- The OnePlus 7 Pro has a pop-up selfie camera that allows the phone to ditch the iPhone-style notch or Samsung-style selfie camera cutout.
- The only concern I had was that the pop-up selfie camera could break if I dropped the phone.
- OnePlus says the OnePlus 7 Pro detects when it’s dropped, and automatically retracts the selfie camera if it’s in use.
- I tested to see if the pop-up selfie camera could retract itself quickly enough when dropped from chest height, which is about five feet for me.
- The verdict? It retracted most of the way, but not fully.
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One of the most distinguishing features on the new OnePlus 7 Pro smartphone is its pop-up selfie camera that extends out from the top edge of the phone when you want to take a selfie.
It eliminates the need for the phone to have an iPhone-style notch, or the Samsung-style selfie camera cutout, and the result is the OnePlus 7 Pro lets the Android operating system and your apps breathe a little easier on the screen, like they did before notches and cutouts were popularized.
But the question that kept creeping into my mind was: Isn’t this extending camera going to break if I drop it?
OnePlus thought of that, and gave the OnePlus 7 Pro awareness of when it’s experiencing a drop. At that moment, when the OnePlus 7 Pro senses the surely-terrifying experience of being dropped, the phone automatically retracts the camera, like a creature that scampers back into its hiding place.
I was able to capture the popup selfie camera retracting into its enclosure with a slow-motion camera, check out how it fared:
Here’s the OnePlus 7 Pro’s pop-up selfie camera in action. It’s like a prairie dog peeking its head out to check out the landscape.
Apart from amazement, one of my first thoughts about the OnePlus 7 Pro’s pop-up selfie camera was "This thing is going to break off if I drop the phone."
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Thankfully, OnePlus had already thought of that. The OnePlus 7 Pro can detect a drop when its pop-up selfie camera is deployed, and it’ll automatically retract the camera.
OnePlus says it takes 0.53 seconds — about half a second — for the camera to raise and lower itself. It raises quickly enough for when you want take a selfie, at least for me.
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