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OnePlus 7 Pro has a “breakthrough” screen and 5G

Speaking exclusively with The Verge in the construction of his company's next flagship launch, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed some rumors and hinted at what we should expect from the next unit. The big strategic change is that OnePlus 7 will come up with a plus-one: a great flagship, which will be called OnePlus 7 Pro and will contain 5G and a significant upgrade. While OnePlus does not yet describe prices, that model can be expected to cost anywhere near Samsung's Galaxy S10, Huawei's P30 Pro and Apple's iPhone XS. It will mark OnePlus's most direct challenge to the highest level of phones, building on the obvious success of the appreciated OnePlus 6T McLaren edition. "The first time I saw it myself, I was stunned." What OnePlus really wants to talk about right now is the new screen inside the OnePlus 7 Pro variant. According to Lau, OnePlus invests three times more on the screen this year than on previous models and expects the new panel to "redefine quickly and smoothly" and set a new benchmark for mobile displays. "The first time I saw it myself," says the CEO, "I was stunned." In addition to promising that the OnePlus 7 Pro screen will be "super smooth and very sharp", OnePlus would not work out the underlying specifications. But leaks and rumors of 90Hz screens are already floating, which would be consistent with the teasers of unsurpassed smoothness. So far, only game centered phones such as the 120Hz Razer Phone…

Speaking exclusively with The Verge in the construction of his company’s next flagship launch, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed some rumors and hinted at what we should expect from the next unit. The big strategic change is that OnePlus 7 will come up with a plus-one: a great flagship, which will be called OnePlus 7 Pro and will contain 5G and a significant upgrade. While OnePlus does not yet describe prices, that model can be expected to cost anywhere near Samsung’s Galaxy S10, Huawei’s P30 Pro and Apple’s iPhone XS. It will mark OnePlus’s most direct challenge to the highest level of phones, building on the obvious success of the appreciated OnePlus 6T McLaren edition.

What OnePlus really wants to talk about right now is the new screen inside the OnePlus 7 Pro variant. According to Lau, OnePlus invests three times more on the screen this year than on previous models and expects the new panel to “redefine quickly and smoothly” and set a new benchmark for mobile displays. “The first time I saw it myself,” says the CEO, “I was stunned.” In addition to promising that the OnePlus 7 Pro screen will be “super smooth and very sharp”, OnePlus would not work out the underlying specifications. But leaks and rumors of 90Hz screens are already floating, which would be consistent with the teasers of unsurpassed smoothness.

So far, only game centered phones such as the 120Hz Razer Phone 1 and 2 and 90Hz Asus ROG Phone have included monitors with faster screen refresh rates than conventional 60Hz. In any case, the argument that more than one frame – 90Hz corresponds to 90 frames per second – ensures a more fluid animation. Razer and Asus use faster game rates in games, but similarly across the user experience can also reap the benefits shown by the 120Hz iPad Pro. Apple’s ProMotion system uses a variable refresh rate, without wasting system resources by pumping out 120fps on a static screen. If OnePlus really moves to a 90Hz panel, it will probably take the same approach.

If you want to get mathematical about it, a former teaser tweet from Lau is included the word “smooth” animated with three os instead of two. And 90Hz is 3/2 of 60Hz, the typical smartphone update rate. So perhaps OnePlus CEO has already told us that indirectly. He really wouldn’t go on record with much more than a call for OnePlus fans to wait and see the device for themselves.

The new OnePlus 7 will be more expensive than OnePlus 6T, which in turn was more expensive than its representatives. Lau faces the challenge of convincing loyal OnePlus fans that yet another prize in prize will be worth considering how OnePlus phones have left their original position as a budget-friendly flagship killer. Now, the company is trying to replace the expensive flagships instead of just passing them on price. Then Huawei achieved the same performance by improving and upgrading its devices faster than the rest of the market, and now its flagship P and Mate series phones are credibly priced in line with Samsung and Apple’s best. OnePlus has the added benefit of not hating US authorities like Huawei, giving it access to a hugely important and lucrative market that is willing to spend more for more.

Two things are evident from how Pete Lau talks about his company’s next phones. One is that 5G will be offered, but not trumpet too high. OnePlus is aware of how limited 5G network accessibility is, both today and in the near future.

More importantly, the new screen is a big and risky investment for OnePlus, which costs three times the usual price for most phone screens, not just those of OnePlus devices. No matter what add-ons, tweaks, and enhancements that OnePlus makes to its camera and other specifications on Pro and Android Central has a good summary of all the leaked and anticipated specifications of both OnePlus 7 models so far the success of OnePlus new, more premium phone will depend on whether the users are so proud of the new screen that the company’s CEO is.

Correction, 8:15 ET, April 22: OnePlus originally indicated that the new Extra smooth display will be available on both OnePlus 7 models, but it will only be on OnePlus 7 Pro. The article has been modified accordingly.

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