September 29, 2023

Prime Options

– Energy-packed efficiency

– Immersive 90Hz AMOLED display screen
– Lengthy lasting battery life

Every so often we see flagships which can be aggressive, inexpensive but beefed-up. They’re highly effective sufficient to get your consideration. We’re speaking about OnePlus 7 Professional, a smartphone that’s typically known as upon with ‘flagship’ in a single breath. The smartphone, which has simply been launched by the corporate, as soon as once more appears to have zoomed-past rivals like Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Google Pixel 3 XL and even the Huawei P30 Professional in terms of worth and specs. It reclaims the ‘flagship killer’ banner however now bears the next price ticket of Rs 48,999 (base worth) going as much as Rs 57,999. And what you get for that a lot? Not only a highly effective smartphone however the ‘premium-ness’ that was a very long time coming.

In what has been a brief but momentous journey, OnePlus has certainly come a great distance. Until now it was following a tried and examined path — launch two telephones yearly with tweaks right here and there — however for the primary time the corporate has modified its technique. It has launched not one however two smartphones — OnePlus 7 Professional and OnePlus 7 — on the identical time to provide a number of choices. OnePlus appears to have taken a leaf out of Apple, Samsung and Google’s ebook to have an ‘inexpensive’ premium machine.

What makes this much more fascinating in OnePlus’ case is that the entire premise on which OnePlus has been constructed is ‘providing flagship expertise at not-so-flagship costs’. The OnePlus 7 Professional is a brand new territory for OnePlus as it’s the costliest cellphone ever launched by the corporate. Will that be an albatross round OnePlus’ neck or has the corporate delivered a cellphone that won’t solely strengthen its place available in the market and fear competitors? We used the OnePlus 7 Professional for some time to seek out out the solutions to all these questions and extra. Right here’s our overview:


As delicate because it appears to be like, OnePlus 7 Professional is certainly a heavy smartphone when you decide it up. We did discover it heavier than Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones. That will primarily be due to the bigger battery, use of denser metallic building and even a separate retractable digital camera module. Nonetheless, the machine feels balanced and it certainly is straightforward to make use of. It’s undoubtedly sleeker than earlier than and taller as nicely with a 6.7-inch display screen dimension. The ‘premium’ really feel comes largely due to the all-glass entrance with curved sides and 0 distractions within the type of notches or punch holes.

We had the Nebula Blue color variant, which can also be probably the most marketed variant by the corporate this 12 months. It’s not your typical gradient Blue take a look at the again however a mixture of two shades that change primarily based on the sunshine reflection. It’s not as flashy as it might sound and appears good primarily due to the multi-layered glass again design which isn’t shiny however extra of a frosted glass look, which was launched with OnePlus 6’s Silk White color variant. The fabric additionally does a superb job in hiding the fingerprints and smudges.

That mentioned, we discovered the facility button, quantity buttons and the alert slider barely in direction of the higher aspect, for which we regularly discovered ourselves shifting the smartphone to entry them. However that’s the one single nagging level right here. The vertical digital camera setup on the centre, stereo speaker placement and the whole lot else had been simply wonderful.

OnePlus 7 Professional additionally is available in Mirror Grey and Almond colors. Whereas the Mirror Grey will not be as darkish because the Midnight Black color variant seen in older OnePlus telephones, it absolutely appears to be like extra stealthy. Nonetheless, it has a shiny again which makes it a fingerprint magnet. Many might discover the Almond color model higher because it appears to be like much like Silk White however with a extra beige color tone. It additionally does an excellent job in hiding smudges and fingerprints. It doesn’t use the frosted glass look however nonetheless manages to look elegant. The perimeters nonetheless are in Gold, which deliver the premium-spin to the machine.


If there’s one factor that OnePlus has proclaimed is a large enchancment during the last 12 months’s flagship OnePlus 6, it’s the close to bezel-less display screen. And by saying close to bezel-less we imply critically thinner bezels than what’s current in Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, one thing which by default makes the 7 Professional’s display screen impressively immersive. The corporate has already adopted OLED screens with older smartphones and the 7 Professional simply creates a brand new benchmark with a QHD+ Fluid AMOLED show that has HDR assist, all clubbed with 90Hz refresh charge. Sure, we have now seen 90Hz AMOLED display screen previously with Asus ROG Cellphone however this one has an class of it’s personal with near-zero prime and backside bezels with curved sides, making the viewing expertise nothing lower than ‘eye-popping’.

As an everyday person or a gamer, the display screen gained’t disappoint you at any time of the day. It’s wider than the panels utilized in Huawei Mate 20 and is simply the display screen with none distractions within the type of punch holes or a notch. The place it does disappoint is in terms of the Blue-ish color tint on the left and proper edges, one thing Samsung has perfected through the years and has just about nailed it. We observed it whereas trying on the display screen from an angle.

It’s comprehensible that for the worth and the ‘premium’ label of the handset, one would anticipate the most effective of the most effective however sadly the color tint someplace pulls down your entire viewing expertise to some extent. It’s undoubtedly not a deciding issue however is one thing that would’ve been labored upon. Nonetheless, you win some and also you lose some on the finish of the day.

That mentioned, the 90Hz refresh charge is a serious win for OnePlus and actually makes your entire UI look smoother. Many in all probability gained’t discover it as elevated refresh charges are extra noticeable on bigger screens similar to tablets or TVs. However nonetheless, this appears to be like good. From scrolling down the notification panel to pulling up the app drawer and looking the Settings app, the whole lot appears to be like ‘fluid’. You do get the choice to change again to 60Hz, which is a ‘regular’ in smartphones. And since you could have HDR10+ assist now, streaming HDR content material appears to be like manner higher. The cherry on prime comes within the type of excessive 516ppi that provides sharper visible expertise and a brilliant display screen, however not sufficient to compete with the Galaxy S10, as we discovered it’s display screen a bit higher.

Like each different smartphone lately, OnePlus 7 Professional additionally has a Blue Gentle filter within the type of Evening Mode. And with Evening Mode 2.0, the display screen now has the power to go dimmer than earlier than. OnePlus claims the display screen can go dim as much as 0.27 nits, which we undoubtedly discovered extra comfy to make use of in low gentle conditions. Part of credit score additionally goes to the AMOLED display screen.


Over time OnePlus has made such an impression of its smartphones that one is sure to anticipate the highest of the road processors. Holding the custom, OnePlus 7 Professional harnesses the facility from Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. This additionally makes the machine first within the nation with this processor. Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones additionally include the identical processor however not in India. The processor is clubbed with Adreno 640 and as much as 12GB RAM, the variants which we acquired. It’s also possible to get it in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants, which ought to be equally highly effective. Evidently, enjoying video games, engaged on a number of apps, streaming movies and music, the expertise iOS as clean because it will get. The large query, nonetheless, to ask is that if the smartphone actually takes benefit of 12GB and even 8GB RAM capability or simply shows-off with no actual use.

There’s no heating situation as such and the apps are fast sufficient to open or shut. We didn’t discover any sort of hiccups whereas unlocking the smartphone as nicely, one thing the place many find yourself delaying by a number of seconds. It’s undoubtedly constant. The interface is snappy and the sleek animations simply add to the general expertise.

Speaking concerning the interface, OnePlus has given particular consideration to its OxygenOS 9.5 this time. The OS primarily based on Android 9 Pie not solely boasts of enhancements but in addition some new options which can be notably good. For starters, you lastly get the screenshot editor, which is a nifty but lengthy overdue addition. It doesn’t have many options however no matter is there, it is helpful and precisely what most customers would want to rapidly edit them and share.

One other characteristic launched this time is the Zen Mode, which is OnePlus’ goal to allow you to obtain your work-life steadiness. You gained’t discover it within the Settings app although however it’s potential to activate it from the notification drop down. Take it as a sort of a problem. If you activate Zen Mode, the smartphone mutes cellphone calls, notifications and locks all of the apps apart from the digital camera, for 20 minutes. You may nonetheless obtain cellphone calls and make emergency calls although. It’s simply OnePlus giving the customers an choice to not keep glued to your smartphone.

This comes along with some Digital Wellbeing options together with Wind Down and Grayscale characteristic in Wind Down. For these unaware, Wind Down goals to maintain you chop off out of your smartphone whereas sleeping. It’s nothing new on the planet of smartphones however is certainly a price addition in OnePlus smartphones, offered how addictive these highly effective gadgets can turn out to be.

As for players, they get an improved Gaming Mode this time that takes care of graphics on gentle and darkish colors in a recreation and delivers higher haptic suggestions, one thing we did discover spectacular and higher than a lot of the Android smartphones. A serious credit score for improved haptic suggestions goes to the brand new vibration motor contained in the OnePlus 7 Professional. As confirmed by the CEO Pete Lau, there’s an ‘business main’ X-axis motor that we discovered rather well balanced in ringtones and alerts apart from gaming. Activating the mode additionally provides you the choice to expertise the Fnatic mode as nicely. This mode not simply blocks all notifications and calls but in addition restricts background to spice up the sport and cease secondary SIM to reinforce the community. Gaming mode is barely much less strict and reveals name notifications, select how the notifications ought to be proven on display screen, enhances the the show and extra.

Another addition which will go unnoticed by customers are 10-layer liquid cooling system. This, along with ample RAM, UFS 3.0 storage and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, didn’t heat-up the smartphone even for as soon as. There’s additionally a 10-layer liquid cooling inside so even enjoying graphic-intensive video games for hours shouldn’t be one thing to fret about. In order that’s a thumbs up proper there.

Whereas the bezel-less QHD+ 6.7-inch display screen with HDR10 assist is sufficient to make content material immersive, OnePlus has gone forward and included stereo audio system for the primary time within the smartphone. And sure they’re two completely different audio system as a substitute of only one foremost speaker and the secondary resonating speaker. Add, 4000mAh battery on prime of this and you will have a winner.

Digital camera

With OnePlus 7 Professional, the corporate has lastly joined two new bandwagons – triple rear cameras and a front-facing pop-up digital camera. The centre digital camera placement design is retained from the OnePlus 6 and 6T besides that there’s a 3rd lens within the combine. The digital camera sensors have been upgraded this time together with the specs and the general high quality. You get a 48MP Sony IMX586 main digital camera with 1.6 um pixel dimension, 7P lens glass, OIS, EIS and f/1.6 aperture. This comes with an 8MP telephoto digital camera (3XL optical zoom) with 1um pixel dimension, OIS and f/2.4 aperture and a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and 117-degree FoV.

Earlier than we discuss concerning the digital camera efficiency of OnePlus 7 Professional, it isn’t troublesome to decipher that OnePlus smartphones are usually not notably recognized for his or her cameras. Nonetheless, with OnePlus 7 Professional, the corporate has tried its greatest to deliver a beefed-up and over-capable cameras that do ship higher pictures than what the predecessor delivered however are nonetheless strides behind once we in contrast it with Samsung Galaxy S10 or Google Pixel 3 cameras.

If you discuss concerning the total picture high quality, the OnePlus 7 Professional is an efficient proposition nevertheless it’s solely the specifics that make you assume twice. The daylight pictures had been actually good to have a look at with brilliant colors and balanced brightness/distinction combine. Nonetheless, we did discover the first digital camera providing sharp and crisp pictures as in comparison with the pictures shot utilizing ultra-wide and telephoto lenses. At instances we observed OnePlus 7 Professional’s main digital camera blowing up the highlights with a view to gentle up the shadows within the auto mode whereas retaining each balanced in some instances. The colors are, nonetheless, retained so the general picture doesn’t look as unhealthy because it sounds.

The portrait pictures have undoubtedly improved and ought to be adequate for most individuals. Nonetheless, it’s but to meet up with the likes of Pixel 3 and even the 3a collection which you get for a lesser worth.

As for the 16MP extremely vast pictures, we observed the smartphone typically providing a cooler color tone for daylight pictures. This isn’t unhealthy per se however barely steers away from the ‘pure’ shot. The standard can also be pushed down whenever you zoom into the picture however nonetheless, higher than others. Nonetheless, the decrease the ambient gentle will get, the smoother the general picture turns into. That’s in all probability to cover the noise however you do lose the sharpness. This additionally applies for the first digital camera. Nonetheless, together with a wide-angle digital camera is one thing that we don’t see in lots of smartphones lately and it is good to see OnePlus lastly that includes it.

The telephoto lens with 3X optical zoom works impressively nicely in daylight. Barely transferring objects can be captured with sufficient sharpness which you could publish with out enhancing a lot. Like we mentioned above, the ensuing photos are usually not as sharp as what you get from the 48MP main digital camera nevertheless it manages to seize colors nicely with out making it seem pretend. We did discover the digital camera struggling in reproducing the Blues at instances like what you see in actual life however that’s only a minor situation and most certainly be mounted with a easy software program improve.

Low gentle capabilities of the OnePlus 7 Professional have been improved drastically, because of Nightscape and the improved {hardware} with a bigger pixel dimension. The pictures captured within the Nightscape mode are sharp and higher than most others we’ve seen within the sub Rs-50000 worth bracket. The shadows, highlights and the colors are intact for probably the most half however don’t anticipate the night time sky to go all black like what you get with Huawei P30 Professional. It’s nonetheless grey however the total picture is basically good to have a look at. Nightscape does take a second to start out processing the picture after you click on the shutter, however that shouldn’t be some extent of fear right here.

The video recording part will not be the most effective that we have now seen off currently however can also be not unhealthy in any respect. When you actually need a good video-recording smartphone, you’ll be able to go for LG G collection or in all probability the Pixel due to its video ‘stabilisation’ characteristic. The gradual movement movies are good to have a look at however one could make out the distinction within the high quality, which is considerably the identical state of affairs with most upper-mid vary smartphones. OnePlus 7 Professional has the power to shoot 4K movies in 60fps, taking place to 720p video recording at 480fps. There’s a Time-lapse characteristic as nicely alongside a video editor.

One of many highlights of the smartphone, the pop-up selfie digital camera, takes crisp photos in daylight and synthetic gentle circumstances. In low gentle, the sensor unsurprisingly tends to make photos delicate. The portrait mode does work in low gentle selfies however be prepared for a clean face and a lighter pores and skin tone. The 16MP Sony IMX471 is a step up from 16MP Sony IMX371 utilized in OnePlus 6T and it reveals. The shutter is quick and so is the main focus. We want Nightscape labored in front-facing digital camera.


OnePlus smartphones had been already a champion within the battery division and OnePlus 7 Professional simply carries ahead the torch. The 4000mAh battery is among the longest operating ones (in a single cost) we’ve seen in an Android smartphone. We used the machine as our main driver, making it carry out duties like checking a number of electronic mail accounts, looking social media for hours, enjoying video games continuous for 3-4 hours in a stretch, streaming audio, movies, all whereas retaining auto brightness activated and the show on 90Hz refresh charge. All of this gave us a powerful 14+ hours price of juice on a median. The display screen on time efficiency was constant at 6 hours and above, which is sweet given the highly effective specs and show options. The principle counteracting factor right here is the display screen and lowering the animation to 60Hz might provide you with barely extra battery life. We didn’t really feel the necessity to mess around with the refresh charge choices as the general efficiency was good.

This time you get Warp Cost 30 fst charging tech, which makes use of 5V/6A or 30 Watts charging velocity to go from 0% to 47% in round half-hour of cost, which is among the quickest round. And that’s with out producing warmth.

What’s unlucky right here is there though OnePlus goals to deliver its ‘greatest’ smartphone to the market and is aiming at those that need a no compromise machine, it nonetheless doesn’t present wi-fi charging with OnePlus 7 Professional. Positive, no wi-fi charging tech is as quick as Warp Cost however for somebody who’s paying Rs 50,000 on a smartphone, it’s pure to anticipate all the main options in a a tool. Looks like OnePlus nonetheless doesn’t take into account it as a ‘flagship’ characteristic. It accessible in Galaxy S10 smartphones, Huawei P30 collection and even the iPhones now.

Nonetheless, we discovered the general battery efficiency good with the Recreation Mode and Fnatic Mode including to the efficiency optimisation and making the machine extra environment friendly than earlier than. You additionally get the standard battery saving modes within the Settings web page that minimize down on background processing and animations.


With top-end smartphone processor onboard, spectacular show, ample RAM and storage choices, beefed-up digital camera setup and and environment friendly battery, OnePlus is unquestionably among the many greatest premium smartphones proper now. Nonetheless, there nonetheless are some misses within the type of wi-fi charging and the general digital camera efficiency. Although wi-fi charging should not an enormous situation for a lot of, cameras are. Like we mentioned above, the OnePlus smartphones are usually not actually recognized for cameras and that stays true even with the OnePlus 7 Professional. So, when you’ve got sufficient to spend, by all means this can be a worthy handset as you’ll usually must shell out extra to get all these options in a single smartphone. Nonetheless, if you wish to make higher use of the cash, we might nonetheless advocate you to save lots of your cash for OnePlus 7, which can be popping out in June.

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The smartphone has the identical processor, identical main rear digital camera, 6GB and 8GB RAM choices and UFS 3.0 storage. The variations are within the show, variety of rear cameras and battery capability (300mAh much less). OnePlus 7 begins at Rs 32,999, which is Rs 16,000 lower than OnePlus 7 Professional’s beginning worth of Rs 48,999. If you’re on the lookout for a camera-centric smartphone at that worth, you in all probability have the Pixel 3 as an choice. However in fact, if you’d like probably the most highly effective machine that manages to steadiness a lot of the specs and remains to be priced decrease than most different flagships, then OnePlus 7 Professional is the cellphone to go for. However for now, OnePlus 7 Professional appears to be like like a no-compromise smartphone. Nicely, nearly.


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