Never Settle For The "Cheap" OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus announced its newest flagship smartphone today, coming with three different RAM/storage variants and starting at $669. For that price, the OnePlus 7 Pro seems like an absolute steal. But don't buy that model, spend $30 more for the $699 model. It'll be worth it in the long run.

In fact, T-Mobile agrees with us as it is only selling the more expensive $699 model and not the other two models.

Why should you spend that extra $30? Because your storage will double from 128GB to 256GB, and your RAM will jump from 6GB to 8GB. These upgrades typically cost between $100 and $150 each from other manufacturers like Apple, Samsung and Google. So getting both for just $30 more, is an absolute steal.

And let's be honest, if you're spending $669 for a new smartphone, what's another $30? Tax is going to cost you more than that. So it's a no-brainer to do this upgrade.

Since the OnePlus 7 Pro does not sport a microSD card slot, the amount of storage you get with the variant you choose is a pretty big deal. If you get 128GB, you're going to be stuck with that amount of storage until you upgrade your phone again. While 128GB is plenty for most people, doubling that to 256GB is definitely a nice thing to be able to do. Especially when you consider how great the camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro is supposed to be.

When it comes to RAM, 6GB is still plenty. Especially for OnePlus smartphones, since they have a very light skin on top of Android, in Oxygen OS. However, Android Q is coming, and with every version of Android, your phone is going to need more RAM. Even though Google is doing what it can to make sure that your phone runs smoothly on Android, even if it has less than 4GB of RAM, having more RAM will never hurt.

Adding another 2GB of RAM to your phone is something you'll appreciate down the road, and especially if you do a lot of gaming on your phone.

Essentially, at this price, it would be stupid not to get the upgraded OnePlus 7 Pro. Think of the $699 version as the true "value" version of this smartphone.

If you really want to make sure your OnePlus 7 Pro is future-proof, spend $80 more (or $50 more than the mid-tier model) and get the 12GB of RAM model with the same 256GB of storage.

As if the RAM and storage upgrades weren't enough of a reason to get the more expensive model, think about this. The OnePlus 7 Pro is only available in Mirror Black at $669. But when you upgrade to the $699 model, you unlock the Nebula Blue version. For most, colors aren't really a deciding factor when it comes to smartphones. But it should be when it comes to the OnePlus 7 Pro, and for one simple reason.

The "Mirror Black" color is just that, a mirror. Meaning it's going to attract and show fingerprints pretty easily. The Nebula Blue color is actually a matte finish and therefore it won't show fingerprints anywhere near as much as the Mirror Black will.

Even though the Nebula Blue is a stunning color, there are real reasons why you should choose it over the Mirror Black and spend that extra $30 for the upgraded version. But it isn't the reason to spend $30 more, getting more RAM and storage is more important.

Both models are very competitively priced, and you really can't go wrong with either one (or the more expensive $749 model). However, if you are looking to keep your phone for a couple of years, or even longer, then the mid-tier model is going to be your best bet.

The OnePlus 7 Pro goes on sale this Friday, May 17 at T-Mobile (in the US) and on the OnePlus website.

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