In an online livestream at 11PM on 14 April 2020, OnePlus officially unveiled their 7th generation of flagship smartphones, the OnePlus 8 Series. And no, there wasn’t a OnePlus 4 because Chinese people don’t like the number 4.
If you are familiar with OnePlus, they started off with the ‘Flagship Killer’ name, offering flagship-level specs while being relatively affordable. But we’ve seen them shy away from the term in recent years. This year, it seems like OnePlus has finally put the past behind them and focused on making the best smartphone possible; a true flagship instead of just a flagship killer.
Let’s check out what’s new in this year’s OnePlus phones!
OnePlus 8 Series Pricing
This year, OnePlus has officially entered the price range of true flagships.
The OnePlus 8 Series is priced at:
8/128GB – $699 USD (~RM3,029)
12/256GB – $799 USD (~RM3,462)
OnePlus 8 Pro
8/128GB – $899 USD (~RM3,895)
12/256GB – $999 USD (~RM4,329)
We will update the prices as the local pricing is revealed, stay tuned!
Need For Speed
As usual, OnePlus is laser-focused on bringing the fastest speeds to its users. From the fastest internals to their OxygenOS flavour of Android, this year is no different. But, what are the main improvements this time around?
Both the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro come equipped with the Snapdragon 865, which is expected to be the standard for most flagship phones in 2020. As a result, both models will be equipped with 5G capabilities across the board with no exceptions. Both phones will support Wi-Fi 6 as well, gearing up as Wi-Fi 6 is slowly rolling out across the world.
Both models rock the same Warp Charge 30T fast charging system, supplying power at 30W. As an added feature for the OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus debuted their Warp Charge 30 Wireless wireless charging system, which is able to charge the phone wirelessly at the same 30W.
As for the display, the OnePlus 8 is sticking to a 90Hz FHD+ Fluid AMOLED display while the 8 Pro gets an upgraded 120Hz QHD+ Fluid AMOLED display. Other details of the displays are further discussed in a separate section below.
Both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro sport the latest UFS 3.0 flash storage with choices of 128GB and 256GB. The OnePlus 8 Pro gets the latest LPDDR5 memory while the OnePlus 8 only gets LPDDR4X, with both offering either 8GB or 12GB options.
OnePlus 8 Series Camera
The camera setup is one of the biggest differences between the two siblings. The 8 Pro gets a 48MP main and ultrawide shooter, an 8MP telephoto camera and a 5MP ‘colour filter’ lens which OnePlus claims you can apply some cool colour effects to your pictures.
On the regular OnePlus 8, you get a 48MP main camera, a 16MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro lens. Note that for the main cameras, OnePlus opted for the newer and larger Sony IMX689 sensor for the 8 Pro. But, they chose to stick to the Sony IMX586 for the regular OnePlus 8, which is also the same sensor used on last year’s OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T, and 7T Pro.
Therefore, the camera performance on the OnePlus 8 should be in the same league as last year’s phones. You can expect better pictures and videos for the OnePlus 8 Pro, especially better dynamic range due to the larger physical sensor size.
OnePlus also ditched the motorized pop-up camera this year in favour of a hole-punch camera on the top left of the screen. So if you’re a fan of a truly all-screen display, you’re out of luck.
OnePlus 8 Series Display
OnePlus focused heavily on the display this time around as well. On the OnePlus 8 Pro, the display is a massive 6.78 inches sporting 3168 x 1440 pixels at 513ppi. Meanwhile on the regular OnePlus 8, the 6.55-inch display has a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels at 402ppi.
Both models are using top-notch AMOLED panels made by Samsung, with the OnePlus 8 Pro supporting up to 120Hz while the OnePlus 8 at 90Hz. According to DisplayMate, the OnePlus 8 Pro’s display set or matched 13 Smartphone Display Performance Records and received an A+ rating from DisplayMate, with great colour accuracy and peak brightness.
If you’re interested to learn more about the displays in detail, check out DisplayMate’s article here.
While supporting their Warp Charge 30T fast charging system, OnePlus is also generous with the battery capacity this year. The OnePlus 8 carries 4300 mAh while the OnePlus 8 Pro carries 4510 mAh, which is a generous upgrade from last year.
For the colour selection, OnePlus switched it up again from last year. This time around, the regular OnePlus 8 will get Onyx Black as well as two new colours: Glacial Green and Interstellar Glow. As for the OnePlus 8 Pro, you can choose from Onyx Black, Glacial Green and Ultramarine Blue.
Here’s all you need to know about the new OnePlus 8 Series. There is still no news on the local release by official distributor XianFeng Technology but we will update the prices once they are available.
So do you think you’ll be getting your money’s worth with the OnePlus 8 Series? Let us know if you think it can stack up against the Galaxy S20 Series?