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OnePlus 7 Release Date, Price & Spec Rumours

Rumoured to come in three new gradient finishes, OnePlus 7 is looking as good on the outside as it is rumoured to be on the inside. Here's what we know about the OnePlus 7 UK release date, price and specifications.

New gradient colour options for the OnePlus 7 have leaked via Tiger Mobiles, and it looks every bit as gorgeous on the outside in Black Yellow, Black Purple and Cyan Grey as it is rumoured to be on the inside. The concept video from Waqar Khan shown above is more than likely based on these rumours, revealing the upcoming OnePlus 7 in two block colours and two gradients.

We're still around two months from launch for the OnePlus 7, yet online retailer Giztop has 'leaked' key details such as the price and specs. We're almost certain it's a load of old tosh, especially since the OnePlus 7 comes in more than £70 cheaper than the OnePlus 6T, listed on the site at £426.75/US$569/€500.72.

The listing is otherwise in line with rumoured specifications for the upcoming device, suggesting the retailer has likely created a product page based on rumours to drum up some hype and backlinks to its site.

It says the OnePlus 7 will have a 6.5in AMOLED screen with waterdrop display and in-display fingerprint sensor, a 2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with Adreno 640 GPU, 8/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB storage, a triple-lens rear camera (48Mp + 20Mp + 5Mp), a 16Mp pop-up selfie camera, a 4,000mAh battery that supports 44W Dash Charge, and the Oxygen OS 9 OS based on Android Pie.
Image: Tiger Mobiles

When Is The OnePlus 7 Release Date?
There has been much talk of OnePlus releasing a 5G phone in the first half of 2019 - before the end of May, according to the company - and at MWC in February it showed off the mystery device hidden behind glass.

It's thought that this will be a more expensive version of the standard OnePlus 7, which won't support 5G, and thus it makes sense that both phones launch in May.

OnePlus typically launches two flagship phones per year, with the most recent OnePlus 6T announced in late October 2018 and on sale in early November.

Prior to this the OnePlus 6 was announced on 16 May 2018, following the announcement of the OnePlus 5 on 20 June 2017.

How Much Will The OnePlus 7 Cost?
Value is a key USP of OnePlus' flagship smartphone line, and though we've come a long way from the £219 OnePlus One we don't think OnePlus is ready to break the £500 barrier just yet.

The OnePlus 6T starts at £499, and we've seen nothing in the rumoured specs to suggest the OnePlus 7 will hike this price any further - at least not for the standard model. We would expect a 5G version to cost more, potentially up to £599.

At the top of this article we've outlined a Giztop listing that includes pricing at £426.75/US$569/€500.72, but we don't assume it to be accurate.

In the UK it's possible to buy the OnePlus 6T on contract, which means you don't need to pay the full amount up front. For the OnePlus 7 this is also expected to be possible in the US, though the 5G version will not go on sale there, according to the company. 

OnePlus 7 Specification And Feature Rumours
At MWC OnePlus confirmed the 5G phone it was teasing behind glass would run the Snapdragon 855 with the X50 modem, and it was apparent that the device also had a 21:9 display. Little else was given away.

The tidbit of information that most caught our attention was the company's comment that there would also be a 4G version of the phone with only minor differences, suggesting that the 5G OnePlus is simply a more expensive version of the OnePlus 7, in the same way that Galaxy S10 5G is a variant of the standard non-5G S10.

If this is true, one of those minor differences between the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 5G will almost certainly be the modem, with the standard model instead using the X24 which is not able to take advantage of the next-gen connectivity standard.

The processor itself is super-fast, with a 45% improvement in general processing power and 20% in graphics over the 845, and would put the upcoming OnePlus 7 on the same level as the Galaxy S10, LG G8 and Xperia 1, but at a much lower price. Launching in Q2, the standard OnePlus 7 is expected to hit a sub-£500 price point.

In the OnePlus 6T we saw 6GB RAM and 128GB storage as standard, but options with 8GB and even 10GB of RAM, plus 256GB storage, are available. In the OnePlus 7 we could see 8GB RAM become the standard, while the top-end could go further still to as much as 12GB RAM.

That storage is especially worthy of note because in the OnePlus 7 it's tipped to be of the new and super-fast UFS 3.0 variety, according to Twitter leakster Ice Universe. Revealing early benchmarks of the handset, the phone he refers to simply as "the next OnePlus" delivers high sequential reads of 2279.8MB/s, sequential writes of 1801.1MB/s, random reads of 146.4Mb/s, 37240.3 IOPS and random writes of 137.5MB/s, 34962.27 IOPS. The current OnePlus 6T uses UFS 2.1 storage, and UFS 3.0 is more than 2x faster.

Pictured above is what could be our first look at the next OnePlus phone in the flesh (via Slashleaks). The handset on the left has ultra-slim bezels and no notch in sight, suggesting we could see a pop-up selfie camera.

Later images also posted to Slashleaks reveal exactly that, although the general consensus is that those images are fake.

We do not yet know whether OnePlus will go down the route of the pop-up camera or punch-hole cut-out, but it's worth noting that the latter had been expected for the Oppo R19, a flagship phone that was previously thought to have been imminent. With some strong similarities between the two companies and a lot of overlap between previous launches we wouldn't have been surprised to see a similar design.

However, the company has now confirmed that the R19 will not launch any time soon in 2019, but another flagship carrying the Snapdragon 855 processor will, most likely the Oppo Find Z.

Oppo VP Shen Yiren has posted on Weibo that an upcoming flagship will feature the Snadragon 855 chipset, a 4,065mAh battery and a 10x hybrid zoom camera. It's expected to arrive in Q2 2019.

We'll again see the 6.41in AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint sensor, though don't expect the screen resolution to go any higher than Full-HD+ - doing so would impact price and battery life, and Quad-HD is not considered to be a necessity.

Cameras may also see an upgrade, with many smartphone makers moving to a triple-lens array at the rear. This was rumoured for the OnePlus 6T, though the phone released late last year actually features a 16Mp + 20Mp dual-lens model.

We were also hoping to see wireless charging introduced in the OnePlus 6T, and the company has previously implied to us that the inclusion of the glass rear cover would make this possible. Yet OnePlus has previously complained that wireless charging is not fast enough to be practical. With 27W tipped for the upcoming Galaxy S10 we certainly wouldn't rule it out for the OnePlus 7. 

Another long sought after feature for the OnePlus series is proper waterproofing - will OnePlus 7 be the phone that finally introduces the feature?



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