OnePlus 8: Specs and Features
Right off the bat, you will notice that OnePlus has streamlined its phone design and is no longer pushing two separate offerings with the standard and Pro variant. OnePlus has carried forward the OnePlus 7T Pro design, with its dual-curved edge display and vertical camera array. But, the pop-up selfie camera that a ton of users adored on the 7T Pro has been swapped out for a punch-hole cutout on the top left.
90Hz AMOLED Display
OnePlus 8 features a 6.55-inch Full-HD+ Fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. The new panel supports 1080 x 2400 resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR 10+ playback, up to 1100 nits of peak brightness, and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
The display here brings only minor upgrades over the 90Hz panel seen on last year’s OnePlus 7T. It’s only the dual-curved edges and punch-hole cutout, which houses the 16MP selfie shooter, that is different this time around. It’s trendy and premium – in line with what OnePlus promises.
Snapdragon 865 + 5G
Under the hood, OnePlus 8 Pro is powered by the flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset from Qualcomm. It comes equipped with the Snapdragon X55 modem onboard for 5G connectivity and supports both SA/NSA 5G modes. The chipset is coupled with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. OnePlus has, however, managed to boost speeds with its Turbo White and Host Performance Booster (HPB) technology.
New OxygenOS Features
Let’s also talk about software while we are at it. OnePlus 8 Pro runs Android 10-based OxygenOS 10, which already powers other recent OnePlus devices. But, the company today introduced a myriad of new software features.
The most prominent will have to be the Always-on Display (AOD), which finally found its way to OxygenOS, thanks to constant user feedback. There’s also a new dark theme, a dynamic wallpaper option, Live Captions, and around 280 optimizations across the board.
OnePlus 8 series will also support Google Stadia, the cloud game streaming service, and Amazon Alexa out-of-the-box.
The OnePlus 8 does not have an IP certification to keep it affordable but the OnePlus 8 Pro does. You can read all about it down below.
OnePlus 8 swaps out the circular camera bump on its predecessor for a vertical triple-camera system. It is great for design parity but it loses out on versatility in the process. The camera array includes a primary 48MP (f/1.8) Sony IMX586 sensor with OIS, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, and a macro camera. OnePlus has included an independent macro camera in favor of the telephoto lens. But, I would have preferred versatility over better macros because the latter could’ve been combined with the ultra-wide lens itself.
OnePlus has repeatedly been rebuked for not having the best cameras. The OnePlus 8 series promises to correct that shortcoming. The company has invested heavily in the camera department and we will get audio zoom, 3-HDR video, and a lot more.
OnePlus has baked all the essential connectivity options into the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. This includes support for WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB Type-C port for charging. You also get NFC for payments and dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, NavIC and GALILEO for improved location services. There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack onboard but you get dual stereo speakers to make up for it.
OnePlus 8 Pro comes equipped with a 4,300mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T fast-charging support. Yeah, the company hasn’t upgraded the wired charging speeds, which is saddening. I mean, 30W is super fast and good enough but it would have been great to see 50W SuperWarp fast-charging support (same as the Realme X2 Pro) this time around. Maybe OnePlus is reserving that for the T-series refresh later this year.
OnePlus 8 will be available in three attractive colorways – Glacier Green, Interstellar Glow, and Onyx Black.