OnePlus 7 rumor review: price, release date, and new features

 phonearena.com  1/14/2019 5:00:00 PM 

In this article, we are rounding up and evaluating the leaks to paint a picture of the new OnePlus 7 before its official launch.

What will be the biggest new OnePlus 7 features? Will it finally match the mainstream flagships in terms of camera quality? And has the OnePlus team hidden some surprises?

Rumored Specs:

Snapdragon 855, 7nm processor

True edge-to-edge AMOLED screen

8GB-10GB RAM

128GB+ storage

Dual SIM, no microSD

Smaller battery

No headphone jack

The biggest rumored change for the OnePlus 7 is without a doubt a true edge-to-edge screen. No notch, no disruptions.

How can OnePlus achieve this? Just like other Chinese companies have: the Honor Magic 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 are two devices that already have such a design, and to achieve the full-screen trick, they use a slider design. Yes, just like all those phones from back in the day.

The OnePlus 7 is expected to be similar: a two-part design with the top part sliding down to reveal the bottom part where you have the front camera. This would mean that you would need to quickly slide the phone down and up if you want to use the face recognition system.

The OnePlus 6T is a pretty reliable phone, a product of gradual iteration, but one thing many people agree is that the new fingerprint scanner that is embedded inside the display is just not as fast as traditional fingerprint scanners.

We hope and expect the OnePlus 7 to rectify this: by the time it launches, Qualcomm's ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint technology should already be available to OnePlus and it promises to be faster and more reliable than the optical technology that is used in the 6T.

If there was just one thing that keeps OnePlus from completely taking over mainstream flagships that would have to be the camera: it performs very well during the day, but just can't quite keep up with the best at night.

While this is just a speculation, the launch of the new OnePlus 7 coincides with availability for Sony's brand new 48-megapixel sensor for phones and that one holds a big promise. It uses pixel-binning technology and combines four pixels into one to deliver a big improvement in low-light photos. Rumors are that even the Samsung Galaxy S10 might feature that sensor.

So yes... here's to hoping that OnePlus will use this futuristic new sensor and make the most of it.

OnePlus has slowly, but steadily increased prices for its phones and we expect the price to grow even further with the OnePlus 7. The new generation processor and the rumored edge-to-edge screen are big improvements that would certainly justify a price hike.

We expect the OnePlus 7 price to start at around $580 to $600 for the base model, with higher prices for models with more RAM and added storage. With Apple and Samsung's meteoric increases in the price of mainstream flagships, OnePlus certainly has the wiggle room to raise the price and still be considered an excellent value for the money.

The OnePlus 7 release date is not announced yet, so we can only take an educated guess here and our guess would be that the phone will be released in June of 2019. OnePlus has unveiled all its recent phones (OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3) in late May and early June, and we expect it to stick to this schedule.
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