May 4th, 2019

In the past few months, we have been treated to some very impressive smartphones from reputable companies such as Samsung and Huawei. Flagship handsets from both these companies have been equipped with very fancy camera hardware which has left us amazed, but it seems that there is one company we probably shouldn’t take for discount just yet: OnePlus.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is expected to be announced in the coming weeks and there is plenty to be excited about, but what we’re most looking forward to would actually be the cameras on the phone. This is based on samples we’ve seen where it feels like the OnePlus 7 Pro could be the “must have” smartphone of 2019.

Now, to claim the title of “must have” smartphone of 2019 is a tall order, but if we had to sum up a reason why the OnePlus 7 Pro deserves it, it would be price.

We know we mentioned camera samples, but we think it’s important that you consider its price while looking at these samples as well. OnePlus has a reputation for making its phones relatively affordable. The OnePlus 7 is rumored to cost around $570, and while we don’t know how much the Pro version could cost, there is a good chance it could still be cheaper than other flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Huawei P30 Pro.

This means that if you’d rather not pay close to $1,000 and if most of your photos tend to go up on social media (where they are compressed), the OnePlus 7 Pro seems more than capable of delivering some excellent quality shots.

Image credit – Andrew Williams/WIRED

These samples were taken using the OnePlus 7 Pro, where some of them were published on WIRED who got their hands on a production model, while others were posted onto the OnePlus Twitter account. Another was shared by Harper’s Bazaar India where the OnePlus 7 Pro was actually used in capturing the cover photo for the latest issue of the magazine.

One of the notable highlights is how the OnePlus 7 Pro will be sporting a 3x zoom lens. OnePlus had previously bragged about how the OnePlus 5 had a 2x zoom lens, but in reality, it had a 1.6x zoom lens and made up the difference by cropping, but that has changed with the OnePlus 7 Pro and its “real” zoom.

The difference can indeed be seen and felt where the samples have shown that for the most part, it can zoom in pretty far while retaining a fair amount of detail. Take for example the photo of the zoomed in crow, where you can actually make out the textures of its feathers, even the stray ones at the end of its tail. The cracks, crevices, and shadows in the driftwood are also equally detailed and impressive. According to OnePlus imaging director Simon Liu:

“We’re bringing a lot more clarity and density to our pictures. Our pictures are a lot more detailed compared to our previous phones.”

The photo on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar India is a good example of that, where had we not known it was the OnePlus 7 Pro, it would have been easy to assume that it was taken using a professional DSLR. To top it off, the magazine claims that it was not filtered or digitally altered in any way, which suggests that this could be as straight out of camera as it gets.

Combine the (potentially) lower price tag with camera hardware and tech that could give its more expensive competitors a run for their money, for now, it does feel like the OnePlus 7 Pro could very well be the “must have” smartphone of the year.

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