OnePlus is set to reveal its latest flagship smartphone, OnePlus 7 on May 14. The launch event is being held in 3 cities (New York, London, Mumbai), in three different continents, simultaneously.
Introduction of Pro Lineup
However, this year OnePlus is going to take a different route. The company has decided to release an additional ‘OnePlus 7 Pro’ model alongside the standard variant.
The OnePlus 7 Duo: An uncharted territory for OnePlus
OnePlus’ decision to release a ‘Pro’ version isn’t surprising. The company has built a huge fan base across the globe eagerly looking forward to their smartphones every six months. However, it also has been slowly but steadily raising the prices of each iteration (OP5T – $499 | OP6 – $529 | OP6T – $549). OnePlus’ recent flagships have come close to breaking their popular “affordability” quotient.
OnePlus 7 Pro Design
With the launch of a ‘Pro’ variant, the company has to ensure it’s worth every additional penny. The very success of this higher-end variant will depend on the perception of the device amongst the top-tier flagships in the market.
OnePlus is planning to use a custom made AMOLED panel with a full-screen notch-less design. The OnePlus 7 Pro is said to use a pop-up mechanism to house its front camera, keeping its front super clean.
The back of the OP7 Pro is going to be refined as well. The company is opting for a symmetric theme, that goes well with most users. So, the triple camera set up at the back will be vertically arranged at the center followed by its flash and the OnePlus logo.
The power button and alert slider will be on the right, while the volume buttons should lie on the left.
Further, there should be three colors available at launch — gradient Nebula Blue, Almond, and a Mirror Grey.
The standard OnePlus 7 model will not see much changes as compared to its predecessor. You’ll get a waterdrop notch and a dual-camera setup at the back.
OnePlus 7 Pro Display
OnePlus’ displays have been good but nothing extraordinary. When top-tier flagship models featured Quad HD+ displays, OnePlus had to stick to FHD+ panels on its flagship models to keep the pricing affordable.
With the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company can actually afford to take the display game a step higher. In this regard, OnePlus has already confirmed that the OP7 Pro will feature a ‘breakthrough’ display. In fact, CEO Pete Lau went on to say the phone features:
‘a whole new display which has to be seen to be believed’
OnePlus CEO, in an interview with the Verge, revealed that the company has spent nearly three times as much as its previous displays in order to bring something that “redefine fast and smooth”. Official specs are not yet available, but earlier leaks have revealed a 6.64-inch Quad HD+ custom-made AMOLED curved panel for the Pro version. Yes, it would be a curved panel, as hinted by the recent tempered glass panels for the device.
Recent OnePlus teasers were all about “smooth” and this could be a way to hint its 90Hz refresh rate. Such a high refresh rate would make images and animations extremely smooth and snappy on its large screen.
OnePlus 7 Pro Camera
Recent OP7 Pro camera leaks have converged to this: a triple camera setup with a 48MP f/1.6 primary lens with OIS, an 8MP f/2.2 telephone lens with OIS and a 16MP f/2.2 Ultrawide lens with PDAF. In line with recent smartphones, the phone will feature a 3X optical zoom. We have already seen a few samples of its zoom capabilities, you can check it out here.
There should be a 16MP camera up front. As mentioned above, it should be housed in a pop-up design. A recent newspaper ad by the company further confirms this notch-less all display design.
The new model will retain the simple camera UI seen in the current models. While there should be a significant increase in the quality of the samples, there should be significant upgrades in elements such as HDR, portrait mode, and night mode.
It’s worth adding that the 12GB RAM OnePlus 7 Pro passed through Geekbench a few days back with a spectacular score of 11012 in its multi-core test, beating even the Galaxy S10+.
Here’s what OP7 Pro is expected to cost in the EU based on recent rumors.
The EU prices should fluctuate by around €10 in different markets.
As for the US prices, it’s likely going to be the same figures for all variants with € replaced with $.
While in India, the pricing should be as follows (as revealed by Ishan):
6GB+128GB: Rs. 49,999
8GB+256GB: Rs. 52,999
12GB+256GB: Rs. 57,999