For the first time in its history, OnePlus has launched two versions of its flagship smartphone, following the current tradition of offering a pro model. Here we compare the regular OnePlus 7 with the Pro edition to help you choose which one to buy.
The OnePlus7 Pro is coming first at pop-up stores on 16 May (London on 17 May at John Lewis, Oxford Street) with the general release date set as 21 May.
The Almond colour of the Pro will arrive in June and so will the regular OnePlus 7. There will also be a OnePlus 7 Pro 5G but details for that model are yet to be announced.
Here’s how much the phones cost showing that the regular model still starts at just £499, then £549 for more memory and storage – it’s not coming out in the US though, where the 6T will remain on sale as a cheaper alternative.
The OnePlus 7 Pro will cost you £649/$669 and then only commands a £50/$30 jump to double the storage and add more RAM. This looks like the sweet spot for the Pro, with a further £100/$50 to upgrade to 12GB of RAM.
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Design & Build
This is not a case of the pro model getting better internals or just a better camera, there are various design differences between the two phones.
The OnePlus 7 is much closer to the 6T as the firm has kept that same design, featuring a screen with a notch. Meanwhile, the 7 Pro has the brand new screen which has no notch at all – it’s also a lot bigger.
There’s no notch because the 7 Pro has a mechanical pop-out camera instead. The larger size of the phone means that it’s around 20g heavier than the regular model.
OnePlus continues to go without a proper IP waterproof rating for the phones, although they are waterproof to some extent.
A key difference in the design is that the regular model will only be available in Mirror Gray, but the 7 Pro will also come in Almond and stunning Nebula Blue options. However, the Pro is limited to Gray at the most basic spec and Blue at the top-end.
Specs & Features
It’s perhaps unusual, but comparing the two OnePlus 7 phones brings up more differences than looking at the regular model against the older 6T.
As alluded to, the OnePlus 7 has the same display as its predecessor. So that’s a 6.41in Optic AMOLED display with a tear-drop style notch at the top for the front camera. It’s got a 2340 x 1080 resolution with a 402ppi pixel density.
Moving to the Pro gets you a huge 6.67in screen with slightly different tech called Fluid AMOLED. There’s a higher 3120 x 1440 resolution meaning 516ppi but perhaps more important is the 90Hz refresh rate and support for HDR10+.
There’s also no notch thanks to a pop-up camera. Both models have an in-screen fingerprint scanner which is faster than the 6T at 0.24 seconds instead of 0.4.
Although both models run on a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, they have different configurations for memory and storage.
The regular 7 comes with 6/128GB or 8/256GB but the Pro also comes with in 12GB of RAM, also with 256GB of capacity. Both models use UFS 3.0 flash drives, which should give faster speeds when opening apps or loading games than most previous devices.
Although both phones have the same main camera – a new 48Mp, OIS, IMX586 – the other cameras are different.
So the regular 7 has a secondary rear lens at 5Mp and then a 16Mp at the front. They’re both the same as found on the 6T.
However, the OnePlus 7 Pro gets an ultra-wide (117 degree) 16Mp camera and an 8Mp telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom. At the front is the same 16Mp camera, just in a different location.
A minor difference on the main camera is that the 7 Pro is at an f/1.6 aperture while the regular 7 is at f/1.7 – slightly less impressive but not much.
Battery and charging
The OnePlus 7 remains the same as the 6T on this front with a 3700mAh battery and 20W Fast Charging over USB-C.
Things go up a gear with the Pro thanks to a larger 4000mAh battery and whopping 30W charging which OnePlus is called Warp Charge.
There isn’t often software differences between phone models, but OnePlus holds back a new Fnatic mode for the 7 Pro. This gaming mode switches of notifications and prioritises data and performance for the game you’re playing.
You still get the new Zen mode either way, which shuts down all calls and notifications for 20 minutes with no way of switching it off. You can still make emergency calls and take photos, though.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is clearly the better and more exciting phone here, but it does command a higher price so £150 extra might be too much for some considering the firm has always appealed to those wanted a decent phone at a more affordable price.
Although the regular 7 is a relative bargain at £499, it’s not very different to the 6T so is only really worth looking at if you have a much older OnePlus.
If you can afford the Pro, bearing in mind that only the mid-level spec option comes in all three colours, you’ll benefit from the larger screen, additional cameras, larger battery and faster charging. It also has its own gaming mode and is available with a whopping 12GB of RAM.