santoshsavanur, May 20, 2019 : First things first, a huge shoutout to OnePlus for giving me this opportunity to review the OnePlus 7 Pro, as part of The Lab program. I think it's a great initiative on their behalf to let the community members try out their newest devices and publish their honest feedback. About me: Project Manager by profession. Areas of interest include Tech, IT, smartphones, movies, cricket. Android user, Stock market noob, Bitcoin and blockchain beginner and a novice smartphone photographer. Opinions and rants at: https://twitter.com/santoshsavanur Moments at: https://www.instagram.com/santoshsavanur Device history: OnePlus One > OnePlus 2 > OnePlus X > OnePlus 3 > Google Pixel XL (dead, RIP) > Samsung S7 (current device) Ok, here we go! Introduction: From being a relatively unknown brand in the world of smartphones back in early 2014 to upstaging heavyweights such as Samsung and Apple more than once as the leading premium smartphone brand in India (Source: Counterpoint research http://tiny.cc/g9jz6y), OnePlus has come a long way in the last 5 years. Traditionally, at around this time of the year, OnePlus unleashes its 'Flagship Killer' device, with an incremental T variant (one-up over Apple's 'S' variants?) launching in November. Built on the foundation of "Never Settle", OnePlus packs its devices with top-of-the-line hardware, a near stock Android experience with almost no compromises, yet offers them at substantially lower prices when compared to their competitors. This year is no exception. Behold, the OnePlus 7 Pro. I will present this review in multiple chapters, each one targeting a specific topic about the device. 1. Unboxing 2. Build and Design [updated 27th May] 3. Display [updated 3rd June] 4. Performance/Software/Battery life/Miscellaneous [updated 5th June] 5. Camera [updated 8th June] 6. Conclusion [updated 8th June] Chapter 1: Unboxing: The OnePlus 7 ships in the same minimalist white cardboard box that we all have come to love, with the bright red OnePlus logo on the top. OnePlus has time and again attributed its success to the OnePlus community and its made evident on the box. The sides of the box have "Go Beyond Speed" and the "OnePlus 7 Pro" mentioned on them, while the rear shows the color, variant and IMEIs of the device within the box, along with some partner information. OnePlus sought my preference and I chose the Nebula Blue version with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB ROM. The other option offered was the Mirror Gray (same memory configuration). Just like everyone else, I had also seen the leaked renders and was very eager to get a feel of the Nebula Blue variant. OnePlus also sent along a Nylon Bumper case that looks pretty rugged and seems to offer a good grip. Opening up the box, we first get a bright red cardboard casing which contains the clear Silicon Case, along with the Safety Information Manual, a Welcome card, a SIM ejector tool, some paperwork and some OnePlus stickers. Once we get these out of the way, we get to the MVP. The OnePlus 7 Pro, wrapped in a thin plastic cover with a matte feel. Once you pick up the device, you immediately realize that it has some heft to it, which I don't recollect associating with OnePlus devices since the OnePlus 2. Take off the plastic cover and we're greeted with the stunning blue glass back, with a unique frosty looking matte finish and smooth curves. More on this in the design and build section. For now, I'll leave you with some pictures. Setting the phone aside, we get to the bottom two compartments of the box which house the WARP charger and the USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable. The charger is rated 30W (5V/6A) and OnePlus claims that it can charge the device 38% faster while keeping the thermals under control. Starting with the 6T, OnePlus has joined the "No 3.5 headphone jack" club, where the Type-C port serves for both charging and audio output. While this seems like a perfectly okay strategy to boost the sales of their accessories such as the Type-C Bullets and the Bullets Wireless, OnePlus not including a Type-C to 3.5 mm jack adapter within the box is a bummer. For a phone costing upwards of 650$ (>47k in India), including this adapter within the box is a no-brainer and OnePlus seems to have taken a step backwards here when compared to the 6T. As Zack from JerryRigEverything says, "Glass is glass and glass breaks" and to help protect the device, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a Silicon clear case within the box. The clear case has precise cut-outs for all the buttons and offer adequate grip while still allowing us to show off the gorgeous Nebula Blue back. However, I was more drawn towards the Nylon bumper case that OnePlus had sent additionally. The texture on the case offers a firm grip on the device, which otherwise can be a bit slippery owing to the smooth glass back. The Nylon bumper case also hides the camera bump when the phone is resting on its back and helps avoid the camera glass from getting scratched. The front of the case has a minute lip all along the edges, but it does not fully protect the screen when the phone is kept face down on any surface. As a personal preference, I choose protection over aesthetics when it comes to phone cases and hence, put my phone in the Nylon bumper case from day 1. Here are some more pictures of the device with case on. I have used the phone only for 3-4 days and here are the initial impressions. These might change based on how the device holds up over the next couple of weeks. 1. You already know this but I'll still say it. The display is just amazing. The in-display fingerprint sensor is way faster compared to the 6T. 2. Oxygen OS is extra smooth and snappy. No app crashes/freezes yet. 3. Initial battery life on QHD+ resolution + 90 Hz refresh rate gives around 5.5 - 6 hours SOT with light to moderate usage. 4. OnePlus just pushed an OTA over the weekend for the camera along with other improvements. So I'll reserve the opinion on that for later. 5. WARP charging is crazy fast. 0-100% takes approximately 75-85 minutes. 6. Stereo speakers work very well with the gorgeous display for binge watching on Netflix and YouTube.