Established in 2013, OnePlus hasn't been around for long. The company started making waves in the UK and Europe back in 2019, despite being a well-known brand already in Asia. It was the OnePlus 6T which first caught the UK's attention in 2019, and there's been a number of new handsets released since.
Learn more about OnePlus - from its origins, to its ventures into the world of 5G - right here.
OnePlus was created by CEO Pete Lau and co-founder Carl Pei, both entrepreneurs born in China. While Pete Lau remained in China, working for consumer electronics and mobile communications company Oppo, Carl moved to America as a young child and had a brief role at Nokia, before returning to China to also work for Oppo. The pair joined forces and on 16th December 2013, OnePlus was born. Based in Shenzhen, OnePlus now employs over 700 people and sells smartphones worldwide.
In 2017, the company's revenue doubled from the previous year to more than $1.4 billion. This huge increase is a firm indication that OnePlus is on the rise. Coincidentally, OnePlus' parent organisation is, in fact, Oppo. Oppo and, therefore, OnePlus are both owned by an even larger tech company: BBK Electronics.
Who are BBK Electronics?
BBK Electronics specialises in smartphones, as well as other electrical items such as MP3 players, digital cameras and TVs. Four brands fall under the BBK Electronics umbrella: OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo and Realme.
Shipping 199.3 million handsets in 2017, BBK Electronics is actually the world's third-largest smartphone company. Apple is in second place, shipping a fraction more at 215.8 million, while Samsung claimed the top spot with 317.7 million shipments.
OnePlus phones run on Android, but you'll find a customised version of the Android operating system on board. Known as Oxygen OS, you'll still find all of Android's best features available - for example, the latest Oxygen OS version is based on Android 9.0. aka Android Pie.
This includes features such as Do Not Disturb mode, gesture navigation support and adaptive battery - but there's a completely unique interface to enjoy for the ultimate OnePlus experience.
OnePlus and 5G
OnePlus was one of the first smartphone manufacturers in the world to release a 5G-ready handset. 5G - the next generation of mobile network - was initially launched in late 2018, and a wider roll-out was conducted globally in mid-2019.
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G hit the market in June 2019 and, thanks to its ability to connect to 5G, it's able to benefit from the many advantages 5G offers. 5G is superior to 4G in many ways, and has been designed to massively reduce latency, improve network reliability and offer speeds up to 200 times faster than its predecessor.
Introducing OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is almost identical to OnePlus's other handset: OnePlus 7 Pro. The main difference here is the phone's ability to connect to a high-speed 5G network when in a 5G-ready area. You'll be able to take advantage of faster download speeds and a buffer-free experience, and you're guaranteed to notice the difference if you love streaming videos or playing graphics-heavy games (which this device happens to be great for).
The OnePlus 7 5G is loaded with some of the latest tech specs and has a stunning design. You'll find a 6.7-inch AMOLED display on the front, and it really does stretch from one edge to the other. There's no notch in sight, even though both facial recognition technology and an in-screen fingerprint scanner are available.
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has an impressive triple-lens rear camera, made up of a 48MP primary lens, 16MP ultra-wide lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. The 16MP selfie camera is hidden away from view, housed inside the body of the phone, and automatically appears from the top of the phone when needed.
There's a huge 4,000 mAh battery on board to support the demands of 5G activity and, alongside a great CPU, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has added something called Fnatic Mode. Focused on gaming, it's designed to improve performance and minimise interruptions while you're playing - calls, messages and other notifications are automatically blocked, and other apps will be limited to ensure all the device's power is channelled into your gameplay.