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OnePlus was founded just six years ago by Oppo’s vice president Pete Lau and Carl Pei but has had a lot of success in a relatively short space of time. They are known for producing high-quality smartphones at a fraction of the price of bigger brands. The company has had some interesting marketing tactics in the past - using an ‘invite-only’ system for their OnePlus One model which had a bigger screen and more RAM than the Samsung Galaxy S5 and retailed at around half the price. In August 2015 the invite-only system was dropped a few months after the launch of the OnePlus 2, thus making them available to all.
OnePlus 7 comes with greater features than all of its predecessors, to rival the ‘big names’ in smartphone technology. The in-display fingerprint sensor is faster than that of the 6T, owing to further refinement. It also has a faster processor and speaker improvements compared to the OnePlus 6T. Key features include a 6.67-inch display, up to 12GB of RAM, a much larger 4,000 mAh battery, a mammoth 48-megapixel dual rear camera and a 16-megapixel sensor. The screen is definitely the OnePlus 7’s finest feature. At 6.67 inches with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, this is the largest phone the OnePlus has ever launched.
The OnePlus 7 has been lauded as being one of the best value smartphones for its price bracket, despite the lack of certain features (such as wireless charging and IP waterproofing or dustproofing). The improved imaging functionality and OxygenOS have also been recommended as being extremely user friendly, making it an attractive option.
An updated edition of the OnePlus 6T, boasting an increase in both size and resolution. The 6T is also more attractive than the 6, as the screen’s notch is much smaller and is teardrop shaped rather than rectangular. New features included a 6.41-inch full HD display, on-screen fingerprint scanner, Gorilla Glass 6 protection (an upgrade on the Glass 5 used on the OnePlus 6), and a 3,700mAh battery. The device also had a ‘Smart Boost’ feature - essentially allowing apps to start up quicker.
OnePlus’ 2018 release boasted the biggest screen the firm had ever used on a phone. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 8GB of RAM and boasts a range of attractive features including a 6.28-inch full HD display. The device is capable of recording up to 4K video and even slow-motion video capture and has a 16-megapixel camera sensor with optical image stabilisation. However, its resolution of 1080p is no better than the OnePlus 6’s predecessor, the OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 6 has a 3,300mAh battery and weighs in at 177g. This model doesn’t offer wireless charging and is not water or dust resistant.
Released in 2017, the OnePlus 5 was complimented for its high-end metallic build and impressive dual camera setup. It carries a vibrant 1080p display and includes a ‘Dash Charge’ which is both fast and convenient - taking only 30 minutes to get to 60% charge. It is also commended for its smooth performance (running on OnePlus’ OxygenOS operating system) and long-lasting battery life. Despite having a quick fingerprint sensor, it has no expandable storage and no IP water or dust resistance.