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OnePlus 7 Pro compared to Apple's iPhone XR and Samsung S10

Middle East customers can buy online the new series products by the first week of June

Visitors checking the new phones of OnePlus 7 series in Bangalore on Tuesday. EPA
Visitors checking the new phones of OnePlus 7 series in Bangalore on Tuesday. EPA

Global smartphone manufacturers are trying to increase their market share by offering new products in a not so favourable environment, where the industry is struggling with longer upgrade cycles and weaker consumer demand.

Around 310.8 million smartphones were shipped in the three months ending March 31, which marked the sixth consecutive quarter of decline, according to Massachusetts-based researcher International Data Corporation.

Last year was one of the worst in the history of the phone industry as shipments dropped 4.1 per cent year-on-year.

“The 4.1 per cent decline in 2018 has been an eye-opener to the market as it signals the biggest decline we have witnessed since the arrival of the modern-day smartphone,” said Anthony Scarsella, research manager at IDC.

The latest entrant to the industry is Chinese manufacturer OnePlus’ 7 series that was simultaneously unveiled in Bangalore, New York and London on Tuesday. The flagship device is the OnePlus 7 Pro – a strong contender against Samsung’s S10, launched in February this year, and Apple’s iPhone XR that hit the shelves in September last year.

Here, The National examines the practical details of the current top smartphone options.

Who added the most juice?

OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a 4,000 milli-Ampere hours fast-charging battery, more than enough juice for a full day of phone use. However, fans of wireless charging must be disappointed as this feature is missing in the new series and OnePlus shows no intention of including this option in the near future. Samsung S10 featured a high-density 3,400-mAh battery and offers wireless charging. Apple’s XR is trailing behind both Samsung and OnePlus, with smaller 2,942-mAh battery but offers the option of wireless charging.

How much does it cost?

Targeting high-end but budget-conscious consumers, OnePlus has priced 7 Pro from Dh2,560 (128GB) to Dh3,029 (256GB) - still economical when compared to its nearest rivals. The S10 starts at nearly Dh3,050 (128GB), whereas famously pricey Apple offers the iPhone XR, starting at 64GB of capacity, at Dh2,800.

How about the display?

The OnePlus 7 Pro, which weighs 206 grammes, offers a bigger screen than its closest rivals. It comes with a 16.9 centimetre full AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display with a QHD+ resolution that provides a more detailed and improved viewing experience. An AMOLED display ensures the illumination of each pixel, resulting in a brighter display. The Samsung Galaxy S10 has 15.5cm curved dynamic AMOLED display for an immersive viewing and its body weighs 157g. Apple meanwhile comes with 15.5cm all-screen LCD multi-touch display and weighs nearly 194g.

When is the 7 Pro available in the UAE?

Availability of the 7 Pro is officially not confirmed yet, but it is expected to be available online in the Middle East in the first week of June. OnePlus does not have a physical presence in the region and the company said the phone will be available on all major online shopping platforms.

How big is the camera?

The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a powerful 48-megapixel (MP) triple-lens set up, covering a wide range of focal lengths to meet users’ every need when it comes to taking pictures. With 7 Pro, OnePlus also introduces a smart pop-up front camera module. Samsung’s S10 has three rear-facing cameras - with telephoto and wide-angle lenses of 12MP each and ultra-wide lens of 16MP – with one in the front. Whereas Apple’s iPhone XR comes with a 12MP rear and 7MP front camera.

Updated: May 15, 2019 10:22 AM

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