OnePlus has unveiled the 8 Pro, the new Android smartphone has already gone through a little test and was almost completely convincing.
OnePlus has significantly advanced the presentation of the spring smartphones, only the current crisis situation and other factors have prevented a planned time even earlier for the OnePlus 8 Pro. Now, however, the new Android smartphone is here and can again offer upgrades to the T series that was introduced last fall. There are basically three new highlights at every point on the datasheet that may finally close the final gaps for Samsung and Huawei. This is also reflected in the price, more on that later.
- 6.78-inch OLED display, QHD +, 120 Hz, fingerprint sensor
- Snapdragon 865, 8/12 GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 128/256 GB storage (UFS 3.0)
- 48 MP camera (OIS, F1.78, 1 / 1.4 ″) + 48 MP ultra wide angle, 3x – 30x zoom + color filter 16 MP camera
- 4510 mAh battery, 30 W wired and wireless fast charging, USB-C 3.1
- 165.3 x 74.35 x 8.5mm, 199g
- Alert slider, dual speakers, haptic vibration
- Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, 5G, NFC, dual band GPS, dual SIM
- Android operating system with Google applications
Flagship features: OnePlus closes the last loopholes
OnePlus is finally installing wireless charging on the 8 Pro. And not at just 5 or 10 watts, but directly at 30 watts. A fairly complex system ensures that this performance is possible. The lack of wireless charging was one of the criticisms we had heard over and over again in recent years. Wireless charging at full speed is only possible with OnePlus accessories, in other chargers or in the car a maximum of 10 watts should be possible.
A full power fan (70 euros) is integrated in the charging station, which can be turned off at night at a lower charging speed if necessary, so it does not generate noise. But in my opinion, the only slight noise is not worth mentioning, since I quickly lost consciousness in the course of everyday life.
Reverse charging is also built in, other devices can be charged wirelessly from the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Another improvement is the IP68 certification, which has also been absent in recent years. It’s only available for the OnePlus 8 Pro, but that also means a higher price. OnePlus promised an equally durable design for the OnePlus 8, but without any certificates. IP68 means largely reliable protection against water and dust, but that’s tricky when it comes to water. Perhaps you should take a dip in a salty sea without a smartphone.
The usual performance of recent years continued
You could go back a lot and write a lot about it. I don’t want to not again. In recent years, OnePlus has had a high level of performance when it comes to pure system performance and battery life. Nothing has gone in the wrong direction this year. The new OnePlus 8 is incredibly fast to use, the 120HZ display can provide support here. Differences at 90 Hz are perhaps visible in direct comparison, but less in everyday life. That’s just a bit to show the specs.
Aside from the refresh rate and 240Hz touch detection, this year’s panel is truly exceptional in all respects. But I didn’t expect anything else either, OnePlus was able to offer very good displays last year. They trust the qualities of Samsung, the South Koreans supply the integrated OLED panels.
Personally, I’m still a critic of the still trendy edge displays, where the elongated sides are slanted / curved towards the rear. The light breaks on it, you can always see a colored glow. It can be left out, at least in the future.
I’m not a gamer, but games like Asphalt 9 look brilliant on this screen and somehow win back on quality. There is also a pretty good sound from two speakers, which are well coordinated and balanced.
Because OnePlus strikes a good balance between the best hardware and its own software, the 4500 mAh battery lasts a long time. In this area, the OnePlus 8 Pro is again a bit ahead of the Oppo Find X2 Pro, at least in terms of battery capacity. For my use with news sources, browsers, messengers, social networks, mail and other “simple” applications, the OnePlus 8 Pro and all comparable devices usually last around two days.
I had run Asphalt 9 a bit longer and used the camera, and after 1:15 hours about 20% of the battery was dead. With apps that use less power, you get more out, the 120Hz screen should noticeably tear on battery as well. For me, pure screen time is no longer interesting. Will I have a good day or not? That counts in my rating. But that is difficult to translate to other users.
Camera: twice 48 MP, without periscope
It was already evident beforehand that OnePlus is installing an Oppo-like camera. At least on the OnePlus 8 Pro it turned out like this, the main sensor is 48 MP and quite new, the ultra-wide sensor is also 48 MP but an older generation. OnePlus doesn’t use a periscope for zoom, so it covers shorter distances with the telephoto camera. Everything below 3x is digital zoom through the main camera, everything up to 30x uses the zoom camera. So it is visible that with larger zoom levels only software cropping is inevitably used and that at some point the quality drops.
In the following 3x, 5x, 10x and 30x:
48 MP for the ultra wide angle, that sounds like a lot of detail at first. Still, these photos are far from being compared to the main sensor and the normal wide angle. If there is an advantage, it could be better light absorption and thus a fairly similar appearance when we compare the brightness and color reproduction to normal photos. Overall, the image looks reasonably sharp, at full size, details like handwriting, faces, etc. they are completely lost.
For comparison: a cutout of the main camera without ultra-wide angle shows that the license plates are actually within readable distance. So why 48 MP for ultra wide angle? I don’t know, or at least I hardly see any advantages. OnePlus advertises in the Reviewers Guide that the camera is suitable for “print-ready landscape photos”. I also read about “sharp images”, but I only see something in a limited way.
Unfortunately I don’t have too many photos yet, surely there will be another post in the next few days. By the way, I am still undecided as to how useful the color filter camera is. You should enable great filters for the photos, for me it only works as a marketing tool and after the first few days it is not a cool or even useful feature. Professionals edit later, beginners use Instagram and Co.
The camera app is still simple, it has to stay that way. Less is more!
Much but useless: this is how smartphone manufacturers encourage us with their multi-cameras
Dark Theme 2.0 and other things
OnePlus has promised a new dark theme for the software, which will also convert apps without night mode. Somehow it really doesn’t work for me. It works better with the in-display fingerprint sensor, only the face unlock is much faster. I have both assets, it works extremely well and reliably for me.
There doesn’t seem to be much else changed in the software. I find that only a small part of the system configuration is configured somewhat illogically, in very simple software. As with other manufacturers, there are parallel applications to be able to use two WhatsApp accounts on one device. Applications can also be protected, quickly launched with a gesture from the lock screen, and so on. Some of what you can use.
Then there is the workmanship of the devices, which is once again very good. The “matte” surface of the back seems very decisive, since it is very soft and comfortable to hold. Oppo’s direct competitor relies on pure glass, which quickly greases up and at the same time is quite slippery in the hand. I feel more at home with the matte surface and I really like the Pixel 4 too.
Oppo Find X2 Pro review: surprisingly good!
Another unique selling point is the alert slider above the power button, above which you can change the sound and vibration to three different levels extremely quickly. No one else offers it except Apple.
Conclusion: OnePlus couldn’t do much wrong
Once again, OnePlus has produced a very good flagship smartphone without differentiating itself from the competition. This only works with the case colors offered, although I think the green-blue variant is beautiful, but I would not buy it. The first photos from the camera look good, but none offer clear or incomparable features. First of all, OnePlus still stands out because the operation of smartphones incomprehensible feels fast. This is no longer a novelty in the world of Android, but it still allows you to differentiate yourself from others.
The large size of the OnePlus 8 Pro pains me, because 6.4 inches could do it too and would make it a bit more compact. But other manufacturers also reach a similar level with Pro, Ultra and Co., which is the smartphone market today. The best equipment is only available with the largest screen. For those who understand that and who can beat the 5G surcharge and the latest superior hardware, the OnePlus 8 Pro is definitely a recommended alternative. Almost uncompromising.
Now we come to the significantly higher price, the magic limit of 1000 euros has gotten even closer. The starting price is 899 euros for the OnePlus 8 Pro, for 256 GB of storage and 12 GB of RAM even 999 euros are owed. Basically, that was predictable. OnePlus has incorporated more components from classic flagship smartphones, added newer sensors to the cameras, and incorporated the latest memory. That costs everything. The only advantage in the argument remains the comparison, because the Huawei P40 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20 + / Ultra cost even more.