OnePlus have officially unveiled their OnePlus 8 lineup with both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. After a slow trickle of information regarding these devices has been coming out straight from OnePlus, there’s not a lot we didn’t know about the device.
The one major thing we do know now, is just how much these smartphones will cost you. Their cheapest OnePlus 8 variant comes in for $699 (~RM3000) and ranges up to the highest specced OnePlus 8 Pro for $999 (~RM4300). These are by far, OnePlus’s most expensive devices to date.
It’s sad to see OnePlus moving away from their ‘flagship killer’ moniker, something that boosted their popularity, to in turn become something they promised never to be, a flagship. That being said, let’s see what the OnePlus 8 Pro is packing.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a 6.78″ Fluid AMOLED display, with a new refresh rate of 120Hz. This is the largest display they’ve made, as well as their first device to reach 120Hz. It also comes with 240Hz touch sampling rate to help minimise input lag.
They went off about the device’s display capabilities, which recorded a highest ever colour accuracy setting. That plus the HDR10+ support and MEMC to upscale 24fps video to 120fps make for a better general viewing experience. Though the MEMC feature is kind of a hit or miss, depending on your preferences.
On the front of the display, there’s now a punch-hole camera to replace last year’s 7 Pro’s pop-up camera. Which is again, a hit or miss depending on your preferences, but I don’t mind it too much. The OnePlus 8 Pro is also the first phone to feature official IP68 rating certification.
Powering the device is a rather large 4510mAh battery, but still lagging behind with the 30W Warp Charge 30T, which they claim gets you 0-50 percent in half an hour. Disappointing to see no updates to their Warp Charge, BUT, they are also putting in Warp Charge 30 Wireless, which can charge up 0-50 percent in half an hour. At the very least, they’ve compensated with some pretty fast wireless charging tech.
On the inside, it’s packing a Snapdragon 865 chipset, which we already knew because OnePlus has been tweeting constantly about it. Other specs to enhance the performance is LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage. The phones are also 5G capable with the sub-6GHz, as well as Wi-Fi 6 to make for an even snappier internet experience.And now, on to the cameras. On the rear, OnePlus is sporting a triple camera setup with two 48MP cameras, a telephoto lens, and a colour filter lens? The main camera uses the 1/1.4″ Sony IMX 689 sensor, while the second 48MP camera is a 120° ultrawide lens, and finally, a 8MP telephoto module capable of a 3x hybrid zoom, and 30x digital zoom. On, and the Colour Filter lens helps render colour effects, which to me, seems pretty meh.
The OnePlus 8 Pro costs $899 (~RM3889) for the 8GB/128GB variant. The 12GB/256GB variant goes for $999(~RM4300). It comes in three colour variants of Ultramarine Blue, Glacial Green, and Onyx Black.
These devices will be available starting April 29 in the U.S. but I’m sure they’ll be bringing the devices to Malaysia via their official online stores in Lazada and Shopee soon.