OnePlus 7 Series Launch in London: A Live Blog (Starts 3pm UTC / 4pm BST)by Andrei Frumusanu on May 14, 2019 9:45 AM EST
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10:25AM EDT - Hello everybody this is Andrei live from OnePlus' launch event in London. The event starts in 30 minutes at 4PM local time.
10:26AM EDT - The venue is I think OnePlus' largest to date - I would guess well over a thousand seats here. This is a big launch for the company and we'll get to see some interesting new products.
10:28AM EDT - For the time being the Wi-Fi is holding strong - let's hope it remains the same during the presentation.
10:33AM EDT - I saw Cristiano Amon around the stage - we're expecting Qualcomm to talk about the new SoC in the OnePlus 7.
10:50AM EDT - 10 minutes to go!
11:00AM EDT - Event is starting.
11:01AM EDT - Pete Lau taking the stage.
11:01AM EDT - Pete's first time on stage in Europe.
11:01AM EDT - "Truly historic moment for OnePlus"
11:02AM EDT - Simultaneous events in New York and Bangalore alongside London.
11:02AM EDT - Top 5 smartphone vendor.
11:03AM EDT - OnePlus has a flagship only product lineup.
11:03AM EDT - 2015 - First European event in Paris.
11:04AM EDT - Brought only 20 phones to sell but hundreds of people showed up - incredible community in Europe.
11:04AM EDT - Opened up a lot of offices in Europe alongside a headquarter in London.
11:05AM EDT - Today OP has established a partnership with 20 e-tail partners in Europe.
11:05AM EDT - A big thanks to Cristiano from Qualcomm.
11:07AM EDT - "The most important product we have ever made"
11:07AM EDT - OnePlus 7 Pro - closest to a perfect product ever made.
11:07AM EDT - A new benchmark for the industry.
11:08AM EDT - The good thing about OP is that Pete is coming from an engineering background - so you know the product is always focused first.
11:09AM EDT - Product and end-user - nothing else.
11:09AM EDT - Intro video with the new OnePlus 7 Pro.
11:10AM EDT - "Took us years to deliver a product as complete as the OP7Pro"
11:11AM EDT - Starting with the design - water resistance is advertised.
11:11AM EDT - Curved front and back glass.
11:11AM EDT - Ultra-slim profile.
11:12AM EDT - Almond, Nebula Blue and Mirror Grey colours.
11:12AM EDT - Nebula Blue has a etched glass finish which is matte.
11:13AM EDT - Border-less design with no notch or bezels.
11:13AM EDT - "The best display you'll find on any smartphone"
11:13AM EDT - "Most seamless Android experience"
11:14AM EDT - Since 2017 OP has been trying to develop the best display ever.
11:14AM EDT - 93% screen-to-body ratio, 1440p, 90Hz, HDR10+
11:15AM EDT - OnePlus' first 1440p phone display, switching over from 1080p.
11:15AM EDT - Fantastic colour accuracy is reported - tested by DisplayMate as exceptional characteristics.
11:16AM EDT - "A huge step forward in defining smoothness" - 90Hz 1440p screen.
11:17AM EDT - It will be interesting how OnePlus implements this in hardware - 1440p60 is a hardware limitaiton of a single MIPI interface.
11:17AM EDT - OnePlus should have also improved touch latency with the new display.
11:17AM EDT - "The best display on the market"
11:17AM EDT - HDR10 and HDR10+ content support.
11:18AM EDT - New night mode to reduce blue light in evening times.
11:19AM EDT - Edge-lighting notifications.
11:19AM EDT - 0.21s unlock time.
11:19AM EDT - World's fastest screen unlock.
11:20AM EDT - Triple camera system.
11:21AM EDT - 48MP 1/2" IMX586 Camera sensor
11:21AM EDT - Quad-bayer filter arrangement with effective 1.6µm pixels at 12MP mode.
11:22AM EDT - 7-element plastic lens - quite surprised at the plastic part.
11:22AM EDT - f/1.6 aperture.
11:22AM EDT - 8MP 3x telephoto module with f/2.4
11:23AM EDT - 16MP 117° field of view wide angle lens.
11:24AM EDT - Three modes of focus.
11:24AM EDT - New Ultra-shot algorithm.
11:25AM EDT - New Nightscape mode for low-light photography.
11:25AM EDT - 111 points in DXOMark for the OP7Pro.
11:27AM EDT - Testmondials from a National Geographic photographer.
11:28AM EDT - These pictures seem a bit underwhelming - quite terrible noise reduction?
11:30AM EDT - The venue has quite the high resolution presentation screen - I hope the noise doesn't actually show up in actual captures.
11:31AM EDT - 16MP front camera.
11:31AM EDT - Pop-up camera. Tested up to 300000 times.
11:32AM EDT - Same as opening it 150 times every day for 5.5 years.
11:32AM EDT - The phone detects when it's in free-fall and retracts the camera.
11:34AM EDT - Snapdragon 855 SoC - Big shoutout from Cristiano here.
11:34AM EDT - Qualcomm's biggest partner in Europe with the Snapdragon 855 series.
11:35AM EDT - Up to 12GB of RAM configurable.
11:35AM EDT - RAM-boost preloads most frequently used apps and games.
11:36AM EDT - World's first commercially available smartphone with UFS 3.0
11:36AM EDT - 79% faster storage speeds.
11:36AM EDT - Heatpipe system to increase SoC dissipation.
11:37AM EDT - 4000mAh battery.
11:37AM EDT - Warp-charge 30W charging.
11:37AM EDT - 48% in 20 minutes.
11:38AM EDT - Charging faster than the competition while using the phone extensively.
11:39AM EDT - Finally we're seeing dual stereo speakers. With Dolby Atmos support.
11:39AM EDT - New haptic vibration motor included.
11:40AM EDT - Switching over to the software side.
11:40AM EDT - "Refined stock Android experience"
11:41AM EDT - Vendor with most OS updates next to Google.
11:42AM EDT - Android Q Beta for the OnePlus 7 Pro.
11:42AM EDT - 90Hz app support? Why would apps need extra support?
11:42AM EDT - Next-up - Gaming mode.
11:43AM EDT - OnePlus partnered with Fnatic to improve Gaming Mode;
11:44AM EDT - "Pursuit to create the best gaming experience"
11:44AM EDT - Zen Mode?
11:45AM EDT - Enabling Zen mode disables everything besides emergency calls and the camera.
11:45AM EDT - Google Lens is integrated since the OP6.
11:46AM EDT - One-tap search what you see.
11:46AM EDT - That's a wrap for the OnePlus 7 Pro.
11:48AM EDT - 5G is the next topic?
11:49AM EDT - Next 5-10 years will revamp the mobile experience.
11:50AM EDT - OnePlus showcased a 5G prototype device at MWC.
11:50AM EDT - Looks like we'll see a 5G smartphone?
11:50AM EDT - OnePlus Pro 5G!
11:51AM EDT - OnePlus + EE + Qualcomm
11:53AM EDT - Powered by the X50 modem from Qualcomm
11:54AM EDT - The X50 doesn't support European mmWave bands - always interesting to see product launched nevertheless.
11:55AM EDT - In Europe most 5G deployment will be heavy usage of sub-6GHz bands. The US isn't as harmonised and oesn't have sufficient available spectrum in sub-6 for the first few years.
11:56AM EDT - Hence Verizon's first deployments are mmWave only.
11:59AM EDT - "We've challenged ourselves to keep the same design as the OP7Pro"
11:59AM EDT - "Space inside a smartphone is very limited"
12:00PM EDT - Stacked PCB design was adopted on the OP7Pro5G
12:00PM EDT - (Sandwiched PCB I like to call it)
12:00PM EDT - OnePlus' own antenna.
12:01PM EDT - Reduced NFC antenna by 50%
12:01PM EDT - Partnered with EE. EE taking the stage.
12:03PM EDT - EE will be switching on 5G soon this year.
12:05PM EDT - Avoiding to mention any specific date on the EE 5G launch.
12:07PM EDT - Wrap up for the OnePlus 7 Pro & 5G - but we're not done yet.
12:08PM EDT - Launching the regular OnePlus 7
12:09PM EDT - Our announcement articles are up: https://www.anandtech.com/show/14321/oneplus-announces-the-oneplus-7-oneplus-7-pro-upping-the-ante
12:09PM EDT - Same main sensor, but with an f/1.7 aperture lens.
12:10PM EDT - Same stereo speakers as on the Pro.
12:11PM EDT - Still no pricing! Eagerly awaiting confirmation on that.
12:12PM EDT - OnePlus Bullets Wireless
12:13PM EDT - Second generation Bullets Wireless.
12:13PM EDT - "True flagship sound quality"
12:13PM EDT - Triple-driver setup.
12:14PM EDT - One 10mm dynamic driver and two armature drivers for higher frequencies.
12:14PM EDT - Bluetooth 5.0 support.
12:15PM EDT - 10 minutes charge for 10 hours listening.
12:15PM EDT - Quick pairing with OnePlus devices.
12:16PM EDT - £99 available May 21st.
12:16PM EDT - Pricing!!
12:19PM EDT - 649 / 699 / 799 for the OnePlus 7 Pro - 499 / 549 for the OnePlus 7.
12:19PM EDT - That's in GBP.
12:24PM EDT - That's a wrap - thank you everybody for joining us.
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shabby - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkWe Americans don't know what bst or utc is...
nathanddrews - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - link... also, we can't be bothered to look it up. LOL
Galcobar - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkGiven the term UTC been around for nearly sixty years and all timezones are defined as plus/minus X hours from it (including timezones covering the US) that's a little concerning. If however you're unfamiliar with the term, the fact it's applied to an event in London should provide a clue it's a reference to Greenwich Mean Time, and BST being British Summer Time (aka daylight saving).
zinfamous - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkwell, I've only ever heard GMT, not UTC. I've certainly never heard of BST, though I get it may be in reference to DST...(I always hate that this time is given during some parts of the year--just say what time it is now. No one cares if we are in DST/BST or not. Just what time is it, where you are at the moment, based on the standard reference time).
Anyway, my main point is that this all sounds like some commie plot. I will have none of it.
Flunk - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkI guess you're not involved in any sort of technical field, because UTC is used pretty universally. GMT has daylight savings so it's not a good metric.
zinfamous - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkNo, I am not, and yep: definitely sounds like a commie plot!
jeremyshaw - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkI don’t believe you. I live all the way on the west coast and it is obvious what +8 means when calculating time offsets. Well, +7 now, due to archaic laws.
Xex360 - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkHopefully they'll come back to their senses and put a headpone jack and let the screen free of notches or holes.
nathanddrews - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkSD slot! I'm getting really irritated by these new phones having great cameras with no good way to store photos locally. Even with cloud storage (Amazon, Google, etc.), it's just not as convenient as popping out the card and transferring to my PC for editing, especially for 4K60 video!
porcupineLTD - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkDream on with the headphone jack.