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OnePlus 7 Pro review: Bigger, brighter, better

By Marcus Wong - 1 Oct 2019
Launch SRP: S$1278

Performance, Battery life and Conclusion

Benchmark performance

To recap, the OnePlus 7 Pro boasts a flagship class processor in the form of the Qualcomm SnapDragon 855 processor and while it's not the speedier 855 Plus model used in the recently launched OnePlus 7T (which doesn't displace the OnePlus 7 Pro as the top model), the regular Snapdragon 855 is more than adequate considering how fast the OnePlus 7 Pro performed in our tests against several similarly specced competitors. 

RAM options go from from 6GB, 8GB and all the way up to 12GB, while storage options are either 128GB or 256GB. Our test unit of the OnePlus 7 Pro is the  top SKU, 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, which would certainly place it well against other flagship competitors.

Because most of the benchmarks have been updated since we last tested the 6T last year, we've only included the results for it where those scores are still valid. More importantly, how does it stack up to others in the market? We line up the best options to go head on with the top-end OnePlus 7 Pro model.

OnePlus 7 Pro specs compared
  OnePlus 7 Pro (12GB/256GB) OnePlus 6T (8GB/128GB) Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB) Huawei P30 Pro Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Samsung Galaxy Note10+ (256GB)
  OnePlus 7 Pro (12GB/256GB) OnePlus 6T (8GB/128GB) Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB) Huawei P30 Pro Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Samsung Galaxy Note10+ (256GB)
Operating system
  • Android 9.0 with Oxygen OS
  • Android 9.0 with Oxygen OS
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.1
  • ColorOS 6, based on Android 9 Pie
  • Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung One UI
Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core (4 x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4 x 1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Hisilicon Kirin 980 octa-core (2 x 2.6GHz Cortex-A76 & 2 x 1.92GHz Cortex-A76 & 4 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 485) with Adreno 640 GPU
  • Samsung Exynos 9825 octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2x2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4x1.9 GHz Cortex-A55)
Built-in Memory
  • 12GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
  • 12GB RAM
Display
  • 6.67-inch / 3120 x 1440 pixels (516ppi) / 19.5:9 ratio / Fluid AMOLED
  • 6.41-inch / 2,340 x 1,080 pixels (402ppi) / 19.5:9 ratio / Optic AMOLED
  • Always-on Display
  • 6.3-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (523 ppi) / flexible OLED Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.47-inches 2,340 x 1,080 pixels (398 ppi) OLED 19.5:9 ratio
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.6-inch / 2,340 x 1,080 pixels (387 ppi) / 19.5:9 ratio / AMOLED Display
  • 6.8-inch / 3,040 x 1,440 pixels (498 ppi) / 19:9 ratio / Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display
  • Always-On Display
Camera
  • Rear:48 MP, f/1.6, (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
  • 8 MP, f/2.4, 78mm (telephoto), 3x zoom, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
  • 16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
  • Front:Motorized pop-up 16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide), 1/3.0", 1.0µm
  • Rear: Dual: 16-megapixel (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.6", 1.22µm, OIS) + 20-megapixel (f/1.7, 1/2.8", 1.0µm),
  • Front: 16-megapixel (f/2.0, 25mm, 1/3", 1.0µm)
  • Rear: 12.2-megapixel, f/1.8, OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.8; 8-megapixel wide-angle, f/2.2
  • Rear: Quad: 40-megapixel f/1.6 wide with SuperSpectrum sensor, 20-megapixel f/2.2 ultra wide, 8-megapixel f/3.4 telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom and 10x Hybrid zoom, and Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D lens
  • Front: 32-megapixel, f/2.0
  • Rear: 48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, Periscope 13 MP, f/3.0, 160mm (telephoto), 5x optical zoom, 8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide)
  • Front: 16-megapixel, f/2.0
  • Rear: 12-megapixel f/1.5-2.4, 26mm wide + 12-megapixel f/2.1, 52mm telephoto, 2x optical zoom + 16-megapixel, f/2.2, 12mm ultrawide, TOF 3D VGA camera
  • Front: 10-megapixel, f/2.2, 26mm (wide),Dual Pixel PDAF
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot ,Bluetooth v5, NFC, 4G LTE Cat 18 (up to 1.2Gbps)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth v5, NFC, 4G LTE Cat 16 (up to 1024Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 15 (up to 800Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G+ LTE-A (3CA) Cat 21 (up to 1400Mbps), dual-band, hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth v5, A2DP, LE, GPS, GLONASS, USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac , dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX HD, dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
Storage Type
  • 256GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 256GB internal storage
  • Huawei Nano Memory expansion (up to 256GB)
  • 256GB internal storage;
  • 256GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion (up to 1TB)
Battery
  • 4,000mAh
  • Warp Charge 30 Fast Charging
  • 3,700mAh
  • Dash Charge
  • 3,430mAh
  • Fast Charging
  • 4,200mAh
  • 40W Huawei SuperCharge
  • 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge (Qi wireless charging)
  • Reverse wireless charging
  • 4,065mAh
  • VOOC Flash Charge
  • 4,300mAh
  • Samsung Super Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
Dimensions
  • 162.6×75.9×8.8mm
  • 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm
  • 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
  • 158 x 73.4 x 8.4 mm
  • 162.0 x 77.2 x 9.3 mm
  • 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm
Weight
  • 206g
  • 185g
  • 184g
  • 192g
  • 215g
  • 196g

JetStream 2

JetStream 2 measures the browsing performance of a device when processing JavaScript. It not only takes into consideration the underlying hardware performance, but rewards browsers that start quickly, execute code well, and run smoothly. It runs a total of 64 sub-tests for multiple iterations, with each benchmark weighed equally, taking the geometric mean to compute the overall score.

This is a somewhat new benchmark for us, so we’re still building up our database of scores. As you can see here though, the OnePlus 7 Pro absolutely bests the competition with a score of 66.441. That's some 20 points ahead of the nearest competition (the Galaxy Note10), and much higher than the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, even though they both use the same Snapdragon 855 processor. 

 

Antutu

AnTuTu is an all-in-one benchmark that tests CPU, GPU, memory, and storage. The CPU benchmark evaluates both integer and floating-point performance, the GPU tests assess 2D and 3D performance, the memory test measures available memory bandwidth and latency, and the storage tests gauge the read and write speeds of a device's flash memory. 

The 7 Pro scores well on this benchmark thanks to its newer Snapdragon 855 processor, coming in with a score of 371,087 compared to the P30 Pro’s score of 287,994. It seems the only other phone that comes close is Oppo's Reno 10X Zoom at 366,214, which also uses the Snapdragon 855 processor. 

 

Geekbench CPU

Geekbench CPU is a cross-platform processor benchmark that tests both single-core and multi-core performance with workloads that simulate real-world usage. Geekbench 4 scores are calibrated against a baseline score of 4000 (which is the score of an Intel Core i7-6600U CPU processor).

Snapdragon 855 seems to have improved its performance under Geekbench immensely, as the 7 Pro and the Reno 10x Zoom outperform the Huawei and Samsung offerings with a score of 11,221 for multi-core performance and 3,499 for single-core.

 

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme

3DMark Sling Shot is an advanced 3D graphics benchmark that tests the full range of OpenGL ES 3.1 and ES 3.0 API features including multiple render targets, instanced rendering, uniform buffers and transform feedback. The test also includes impressive volumetric lighting and post-processing effects.

On this, the 7 Pro leads the pack again, with a score of 6,039. It's about 500 points higher than the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom despite having the same Adreno 640 GPU, perhaps reflecting the difference in RAM. It does seem the Snapdragon 855 is continuing to lead the pack at this point, as even Samsung's Exynos 9825 has yet to best it.

 

Battery life

Our standard battery test for mobile phones has the following parameters:
•    Looping a 720p video with screen brightness and volume at 100%
•    Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity turned on
•    Constant data streaming through email and Twitter

Rated at 4,000mAh, the 7 Pro has the largest battery from OnePlus as yet, and this definitely contributed to it lasting 13 hours and 49 minutes in our video looping test. This beats the Google Pixel 3 XL, but falls below the Huawei P30 Pro. Wireless charging still eludes OnePlus phones, but the speed of Warp Charge 30 makes up for it somewhat. This wired fast charge feature gets the 7 Pro up to about 65% after just 30 minutes of charge and back to 100% in just over an hour (64 minutes). 

 

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an alternative Android flagship phone that has the performance to match the competition and even exceed it, the OnePlus 7 Pro is certainly worth a look for those looking for a speedy sidekick.

At a list price of S$1,399 on Lazada, you get the top of the line model with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage that performs on-par if not better than other recently released flagship smartphones. For a good balance of RAM and storage to boot, the S$1,299 model nets you 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Lastly, for those looking to nab the most affordable OnePlus 7 Pro SKU, that would be the S$1,199 model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.  All versions come with 1 year local warranty when purchased through their official LazMall store or other authorized outlets.

As good as the phone is, at these prices, it's no longer a 'budget flagship' device, but you're getting a real flagship product with good design. It may not compete well on value or differentiating features, but what you will get is a no-nonsense product that will appeal to many enthusiasts. Thankfully, actual retail prices are much less than the list prices and you can get the OnePlus 7 Pro from just under S$1,000.

In summary, that's a speedy smartphone with a gorgeous full-screen 6.67-inch display running OnePlus’ latest operating system, that also has punchy audio that's great for videos and games. Camera performance isn’t the best we’ve seen, but it’s certainly good enough for most people. And you'll get great good battery life with fast charging to keep you going through the day.

8.5
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 9
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Gorgeous full-body screen
Good sound from the speakers
Great battery life with fast charging
LDAC support included
UFS 3.0 storage for faster performance
Class-leading benchmark scores
The Bad
Low light shots don't have the dynamic range of the competition
Still no wireless charging
No IP rating
No earpiece or converter included
No expandable storage
Not as affordable as past phones