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On a regular day in April 2014, a Chinese startup released a smartphone boldly calling it a ‘Flagship Killer’. Carrying a heavy arsenal under its cover but at a modest price, the OnePlus One made history.

 Even though the company at the time had only planned to sell around 50,000 units with their private invite system, the OnePlus One went on to be purchased by over a million people. The company with its famous motto “Never Settle” truly never did and now 5 years later, we welcome OP7 and 7Pro to the smartphone family.

 There a lot of firsts by OP this time. First QHD+ screen, first 5G model. However, with the price now jumping up to US$700 from a modest 300, can OnePlus still be deemed a flagship killer? Let’s find out.

Specifications

One Plus 7

The official specifications have not been released by the company but there are enough rumours flying around.  (These details have been gathered from multiple sources and hence are subject to change once the official specifications are released)

The OnePlus 7 is rumoured to have a 6.4″ (16.26 cm) display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080.

In terms of the camera, the device will feature a rear dual camera setup of a  48MP F1.7 lens + 5MP Depth lens.

The device will run on Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system. In terms of the processor, the phone sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Soc with speeds clocking up to 2.84GHz. The GPU is an Adreno 640 which will provide a smooth gaming experience coupled with RAM options of  6 & 8 GIGS. The storage options give the user the option to choose between 128GB/256GB of high-speed UFS 3.0 storage.

A German website called WinFuture with writer Roland Quandt are to thank for these images.  

One Plus 7 Pro & 5G Pro

The OnePlus 7 Pro and 5G Pro will feature a QHD+ Super AMOLED 90Hz display. A really important thing to note is that this is the first time a OnePlus phone will have a display with a combination of QHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The OP7 Pro will also have a 10GB RAM option.

OnePlus 7 Pros’ display has also been rated as one of the best displays of 2019. The screen has received an A+ grade from the popular display benchmark company ‘DisplayMate’ for its new panel. The rating consecutively means that the OP7 Pro will have one of the best displays in the smartphone market of 2019.

This is the first time a OnePlus device will feature 5G connectivity thanks to its  X50 modem providing superfast connection speeds and crisp voice quality. Paired with the superfast Qualcomm processor, it makes one hell of a combination.

The rumoured battery life ranges from 4000 to 4150mAh. The triple rear camera setup is a combination of a 48MP primary lens plus a 5MP telephoto lens. The front camera is a 16MP lens with additional selfie features.

The Event

The company has confirmed the date for the One Plus 7 series launch event which is going to be held on 14th May. OnePlus is planning to host four events on May 14th simultaneously across 4 premier locations and one in Beijing on 16th.

The times and venues for the 14th May event are –

Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre, Bangalore – India, 8:15 PM IST

Printworks, London – UK, 4 PM BST

Pier 94, New York – US, 11 AM EDT

The event in Beijing will be held on:

Yanqi Lake, Beijing – China, 2 PM PST, May 16 May 14th will bring a lot of news which will definitely tell us more about the company’s plans. Keep watching this space for more details!

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