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OnePlus 8

“Either you die as a flagship killer or you live long enough to become one”. This is a meme that’s been doing rounds on Reddit and we can say it really resonates with us and more importantly, with the new OnePlus 8 lineup. Both phones from the company are the most expensive ones so far and while we have our suspicion about the 5G thing being the culprit, there are other factors to consider here.

For instance, the OnePlus 8 Pro is no longer compromising on features bringing fast wireless charging and IP68 water and dust protection and as a result, the company feels confident enough to release a phone that asks what the current Galaxy S20+ costs. But the vanilla OnePlus 8 is still aimed at those wanting that fluid OxygenOS experience without having to spend as much. That doesn’t mean the standard 8 is cheap. It is considerably pricier than its predecessor, the OnePlus 7T, and it’s even more expensive than the 7 and 7T Pro from last year. So what gives?

OnePlus 8 specs

  • Body:??160.2×72.9×8 mm, 180g; 3D curved Gorilla Glass front and back, metal frame.

  • Screen:??6.55″ Fluid AMOLED, 1080 x 2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 402ppi; 90Hz refresh rate; HDR10+ support.

  • Chipset:??Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (7nm+): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650 GPU.

  • Memory:??8GB/12GB RAM, 128GB/256GB built-in UFS 3.0 storage.

  • OS/Software:??Android 10, OxygenOS 10.

  • Rear camera:??Main: 48MP, 1/2.0″ sensor, 0.8??m pixel size, 25mm equiv., f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS. Ultra wide-angle: 16MP, f/2.2, 13mm equiv. fixed focus; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4.

  • Front camera:??16MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.0??m.

  • Video recording:??Rear camera: 4K [email protected]/60fps, Full HD [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected] Front camera: Full HD [email protected]

  • Battery:??4,300 mAh, 30W Warp Charge 30T support (comes with the charger).

  • Misc:??NFC; optical under-display fingerprint reader; USB-C 3.1; stereo loudspeakers; IP68 water and dust-proof only for T-Mobile and Verizon units;

Aside from the 5G, there must be something else that must be driving the price of the handset up. But we are struggling to put our finger on it because it appears there’s a downgrade in the camera department with the telephoto lens getting swapped for a 2MP macro camera while the rest is pretty much the same. Sure, the battery has been upgraded but the does this really justify the ???100 price hike?

OnePlus 8 review

Or maybe, we are being a bit too critical because the 7T posed such a big upgrade compared to its predecessor unlike the 8. As with all phones, the 8 doesn’t aim to persuade current OnePlus 7T owners to upgrade but targets those with the older phones.

OnePlus 8 review

Still, there are a couple of things we will be keeping an eye for. We really want to see if the display is any better than last year’s, whether the battery increase will be enough to compensate for the power-sipping Snapdragon X55 modem and more importantly, does cropping from the main 48MP sensor better than using a proper 2x telephoto unit.

Unboxing the OnePlus 8

The phone came in really cool red box containing the usual stuff like user manuals, USB-C to USB-A cable for charging and data transfer, the power brick capable of Warp Charge 30T (30W) and a transparent silicone case with OnePlus’ branding on top. The phone also comes with a pre-applied, plastic screen protector.

OnePlus 8 review

We, however, got a special reviewer’s box carrying two more protective cases from OnePlus. One of them is the Nylon Bumper case and what appears to be a revised version of the good old Sandstone Bumper case but in a color that matches the OnePlus 8’s Glacial Green color. It feels and looks really nice.

OnePlus 8 review

Design

OnePlus devices may have been lacking things in the past but they’ve never made compromises with the build quality and it shows. The OnePlus 8 is an excellently built device using glass for its front and back and aluminum for its side frame. Although, there’s no word on which version of Gorilla Glass OnePlus is used for the front and back.

OnePlus 8 review

One big change in the OnePlus lineup is the addition of the long-awaited IP68 certification against water and dust. Something that fans have been asking for years. The standard OnePlus 8, however, is said to be IP68-certified only for units sold by T-Mobile and Verizon in the US. Our suspicion is that there’s no hardware discrepancy between the global units and those sold by the US carriers, it’s just that they may have paid for the certification and wanted the exclusivity. We will probably know for sure soon enough when the two variants get a proper teardown.

OnePlus 8 review

We do have to note that teardowns and tests of previous OnePlus devices proved them to be just as water resistant as their rivals but lacked the proper certification. This year OnePlus, have paid for that certification but only for its Pro variant, which raises the question once again, why the big price hike on the vanilla OP 8?

Anyway, in terms of design, the handset hasn’t changed all that much compared to the 7 Pro and 7T Pro but it’s a big alteration compared to the vanilla 7T. The back camera stack is no longer inside a rounded module but in a vertical one, the front adopts a curved display design and ditches the notch for a punch-hole front-facing camera solution.

OnePlus 8 review

If you ever held a OnePlus 7 Pro or 7T Pro, you will struggle to find any significant differences. The OnePlus 8 just feels familiar. Even the curvature of the front display looks identical to the one on the 7T Pro. Even in terms of screen size, they are pretty close – 6.55″ on the 8 and 6.67″ on the 7T Pro.

OnePlus 8 review

But to our big surprise, the OnePlus 8 felt considerably smaller than its predecessor. That’s probably because of the aspect ratio – the 8 is a bit taller but considerably narrower allowing for a better, more comfortable grip. Reaching for the top part of the display is harder now. The taller 20:9 aspect ratio doesn’t come without some caveats.

OnePlus 8 review

As it gets taller, OnePlus felt the need to move the fingerprint reader a bit higher. We didn’t have any complaints with the previous implementation of the scanner but this one definitely feels a bit more comfortable or at least more suitable given the aspect ratio. Another reason for the smaller feel could be the thickness. Even though it’s just 0.8mm thinner than before, it does have its impact on the overall feel.

Probably unrelated to this, the power button and the notification slider have been moved a bit closer to the upper edge too, which isn’t optimal in our opinion. Having a tall phone with buttons positioned closer to the top will prove to be an issue with users with smaller hands.

OnePlus 8 review

Another noticeable change is the finish. At first, it looks like the old one – silky-smooth frosted glass. It’s really nice to touch and feels premium but it’s a nightmare to handle. The new 8 has that same finish while being a bit grippier. The finish resembles the one on the Pixel 4-series, getting closer to that rubbery feel. But don’t be fooled, it’s still super slippery.

At least the Glacial Green color that we got looks immune to fingerprints and smudges. They don’t stick that easily and are hard to spot.

OnePlus 8 review

Going around the sides, we see the frame’s finish has also been altered. Now with a matte finish, it’s slightly grippier than before and feels more in line with the matte glass finish on the back. The antenna bands positioning has changed and the down-facing speaker grille looks different but anything other than that looks the same.

OnePlus 8 review

Now a couple of words about the punch-hole design. It’s debatable whether the punch-hole is better than the minimalist notch from the 7T or a pop-up selfie module. Mathematically speaking, the??punch-hole approach??makes more sense compared to the notch but in reality, each implementation can be better or worse in a way. In this case, the hole is quite small – one of the smallest around – but it’s placed further away from the upper-left edge of the display. This is mostly because of the curvature – the camera can’t be placed on the curve and it has to be placed behind a flat surface display to avoid distortion. This way, the punch-hole design eats away a bit too much of the screen real estate.

OnePlus 8 review

Clearly, the full-screen design with the pop-up camera is the best approach in this regard. However, it doesn’t come without caveats. Not everyone wants moving mechanisms on their phones because let’s face it – any moving mechanism is prone to breaking sooner or later. Also, you can’t do proper water-proofing and it adds a significant amount of weight to the body. Just look at the weight difference between the 7T Pro and the 8 – both have roughly the same display size and the latter has bigger battery and yet, it’s 26 grams lighter. Obviously, there’s no right way to do it right in this state of the tech so it strongly depends on personal preference.

OnePlus 8 review

All in all, the design and build of the vanilla 8 feels great. The camera protrusion is sane, the punch-hole camera isn’t in your face and for a big phone like this one, somehow doesn’t feel unwieldy. The overall feel is familiar, yet refined. Not many things to complain about except for the curved display design. We know some of you may be a bit disappointed with OnePlus going curved all the way because at least last year, both generations offered a flat-screen option.

Fluid AMOLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate

The vanilla OnePlus 8’s display might lack some of the features the Pro offers, but that doesn’t make the display any less impressive. In fact, this could very well be one of the best screens we’ve seen in this class. It has an adequate 1080 x 2400px resolution adding up to a tall 20:9 aspect ratio, and it’s an OLED panel. OnePlus calls it Fluid AMOLED because it has curves to the sides and because it supports 90Hz refresh rate. The latter has become a standard nowadays, but the panel itself isn’t very different compared to the 7 Pro and 7T Pro. The curves look identical. Except for the punch-hole camera and the resolution, of course.

OnePlus 8 review

So what makes this display inferior to the one in the 8 Pro? For once, it caps at 90Hz instead of 120Hz, it doesn’t have the MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) feature, has 8-bit color depth instead of 10-bit and has no adaptive display tone with the help of an RGB sensor. The 8 Pro’s display is also said to be considerably brighter too.

OnePlus 8 review

To be honest, though, you shouldn’t feel bad about not having MEMC as it’s a notorious gimmick used by TV manufactures. You will only be getting fuzzy visuals when watching 30fps video adapted to 90 or 120Hz display. However, the other advantages of the 8 Pro do seem pretty compelling.

Display test

100% brightness

Black,cd/m2

White,cd/m2

Contrast ratio

OnePlus 8 Pro

0

538

???

OnePlus 8 Pro (Max Auto)

0

888

???

OnePlus 8

0

496

???

OnePlus 8 (Max Auto)

0

803

???

OnePlus 7T

0

525

???

OnePlus 7T (Max Auto)

0

743

???

OnePlus 7T Pro

0

429

???

OnePlus 7T Pro (Max Auto)

0

596

???

Huawei P40

0

440

???

Huawei P40 (Max Auto)

0

589

???

Samsung Galaxy S20+

0

379

???

Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Max Auto)

0

797

???

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

0

820

???

Apple iPhone 11

0.428

644

1505:1

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

0

510

???

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Max Auto)

0

858

???

In any case, our tests show exceptional peak brightness at 802 nits and 496 nits in manual mode. As far as color accuracy goes, the Display settings menu offers a couple of modes and a customizable preset as well. With the default Vivid mode, you get a rather good??3.6??average dE2000 with blue-ish whites and punchy reds, greens, and yellows. But color accuracy is your thing, you can use the natural mode, which achieves an impressively low??1.2??average dE2000 and??1.8??maximum dE2000.

Battery life

The battery life on the OnePlus 8 is surprisingly good. We say surprisingly because even with the external Snapdragon X55 4G+5G modem, the phone managed to score excellent standby runtimes. The on-screen results were also quite impressive, and what we found more interesting is that there was virtually no difference between the 90Hz and 60Hz screen modes. The discrepancy ranged between several minutes and its due to statistical error more than anything. So the jump to a 4,300 mAh battery is more than welcome and has improved the overall endurance by a lot.

OnePlus 8 review

The charging speed has also been largely improved as it tops up faster than the 7 Pro and 7T Pro with the same 30W charger while holding a bigger battery. For the first 30 minutes, you can expect the battery to reach 69%, and leaving it for another 23 minutes will top off the battery completely. We suspect that OnePlus has messed with the charging curve a little. And we noticed that it gets a bit warm if you leave the phone on the charger for long. Then again, this shouldn’t be an issue in most cases as the idea of fast charging is to leave the phone on the charger for 20 or so minutes to replenish some juice.

 

Speaker test

The OnePlus 8 is equipped with stereo loudspeakers – one of them is bottom-facing while the other doubles as an earpiece sitting behind the tiny bezel on the top. They both get really loud, even a little louder than the 7 Pro, but more importantly, the vanilla 8 shows some improvement in the quality aspect as well. Vocals don’t sound muffled, while the bass is quite impressive for speakers of this size. The music sounds lively overall, and the highs are punchy. The balance between the two speakers is also good. You can take a look at the graph below – it shows excellent performance across almost all frequencies.

Additional Information

COLOUR

Glacial Green, Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow

VARAIANT

8 GB RAM + 128 GB Storage, 12 GB RAM + 256 GB Storage

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