There has been much talk of OnePlus releasing a 5G phone in the first half of 2019, and at MWC in February the company had a booth where the mystery device was hidden behind glass. It confirmed that the phone would run the Snapdragon 855 with the X50 modem, and it was apparent that the device also had a 21:9 display, but little else was given away.
The tidbit of information that most caught our attention was the company’s comment that there would also be a 4G version of the phone with only minor differences. Why? Because it means despite earlier rumours the upcoming 5G OnePlus could be the OnePlus 7 after all, or at least a version of it – in the same way that Galaxy S10 5G is a variant of the standard non-5G S10.
If this is true, one of those minor differences between the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 5G will almost certainly be the modem, with the standard model instead using the X24 which is not able to take advantage of the next-gen connectivity standard.
The processor itself is super-fast, with a 45% improvement in general processing power and 20% in graphics over the 845, and would put the upcoming OnePlus 7 on the same level as the Galaxy S10, LG G8 and Xperia 1, but at a much lower price. Launching in Q2, the standard OnePlus 7 is expected to hit a sub-£500 price point.
In the OnePlus 6T we saw 6GB RAM and 128GB storage as standard, but options with 8GB and even 10GB of RAM, plus 256GB storage, are available. In the OnePlus 7 we could see 8GB RAM become the standard, while the top-end could go further still to as much as 12GB RAM.
That storage is especially worthy of note because in the OnePlus 7 it’s tipped to be of the new and super-fast UFS 3.0 variety, according to Twitter leakster Ice Universe. Revealing early benchmarks of the handset, the phone he refers to simply as “the next OnePlus” delivers high sequential reads of 2279.8MB/s, sequential writes of 1801.1MB/s, random reads of 146.4Mb/s, 37240.3 IOPS and random writes of 137.5MB/s, 34962.27 IOPS. The current OnePlus 6T uses UFS 2.1 storage, and UFS 3.0 is more than 2x faster.
Pictured above is what could be our first look at the next OnePlus phone in the flesh (via Slashleaks). The handset on the left has ultra-slim bezels and no notch in sight, suggesting we could see a pop-up selfie camera – or something else…
Early concept images suggest the company will move away from the screen notch to which many of its fans are opposed, instead offering a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. This is also what’s expected for the Oppo R19, which will launch in March, and with some strong similarities between the two companies and a lot of overlap between previous launches we wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar design.
Below is an image of the R19 leaked via Weibo.
We’ll again see the 6.41in AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint sensor, though don’t expect the screen resolution to go any higher than Full-HD+ – doing so would impact price and battery life, and Quad-HD is not considered to be a necessity.
Cameras may also see an upgrade, with many smartphone makers moving to a triple-lens array at the rear. This was rumoured for the OnePlus 6T, though the phone released late last year actually features a 16Mp + 20Mp dual-lens model.
We were also hoping to see wireless charging introduced in the OnePlus 6T, and the company has previously implied to us that the inclusion of the glass rear cover would make this possible. Yet OnePlus has previously complained that wireless charging is not fast enough to be practical. With 27W tipped for the upcoming Galaxy S10 we certainly wouldn’t rule it out for the OnePlus 7.
Another long sought after feature for the OnePlus series is proper waterproofing – will OnePlus 7 be the phone that finally introduces the feature?
When is the OnePlus 7 coming out?
OnePlus typically launches two flagship phones per year, with the most recent OnePlus 6T announced in late October 2018 and on sale in early November.
Prior to this the OnePlus 6 was announced on 16 May 2018, following the announcement of the OnePlus 5 on 20 June 2017, so May/June 2019 is a likely timeframe for the OnePlus 7 to make its appearance.
Though earlier rumours suggested the upcoming 5G phone would not be the OnePlus 7, it now looks as though it could be a variant of that device. OnePlus has confirmed its 5G phone would launch before the end of May 2019, so expect to see both new models then.
How much will the OnePlus 7 cost?
Value is a key USP of OnePlus’ flagship smartphone line, and though we’ve come a long way from the £219 OnePlus One we don’t think OnePlus is ready to break the £500 barrier just yet.
The OnePlus 6T starts at £499, and we’ve seen nothing in the rumoured specs to suggest the OnePlus 7 will hike this price any further – at least not for the standard model. We would expect a 5G version to cost more, potentially up to £599.
In the UK it’s possible to buy the OnePlus 6T on contract, which means you don’t need to pay the full amount up front. For the OnePlus 7 this is also expected to be possible in the US, though the 5G version will not go on sale there, according to the company.
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