OnePlus was at the MWC 2019 tech show earlier this year not to unveil a new smartphone, but to showcase one that’s coming soon. At the time, we only knew it as OnePlus 5G phone, but today, we know that it will be called OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.
So, what do you think you know about the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro 5G phone? Is it the design? The specs? Or maybe the camera and what it brings? What about the price and market availability?
In this post, we talk about all of these things and more about OnePlus’ first 5G phone that is expected to arrive in a few weeks’ time.
- 6.7-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ (3140×1440) Super AMOLED display, 90Hz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
- Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem
- 6GB or 8GB or 12GB RAM
- 128GB or 256GB storage
- Tri-lens main camera: 48MP (f/1.6, OIS, EIS)+ 16MP (f/2.2, 117° ultra-wide) + 8MP (f/2.4, 3x zoom)
- 16MP (f/2.0) pop-up selfie camera
- 4000mAh battery
- OxygenOS on top of Android Pie
- Extras: 5G network, Bluetooth 5.0, In-display fingerprint scanner, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, 30W Warp charge, dual stereo speakers, etc.
4G Pro with a 5G modem
If you have been religiously following OnePlus 7 rumors and leaks, you’ll know that the above specs sheet mimics that of the much-anticipated OnePlus 7 Pro, which is the souped-up variant of the standard OnePlus 7. For those not in the know, recent reports claim the 5G variant will only be the 4G Pro model with a 5G modem.
What’s still uncertain is the 5G modem to be used between the Snapdragon X50 and X55, but everything else remains the same as the Pro variant. This means we are looking at the same 95% screen-to-body ratio on a massive 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint scanner, the first of its kind from OnePlus.
Apparently, the full-screen design is helped by the pop-up selfie camera that eliminates the need for bezels or even the notch. The same tri-lens main shooter expected on the 4G Pro should keep its place on the 5G variant and so should the dual stereo speakers, USB-C, and a flurry of other tech.
A bigger battery?
Samsung went for a bigger 4500mAh battery in the Galaxy S10 5G. While the 6.7-inch screen could be the reason for having this massive unit, it’s also believed the Korean company is being careful because it’s still unclear how kind 5G modems can be on the battery.
This is also reflected in the LG V50 ThinQ, which has the same screen size as the V40 ThinQ but because of the added support for 5G, it gets a bigger 4000mAh battery compared to the 3300mAh unit in its predecessor.
Apparently, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will stick to the same battery unit as the 4G Pro variant – a 4000mAh unit. If this is true, it’ll be interesting to see how battery life on the two devices compares. Perhaps something north of 4300mAh would do.
It’s meant for Europe and Asia
As long as there is ready infrastructure, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G should be available in Europe and Asia. Of course, there aren’t so many countries with working 5G infrastructure, but we’ve heard before that Three will bring one of these to the UK while Elisa will have one for those in Finland.
It’s not clear which other European countries will get the 5G variant, but we do know China will lead the Asian countries getting it.
But not for the U.S. market
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G isn’t coming to the U.S. CEO Pete Lau told USA Today back in February that since 5G is still new, the company will first work to create awareness within the OnePlus community before moving to bring a 5G phone into the country.
Considering that 5G isn’t just ready to take off, it makes sense that OnePlus won’t bring its 5G phone to the U.S. just yet. At the moment, OnePlus and T-Mobile have a deal for the latter to sell its phones in the U.S., but we also know that the Chinese vendor is working on deals to bring its devices to Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.
It’s only when the company has secured deals with all four major carriers that launching a 5G phone would be feasible. After all, 5G coverage isn’t so widespread, which is why OnePlus needs all carriers on board if bringing a 5G phone into the country is to make any business sense.
One of the most affordable 5G phones?
OnePlus is nicknamed the flagship killer because of how affordable it prices phones. Usually, OnePlus phones are nearly half the price of their rivals from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Sony, and so on, but with the rumored specs sheet on top of the extra 5G support, we expect something a bit extraordinary, although still affordable compared to other 5G phones.
We still don’t have a price tag for obvious reasons. On the brighter side, OnePlus believes pricing the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G in the regions of $1000 would make it too costly, suggesting that it could end up in the same bracket as the Xiaomi MI MIX 3 5G.
We should find out everything we need to know on May 14th, the day OnePlus will unveil the OnePlus 7 trio.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) April 23, 2019
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will reportedly be sold in Blue, Grey, and Brown paint jobs.
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