OnePlus has launched its flagship phone OnePlus 8 Pro. The phone is a successor of OnePlus 7 Pro. OnePlus 7 Pro was one of the best smartphones of the last year. So OnePlus definitely tried to replicate the last year’s success with OnePlus 8 Pro. This year’s flagship comes with a 5G network and runs the latest more refind OxygenOS.
OnePlus 8 Pro is a flagship smartphone and comes with high-end specifications. It is a bit pricy but if you compare with flagship devices from Apple and Samsung, then 8 Pro is still cheap. At 54,999 you are getting plenty of features from fast wireless charging to reverse wireless to 5G network to 120Hz display refresh rate. The phone has a great build and design and comes with a high-end processor. Overall it is a great smartphone and certainly one step ahead to last year’s OnePlus 7 Pro.
Design & Display
OnePlus 8 Pro’s design is similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro except that later launched with pop-up selfie camera while the former features a punch-hole style selfie camera. OnePlus puts lots of effort while designing the phone. The phone uses a matte-frosted glass back with an aluminum frame. The back of the phone changes color as per ambient light conditions.
On the front side, there is an almost bezel-less curved display. At the top left, is a punch-hole camera situated. On the bottom, there is a USB Type-C port and a dual nano-SIM slot. On the right, there is a power and a switch button while left edge houses volume rocker. On the back of the phone, there is a vertical camera bump that houses a quad-camera setup. The camera setup paired with dual-flash.
The phone is IP68 certified which means it is water-resistant at 1.5m for 30-minutes. The phone is available in three colors: Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and Ultramarine Blue.
The phone features a 6.78-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen can reach a maximum brightness of 1,300 nits. Although the screen has a 120Hz refresh rate, it will switch to 60Hz when the screen is static to conserve the battery. It has a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. The 120Hz refresh rate makes the phone smoother while scrolling webpages and playing action sequence games. Since the phone has a curved display some people will keep accidentally touching the edges while holding the phone. The phone has an ultra-fast and accurate in-display fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone.
Processor & Performance
The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 865G SoC paired with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. OnePlus claims that a new chipset will increase the performance by 30% and reduce battery consumption by 20% over OnePlus 7 Pro. The overall performance looks decent. During our test, while playing PUBG or Counter-Strike we didn’t feel any lags. The movements were very smooth and flappy.
On the Geekbench test, OnePlus 8 Pro scored 3,223 on the multi-cor test and 854 on a single-core. The phone beats the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus in the Geekbench test. Galaxy S20 Plus scored 2,987 on the multi-core and 799 on a single core.
The phone features a quad-rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor with a 119-degree field of view, an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom and 5-megapixel color filter sensor. The camera is able to shoot either at 48-megapixel or 12-megapixel.
The camera does a decent job and it is not a perfect camera. It captures photos with sharp details and bright colors. Taking pictures at Night Mode also does a significant-good job. But the phone lacks dedicated night mode so sometimes photos are not as good as to take from regular camera mode. The phone can shoot 4K videos at 30 frames per second with average quality. We don’t know why OnePlus added color filter. We tried to capture shots with ‘Color filter’ on but it looks like we edited the shot with some photo editing apps.
The selfie camera is of 16-megapixel. It can take selfies with a greater amount of details and color tones.
Battery & OS
It houses a 4,510mAH battery with 30W Warp wireless charging. It is the first smartphone from the company that supports wireless charging. OnePlus wired charger is one of the fastest chargers that can charge OnePlus 8 Pro from 0 to 60% in just 30 minutes and 0 to 30% in just 15-minutes. The phone also features 3W reverse wireless charging. It can be used to charge small devices such as earbuds. During our test, the battery lasted for a day at a 60 Hz refresh rate. And while 120Hz, it lasted for around 10-hours.
OnePlus 8 runs on Oxygen OS based on Android 10. Dark Mode already existed in the Oxygen OS but OnePlus has expanded it for some more apps. Oxygen OS on OnePlus 8 Pro comes with live wallpapers. They can connect with the OnePlus weather app and can give you real-time weather conditions. New OxygenOS comes with “Work Mode” and “Life Mode.” During Work Mode, you can pause the notifications so that they don’t disturb you during your office hours. In addition, users can change the shape of the icons in the pulldown notification menu.
OnePlus 8 Pro with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage costs Rs. 54,999 and 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant costs Rs. 59,999.
OnePlus 8 Pro is a flagship phone with a 5G network. It got a great design, and display. The phone comes with an ocean of features such as a 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz sampling rate. In addition, it is the fastest wireless charging phone available in the world. The camera is also great, although is not perfect. To get those features you need to spend around $Rs. 80,000. So if you don’t want to go with rival Samsung or Apple and spend around 80k-90k, then it is a perfect Android smartphone which you can get under $60,000.