OnePlus have always been good at hyping their products prior to a launch. this year has been no exception so when they took to the stage last night to reveal the new OnePlus 8 flagship smartphones there was a lot of excitement, but little surprises.
They announced two new flagship smartphones, the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, along with a couple of accessories, the Bullets Wireless Z headphones and the Warp Wireless Charger. Between the two smartphones there are small differences with each obviously hitting a different price point. As such the ultra premium device, the OnePlus 8 Pro, stands out for everything it has, because it sure as hell is not missing much if anything.
|Specs||OnePlus 8||OnePlus 8 Pro|
|CPU||Snapdragon 865 SoC|
|RAM||8/12GB LPDDR4X||8/12GB LPDDR5|
|Operating System||OxygenOS based on Android 10|
|Display||6.55-inch 2400×1080 pixel 90Hz Fluid AMOLED 20:9 screen with 402ppi pixel density, Gorilla Glass, and HDR10+||6.78-inch 3168×1440 pixel 120Hz Fluid AMOLED 19.8:9 screen with 513ppi pixel density, Gorilla Glass, HDR10+, Adaptive Display and MEMC|
|Rear Camera||48MP Sony IMX586 (F/1.75, OIS, EIS) + 16MP ultrawide (F/2.2, 116-degree FOV), 2MP macro (F/2.4, 1.75μm pixel size) with PDAF and dual-LED flash||48MP Sony IMX689 (F/1.78, 1.12μm pixel size, OIS, EIS) + 48MP Sony IMX586 ultrawide (F/2.2, 120-degree FOV) + 8MP telephoto (F/2.4, 3x optical, OIS) + 5MP colour filter (F/2.4) with PDAF, Laser AF, and dual-LED flash|
|Front Camera||16MP Sony IMX471 (F/2.0, fixed focus, EIS)||16MP Sony IMX471 (F/2.4, fixed focus, EIS)|
|Video Recording||Main Camera: 4K UHD 30/60 FPS, 1080p 30/60 FPS, 720p 480 FPS Slow-Mo, 1080p 240 FPS Slow-Mo; Front Camera: 1080p 30 FPS|
|Camera Features||HDR, RAW, Cine Mode, Nightscape, Super Macro, Pro Mode||HDR, RAW, Cine Mode, Nightscape, Super Macro, Pro Mode, Audio Zoom, Colour Filter|
|Internal Storage||128/256GB UFS 3.0|
|Colours||Onyx Black (Glossy), Glacial Green (Matte), Interstellar Glow (Glossy)||Onyx Black (Glossy), Glacial Green (Matte), Ultramarine Blue (Matte)|
|Dimensions||160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0mm||165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5mm|
|Weight||180 grams||199 grams|
|Connectivity||5G, Bluetooth 5.1 (with aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC), NFC, Wi-Fi 6 (2.4GHz and 5GHz), USB-C USB 3.1 Gen 1|
|Navigation||GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo|
|Other||In-display Fingerprint Scanner, Stereo Speakers, Dolby Atmos||In-display Fingerprint Scanner, Stereo Speakers, Dolby Atmos, IP68|
|Battery||4,300 mAh with 30W Warp Charge 30T support||4,510 mAh with 30W Warp Charge 30T, 30W Wireless Charging, and 3W Reverse Wireless Charging support|
OnePlus 8 Pro
The Pro version is a cut above the plain old OnePlus 8 with its specs set to match even the best ultra-premium flagship smartphones on the market.
There is the requisite Snapdragon 865 with 5G supports, a whopping 8 or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 or 256GB of UFS3.0 storage. The display is an industry leading next level display with the 6.78-inch 2k display supporting 120Hz refresh rate, a 240Hz sampling rate while offering 1300nit peak brightness, a JCND of just 0.4, MEMC fluid m,otion, HDR10+ support, automatic colour temperature and an auto brightness controlled by sensors on the front and rear of the device. There is a small 3.8mm cutout in the display for the front-facing selfie camera.
The rear camera is a decent quad camera setup with a 48MP Sony IMX689 main sensor a 48MP Sony IMX586 120 degree ultrawide lens, an 8MP telephoto lens capable of 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom and a 5MP colour filter. There is PDAF, Laser AF, OIS and EIS all incorporated resulting in a high quality camera setup — the proof will be in the pudding once reviews start hitting the Internet and we can see just how far OnePlus have come with their camera software to match the hardware.
Security-wise there is an in-display fingerprint sensor along with the not-so-secure face unlock. With support for Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, dual nano-SIM and a new IP68 waterproof rating it does not seem to be lacking anything at all.
The phone is not small by any stretch of the imagination measuring a couple of millimetres taller and a millimetre or two thinner than last year’s corresponding flagship device.
Battery-wise it promises to be a beast with a 4,510mAh battery with once again 30W Warp Charge 30T — which is a tad disappointing given they’ve had this speed for quite a while and other manufacturers are bumping their speeds to over this now. Wirelessly though it can also charge at 30W (using the OnePlus wireless charger) and supports 3W reverse wireless charging.
As for the software, OxygenOS has had over 280 new optimisations to take their “smoothness to the next level”. It will also be Alexa-ready and OnePlus have worked with the team at Amazon to get it as incorporated as possible — just download the app to get started.
Interestingly the OnePlus 8 Pro will also support Google’s gaming platform Stadia with other OnePlus devices to also obtain compatibility “soon”.
The OnePlus 8 Pro will be available in Onyx Black (Glossy), Glacial Green (Matte), Ultramarine Blue (Matte) colours and retail for US$899 for the 8GB/128GB version and US$999 for the 12GB/256GB version — available at OnePlus.com, Amazon.com, Verizon and T-mobile from April 29 and from April 21 in Europe from various retailers there. Unfortunately it will not sell directly here in Australia but the usual grey market importers will have it in stock before too long or you could always try using your favourite mail forwarder to purchase it.
The garden variety OnePlus 8 is a minor step down from the Pro version, and it priced to hit the upper end of the mid range — or maybe the lower end of the high end.
The phone itself is still packed with some impressive specs. It has the same chipset as the OnePlus 8 Pro (SD865) but the 8 or 12GB of RAM is LPDDR4X instead of LPDDR5 RAM. The same storage from the Pro version is in the 8 with UFS3.0 storage.
The display is a 6.55-inch 1080P 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display, similar to the display in the 7T late last year. The camera is a step down as well with the triple rear camera including a 48MP Sony IMX586, a 16MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP macro lens with PDAF. The front-facing lens is the same as that in the Pro version, a 16MP Sony IMX471 housed within a circular display cutout.
The OnePlus 8 will only receive a 4,300mAh battery and while it will support 30W Warp Charge 30T it will not support wireless charging of any sort.
The OnePlus 8 is the more budget oriented version and will cost US$699 for the 8GB/128GB version and US$799 for the 12GB/256GB version. Colours available include Onyx Black (Glossy), Glacial Green (Matte) and Interstellar Glow (Glossy).
But wait, there’s more
Of course the other things announced were of no surprise to those of us who have been following the OnePlus 2020 freight train but for those new to the bandwagon the accessories announced were new cases, new Bullets Wireless Z headphones and a Warp Charge 30 wireless charger.
Bullets Wireless Z headphones
The Bullets Wireless Z headphones are their new upgraded Bullets Wireless headphones. These are not true wireless and their focus is mostly battery life and charging speed. With the ability to provide 10 hours of playback from just 10minutes of charging they can last for 20 hours of playback on a single full charge.
The Bullets Wireless Z headphones will be available in black, blue, mint or oat and will cost US$49.95
Warp Charge 30 Wireless charger
The wireless charger was leaked by Evan Blass a week or so ago and although OnePlus took great pleasure in presenting the new charger to the world last week there was barely a mention of it in the launch.
Last week we were told the wireless charging stand includes a fan to aid cooling — but includes a night mode to switch the fan off (and thus lower charging speed) at night to prevent the noise from it keeping you awake. At full speed though it can charge the OnePlus 8 Pro from 3 percent to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.
The charging stand is expected to cost US$79.95 with a pad version costing US$69.95 but there is no idea just when it will be available.
OnePlus have always had their black sandstone case which users love. This year they are expanding that line to include cyan and smoky purple colour sandstone cases.
As leaked yesterday they also announced new colourful cases available through their new partnership with artist André Saraiva. The cases are bright, colourful and fun cases featuring André’s Mr A character. There are three cases with a limited edition run of just 10,000 and each case comes with an NFC card to give you “surprises” — a Mr A wallpaper to match the case perhaps?
OnePlus have gone from strength to strength in the past few years and look set to be doing more of the same this year. The OnePlus 8 Pro looks to be able to compete with the best ultra-premium smartphones while the OnePlus 8 should be comparable to many mid to high end smartphones. We hope to have one of them on the review bench in the next week or so and look forward to bringing our thoughts on them to you.