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OnePlus 7 preview: It’s all about that value

The OnePlus 7 is essentially the OnePlus 6T with upgraded hardware, and that’s a potent combination in 2019.


Make no mistake here: the OnePlus 7 is not a new phone. It is the OnePlus 6T that we know and like, but with upgraded internals for 2019. OnePlus’ strategy this year is pretty interesting: the OnePlus 7 Pro is aimed at those that want the latest features, and the OnePlus 7 continues the brand’s ethos of delivering excellent value.

OnePlus isn’t launching the OnePlus 7 in all markets — for customers in the U.S., the $669 OnePlus 7 Pro is the only option. The OnePlus 7 is coming to the UK for £499 ($630), and will be available for €559 ($620) in Europe and for ₹32,999 ($475) in India. It was a smart move by the brand, as the OnePlus 7 Pro retails for just $40 more than what the regular OnePlus 7 costs in the UK.

OnePlus’ global pricing should give you an indication of what regions the Chinese manufacturer is trying to focus on with the OnePlus 7. India is the company’s largest market — accounting for a third of its global sales — and OnePlus is trying to consolidate its position in the country by aggressively pricing the OnePlus 7. In fact, the OnePlus 7 is debuting for ₹5,000 ($70) less than the ₹37,999 ($545) retail price of the 6T.

Now that you have a better idea of where the OnePlus 7 fits into the company’s overall strategy, it’s time to take a look at the phone itself.


The OnePlus 7 is near-identical to the OnePlus 6T when it comes to the design. The only major change is a wider earpiece grille at the top, which doubles as a secondary speaker. The flash at the back is now tucked into the camera housing. OnePlus also has a new red color option that looks stunning, but aside from that there’s nothing new here from a design standpoint. In fact, Andrew’s OnePlus 6T review is still relevant for the OnePlus 7.

Considering the OnePlus 6T was largely unchanged from the OnePlus 6 — at least from the back — it’s good to see that the design has held up very well into 2019. The glass back, the subtly curved sides, and that gorgeous color option combine to create one of the best-looking phones in this segment today. The red option is limited to India and China, and Mirror Gray is the only variant in Western markets.

It’s not just the design that the OnePlus 7 shares with the 6T, as the phone also has a lot of the same parts. The OnePlus 7 has a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display that’s one of the best you’ll find in this category. Colors are vibrant, and the panel gets bright enough for outdoor use. There’s a waterdrop notch at the top of the display, and it’s unobtrusive enough that it wasn’t a bother.

The same great design as the OnePlus 6T, along with the same annoyances.

Because the OnePlus 7 shares a lot of its hardware with the OnePlus 6T, you’ll also find most of the same annoyances. The in-display fingerprint sensor is still finicky, and the haptic motor is plain bad. OnePlus overhauled the haptics on the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the standard version has the same motor as the 6T, and that’s a real shame. There’s no 3.5mm jack or notification LED either.

The OnePlus 7 also has the same 3700mAh battery as the 6T, and battery life is roughly identical. I haven’t used the phone long enough to offer a more definite answer, but battery life should not be a problem. To give you a sense of how little has changed from the 6T, the charger that’s in the box still bears the Dash Charge branding even though OnePlus switched to Warp Charge with the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. And like the OnePlus 6T, you’re limited to 20W wired charging.

The latest specs at an even lower price point.

What has changed is the internal hardware. The OnePlus 7 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 chipset, and it also features UFS 3.0 storage. To be fair, the Snapdragon 845-powered OnePlus 6T is still plenty fast in 2019, and I didn’t notice any huge uptick on the OnePlus 7. Whatever difference will only be evident a few years down the line, as right now the OnePlus 7 blazes through anything you throw at it.

Another new addition is the 48MP rear camera — the same as that on the OnePlus 7 Pro. You lose out on the wide-angle and telephoto lenses, but if I’m being honest, you’re not missing out on much. Photos taken with the wide-angle lens on the OnePlus 7 Pro are just not worth the bother, and while the zoom lens fares better, it is also not quite up to the mark.





The 48MP camera features Sony’s IMX 586 sensor, the same module that’s used in the likes of the Mi 9, Honor View 20, the upcoming ZenFone 6, and more. The sensor is one of the best around, but as we’ve seen on the OnePlus 7 Pro, it’s just not optimized well for the device. Daylight shots come out just fine, with plenty of dynamic range and accurate colors, but the camera on the OnePlus 7 suffers in low-light shooting scenarios.

I managed to get one decent shot, and that was after several attempts. Most of the images I took ended up being far too noisy, with colors washed out. That said, the sensor itself has a lot of potential, and OnePlus needs to put in the work to tune it better.


The OnePlus 7 will obviously invite comparisons to the OnePlus 7 Pro, with the latter offering a 90Hz QHD+ display and 30W wired charging. The notchless design is much more immersive and the 90Hz panel is addictive, and there are minute changes throughout that make it a better phone. The vibration motor in particular is leagues better than the one you get on the OnePlus 7.

That said, the OnePlus 7 Pro carries a heavy premium over the standard version. It is available for £649 ($820) in the UK, €709 ($780) in Europe, and ₹48,999 ($700) in India.

Having used both devices side-by-side, the only thing I miss is the 90Hz display — it is absolutely fantastic, and going back to a 60Hz display feels slow in comparison. But that alone isn’t worth the extra $190 you’ll be shelling out for the phone in the UK, and you’re much better off with the OnePlus 7.

This is particularly true for Indian customers. OnePlus is essentially setting itself up as a viable alternative for the likes of POCO and Realme, and in doing so is offering the best value in India’s premium segment right now. For ₹32,999, you’re not going to find anything that comes close to the OnePlus 7.

Power play

OnePlus 7


₹32,999 at Amazon India

Great specs, outstanding value.

The OnePlus 7 may not have a notchless design or a 90Hz display, but it offers the latest hardware at a price point that’s lower than its predecessors. The 48MP camera has a lot of potential, and you get the same software experience as the OnePlus 7 Pro. This is already one of the best deals you’ll find all year.


Google Accessibility expands with apps for cognitively impaired

Google Accessibility enables people with disabilities to get the most out of their smartphone via free apps. The tech giant now offers three new apps that can help the elderly or other people with cognitive impairments better use their phones with less effort.Google Accessibility – 3 new apps added to the mixGoogle Accessibility, as the name implies, targets enabling its audiences with different handicaps. In their latest blog post, Google talks about their efforts to further help people with cognitive issues by making their routine more streamlined and accessible.Action Blocks Action Blocks is the latest app on the Google Play Store. You can create customized spaces on the screen that on a single tap carry out an action for you. All of this from your home screen.You can create a dedicated block to dial a loved one without accessing the dialer app, or adjust the lighting in the room to a specific setting, all from the Action Blocks app.Live Transcribe The Live Transcribe app has been improved to add more languages to its list which include Albanian, Burmese, Estonian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Punjabi, and Uzbek. In addition, it also brings brand new features targeted to a new audience.Your phone will vibrate when someone nearby says your name.You can now add custom names or terms for different objects or places that might not be in the dictionary.A revised search bar lets you search through past conversations more easily. To enable it, turn on ‘Saving Transcriptions’ in Settings. When enabled, transcriptions will be saved on your device for three days in local storage.Sound AmplifierThe Sound Amplifier app now enables people who are hard of hearing to experience their favorite content with minimal disturbance. Users can now connect their Bluetooth headphones and place their phone near the source of the sound e.g. a television, to get the audio transmitted to their headphones without taking up the volume.The app also works for boosting the volume and clearing up the audio of apps on the phone. Whether you’re listening to music or watching a video on YouTube.With all of these additions, Google’s commitment to accessibility is indeed a commendable effort. Especially with many elders staying indoors due to the Corona Virus, these new features are a welcome addition.

Just $36.99, the ChronoWatch has full color display and 16 functions

Summer is quickly approaching, the stay-at-home restrictions are slowly lifting, and things are looking better. Now’s the time when you leave those lazy days behind and start exercising and getting more active.Now’s the time to pick up a new smart watch. Why? For starters, they’ll help keep track of things and hold you accountable. Not only that, but it can help cut your phone time down, too.Buying a new smart watch doesn’t have to cost all that much money. Take the ChronoWatch, for instance. Priced just $36.99, it offers up a full 1.4-inch color touch display, waterproof coating, and support for 16 different functions.Track sleep, steps, calories, blood pressure, distance, heart rate, and more with this affordable smart watch. Indeed, the ChronoWatch also provides glanceable weather, alarms, music controls, and notifications to popular apps.On top of all of this, it pairs via Bluetooth to both Android and iOS phones and offers up a seven day battery.ChronoWatchTrack your daily activity, including steps, calories burned, mileage & heart rateMonitor your blood pressure & blood oxygen levelsWear it anywhere, anytime thanks to its sweat & waterproof designControl phone calls & musicGet alerts for SMS, Facebook & moreView the time, date & week on the sleek 1.4-inch screen displayBuy Yours Today!Stop over to the AndroidGuys Deals Store today and order your ChronoWatch for just $36.99, a savings of some 81% off original retail price.For a limited time (until May 26), you can save an additional 20% on the ChronoWatch, getting it for a mere $29.60 after it’s all done. Simply use coupon code SUMMERSAVE20 at checkout. You’re welcome.

Realme X50 Pro Play brings Snapdragon 865, 90Hz, and more for $400

Realme on Monday announced its X50 Pro Play on Chinese social media site Weibo. The phone brings a lot of flagship-tier specs and features but for a low price of $400. The only catch here is that it’s currently exclusive to China, with plans to expand in Europe to follow.Realme X50 Pro Play – Irresistible hardware and priceThe Realme X50 Pro Play has just been announced, and to say it is loaded with a world of features would not do it justice. Even though the phone is a less-expensive option to the Realme X50 Pro, it brings a lot to the table, while keeping the price very affordable.In a market where a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 starts at above $600, Realme has proven yet again that competition in the market is indeed healthy.Here are the specs of the phone:CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8656.44″ fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, w/ 90Hz refresh rateAndroid 10 powered by the Realme UI6GB, 8GB, and 12GB RAM options4200mAh battery (65W SuperDart fast wired charging)Back cameras: 48-MP main camera, 8-MP ultrawide, 2-MP macro, 2-MP depth.Front camera: 16-MP main camera, 2-MP depthPhone color options: Black and SilverPricing6GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $3808GB RAM + 128GB ROM= $42012GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $460The inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 means that the phone has 5G capabilities, which makes it yet another great phone for the emerging 5G market that’s garnering across the world.In the past, Realme has shown itself to be a contender for releasing strong hardware at attractive prices. The Realme X50 Pro Play does have a lot going for it, and the only real problem with this phone would be its availability.A good majority of the hardware is found in flagship-tier phones, but competing brands like Redmi and Realme deliver premium hardware in a mid-tier price range. In the end, the only problem that comes is availability.The phone is set to launch in China first on June 1st. Soon after, Realme will expand the phone to Europe and other regions.What are your thoughts on the Realme X50 Pro Play? Let us know in the comments section below!

Motorola RAZR 2 leak reveals a Snapdragon 765 chipset, 2845mAh battery

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