OnePlus CEO Pete Lau spoke exclusively to The Verge today regarding the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro, the company’s higher-end version of its 2019 OnePlus 7 flagship. Lau confirmed in the interview that the Pro’s display will be a “breakthrough” for smartphones and that it “has to be seen to be believed.”
In the interview, Lau confirmed the OnePlus 7 Pro name as the higher-end version of the OnePLus 7. This is where most of the company’s innovation for 2019 will live as it’ll have the best specs, the best design, and the highest price. Today, Lau only wanted to talk about the display, but he has good reason to.
With the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus will be spending three times the amount of money it usually spends on screens for its phones. That’s because this new panel will “redefine fast and smooth,” according to Lau. “The first time I saw it myself, I was stunned.” Lau doesn’t go into detail about why this is so, but we have a solid guess: a higher refresh rate.
A report surfaced last week indicating that OnePlus would include a display with a higher refresh rate on its new flagship, and Lau basically confirms that today. In the report, it’s mentioned that the phone will use a 90Hz refresh rate instead of the typical 60Hz. This will lead to smoother animations and a much more pleasant viewing experience since everything will refresh on the screen at a higher rate. We’ve seen similar implementations on the Razer Phone and iPad Pro which use 120Hz displays. There’s a good chance OnePlus chose 90Hz for extra smoothness over 60Hz while saving as much battery as possible. Of course, we don’t know any of this for sure, but it’s our best guess at the moment.
In addition, Lau confirms the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro will be more costly than the OnePlus 6T from last year. We were already expecting this, but it seems that the latter will take things a step further and fall more in line with the pricing of the iPhone XS, Galaxy S10, and Huawei P30 Pro. OnePlus will now be competing on a much more crowded playing field that’s filled with phones trying to justify their high price tags. If OnePlus plays their cards right, they could pull it off. No matter how you think about it, though, there’s no denying that the company is essentially ditching its mantra of more for less.
Finally, Lau said the OnePlus 7 Pro will come in a 5G variant, although the company won’t be pushing this model as much as the other two. That’s due to the lack of widespread 5G coverage. Once more people gain access to the connection standard, I’m sure OnePlus will do nothing but shove this phone down our throats. Until then, the company won’t be pressuring you into buying this device whatsoever.
OnePlus will unveil the launch date for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro tomorrow. Stay tuned for more details on the new devices and when you’ll be able to buy them.
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