Hands-On With the OnePlus 7 Pro's New Pop-Up Camera and Bezel-Free Display

OnePlus today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 7 Pro, which offers an impressive feature set at a price that beats out flagship devices from other smartphone manufacturers, including Apple.

We were able to go hands-on with the OnePlus 7 Pro at the OnePlus event this morning, so we thought we'd give MacRumors readers a look at the bezel-free display and pop-up camera, both of which are great smartphone features.

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The OnePlus 7 Pro is all display, with a 6.67-inch OLED screen that takes up the entire front of the device. There are no camera cutouts or notches on the display at all, and that's because OnePlus is using a nifty little front-facing camera that pops out of the back of the phone when you want to use it.

It's a feature that's unique to the OnePlus device, and it allows for an edge-to-edge top-to-bottom bezel-free display without sacrificing the selfie camera. The little pop out camera seems rather durable, though we'll have to see how it holds up over time.

OnePlus uploaded a video demonstrating the camera opening and closing more than 300,000 times (it's 12 hours long!) and another video that demonstrated it lifting up a rock, so it certainly seems to be able to hold up to abuse.

Though it's got a 6.67-inch display, the OnePlus 7 Pro is similar in size to the iPhone XS Max, just because there's no bezels to deal with. The display does curve around the edges of the device, which some may not like, but it looks undeniably good.

OnePlus calls the display a "Fluid AMOLED" display because it has a 90Hz refresh rate, a concept similar to the 120Hz refresh rate on the iPad Pro models. That refresh rate is more noticeable on a smaller device, and scrolling through the OS is super smooth.

Aside from the standout display and the unique pop-up front-facing camera, the OnePlus 7 Pro has some pretty decent specs. There's a triple-lens camera with telephoto, wide-angle, and ultra wide-angle lenses, an under-display fingerprint sensor, a Snapdragon 855 chip, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, a 4,000mAh battery, and a fast charging feature.

On the downside, the OnePlus 7 Pro doesn't offer wireless charging like many other smartphones on the market, nor does it have an Ingress Protection rating for water resistance. And of course there's one other major downside for Apple fans -- it runs Android.

OnePlus is charging more for this year's flagship OnePlus smartphone, and the 7 Pro is priced starting at $669. That's still quite a bit cheaper than the ‌iPhone XS‌ and flagship smartphones from other companies like Samsung, even though it's using some pretty high-end hardware.

What do you think of the OnePlus 7 Pro and the pop-up selfie cam? Let us know in the comments. We'll be taking a closer look at the OnePlus 7 Pro and comparing it to the ‌iPhone XS‌ Max in a future video, so keep an eye out for that.

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9 months ago

Moving parts? No thanks. Oh, and it runs Android? Pass.

Seriously? Those are the two main things you took away from this? A moving part and the ever so tired and close-minded “It runs Android lol so no thanks” response?

What about it having an actual full screen with no hideous notch with a 90Hz refresh rate, 6-12 gigs of RAM, and being touted as the fastest Android phone from various reviewers... all at a low $650 price point?
Rating: 62 Votes
9 months ago
Moving parts? No thanks. Oh, and it runs Android? Pass.
Rating: 61 Votes
9 months ago
Love the no notch screen. I still wish Apple would have just put a small bezel across the top.
The pop up camera is an interesting idea. Screen looks beautiful. I'm always happy to see competition. Keep pushing Apple higher. :-)
Rating: 53 Votes
9 months ago
That's a lot of phone for $669. Even more impressive is that for a little more ($749) you get 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Rating: 44 Votes
9 months ago
Meanwhile us iPhone users have two brand new colours to look forward to along with the same notch at the same 1k price tags. Yay!
Rating: 37 Votes
9 months ago
this looks like a great phone, apple plz catch up
Rating: 36 Votes
9 months ago
That screen is a real innovation, Apple can you please pay attention?
Yeah, we have enough emojis already...
Rating: 36 Votes
9 months ago
This and the S10/S10+ really show how kind of embarrassing it has become; from innovator to regurgitator. And this is coming from an iPhone user since the 3GS.

Adding a 3rd camera, and faster processor for a 3rd straight year with no design changes and a huge notch, is not innovative. Face ID or not. You are telling me in 3 model years, into 2020 with this fall's model, they can't figure out how to shrink the notch significantly or figure something else out? (like move the earpeice into the top frame and push the sensors/camera to the middle)

It is highly disappointing to see a company like Apple not able to innovate anymore. Regurgitating designs with a faster CPU and better camera(s) each year isn't interesting anymore. It's certainly not making people buy new phones/upgrade.

And this is 60% the cost of my current base 64gb XS Max; that's sad.

Not a fan of moving parts but never take selfies so not a real issue. Nor a fan of curved screens. But may be looking elsewhere from iOS this year if the rumors hold up as they tend to do by this time of year. Apple isn't pushing tech forward anymore like others are doing.
Rating: 28 Votes
9 months ago

Worse. It's motorized. So there's two things to break. Interesting idea, though.

At least in my case, I'd never use it, so it wouldn't break
Rating: 28 Votes
9 months ago
Well, moving parts can be durable, look at the mute switch on the iPhone. Never broke on mine iPhones at all. And when i was damn young I had many phones with many many moving parts and well, they were durable as hell, even Nokia 3250 which was...actually a two piece phone and it was rock solid.

Rating: 20 Votes

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