The OnePlus 7 Pro is ready to take your portrait with its innovative front-facing pop-up camera, and then dazzle you with its silky smooth, truly flawless full-screen display - two features that Apple and Samsung can't boast with their market-leading flagship phones.

This is the latest Android phone from the Chinese brand to overtake the high-end competition by offering similarly high power and features at a consumer-friendly (i.e. lower) price.


All in all, OnePlus has done it again. But brace yourselves, longtime fans: this new model is more expensive than last year's OnePlus 6T, the lower-end regular OnePlus 7, and its competitor, the Honor 20 Pro.

What do you get from the OnePlus 7 Pro in exchange for the extra cost? An upgrade that deserves to be called 'Pro': This smartphone has an immersive 6.67-inch screen that challenges Samsung's display crown by ditching the ugly bezel outline and getting a 90Hz refresh rate for a smoother gaming and scrolling experience.

Its 19.5:9 aspect ratio is quite tall, so don't expect small hands to reach all corners of the sprawling display. We wish there was a OnePlus 7 Pro mini, but we still appreciate the curved edges for an overall thinner profile. The second-generation fingerprint sensor has also been improved, giving you more secure access to the phone when you first press your thumb against the glass.

Underneath the HDR10+ screen is Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 chipset, a massive 4,000mAh battery to power you through the day (but not beyond), and up to 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM - the latter spec is actually more than you need from the phone, so an 8GB version is fine.

The OnePlus 7 Pro's triple-lens rear camera array features a 48MP sensor, new 3x telephoto and ultra-wide lenses, and a low-light night mode. It's closer in quality to the Google Pixel 3 and Huawei P30 Pro, but it's not the best camera phone. OnePlus has already released several software updates focusing on the camera, and we've updated our review to offer an in-depth comparison of the OnePlus 7 Pro with the Huawei P30 Pro's camera to see how far apart they are.

Missing features on the OnePlus 7 Pro include a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card slot and wireless charging, which will be a headache for some people but not a deal breaker. The good news, it offers the fastest charging speed, which we tested with the included oversized Warp Charge 30 adapter, as well as a new stereo speaker system.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is closer to delivering everything you want from a flagship phone than any previous OnePlus handset - but because of that, it also no longer fits into the budget or mid-range category. Once hailed as a "flagship killer," the OnePlus series is now a flagship phone to kill.

For those tempted to dip their toes into the brave new world of 5G, OnePlus also has you covered with the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. This is an identical handset, with the only difference being the addition of 5G connectivity. Of course, it will cost you more.

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The OnePlus 7 Pro release date was Friday, May 17, 2019, though die-hard fans in the US were able to buy it after the May 14 launch as part of a T-Mobile promotion. They waited in a long line to be the first to buy the phone.

Pricing for the OnePlus 7 Pro starts at $669 (£649 / AED 2,849) for the base configuration with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, an option only available in Mirror Gray, and ends at $749 (£799 / AED 3,249) for 256GB / 12GB of RAM, with this version only available in the more attractive Nebula Blue finish.

We think the sweet spot for most OnePlus 7 Pro buyers will be $699 (£699 / AED 2,999) for the 256GB / 8GB configuration - which is also what T-Mobile happens to push on all its US consumers - and it's also the only option to come in both Mirror Gray and Nebula Blue.

If you have some extra money burning a hole in your pocket, you can spend a little more and pick up the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, giving you access to the latest network connectivity with even faster data speeds.

Is the OnePlus 7 Pro too expensive for you? The cheaper, less flashy OnePlus 7 will eventually be sold in the UK and Europe, while the OnePlus 6T will still be sold in the US, which won't get the OnePlus 7 at all.

Not expensive enough? A more expensive version of the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G phone with super-fast internet access will be available. It has a release date of May 30 in the UK and so far is exclusive to carrier EE.

This is where OnePlus has put the most work into its new phone, and it shows. There's more screen and more fluidity here than in almost any phone we've tested so far.

The OnePlus 7 Pro will be the first true full-screen phone you'll be able to buy anywhere in the world - no notches or punch holes. Its innovative pop-up front camera doesn't eat into display real estate, and it's an idea we've already seen in Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi devices launched in China. But this phone has global appeal.

Its 6.67-inch bezel-less display is only half the story. OnePlus calls its display 'Fluid AMOLED', indicating a refresh rate of 90Hz instead of the usual 60Hz. We felt smoother motion while watching TV and playing games, and also noticed that just scrolling through web pages looked better. It's hard to go back to 60Hz after experiencing the OnePlus 7 Pro with 90Hz - every phone should have it.

We've tested and appreciated the Razer Phone 2 with 120 Hz with gamers in mind, and the Asus ROG Phone, which runs OnePlus tires with 90 Hz. But the 7 Pro offers more mainstream looks and appeal, has faster specs, a better camera, and excellent software to boot.

The OnePlus 7 Pro has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio that stretches from top to bottom, making it easier to get sucked into a fast-paced racing game on this screen. But, as mentioned, its high aspect ratio means it's not ideal for anyone looking for a smaller phone.

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