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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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.

    Article Link: Hands-On With the OnePlus 7 Pro's New Pop-Up Camera and Bezel-Free Display
  2. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    Moving parts? No thanks. Oh, and it runs Android? Pass.
  3. hmark8 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    If it's bezel free why is their a black bezel around the entire thing? Certainly a small bezel though compared to competitors. Though definetly wouldn't want moving parts on a phone.
  4. Swift macrumors 68000


    Feb 18, 2003
    Los Angeles
    One more thing to break, expensively. Why?
  5. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    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. :)
  6. seble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    I actually think it looks really cool but the article mentions 'smooth scrolling', I just hate Android scrolling. I actually think this phone presents a strong anti-iPhone case.

    Lack of wireless charging also blows though
  7. buklauu macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2017
    I can't wait for high, variable refresh rate screens in more phones, though this is obviously contentious due to it being an additional battery drain. This is the design Apple was trying to get, but I doubt they'd ever introduce a mechanical point of failure like this. They'll only reduce the notch size or remove it completely when they can figure out how to hide all those cameras and sensors under the screen or in the bezel.
  8. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    this looks like a great phone, apple plz catch up
  9. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
  10. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    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.
  11. Crowbot macrumors regular


    May 29, 2018

    Worse. It's motorized. So there's two things to break. Interesting idea, though.
  12. snowboarder macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    That screen is a real innovation, Apple can you please pay attention?
    Yeah, we have enough emojis already...
  13. the-bigwig macrumors member

    May 17, 2016
    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.

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  14. Cosmosent macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    How much DRAM on the cheapest version ?

    RAM Management has become one of the weakest areas of ALL smartphones the past few years, including iPhones, & Android phones have a Rep for being even worse.
  15. hofer macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2006
  16. theredensign macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2016
    Considering how most Android phones have followed the notch trend, it’s nice to see a company taking a different approach, even if the motorised camera idea is nothing new.

    Does the ‘chin’ and resulting lack of symmetry on almost every Android bother anyone else, though?
  17. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    Considering the features to price ratio, Samsung is probably not happy.

    One does wonder at the price, considering everyone uses the same main parts in the same factories whether these guys are playing a long - loose everyone out of the market then they get it all game (Apple breaks this to an extent cause of its privacy angle). Happened in the rare earth element market.
  18. Nabru50 macrumors newbie


    Aug 24, 2017
    United States
    At least in my case, I'd never use it, so it wouldn't break
  19. ani4ani macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2012
    More like dragging Apple up!
  20. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    Someone may need to do a DFMEA on this.
    What happens when the phone slips out of hand when taking selfie with the motorized camera stuck out?
  21. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    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!
  22. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    The phone has motion sensors and accelerometers that will retract the camera before it hits the ground.

    There's a demo of it in MKBHD's video review.

    Though I guess it all depends on how high the phone is when it falls. Still it's cool that they though of it!
  23. Khedron macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2013
    Cheaper than the XS? It's a lot cheaper than the XR, proving just what overpriced trash that phone is.
  24. badatusernames macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2018
  25. Khedron macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2013
    No. The chin is much smaller than the digital chin Apple builds into iOS to solve the problem that you need to be able to swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

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