The OnePlus 8 Pro.
The pinhole camera is new this year.
The back of this is a VERY vivid blue color.
The camera layout looks like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but is larger. There are a few additional sensors on the side: a 5 megapixel color filter, a laser autofocus system and an LED flash.
The camera bump is very big.
Here is the OnePlus 8 Pro camera (left) next to the 7 Pro.
On the side you can see that the OnePlus three-digit mute switch has returned.
USB-C on the bottom as well as one of the stereo speakers and the SIM compartment. There is no headphone jack.
A side angle. Note that the screen is curved so that you can see it from the side.
Today OnePlus is launching its flagship smartphones for 2020, OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus has made a name for itself in the smartphone industry with an excellent price-performance ratio. This year, however, you should be prepared for a sticker shock. The OnePlus 8 costs $ 699, a $ 100 increase over the OnePlus 7T of $ 599, and the OnePlus 8 Pro costs $ 899, a whopping $ 230 increase over the OnePlus 7 Pro from $ 669. Welcome to 2020: the year of the super expensive smartphone.
Since these phones are only being launched today, we should talk about what's new for this price. At first glance, the OnePlus 8 Pro is what you would expect from a 2020 smartphone. There is a Snapdragon 865, a 6.78-inch OLED display with 3168 × 1440 120 Hz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB memory and a 4510 mAh battery. There is also a higher specification version with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage (for $ 100 more, so $ 999). The 8 Pro is much more expensive than in previous years, but the higher price means corrections for long-term omissions in the typical OnePlus phones: The 8 Pro has wireless charging – a fast 30 W wireless charging system – and an IP68 Water resistance. The other major OnePlus vulnerability that we complained about year after year – the lack of a constantly active display mode – has still not been addressed here, although OnePlus says it is being worked on.
The cheaper OnePlus 8 is basically the 7 Pro with updated technical data – it comes without a pop-up camera and with a lower quality rear-view camera system. Compared to the 8 Pro, there is still a Snapdragon 865, 8 or 12 GB RAM (but with slower LPDDR4X instead of the DDR5 in the 8 Pro) and still 128 or 256 GB UFS 3.0 memory. The higher tier of 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage still costs $ 100 more, or $ 799. The major downgrades come in the display, which drops to 90 Hz instead of 120 Hz and uses a slightly smaller 6.55-inch display and a completely fine 1080p resolution instead of 1440p. The cameras get cheaper sensors, the battery is less than 4300 mAh, and the big innovations of the 8 Pro – wireless charging and IP68 water resistance – are not present on the OnePlus 8, although OnePlus says the phone is still somewhat waterproof.
In terms of specs and prices, one way to look at OnePlus' new product line is to remove the lower level that was previously occupied by OnePlus 7 and 7T. As already mentioned, the OnePlus 8 is cheap compared to the 7 Pro, and the 8 Pro is in an even higher price range with wireless charging and other extras. That means OnePlus phones will be more expensive in another year, which has happened almost every year the company is in business. If you're looking for something cheaper, hopefully the rumors about this mid-range OnePlus phone will come true. There is surely room for that.
Despite the increased price, OnePlus has again developed a phone that jumps to the top of the Android class.
Design – pretty much just a 7 pro
There is almost nothing new to discuss in the design department. The 8 and 8 Pro stick very closely to the previous OnePlus designs, especially the 7 Pro. You get front and rear glass panes, curved edges and a metal band around the edges. There are still optical fingerprint readers on the screen that don't seem to be bigger or faster than last year.
In addition to the usual faster specifications, the 8 Pro's 120 Hz display is the major innovation this year. PC gamers have known this for a while, but faster displays are very nice, and the 120 Hz display is a nice upgrade over the 90 Hz display of the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T. At 120 Hz everything is buttery smooth, and the animations, scrolling and screen transitions are a joy. This is the smoothest and fastest-feeling smartphone on the market.
|TECHNICAL DATA AT A GLANCE|
|OnePlus 8||OnePlus 8 Pro|
|SCREEN||90 Hz, 6.55 inch 2400 × 1080 (402 ppi) OLED||120 Hz, 6.78 inches 3168 x 1440 (513 ppi) OLED|
|operating system||Android 10 with Oxygen OS Skin|
|Central processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with eight cores|
|R.A.M.||8 GB, 12 GB, LPDDR4X||8 GB, 12 GB, LPDDR5|
|CAMP||128 GB, 256 GB UFS 3.0|
|NETWORK||802.11b / g / n / ac / ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, NFC|
|PORT||USB Type C with 30W quick charge|
|REAR CAMERAS||48MP Main
8MP 3X Hybrid Tele
5MP color filter
|SIZE||160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0 mm||165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm|
|WEIGHT||180 g||199 g|
|START PRICE||$ 699 at OnePlus||$ 899 at OnePlus|
|WIRELESS CHARGING||No||Yes, 30W|
|OTHER PERKS||Fingerprint sensor on the screen, alarm controller|
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus 8: Starting at $ 699 with OnePlus
OnePlus 8 Pro: Starting at $ 899 on OnePlus
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Samsung has also delivered a 120 Hz display this year, but unlike the Galaxy S20, the OnePlus 8 Pro can be operated with the highest refresh rate and the highest resolution – Samsung has made you choose one or the other. At maximum resolution and maximum refresh rate, everything seems to be OK. Of course, this will consume more battery, but you can also lower one or the other to better survive days of heavy use if you want.
The other big change in the display is that the OnePlus 8 Pro is dropping the 7 Pro's pop-up camera in favor of a normal old pinhole, and that's really a shame. With the pop-up camera, you got a front camera with no screen errors, and now OnePlus downgraded with a pockmark in the top left corner of the phone.
I really miss the pop-up camera. If you're one of the 37 percent of people who don't take selfies at all, you can use the 7 Pro's pop-up camera to completely forget about the front camera and not sacrifice any part of your screen for a function you never use. If you're a privacy-conscious person, the pop-up camera is like an automatic cover for your selfie camera – you always know whether your front camera is on because it has either emerged or not. OnePlus also offered something that other OEMs seem to be completely desperate about: a form of real differentiation. No one else really makes pop-up cameras, and they're fun, cool, eye-catching, and there's a real user benefit.
The pinhole camera makes the phone look more general and makes the status bar higher than normal, which pushes the app content down and creates less content for the app. OnePlus told me that they scrapped the popup camera because it took up space that could otherwise be used for the battery (as the headphone jack argues), and the statistics confirm this: The OnePlus 8 Pro has 510 mAh more battery capacity than the 7 professional. OnePlus admitted that the 120 Hz display and 5G mean the phone uses more power. However, the company believes that the larger battery makes up for the phone's runtime balance with previous devices.
While the top bezel of the 8 Pro is very slim, OnePlus still managed to stuff some devices into it. In addition to the earphones, there is an RGB sensor on the front, which enables a white balance that is adapted to the environment and is called "comfort tone". This works exactly like Apple's True Tone or Google's Ambient EQ and optimizes the white balance of the display for an allegedly more comfortable experience. This is another exclusive 8-Pro feature – the cheaper phone has no sensor.
The display is still curved along the long edges, although the display curve of the OnePlus 8 Pro is lower than that of the OnePlus 8. I have never been a fan of this "function" because it only serves to distort the pages of apps and apps Videos and reflects glare on the sides in certain lighting conditions.
From the distance, the back looks exactly like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but both versions enlarge the camera in every dimension. With the 8 Pro, the camera stack is now much larger and protrudes about 2 mm from the 8.5 mm housing. It is so big that the phone looks like a tripod on a table and the top of the phone hovers high above the flat surface. The camera bump is also wider to fit the more powerful camera lenses. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro have similar megapixel numbers, but mostly not the same cameras.
The back comes in a few wild colors. My 8 Pro is the most vibrant blue color human has ever created and is covered with a satin finish. The OnePlus 8 was delivered in a shiny "glow" color, which is a color-changing violet / yellow / pink gradient. These glass phones still collect a lot of fingerprints, but the blue version's satin finish does some work to hide all the fingerprints, which is very nice.
Apart from the new camera settings, the hardware is indistinguishable from previous OnePlus devices. The three-position audio switch on the side returns. In this way, you can quickly and easily switch between ringing notifications, vibrations and muting.
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