OnePlus flagships have generally been packed up with flagship performance but traditionally they had a few certain omissions that stop them from being a top-tier flagship. What happens when OnePlus decides to share their flagship killer image?
Well, the OnePlus 8 Pro is what happens. I’ve used it as my primary smartphone for a little over a week and in this article I’m gonna take you through the pros, cons and everything else you need to know about the OnePlus 8 Pro.
OnePlus have included a lot of nice things with the Oneplus 8 Pro. Things that they’ve emitted in the past like official dust and water resistance in the form of an IP68 rating, wireless charging. So let’s dive in this Oneplus 8 Pro Review.
Premium Design and Build
Now talking about things are like the frosted glass finish to the back, it looks excellent. Now generally glass feels premium but they have two major caveat:
- They are slippery, which the 8 Pro most definitely is now.
- Glass backs are usually fingerprint magnets.
But that’s not the case here with the Oneplus 8 Pro. The matte finish doesn’t pick up fingerprints or smudges.
By the way this is Gorilla Glass 5 to the back and 6 to the front. Now some of you were asking me if the phone’s weight distribution was off, the answer is no it’s pretty evenly distributed neither top nor bottom is heavy.
That’s it you’re gonna have trouble using this phone single-handed and you’re gonna have to use both hands more often than not.
Now one hand or two, however you’re gonna use it, you’re gonna definitely enjoy the user experience and it’s not just due to Oxygen OS, the hardware underneath is also right up there with the best flagships around. It’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 flagship chip that’s coupled with 8 or 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.0 storage.
OnePlus 8 Pro Box Contents
- OnePlus 8 Pro in Glacial Green color
- 30W (5V/6A) Warp charge 30T fast charger
- USB Type-C cable
- Transparent case
- Quick start guide
- Warrenty and others documents
OnePlus 8 Pro Review: Display
With the Oneplus 8 Pro, Oneplus has given us one of the most color accurate panels out there today. It’s got a Quad HD Plus resolution. It is sharp, it also happens to be quite large at 6.78 inches.
The refresh rate of Oneplus 8 Pro is 120 Hertz with 240 Hertz sampling. Unlike the S20 series, you can run this display at Quad HD Plus and 120 Hertz at the same time.
Now what is the downside? Last year 7 Pro had a pop up camera, means it was all screen and was free from any kind of interruption.
This year Oneplus has opted to go with a punch hole to the top left. I kind of understand why they had to this. This is because the IP68 certification. This AMOLED panel still looks great but I just can’t help feeling, it’s a minor step back.
Some users are not comfortable with the curved edges on the Oneplus 8 Pro. I also think that Oneplus should have given a flat screen, even Samsung has switched back to flat panels. I personally I don’t mind it, in fact I actually like how it makes the display look premium.
Green Tint issue
Anyway, we did have some black Green tint issue is being reported by many users. Under low light the display starts looking a bit weird, some people have experienced it.
It is something to keep in mind though. Oneplus has recently capped the lowest brightness setting, so it doesn’t go as low as the 7 Pro’s panel.
This issues something seems to be fixed soon, maybe future updates can get us the lower brightness levels back without the black crush issue but at this point this isn’t something we can say for sure.
Talking about low light there is another issue even when you dim the brightness as much as possible the screen still gets extremely bright and even when you scan your fingerprint. Yes, I do understand optical scanners need the light but if other brands are making it work without the display having to blind us, I suppose oneplus should also be able to do it.
Lack of Always on Display
Now finally that’s the lack of a true always-on display functionality here. This isn’t something I actually use a lot so I’m okay with it. But then again if that is something you’re looking for, do keep this in mind.
Now apart from these minor cons the display is quite a pleasure to use. Quad HD Plus, 120 Hertz, there are no performance issues.
Also Read: OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus 8 Pro Review: Performance
We have Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 under the hood of Oneplus 8 Pro with 8 GB / 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. So of course all of your apps will run buttery smooth. But sadly PUBG Mobile still tops out at 40 FPS but all the same at least PUBG doesn’t drop below that 40 FPS rate at all.
With the help of 240 hertz touch response, your every swipe and touch is instantly registered, of course a flat screen is technically better suited to action games like this. I didn’t find it an issue at all with the default controls layouts on the 8 Pro.
The benchmark numbers are great for the most part but when it comes to Snapdragon 865, the iQOO 3 still tops the testing numbers.
You can take a look at the chart to judge for yourself.
Anyway I don’t think anyone can have any complaints about the blazing fast and smooth performance of the Oneplus 8 Pro. Gaming is so much fun on this Oneplus flagship mobile.
Audio and Voice Output
Everything here it feels fluid, the media experience is also excellent thanks to that dual speaker setup and while we are talking about audio let’s also talk about the cellular reception and call quality.
There is 5G support in it, it’s not really useful in India but it is there. Reception call quality they were great, I mean that has more to do with where I lived on the phones. I test there are a few areas in my house, where I do get reception properly and that is basically what happens with almost all phones.
I test and the oneplus 8 pro was no different. The earpiece output is good enough for calls but it is not the best. The smartphones of Xiaomi and Samsung sound better and cleaner.
Now there is no headphone jack which is something we’ve come to expect from flagships these days. But there are not earphones included in the box or even a dongle.
Oneplus is now competing with brands like Apple and Samsung. I’m surprised they didn’t add a pair of type-c bullets in the box. Oneplus should probably do what Apple is expected to do with their next release and cut out the charger, let me know whatever your thoughts are in the comments.
Software and UI
The user experience it is right up there with the best iPhone to the bestest to any android phones.
Now some might even say this experience is better since the Oneplus 8 Pro has one of the snappiest user interfaces in oxygen OS, some people like it and some not.
I also really like the alert slider when I’m using one postpones, It happens to be very convenient.
OnePlus 8 Pro Camera Review
Now the one area where oneplus usually lags behind the competition, is with optics. Now talking about that punch hole and the selfie camera, that’s in it.
The mechanism has changed from last year but the sensor itself it’s not. It’s still that 16 megapixel IMX471. It’s paired with an f/2.0 lens. Oneplus has now used this exact setup for three generations of phones the 7, 7T and 8.
That said it’s still a good sensor though, the details, the skin tones are okay.
Now one thing worth noting is that the video output via the selfie camera 1080p. It is a minor thing. It is nitpicking but, then again we are not comparing Oneplus flagships with the iPhones and the S20 series of the world.
So when they can do 4k and this cannot I feel it’s something worth mentioning.
We have four cameras, the primary is Sony’s new IMX689 of 48 megapixel sensor paired with an optically stabilized f/1.8 lens and a good light.
The images they come across create look at how this car forms the dynamic range is also right up there with the best.
The included night mode also works great the sense of being quite large and the f/1.8 aperture, the optical stabilization also help.
The second sensor is an 8 MP telephoto sensor, technically it’s 12 megapixels with 2x zoom but Oneplus crops and calls it 3x hybrid zoom and markets it as an 8 megapixel sensor. This again has a stabilized lens f/2.4.
The colors they do seem a little muted in comparison to the primary but, from a detail perspective it’s good.
Oneplus has chosen to go with the primary sensor from the last gen Oneplus 7T Pro, the IMX586. It’s paired with the f/2.2. The colors and dynamic range are pretty close to the primary lens, this sensor also helps to shoot macro Purefoods.
In fact I like this implementation more than a dedicated macro options.
The final sensor is a color filter this is what gave the 8 pro its x-ray vision capabilities but, that has sadly been removed by Oneplus.
Now as for video we get up to 4k at 60fps and the footage is excellent there’s a super stable mode, so everything I’ve been saying so far has been predominantly positive.
Battery and Charging
The battery capacity is 4510 mAh. Using this at 120 Hertz at Quad HD resolution. I have very detailed battery stats based on the resolution and the refresh rate as you can see on your screen.
The phone managed 5 hours, 34 minutes of screen on time on QHD+ / 120 Hertz refresh rate and the best screen on time was 6 hours and 40 minutes on FHD+ /60 Hertz refresh rate.
The 7 nm fabrication of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 ensures that you get an improved battery performance even on high refresh rate settings.
When it comes time to charge, the 8 pro whether it’s wired or wireless, its warp charge either way, so rapid fast there’s.
Depending on the settings and your usage the phone charges from 0 to 100 using the warp charger in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
I am fully satisfied with the battery performance and the charging capabilities of the Oneplus 8 Pro but note that all the battery life tests were done on 4G networks. 5G network can safe more battery when you start using it in the future.
Oneplus had usually told that their wireless charging was not fast enough and that’s why we skipped it. Now they’ve not really gone back on their words, they’ve spent the time and effort to get fast wireless charging before actually including it in their flagship product. There is a proprietary charging technology Warp charge 30 Wireless.
If you have a regular Qi charger the Oneplus 8 pro will still charge wirelessly but slower and if you do buy this charger you can charge other phones that support Qi wireless charging.
But again, it’s not gonna be quite as fast. By the way there’s also reverse wireless charging to help you to charge your airpods.
Nonetheless I never had to plug in the phone before the end of my day and I’m sure most of you aren’t gonna have to either. The battery life here is even better if you drop down the resolution or the refresh rate.
OnePlus 8 Pro Price in India
You know the Galaxy S20 plus starts at 74,999 rs. the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at 1,07,999 rs. The oneplus 8 Pro costs roughly half of that at 54,999 rs.
Now in markets like the United States where the 8 pro costs $900 compared to the iPhone Pro Max and the S20 plus as price tags 1,100 and 1,200 respectively, the price difference here it’s much higher and given that most of the 8 Pro is right up there with the other flagships. I feel this happens to be a good deal.
Now given the Indo-china border issues, whether you want to buy Chinese hardware or not that is something I’m going to let you decide. But if you are looking to buy a phone from a Chinese brand, if you’re ok buying Oneplus, then the 8 Pro is well worth the its price.
Rivals of OnePlus 8 Pro
There are some alternatives to the Oneplus 8 Pro and I’ve picked out three main alternatives around this price range so let’s start talking about them.
If you think that I have missed out on any phone don’t hesitate to ask me a question in the comment section below and I’ll try to get them answered.
The first competitor of Oneplus 8 Pro that I could think of is the Apple iPhone 11. For anyone who wants an iPhone will possibly look past at the Oneplus 7 or 8 Pro because when someone wants an iPhone they want an iPhone but trust me the 8 Pro is better than the iPhone 11 in many ways.
You get a better design, better display and a better battery life, the performance of the two phones should be neck-to-neck, iPhone 11 will definitely offer a superior camera experience.
Now when it comes to the Mi 10, it is possibly the closest competitor to the Oneplus 8 Pro and I like the features of Xiaomi’s flagship and the fact that you get high risk audio capability although in almost every other department the oneplus 8 pro is a better phone.
Now I really like the Samsung Galaxy S20+, it is slimmer than the Oneplus 8 Pro and OneUI 2.0 is almost as good as OxygenOS, the cameras could be better too.
1. Bright and beautiful smooth display
2. Premium design and build quality with IP rating
3. soft-touch finish
4. Great camera all-around
5. It has the fastest Snapdragon chipset on board
6. Oxygen OS is snappy and gets frequent updates
7. Loud stereo speakers
8. Warp Wireless charging is super-fast
1. Warp wireless charger is expensive
2. Still no always-on display out of the box
3. No expandable memory
4. Not available directly from US carriers
5. Color filter camera is meh
6. Ultrawide camera’s low-light performance is not great
So overall, if you want to buy the best android phone out there just go for the Oneplus 8 Pro. I don’t need to say anything more, I mean it has everything going for it it’s got great display, it’s got a great design, it’s got great battery life the performance is obviously excellent.
Of course the cameras are not the best out there but it is a very competent camera and I think most people will be using this camera setup are not going to be disappointed either.
Oneplus has finally added wireless charging and IP rating to this device that quite a lot of people were actually craving for a long time.
Although the Oneplus 8 Pro is more affordable and has a better display and significantly better battery life compared to iPhone 11 and Galaxy S20+ and of course the Oneplus 8 Pro has better performance – now that makes it the overall better purchase.
So that’s my thoughts on the OnePlus 8 Pro Review. Now I want to know what you think about this device? Leave a comment down below.