Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has launched its latest flagship phone, the 7 Pro, which is set to hit shelves in the UK next week.

With prices starting from £649 when it goes on sale next Tuesday (May 21st), and the top-of-the-line version costing £799, the device is being positioned as a more affordable alternative to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro.

The most notable feature of the devices is its large, edge-to-edge display. At 6.67 inches, the QHD+ AMOLED takes up almost the entire front of the device with only the smallest of curved bezels to disrupt the look of the display.

There is also no cutout for the camera, either in the form of a notch or a 'hole punch' to distract from the display. Instead, the selfie camera pops up when needed from a recess within the body of the phone. 

According to the manufacturer, the movement gets the camera ready for taking pictures in just 0.53 seconds, and has been tested to do so 300,000 times. This means users can activate it 150 times a day for five and a half years without worrying about it breaking, while if the phone is dropped with the camera out, sensors will detect this and retract it before it hits the ground to prevent damage.

Elsewhere, the phone boasts a range of impressive specs, featuring the latest Snapdragon 855 processor and up to 12GB of RAM depending on the model users choose. 

The OnePlus 7 Pro is also the first phone on the market to use the new UFS3.0 standard for storage, which means the 128GB or 256GB of storage built into the phone is theoretically more than twice as fast as any other device.

On the back, there are three cameras – a 48-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens and an eight-megapixel telephoto camera with a 3x zoom.

OnePlus also confirmed that a 5G version of the phone will follow in the coming months, though no details about pricing or launch dates for this have yet been revealed.

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