Test OnePlus 7 Pro: the brand's most successful smartphone

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Réglé like clockwork, OnePlus has launched a new high-end phone, just 6 months after the release of its last one. But this year, there is a little surprise since the Chinese manufacturer has announced two models: a OnePlus 7 sold from 559 € and a "Pro" model better armed and sold from 709 €. It is the latter that we test here.

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An huge 6.67-inch screen that takes up most of the front.

Fidèle to its reputation, OnePlus has put a bundle of high-end features into this mobile to go head-to-head with the Galaxy S10, Huawei P30 Pro and otheriPhone Xs. A major challenge.

Ergonomics and design

OnePlus has almost always come out with phones as good as the competition's despite much lower prices, and the 7 Pro is no exception to the rule. It's not necessarily the most aesthetically original phone - as with most of today's high-end models, the design is summed up by "a large screen and curved edges" - but it's true that the phone has little to reproach itself for.

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La blue smoked glass version of OnePlus 7 Pro

screen occupies almost 90% of the front of the mobile thanks to the integration of the front camera in a small retractable mechanism. This is quite close to what Huawei can do with itsP30 Pro (or Samsung with itsS10). There's nothing wrong with that, we really feel like we hold the future in our hands. The finishes are impeccable and the design is polished. Of course, with its 6.67-inch screen, you have to give up the idea of using a one-handed smartphone.

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Impossible to use the mobile with one hand with a screen of this taille

mobile comes in 3 colors (pearl, blue, and black) and two of them have a very nice smoked glass finish. The only glossy model (black) is a bit more passe-partout, but catches fingerprints like no other. The reflections on the colored versions are quite elegant. The slightly curved edges also give the mobile an excellent grip. In short, the finish is a success - the metal edges further enhance the impression of seriousness - and OnePlus has done a great job.

Question biometric unlocking, OnePlus persists and signs after the 6T with its fingerprint sensor under the display. And while the manufacturer promises that the solution has been improved over the last 6 months, the unlocking process is still sometimes capricious and always slower than with a "traditional" fingerprint sensor. And since facial recognition is no longer as efficient as before - since the front photo sensor is on a retractable mechanism (we'll come back to that below) - the 7 Pro is sometimes a bit slower to unlock than its predecessor.

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Anconstruction that has nothing to envy to the ultra-high mobiles of gamme

Il nevertheless has two shortcomings. The phone has no microSD slot and no wireless charge - a classic OnePlus feature, but the competition does not make this compromise. Nor does it have a waterproof certification. While OnePlus assures that the phone will withstand an accidental fall into the water, there is a difference between a clumsy mistake and a certification tested according to strict, industry-recognized protocols. In fact, even the manufacturer admits in its promotional video that "OnePlus does not give any guarantees about [the phone's] resistance to water and liquids," so in line with the smartphone ergonomics survey, we cannot give OnePlus 7 Pro its fifth star.

Screen

Micro-revolution in the world of mobile screens: OnePlus has switched to a 90 Hz screen. This higher refresh rate ensures a better fluidity in the scrolling and in the software animations. And it's nice to see icons and text scrolling with less jerking. It's not as smooth as a Razer Phone 2, for example, but it's still nice to have, especially when you're back on a 60 Hz screen, to tell the truth. Otherwise, little change, this 7 Pro always adopts an Oled panel, and always of very good workmanship.

Celles and those who wish to have the most natural colors possible will be happy to learn that the "Natural" profile in the display options allows to reach a Delta E of 1.5 and a color temperature of 6581 Kelvin very exactly. Two values within a quarter hair's breadth of perfection. Lovers of more vibrant colors can adopt the "Vivid" profile, which produces more saturated tones and cooler white.

Rien also worth mentioning on the readability side. In "Auto Brightness" mode, the phone is able to reach a light peak that is more than sufficient for reading in direct sunlight (we have recorded 525 cd/m²). The 7 Pro does not reach the peaks of a Galaxy S10, but it is more than enough for the vast majority of uses. Night commuters will be happy to know that with 1.5 cd/m² measured at the lowest brightness level, the 7 Pro will not pierce your pupils in the middle of the night. Add to this an "infinite" contrast - thanks to Oled - and a fairly low reflectance rate (45%) and you get a screen that can adapt to any situation. Note that the screen is also HDR10 compatible.

Enfin, when in use, the huge 6.67-inch screen is a real pleasure to use. It's fast (59 ms on the counter for the touch delay) and comfortable thanks to the 516 pixels per inch resolution. The afterglow is 0 ms - thanks again Oled. In short, the OnePlus 7 Pro screen is a success from A to Z.

Performances

S 'there is one area where OnePlus should not be mistaken, and that is on the performance side. By appealing to the most relentless technophiles and positioning itself as a top-of-the-line killer, the phone has to deliver a flawless experience, and thankfully it does. The 7 Pro flies in all circumstances and juggles the heaviest applications without flinching. It's a real pleasure to use.

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Chauffe of OnePlus 7 Pro after 10 minutes of play.

Excellente also new, the phone hardly warms up at all. Whether it's after long minutes of play or a long photo session, the phone has never overheated our fingers.

Et without too many surprises, the 7 Pro is a great gaming machine. With the power boost and the on-board screen, the video gaming experience is very successful and the immersion is there.

Audio

Depuisle OnePlus 6T, the Chinese manufacturer has got rid of the jack plug of its smartphones. But where the company used to provide a USB-C/mini-jack adapter with its latest model for users who have a wired headset of choice, the OnePlus 7 Pro does not have that privilege. Only one pair of USB-C headphones is included in the box. Given this situation, we can only put it 2/5 in this category. The other mobiles making this choice (iPhone in mind) are in the same category.

For to listen to your music, podcasts or videos you will have to use wireless or USB-C earphones or buy a USB-C/mini-jack adapter - be careful, not all of them are compatible on top of that. Too bad.

In on the other hand, the mobile is equipped with two speakers (one located on the lower edge and the other just above the screen) that deliver a powerful and rather complete signal for their genre. A good point.

Photo

Comme many ultra high-end cell phones now, OnePlus 7 Pro has no less than 3 photo modules on the back. One ultra-wide-angle, one "standard" module and a 3x zoom. The same arrangement (apart from a few technical details) that can be found on the Galaxy S10 or the Huawei P30. Enough to face most photographic situations, but what about the quality?

Module "standard" : 48 Mpx, f/1.6, 27 mm

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La The first thing that stands out in the OnePlus 7 Pro photos is a lack of contrast and a slight tendency to "burn" the scene. Where a P30 makes more relief appear, the 7 Pro overwrites some elements a bit. Otherwise, the photo has little to reproach itself for. The details are there and the optics are well mastered. The colors are sometimes a little bland though.

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By night, the 7 Pro raises the ISOs to see clearly and puts a smoothing layer in parallel so as not to reveal too many chromatic aberrations. When faced with a P30 that tends to over-emphasize, the result is less flattering, but more natural. White balance is also better controlled than on P30.

standard module of the OnePlus 7 is at the top of the basket, but it doesn't do as well as a P30 or a Pixel 3a. A problem probably due to the photo processing rather than the hardware.

Ultra-wide-angle: 16MP, f/2.2, 13 mm

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In In daylight, the ultra-wide-angle sensor in OnePlus 7 Pro suffers from the same problems as the main sensor. The lack of contrast is quite striking and the smoothing is too forced, crushing some details. Color rendition is also poor. When compared to a Huawei P30, OnePlus 7 doesn't compare, even though the overall scene is still perfectly legible and quite informative.

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By night, it's hard to pick a real winner between the P30 and OnePlus 7 Pro. Both produce an image that is barely usable via their wide-angle module. Huawei's cell phone is full of chromatic aberrations, while OnePlus has an ubiquitous graininess that overwhelms some details. It is therefore preferable to use the ultra-wide-angle lens only in good lighting conditions.

Zoom 3x: 8 Mpx, f/2.4, 78 mm

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Même photo processing same problem: the "3x zoom" module offered by the OnePlus 7 Pro delivers bland colors compared to what a Huawei P30 can do. The contrast is also less good than what is found on the P30. On the other hand, no problem in terms of details, the scene is quite rich and allows you to see the finest elements of the image. The rendering is certainly less warm than Huawei, but also generous question of precision. Note that the module takes advantage of optical stabilization.

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Là where the OnePlus 7 Pro, on the other hand, does better than the P30 at night when zooming in. Unlike Huawei's cell phone, which switches to digital zoom when the light goes out, the 7 Pro stays on its dedicated module. Of course, the picture is darker, but the quality is much better. To date, the OnePlus is the only cell phone to make this choice, and it does it rather well, by the way.

Capteur front, portrait and video mode.

Petite The OnePlus 7's original front-end camera hides behind the screen and comes out of the body when invoked. A mechanism not unlike that of theOppo Find X. And unfortunately, as nice a gadget as this technology is, it still has a flaw, that of slowness. OnePlus promises an opening in 0.65 seconds, which is still too long to take advantage of facial recognition effectively. In terms of quality, on the other hand, the 16 MP (f/2) module is doing well. Your self-portraits will stand out thanks to a good dose of detail and contrast, this time well controlled. The only downside is that even when the "Beauty" effects are disabled, the subjects' skin tends to be a little too smooth.

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famous OnePlus retractable camera 7

portrait mode offered by the OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the best in the industry. The cropping is clean and the bokeh (background blur) doesn't look like it was rushed through Photoshop. It's a little less successful than on a P30 Pro, but it's still not bad.

Enfin, nothing to say about video capture. The phone is capable of capturing movies up to 4K at 60 frames per second without ever flinching. Note that it's also possible to shoot in 480 fps in 720p.

Autonomy

OnePlus has again increased the battery of its mobile star between the 6T and the 7 Pro. This time it is a 4000 mAh battery that is embedded in the smartphone. A significant size, but necessary to power all these necessarily energy-consuming components. And just like the OnePlus 6T, the autonomy of the 7 Pro is good, without being the best in the sector. On our Smartviser mixed autonomy test, the OnePlus cell phone lasted 17h06. Just below what anXiaomi Mi 9 can do and far below the Huawei Mate 20.

In In practice, the OnePlus lasts about a day and a half before claiming its charger. That's enough time to ensure peace of mind.

Bonne new that said, OnePlus provides with this 7 Pro the same refill brick found on the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. Offering up to 30 watts of charging power, the brick is capable of charging the phone in as little as 1 hour.