The OnePlus 8 Pro is the best smartphone that the manufacturer has ever made. With a starting price of 899 euros, it is also the most expensive OnePlus phone ever. In this OnePlus 8 Pro review, you can find out whether this device is worth the price or not.
OnePlus presented the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro on April 14 and will start selling on April 21. The entry-level model of the OnePlus 8 costs 699 euros and for the cheapest version of the Pro model you pay 899 euros.
My test device is OnePlus 8 Pro with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage costs 999 euros. It’s as expensive as top smartphones like the Huawei P40 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, and iPhone 11 Pro (1100 euros).
Main Specifications of OnePlus 8 Pro
|Specification||OnePlus 8 Pro|
|Display||6.78 inch AMOLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate|
|Rear Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, 25mm (wide)|
|48 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)|
|8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto)|
|5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)|
|Front Camera||16 MP, f/2.5, (wide)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865|
|Dimension||165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm|
|Memory||128GB 8GB RAM, 12GB RAM+256 GB storage (219.8 GB available out of the box)|
|OS||Android 10.0; OxygenOS 10.0|
|Battery||4,510 mAh battery, Fast charging 30W, 50% in 23 min|
Fast wireless charging 30W, 50% in 30 min
|Color||Glacial Green, Ultramarine Blue, Onyx Black|
For the OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus opts for a new design. We wouldn’t call the upgrade radical, but you won’t mistake this phone for its predecessor. For starters, both the screen diagonal and the ratio change. This device is equipped with a 6.78-inch display compared to the 6.68 inches of the OnePlus 7 (T) Pro.
It seems that OnePlus has bought the same Samsung display as Oppo for its Find X2 Pro. As a result, the two at the front appear identical. However, OnePlus is much more bright colors. That really stands out in today’s range of smartphones.
At the back, the two differ much more. Both use much larger, new Sony IMX cameras. They require a little more space between the lens and the image sensor.
You will not find a pop-up camera design on Oneplus 8 pro. OnePlus opts for a selfie camera integrated into the top left corner of the panel. even though the size of the selfie-camera becomes smaller. OnePlus really removes pop-up camera in this series.
Actually there is no problem with the design of the pop-up camera, it will make the smartphone screen more relieved. In addition, we tested the OnePlus 7 Pro as a daily device for a year with face recognition unlocking, so we can say with confidence that there were no issues with the quality of the pop-up camera.
OnePlus retains the classic three buttons combined with a three-position slider. We never had problems with the buttons on older OnePlus devices. Finally, the matte back is the same as the OnePlus 7 (T). The texture is more pleasant than glass and is more resistant to fingerprints.
Display | OnePlus 8 Pro Review
OnePlus seems to have opted for the exact same Samsung display, which is also in the Oppo Find X2. The panel gets 1,440 x 3,168 pixels and uses AMOLED technology. This curved AMOLED display with a very small notch comes from Samsung. The maximum brightness of the screen is about 13 percent higher than that of the OnePlus 7T.
The display has a diameter of 6.78 inches. This produces a razor-sharp image at 507 DPI. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
The screen even smoother, more colorful
OnePlus makes a nice leap with this HDR10 + display. Last year OnePlus already run with 90Hz displays. Only Asus and Sharp then sold 120Hz devices on a limited scale, mainly aimed at gamers.
The screen is extremely adjustable. You can switch between the maximum resolution of 1,440 x 3,168 pixels and a more economical 2,376 x 1,080 pixels and adjust the refresh rate of the display from 60 Hz to 120 Hz.
With its high refresh rate of 90 Hz. Animations look smoother and scrolling is more responsive. This OnePlus 8 Pro takes it a step further and increases that to 120 Hz. Even faster and smoother so without switching back to a lower resolution.
A higher refresh rate of the screen has an immense impact on the user experience. Animations are smoother and scrolling feels immensely smooth. However, there is a limit to the profit you make here. 90 Hz is much better than 60 Hz and the difference is immediately visible. Those who are used to 90 Hz can no longer return to 60 Hz. That is why OnePlus chose that refresh rate for the OnePlus 7 and the 7T.
OnePlus is not the only major brand to have adopted a 120Hz screen this year. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Series and the Oppo Find X2 Series are also equipped with 120Hz displays.
Under the screen, like the previous OnePlus devices, there is a fingerprint sensor. It works well, consistently and quickly, just like with the previous devices.
We can be brief about the performance in this review. The OnePlus 8 Pro runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is the most powerful smartphone chip on the market. We also tested a device with a maximum memory configuration of 12 GB of RAM. In terms of CPU work, the Exynos 990 from Samsung is just the better chip.
Graphically, the Adreno 650 GPU in the Qualcomm SoC does slightly better. That is good news for gamers. This GPU is extremely fast and still relatively energy efficient. The hardware in this phone will suffice for anything you want to do and is likely to be more than powerful enough within a few years. Coupled with the higher refresh rate of the screen, this OnePlus provides the smoothest phone experience you can currently buy.
Software Review | OnePlus 8 Pro
Oxygen OS (10.5.4) was phenomenal. OnePlus takes a stock version of Android and builds on it with useful features that add value to those who want to use them.
There is hardly any bloatware on this device, except for a gallery app that competes with Google Photos and two “Files” applications.
Oxygen OS provides a handy slider on the side of the device. This allows you to quickly switch between normal volume, vibrate, and everything on silent. This slider introduced OnePlus very early and is definitely a very nice feature.
Customization has always been one of the great assets of OnePlus. You can get started with interesting functions such as motion smoothing, where the phone increases the frame rate of a video by making up your own frames. This ensures that the video looks smoother and makes optimal use of the 120 Hz screen. The function works with YouTube and Netflix.
Furthermore, OnePlus makes it possible to activate a dark mode for applications that do not yet support dark mode. In practice, the list of compatible applications is limited and outdated. On our device we see support for Reddit and WhatsApp. Paypal does not have a dark mode, so we can test the function with that. It works great.
Camera | OnePlus 8 Pro Review
OnePlus takes serious steps with this OnePlus 8 Pro when it comes to functions and image quality. We see a quad-camera configuration, the main camera of which consists of a 48-megapixel sensor. Nothing special, but OnePlus does something special. The wide-angle camera has the same number of pixels, so you can capture as much detail in widescreen as normal.
When taking night photos, the cameras capture a lot of detail. Is this the best mobile photo camera we’ve seen? No, but very good and much better than what OnePlus has shown in recent years.
The 48-megapixel wide-angle camera has aperture f / 2.2. It is less light-sensitive compare to the main camera but the result of the photos is really fine.
Last year, OnePlus presented smartphones with cameras that really weren’t great. OnePlus indicates to listen to the community and seems to have completely changed its strategy here. Better cameras, but fewer options. For example, the OnePlus user has less need for an extreme zoom. That is why OnePlus opts for an 8-megapixel zoom camera with a phase detection autofocus.
The 8-megapixel zoom camera can only be found in this generation with this 8 Pro. With f / 2.4, it is not very light sensitive, but that is best with a zoom lens. You can zoom in up to 2x without loss of quality and 30x digitally. Images remain sharp thanks to the optical image stabilization. The fourth camera is equipped with a so-called color filter for nice effects.
The camera and lens also serve as a macro camera. OnePlus introduced the macro camera with the 7T Pro and it is nice to see it again, coupled with the handsome sensor. Focusing is possible up to about 3 cm according to OnePlus and that seems to be correct, although it takes sometimes at the minimum distance for the focus to be correct.
Nice features, new innovations, and significant improvements. With a hefty price tag, because the 8 Pro is the most expensive OnePlus ever.
The selfie camera has always been important for OnePlus. You will get 16 megapixels sensor for the selfie camera. OnePlus releases the necessary image enhancers on the photos that are taken and does everything to increase the sharpness. This produces very good selfies.
The camera also provides lightning-fast face recognition when unlocking.
Biggest battery ever in an OnePlus
In the box you will find Warp Charge 30T Power Adapter which can charge your One plus 8 Pro. This allows you to charge half of the thick 4510 mAh battery in just 23 minutes. That is the largest battery that OnePlus ever put on their smartphone.
Wireless charging at the same speed as wired. For that you need the special Warp Charge 30 Wireless charger. Unfortunately, the charger in the box is not standard.
The battery life of the OnePlus 8 Pro is not particularly good. Actually comparable to what we experience at Oppo. In a home working scenario, the battery is more than enough. We pick up two days on one charge with average usage. You can spend a day without a charger at the standard settings with average use.
With intensive use, If you activate the highest resolution, 120 Hz, motion smoothing, the light theme, and streaming video, then we estimate that a full day will be tight. The 120Hz display will most likely have a huge impact on battery life.
OnePlus provides its device with a 4,510 mAh battery, which is almost 500 mAh more than the OnePlus 7T, but 500 mAh less than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. How long you do with this device is very variable. You can enable or disable screen resolution, refresh rate, and also choose between a light and a dark mode.
Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro slightly better than the OnePlus 7T Pro.
Price and Availability
The OnePlus 8 Pro is available in Ultra Marine Blue (blue), Glacial Green (green), and Onyx Black (black) models. In terms of memory, there is a choice of 128 GB and 256 GB.
Conclusion | OnePlus 8 Pro Review
The OnePlus 8 Pro with 256 GB storage and 12 GB RAM, costs 999 euros. Compared to other flagship phones, the 8 Pro is still slightly more competitively priced. For 999 euros, you expect the best, without compromise, and that is what OnePlus gives.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is a well-designed smartphone. The build-in quality is excellent and software without bloatware is an excellent choice. The cameras are phenomenal and play at the top level.
- Original and sleek design
- Fast performance
- Excellent cameras
- 5G support
- Very nice screen
- Very customizable via software
- Wireless charging
- Too expensive
- The battery could be better
- No 90Hz option for screen