OnePlus officially launched the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 in a digital event hosted yesterday. Apart from announcing the full specifications, the company also revealed the pricing and availability for the US, UK and Europe but did not announce that of India. But a few hours after the event, OnePlus India official Tweeter handle shared a teaser for the India prices of the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8.
The teaser detailed the company of planning to announce the India price for the series soon. However, that may not be very soon and the wait will likely be worth the while if we are to make some wild guesses from the tweet – ” Good things come to those who w8″. Obviously, the prices will likely be lower than the dollar equivalent and not direct conversions. However, we’ll have to wait for more details.
To recall, the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 both come with a hole-punch display notch and have matte-frosted glass protection at the back. The models are powered by a Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G support. The pricing for the OnePlus 8 starts at $899 (roughly Rs. 68,500) while the OnePlus 8 starts at $799 (roughly Rs. 60,800). The models will go on sale in the US on April 29, while their sales will start in the UK and other European regions on April 21. The launch in India will likely be next month after the lockdown ends.
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor paired with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. In terms of camera, the OnePlus 8 includes three sensors at the back while the OnePlus 8 Pro has four cameras at the rear panel. Main camera of both the phones is 48MP but users different Sony IMX sensors.
The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with OnePlus’ own wireless charging support called Warp wireless 30. Other key highlights of the OnePlus 8 Pro are: 120Hz screen refresh rate, 5G support, punch hole display, 3D curved design, 4510mAh battery paired with Warp 30T charging support. Alongside the OnePlus 8 series the company also launched new OnePlus Bullets Z earphones in some refreshing colours like the phones.
OP8 Pro: 165.3 x 74.3 x 8.5mm, 199g
OP8: 160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0mm, 180g
Onyx Black, Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, Ultramarine Blue
IP68 rating for 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 series has a similar design to both the previous model phones: the 7T and 7T Pro. That’s to say it’s all glass on the front and back, with both featuring curves that slope to the edges. There is a slight difference in shape though, with the Pro being slightly thinner and narrower, while also being taller.
On the back, OnePlus has two primary finishes: a glossy Onyx Black and a matte frosted Glacial Green. The frosted model still reflects light, but it’s nowhere near as shiny as the black model and resists fingerprints much better too. This will be joined by Ultramarine Blue and Interstellar Glow, depending on region.
Unlike the current trend for flagship smartphones, OnePlus has kept with its symmetrical camera housing. It’s a pill-shaped protrusion that sits in the top third of the phone’s rear, right in the middle.
The one more obvious design change is on the front, where OnePlus has stamped a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera into the top corner of the display.
Another big change is one you can’t see from the outside: water proofing on the OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus has finally decided to get an official certification for its flagship smartphone and now offers IP68 rating against water and dust resistance, bringing it in line with the likes of the iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 series phones. The OnePlus 8 doesn’t have an official IP rating.
8 Pro: 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED, 3168 x 1440 pixels, 120Hz
8: 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED, 2400 x 1080 pixels, 90Hz
1300 nits peak brightness
MEMC motion engine
OnePlus was keen to tell is that the panel on its OnePlus 8 Pro would likely be the best screen you see all year, and based on our opinions of last year’s models, we wouldn’t argue with them. The company has cranked it up a notch for 2020.
It’s a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED panel, which curves slightly at the edges and features that hole-punch camera in the corner. It’s capable of refresh rates up to 120Hz, which means a maximum frame rate of 120fps. That should mean animations are super smooth and responsive, especially when coupled with the 240Hz touch response from the touch sensitive layer.
At 1300 nits peak brightness it’s one of the brightest smartphone screens around, and is among the sharpest with its 3168 x 1440 pixel resolution. Unlike the S20 series from Samsung, you can have both the full resolution and full refresh rates enabled at the same time.
Because most content isn’t anywhere near 120Hz/120fps, OnePlus has developed a motion optimisation feature called MEMC, which inserts additional frames to upscale the footage to 120Hz, similar to how some TVs do it. It’s on by default, but if you hate the effect, you can switch it off in the Settings menu.
As well as all of that, OnePlus has claimed its screen is one of the most colour accurate panels on any smartphone too. So all round, it should offer a fantastic viewing experience.
The OnePlus 8 has a smaller display and takes a couple of hits on the specs – it’s a 90Hz refresh rate and it’s a 2400 x 1080 pixels, so a lower resolution too.
Hardware and performance
Snapdragon 865 5G
8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 storage
4,300mAh (8); 4,510mAh battery (8 Pro)
Warp Charge 30T fast wired charging
30W wireless Warp Charge
As is often the case for OnePlus, the internal hardware is some of the most powerful on any 2020 smartphone in the OnePlus 8 series. It starts with the Snapdragon 865 processor from Qualcomm, which has 5G built in as standard. That means fast processing, and fast data speeds where 5G networks are available.
In addition to that, the 8GB or 12GB RAM is the latest LPDDR5 generation, making it roughly 30 per cent faster than the LPDDR4 on previous OnePlus devices. It also has the speedy UFS 3.0 storage for fast app installs, file access and saving data.
The amount of storage you get depends on the RAM. Either you get 128GB storage with the 8GB RAM model, or you have 256GB storage on the 12GB RAM model. In the UK, the former is Onyx Black and the latter is Glacier Green, so you can easily tell them apart.
To keep all this power going for a full day, there’s a 4,510mAh battery (OnePlus’ biggest yet) in the OnePlus 8 Pro. That’s likely to compensate for the additional power used up by the improved display. The smaller phone gets all the power of the Pro, but a smaller 4,300mAh battery.
It may be a big battery, but that doesn’t mean charging speeds have slowed down. OnePlus latest wired Warp Charge 30T can get it from 0-50 per cent in about 23 minutes. But there’s a new charging option for the Pro this year: wireless.
After years of telling us it didn’t want to use wireless charging because it’s too slow, OnePlus has finally adopted the technology, in its own way. Its 30W wireless Warp Charge is virtually as fast as its wired charging, offering 0-50 per cent in about 30 minutes. That’s much faster than the wireless charging speeds offered by the likes of Samsung, Apple and Huawei.
8 Pro: Quad camera system:
Primary 48MP f/1.78
Telephoto 3x optical zoom – 8MP
8: Triple camera system:
Primary 48MP f/1.75
OnePlus has upped its camera game for the 8 Pro by offering four cameras in the back. This includes the usual wide, ultra-wide and telephoto zoom trio, plus an unusual photochromatic sensor.
The main camera is equipped with OIS for video and stills, and can shoot up to 4K resolution with its 48-megapixel Sony sensor. Similarly, the ultra-wide camera has a 48-megapixel sensor, but it’s the previous generation Sony version. And – of course – there’s a telephoto zoom that can get you up to 3x optical zoom, and 30x digital.
As for that fourth camera, that’s a bit of a curve ball. It’s a colour filter camera, called a Photochromatic camera, which does unusual things with colours and get you effects not naturally available to the others. You can shoot with it, so it’s not just a backup lens for extra data, although the 5-megapixel resolution is quite low by any standards.
The OnePlus 8 takes a slightly different direction, leading with a 48-megapixel sensor, but it’s an older sensor and has a different lens. It’s joined by a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera. It’s a bit of a step-down from the Pro.
Lastly, there’s the camera on the front for selfies. That one can shoot HD video and has a 16-megapixel sensor and that’s the same on both models.
Color OS 10.5
Alexa built into the software
Google One integration, plus free trial
There’s no full version update for Color OS this year. Instead, we have version 10.5 based on Android 10 and with a few new features to add to the pile.
As always it’s designed to be bloat free, while also be lightweight, customisable and speedy. That means you get an enhanced dark mode, plus new dynamic wallpapers to make the most of that glorious display.
OnePlus has firmed up its partnership with Google and will offer Google One built right into the phone’s software and also offering a three month free trial to the service to anyone who buys the phone.
Perhaps more interesting is that – as well as offering Google Assistant support – OnePlus has built-in Alexa support, without the need for downloading the app from the Play Store, so you can choose which assistant you want to use for your voice commands, smart home control and so on.