What we’ve come to know from OnePlus’s release cycle is that they’ll be coming with the next generation of their phones – OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, and perhaps also an 8 Lite, very soon. While there isn’t that much of hype surrounding the OnePlus 8 series at the time of writing this article (January 2020; maybe the hype train hasn’t started and we’re too early to the party), we know that OnePlus are the hype masters of the smartphone industry and they’ll stop at nothing to hype up their upcoming phones.
However, leaks and rumors are already flowing in since October last year (believe it or not), and they’re only growing in amount and accuracy as we approach the launch. We’ve accumulated all of those leaks, rumors, and official announcements regarding the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, and presented in this roundup, and we shall keep updating this page as and when we have more info.
OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro release date
Initially, we were hearing rumors of the launch being slightly delayed due to the coronavirus tragedy, but we’re almost certain that the new OnePlus phones will actually arrive sooner than initially expected.
The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro were launched in May last year and started selling the very next week in most markets. This year though, we are almost sure that the devices will launch by April. Two OnePlus devices codenamed IN2011 and 2021 recently passed the BIS certification in India, hinting at a nearby launch date. It is also possible that the devices are launched in India before they’re launched internationally.
OnePlus 8 series expected price & availability
While it would be too early to accurately predict the prices of the upcoming OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro yet, we can still use some rough guesses. The OnePlus 8 is expected to start at no less than $549 US (~ ₹40,000). The OnePlus 8 Pro, on the other hand, is expected to start from $699 (~ ₹50,000).
While the cheaper OnePlus 7 didn’t launch in the US last year, we’re hearing that the 8 shall indeed make the cut to the states this time, supposedly on Verizon Wireless. This would be the first time a OnePlus phone lands on Verizon Wireless. The 8 Pro is said to launch at OnePlus’s current home: T-Mobile.
Rumors of a cheaper OnePlus X successor are also ripe, but expected pricing, availability (and specs) regarding that can be checked in our dedicated OnePlus 8 Lite roundup.
OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro build and design
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro shall most probably retain the same glass-sandwich design from their predecessors, with both the front and the rear protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. 3 color options are also expected (we’re guessing a silver, a blue-ish, and a classic black color). However, we’re expecting some changes in the build, design, and placement of some elements on the phone.
While last year’s OnePlus phones had either a water-drop notch or a pop-up mechanism for the selfie cameras, we’re expecting the selfie camera(s) to be present in holes on the display panel this time.
As can be seen from the leaked product design sketches, both the 8 and 8 Pro seem to have waved goodbye to the water-drop notch and the pop-up selfie camera module respectively, and gone with holes on the displays this time around. The sketch with one camera cutout on the display could most possibly be the OnePlus 8, while the other with two markups seems like the Pro variant. The eradication of the pop-up module might hint at some form of water-resistance (finally) too, at least on the Pro variant, and that’s also what a popular tipster Max hinted with a tweet recently.
On the back, we see a familiar design language. A vertically aligned array of cameras, flash, and the OnePlus logo, accompanied by some sensors sitting by the camera housing (for the Pro device). The rear of both the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro is going to be very similar, with the Pro model flaunting an extra lens and some sensors (just like the 7T Pro).
A real hands-on photo of the OnePlus 8 Pro was also spotted on the official OnePlus discord server earlier, which looks exactly like the design sketches and renders we’ve come across so far.
OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro expected specs
Back at CES 2020, OnePlus had confirmed that the new OnePlus phones would sport the new 120Hz (Super Fluid?) OLED display panels made by Samsung. We’re expecting to see the 120Hz display on the pricier 8 Pro, with the 8 sticking to a 90Hz panel. Furthermore, the 120Hz panels are confirmed to support touch sampling rates of up to 240Hz, and can also hit peak-brightness of 1,000 nits.
For the size of the displays, the 8 Pro is rumored to pack a 6.4-inch FHD+ panel, while the pricier 8 Pro is said to pack a slightly taller 6.7-inch 1440p panel. Of course, both of these are gonna be AMOLED panels, just like the previous phones.
Although not explicitly confirmed yet, as per a set of leaked presentation slides, the OnePlus 8 series shall also house a dedicated MEMC chip, that is usually found in televisions. MEMC stands for Motion Estimation & Motion Compensation, and what the dedicated chip is supposed to do is insert auto-generated frames between existing frames (in a video) to reduce motion blur. The tech is also said to be able to upscale videos with low frame rates to up to 120 FPS. If this chip is indeed shipped in the upcoming phones, it could mean much better media playback and gaming experiences.
As for the SoC, we can be certain of both the phones using Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865. The 865 has a 5G modem built-in, meaning the new phones will be 5G-ready.
For the storage, the previous OnePlus phones had at least 6 gigs of RAM and 128 gigs of fast internal storage. Likewise, it’s only practical to expect the same base specs for the 8 series. For the maxed-out variant, we can expect an 8 Pro with 12 gigs of RAM and 256 gigs of internal storage. Going by the history of OnePlus, we aren’t expecting storage expansion via micro-SD.
Talking about cameras, the OnePlus 8 is said to pack three rear cameras this time. That’ll be an upgrade over the 7’s two sensors. Both the phones are rumored to pack the same 64MP wide primary sensor, accompanied by a 16MP ultrawide sensor, and a 13MP sensor on the 8 Pro and a 12MP one on the 8 for telephoto shots. While the chances are less, we’re also hearing rumors of the 8 Pro flaunting Samsung’s new 108MP sensor for the primary camera, but we’d rather expect the 64MP one this time. For the front, a 16MP wide sensor is said to present on both, accompanied by a depth sensor on the 8 Pro only.
For batteries, the 8 is rumored to pack a 3,800 mAh cell inside. The 8 Pro is expected to get the better upgrade to a 4,500 mAh unit, up from the 7’s 4,000 mAh. The increased battery capacity shall also come in handy for the increase in the display’s refresh rate as well as the 5G modem. Not just this, WARP charge is also said to be getting an upgrade to 50W (up from last year’s 30W) this time.
Other strong rumors suggest the new OnePlus phones to finally include wireless charging and some form of water resistance. We’ve heard rumors of OnePlus working on an updated version of their power-bank that also sports a wireless charging pad. It would only make more sense for OnePlus to launch a power bank with wireless charging if the upcoming phones (or at least one of the upcoming phones) have support for wireless charging. But, for now, let’s hope we get both wireless charging and water resistance on board this time.
Talking of stuff that the new phones shall retain from previous ones, there’s the regular connectivity options (including WiFi 6), alert slider, under-display fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, USB 3.1 via the Type-C port, UFS 3.0 internal storage, and Dual-SIM support (with Dual 5G support this time, ofcourse).
That’s pretty much all we have on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro so far. Of course, we’ll keep updating this roundup with new info as and when we receive them. While we approach the launch, we shall see a lot of official and unofficial scoop on the new devices, which you can check on this page.