OnePlus 7 Pro camera has a 3x zoom and subtler AI

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There are just two weeks until the OnePlus 7 launch date, and we've been receiving a steady drip-feed of OnePlus 7 rumors and leaks – but someone's actually got hands-on with the OnePlus 7 Pro and given its camera for a spin.

Wired took a few pictures with the OnePlus 7 Pro, and spoke to the imaging director at OnePlus, Simon Liu, to get a sense of OnePlus' newest plus-sized handset.

One of the most important aspects of the camera is the fact it supports up to 3x lossless zoom, which is an improvement on the 2x lossless zoom introduced on the OnePlus 5 (although in reality it only supported 1.6x).

This allows you to take zoomed-in pictures without sacrificing quality, a feature many smartphone cameras now allow, although the OnePlus 7 Pro's 3x doesn't touch the Huawei P30 Pro at 5x lossless zoom.

AI out of the way

Another intriguing takeaway is that AI processing and scene optimization isn't going to be as prominent in the OnePlus 7 Pro as in other smartphone cameras – it'll still be there, but according to Liu it's now much more of a background feature than a visible indicator to tell you what kind of pet or plant you've pointed your device at.

In the handset, scene recognition and the different ways the phone alters the picture to take into account these factors, will be automatic and subtle instead of readily apparent – this'll make you feel much more like a pro photographer than if the phone kept remind you of how much it helps.

There's still a lot we don't know about the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro – we know the latter has three cameras, but we don't know the resolutions or lenses of them so far. Stay tuned to TechRadar for the OnePlus 7 launch event on May 14 for news, reviews and expert analysis on the products shown.