As we make our way to summer, we can get excited about two things: warmer weather and the release of the latest OnePlus device. This time around, OnePlus will have a hard act to follow, as the 6T was one of their best phones in years. Based on the latest rumors, they are up to the challenge.
Thanks to a partnership with T-Mobile, the OnePlus 6T is in the hands of millions of Americans who may have previously never even heard of the brand. This is what makes the OnePlus 7 so important. For many, this will be their first time seeing the OnePlus upgrade cycle. If the changes are small or the price too high, they will leave to the bigger OEMs. But if they can make a worthy successor, they will have fans for life and slowly raise their market share in the US.
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The OnePlus 7 will have a nearly bezel-less display. The front-facing camera now pops up from the frame, leaving more room for the 6.5-inch screen. The rear cameras have been upgraded to three cameras this time, with the primary camera being a 48 MP sensor. It will continue to use the all-glass design with aluminum frame and will be powered by a huge 4,000 mAh battery.
Currently, we don’t know when the 7 will be announced. Based on previous releases, we are estimating May 2019. While the OnePlus 3 and 5 were released in June, the OnePlus 6 was pushed up to May, so we’re betting on a repeat of this time frame with the OnePlus 7. As for pre-order and announcement dates, we expect both to occur in May, with pre-orders going live within one week of its announcement.
- Release date: May 2019
- Preorder date: May 2019
- Announced: May 2019
While no rumors have come out regarding specs, we can make some educated guesses when it comes to the storage capacity. OnePlus continues to push the boundaries of internal storage available (especially with their lack of microSD support), so we believe the OnePlus 7 will have a 256 GB as the base tier. While it is possible they stick with 128 GB of internal storage, the fact that OnePlus normally leads the pack in this regard has us thinking differently.
With more phones including 512 GB of storage and Samsung producing a phone with 1 TB, we believe OnePlus will also include these options (the 1TB options depends on Samsung making it available to other OEMs).
- Storage available: 256 GB, 512 GB
- Expandable storage: no
OnePlus is conscious of its ever-increasing pricing. Each year, fans see the price of the latest OnePlus phone increase marginally, further shrinking the gap between it and flagship phones of the same year. We expect this year to be no different, with rumored specs including some major upgrades which should require a sizable increase in price.
We speculate that the price will increase between $50–$70 to $629–$649. With the rumored pop-up front-facing camera, triple rear camera array on the back, large battery, and potentially improved in-display fingerprint scanner, there is a little chance OnePlus will be able to go any cheaper while still making a profit.
At this price, it would still be less expensive than almost all other US flagships. We are talking $250–$270 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S10, and $50–$80 cheaper than the Nokia 9 PureView with its year-old SoC.
Giztop has posted a listing of the phone with a $569 price tag. If true, this would be the first time the company managed to drop the price of their phone. OnePlus phones have been notorious for these early postings from online stores with varying results, so take this with a grain of salt. While a lower price tag may be possible with the success of the T-Mobile partnership, it is still unlikely.
- Price: $569–$649 (base model)
Based on leaked images and previous iterations, we expect OnePlus to continue the all-glass design language from the OnePlus 6T. We already know that the glass back is not an indication of wireless charging, as CEO Pete Lau already confirmed the OnePlus 7 lacks support. However, we do expect an aluminum midframe to add premium feel and durability.
- Frame: glass (back and front), aluminum (midframe)
- Finish: Unknown
According to Giztop, the OnePlus 7 will be noticeably taller than its T series predecessor. Apparently, it is rumored to increase its height from 6.20 inches to 6.35 inches. It will also be a bit wider and thicker, with the latter expected to compensate for the increase in battery capacity. As with previous OnePlus phones, we don’t expect any official IP water resistance rating, as this rating adds to the cost of the phone.
As for carrier support, expect the same as the OnePlus 6T with official support for T-Mobile (including a carrier variant) and the ability to use it on AT&T thanks to the inclusion of the necessary bands. Because the OnePlus 6T was compatible with Verizon, we expect the 7 to do the same, and maybe Sprint, giving them the ability to say they officially support all four of the major US wireless carriers. However, this is just wishful thinking on our part.
- Height: 6.35 inches
- Width: 3.00 inches
- Depth: 0.35 inches
- Weight: Unknown
- Dust/water resistance: no official rating
- Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile
- Infrared blaster: no
We won’t know specifics as to the non-operating temperature, altitude, and relative humidity ranges of the OnePlus 7 until its official release. However, with most phones operating at the same temperatures, we can make an educated guess it will have the range as not only the 6T, but the majority of other smartphones.
- Operating temp: 32°F –95°F
- Non-operating temp: Unknown
- Relative humidity: Unknown
- Operating altitude: Unknown
Outside of a major shakeup, you can expect the OnePlus 7 to be running the latest version of Android, 9.0 Pie. Android 10 (Q) shouldn’t be ready at the time, but it is possible that it might be able to run a beta version if Google decides to do a public beta like last year.
The OnePlus 7 will run the latest version of Oxygen OS. At the time of this writing, that’s version 9.0.12. While it should be running v9, it will probably run a newer version than the latest available on the OnePlus 6T, as they will usually include some optimizations for the new hardware.
Rumors indicate OnePlus will once again increase the screen size with the next iteration. This time it will receive a 0.09-inch increase to 6.5 inches. Based on leaked photos, the star of the show will be the removal of the notch. While one case manufacturer leak showed the same teardrop notch, all other rumors have revealed a notchless screen.
OnePlus is borrowing from Oppo and Vivo for the pop-up front-facing camera, and shoving the earpiece in a tiny slit above the screen. The result is a seemingly bezel-less phone, with the top and bottom bezels similar in size to the side edges.
Once again, OnePlus will use their favorite panel, a 1080p Samsung-developed AMOLED screen. This will be an Optic AMOLED, which is a marketing term for an AMOLED panel recalibrated by OnePlus’ team.
- Screen size: 6.5 inches
- Screen resolution: 2340 x 1080
- Total pixels: 2,527, 200 pixels
- Pixel density: 396 ppi
- Screen type: Optic AMOLED
- Notch: no
- Screen-to-body ratio: Unknown
- Aspect ratio: 19.5:9
- Minimum brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness:Unknown
- Refresh rate: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch-sensing)
- Color temp: Unknown
- Color gamut: Unknown
The OnePlus 7 will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, the latest and greatest SoC from Qualcomm. This SoC uses a 7 nm process which allows it to have significant improvement in power efficiency and performance. It also uses a new three category arrangement with one Gold core having a clock speed of 2.84 GHz, three Gold cores having a slightly lower clock speed at 2.41 GHz, and four Silver cores at an even lower clock speed of 1.78 GHz. This arrangement allows the SoC to consume less battery, as each category can better address the needs of the user.
- Memory:8 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- Chip size: 7 nanometer
- CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x Gold), 2.41 GHz (3x Gold), 1.78 GHz (4x Silver)
- CPU cores: 8 Cores (4 Gold + 4 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 640
Rumors have it that the OnePlus 7 will increase the battery capacity again to 4,000 mAh. Oxygen OS is already aggressive when it comes to battery management, which is why the OnePlus 6 had impressive battery life despite its 3,300 mAh battery. When the 6T arrived with its 3,700 mAh battery, it quickly rose to the top of battery performance, managing battery life around or higher than phones with larger capacity. If rumors are correct, the OnePlus 7 will be a battery life champ, providing nearly two days on a charge.
CEO Pete Lau already confirmed wireless charging will not be coming to the OnePlus 7. However, There is a strong chance OnePlus’ new Warp Charge 30 (which first debuted in the OnePlus 6T McLaren) will make an appearance on the OnePlus 7. This fast charger is an improvement on their previous technology (formerly known as Dash Charge). This technology is a 30W charger (up from the 20W in the last version) that manages to charge the 6T McLaren’s battery to 50% in 20 minutes.
- Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
- Capacity: 4,000 mAh
- Wired charging: yes, Warp Charge 30
- Wireless charging: no
All signs indicate the OnePlus will make a radical change to the front-facing camera. Instead of being housed right above the display in either a bezel or notch, it will use a pop-up mechanism. The camera in the OnePlus 7 will rise from the frame of the phone whenever you need it, and hide when you don’t.
This change helps in two major ways. The first is it frees up the display for a notch-less design in the pursuit of an all-screen front face. The second is it provides comfort for privacy-conscious individuals. Instead of your camera always pointing toward you and having to trust the software to protect you from background monitoring, you are now physically protected with the camera tucked safely away when not in use.
- Resolution: 16 MP
- Aperture: Unknown
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash: yes, screen flash
- Image stabilization: Unknown
- RAW support: Unknown
- Object detection: Unknown
- Formats: Unknown
OnePlus is also improving the rear cameras by both increasing the resolution and the number of cameras. Similar to Huawei, OnePlus is using three cameras, with the primary sensor being 48 megapixels. With such a high resolution, the OnePlus 7 will able to capture more details in each photo. There is also a 20 MP second lens and 5 MP third lens.
It is possible the cameras are arranged similarly to Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which used a 40 MP main sensor, an 8 MP telephoto lens, and a 20 MP ultra-wide lens. Ultrawide lenses are all the rage in 2019, so it makes sense for the 20 MP camera on the OnePlus 7, with the 5 MP being a 2x optical zoom telephoto lens for distant shots. However, all of this is just us speculating.
- Resolution: 48 MP + 20 MP + 5 MP
- Sensor size: Unknown
- Aperture: Unknown
- Zoom: yes, Unknown
- Flash: Unknown
- Image stabilization: yes
- RAW support: yes
- Lens cover: sapphire crystal
- Object detection: Unknown
- Formats: Unknown
While no rumors have arrived about the video performance, we can make some predictions based on its predecessor and its SoC. First, it should be able to handle 4K recording at 60 fps. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 can handle this with ease, and the 6T was already offering this option on the Snapdragon 845. Slow motion video should also be possible, with the SoC supporting 480 fps at 720p.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p, and 4K (2160p)
- Max frame rate: 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 720p at 60 fps
- Slow motion: Unknown
- Time-lapse: Unknown
- Photos: Unknown
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash access: Unknown
- Video stabilization: yes, EIS
- Object detection: Unknown
- Autofocus: Unknown
- Audio: Unknown
- Formats: Unknown
With its removal in the 6T, it is unlikely OnePlus brings back the 3.5 mm headphone jack, making the OnePlus 6 the last OnePlus device to include it. Based on its predecessor, it also will continue to use a mono speaker which is enhanced thanks to Dirac for better audio when not using a pair of headphones.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
- Stereo speakers: no
- Mics: Unknown
- Max speaker volume: Unknown
The OnePlus 7 should support the usual set of codecs found in Android phones.
- Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
- Video: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM
We expect OnePlus 7 to include the same sensors as the 6T.
- Accelerometer: yes
- Ambient light: yes
- Barometer: no
- Color temperature: yes
- Compass: yes
- Gravity: no
- Gyroscope: yes
- Hall: no
- Infrared: no
- Laser: no
- Pedometer: no
- Proximity: yes
We are not sure if the OnePlus 7 will update the satellite navigation technology, but we expect at least the same support as the 6T.
- GPS: yes
- aGPS: no
- Glonass: yes
- BeiDou: yes
- Galileo: yes
- QZSS: no
We do know that the OnePlus 7 is not the 5G phone OnePlus teased at Mobile World Congress. That is another phone which will debut later in the year and may not come to the US for a while. While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 supports up to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), no phone released with the SoC besides the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup includes support, so are wary of its inclusion.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/ac
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: nano-SIM
- Port: USB Type-C
Regarding security, the OnePlus 7 will once again use an in-display fingerprint sensor. Our hope is that they upgrade to an ultrasonic sensor, which wasn’t available at the time of the 6T’s release. With the newer sensors, you will be able to authenticate when your fingers are wet or dirty, and you can unlock your phone without having to wake the display first.
- Fingerprint scanner: yes, in-display
- Face scanner: no
- Iris scanner: no
- Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe