Oneplus’ flagship smartphone for the year 2020 is finally here after months of intense teasers and leaks. No surprises, it is dubbed the Oneplus 8, and of course, there is the more capable OnePlus 8 Pro. The Chinese firm unveiled both devices today at a virtual event as a follow up to last year’s OnePlus 7 and Oneplus 7 Pro. These devices are also the firm’s take on the likes of the P40 from Huawei, Mi 10 from Xiaomi, and S20 from Samsung.
Compare to the Oneplus 7 series, the Oneplus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro come with massive upgrade, with the camera and screen seeing the most upgrade. First off, Oneplus has employed a 6.78-inch QHD+ display for the Oneplus 8 pro. While the 7 Pro made do with 90Hz refresh rate, the Oneplus 8 Pro goes up to 120Hz – placing it on the same level as the Galaxy S20. The display as we all know it ensures smoother animations, scrolling, and general navigation in Android, while there are some additional sensors at the front and back of the display for improved automatic brightness. The display has a punch-hole on the upper left-hand corner for a single selfie camera. The punch-hole design is a gift from the pop-up camera design on the Oneplus 7 Pro from the previous year.
The Oneplus 8 Pro is encased in a glass sandwich body with IP68 water and dust resistant, and a curved glass back with a glossy finish or a matte-frosted finish.
Around the back, there are a total of four cameras vertically arrange for the Oneplus 8 pro, while the standard Oneplus 8 scales it down to three in a similar arrangement. The 8 Pro highlights a 48-megapixel Sony IMX689 main sensor, f/1.7 aperture with OIS joined by a second 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera with a Sony IMX586 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, a 3x telephoto lens with f/2.2 aperture with 30x digital zoom, OIS and a Color Filter Camera. It features a dynamic video with 3-HDR technology, hybrid image stabilization and three microphones with Audio Zoom.
Under the hood, the Oneplus 8 Pro comes loaded with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and is fully 5G enabled. It is available in two memory options – one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage option and the top-end variant with 12GB RAM + 256GB of internal storage.
On the power compartment, the 8 Pro gets a 4510mAh battery – the largest in any Oneplus smartphone. The device supports Wrap Charge 30T, as well as 30W wireless charging. This effectively makes the device the first of Oneplus’s smartphone to feature wireless charging tech. The Warp charge 30 we learned can power a phone battery by 50% in just half an hour. Other than the wireless charging feature, the Oneplus 8Pro also boasts of reverse wireless charging to juice up other devices like your headphones.
Oneplus 8 Pro OS
Of course, the Oneplus 8 Pro runs on OxygenOS with up to 280 new optimizations to make using the phone “more fluid than ever before”. It also gets a new Dark Theme with a couple of new dynamic wallpapers that change depending on the weather where you are. The Chinese firm says the Oneplus 8 Pro comes with support for Google Stadia right off the box. This the fir also says will be extended to older devices, though with no time frame yet. OnePlus just confirmed older devices will also get support for the service, but it has yet to reveal the exact phones.
Oneplus 8 Color, Price and availability
You will be able to get the Oneplus 8 Pro in blue, black or green color options starting from April 29 in the US and Canada. It will be available for sale on OnePlus.com. For our friends in Europe, the OP8 Pro is immediately available for Pre-orders, while it will go on sale from April 21. The OnePlus 8 Pro is priced at $899 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option and $999 for the 12GB RAM + 256GB of internal storage.
- OnePlus 8 Pro 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option – $899
- OnePlus 8 Pro 12GB RAM + 256GB of internal storage – $999
Oneplus 8 price, specs, and design
The Oneplus 8 share the same design as well as a few specs and features with the Pro variant, but obviously not as sophisticated as the Pro version.
To begin, the OP8 is more compact compare with the Pro variant. It flaunts a 6.55-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, 1100nits brightness, HDR10+ support, 20:9 aspect ratio, and 40% Less Blue Light, while retains the Oneplus 7 90Hz refresh rate. Still, it features an in-screen camera with Sony IMX471 sensor and an in-display scanner, while the camera count on the rear panel is reduced by one.
The OnePlus 8 has 3D Corning Gorilla Glass protection, and under the hood, the device shares the same SoC with the Pro version – the Octa-Core Snapdragon 865 SoC with X55 5G modem that supports both NSA and SA 5G, up to 12GB of RAM. It boots Android 10.0 with OxygenOS 10 out of the box and is powered by a relatively smaller 4300mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T fast charging that can charge the phone from 1% to 50% in just 22 minutes.
Unlike the OP8 Pro with a dual 48MP camera sensor, the Omeplus8 features a single 48-megapixel primary lens with Sony IMX586 sensor, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a macro lens.
It comes in Onyx Black (gloss-finish glass), Glacial Green (matte glass) and lnterstellar Glow (gloss-finish glass) color options, and will go on sale in the US and North America from April 29th. Pre-orders are already on for those in the UK and Europe where it will go on sale on April 21. The standard OnePlus 8 has a starting price of $699 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB of internal storage, while the12GB + 256GB variant will retail for $799. The device will be heading to the India sub-continent later this summer on Amazon.in.