The prices of OnePlus phones have been increasing steadily over the years, ever since the launch of the OnePlus 1. The Oneplus 8 pro now starts at $899. OnePlus had claimed their phones will be under $1000 and they delivered on their promise. Apparently, both OnePlus 8 and 8 pro come in 2 variants. 8/128GB and 12/256GB. The Oneplus 8 starts at $700. They’ll be available from April 29th, and sell on Amazon US as well as other US carriers.
The OnePlus 8 comes with a host of features, which we will find out below.
The OnePlus 8 gets a smaller sized display than it’s more powerful sibling, at 6.55 inches, which in itself isn’t that small either way. The phone supports a full HD, HDR10+ display with 90Hz refresh rate. The colour accuracy is on point. This panel is a bit curved at the edges, and a punch hole selfie camera is what replaces the notch.
You get a 48MP main camera which uses an older IMX586 sensor, which means you lose the omni-directional AutoFocus. You even get smaller pixels at 0.8µm pixel size. Pixel binning is still supported and the the OIS and EIS combo works out. The 16MP ultra-wide camera uses a 116 degrees field of view. The telephoto camera is substituted by a 2MP macro camera instead.
Battery & Charging:
The 4300mAh battery is provided as standard, which is a bump of just 300mAh compared to the Oneplus 7T. A warp charge of 30W via USB-C. You can charge the phone to 50% in just 22 minutes, so a full charge can give you less than an hour, which is a boon for the OnePlus 8. They skipped out on wireless charging for this lower end model though, which is a bummer!
Chipset, Storage & RAM:
As always, the Oneplus 8 supports the latest chipset, and that’s the Snapdragon 865. That’s coupled with a RAM and storage of 8/128GB and 12/256GB. It’s still LPDDR4x which is used on the previous OnePlus models.
Both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro use 5G and Wi-Fi 6(Wi-Fi ax which uses both 2.4 and 5GHz simultaneously), while the Verizon model gets mmWave which uses frequency bands in the 26GHz and above. Both models use a fingerprint sensor built in the display since they have OLED screens. The phone comes in two new colours – Interstellar Glow (which has a glossy finish) and Glacial Green (with a matte finish). The standard Onyx Black is also glossy. Verizon has exclusivity on the Polar Silver colour.
The version with 8/128GB storage is $799 in the US and the 12/256GB version retails for $100 extra.
OnePlus 8 Pro:
This phone is more feature packed than it’s younger sibling. Let’s find out what makes this one kick!
This one is a larger display compared to it’s younger sibling. The display size is 6.78 inches which is really close to 6.8 inches! It’s a new tech called “Fluid AMOLED” which we have not heard of before. The refresh rate is a staggering 120Hz which was first used by the Asus Rog Phone 2 last year which came with the Snapdragon 855+ chipset. The 8 Pro uses 240Hz touch sensing for minimizing input lag. The OnePlus 8 doesn’t have this feature. 10 bit HDR10+ helps boost 8 bit content, and enhances it. Another feature called MEMC extrapolates 24fps videos to 120fps. This feature also tries to avoid distortions when viewing video at 120fps.
The camera is same at 48MP as the previous phones, but with an increased sensor size of 1/1.43″ compared to 1/2″ on it’s younger sibling. There’s another 48MP camera next to it, with 120 degrees field of view. You can also use it as a macro camera for taking shots at a 3cm distance. The selfie is now a punch hole too. Gone are the days of pop-up cameras which were available on the 7 and 7 Pro.
Battery & Charging:
The 8 Pro uses a much more juicier battery compared to it’s younger sibling. Its now 4510mAh, which is 500mAh more than the OnePlus 7 which used a 4000mAh battery. The 8 pro uses 30w Warp charge like it’s younger sibling. There’s also 30w wireless charge, but for some reason, the wireless charging isn’t as fast as the wired one. But it’s still fast nonetheless, compared to other wireless charging devices out there. The Warp charge wired charges the battery to 50% in 30 minutes compared to 23 minutes for the wired charge. For the wireless charging, you will have to shell out an extra $70.
Chipset, Storage & RAM:
Snapdragon 865 powers the device, and you get 8/128 along with 12/256 RAM and storage variants. This time, they use a much faster RAM, which is LPDDR5.
This phone too has Wi-Fi 6(Wi-Fi ax which uses both 2.4 and 5GHz simultaneously). The Wi-Fi 6 has a peak speed of 9.6Gbps, which is faster than the 5G modem which supports a peak speed of 7.5Gbps on mmWave.It will be available in the new Ultramarine Blue ,Glacial Green as well as Onyx Black colours.
The lower model at 8/128GB will be $899 whereas the higher end model at 12/256 will cost you $999. See the chart for prices pertaining to other countries.
So, do you feel the prices are worth it, for all the extra features added? Do let us know in the comments below.