OnePlus 7 quick review: Still the flagship killer

first_img Next OnePlus 7 quick review: Still the flagship killerThe OnePlus 7 is a more affordable iteration of the OnePlus 7 Pro, cutting corners where it may not matter to most users. Starting at Rs 32,999, it is a fine example of what OnePlus does best – make a superb “flagship killer”.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 09:57 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM while the top end variant with 8GB RAM costs Rs 37,999.There will only two colour variants available — Red and Mirror Grey.The OnePlus 7 is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset that powers the OnePlus 7 Pro.Back in April, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau talked to India Today Tech about the company’s future plans for the Indian market and the new OnePlus 7 series phones. At the time, Lau focused mostly on the OnePlus 7 Pro, explaining how they worked hard to offer a distinct flagship smartphone experience. At the same time, he also confirmed that there will be a regular OnePlus 7. When OnePlus finally unveiled the new phones on May 14, the OnePlus 7 came across as the refreshed OnePlus 6T with a new chipset and better cameras.At the launch many wondered whether this was an unwise decision, considering OnePlus had the opportunity to offer something newer for the budget-conscious smartphone buyers. But I don’t think that is the right way to go about it. For example, look at the price. For its starting price of Rs 32,999 for the base variant of the OnePlus 7, you not only get stellar core hardware but also generous 128GB storage. Yes, Oneplus 7 is a refreshed and revamped OnePlus 6T. But the OnePlus 6T is by no means a bad point to start from it was my top recommendation until the new OnePlus phones came out this year.OnePlus 6T? OnePlus 7? Errr, which is the new one?Did I say that the OnePlus 7 is essentially an upgraded OnePlus 6T? The OnePlus 7 doesn’t alter the comfortable design of the OnePlus 6T in any significant way. I showed the phone to a couple of people and almost all of them mistook it for the OnePlus 6T. Is that good or bad? That’s up to your personal preference. I loved the aesthetics of the OnePlus 6T, especially the curved rear panel that enhanced the ergonomics massively. And after living with the heavier OnePlus 7 Pro for a while, the OnePlus 7 feels compact and lighter, despite having a 6.4-inch display.advertisementKeen readers may notice slight changes that OnePlus has incorporated into the design of the OnePlus 6T. The major change on the OnePlus 7 is the protruded camera bump immediately suggesting a new camera system. The module is slimmer and echoes the aesthetics of the OnePlus 7 Pro. The flash now sits inside the module to emulate the triple camera systems. The new OnePlus branding also sits at the bottom. The Mirror Grey colour variant has a slight gradient effect but the Red variant (exclusive to India in the 8GB variant) looks ravishing even without any gradient. This colour is similar to Red variant of last year’s OnePlus 6. The front sports the familiar waterdrop-style notch display with a slightly noticeable chin. However, the earpiece is now bigger as the OnePlus 7 finally gets a dual speaker setup for pronounced stereo effects. The headphone jack is sadly not present and OnePlus is not offering the 3.5mm headphone jack dongle with the package anymore.A full-blown OnePlus experienceOver the years, OnePlus has built a reputation for offering a unique user experience that no other Android phone vendor has managed to achieve. And that’s down to the presence of flagship-grade internals and a highly polished user interface. The OnePlus 7 is not alien to this concept.Similar to its pricier kin, the OnePlus 7 gets the ultimate chipset that everyone’s been using in flagships — Snapdragon 855. This is enough on its own to offer a fast experience. However, OnePlus is offering the faster UFS 3.0 storage that aids faster read and write speeds. On the OnePlus 7 Pro, I found the UFS 3.0 storage making a mega difference to the overall user experience. Therefore, as I spend more time with the OnePlus, I expect nothing less.Oxygen OS is present in its latest avatar and while I haven’t spent enough time with the OnePlus 7, the overall experience feels snappy for now. At first glance, the interface looks very similar to the one on the OnePlus 7 Pro and that’s a very good thing. There’s something that immediately caught attention right from the moment I booted it up the screen. This phone, unlike the OnePlus 7 Pro, gets a smaller 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a conventional refresh rate of 60Hz. The display seems to be really good for its price make no mistakes here. But I am used to the 90Hz smoothness of the OnePlus 7 Pro and a 60Hz display now tires eyes. If you are dead-set on buying the OnePlus 7, I would suggest just don’t look at the OnePlus 7 Pro’s display.What puzzles me is the camera department. The OnePlus 6T already had a robust set of dual cameras meant to offer better low-light photography, which is my opinion worked really well. With the OnePlus 7, there’s the popular 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 camera acting as the primary unit while the second unit is simply a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The 48-megapixel camera impressed us fairly on the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus may be relying extensively on the Pixel Binning technology and smarter algorithms for improved low-light performance. I believe retaining the secondary 20-megapixel low-light sensor would still have been a better choice. Nonetheless, wait for our full review to see whether this new setup is good.advertisementLastly, the battery section has been completely left untouched. The same 3700mAh battery has been carried over from the OnePlus 6T and if the optimization is as good as the one on the OnePlus 6T, then I expect at least a day’s backup under heavy load. I wish OnePlus had gone for Warp Charge 30 with the OnePlus 7 but at Rs 32,999, I am willing to live with the 20W Fast Charge system.OnePlus 7 first impressions: Feels like a sensible flagship The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 ProThe OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, which is Rs 16,000 cheaper than the OnePlus7 Pro. If the 90Hz screen and camera performance don’t matter, this seems to be the sensible choice. The OnePlus 7 is even cheaper than its predecessor but does that mean it’s inferior? At first glance, absolutely not. The faster performance is immediately visible while the minor refinements here-and-there seem to make this an unbeatable proposition. We can’t deliver a verdict on this one until the full review but if you want to get this right now, don’t hesitate and go ahead. Just don’t look at the OnePlus 7 Pro before buying this.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro review: The OnePlus phone that is near perfectALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro gaming review: More than enough power with goodness of extra smooth 90Hz screenALSO READ | Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7: Different takes on affordable flagshipsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow OneplusFollow androidFollow smartphoneslast_img read more