OnePlus 7: the key info

What is it? The next flagship phone from OnePlus
When is it out? Launches May 14, that’s today!
What will it cost? Probably at least $549 / £499 / AU$599

The OnePlus launch has begun – you can follow the OnePlus 7 live stream, follow the  OnePlus 7 launch live blog, or you can see everything we know about this phone so far below.

We’re not going to be seeing one phone either, as the OnePlus 7 is going to be joined on stage by the OnePlus 7 Pro – which looks to be the far more impressive device from the two. 

If the rumors are to be believed – and trust us, there have been a lot – then the cheaper phone isn’t going to bring a lot new to the table, with a similar design to previous models. In fact, one of the toughest things about flipping through the rumors is working which pertains to the cheaper OnePlus 7, and which to the more advanced Pro version.

OnePlus has even told us one core feature about its next handset: the OnePlus 7 will be one of the first phones to support 5G – although this particular feature is likely reserved for the pricier OnePlus 7 Pro variant.

However, there look to be one or two interesting new features for the phone, so we’ve condensed down all the rumors to the ones we’re most confident in – so you can get a quick look at everything to expect with the OnePlus 7.

OnePlus 7 price and release date

The OnePlus 7 launch is coming today, after the Chinese firm sent out invites for simultaneous events in London, New York and Bangalore.

As for the OnePlus 7 release date – when you’ll actually be able to get your hands on one – that’s still up in the air, but going from what’s happened with previous launches, we’d expect it to ship before the end May.

It should go on sale soon, as the OnePlus 6T is close to being sold out across the world and OnePlus won’t want to have a period where consumers can’t buy any of its devices.

If the OnePlus 7 Pro does turn out to be the 5G variant, then you may have to wait a little longer for that version to hit shelves though, as carriers will need to enable their 5G networks first.

There’s no word on the OnePlus 7 price, but the OnePlus 6T – the most recent handset from the firm – launched at $549 / £499 / AU$599 and prices have been gradually creeping up since the range began, so we’d expect the OnePlus 7 will cost at least that much if not more.

If you want 5G though you might have to pay more. OnePlus has confirmed that it’s working on a 5G phone and while it’s not known whether the OnePlus 7 will support 5G, the company’s CEO has said that its 5G handset will cost between $200 and $300 more than its next 4G device.

And in the US you might be able to buy it from a carrier, as this is something OnePlus has said it’s looking into again. Last year’s OnePlus 6T was available through T-Mobile if you didn’t want to pay for the entire phone upfront and unlocked.

OnePlus 7 design and display rumors

Most of the previous rumors around the new OnePlus 7 seem to revolve around a huge screen, no notch and a pop-up camera – that’s certain to be used on the OnePlus 7 Pro, not the ‘normal’ variant.

The design of the basic model is going to be a slightly enhanced version of the 6T, it seems, according to the online rumors – so get ready to only go for this phone if you’re looking for something a little cheaper.

We’ve gathered together a few of the leaked images of the phone reported to be the OnePlus 7 – and indeed, they do look a lot like the OnePlus 6T, with a teardrop notch rather than a pop-up camera and two rather than three rear camera.

Unlike the 6T the flash is inside the camera block, and while previous rumors pegged the OnePlus 7 at having a 6.2-inch screen, it looks like we’re going to get the same size of screen as the OnePlus 6T at 6.41-inches.

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We also know some details about the OnePlus 7 Pro, but we don’t know if it’ll be the same for the standard model. For one thing, OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 7 Pro will have an HDR10+ screen.

This is an upgrade on HDR10, as it can go brighter and can change the brightness boundaries on a frame-by-frame basic.

The company has also strongly suggested that the OnePlus 7 range won’t have an IP rating but will have some level of water resistance.

Back in rumor land, we’ve heard more details about the possible specs of the OnePlus 7 Pro. According to a reliable source, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a QHD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate – we doubt this is coming to the cheaper OnePlus 7, though.

While this is the first we’ve heard of such a high refresh rate, it looks likely to be the case, as the CEO of OnePlus has also tweeted a teaser saying that the next product from the company will not just be fast but also smooth – so maybe the same internals will be offered for both, which would be a smart move.

All models of the OnePlus 7 will probably have a glass back, since OnePlus only recently switched to glass with the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. It’s likely to also have an alert slider, since previous handsets in the range do.

OnePlus 7 camera rumors

Sadly, OnePlus seems hell-bent on bringing only the facts about its OnePlus 7 Pro handset to the market, with scant information on the basic model. The cheaper phone is rumored to have a 48MP f/1.7 lens and a 5MP depth-sensor, so essentially one high-detail sensor and the capability to blur out the background more.

If you want to know what upgrades you’ll be seeing on the OnePlus 7 Pro, well, we have a few ideas of what camera features we could see in the OnePlus 7, specifically in the OnePlus 7 Pro, after a tech site got their hands on the handset early.

Among the features we know the handset will have, one of the most intriguing is 3x lossless optical zoom on the handset, which lets you zoom that far in without losing any image quality.

In addition the phone is set to scale back its AI scene optimization compared to competitors, and let these processing features be background functions rather than important features of the camera – so this could, in theory, be added to the software of the OnePlus 7 ‘basic’.

We also know that the Pro will feature a triple-lens camera, and OnePlus itself has shared camera samples (below) taken with it. It looks from these as though the lenses are standard, wide and telephoto.

OnePlus 7 spec rumors

There are plenty of spec rumors which we’ll come to below, but first it’s worth highlighting what we know for sure: the OnePlus 7 Pro has UFS 3.0 storage, which should make it faster at reading and writing data than most other phones.

Whether that feature will be available on the OnePlus 7 is currently unclear.

According to an in-depth specs leak – courtesy of Samsung News – the standard OnePlus 7 will have a Snapdragon 855 chipset, a 3,700mAh battery with 20W fast charging, and a choice of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage – that’s pretty similar to the current 6T in many ways.

The front-facing camera will, as noted, be above the screen in a small teardrop notch, rather than popping up mechanically (that will be reserved for the OnePlus 7 Pro).

OnePlus 7 5G rumors

OnePlus announced it will release the first 5G phone in Europe. The company is partnering with the UK network EE to bring said phone to the UK at some point in 2019.

A prototype of that phone has been shown off, complete with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and what appears to be a 21:9 screen – though elsewhere there are reports that the final device won’t have a 21:9 screen, and nor will it have wireless charging.

But it’s entirely possible that the OnePlus 7 won’t be the 5G-connected phone the company has been talking about. 

One rumor hinted that the 5G variant of thmay start at $649 (or $100 more than the 6T) – and more than one source reckons the 5G phone will be called the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, suggesting it will be a version of the OnePlus 7.

We’ve also seen possible case renders for the 5G model, which you can see below. We’d take these with a huge side of salt though, as they look more like the OnePlus 6T than most of the OnePlus 7 leaks we’re seeing. 

They do look similar to some renders above, supposedly showing the standard OnePlus 7, but we’d expect the 5G model to be more in line with the OnePlus 7 Pro.

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The aforementioned leak of OnePlus 7 Pro specs also mention the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, which sounds to have the same specs as the standard Pro model, just with 5G on board. That’s believable, as the company has previously claimed that it will launch one of the first 5G phones this year.  

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