The OnePlus 7 Pro’s high-end specs and great value earned itself CNET’s Editors Choice. Now, roughly a month later after its May launch, OnePlus released a limited-edition Almond variant and rolled out an update for the phone’s triple-rear camera. The update, listed as 9.5.7GM21AA, improves clarity and noise reduction. Most of all, the camera cranks up colors and saturation levels, especially with the wide-angle camera.
At times this can make images look surreal and less true-to-life, so I hope OnePlus doesn’t lean too much in this direction as updates continue. (Samsung Galaxy phones, for example, used to do this but has scaled back in recent years.) Having said that, people tend to prefer high-contrast and more saturated colors over photos that depict 100% color accuracy, as other outlets and even OnePlus found in blind tests.
Thankfully, the update doesn’t punch up colors to a point that it goes overboard. Though other improvements are slight in some situations, photos taken with the OnePlus 7 Pro still look sharp and vibrant overall. To see the changes for yourself, check out the photos below (pictures taken before the update are on the left, and after the update are on the right).
In addition to its cameras, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a smooth 90Hz display, a novel pop-up selfie camera and fast processing speeds. Its $669 (£649, or about AU$815) starting price (6GB of RAM/128GB) is about $80 less than its closest Samsung Galaxy S10E and iPhone XR rivals, which boast comparable hardware. For more information, read CNET’s OnePlus 7 Pro review and OnePlus 7 review.