Review : One Plus 8 Pro



Here's the OnePlus 8, the OnePlus device for people who want this year's model, but maybe aren't into some of the wackier ideas that OnePlus is experimenting with its Pro models. It starts at $699, which is $200 but the professional device that Dieter's taking a look at in his review, but all of the OnePlus essentials are still here. It's still got an excellent screen. It's still got great battery life. It's fast charging, it's still fast, and it's tackle Android is still even as clean as ever. And you're getting a screen with a 90 hertz refresh rate, which is honestly, still so good that I wish it absolutely was a standard-issue feature for most modern flagships. Now, if you think that that sounds like a fairly traditional OnePlus device, then you are not wrong, but the difference this year is that with the 8 Pro, OnePlus has finally addressed some of those issues that OnePlus fans are asking about for years. It's a device that basically makes a heavy attempt to break the OnePlus mold. The OnePlus 8 hasn't quite made that very same attempt, but it's still an honest phone at a decent price, which really begs the question, is a good OnePlus device that doesn't break the mold worth it? Or does one must spend the extra money on the Pro? (calming ambient music) But the OnePlus 8 may be a solidly-specced device. It's powered by a Snapdragon 865, starts with eight gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage, but i have been employing a model with 12 gigabytes of RAM and 256 gigabytes of storage. There's 5G onboard, Wi-Fi 6, all that great things, and that's plenty of spec for $699. Especially compared to, oh, i do not know, the, pretty much identically priced entry-level iPhone 11. So essentially, you're getting most of the inner specs of the OnePlus 8 Pro within the OnePlus 8. The exception that OnePlus is keen to stress is that the professional is using LPDDR5 RAM, while the 8 is using LPDDR4X, but I struggled to note the difference in real-world usage. I mean, the 2 phones even look damn near identical from the front because they both have that same hole-punch, selfie cutout at the top left of the screen. Yes, the 8 screen is ever so slightly smaller at 6.55 inches, compared to the 6.78 inches on the professional, but the 2 phones are basically the identical width, so they don't really feel any different to carry. I mean, seriously, when I was taking comparison photographs, I occasionally forgot which one was which. I will say that the 8 screen seems to curve ever so slightly less around the sides of the device, which is probably why I didn't experience the accidental touch issues that Dieter had with the professional, but honestly, it's really subtle, and you've got to essentially be trying to find it to actually notice it. All of which is to mention, the OnePlus 8 isn't a tool to induce if you're after a smaller phone. Personally, I'd like to see OnePlus experiment with a smaller device, but hey, maybe that's just me. Of course, the screens aren't actually identical. With the 8, you're getting a 1080p, 90 hertz display, with a peak brightness of 1100 nits. Meanwhile, the 8 Pro goes up to 1440p, 120 hertz, and 1300 nits peak brightness. But please, don't let this numbers-to-numbers spec comparison lead you to believe that the 8 includes a bad screen. It doesn't, it's great, it's bright, it's vibrant, and it's yet more evidence that OnePlus really, really knows how to put the correct display on a phone. Even compared to the 8 Pro, the 8's display still feels smooth. It took me sitting with both phones side-by-side to spot the difference, and even then, it wasn't an evening and day comparison. The phone feels nice and snappy to use. Apps open quickly, games run well. You're getting a flagship Android experience here. Oh, and OxygenOS is simply as out of the way as ever, which is precisely what i need out of a manufacturer's software. I'm watching you, LG. (calming music) So i have been scurrying around the issue for a bit while, but what are the differences between the 8 and the 8 Pro that really matter? Well, to my mind, there are three main differences that you must worry about, person who watches YouTube reviews of OnePlus phones. Namely, IP ratings, wireless charging and cameras. So let's just start up and say it. The OnePlus 8 doesn't do wireless charging. It doesn't do the flowery 30 watt wireless charging, the OnePlus 8 Pro, and it doesn't do the more basic five watt wireless charging that basically every other flagship device does at this time. You already know if it's a feature you would like or not, so I'm not gonna labor the purpose an excessive amount of other than to mention that it's still a touch of a bummer. It also doesn't have an official IP rating, which wouldn't be surprising coming from OnePlus, apart from the very fact, the company has finally relented and actually added one to the 8 Pro. And yeah, the corporate claims that it'll still survive being employed in the rain and whatever, but come on. And also, finally, the camera's different. So let's dig in. There's excellent news and there is bad news contained within this triple-camera array, which consists of a 48 megapixel main camera, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a two megapixel macro camera. The good news is there's no gimmick lens here. The bad news is you do not get a camera lens. The macro lens is hard, and you furthermore mght do not get a main sensor that's quite pretty much as good because the 8 Pro. It's still 48 megapixels, which yeah, is that the same, but long story short, it's an older sensor, and it's just, well, see for yourself.

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