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Testing the OnePlus 7 Pro: when front cameras move

OnePlus is treading new ground. On top of selling for below market prices, the company is also planning on beating out their competitors technologically. And thhe OnePlus 7 is turning heads with its display and camera.

With a triple camera on the back and a selfie camera on the front that can extend outwards, the display still manages without a notch and an impressively high refresh rate.

A weirdly awesome display

60 Hertz is the current standard refresh rate for smartphones. With the OnePlus 7 Pro, this benchmark is more than met at 90 Hertz. This ensures that movements on-screen appear more fluid. You can already see this in the settings or by swiping through the overview of the picture gallery.

OnePlus does lie behind its competitors a bit in this aspect, but not by much. The Razer Phone, which was designed as a gaming smartphone, already had a 120 Hertz display. However, both smartphones have the same problem. Not every app supports 90 or even 120 Hertz. This is not a disadvantage in the 7 Pro, as it automatically reduces its display to the usual 60 Hertz. However, the advantage is lost.

With a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels, the 6.67-inch AMOLED display offers a razor-sharp image, shines in vibrant colours and a rich black and is bright enough to display its contents even in sunshine.

One thing bothers me about the display of the OnePlus 7 Pro, though: the rounded sides create reflections that annoy me with a passion. They're so bright and are the reason for me not to buy the OnePlus 7 Pro because I would have to look at them all the time. So take a look at the display yourself and check if you agree or if you don't care about the reflections.

The OnePlus 7 Pro display is HDR 10+ certified. This should ensure strong contrasts and an even higher level of detail with corresponding content from Netflix, Youtube and Amazon Prime Video. That's nice, but it's not very important in everyday life. Because the display is still too small to really enjoy movies and series. In addition, the aforementioned reflections even manage to be annoying here and despite an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, the image isn't optimal. You can choose between slightly trimmed edges or a cinema for ants – a tiny picture and lots of black edges.

The hidden front camera

Still, at least there's not a notch. The OnePlus doesn't need one as they have an ingenious alternative for their front camera. When needed, it emerges up out of the smartphone. The mechanics are robust and, according to the manufacturer, have been extensively tested and are promised to drive out and back in up to 300,000 times. By the way, this happens so quickly that you can record a selfie with it faster than with the OnePlus 6T, which doesn't have a moving camera. If the pressure is slightly different or if the OnePlus 7 Pro drops, the front camera moves into the housing for its own safety.

You can hear the camera moving. It's just a quiet mechanical whirring – as if a cassette were being wound. It's hasn't got on my nerves yet. Still, I'm not so sure if that feeling will be permanent.

The front camera takes 16 megapixel photos. The quality is fine, but nothing special. The level of detail is high, but without active HDR, the camera can't handle strong contrasts. There's a surprising lack of quality loss in the dark, but you should still look for a light source or activate the flash if you want anything to be recognisable.

Selfie without HDR
Selfie with HDR
Selfie in the dark
Selfie with lightning

Three cameras, a lot of pictures

The OnePlus 7 Pro main camera has three lenses, giving you a wide range of options for your photos. In addition to the main camera, whose sensor resolution is reduced from 48 megapixels to twelve megapixels for better image quality in the final picture, you also have a wide-angle and a triple-zoom telephoto lens.

The attention to detail is high and the colours appear powerfully natural. Still, make sure to activate HDR mode. With it on, contrasts aren't only evened out, but the entire picture seems sharper. However, this won't be the case any longer if you enlarge and inspect it closely. HDR will rob some detail from you in that aspect.

without HDR
with HDR

When taking wide-angle pictures, you can activate correction in the camera settings. It removes the typical curves you'll see in corners. The result is a slightly smaller image with distortion in the corners. In that case, I'd rather take the wider angle picture with round edges.

Wide angle without correction
Wide angle with correction

With the triple zoom, you can get up close and personal to your subjects – and with far less loss of quality than you would with a digital zoom.

3x Zoom

When it's dark you should definitely activate night mode – even if you have to hold the phone still for a few seconds and can't take pictures of moving objects. Compared to the automatic mode, night mode not only illuminates the images better, but also provides much more detail and sharpness. The wide-angle camera is very dark while the telephoto camera is surprisingly bright but not very detailed.

Automatic
Night Mode
Wide Angle
Tele

Lots of power, great sound and a fast battery

The hardware on the OnePlus 7 Pro is good enough to compete with other top smartphones. Devices which usually require more time and effort to get a hang of. The Snapdragon 855 is the most powerful chipset currently available from Qualcomm. No function has managed to slow or weaken it yet. Depending on the model, it has six, eight or twelve gigabytes to play with. You don't notice the difference in everyday life, only with dedicated applications, but for complex video editing a computer will suit you better anyway.

The internal memory should already be sufficient with 128 gigabytes. If you need more, you can also buy the OnePlus 7 Pro with 256 gigabytes. The storage capacity cannot be expanded with a microSD card.

In terms of sound, the OnePlus 7 Pro is more convincing than many other smartphones. Sure, it'll never be able to keep up with real speakers, but the smart integration of the barely visible telephone loudspeaker on the front creates a good stereo sound for videos and games. The second loudspeaker is on the right side – or the top, if you're holding the phone in landscape mode. This should be especially helpful for games, but doesn't help my hand posture either. But thanks to the two speakers, I don't block out the entire sound.

The OnePlus 7 Pro battery has a large 4000 mAh capacity with which I managed to survive the entire day without any problems. And if the battery is empty or you want to recharge in between, the fast charging technology proves to be very helpful. It's called Warp Charge and it's able to pump enough energy into the almost empty battery in 45 minutes to last the day. However, you'll need the included charger with 30 watts and a USB cable. Charging may be slower with other power supplies and cables.

The glass back and Alert Slider

The back of the OnePlus 7 Pro is made of glass, which is differently coloured depending on your variant. The workmanship is very good, but this positive impression is clouded by the protective film on the display. It provides an unattractive edge at its sides, which is annoying every now and then, but can be ignored most of the time. OnePlus has not obtained IP certification for the 7 Pro, which guarantees sufficient diving depth and duration, but promises that it will not be damaged immediately if it comes into contact with water.

The Alert Slider on the Side.

The Alert Slider is located above the power button. A handy button that's been around since the first OnePlus smartphone. It allows you to switch quickly and easily from noiseless to vibrating to ringing.

The OnePlus 7 Pro's fingerprint sensor is located under the display. Here’s the good news: compared to the OnePlus 6T, it works significantly faster and more reliably. The face recognition... not so much. It got tricked by a digital photo on my computer. On the second try. It also annoys me that every time the front camera is unlocked, it moves out of the housing.

Fingerprint sensor doing its job.

Android 9: gaming and relaxation

The OnePlus 7 Pro uses OxygenOS. It's based on Android 9 and offers additional benefits on top of its own design. These include the Zen mode and the Fnatic mode.

The Zen mode is a short-term «digital detox». It puts the OnePlus 7 Pro into a coma for 20 minutes and cannot be deactivated. You can only answer calls, make emergency calls or take pictures.

The Zen Mode: finally, peace

The Fnatic mode was created in collaboration with the gaming specialists at Fnatic. It hides or turns off everything that interferes with your enjoyment. It also draws all the performance and attention of the hardware to the game. And if you want to show others how skilled you are, you can activate the OnePlus 7 Pro's built-in screen recorder.

Verdict: a very good smartphone – with some blemishes

The OnePlus 7 Pro doesn't leave me completely satisfied. Sure, the price/performance ratio is top notch – even if it is the most expensive OnePlus smartphone to date. The hardware is powerful, the software is appealing and past OnePlus updates have been the most reliable yet. The design is pleasing, but it's not as earthshattering anymore these days. The workmanship is exquisite and the sound is excellent for a smartphone.

The camera offers many possibilities and belongs to the top echelon, but doesn't really earn any medals. With the reflections at the edges of the display and the potentially annoying noises of the movable front camera, there are two points that speak massively against the OnePlus 7 Pro for me, despite all the praise I've given it. I prefer to use the OnePlus 7, which imitates the older OnePlus 6T, even if I don't like the notch, or the Google Pixel 3a.

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When I was but a young student, I'd sit in my friend's living room with all my classmates and play on his SuperNES. Since then I've had the opportunity to test out all the newest technology for you. I've done reviews at Curved, Computer Bild and Netzwelt, and have now arrived at Galaxus.de.

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User Nostromo

Zitat: "....Du hörst die Bewegung der Kamera. Es ist zwar nur ein leises mechanisches Surren – etwa so als würde eine Kassette gespult werden. Bisher geht es mir nicht auf die Nerven...." also aktuell stört es dich nicht. Auch ich habe es eigentlich nie bemerkt, aber danke das du es erwähnt hast, jetzt höre ich es auch deutlicher. Allerdings bin ich nicht so extrem selbstverliebt und mache die ganze Zeit so viele Selfies, dass es mich eines Tages möglicherweise nerven könnte.

Zitat: ".... Ein Sache stört mich allerdings beim Display des OnePlus 7 Pro: Durch die abgerundeten Seiten entstehen Spiegelungen, die mich extrem nerven. Sie sind so stark, dass sie für mich der Grund sind, dass OnePlus 7 Pro nicht zu kaufen, da ich sie mir ständig anschauen müsste...." tja, auch hier muss ich sagen, nicht so dramatisch wie dargestellt. Unter allen den curved Edge Smartphones auf dem Markt, ist eigentlich das OP7P dasjenige das hier die geringeten Auswirkungen zeigt.
In deinem Fall würde ich curved Edge Display künftig ganz meiden, ich hoffe nur dein Lieblings-Hersteller präsentiert mit dem bald erscheinenden Pixel 4 nicht auch ein solches Display.... den potthässlichen quadratischen Kamera-Bump vom iPhone 11 haben sie ja offenbar schon übernommen.

Dieser letzte sehr persönliche Punkt, sowie der vorhergehende noch nicht eingetroffene - aber vielleicht irgendwann in der Zukunft - aber wahrscheinlich doch nicht da du das OP 7 Pro wegen dem curved Edge Display eh nie kaufen würdest, sind beides eigentlich keine Gründe bei der Abzugs-Bewertung Zitat: "... MASSIV gegen das OnePlus 7 Pro sprechen. ..." ist doch diese Formulierung ein bisschen gar übertrieben.

24.06.2019
User Anonymous

Das 7 Pro hat die ausgeprägste Rundung am Display seit dem Galaxy S7. Nur das Nokia Scirocco ist da schlimmer.
Das Mate 20 Pro, S10, P30 Pro und S10+ sind da um welten "cleaner" und haben meinen grossen Radius.

24.06.2019
User Anonymous

*keinen

24.06.2019
User Dardani90

Danke Nostromo... der typ ist schon geprägt an die Sache ran wie sich das anhört lmao.

24.06.2019
User Jan Johannsen

Falls sich jemand dazu entschließt die Gesichtserkennung zu benutzen, was aus Sicherheitsgründen nicht empfehlenswert ist, fährt die Kamera bei jeder Entsperrung automatisch heraus – ganz ohne Selfies. Ansonsten ist ja das gute an der Info mit dem Geräusch, dass die meisten Menschen wissen, ob sie viele oder wenige Selfies machen und der Fakt für sie relevant ist.
Die Menschen sind nicht alle gleich und es muss nicht allen so gehen wie mir. Deswegen sage ich ja auch direkt nachdem dein Zitatblock endet. "Wirf also auf jeden Fall selber einen Blick auf das Display und überprüfe, ob es dir wie mir geht oder ob dir die Spiegelungen egal sind." Und ja, bei anderen Geräten waren die Displayrundungen kein so großer Störfaktor.

P.S.: "Lieblings-Hersteller", ein anderer Kommentator wirft mir vor Apple-Fanboy zu sein.

25.06.2019
User Nostromo

(Fast) kein Mensch wird die Gesichtserkennung nutzen - die btw. nicht ganz so schlimm ist wie bei Samsung, sprich sich nicht einfach mit einem Foto überlisten lässt.
Die meisten werden wohl, den im Display hinterlegten Fingerabdruck Scanner benutzen, der schneller und zuverlässiger ist, als alles bisher dagewesene - inkl. rein physische Reader.

P.S. Als du so vom Pixel geschwärmt hast, dachte das ist dein Lieblings-Smartphone, das war nicht als "Vorwurf" zu verstehen.

25.06.2019
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User deadstar

Das ist der einzige und richtige Weg wie eine Frontkamera verbaut werden sollte. By Default nicht verfügbar. Wie dumme Schafe berechtigen wir Apps auf Kamera zugreifen zu dürfen, finde es toll wenn ein "Produkt" mitdenkt.

25.06.2019
User stevenwint

Kann mich dem mittelmässig ausfallenden Test des Autors nur bedingt anschliessen. Für mich ist das Smartphone einfach Top. In Sachen Leistung, Display, Design und Akku gibt es nichts auszusetzen. Kamera ist gut für mich, hier kann ich allerdings nicht allzuviel dazu sagen, bin kein Fotograf. Für mich ist die Kamera aber tiptop.

Einziges Manko aus meiner Sicht ist die Grösse des Smartphones. Es ist echt riesig und daher gewöhnungsbedürftig. Aber das wusste ich ja von Anfang an, ist halt so. Man gewöhnt sich an alles ;)

25.06.2019
User marcowüst4

Mir gefällt die Grösse. :-) Das Nokia 1520 war seinerzeit sogar noch grösser...

25.06.2019
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User ownedbypeli

Man muss beim Preis-Leistung berechnen das man das das Oneplus 7 pro auf anderen Plattformen schon für 100 Franken billiger verfügbar war.

03.07.2019
User hocus pocus anonymus genius

Der Apple Fanboy hat gesprochen :o
:D
Und getestet und geschrieben natürlich. Ausser Kamera Zeugs kein Gesprächsstoff. Super schwach! Dass der Akku in sage und schreibe 20 Minütchen auf 100 ladet, hat er schlicht verpennt.
Aber was kriegt man eigentlich bei der Konkurrenz?
digitec.ch/de/Comparison/95...
Wenn man im sauren Apfel beisst und ~40% mehr hinblättert, kriegt man 3x weniger Arbeitsspeicher, 3174 mAh, weniger Brennweite, weniger MP, einfach alles weniger ausser Speicherplatz für die "Fotis". Die NSA dachte sich wohl, man kann ohne Finger leben, also kein Fingerprint, aber ohne Gesicht nicht, also nur Face Unlock ^^
Kinder, seit Steve Jobs tod geht Apple unter. Mit solchen Weltallpreisen frisst Tim Cook morgens schon Kaviar ;D Spart euch diesen Statussymbol Gugus...

24.06.2019
User schLEIMER

Jetzt mal nicht übertreiben. Dein Text liest sich als wärst du so ein Apple Troll, wie die Apple Fanboys Apple lieben.
Ich weiss nicht ob du das mit dem Arbeitsspeicher ernst meinst oder schlichtweg nicht viel Ahnung hast: "kriegt man 3x weniger Arbeitsspeicher," Hast Du mal die Speedtests gesehen? Die Äpfel können immer noch mithalten. Dass Apple 3x weniger Arbeitsspeicher braucht weil sie ihre Software auf die Hardware abstimmen können ist eher ein Pluspunkt für Apple und Minus für Android Handy Hersteller. Wieso soll Apple noch mehr Arbeitsspeicher verwenden wenn sie ihr iOS optimieren können.
Was die Fotoqualität angeht. Egal bei welchem Handy, wenn du rein zoomst ist es Matsch. Auch das OP7Pro hat jetzt nicht gerade die Wahnsinnskamera.
Calm Down Boy before you hurt yourself.

25.06.2019
User Jan Johannsen

Ein anderer Kommentator sagt Google sei mein "Lieblings-Hersteller". Was denn nun?

25.06.2019
User hocus pocus anonymus genius

Lass sein Schleimer, ich habe mit Kollegen den Speedtest auch gemacht ;) Gegen Samsung und Huawei. Apple Rang 3...
Aber wenn man nicht mal weiss, wofür man 12GB Ram braucht :
digitec.ch/de/s1/page/samsu...
Manche Editoren haben einfach keinen blassen Schimmer von was sie erzählen :D
Das richtig amüsante finde ich aber, dass die Artikel in meiner Merkliste, jetzt teurer geworden sind, nachdem ich gegen Digitec geschrieben habe =DDDDDD

25.06.2019
User petermenni

Mir gefällt die Schreibweise, auch wenn ich technisch und empfindungsmässig andere Ansichten habe. Würde mir gerne das OP7 kaufen - bei Digitec. Aber mir fehlen hier einige Dinge wie Hülle, Schutzglas, zweites Netzteil (Original) usw. ... man muss sich das Zeug zusammenklauben/suchen. Wenn ich die Hälfte woanders kaufen muss, dann das Phone gleich mit. Bitte frischt doch Eure Angebotsseiten auf.

03.07.2019
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