After months of leaks and reports, OnePlus has now confirmed that the upcoming OnePlus 8 series flagship smartphones will be officially launched on 14th April. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the launch event will be hosted online.
Ahead of the launch of the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro smartphones, the company has already revealed some of the physical features of the upcoming devices. Now, in a new forum post, the company’s founder and CEO, Pete Lau, talks about improvements in the OnePlus eight phones.
He confirms that the OnePlus eight series will come powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, which promises a 25 percent increase in CPU and GPU performance while reducing power usage by 25 percent.
Further, the chipset offers a 16 percent reduction in power consumption when shooting videos and a 40 percent increase in video noise pixel processing power. Pete says that it’s AI performance is at least twice as fast as its predecessor, thanks to the Hexagon 698 DSP, which also offers 35 percent better power efficiency.
As for the memory, the devices will come packed with LPDDR5 RAM for the first time in an OnePlus device. Its transfer rate reaches a blazing 6,400Mbps at bandwidth as high as 51.2GB/s and 45 percent less power compared with the previous generation. The devices use UFS 3.0 flash storage, which is capable of dramatically raising read and write speeds to about 1,700MB/s. The company has also introduced Turbo Write and Host Performance Booster to further increase its performance.
Turbo Write makes use of the upper section of the ROM’s storage as a reliable high-speed read/write interval, allowing each read/write to enter high-speed buffer and then proceed to the next command of data transfer. On the other hand, HPB (Host Performance Booster) can further improve the random read performance after extended use.
OnePlus had previously confirmed that its flagship smartphone would come with the newly announced 120Hz refresh rate display. The devices will also have support for the 5G communications technology, in line with other flagships in the market.
But as we all know, OnePlus does a better job with software optimization, and that’s something we have witnessed with the fluidity of OxygenOS. With a dedicated team that is set up to focus on system optimizations solely, Pete further claims that the next crop of the OnePlus devices will have to offer “the fastest and smoothest experience manner.”
Apart from the OnePlus eight and the OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus is also expected to release a more affordable variant in the OnePlus eight series: the OnePlus 8 Lite. The phone is duly likely to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chip and is said to launch later in the year.
To top it all off, the phone will make use of UFS 3.0 storage that was also found on the company’s previous-gen smartphones. But to make things better, OnePlus has made use of two new technologies that it calls Turbo Write and Host Performance Booster that will further improve overall performance.