Should I Upgrade To OnePlus 7 Pro?

upgrade to OnePlus 7 Pro

With OnePlus breaking the tradition of launching a flagship phone every year, it has now launched two variants in 2019, the OnePlus 7 & OnePlus 7 Pro. Regardless of their marketing strategies, it seems important for potential buyers to understand the difference between them and compare with preceding variant, the OnePlus 6T.

OnePlus 7 Pro is undeniably the premium flagship device which comprises the latest technological developments yet, in the mobile universe. Let’s compare these devices and understand which device is suited for what purpose and if you already have OnePlus 6 or 6T, should you consider an upgrade?

OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 6T vs OnePlus 7 vs OnePlus 7 Pro

I have compared some of the noticeable features that actually make a difference. If any feature remains unchanged from the previous variant, then clearly the older remains the winner in that category as it was available earlier and cheaper.

General Features

Category Features OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6T OnePlus 7 OnePlus 7 Pro Verdict Winner
General Operating System Android v9.0 (pie) Android v9.0 (pie) Android v9.0 (pie) Android v9.0 (pie) Oxygen OS updates are provided regularly. OnePlus 6
SIM Slot Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE No scope of Improvement OnePlus 6
Colours Midnight Black, Mirror Black, Silk White, Red Midnight Black, Mirror Black, Purple Red, Mirror Grey Nebula Blue, Mirror Grey, and Almond OnePlus 7 Pro offers newer but less appealing colour.Also, the traditional black which attracts the majority of users is missing. OnePlus 6
Fingerprint Sensor Rear On-screen On-screen On-screen On-screen sensor does seem to have issues but is being updated constantly OnePlus 6T
Sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope All sensors available in all variants OnePlus 6

In the above table, it is clearly visible that Operating system, Sim slot and Sensors are the same in all variants.

The Fingerprint Sensor has been upgraded from the normal rear to On-screen in all the three variants. Though this technology is still facing issues and does not unlock the phone for many in the first go, but it is still a worthwhile feature to cherish. The device manufacturers are constantly researching on the limitations and providing system updates to improve it.

As for the colors, the OnePlus 7 Pro colors are not very appealing with an exception of Nebula Blue. The Black version which OnePlus 6 features was the most selling variant of all. Of course, Users can always use a back cover and customize the look, but the coverless beauty is more pleasing and even the special editions of Red and Purple looked fascinating.

Points Table

Variant General
OnePlus 6 4
OnePlus 6T 1
OnePlus 7 0
OnePlus 7 Pro 0

 

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Display Features

Category Features OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6T OnePlus 7 OnePlus 7 Pro Verdict Winner
Display Resolution 1080×2280 px, 402 PPI 1080×2340 px, 402 PPI 1080×2340 px, 402 PPI 1440×3120 px, 515 PPI OnePlus 7 Pro has indeed greater resolution with higher pixel density. OnePlus 7 Pro
Bezel-less display Yes, with Notch Yes, with Waterdrop notch Yes, with Waterdrop notch Yes, Notchless There is no Notch. OnePlus 7 Pro
Display Type Optic AMOLED Optic AMOLED Optic AMOLED Fluid AMOLED Fluid AMOLED supports 90Hz which means the screen would be refreshed 90 times per second. OnePlus 7 Pro
Screen Size 6.28″ (15.95 cm) 6.41″ (16.28 cm) 6.41″ (16.28 cm) 6.67″ (16.94 cm) The increase in screen size can be observed only between OnePlus 6 & 7 Pro with a difference of 1 cm which is negligible. OnePlus 6

 

When speaking of display, OnePlus 7 Pro clearly wins the round with better resolution, no notch display and Fluid Amoled display. However, the 1 cm increased screen size is not a feature to die for.

The resolution in OnePlus 7 Pro has improved over all three variants. And that even looks better with a notch-less display giving rise to popup selfie camera. The fluid Amoled display has the capability to refresh the screen 90 times per second as compared to the normal 60 times found in most phones. This would help us while streaming live videos and playing games like PUBG which would constantly refresh enabling the user to view the most current screen.

The screen size increased 0.5 cm from OnePlus 6 to OnePlus 6T & 7 and increased a bit more of 0.5 cm in OnePlus 7 Pro, making it 1 cm larger than OnePlus 6 which is a negligible difference.

Points Table

Variant General Display
OnePlus 6 4 1
OnePlus 6T 1 0
OnePlus 7 0 0
OnePlus 7 Pro 0 3

 

Performance Features

Category Features OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6T OnePlus 7 OnePlus 7 Pro Verdict Winner
Performance Processor Octa core (2.8 GHz Quad core + 1.8GHz Quadcore) Octa core (2.8 GHz Quad core + 1.8GHz Quadcore) Octa core (2.84 GHz Singlecore + 2.42 GHz Tricore + 1.8GHz Quadcore) Octa core (2.84 GHz Singlecore + 2.42 GHz Tricore + 1.8GHz Quadcore) Undisputedly faster OnePlus 7
RAM 6 GB & 8 GB 6 GB & 8 GB & 10GB 6 GB & 8 GB 6 GB & 8 GB & 12GB A 6GB phone never freezes as per my personal experience. Not sure if there are any apps that require 10 or 12 GB of RAM. OnePlus 6
Storage 64 GB & 128 GB 64 GB & 128 GB & 256GB 128 GB & 256 GB 128 GB & 256 GB The Quantity and Quality of Media is on a constant rise. The more storage you have the better especially if your phone does not support expandable memory. OnePlus 6T
Expandable Memory No No No No No expandable memory OnePlus 6
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855 is significantly improved by all means. OnePlus 7
Graphics Adreno 630 Adreno 630 Adreno 640 Adreno 640 Adreno 640 has a 20% improved performance over Adreno 630. But, it would hardly make any difference while playing PUBG or Asphalt OnePlus 6
USB OTG Support YES YES YES YES All devices support an external flash drive OnePlus 6

 

This is the most important section of features which actually makes any real difference between two devices.

The processor in OnePlus 7 Series in undoubtedly faster. Qualcomm has cleverly integrated three different types of cores into one chipset of Snapdragon 855 making it the faster mobile processor yet. Also, integrated into this chipset is Adreno 640 which has a guaranteed 20% improved performance over Adreno 630 which is featured in the OnePlus 6 series. However, that 20% is unlikely to be observed by the users, yet.

When it comes to RAM, the more the better, is the common notion. But, too much RAM will not be beneficial until there are Apps and Processes that can reap its benefits. In most cases, even 6GB of RAM stays idle, let alone 8 + GB. There is no point in spending money on greater technology, which is not useful.

With no support for expandable memory and USB OTG support in all, this section ends up in a stalemate for all variants.

Finally, speaking of inbuilt storage one must take notice that there is no scope of expandable memory. The number of tasks one can perform on mobile devices has also increased. This has resulted in increase of the number of files that need to be stored on a mobile. Also, the quality of media has increased from SD to HD with 1080 resolution. All these points lead to obtaining a device with the maximum storage possible. A 256 GB storage capacity would be decent and was available in OnePlus 6T.

Points Table

Variant General Display Performance
OnePlus 6 4 1 4
OnePlus 6T 1 0 1
OnePlus 7 0 0 2
OnePlus 7 Pro 0 3 0

Camera Features

Category Features OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6T OnePlus 7 OnePlus 7 Pro Verdict Winner
Camera Camera Rear 16 MP + 20 MP 16 MP + 20 MP 48 MP + 5 MP 48 MP + 16 MP + 8MP Three cameras with one reaching the sky with 48mp is undoubtedly the best. OnePlus 7 Pro
Camera Front 16MP 16MP 16MP 16MP All devices have the same front camera OnePlus 6
Physical Aperture F1.7 F1.7 F1.7 F1.6 Slight improvement but the difference would be overlooked OnePlus 6
Image Resolution 4616 x 3464 Pixels 4616 x 3464 Pixels 8000 x 6000 Pixels 8000 x 6000 Pixels Resolution does matter. The higher, the better. OnePlus 7
Camera Features 2 x Digital Zoom 2 x Digital Zoom 2 x Digital Zoom Digital Zoom, 3 x Optical Zoom Optical zoom helps in clearity for distant captures OnePlus 7 Pro

Believe it or not, many users only look for the camera features before purchasing a new mobile device. Though mobile phones cannot replace the professional cameras like DSLR’s, but they are always handy and quite capable of capturing beautiful moments. From clicking selfies to shooting small videos for Instagram and WhatsApp Status, these small cameras in our pocket are being constantly updated by the manufacturers.

A 48 MP camera will undoubtedly work wonders for all photography enthusiasts. Supporting that for increasing depth focus, two additional cameras of 8 and 16MP have been added in OnePlus 7 Pro making it a clear winner. It has also inculcated 3x optical zoom which helps to zoom out further while maintaining clarity. The image resolution has also increased to 8000 x 6000 pixels.

However, OnePlus did not increase the Selfie camera and it remains constant at 16MP for all variants. The physical aperture, which determines how much light is allowed in the camera, remains almost the same.

Points Table

Variant General Display Performance Camera
OnePlus 6 4 1 4 2
OnePlus 6T 1 0 1 0
OnePlus 7 0 0 2 1
OnePlus 7 Pro 0 3 0 2

 

Battery Features

Category Features OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6T OnePlus 7 OnePlus 7 Pro Verdict Winner
Battery Battery 3300 3700 3700 4000 The phone is used for multiple tasks other than receiving calls. We all need as much battery as possible. OnePlus 7 Pro
Wireless Charging   No   No   No   No Wireless charing not supported yet. OnePlus 6
Quick Charging Dash Dash, 50 % in 28 minutes Dash Warp, 48 % in 20 minutes The faster, the better. OnePlus 7 Pro

A day without using a mobile phone is unimaginable. The more you use it, the more juice you need. A perfect device would be the one which stores more charge and gets charged faster than others. Only OnePlus 7 Pro satisfies both these requirements making it a must have device. However, Wireless charging technology has not been introduced by OnePlus into any of its devices.

Points Table

Variant General Display Performance Camera Battery
OnePlus 6 4 1 4 2 1
OnePlus 6T 1 0 1 0 0
OnePlus 7 0 0 2 1 0
OnePlus 7 Pro 0 3 0 2 2

 

Media Features

Category Features OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6T OnePlus 7 OnePlus 7 Pro Verdict Winner
Media Audio Jack 3.5 mm USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C I do miss the 3.5mm jack but with a suitable adapter, I can still use them on any device OnePlus 6T
FM Radio No No No No No FM Radio support in all devices OnePlus 6

 

A 3.5mm headphone jack, though sought-after till now by many, is considered obsolete. A suitable adapter can assist you to use your old 3.5mm headphones with USB Type C jack in the newer phones. It just that you can’t charge and plug in your headphones at the same time. But, we have something called Wireless Bluetooth Headphones invented a long time ago.

FM Radio is not available on any of the OnePlus devices.

Points Table

Variant General Display Performance Camera Battery Media
OnePlus 6 4 1 4 2 1 1
OnePlus 6T 1 0 1 0 0 1
OnePlus 7 0 0 2 1 0 0
OnePlus 7 Pro 0 3 0 2 2 0

 

The Final Assessment

Points Table

Variant General Display Performance Camera Battery Media TOTAL
OnePlus 6 4 1 4 2 1 1 13
OnePlus 6T 1 0 1 0 0 1 3
OnePlus 7 0 0 2 1 0 0 3
OnePlus 7 Pro 0 3 0 2 2 0 7

 

The journey of comparing the OnePlus devices has finally ended and the results have been surprising enough with OnePlus 6 getting more points. But this does not mean that OnePlus 6 is better than OnePlus 7 Pro. It only implies that with an increased cost as that of OnePlus 7 Pro, there was definitely more it could offer.

OnePlus 7 Pro does offer a better camera, a faster processing chipset, a notch-less display and an improved battery life with quicker charging capabilities, but it could also have included other features offered by other flagship phones like wireless charging, additional sensors, expandable memory, selfie camera and FM radio.

Finally, if you are a OnePlus 6 user, you must upgrade to OnePlus 7 Pro, as it has some incredible features combing the best of OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 7 along with its own. However, if you own a OnePlus 6T or a OnePlus 7, then you must take your decision based on what features OnePlus 7 Pro offers and how much you really need them.

OnePlus mobile phones are available on Amazon.com. Most of them are factory unlocked which means they are not carrier specific and can be used with any sim card.

 

OnePlus 7 Pro - Mirror Gray OnePlus 7 Pro

8GB RAM/256 GB Storage

Mirror Gray

$868.90 Click here to buy
OnePlus 7 Pro - Nebula Blue OnePlus 7 Pro

8GB RAM/256 GB Storage

Nebula Blue

$869.00 Click here to buy
OnePlus 6T - Mirror Black OnePlus 6T

8GB RAM/128 GB Storage

Mirror Black

$579.00 Click here to buy
OnePlus 6 - Midnight Black OnePlus 6

8GB RAM/128 GB Storage

Midnight Black

$378.00 Click here to buy
USB C to 3.5 mm OnePlus Headphone Adapter USB C to 3.5mm OnePlus Headphone Adapter

 

$8.99 Click here to buy

 

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