The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro of last year were very different from each other, with the OnePlus 7 having a notched design, while the larger OnePlus 7 Pro used a selfie pop-up camera that helped it achieve an almost bezel-less look. The OnePlus 8-series takes a bold new direction: as the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro use the same punch-hole offset design.
Featuring slim bezels, matt-frosted glass backrests, curved panel edges and fairly lightweight bodies for their size, both the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are as stylish as it gets in early 2020, and if you’re worried about the punch-hole screens, note that this is still the go-to style.
To most, OnePlus 8 is the default option while OnePlus 8 Pro is the premium flagship. Of course, certain features are not present in the OnePlus 8, but ultimately the enhancements come out more as gradual than groundbreaking.
The OnePlus 8 sports a 6.55-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, the same size as the OnePlus 7T. But this time there is a small punch-hole camera in the upper left corner of the screen instead of a waterdrop notch. The computer offers HDR10 + certification and 20:9 aspect ratio refresh rate and boasts 90Hz.
OnePlus also introduced a 12 GB version to the RAM on the OnePlus 8, along with another 8 GB one. Are both LPDDR4X. The newer RAM module LPDDR5 went to the model Pro. The 2-Lane USB 3.0 storage comes with 128 GB and 256 GB models. Interestingly, this time there’s a bigger 4,300mAh battery that comes up with a Warp Charge 30 T charger included in the pack.
OnePlus 8 adheres to a triple camera configuration. The main camera is a 48MP sensor but it’s a new 0.8um pixel Sony IMX586 sensor and a 4-in-1 pixel binning. That’s in conjunction with a 6p f/1.75 aperture lens. OIS and EIS feature at the primary camera. The second camera is an ultrawide 16 MP camera with a field-of-view of 116 degrees.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro should vary considerably in terms of displays. The smaller OnePlus 8 will use a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED HDR10 + display with a 1080×2400-pixel FHD+ resolution, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and the same 90Hz refresh rate that debuted last year with the OnePlus 7 Pro. There’s a new feature Always On that allows you to access your pending updates and the time. OnePlus phones up to now only had an Ambient Mode feature that momentarily illuminated the monitor on incoming notifications.
The 5G Models
The top-dog OnePlus 8 Pro uses a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display that is also compliant to HDR10 + but uses a denser QHD+ resolution of 1440 by 3168 pixels in an aspect ratio of 19.8:9. More significantly, a 120Hz display refresh rate is also added by the OnePlus 8 Pro, taking it up to the new Galaxy S20 series.
As a reminder, the higher the refresh rate, the greater the battery hit, as demonstrated by the subpar battery life of the Galaxy S20 when used in 120Hz, but here’s the hope that the OnePlus 8 Pro won’t suffer from such a big battery hit when used with the latest refresh rate mode.
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