OnePlus has always earned a reputation as a phone maker when you turn around when you don’t want to spend big bucks on premium features. This is as true of the OnePlus 8 as ever, especially as the OnePlus represents the high point of the smartphone market with its fully – and high – priced OnePlus 8 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 lacks some of the flash capabilities of its siblings, but it’s still one of the best Android phones. It features a top-of-the-line processor, a large battery, and excellent performance. As important as it is, OnePlus has put a price tag on this model. Now, those days are gone when we were got OnePlus flagship phones near 500$, but the OnePlus 8 proves that you don’t have to spend four figures to enjoy the top Android phone.
Does TradeOffice make you OnePlus 8 for a relatively low price? Our OnePlus 8 review finds that they are commonplace, although fans of the best mobile photography can be turned off by some compromise on this phone.
OnePlus 8 Review: Price and Release Date
The OnePlus 8 is priced at 699$, which gives you a phone with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. To expand the memory to 12 GB and double the storage to 256 GB, you will have to pay 100 extra. The phone goes on sale on Amazon and on the OnePlus website on April 29.
The price of 699$ for the OnePlus 8 is noteworthy, charging for the OnePlus 8 Pro in the light of 899$. With the exception of some of the features of this new round of flagship phones, the OnePlus can still offer a device that costs as much as the iPhone 11 and is a full 300$ less than the Galaxy S20.
Both T-Mobile and Verizon will also offer phones. You’ll pay a little extra for the phone at Verizon, where a version running on the carrier’s 5G network costs 799$. It works from 24 monthly payments to 33.33$ a month. Before purchasing the OnePlus 8 at Verizon, you should know that Verizon has a different design than other OnePlus 8 models to optimize the antenna needed to connect to the 5G network. This means that cases that fit other OnePlus 8 models are not compatible with the Verizon selling version.
Speaking of T-Mobile, this phone is selling 699$, or 29.17$ per month if you distribute the payment in 24 months. A deal on T-Mobile allows you to halve the phone if you trade in a qualified phone or open a new line with a carrier.
Because the OnePlus 8 includes a 5G modem, you’ll be able to use the phone on carriers’ 5G networks where available – although only the Verizon variant will support millimeter-wave connectivity for faster speeds.
OnePlus 8 Review: Design
If you’re following the latest OnePlus phone releases, you’ll notice some changes with the look of the OnePlus 8. The OnePlus 7 Pro’s pop-up selfie camera is gone, as is the OnePlus 7T’s teardrop degree housing horn. Front camera. Instead, the selfie camera now stands out in a punch-hole cut in the upper left corner of the OnePlus 8’s display. And while the top and bottom bezels are still there, they’re also as thin as they can be, so that OnePlus can maximize screen real estate on this 6.55-inch phone.
Another departure from previous OnePlus phones is a curved screen on the OnePlus 8, with the edges of the display wrapped around the top of the phone. This definitely makes for a great look for this phone, and it makes the OnePlus 8 easier to grab than flat screens and rounded corners phones that get out of my hands with an alarming frequency. Unfortunately, the curved edges make it easy to inadvertently tap any part of the OnePlus 8 screen when you’re trying to pick up or drop the phone. I’ve launched more than one app, I had no plans to tap with the phone.
For a phone with such a large screen, the OnePlus 8 doesn’t take up much space, at least when it comes to its width. At 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.31 inches, the OnePlus phone is taller than the iPhone 11 (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches) and the Galaxy S20 (5.9 x 3 x 0.31 inches), though not as wide. With a thickness of 8 mm, the OnePlus 8 is slightly thinner than Apple’s iPhone 11, so you’ll have less difficulty pocketing the OnePlus device. At 6.3 ounces, it’s even lighter than the iPhone 11, though not as light as the 5.7-ounce S20.
Samsung’s latest phones offer some pretty traditional color schemes, but the OnePlus 8 combines things with a choice between the cool colors of Glacier Green and the changing colors of Intercellular Glow. I reviewed the color later and I admired how the OnePlus 8’s gorilla glass measured from the purple on the top of the phone to the warm pink on the bottom – the effect was not unlike the sky at sunset. Your traditional sun is less likely to have the same fingerprints and smiles than the back of the OnePlus 8.
Instead of the bubbling square camera bump on flagship phones these days, the OnePlus captures three rear lenses in a vertical array. When I hold the phone in landscape mode this way, I am less likely to put my finger on the OnePlus 8’s camera. However, the lenses focus on the back of the phone.
OnePlus has made the fact that the OnePlus 8 Pro is the first phone to have an IP rating (IP68 is the first phone to be accurate, which means it can be submerged in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes without any damage). There is no such position on OnePlus 8, at least not on the unlocked version I am using. (Carrier versions of the phone may be a different story.) It’s a bit of a hassle that you’ll have to sacrifice this peace of mind for less expensive than the new OnePlus flagships.
OnePlus 8 Review: Display
If you pay for the OnePlus 8 Pro which costs 899$, you can enjoy a screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. OnePlus 8 users, however, should work with a refresh rate of 90Hz – faster than the 60Hz rate found on most phones today.
I honestly don’t think it’s a big deal between the two versions of OnePlus 8. Yes, the Pro model features smooth scrolling and has a MEMC mode for shooting Netflix and UT videos up to 120 frames per second. But whatever improvements you make in scrolling, you get 120 Hz. In other words, OnePlus 8 lets you enjoy the benefits of faster scrolling at a lower overall cost. And to enjoy this feature you don’t have to lower the resolution on your OnePlus 8 as you do on Samsung’s S20 phone.
With a maximum brightness of 1,100 nits, the OnePlus 8’s AMOLED screen is bright enough to see in bright sunlight. When I went to take photos with the phone, I never had to maximize the brightness (and quickly drain the battery) to see the on-screen controls of the OnePlus 8.
Looking at the Time to Die and Cats trailers on both the OnePlus 8 and the Galaxy S20 Plus, I thought the OnePlus 8 fits better than Samsung’s more expensive phones in the color segment. The colors looked a little more sophisticated on the S20 Plus, but they also had a blue cast, especially when the James Bond or assisted jelly cats were roaming the dark scenes of their films.
See our test numbers. The OnePlus 8 registered 155.7% of the SRGB color spectrum, which is not the same as the 222.4% results of the S20 Plus (although it beats the 113% Tally of the iPhone 11). But the colors are more accurate on the OnePlus 8, which has a Delta-E rating of 0.25 compared to the Galaxy S20 Plus’ 0.36. The score of zero on this test is perfect. You get a great display with OnePlus 8 that captures color well.
OnePlus 8 Review: Cameras
One big tradeoff that OnePlus 8 owners have to do is at least worry about cameras compared to the OnePlus 8 Pro. While the Pro model features four lenses, the OnePlus 8 sports only three – and not one of them is a telephoto lens. Instead, the 48-megapixel main shooter with its f / 1.75 aperture and 16MP Ultra-Wide camera is paired with a 2MP macro lens. This is theoretically great for capturing detailed objects, but if you want to zoom in, you’re at the mercy of a digital zoom that can make your shots noisy.
If you shoot a lot of photos where you can be close and personal with your subject, a macro lens might come in handy, but my phone should have a better zoom lens instead. If a phone comes with a macro lens, I want it to perform consistently on the OnePlus 8.
Like the lack of a telephoto lens, you can see that the OnePlus 8 works when you stack it up against an optical zoom-enabled phone like the Galaxy S20 Plus. (A low-cost S20 would be a better comparison than the OnePlus 8, but the S20 Plus is what I have when it comes to sheltering in this space.)
The more you zoom in, the greater the inequality. OnePlus 8 grows at a 10x digital zoom, and with that point, the photo doesn’t look like anything you care to share – everything is vague and out of focus, and the colors are definitely muted. If you rely on your camera phone to zoom in for more details, you’ll want to look beyond the OnePlus 8.
The OnePlus 8 performs well when you’re turning to its other lenses for photos. The Galaxy S20 Plus does a better job of distinguishing between two objects, even though it has a warm color cast that’s more accurate than I think.
Note that the OnePlus 8 uses pixel-binding with its main lens to render 12MP photos with a better dynamic range. You have the option to switch to 48MP photos, although this feature works best in bright light scenes.
OnePlus 8’s nightscape mode, for example, works great in low light. The OnePlus 8 photo still has a lot of detail on a wall at the local store, even though the flowers in the upper right are slightly washed. (The S20 Plus struggled with those flowers as well.) The S20 Plus, showing more color in the night sky, also warms up a cast, while the cool look of the OnePlus 8 shot is one of the highlights of the scene. Feels like a good representation.
No phone really stood out with their attempts to get a portrait of my daughter, although I think the OnePlus 8 has a good overall shot. Struggling to separate her hair from the background blur, Bokeh catches more than a few strands in effect. But the colors are more accurate and vibrant, although the OnePlus 8 has a bit of a problem with the shadows on this bright, sunny day. The S20 Plus removed all the color from my daughter’s face, as both phones became very aggressive as they pierced her skin.
With the removal of any stain or freckle the same attack reappears when we move to the 16MP selfie camera on the back of the OnePlus 8, like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, the OnePlus’s camera software applied to my skin as much as possible. I think the OnePlus 8 Shot reflects my skin tone better than the S20 Plus, which makes it look like I’m wearing a bronzer. The background blur in the S20’s photo is more stylish, though.
My test of OnePlus 8’s video capture capabilities hasn’t been that extensive, but so far I’ve liked what I’ve seen. By default, you shoot video at 1080p / 30fps resolution, although if you dig into the settings, you can upgrade to 4K video at 60fps. (If you do, be prepared to eat up a lot of storage space.) The video I saw of my daughter looked static, which I would like to attribute to the hybrid stability of OnPlus 8, which supports both OIS and EIS technologies.
OnePlus 8 Review: Performance
Like other major Android phones coming this year, the OnePlus 8 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 system-on-chip, which promises better performance and more efficient power consumption than the Snapdragon 855 that runs the previous OnePlus flagship. OnePlus enhance that chipset with 8GB or 12GB RAM.
That extra RAM gave the OnePlus 8 a boost, when we do GeekBench 5, a test that measures the overall performance of devices. The OnePlus 8’s Multi Core Score ranks among the 3,387 top-performing Android phones – ahead of the Galaxy S20 (3,147), but ahead of the LG V60 ThinQ 5G (3,420).
More impressively, the OnePlus 8 beat the iPhone 11’s multicore GeekBench with a score of 3,251, indicating that the gap between iPhones and major Android devices is getting smaller all the time. (The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max outperformed the OnePlus 8’s multicore results, while the iPhone 11 got a better single-core result – 1,333 vs. 920 for the OnePlus 8)
On the graphics front, the OnePlus 8 provided comparable results to phones running the other Snapdragon 865, producing a score of 1,322 frames (21 frames per second) on the GFX bench Aztec Runes Vulcan test. It matches what I’ve seen from the Galaxy S20 (1,319) and LG V60 (1,313), but lags behind the iPhone 11 and its 1,481-frame (23 fps) results.
OnePlus 8 lags behind other phones when it comes to real-world testing where we use Adobe Premiere Rush to transcode a 4K video to 1080p after implementing an effect and transformation. OnePlus took 8 minutes and 43 seconds to complete this task – about 30 seconds behind the Galaxy S20’s 1:15. The iPhone 11 continues to set the pace here with a result of 45 seconds.
While using OnePlus 8 for the last week, however, I did not see any lag in performance. I can easily switch between apps as PUBG Mobile played on OnePlus 8 without any hiccups or stutters. Other phones may outperform the OnePlus 8, but you will definitely get comparable performance from this OnePlus flagship without paying a comparable price.
OnePlus 8 Review: Battery Life and Charging
The OnePlus 8 comes with a 4,300-mAh battery – the OnePlus 7T is even bigger than the 3,800-mAh power pack although paying for the OnPlus 8 Pro isn’t as big as the 4,510 mAh battery. It doesn’t matter much, as the OnePlus 8 offers excellent battery life, although the result comes with a caveat.
When we get the OnePlus 8 through the Battery Test – which is constantly surfing the web at 150 luminous brightness with a display on T-Mobile’s LTE network – the new OnePlus phone lasts an average of 11 hours and 4 minutes. The best phone battery life for devices that we’ve trained for 11 hours, so the OnePlus 8 finds itself in a rare company, even if recent flagships like the Galaxy S20 Ultra and LG V60 Think like it out.
It comes with over 11 hours of OnePlus 8 refresh rate set at 60Hz. Opt for faster refresh speed, and battery life is more effective. When we ran our battery test after setting the OnePlus 8’s display to 90Hz refresh rate, the resulting breast came in at 9 hours 55 minutes, which is more than the performance of a smartphone breast. It’s not ideal to lose an hour of battery life to enjoy one of the OnePlus 8’s market features, but it’s a business that some consumers won’t mind. That’s not as much as the 3-hour difference we saw when testing the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s battery with a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
OnePlus has finally added wireless charging support to the OnePlus 8 Pro, but the standard OnePlus 8 model is stuck in the past with only wired charging capabilities. At the very least, charging is ridiculously fast, thanks to OnePlus’ Warp Charge 30T technology. Using the included 30-watt charger, I regularly saw the OnePlus 8 go to 68% charge 30 minutes after an exhausted battery. Both the Galaxy S20 Plus and the iPhone 11 Pro hit 55% after 30 minutes of charging.
OnePlus 8 Review: Software and Features
OnePlus 8 runs on Oxygen OS, the in-house version of Android 10, which adds some new features like Dark Mode that is compatible with other apps and has better battery life. OnePlus has also introduced new dynamic wallpapers that change the tone based on ambient lighting.
I think the highlight of the special features for the OnePlus 8, however, is the phone’s in-display fingerprint sensor, a return feature from previous OnePlus flagships. The location of the sensor on the display is clearly shown with the outline of the fingerprint, and I find it more responsive and confusing than similar features on the Galaxy S20 lineup.
OnePlus 8 also takes advantage of a face recognition feature that is much faster than the iPhone’s Face ID, which scans your face to unlock your device but still requires you to swipe across the lock screen. Is. Take a look at OnePlus 8 and it will launch immediately. Of course, OnePlus’ face unlocking feature isn’t as secure as Apple Face ID, which uses a 3D scan of your face to confirm your identity. This may explain why I was able to unlock OnePlus 8 with an epidemic-inspired mask on my nose and mouth. The same mask was blocked by Face ID.
iPhone Face ID, which scans your face to unlock your device but still requires you to swipe to cross the lock screen. Take a look at OnePlus 8 and it will launch immediately. Of course, OnePlus’ face unlocking feature isn’t as secure as Apple Face ID, which uses a 3D scan of your face to confirm your identity. This may explain why I was able to unlock OnePlus 8 by putting an epidemic inspiration mask on my nose and mouth. The same mask was blocked by Face ID.
OnePlus 8 Review: Conclusion
In general, I am a big advocate of choosing the less expensive of the many models mentioned by the phone makers. The Plus and Pro models have shiny features that are attractive to power consumers, but hardly justify the extra cost for very smartphone owners. And while the OnePlus 8 Pro doesn’t seem to have much of a user interface, the OnePlus 8 Pro probably has better performing cameras.
Here’s a compelling case for this flagship phone, such as how OnePlus 8 automatically adapts to devices made by OnePlus. The OnePlus 8 performs well alongside any major Android device and makes the Apple iPhone 11 a little sweaty. You’ll get the best battery life – at least when the phone’s rapid refresh rate isn’t taxing the battery – and the color schemes on the OnePlus 8 help keep this phone apart from the growing selection of different black smartphones.
The biggest question in any OnePlus 8 review is on camera. If you want an Android phone that produces the best shots, you’ll want to pay for Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 models. But if you don’t really use optical zoom and take into account photos that aren’t produced by good camera phones, the OnePlus 8 can save you anywhere from $ 100 to $ 300 on your next handset.