OnePlus 7 vs OnePlus 7 Pro: Which Phone is Right for You?

By Tom Pritchard on at

For the first time ever, OnePlus has decided it's going to sell two phones at the same time, despite boasting about not doing that last year. It's something to do with the fact it's more popular now, and the company has the resources to develop and support two handsets at once. So we have the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro, both of which have respective pros and cons. The 7 Pro is nicer and flashier, but it's also more expensive, while the 7 is more affordable but doesn't have quite as much to offer. So which should you buy?

OnePlus 7 Specs vs OnePlus 7 Pro

The key difference between the two is the size and the display. Not only is the OnePlus 7 Pro 0.67-inches bigger than the regular 7, it also has a flashier screen. It has a boosted Quad HD resolution, quite the step up from the Full HD of the OnePlus 7, and a 90hz refresh rate to boot. There's also the 90hz refresh rate which is designed to smooth everything out when you're using the phone. It's not the highest refresh rate available on a smartphone, but compare the 7 and 7 Pro side by side and yo'll be able to see the 7 Pro is much, much nicer. The 7 Pro also supports HDR 10+, should you subscribe to any services that offer those sorts of videos.

Finally the main perk for the 7 Pro's display is that it has a proper full screen, without any notches or cutouts. The front camera is hiding behind the screen, and pops up whenever you need to use it. The Regular 7, on the other hand, has the same waterdrop notch as the OnePlus 6T.

It's also possible to get a 7 Pro with more RAM. Both models come with 6GB or 8GB variants, but only the 7 Pro comes with a hefty 12GB of memory. For most people that won't make a huge amount of difference, because they only need so many active processes. But if you're big on gaming at the highest settings possible, or use your phone for a lot of hardcore work, then 12GB of RAM may be worth thinking about. Just remember that you'll also be limited by the processor, and both models have the exact same Snapdragon 855.

The 7 Pro also has a more advanced camera array, with three rear lenses instead of two. Both phones have the same 48MP main sensor, but that's where the similarities end. While the OnePlus 7 only has a 5MP secondary sensor, the 7 Pro has an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom (up to 10x digital) and a 16MP ultra wide angle lens.

The telephoto lens means better zooming capabilities, with a 10x hybrid zoom maximum, as well as better depth sensing for things like portrait mode. It's not clear what what special stuff the 7's secondary lens does (if it does any), because OnePlus hasn't told us anything beyond the resolution and aperture.

In terms of battery the 7 Pro has 300mAh more than the regular 7, but that'll be put to use powering the fancy screen features. The 7 Pro also has Warp Charge 30, the 30W fast charging system that OnePlus debuted with the Mclaren Edition 6T. The standard 7, on the other hand, only has 20W fast charging that we've seen before.

That's where the differences end, though. Both phones run the same version of OxygenOS, which is based on Android Pie, with all the same bonus features. That means there's a screen recorder, distraction-busting Zen Mode, enhanced Gaming Mode, and all sorts of other things on both devices. The same goes for software improvements on the camera, with OnePlus promising its new Ultrashot feature will help you take the best possible photos. Similarly they both support the UFS 3.0 storage standard, so the 7 won't seem particularly sluggish when loading and saving.

Both phones have stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos as well, so if you're big on sound then you're not going to miss out by buying the cheaper phone. Sadly neither have a headphone jack, and it doesn't sound like that port is ever coming back.

If you've finished this and realised that getting the 7 doesn't seem like such a bad idea after all, then there are some things you should know. The main one being that the OnePlus 7 won't launch alongside the OnePlus 7. Instead you're going to have to wait until June to get your hands on one, though we don't know exactly when in June. But the benefit of this is that the price is considerably lower. Basically the same as the OnePlus 6T, in fact.

There are only two versions of the OnePlus 7 available, one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and another with 8GB Ram and 256GB of storage. Both are only available in Mirror Grey, and will cost £499 and £549, respectively.

Meanwhile the OnePlus 7 Pro's pricing starts at £649 for the 6/128GB model, rising to £699 for the 8/256GB model, and all the way up to £799 for the 12/256GB model. Which is a lot of money, and means you're basically paying an extra £100 for 4GB of RAM. The 6GB model is only available in Mirror Grey, while the 12GB Pro is only available in Nebula Blue. The 8GB model will be available in both colours on 21st May, and then Almond sometime in June. Again OnePlus hasn't said when in June, but we'll be sure to keep you in the loop once we find out more.

Meanwhile the OnePlus 5G doesn't have a release date at the time of writing, but OnePlus says it should be available once EE launches its consumer 5G networks.