Looks like OnePlus has got some good news for the tech community around the globe. In the middle of a situation when more than half of the world’s population is locked down, OnePlus launched it’s OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro Android smartphones in an online event, and they look incredible.
IP rating (finally), wireless charging (finally), and quad-cameras are among the many “new” things in this year’s phones, and to be honest, these phones, unlike previous ones, do not seem like incremental upgrades. Here’s everything you need to know about the new phones in town.
This is the spiritual successor to last year’s OnePlus 7, and though this one doesn’t pack a lot of interesting stuff, it still looks like a reasonable successor to the 7.
OnePlus 8 Build & Design
Unlike last year, both the 8 and 8 Pro are built and look identical. Both bear the same glass-sandwich build with an aluminum frame in the middle. Both the curved front and the rear are protected by 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating. There also is an anti-glare coating that makes the colors look muted and matte. The phone is 8mm thin and weighs 180g.
On the front, the display covers most of the body. The water-drop notch for the selfie camera has been replaced by a 3.8mm circular cutout in the top-left corner of the display this time around.
At the rear, you’ll find a triple-camera array. The cameras sit vertically this time, just like the 7T Pro (and the 8 Pro), and gone is the chunky circular camera housing. Towards the bottom is a modest “ONEPLUS” branding (or shall we call rebranding?).
The buttons, alert slider, speaker cutouts, and I/O port sit at their regular locations.
The OnePlus 8 shall be available in three new colors: Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and Interstellar Glow.
OnePlus 8 Specifications
The OnePlus 8 packs Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 SoC with the integrated X55 5G modem, which makes the phone 5G-ready. There’s an Adreno 640 for graphics. Some career-branded versions of the OnePlus 8 shall support both mmWave and sub-600Hz 5G connections, but most will only support sub-600Hz. Oh, and there’s Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.
Talking about storage, the phone comes in two RAM-Storage variants: 8GB-128GB and 12GB-256GB. It uses LPDDR4X memory chips for the RAM and the storage is UFS 3.0 (dual-lane). Continuing the OnePlus tradition, there’s no SD card slot for expanding memory.
Like mentioned earlier, there are three cameras at the rear and one at the front. The rear array flaunts a 48MP f/1.8 primary sensor with OIS, a 2MP f/2.4 macro sensor, and a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor with a 116-degree field-of-view. For selfies, there’s a 16MP f/2.0 fixed-focus camera.
For the display, this one has a 90Hz 6.55″ AMOLED panel with HDR10+ support. The display has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The display can also go up to 1100-nits of brightness. The fingerprint sensor is also placed under the display.
The phone also packs a stereo speaker setup, and OnePlus says they’ve worked on the haptic feedback / vibration motor to improve the experience. There’s no headphone jack, but they’ve launched new wireless buds (more on this towards the end of this article).
A 4,300mAh battery powers all this hardware. Talking of power, the 8 has wireless charging finally, and not just that, it supports OnePlus’s Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A) through the bundled charger, which can charge the phone from 0 to 50% in 23 minutes.
OnePlus 8 Price & Availability
The OnePlus 8 begins at $699 (US) for the 8GB-128GB model, while the 12GB-256GB model will set you back $799. Keep in mind that the Interstellar Glow color variant shall only be available in a 12GB-256GB option.
In the US, the phones will be sold through OnePlus and Amazon. Pre-orders start today and the phone will ship from April 29. As a launch offer, OnePlus is also shipping the new Bullets Wireless Z headphones with the OnePlus 8 for free for a limited time.
OnePlus shall announce prices and availability for other regions, like India, soon.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The Pro-moniker enters its second generation with the OnePlus 8 Pro. This is the device that has got some major upgrades, and exciting ones too.
OnePlus 8 Pro Build & Design
The build and design remain almost similar to the 8. The 8 Pro is is a tad-bit latter, wider, and heavier, thanks to the bigger display, battery, and extra internals.
There’s the same glass-metal sandwich, and the same buttons and cutouts. The major change is at the rear where some extra sensors accompany the camera array.
What comes as a major upgrade is an IP68-rated water and dust resistance. This shall get the 8 Pro a lot of added points for durability and damage-resistance.
The 8 Pro shall also be available in three colors: Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and a very vibrant Ultramarine Blue. Knowing OnePlus, we can safely expect a limited-edition variant of the 8 Pro with a different color scheme.
OnePlus 8 Pro Specs & Features
The 8 Pro also packs the Snapdragon 865 chip and is dual-5G capable, just like the 8. There also is Wi-Fi 6 support, and the phone shall also be available in 8-128 and 12-256 gig variants, like the non-Pro model. The 8 Pro, however, makes use of LPDDR5 RAM chips, that are faster than the 8’s LPDDR4X.
There are notable changes in the camera department. The 8 Pro packs four cameras, three of which sit in the vertical module, while one sits beside the module. There’s a 48MP f/1.87 primary lens with the new Sony IMX689 sensor with support OIS and an all-pixel omnidirectional auto-focus system. The primary sensor is accompanied by a 8MP f/2.44 3x telephoto camera (that also has OIS), another 48MP f/2.2 119.7-degree ultra-wide, and a 5MP f/2.4 color sensor (this one sits outside the central camera housing). There’s a 16MP f/2.45 camera with the IMX471 sensor (same as 7 Pro/7T Pro).
Talking about the display, there’s a 120Hz 6.78″ AMOLED display with a resolution of 3,168 x 1,440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.8:9. This display can hit a peak brightness of 1,300 nits and retains HDR10+ support. The fingerprint sensor also sits under the display, just like it does in the OnePlus 8.
Stereo speakers, multiple microphones, and improved haptics are carried over from the 8 in the 8 Pro as well. The 8 Pro’s stereo speakers also support Dolby Atmos.
The battery is 4,510mAh in the 8 Pro, and it also gets wireless charging. Take your time, let that sink in. Done? Cool. There isn’t just wireless charging, there’s Warp Charge 30 wireless, that can charge the phone from 0 to 50 in about 30 minutes! Of course, there’s wired Warp Charge 30T.
OnePlus 8 Pro Price & Availability
Thanks to the major upgrades, the 8 Pro gets a (well-justified) major price bump from earlier models and the OnePlus 8. The 8GB-128GB variant of the 8 Pro shall cost you $899 and the 12GB-256GB one shall set you back $999.
The Ultramarine Blue color variant is said to be available ship with the 12GB variant only.
Pricing and availability for other regions shall be announced soon.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z
OnePlus also added a Wireless Z to it’s Bullets line of headphones today. It announced the Bullets Wireless Z in the OnePlus 8 series launch event.
The Bullets Wireless Z looks like a facelift of the Bullets Wireless 2 that launched in May last year. It bears the same neckband design as the Wireless 2, and also looks similar.
There are some upgrades and improvements, though. The Bullets Wireless Z can last up to 20 hours on a full charge, whereas the Wireless 2 lasted 14. OnePlus also says that a 10-min charge can offer up to 10 hours of audio playback on the Wireless Z. The Wireless Z charges super quick through the USB-C port, thanks to Warp charge.
Apart from these, the new headphones shall be available in four color options: blue, black, mint, and oat; and shall sell for $49.95 on OnePlus.com. As of the time of writing this story, the Bullets Wireless Z shows a “coming soon” status in the store.
OnePlus is also shipping these headphones and the new wireless charger to the early adopters of the new phones.
The OnePlus 8 Lite (or OnePlus Z), which was rumored to launch alongside the 8 series wasn’t launched today. It might launch soon, most probably in a couple of months.