OnePlus has come an extended way since its youth. it had been once a no-name brand that built hype by offering high-performance for a really low price point, and will only be bought if you had a call for participation. Today, however, you will see OnePlus devices listed in popular retail stores and available from major carriers. It’s broken out of its niche and become a trailblazer.
For 2020 it’s all about OnePlus 8. And it is the Pro model that is the company’s biggest phone yet – both literally and insignificance – because it adds features that we’ve been wanting for years. Namely: wireless charging and a correct water-resistance rating.
But while the consistency of offering top-drawer power hasn’t changed, the once-tiny price point may be a thing of the past. If you would like Pro then you will have to pay flagship rates for it. But OnePlus has earned its place at the highest of the stack. Here’s why.
Dimensions: 165.3 x 74.35 x 8.5mm / Weight: 199g
Finishes: Onyx Black and Glacial Green
In-display fingerprint sensor
Curved glass each side
The OnePlus 8 Pro is big. that is the very first thing we noticed when taking it out of its packaging. It’s noticeably bigger than the 7T Pro from 2019 and almost identical in size and shape to the Oppo Find X2 Pro (no surprise, as both companies are found under the BBK Electronics umbrella).
The 8 Pro is clearly an evolution. As in previous years, OnePlus’ glass back is out there in both glossy and frosted matte finishes. the previous in black, the latter is what the corporate is looking Glacial Green – which is actually teal or turquoise. you will be ready to buy a rough sandstone finished bright teal case to travel with it, if you so decide.
The camera housing is kept within the middle to form it symmetrical, retaining that pill-shaped look of the previous OnePlus 7 Pro although this point it’s joined by an LED flash and a fourth camera, which are completely flush built with the glass. It kinda spoils that minimal symmetry OnePlus is understood for, plus it stands proud further than before, but we still prefer it to have an enormous rectangle off to at least one side.
Our review unit is that the frosted Glacial Green model, which suggests the aluminium edges have a soft-touch anodised finish to travel alongside that matte glass look. it is a lovely colour, one that’s standout compared to most other 2020 flagships.
It’s equipped with all the standard OnePlus buttons and ports too. meaning there’s an alert slider on the proper (which is smaller than before), which may be a quick thanks to switching your notifications off, without having to unlock your phone and find the relevant settings.
Beneath that switch is what we might usually call the power/sleep button: pressing it locks the phone as was common, but long-pressing launches the Google Assistant by default. To power down the phone, you press-and-hold the quantity up and lock button together. OnePlus probably realised people rarely cut their phones lately, so having the built-in assistant was a more good choice.
6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display (120Hz refresh rate)
QuadHD+ resolution (3168 x 1440)
MEMC motion graphics smoothing
Punch-hole camera cut-out
On the front, there’s that each one dominating 6.78-inch AMOLED screen. OnePlus has made quite fuss about the display within the 8 Pro, which is not any surprise. After all, it’s got a Quad HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.
This time around OnePlus has opted against a pop-up camera within the top edge, which suggests the selfie camera now lives during a little cutout within the display’s top left corner. So it isn’t a totally uninterrupted display surface any longer. However, the panel does take up most of the front, giving an edge-to-edge feel, plus it curves towards the edges to minimise the view of the frame the sides too.
By default, the OnePlus 8 Pro is about to Full HD+ resolution at 60Hz. within the settings, this will be changed to Quad HD+ at 120Hz. With these settings, we’ve noticed the interface seems extra smooth, like when switching apps and scrolling through the screens. If you’re upgrading from an OnePlus phone from two or three years ago, this is often something you’ll definitely notice.
However, most games, TV shows and films aren’t available in 120Hz to require full advantage of the upper refresh rate. To our eyes, honestly, we found it hard to inform the difference between 60Hz and 120Hz most of the time. OnePlus has always made phones feel fast and fluid, so it still feels quick and responsive even in its lower standard refresh rate.
To try and upscale from lower frame rates, OnePlus uses MEMC motion enhancing technology. the thought being that videos look smoother than if they’re just in their regular 30fps/25fps/24fps (or regardless of the frame-rate is thereon particular video). Again, this is often off by default and works with a couple of video-focused apps, including Netflix.
The thing is, like with changing the frame rates, we found that switching on MEMC didn’t seem to try to all that much. it isn’t easy to identify its benefit when just chilling and watching your favourite shows. Watching an episode of Star Trek Discovery, activating and deactivating MEMC, we didn’t recognise any impact or benefit.
On the opposite hand, we could tell the difference between Full HD+ and Quad HD+ resolutions when switching between the 2. While you cannot distinguish individual pixels easily, the sides of objects on screen seem sharper and text may be a little crisper in Quad HD mode.
It’s only too easy to urge lost altogether these headline-grabbing features, but step faraway from the mountains of numbers and, overall, the 8 Pro’s screen is one among the simplest displays we have seen so far. It’s incredibly bright at full brightness. Colours have a true pop and vividness to them without getting massively oversaturated. At lower brightnesses there is a little an excessive amount of contrast, making some scenes appear unrealistic, but on the entire, it’s up there with the highest displays on the market.
Performance & Battery
Snapdragon 865 processor, 8GB or 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
4,510mAh battery, 30W charging (wireless and wired)
128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 storage
5G and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity
Performance is one area where OnePlus excels – and has consistently. Inside, you will find the very fastest mobile components. Everything from the Snapdragon 865 processor, to the newest generation RAM, and ultra-fast storage, is all designed to stay this phone feeling blazing fast. And it shows.
In daily use, everything about the phone’s interface feels zippy and fluid, from launching apps to only scrolling through the app drawer. There’s not even a micro-second of delay or lag. The software being so light and bloat-free only helps keep things further.
Even loading games with fast animations and high-quality visuals don’t seem to bother the OnePlus 8 Pro. We played an honest few rounds of Asphalt 9, Alto’s Odyssey and Mario Kart Tour, never spotting any lag or stuttering whatsoever. Even with the display maxed out at 120Hz and Quad HD+ resolution, it didn’t struggle with anything.
The same are often said of battery life. It’s a 4,510mAh cell, making it the most important capacity battery OnePlus has utilized in a smartphone so far. meaning it can keep it up going and going. Even on days where we deliberately spent an honest few hours gaming, watching videos and streaming music, we received the top of the day with slightly below 40 per cent left over. For the lighter user, we suspect the professional isn’t faraway being a two-day battery.
With its fast-charging technology, there is no reason to not a minimum of attempt to see how long you’ll make it go. With either the wired Warp Charge 30T or the Warp Charge 30 Wireless charging, you’ll top it up again in no time. From 0-50 per cent using the cable takes about 23 minutes, which isn’t long in the least.
It’s similar to the new wireless charging technology if you employ OnePlus’ optional wireless charging stand. Having left the phone off charge overnight, we placed it on the stand at around 38 per cent. After just ten minutes it had been up to 58 per cent. That’s enough to urge through a full day.
The long and in need of it: this phone is basically fast, can continue with you even on the foremost demanding days, and charging is super fast.
Four camera system:
Main: 48-megapixels, Sony IMX689 sensor, f/1.78 aperture, optical stabilisation (OIS)
Wide: 48MP, Sony IMX586 sensor, f/2.4, 119.7-degree angle of view
Zoom: 8MP, 3x optical, f/2.4, OIS
Colour filter: 5MP, f/2.4
16MP front-facing camera (punch-hole)
Ultra-HD (4K) video at 60fps
Slow-mo to 460fps
For OnePlus, the camera is typically the “it’s an excellent phone but might be better” caveat. For the OnePlus 8 Pro, however, for the foremost part, its ironed out issues from its predecessors. No, it’s still not perfect, but it doesn’t have any serious flaws and steps before its predecessors.
Using either the most 48-megapixel camera or the ultra-wide 48-megapixel camera, you will get images with many life. There are many colour, contrast and detail from both of these two cameras. Indeed, the wide-angle sensor here is that the same quality one that you’re going to find within the standard OnePlus 8’s main camera setup.
Even in low-light conditions, the first camera does an honest job of pulling in many lights. Parts of the pictures get a touch smushy and soft, but no quite we’d expect. Switching to Nightscape mode, however, and this issue is resolved: the colours have pop, details are sharper, and shadows/contrast are a touch more prominent.
There are two additional cameras, just one of which is basically useful: the 3x zoom. This telephoto allows you to zoom into subjects further away, making the system more versatile. However, the standard isn’t quite there with the zoom camera.
Compared to the wide and ultra-wide, the pictures are flat and washed out, lacking a touch sharpness – especially as you push towards the upper zoom range. Seeing as there are great performers just like the Huawei P40 Pro, that highlights this result even more.
As for the fourth camera, which will also not be there. it is a colour filter camera, which you’ll use once you select the relevant filter in ‘Photo’ mode. It does unusual things with colours, turning images grey and orange (mostly). Again, however, the results lack tons of intimately and dynamic range. It feels completely sort of a gimmick to us, for the sake of claiming “it’s a quad-camera phone”. We’d rather OnePlus had stuck the telephoto camera within the primary camera housing with the opposite two, and not interrupted the gorgeous green glass surface with it, just to place during a fourth camera that does not seem to try to anything useful.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is undoubtedly the company’s most complete smartphone so far. it’s an enormous and brilliant display, long-lasting and fast-charging battery, IP68 waterproofing, plus software that’s fluid and light-weight. beat a phone that’s fast, and features a great main and wide-angle camera on the rear.
While the spec list is undoubtedly impressive, there are some extras here that appear like box-ticks: the color filter camera looks like it’s only there for the claim of the quad, the telephoto camera isn’t class-leading either, while not all will see the advantage of a 120Hz screen. Still, three small complaints in an otherwise impressive inning.
The OnePlus 8 Pro delivers a real flagship experience that gives everything you’ll want, during a package that’s still less costly than its big-name competition.