OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone maker has finally revealed its most anticipated series of devices globally in an online only launch event despite the disruptions in the tech industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The devices launched are OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro which are successor to the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro alongside two new accessories are also launched from the company – the OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless dock and Bullets Wireless Z earphones.
After so many rumors and leaks which came out to be true, the launch event proved to reveal the true specs, features and pricing about these devices. Some highlights of both devices include: both the devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform-the latest flagship processor available on Android till date with its most powerful Adreno 650 GPU that can handle heavy intensive games and 3D apps like a breeze, both devices comes integrated with 5G modems and are 5G ready, both devices are IP-68 certified and can withstand normal splashes, both devices have a borderless fluid AMOLED display with punch hole camera. The OnePlus 8 gets 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display while the OnePlus 8 Pro gets 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display.
Build & Design
On the design side of things, OnePlus8 Pro is 165.3mm x 74.35mm x 8.5mm while OnePlus 8 is 160 x 72.9 x 8mm which is slightly smaller and slimmer than the OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus 8 weighs at 180g while the Pro version weighs at 199g but both the devices are overall balanced so there will be no issues.
Apart from that, the two phones look very similar to each other as both devices have frosted matte design at the back and Gorilla glass 6 on both front and back. In fact, the only real difference apart from size is the IP rating. Both phones are water-resistant, but the OnePlus 8 Pro has official IP rating (IP-68) which the Non-Pro version lacks making it the first device from OnePlus to come with an official rating.
Talking about the colors, the Pro version will come in three vibrant colors-Ultramarine Blue, Onyx Black & Glacial Green.While the regular version will also come in same colors along with Interstellar Glow color for certain markets.
During the launch event, the display was the highlighting point of the OnePlus 8 series as it is considered as true feast for eyes due to the A+ rating from Display Mate which is considered the best display on Earth. The display also features 10 bit color depth showing 1.07B colors as compared to normal 8 bit color depth showing 16M colors found on regular displays. The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with 6.7-inch QuadHD+ (3168×1440) Fluid AMOLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate and upto 240Hz touch sampling rate which will help in smoother animations, scrolling, and general navigation in Android and overall buttery smooth experience while playing games that support higher refresh rate.On the other hand the non-Pro varient gets 6.55-inch FullHD+ (2400×1080) Fluid AMOLED panel but with a lesser refresh rate i.e of 90Hz with touch sampling rate upto 180Hz.
Both devices come with borderless punch hole display,while the punch hole is only 3.88mm and houses only a single selfie camera with a peak brightness of 1300nits on the pro varient and 1100nits on non-pro varient and the display is curved on from the edges and protected with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6.
Hardware and Performance
Known for its powerful hardware and performance this time also the OnePlus 8 series has been consistent in offering top notch performance, thanks to Snapdragon 865 and its Adreno 650 GPU. As it comes with built-in X55 5G modem that essentially means, at its core, it will perform the same in terms of brain power and cellular download speeds.
It’s the similar case with storage and RAM amounts but with some tweaks.Both regular and Pro models come with 8GB/128GB RAM & ROM and 12GB/256GB RAM & ROM variants, so you don’t lose any memory for choosing the regular over the Pro. The 8 Pro has faster, more modern LPDDR5 RAM than LPDDR4 RAM found on the regular version. In terms of storage both get UFS 3.0 with turbo write which is fastest in the industry.
Both devices come with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 which offers faster connection and transfer speeds with less interference. It also comes with Haptic Vibration 2.0 which brings helps in vibrations and haptic feedback also brings games to life. Moreover,these devices also come with dual stereo speakers with support for Dolby Atmos which is considered the best device for gaming and media consumption.
For a greater performance and a high refresh rate AMOLED display, OnePlus 8 Pro is packed with 4510 mAH battery-which is considered the highest capacity battery to come in a OnePlus device yet. While the non pro is packed with 4300 mAH battery.
Powering the devices both devices support WARP charge 30T which can charge the device from 0-50% in less than 30 minutes. But the 8 Pro takes this even further with support for WARP Charge Wireless which can also charge the device with same 30W charging but wirelessly making is the fastest device to charge wirelessly
To sum-up these devices come with the latest version of Oxygen OS built on top of Android 10 which provides more choice and less hassle. It also comes with ad and bloatware free experience and smooth battle 2.0 for smoother navigation and minimal animations. New dark theme has also been introduced along with dynamic wallpapers that changes according to weather.
OnePlus has also partnered up with Google to bring free 100GB of Google One storage trial for 3 months. Both devices have support for Stadia Cloud Gaming.
OnePlus has brought its biggest camera upgrade ever in it’s pro version by offering quad camera setup at the back. It includes 48MP main camera with Sony IMX 689 with f/1.78 aperture, 48 MP Ultra wide, 8MP telephoto with 3x zoom and 5MP photochromatic.
If there’s one area that shows the biggest difference between the two phones, it’s in the camera department. OnePlus has gone all-out with the Pro model, offering an intriguing quad camera system.
On the other hand the OnePlus 8 offers a triple camera setup with 48MP main Sony IMX 586 with f/1.75 aperture , 16MP 116-degree ultra-wide and 2MP macro.
Both devices can shoot upto 4K 60fps videos and offers both OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) AND EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization).Both phones feature the same 16 MP Sony IMX471 front facing camera in that tiny punch-hole cutout in the display.
Other camera features include such as CINE aspect ratio video recording, Video HDR, UltraShot HDR, Nightscape, Super Micro, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image, Audio Zoom, Audio 3D and Smart Pet Capture, Super Slow Motion 720p at 480fps and 1080p at 240fps.
Pricing And Availability
The OnePlus 8 Pro comes in 3 color varients : Ultramarine Blue, Onyx Black & Glacial Green and will be available in two Storage And Ram Varients:
8/128 varient costs 899$ and the 12/256 is priced at 999$.
The OnePlus 8 Pro comes in 3 color varients : While the regular version will also come in same colors along with Interstellar Glow color for certain markets will be available in two Storage And Ram Varients:
8/128 varient starts at 699$ and the 12/256 is priced at 799$.
The India prices of the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro have not been announced yet. The OnePlus 8 is expected to cost around Rs 55,000 while the OnePlus 8 Pro may cost above Rs 70,000 in India.