While we don’t yet have an official launch date for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, both history and a recent splurge of leaks suggest that the hotly anticipated handsets are just around the corner.
Here’s everything we think we know about the OnePlus 7 range, including launch date, price and rumoured features.
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OnePlus 7 release date – When is the OnePlus 7 out?
Here’s when previous mainline OnePlus smartphones (not including the X or the T series’) have been announced:
- OnePlus One − April 2014
- OnePlus 2 − July 2015
- OnePlus 3 − June 2016
- OnePlus 5 − June 2017
- OnePlus 6 − May 2018
As you can see, there’s a clear pattern of… somewhere in the middle of the year, for mainline OnePlus phone releases. Interestingly, last year’s May OnePlus 6 announcement was the earliest since the OnePlus One in 2014.
OnePlus will officially reveal the OnePlus 7’s launch date on April 23, but recent leaks have pointed to May 14.
OnePlus 7 – 5G?
Before going any further, we need to talk about 5G. During the Qualcomm Tech Summit in Hawaii, OnePlus claimed that it would be the first company to launch a 5G smartphone in 2019 and announced a partnership with EE to achieve this goal.
As time has gone on, it’s looked increasingly like the OnePlus 7 will be joined by the OnePlus 7 Pro. And sure enough, on April 22, Pete Lau confirmed to The Verge that a OnePlus 7 Pro with 5G is indeed on the way.
OnePlus 7 price – How much will the OnePlus 7 cost?
There are expected to be up to three versions of the OnePlus 7 on the cards. These are:
- OnePlus 7
- OnePlus 7 Pro
- OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
The OnePlus 6 launched last year at a starting price of £469, before the OnePlus 6T received a bump up in price to £499. Prior to that, in 2017, the OnePlus 5 went for £449.
Moving further back, the OnePlus 3 was just £309 (swiftly increased to £329 because Brexit), the OnePlus 2 cost £289, and the OnePlus One first landed in 2014 for just £229.
If we were to take an educated guess on the base model OnePlus 7’s price, it would be the same as that 6T: £499. The OnePlus brand still stands for value, as there’s a lot of weight behind the idea of a flagship-level phone for literally half the price of Apple’s and Samsung’s latest efforts.
However, expect to pay a good chunk more for the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.
“The forecast from Pete is between $200 and $300 higher for the 5G device – not necessarily a problem for our users because it’s what they’re after,” Eric Gass, OnePlus’ director of global brand partnerships, told Trusted Reviews last year.
OnePlus 7 − All the biggest leaks
If you were hoping for a design revolution, renders suggest the standard edition of the handset might look very similar to its predecessor.
Previous speculation had suggested OnePlus was planning a full screen display with a pop-up selfie camera, but it now appears that’ll be saved for the Pro version of the handset. Renders shared with Pricebaba by serial tipster @OnLeaks point to a OnePlus 7 device that retains the display notch.
In fact, the main difference in these renders (below) is the presence of the flash within the camera bump, rather than on the outside. If the renders prove accurate they’ll also confirm the phone will retain a dual camera.
All this suggests the Pro version of the device is likely to boast more advanced features like the triple-lens camera, full-screen display and pop-up selfie camera.
Pete Lau has said that one of the OnePlus 7 Pro’s key features will be its “fast and smooth” display − something that will be exclusive to the Pro variant of the phone.
Without going into spec details, Lau says the panel cost the company three times as much as usual and will “redefine fast and smooth”.
Lau didn’t go into detail on the specs, but rumours have suggested OnePlus will debut a screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. That would beat all phones on the market aside from the gaming centric Razer Phones and ASUS ROG devices.
According to tipster tipster Ishan Agarwal the OnePlus 7 Pro’s screen will be a Quad HD+ Super AMOLED affair, which will offer improved haptic feedback, thanks to a new vibration motor.
He says the handset will also be equipped with a 4000mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge, dual speakers, a triple rear camera setup featuring a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens, and USB 3.1 connectivity.
OnePlus 7 – Software
As for software, the company’s OxygenOS has matured into a well-kept skinned take on Android and it’s always improving.
We were reminded of OnePlus’ FSE Team (short for ‘Fast, Stable and Efficient’) during Qualcomm’s Hawaii event, but OnePlus initially introduced them to the world back in April 2018.
An arm of the company’s R&D division, the FSE work with both hardware and software to ensure OnePlus phones are the best that they can be, which should mean the forthcoming OxygenOS experience, anticipated to run atop Android 9.0, should feel rock-solid when the phone does launch.
As for new features, the company has always tried to develop OxygenOS based primarily on user feedback, introducing features requested from the likes of social media channels, as well as their own forums.
This year, things were taken a step further, with an open invitation for users to suggest features. The winning suggestion would then see implementation within OxygenOS, while the winner would be granted a ‘VIP experience’, including being brought out to the launch of the next OnePlus phone.
With the submission window wrapping up at the end of February, OnePlus then announced that forum user Léandro Tijink had won. Tijinka had created a 2671 document (with imagery), suggesting over 20 tweaks to the way OxygenOS could function; from the initial setup experience to a reworked quick settings panel.
Read Tijinka’s forum post here, for an impressively detailed breakdown of what we might be able to see within OxygenOS on the OnePlus 7.
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