Probably no longer a flagship killer.
A few months after the OnePlus 7T was released, OnePlus is back with its latest device aptly named the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro. Both devices are now considered the ultimate flagship device in the OnePlus smartphone line, which also includes a higher price point. While previous generations focused premium features at a price point lower than its competitors, the OnePlus 8 Pro now costs $999, instantly putting it in the same price bracket as other premium smartphones. But does the price make the OnePlus 8 Pro the best Android smartphone available? Read on and find out.
Let us look at the design, the OnePlus 8 Pro looks mostly the same as other high-end smartphones. A large 6.78-inch display covers the front, with a small punch hole for the camera. The screen curves to the side, and while it looks great, it does pick up accidental touches while I was using it. It is now IP68 rated, so you can freely use the device rain or shine.
That back of the smartphone is covered by frosted glass, which is a welcome change from the usual glossy design that usually invites fingerprints. Our unit came in a Glacial Green color but I personally like the black one. This is one huge device – and while that’s considered the new norm, I still miss the older smartphones that can easily be used with one hand.
You have the USB-C charging port at the bottom with the speaker grill located on the side along with another one at the top for stereo output. The power button is on the right side just below the physical alert slider, one of my favorite features on OnePlus devices.
The OnePlus 8 Pro’s display is unarguably one of the best I’ve seen. It has a 1440-by-3168 pixel resolution, HDR10+ support, and an upgraded 120Hz refresh rate. We were already impressed by the 90Hz refresh rate of the OnePlus 7 Pro and the 7T Pro, but the upgrade to 120Hz is a welcome change. Everything just looks smoother to look at: from browsing websites and even watching videos, where you can apply the same motion soothing effect. I’d normally turn this feature off on my TV, but it somehow gives a different experience when watching it from a mobile device.
The display maxes out at 1300 nits – one of the brightest displays on a mobile phone. It plays with HDR content, and the consistent color accuracy combined with dark blacks and bright whites impressed us from the moment we turned the device on. Also part of the display is an embedded fingerprint scanner.
As a flagship device, the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with the best hardware you can think of: Snapdragon 865, 5G support, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There’s also dual SIM support, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and Dolby Atmos support for the stereo speakers.
With those specifications alone, the OnePlus 8 Pro should be able to handle any app or game you install. This was proven when I played Mario Kart Tour, Fortnite, Call of Duty Mobile, and PUBG where I didn’t notice any slowdowns or framerate issues. I even loaded a 36GB 4K HDR file and the OnePlus 8 Pro played the file flawlessly while showcasing the strengths of the screen. I didn’t get to test 5G on our area since reception is still spotty, but it’s good to know that the OnePlus 8 Pro already supports next-generation cellular technology.
It still runs on OxygenOS based on Android 10 and still continues to impress by adding just the features that you need. You still have a relatively stock Android experience, which is great since you get to customize the look and feel any way that you want. Aside from some OnePlus apps (which are actually useful), there’s basically no bloatware on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also goes all out on the camera. The quad-camera setup on the back includes the 48-megapixel main sensor partnered with the 48-megapixel ultra-wide sensor along with the telephoto lens and a color filter lens. Previous OnePlus devices usually have an ‘okay’ camera – not the best but good enough for daily use. Things have somehow changed with the OnePlus 8 Pro’s camera.
Images we shot with the device now resemble more accurate colors, especially in daylight. Even Nightscape got better with low-light shots looking much brighter without losing that much detail. The camera also lets you zoom to a maximum of 30x, though we hardly used it. Also present are different shooting modes from Portrait to Panorama, all of which are accessible and configurable on the Camera app.
The front-facing camera is now placed inside a 3.8 mm hole on the upper left side that is also used for the device’s face unlock function. I actually prefer this change compared to the mechanical pop-out camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 Pro’s 4,510mAh battery was enough to deliver an all-day experience thanks to various optimizations of OxygenOS. Of course, other factors like a higher refresh rate or increasing the resolutions can impact battery life, but for everyday usage, I’m happy to say that I don’t have to charge the smartphone when I’m out for the day.
Warp Charge 30T is still present, which juices up the battery from 0 to 50 percent in less than half an hour, but you will need to use the cable and charging brick that came in the box. For the first time in the OnePlus series, the OnePlus 8 Pro now includes support for wireless charging – but there’s a catch. Fast charging is only supported on the OnePlus Warp Charge 30 wireless charging pad that you need to purchase separately. It will still work with normal Qi-enabled wireless chargers, but it will be slow. Lastly, reverse charging is also supported.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is an easy recommendation if you’re coming from the 6 series or simply want a new future-proof device. It delivers on all aspects, but the new pricing means that you can look at other options in the same price bracket before getting this smartphone. That being said, the OnePlus 8 Pro is the best smartphone the company has produced and ranks as one of the best Android devices to be released this year.
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro is now available for pre-order exclusively on Amazon.ae and releases May 20th. The prices are as follows:
- OnePlus 8 (8GB/128GB): 2,399 AED
- OnePlus 8 (12GB/256GB): 2,599 AED
- OnePlus 8 Pro (8GB/128GB): 3,099 AED
- OnePlus 8 Pro (12GB/256GB): 3,299 AED
+ Incredible 120Hz display
+ Future-proof hardware including 5G support
+ Great performance on every aspect
Final Rating: 4.5/5