of Oxygen OS (OOS): OOS 9.5. It includes a new take on Gaming Mode, developed in conjunction with the e-sports colossus Fnatic. OOS 9.5 also introduces Zen Mode, an apparently incentive-based app with the aim of helping the user reduce screen-time if they so wish.
OnePlus also claims that the 7 Pro has a liquid-cooling system to keep its internals running smoothly. It also has a 4000 mAh battery, chargeable with Warp Charge 30. This 30-watt system can apparently top up a 7 Pro by 48% in 20 minutes.
The 7 Pro will also offer stereo sound through speakers in the top and bottom edge of the phone. As it is equipped with Dolby Atmos, it seems this aspect of the 7 Pro may be capable of giving even Samsung a headache. In fact, the 7 Pro only lacks for IP certification (even though the OEM claims it has "everyday water resistance"), wireless charging and a headphone jack.
All this starts at US$649 for the 6GB/128GB base-model of the 7 Pro. The price rises to $699 for an 8GB/256GB SKU, and stops at $749 for a top-end version with 12GB/256GB. In the US, the 7 Pro will be offered exclusively through the carrier T-Mobile, which will start stocking the phone on May 17, 2019. The OnePlus 7 was also announced at this launch event, although the company could have been said to have been much less effusive about it.
However, it is apparent that this phone looks much like the OnePlus 6T of yesteryear. It even still has dual cameras: however, they have been upgraded to the same 48MP module found in the 7 Pro, along with a 5MP depth-sensing lens. It starts at the equivalent of US$499 for a 6GB/128GB SKU, or $549 for an 8GB/256GB variant.
These new OnePlus phones - in the projected Nebula Blue and Mirror Grey color options - will go on sale on May 21, 2019. The Almond shade is also real, but is apparently a limited edition and will go on sale at a later, as yet unspecified, date. The company has also arranged pop-up physical sales events in numerous European cities from May 16-18, 2019.