The OnePlus 7 Pro isn't slated to start becoming available until May 17 but that hasn't stopped but YouTuber and smartphone durability tester Zack Nelson from putting one through its paces via his channel JerryRigEverything.
The test kicks off in usual fashion, beginning with a scratch test on the display and other areas of the device. The entire frame, aside from the Gorilla Glass 5 front and back panel is made of aluminum and scratches relatively easy with a razor. Grooves in the screen where they'd be expected with Gorilla Glass 5, meaning that keys and other similar items shouldn't present any threat to the glass.
In fact, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes through the remainder of the test mostly without damage. No screen separation, cracking, or permanent deformation can be seen from the bend test.
The lighter test managed to do no permanent damage to the 90Hz display either — aside from removing the oil-resistant oleophobic coating from the glass. That's despite the fact that a lighter was held to the screen for a full 50 seconds while just a few seconds would ordinarily be enough to render a small portion of the panel permanently unusable.
About that pop-up camera
What would presumably be one of the weakest points on the new flagship, its mechanical pop-up camera, turns out to be no weaker than any other portion of the device. Not only does Mr. Nelson remark that it takes about as much effort as it would take "to smash a strawberry" to close the camera manually. The camera itself shows no wiggle throughout the test.
The automatic drop detection feature found in the handset works well too. Dropping the device from approximately one-and-a-half feet is enough time for the apparatus to mostly withdraw the camera, so a drop to the ground from a pocket will likely be plenty of time for it to close completely.
The entire camera housing, with the exception of the external bezel surrounding the lens itself, is comprised of metal. The lens covering is made of glass to resist scratching while the bezel is made of plastic and could be scratched relatively easily.
All of that means that the camera should last for quite some time, backing up OnePlus's claim to have tested that to last for 300,000 extensions and retractions — approximately 5 years at 150 operations per day.
A premium 'flagship killer'
OnePlus seems to have left its 'flagship killer' reputation at the door on the way in to launch its OnePlus 7 Pro, particularly with consideration for the $699 starting price tag. That extends well beyond the build quality of the exterior.
Available in either the Nebula Blue finish shown in the new video or in a Mirror Gray version — with an Almond color expected too — the new device is a powerhouse from start to finish. The flagship is powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. That's LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 3.0 storage, the latter allowing for nearly 80-percent more speed than previous storage variants.
A 4,000mAh battery is packed in behind that hardware, charged at 30W to fill up to its half-capacity in around 20-minutes. The 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display laid over the top of everything appears to be an older variant from Samsung, complete with a fresh take on edge-lighting for notifications.
For cameras, OnePlus is including three separate sensors for its primary camera, wide-angle snapper, and telephoto lens. Those are rated at 48-megapixels, 16-megapixels, and 8-megapixels, respectively, and accompanied by a fairly standard dual-tone dual LED flash. The forward facing camera is rated at 16-megapixels.