With the One Plus 8 Pro, One Plus is finally bringing a true flagship device. We have seen some amazing devices from One Plus earlier but they have always cut corners here and there to bring down the cost. Although there are a few snags in this one too and we got to point it out because the One Plus 8 Pro starts at Rs 54,999 in India which is quite high for a One Plus device. One Plus phones are getting more expensive every year and it won’t be fair to treat them as mid rangers anymore.
Bleeding high end specifications are something we get to see in One Plus devices and it’s the same this year as well. The One Plus 8 PRO has some of the highest and greatest hardware components that are available now.
|Display||6.78-inch 1440p with 120Hz Refresh Rate|
|Camera||48MP Primary camera|
48MP Ultrawide camera with Macro Mode
8MP Telephoto camera with 3X Optical zoom
5MP Colori Filter Camera
16MP Punch Hole Front Camera
|Operating System||Oxygen OS 10 based on Android 10|
The One Plus 8 pro is powered by a Snapdragon 865 chipset and is available in 8/12 GB RAM variants. It has superfast UFS 3.0 storage. The battery is 4510 mAh battery which is sufficient to power the 120Hz display throughout the day with average usage. Apart from the usual 30W Warp charge 30T that can get you from 0 to 50% in about 25 min, we also have fast wireless charging capable of charging at 30W. Although the wireless charger is not shipped in the box and has to be purchased separately.
Design and Form Factor
The One Plus 8 PRO still has the familiar design elements that we have seen in their earlier devices with glass metal sandwich body with shiny and matte variants. The phone is sturdy and well built and feels good in the hand. The matte blue variant looks really punchy and stylish. They still have the One Plus logo at the back and the in-display fingerprint scanner. This is easily one of the absolute better looking out there as of now. Two of the most favourite features of One Plus phone as the Alert Slider and the Oxygen OS and those have not changed. The phone is huge and might not be easily usable with a single hand and Oxygen OS still doesn’t have a one hand mode like many of the other android skins do.
One Plus 8 Pro has a 6.78 Inch 1440p AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The display tapers to both sides and can result in accidental touches especially while taking selfies. Oxygen OS also adds some features like edge lighting to make use of the waterfall style display. AMOLED panel has darker blacks and punchier colours and very good contrast ratio. It also has a 240Hz touch sampling rate for accurate and better touch sensitivity. One thing to note here is that the refresh rate is variable and it won’t always stay at 120Hz even if you have set it to 120Hz. Depending on the task you are performing, the refresh rate is adjusted to save battery. You can set it to both high refresh rate and high resolution at the same time but it will cost you battery juice. The optical fingerprint reader under the display is fast and responsive and very accurate. You also have a punch hole camera on the top left of the display and this might be a bummer if you prefer full view displays. But again, it’s more of a personal preference.
The One Plus 8 PRO has a quad camera setup at the back with a 48MP primary shooter with f/1.7 aperture along with a 48MP ultrawide shooter with f/2.2 aperture with a Macro mode, 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.44 aperture for 3X Optical Zoom and a 5MP colour filter camera (which has been in the news a lot lately). The cameras are flagship grade in line with the Pixels and iPhones and produce some really amazing images. The dynamic range and the colour accuracy are quite good. Pictures are sharp thanks to OIS and EIS capabilities in the camera and faster focus locking. Night mode performs very well and you can take some good pictures even when the subject is not well lit. The total zoom available is 30X which has 3X optical zoom. The videos from the camera can go up to 4K and can capture some stable and colour accurate videos.
One of the best things about One Plus phones is the software experience. Oxygen OS is probably the lightest android skins with almost no bloatware (or ads). It’s very close to stock android and the additional features added by One plus only make it more desirable. It has tons of tweaks and optimizations and still doesn’t feel overloaded like the MIUI or the ColorOS. The alert slider is very useful feature which more OEMs should be copying from One Plus. One Plus devices are one of the first ones to receive Android Updates and security patches after the Pixel devices. So, you can be assured that you will be ahead that the rest of the OEM devices. One Plus has also improved the haptic engine to give some very good touch responses. The dark mode complements the AMOLED panel and is a visual treat. Overall, this is one of the best smartphone experiences you can get.
Image Credits : OnePlus and Mobitech Creations