OnePlus 8 Pro review—The best flagship of 2020, even if it is more expensive

OnePlus 8 Pro review—The best flagship of 2020, even if it is more expensive


The OnePlus 8 Pro.

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New this yr is the hole-punch digicam.

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The again of this one is a VERY vibrant blue coloration.

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The digicam association seems to be just like the OnePlus 7 Pro, nevertheless it’s greater. There’s some further sensors on the facet: a 5MP coloration filter, laser autofocus system, and LED flash.

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The digicam bump may be very tall.

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Here’s the OnePlus 8 Pro digicam bump (left) subsequent to the 7 Pro.

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Along the facet, you’ll be able to see OnePlus’ trademark three-position mute swap has returned.

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USB-C on the underside, plus one of many stereo audio system, and the SIM tray. There’s no headphone jack.

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A facet angle. Notice the display is so curved you’ll be able to see it from the facet.

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Today, OnePlus is launching its flagship smartphones for 2020, the OnePlus Eight and OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus made a reputation for itself within the smartphone trade with nice value-for-money choices, however this yr, prepare for some sticker shock. The OnePlus Eight is $699, a $100 enhance over the $599 OnePlus 7T, and the OnePlus 8 Pro is $899, a whopping $230 enhance over the $669 OnePlus 7 Pro. Welcome to 2020: the yr of the super-expensive smartphone.
Since these telephones are simply being launched at the moment, they need to speak about what’s new for this worth. At first blush, the OnePlus 8 Pro is about what you’d count on from a 2020 smartphone. There’s a Snapdragon 865, a 6.78-inch, 3168×1440 120Hz OLED show, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4510mAh battery. There’s additionally a better spec model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (for $100 extra, so $999). The 8 Pro is rather more costly than earlier years, however with the larger worth comes fixes for long-standing omissions from OnePlus’ typical telephones: the 8 Pro has wi-fi charging—a speedy 30W wi-fi charging system—and an IP68 water-resistance ranking. The different massive OnePlus omission they’ve complained about yr after yr—the shortage of an always-on show mode—nonetheless hasn’t been addressed right here, although OnePlus says it’s engaged on it.
The cheaper OnePlus Eight is mainly the 7 Pro with up to date specs—it comes with out the pop-up digicam and with a lotheyr-quality rear digicam system. Compared to the 8 Pro, there’s nonetheless a Snapdragon 865, there’s nonetheless Eight or 12GB of RAM (albeit with slotheyr LPDDR4X as a substitute of the DDR5 within the 8 Pro), and nonetheless 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.Zero storage. The higher-spec tier of 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage remains to be $100 extra, so $799. The massive downgrades come within the show, which drops all the way down to 90Hz as a substitute of 120Hz and makes use of a barely smaller 6.55-inch show plus a very nice 1080p decision as a substitute of 1440p. The cameras get cheaper sensors, the battery is a smaller 4300mAh, and the massive additions to the 8 Pro—wi-fi charging and IP68 water resistance—aren’t on the OnePlus 8, although OnePlus says the telephone remains to be considerably water resistant.
In phrases of specs and pricing, a technique to take a look at OnePlus’ new lineup is that the lotheyr-end tier—beforehand occupied by the OnePlus 7 and 7T— goes away. As they mentioned, the OnePlus Eight compares favorably to the 7 Pro, and the 8 Pro is in a fair greater pricing tier with wi-fi charging and different extras. That means it is one more yr of OnePlus telephones being costlier, which has occurred just about each single yr the corporate has been in enterprise. If you are on the lookout for one thing cheaper, hopefully the rumors of that mid-range OnePlus telephone come true. There is actually room for it.
Despite the elevated price ticket, hotheyver, OnePlus has as soon as once more made a telephone that jumps to the highest of the Android class.

Design—Pretty a lot only a 7 Pro

There is nearly nothing new to speak about within the design division. The Eight and eight Pro stick very carefully to the earlier OnePlus designs, particularly the 7 Pro. You’ll get back and front glass panels, curved edges, and a metallic band across the edges. There are nonetheless in-screen optical fingerprint readers, which do not appear any greater or quicker than final yr.
Besides the standard quicker specs, the massive addition this yr is the 120Hz show on the 8 Pro. PC players have identified this for some time, however sure, quicker shows are very good, and the 120Hz show is a pleasant improve over the 90Hz show on the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T. Everything is buttery easy at 120Hz, and the animations, scrolling, and display transitions are all a pleasure. This is the smoothest, fastest-feeling smartphone available on the market.
SPECS AT A GLANCE

OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8 Pro
SCREEN
90 Hz, 6.55-inch 2400×1080 (402ppi) OLED
120Hz, 6.78-inch 3168×1440 (513ppi) OLED
OS
Android 10 with Oxygen OS pores and skin
CPU
Eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM
8GB, 12GB, LPDDR4X
8GB, 12GB, LPDDR5
STORAGE
128GB, 256GB UFS 3.0
NETWORKING
802.11b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, NFC
PORTS
USB Type-C with 30W fast charging
REAR CAMERAS
48MP Main
16MP Ultrawide
2MP Macro
48MP Main
48MP Ultrawide
8MP 3X hybrid telephoto
5MP coloration filter
FRONT CAMERA
16MP
16MP
SIZE
160.2×72.9×8.0mm
165.3×74.4×8.5mm
WEIGHT
180 g
199 g
BATTERY
4300mAh
4510mAh
STARTING PRICE
$699
$899
WIRELESS CHARGING
No
Yes, 30W
OTHER PERKS
In-screen fingerprint sensor, alert slider
Samsung shipped a 120Hz show this yr, too, however in contrast to on the Galaxy S20, the OnePlus 8 Pro can run on the highest refresh price and the very best decision—Samsung made you choose one or the opposite. At max decision and max refresh price, every part appears nice. Of course this may use extra battery, however you may also lotheyr one or the opposite to higher survive heavy utilization days, in order for you.
The different massive show change is that the OnePlus 8 Pro dumps the 7 Pro’s pop-up digicam in favor of an everyday, outdated hole-punch digicam, and that actually is a disgrace. The pop-up digicam gave you a entrance digicam with none display blemishes in any respect, and now OnePlus has downgraded with a pockmark within the top-left nook of the telephone.
I actually miss the pop-up digicam. If you are one of many 37 p.c of individuals who do not take any selfies in any respect, the 7 Pro’s pop-up digicam enables you to overlook in regards to the entrance digicam fully and never sacrifice a part of your display for a characteristic you by no means use. If you are a privacy-conscious particular person, the pop-up digicam is like having an automated cowl to your selfie cam—you at all times know in case your entrance digicam is on, as a result of it is both popped-up or not. It additionally supplied OnePlus with one thing different OEMs appear utterly determined for: a type of actual differentiation. Nobody else is actually doing pop-up cameras, and they’re enjoyable, cool, eye-catching, and there is a actual consumer profit.
The gap punch digicam makes the telephone look extra generic and makes the standing bar taller than regular, which pushes app content material down and ends in much less content material for the app. OnePlus informed me they scrapped the pop-up digicam as a result of it takes up area that might in any other case be used for battery (so the headphone jack argument), and the stats do again this up: the OnePlus 8 Pro has 510mAh extra battery capability than the 7 Pro. OnePlus acknowledged that the 120Hz show and 5G imply the telephone can be extra potheyr-hungry, however the firm expects the larger battery to assist the telephone break even with earlier units in terms of runtime.
While the highest bezel of the 8 Pro may be very slim, OnePlus nonetheless managed to cram some units in there. Besides the earpiece, there’s additionally an RGB sensor on the entrance, which permits an environment-matching white-balance characteristic referred to as “comfort tone.” This works identical to Apple’s True Tone or Google’s Ambient EQ, and it’ll ttheyak the show white steadiness for a supposedly extra comfy expertise. This is one other 8-Pro unique characteristic—there is no sensor on the cheaper telephone.
The show remains to be curved alongside the lengthy edges, although the show curve on the OnePlus 8 Pro is deeper than on the OnePlus 8. I’ve by no means been a fan of this “feature” because it solely serves to distort the perimeters of apps and movies and displays glare alongside the perimeters in sure lighting situations.
The again seems to be identical to the OnePlus 7 Pro from a distance, however each variations develop the digicam bump in each dimension. On the 8 Pro, the digicam bump is loads taller now, protruding about 2mm from the 8.5mm physique. It is so tall the telephone seems to be like a tripod on a desk, with the highest of the telephone floating excessive above the flat floor. The digicam bump is wider as theyll with the intention to match the beefier digicam lenses. The OnePlus Eight and eight Pro have related megapixel counts however do not have the identical cameras, for probably the most half.
The again is available in a couple of wild colours. My 8 Pro got here in probably the most vibrant blue coloration ever created by mankind, lined with a satin end. The OnePlus Eight got here in a shiny “Glow” coloration, which is a color-changing purple/yellow/pink gradient. These glass telephones nonetheless gather a ton of fingerprints, however the satin end on the blue model does some work to cover all of the fingerprints, which is sweet.
Other than the brand new digicam setups, the {hardware} is indistinguishable from earlier OnePlus units. The side-mounted three-position audio swap returns, and that is nonetheless a fast, straightforward technique to swap bettheyen ringing notifications, vibrate, and mute.

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