Today, the OnePlus 8 series finally releases in India. The series moves to 90Hz and 120Hz signature refresh rate. With the flagship-level Snapdragon 865, it has the top-end performance to provide. The highlight of the series is the OnePlus 8 Pro. Let’s get into the details and know this flagship better:
OnePlus 8 Pro occupies a space of 165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm (indeed a large phone) and weighs 199 grams. It’s an aluminum + glass built with the mainframe forged from aluminum and the front and back molded from glass (Gorilla Glass Protection – unspecified).
From the back, we have the vertical arrangement of the quad-cameras aligned at the top center which is similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro. Interestingly, the telephoto camera is separated from the other three cameras and is situated on the left side. This time the Dual-LED flash has been shifted from the bottom of the camera section to the left and laser AF can also be seen above the vertically arranged. It still has the doubled sided curved back for a nice grip.
On the front, we witness some major changes. The display I believe is the greatest highlight of the OnePlus 8 Pro. It’s a 6.78-inches 120Hz Fluid AMOLED Punch-hole display, emitting 1B colors as the resolution goes Quad-HD+ (1440 x 3168 pixels) and the pixel density is the highest 513 ppi. It also features HDR10+ as well. The screen-to-body ratio has reached 90.8%.
Coming to the hardware section, we have the flagship-level Snapdragon 865 SoC – the fastest SoC to date running at a maximum of 2.84GHz. The SoC is coupled with 8/12 gigs of LPDDR5 RAM and 128/256GB of optional UFS3.0 storage. The competition of UFS 3.0 + LPDDR5 + SD 865 is the fastest also seen in OPPO Reno Ace 2. Sadly, there’s no memory expansion option available via the SD card.
In terms of connectivity, we have the 5G enabled (will also support North America Verizon 5G) thanks to the X55 integrated modem of the SD 865. More importantly, the phone features the latest WiFi 6 module. However, we do miss the 3.5mm traditional audio jack.
When it comes to features, we have the dual-stereo speakers supported by Dolby Atmos. There’s also the NFC feature as well. Under the screen, we have the in-display optical fingerprint reader. For gamers, there’s the new haptic vibration engine. We also have Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX HD.
Heading to another highlight is the camera section. Sadly, the OnePlus 8 series decided to use a 48MP quad rear camera configuration (it’s OnePlus first quad-camera phone). It might not be a hyped 64MP or a 108MP camera, however, the camera performance is still amazing. The Pro version might have the best low-light performance thanks to the large 1/1.43″ sensor. Getting in details, here are the specs of each lens:
There’s the 3-HDR technology that gives higher dynamic range, giving backlight shots clearer, more colorful details in both shadows and well-lit areas.
Meanwhile, the front camera of the OnePlus 8 Pro is 16MP and has a sensor size of 1/3″, 1.0µm pixel size, f/2.5 aperture and has wide-angle added to it.
The new OnePlus 8 series runs on the latest Android 10.0 (OxygenOS 10). The new UI of OnePlus has the Dark Theme 2.0 with the OnePlus minimalist signature design, quick response, and new dynamic wallpapers. Moreover, the series comes with a 3-month Google Drive 100GB trail. For the existing OnePlus users it’s for one month. Hands-free and push-to-talk features for Alexa voice assistant have been added as well.
Last but not least, the flagship is powered by a massive 4510 mAh battery supporting Fast charging 30W, 50% in 23 min (as advertised), and the new fast wireless charging 30W, 50% in 30 min (as advertised). It also supports reverse wireless charging 3W.
Starting with the color options, we have three colors: Glacial Green, Ultramarine Blue, Onyx Black.
In terms of hardware, we have two variants of the Pro version:
Looks like OnePlus have increased the prices of the 8-series as other manufacturers also continue to increase prices of flagship-level smartphones which include Xiaomi (Mi 10 series), OPPO (Ace 2), and Huawei (P40 series), as the 5G era ushers.