Hurrah for OnePlus Pro’s arrival to our shores

Hurrah for OnePlus Pro’s arrival to our shores

As a tech reviewer, I’ve been very much aware of OnePlus for the last few years, but until recently, their phones have not been available to buy in Ireland. All I can say is fair play to Three Ireland for finally bringing the brand to Irish customers.

The Chinese company has been around since the end of 2013, and now their latest flagship the OnePlus 7 Pro is on sale exclusively from Three.ie for €699 on prepay or from €179 on bill pay.

The OnePlus 7 Pro sports the biggest screen I’ve seen on a smartphone to date and it’s also one of the best at 6.67-inches. In every way, this AMOLED display is gorgeous and is easily the best phone I’ve tested for media consumption and gaming. What makes the 7 Pro stand out from the current crop of amazing flagship phones is the massive 6.67-inch display that doesn’t have any notch and has tiny bezels. It manages this by using a front-facing pop-up selfie camera. The camera will pop-up when you choose it in the camera app and then close when you go out of the camera app or switch to the rear cameras.

There’s also an in-screen, optical fingerprint reader that’s one of the fastest and most reliable I’ve tested to unlock.

During my few weeks of testing, I often forgot about the pop-up camera, because I don’t often take selfies and I didn’t use the face unlock feature past the first week. When set up, the latter works incredibly fast by raising the phone to your face and pressing the power button. The camera pops-up and then down again once it has recognised your face within a second or two.

The screen is also one of the first I’ve tested that has a 90Hz display instead of the typical 60Hz found on almost every other phone on the market. This means that everything you do on the 7 Pro feels super fast and silky smooth. From scrolling through social media feeds to browsing, the extra 30Hz is noticeable.

A common misconception is that games will run better because of the faster refresh rate, but most optimised games on Android only reach 60fps. In fact, many games struggle to get 30fps. However, the OnePlus 7 Pro does have incredibly fast memory and the latest Snapdragon 855 chip on board and so it’s one of the best phones around for gamers. You also get the uninterrupted notch-less display and stereo sound.

The 7 Pro is also one of the best phones I’ve used for watching videos, be they on YouTube, Netflix or Prime Video. The support for HDR 10+, stunningly vivid colours and inky blacks make this screen the best in class and right up there with the best Samsung phones I’ve tested.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is no slouch when it comes to the camera department either. It sports three rear lenses including a wide-angle (48 MP, f/1.6), telephoto 3x (8 MP, f/2.4) and an ultra-wide (16 MP, f/2.2). The main camera has a 48mp sensor that is only available in pro mode, otherwise, you will get a 12mp image. During my time of testing, I found the camera app to be a little buggy at times. If I wanted to take a quick photo, I found it wouldn’t respond to me pressing the shutter on the first press. Image quality is excellent, but not quite as good as phones like the Google Pixel 3 or Huawei P30 Pro. However, it does offer a NightScape mode and I found the 3x lens to be an excellent option for macro shots - even better than the P30s dedicated super macro mode.

My review model came with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage but the base model is 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s worth mentioning that there’s no wireless charging, no waterproof IP rating, although OnePlus say it is waterproof and no 3.5mm headphone jack.

If these things are important to you then look elsewhere but for everyone else, this is an incredible phone with lots on offer at a price that’s a lot less than most other flagships.

OnePlus 7 Pro: Three Ireland has finally brought the brand to Irish customers, for €699 on prepay, or from €179 on bill pay.

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