OnePlus 7 review

All eyes are currently on the OnePlus 7 Pro, but it's not the only device recently presented by the Chinese brand. Indeed, the latter is accompanied by another model a little more modest and accessible: the OnePlus 7. Here is his test.

Many people mistakenly thought that the OnePlus 7 Pro was the successor to the OnePlus 6T.

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In reality, this is not the case. This model is a little out of category and it initiates a whole new range within the manufacturer's catalog. A more premium range and also a little more expensive.

It is therefore the OnePlus 7 which is really a successor to the 6T, with a much more affordable price this time since it is negotiated between 559 and 609 € depending on the model chosen.

And indeed, some of you are probably wondering what it is worth compared to its competitors, but also compared to its big brother.

This test will precisely allow you to answer this question. As usual, he will focus on a lot of things, and in particular on the design of the product, its screen, its computing power, its autonomy or even its photo module.

However, we will not come back to its platform since it has already been discussed at length in my test of the OnePlus 7 Pro .

Design & Ergonomics

When the OnePlus 7 was presented, many saw it as a mere copy of the OnePlus 6T.

However, the truth is quite different. If overall the form factor does not change, we still feel the move upmarket. In reality, the device is very close to the pro model in terms of finishes.

Its case is of course made up of two glass plates, plates glued to each other by a metal frame with curved edges. The assembly is excellent and we do not feel absolutely any roughness under the fingers. OnePlus opted for a slightly curved back plate to provide the best possible grip and it works well. The phone conforms to the shape of the hand perfectly.

Regarding the color, OnePlus does not give the choice and the two versions of the OnePlus 7 are all offered in Mirror Gray, and therefore in glossy gray. The color is exactly the same as for the “pro” model and the manufacturer has therefore opted for a light, but deep gray.

On the other hand, if the color is nice, it also makes the phone very messy and the latter will therefore tend to attract fingerprints very quickly. Which will probably not be to the taste of the most manic among you.

The main difference between the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro is in the screen. Here, OnePlus has opted for the same formula as for the OnePlus 6T with a notch borderless screen. No curved slab in sight, or even a pop-up front camera. The offer is a little more traditional and this is also what also explains the price difference between the two terminals.

We will of course come back to the qualities of this screen a little later in the test.

The ergonomics are classic. The two volume controls are on the left, the power button is on the right. There is also the switch to switch from silent mode to vibrating mode to ringing mode. On the other hand, it is a little shorter than on the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Another notable difference, the card hatch is no longer located on the lower edge, but on the left edge.

The fingerprint reader is still placed under the slab, but its sensor is smaller than that of the Pro model and it will therefore be necessary to be more precise. It also seems quick and responsive, but I also didn't time the two devices.

Facial recognition is also available on the OnePlus 7. And there, however, it is much more effective than that of the “pro” model. The front camera is in fact directly integrated into the panel and it will therefore not be necessary to wait for it to come out of the upper edge. The identification will suddenly be almost instantaneous.

The other novelty of the OnePlus 7, at least compared to the OnePlus 6T, is the presence of a stereo sound system based on two speakers. The first is located in the space between the top of the slab and the upper edge and the second is placed on the lower edge. We will come back to the sound quality of the terminal a little later.

Otherwise, know that the OnePlus 7 is both lighter and more manageable than the OnePlus 7 Pro. This is obviously not surprising given the fact that it is a little more compact than the latter.

And if you are the type to use your phone while walking, running, swimming or even why not while flying, then this is probably a point to consider in helping you choose between the two devices.

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Screen, Processor & Autonomy

I said this earlier, but the screen is one of the big differences between the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro, so this model doesn't go as far as its big brother.

Here, we are content with a 6.41-inch panel, against around 6.7 inches for the pro model. Good point, however, we remain on Optic AMOLED. The definition falls to Full HD + for its part and we obviously lose in display frequency since the OnePlus 7 is satisfied with a 60 Hz panel.

This is indeed one of the big arguments put forward by OnePlus in its promo of the OnePlus 7 Pro.

This model has a screen offering a refresh rate of 90 Hz. It is therefore able to display more images per second and this naturally results in smoother animations, which is obviously very nice in video or for the gaming.

Now, the OnePlus 7's screen isn't to throw away either, even if it's a little less smooth as pudding eaters say.

In fact, OnePlus has opted for a very good panel. A panel offering the most respectable brightness and contrast. The colors are naturally a bit vivid, but it will still be possible to change the screen calibration on the fly and go with a profile a little more natural.

Nothing to say either on the responsiveness of the touch screen layer. She responds quickly.

On the performance side, OnePlus has not tried to reinvent the wheel. The OnePlus 7 therefore inherits the same technical sheet as its predecessor and we therefore have a Snapdragon 855 coupled with 6 or 8 GB of RAM depending on the version, with 128 or 256 GB in UFS 3.0 format.

And yes, UFS 3.0 is not only the prerogative of the pro version and this is obviously a good thing since this format offers increased read and write speeds, which will of course contribute to good general performance. of the device.

Because in this area, the OnePlus 7 has absolutely nothing to envy its big brother. It turns perfectly and nothing will resist it. Really nothing. Moreover, on this subject, know that the game mode is also present on the device. A mode that will automatically optimize the CPU, GPU and memory to let you get the most out of your phone.

The OnePlus 7 therefore runs smoothly and we can therefore hope to play with maximum detail in most games. This is particularly true for PUBG Mobile which will of course remain fluid in all circumstances. No lag will spoil your magnificent headshots.

You know, I don't particularly wear the benchs in my heart, but I still ran AnTuTu on the OnePlus 7 just to see what's in it. He scored 366800 points. Which is obviously more than respectable.

The time has come to address the issue of autonomy. Here, OnePlus has opted for a battery with a capacity of 3700 mAh. It is of course compatible with Fast Charge, but it does not offer wireless charging. This will not surprise anyone since no device from the brand offers it.

Unsurprisingly, the OnePlus 7 will have no trouble reaching the full day on a single charge, at least not in mixed use. If you play a lot, the battery life of your phone will indeed melt like snow in the sun. On the other hand, if you are careful and that you are cautious, you can reach the day and a half … or even the two days, taking care to deactivate all unnecessary services.

I also found it a little more enduring than the pro model if you want to know everything.

And we finish this part of the test with nPerf, which allowed me to assess the performance of the modem on board the phone.

An evaluation based on one of my Sosh lines, from the Paris region. The terminal reached 164 mbps in reception and 8 mbps in transmission, with a latency of 21 ms. For the scores, we are on 80% for the web and 95% for the video, with a total score of 109,500 points.

Just like the OnePlus 7 Pro, the device is doing with all the honors, and it even does better than most of its competitors.

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Photo, Video & Sound

The photo module is one of the two big differences between the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 7. On the first, OnePlus has opted for a module composed of three sensors and three optics, but this figure drops to two on the model of based.

The OnePlus 7 is indeed a little less ambitious on this ground and it thus embeds a 48 million pixel IMX586 sensor with an optics opening at f / 1.7 as the main sensor. The optics are accompanied by an OIS and an EIS, or a dual optical and digital stabilization system. To accompany it, there is a secondary camera of 5 million pixels with a dim optics opening at f / 2.4.

This second sensor will mainly be used to calculate the depth of field, but it will also help the terminal to offer a 2x zoom.

The offer is rather modest, therefore, especially when comparing this module to the one present on board the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Now, if the IMX586 is widely used in the market, especially at Xiaomi, Realme or Vivo, it is not for nothing. This sensor has indeed a very good reputation and it is also found on the OnePlus 7 Pro, hidden under the wide-angle.

But the sensor isn't everything. In photos, optics are also important. Here again, the OnePlus 7 does not offer the same as its big brother. We have a double optical and digital stabilization, but the aperture goes to f / 1.7, against f / 1.6 for the latter. The optics will therefore be a little less bright.

At least in theory. Indeed, if you look at the EXIF data of the photos taken with the OnePlus 7, then the latter do suggest an aperture at f / 1.6. I forwarded the info to OnePlus, without any reaction from them.

In the middle of the day and with a beautiful spring light, the OnePlus 7 is therefore capable of taking very beautiful photos. The sharpness, and therefore the feeling of sharpness, is very present and we also have the most correct colorimetry. Natural, even. The dynamics are not bad, but they are not very extensive. The terminal will in particular have difficulty recovering details in the shadows.

It's true that it's a shame, now most smartphones are on an equal footing. They are indeed dependent on the small size of their sensors and photosites.

Indoors, the dive drops a bit, but the OnePlus 7 will still be able to output beautiful images, with fairly natural colorimetry. The rise in sensitivity is fairly well controlled, but it is not perfect either and artefacts will tend to appear in the shadows.

The OnePlus 7 Pro was less prone to this problem for its part. To believe that the slight difference in opening plays a lot.

But the biggest change when going from a OnePlus 7 Pro to a OnePlus 7 is of course the flexibility. If the terminal does offer a 2x zoom, it is mostly digital and the quality will therefore leave something to be desired.

As for the ultra wide angle, it is simply absent from the terminal.

So is it disturbing? Personally, this focal has never interested me much. Not on smartphones anyway since they are very prone to deformation. So most of the time, I stick to the wide angle so I didn't feel at a disadvantage with the OnePlus 7.

While more and more of us are taking photos with our smartphones, a lot of us are also filming with them. So now is the time to talk about video.

On paper, the OnePlus 7 offers great things. It is indeed capable of filming in 4K at a rate of 30 or 60 images per second. Likewise for 1080p. As a bonus, we also have a slow motion mode capable of going up to 240 fps in Full HD, but it remains very perfectible.

So, if you want good results, it will be better to shoot in 4K at 60 frames per second and then slow down your movies in post production.

The fact remains that the OnePlus 7 is doing it with all the honors. Just like on the pro model, the image will therefore be very sharp with natural colorimetry and the most correct dynamics. The stabilization will not be bad, but it will still be perfectible and it will therefore be preferable to invest in a stabilizer if you plan to film with it a lot. Note, this is the case with most smartphones on the market.

If you had the opportunity to watch my OnePlus 7 Pro review, then you know that the bitrate of the videos filmed through it surprised me quite a bit. It did indeed reach 140 mpbs, which is just huge for a smartphone.

Well, it's the same for the OnePlus 7. There, I even found myself with rushes reaching 153 Mbps and it really blew me away.

We now have to talk about music, or rather sound. And once again, the results are very positive. The two speakers offer real immersion and we quickly find ourselves drawn into our videos or our music.

The sound is also well balanced, despite too little bass present. We feel good control in the treble elsewhere and it is rare enough to be reported.

Like the pro model, the OnePlus 7 does not have a headphone jack. It will therefore be necessary to fall back to wireless… or an adapter. Once again, with a good helmet behind, we can do some good to the ears.

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In conclusion

The end of this test is coming. Because yes, as I said a little above, I chose to deliberately put aside the software part since it was widely discussed in the test of the OnePlus 7 Pro.

So what can we say about the OnePlus 7. Well frankly I was very pleasantly surprised with this little phone. A phone that goes much further than the OnePlus 6T and which ultimately corrects most of its nasty little flaws.

Design level, we are good. The phone is pretty to look at and it is also very pleasant in the hand thanks to its small dimensions and its very light weight.

The screen is certainly not full borderless like that of the pro model, but it is doing well all the same and we remain in any case on a panel of excellent quality despite the drop in definition suffered.

Nothing to say but the technical part. The OnePlus 7 runs well and has a very good battery life. In contrast, wireless charging is still missing.

I was very worried that I would be disappointed with the phone's photo performance, but it's not. Not as long as we stay on the wide angle of course. The zoom is clearly there for decoration and I do not recommend its use.

As for the sound reproduction, it is really good and it will please all those who spend their time in the RER D from 11:15 pm with Jul.

In the end, this OnePlus 7 is a very good surprise. It is clearly not there to make up the figure and it is even a very good alternative to the OnePlus 7 Pro. So for me, that's a big yes.

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