Expected to arrive in May 2019, with sources pointing to 14 May as the probable launch date, OnePlus 7 will arrive in three variants: standard, Pro and Pro 5G.
Pete Lau promises a fast and smooth experience – most likely a nod to the OnePlus 7 Pro’s anticipated 90Hz display refresh rate – and a beautiful new product design.
We are we expecting new colour gradients, with Black Yellow, Black Purple and Cyan Grey options, and on the Pro model this will come along with a pop-up selfie camera, triple-lens rear camera and notch-free 6.5in AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint sensor.
Image: OnePlus 7 Pro concept, Tiger Mobiles
When is the OnePlus 7 release date?
With OnePlus 6 announced on 16 May 2018, and OnePlus 5 on 20 June 2017, OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are expected imminently. The company has pointed to a launch date before the end of May, and according to Twitter leakster Ishan Agarwal the global launch will take place on 14 May, with simultaneous events in London, New York and Bangalore.
How much will OnePlus 7 cost?
The standard OnePlus 7 will likely come in at a very similar price to the OnePlus 6T, which starts at £499.
However, the Pro and Pro 5G versions will cost more, potentially as high as £599 and £699.
Earlier this year online retailer Giztop ‘leaked’ key details including the price and specs. We’re almost certain it’s pure speculation, especially since the OnePlus 7 comes in more than £70 cheaper than the OnePlus 6T, listed on the site at £426.75/US$569/€500.72.
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.
Pictured above is what could be our first look at the OnePlus 7 Pro (left) and standard OnePlus 7 (right) in the flesh (via Slashleaks). It’s notable as the only image we have of OnePlus 7 that is not a render, though to be fair those renders are very often based on inside knowledge and typically turn out to be along the right lines.
Increasingly case makers are also becoming a great source of knowledge on what the final design will look like, which makes sense given that the phone maker has to let them in on the news before everyone else if accessories are to be ready for launch day. Those at the top of this article are provided by MobileFun, which is already stocking OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro cases on its site.
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
With three variants of the OnePlus 7 expected to arrive in May, naturally not all will have the same spec. Only the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will feature the X50 modem in tandem with the Snapdragon 855 that makes the faster mobile connectivity standard possible, while the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro will pair this latest-generation mobile processor with the X24 modem.
While the Pro models will combine that chip with as much as 10GB of RAM (some say it will go as high as 12GB), the standard will feature 6GB of memory.
At MWC we caught a glimpse of this 5G phone behind glass, but very little was given away. All we could glean was that it had a tall 21:9 display.
OnePlus 7 Pro
We expect that OnePlus 7 Pro will share the same specification as the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, but with the exception of 5G.
According to Android Central, that spec will include a Quad-HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a jump up from the 60Hz offered by the majority of smartphones. The resolution is also notable, given that no OnePlus phone has gone higher than Full-HD+ before.
It adds that the Pro model will also get a higher-capacity 4,000mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge, USB 3.1, stereo speakers, a triple-lens (potentially 48Mp + 20Mp + 5Mp) rear camera and a pop-up selfie camera (potentially 16Mp).
In the concept videos based on renders, shown above and below from @OnLeaks and @Pricebaba, both OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are shown to feature a volume rocker on the left side, a power button and alert slider on the right, and a speaker grille and USB-C port at the bottom. There’s no headphone jack in sight.
By all accounts it’s the Pro model we’ve been getting excited about, because the standard OnePlus 7 is not thought to feature the same design improvements as the Pro. So there’s no triple-lens rear camera, no pop-up selfie camera, and no notch-less 6.5in Quad-HD+ display.
Rather, the standard OnePlus 7 will have a 6.2in Full-HD+ display with waterdrop notch, and pair its Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB of RAM and a lower-capacity battery. With a dual-lens camera at the rear, which may or may not have been upgraded from the previous 16Mp + 20Mp model, it’s going to look a lot like OnePlus 6T – but it will be faster.
Indeed, the Snapdragon 855 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.
OnePlus 7 is also tipped to move from UFS 2.1 to UFS 3.0 storage, which is more than two times faster.
Although rumours on such features are thin on the ground, we were hoping OnePlus 7 would be the first in the series to feature proper waterproofing and wireless charging. The company has previously implied to us that the inclusion of the glass rear cover would make the latter possible, yet we know OnePlus considers wireless charging too slow to be practical. But now that others are offering up to 20W wireless charging, we wouldn’t rule it out for OnePlus at some point in the near future.
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