OnePlus is promising great things from OnePlus 7 Pro's camera setup. Wired actually talked to the company's imaging director, Simon Liu, who confirmed that the phone will feature 3x optical zoom. Mr. Liu also said that this was one of the most requested features by OnePlus' consumers, and that he is glad it's finally here.
Just to be clear, the OnePlus 7 Pro will not be the first Samsung smartphone to offer optical zoom, not at all, but it will be the first one to offer 3x optical zoom. The OnePlus 5 offered what is essentially a 1.6x optical zoom, even though it was said it ships with 2x optical zoom, but that 0.4x difference was filled in with digital zoom. We do hope that the same will not be the case with the OnePlus 7 Pro, and that this is actual 3x optical zoom that we're getting.
Mr. Liu also confirmed that the device will support 10x digital zoom, and that the Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor for depth perception will not be a part of the offering. He also added that consumers will be able to tell the difference between images taken with the OnePlus 7 Pro and those taken with the company's previous flagships, suggesting that we're looking at some serious improvements here.
OnePlus' imaging director did say that the OnePlus 7 Pro will be able to compete with "first tier" smartphone. He also said the following: "I don't think we can beat them, but the imaging world is always subjective". All in all, this does sound promising, as the camera performance was one of the biggest weaknesses of the company's previous flagships.
OnePlus has actually decided to make the bokeh effect look a bit more natural this time around, by toning it down a bit. Simon Liu said that the blur effect which appears in portraits is more in line what you'd expect out of a professional camera. The HDR implementation is also expected to be better than it was on the OnePlus 6T, notes the source.
Wired notes that the OnePlus 7 Pro offers better night mode camera performance than its predecessor, as the source managed to play around with the device. The source also notes that it is still no match for the Huawei P30 Pro in that regard, but that the phone now takes images a lot faster while night mode is used, and that it handles scenes a lot better. Wired actually did share a couple of sample images from the OnePlus 7 Pro, though it's possible that we're not looking at the final software just yet.
The OnePlus 7 Pro will become official on May 14, along with the OnePlus 7, and quite possibly the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. The OnePlus 7 Pro will be made out of metal, and it will feature a QHD+ curved OLED display, which will allegedly be 6.67 inches in diagonal. The phone will be fueled by the Snapdragon 855 64-bit octa-core processor, and it will ship in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants, quite probably, though a 12GB RAM variant is also a possibility.
The phone is expected to include a 48-megapixel main sensor on the back, with the addition of 8-megapixel telephoto, and 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens cameras. A 16-megapixel camera will be included on its front side, and the phone is rumored to include 30W Warp Charge fast charging, and a battery that will be at least 4,000mAh in capacity.