The One plus 7 comes with a striking white and red box with the 7 logo clearly displayed, the red team continues to the charging cable supplied. This smartphone is a Mirror gray reflective with a gloss finish, this has an Aluminium frame with a comfortable feel and balance. The 6.41 inch model has a curved glass panel weighing in at 182 g. The unit is not listed as certified IP rating water or dust resistance, while made of Gorilla glass.

This lack of IP rating may be due to cost associated for the manufacturer keeping the cost down. One plus phones originally started in 2013 and are listed as a premium smartphone, the company initially sold only via invite system. These can now be purchased direct from Oneplus or via the main networks. This model is a dual sim allowing 2 sim cards in the unit, this allows the use of a private sim card and a work number or the option to use a local number outside of Europe when roaming.

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Dimensions: • 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm (6.21 x 2.94 x 0.32 in)

This comes in the box with the standard accessories you would expect OnePlus 7, Power Adapter, Type-C Cable (Support USB 2.0), Quick Start Guide, Welcome Letter, Safety Information and Warranty Card, LOGO Sticker and a clear plastic case. The case is a nice touch allowing the use of the phone straight away without the worry of scratching.

Key specifications One plus come with a high spec for the cost of the unit in comparison to other models, The Ram at 8 GB with 256 GB internal storage would match many laptops CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 (Octa-core, 7nm, up to 2.84 GHz), with Qualcomm AI Engine Operating system – OxygenOS based on Android™ 9

Additional Features Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass UltraShot, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image

Battery The USB C charger is a fast battery charging at 20W. This has a non-removable Li-Po 3700 mAh battery. The battery life exceeded high spec smartphones when used with a high volume of calls. The Oneplus phone lacks the wireless charging option but the phone will charge to about 80% in 50 minutes and a full battery in 90 minutes using the 20 Watt charger supplied.

Audio Dual stereo speakers Noise cancellation support Dolby Atmos Note this model does not come with a 3.5mm jack plug but has stereo speakers and active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

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Camera The main camera is a 48 MP, f/1.7, (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS Note the Sensor is a Sony IMX 586 giving excellent quality. 5MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor Front Camera16 MP with a Sony sensor IMX 471 Video, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@480fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS

The older Oneplus phones came with excellent specification build sturdy often let down by a poor camera, this model with a 48Mp camera has supersedes many of the premium phones given excellent footage. The design of the camera has notched design, this protrudes from the back of the phone which can look a bit out of place. Once a camera casing has been fitted the camera looks ok with the case taking any knocks or bangs. The result of this design using Sony sensors has resulted in excellent quality backed up by abundance of software to boost the picture.

Unlock Options • In-display Fingerprint • Face Unlock The fingerprint unlock option worked efficiently, this was instant to touch and unlocking the phone. The face unlocks took longer to get used to but worked.

Warranty The OnePlus phones come with one (1) year which is a disappointment for a quality brand and product.

Conclusion The common trend of One plus continues in the high specification at a reasonably price, the speed of the smart phone is a noticeable difference to many manufacturers, the Snapdragon 855 with the 8GB ram with the ram boost ensured this is fast and smooth in operations. The previous one plus phones theme of build solid (taking a knock or two) continues, with the Gorilla® Glass (while not IP rated) this model has a tendency to leave finger marks on the glass panel but is comfortable to hold and solid in one hand. The screen gave excellent video quality watching YouTube / Netflix.

I have used many of the One plus phones in the past, often better know by techies which want good quality and at reasonable price. The super-fast speed and display quality has an impressive gaming experience. Oneplus have focused on one or two models giving excellent quality, great specification with a comfortable feel. This is a smartphone highly recommended having used their phones in the past, this is a product that is first-class at a reasonable price.

Additional images and videos by Jim

By brendanlahert

20 years’ experience in the commercial technical industry. Interested in technology. Certified ITIL v3 Service Management, Project Management Prince 2, Six Sigma.

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