Evaluate: OnePlus Eight Professional is a wonderful telephone, however dang, it is dear

Evaluate: OnePlus Eight Professional is a wonderful telephone, however dang, it is dear


Of the 2 new flagship telephones from Chinese language phone-maker OnePlus, the OnePlus Eight Professional is the higher-end gadget. Along with 5G, which each telephones have, it has IP certification for water resistance, a complete of 4 cameras — one at 48 megapixels — and a much bigger, 120Hz show. Accessible beginning April 22, it is also pricier at $899 (£799) for 128GB storage and $999 (£899) for 256GB. (Australian costs aren’t but accessible, however £799 converts to roughly AU$1,570.) The OnePlus 8 begins at $699 (£599). 

Like

  • Reverse and wi-fi charging
  • Waterproof
  • 120Hz show

Do not Like

  • Dear
  • Colour-filter digicam is not helpful

Although the telephone’s beginning value is about $100 cheaper than the Galaxy S20 — and sure cheaper than the upcoming Pixel 5 if Google matches the Pixel 4‘s preliminary value — it is nonetheless costly by OnePlus’ requirements. When the corporate first launched in 2014, it priced its premium telephones aggressively.

However, the OnePlus Eight Professional is a wonderful telephone. Its digicam works nice, it has a quick and highly effective processor and I welcome its newer options, which embody wi-fi charging and reverse wi-fi charging. However for those who’re a bit extra cost-conscious and also you need a premium Android expertise, I would select the OnePlus 8. It nonetheless has a silky 90Hz show, comparable specs and a strong digicam. Each telephones can be found by means of OnePlus and Amazon, however you may as well get the OnePlus 8 by means of US carriers T-Cellular and Verizon.

OnePlus Eight Professional’s buttery-smooth 120Hz show 

Because the higher-end telephone, the OnePlus Eight Professional packs a 120Hz show that refreshes at double the speed of most telephones. That refresh price makes scrolling by means of webpages and the app drawer really feel as if I am viewing my telephone in 4K. All the pieces is so bouncy and liquidy {that a} telephone like, say, the LG V60 (which has a 60Hz show), feels prefer it’s dragging its ft by comparability. Word that there are occasions, akin to when the display is static, that the One Plus Eight Professional will change to 60Hz to preserve battery.

However after I in contrast it side-by-side with the OnePlus 8’s 90Hz display, it was arduous to see a giant distinction. There have been a couple of occasions after I thought possibly the Eight Professional felt a hair extra fluid, but it surely was a lot lower than I anticipated. For those who’re not an enormous cell gamer and also you’re involved you will be lacking out by selecting the One Plus 8, you needn’t fear.

Each the OnePlus Eight Professional and eight have a smooth, slim design that feels fashionable, regardless of being harking back to 2019’s Galaxy S10 line (particularly with the hole-punch digicam within the nook). I dig the skinny bezels and the vertically stacked cameras. And despite the fact that the Eight Professional’s digicam bump protrudes greater than the OnePlus 8’s, it is not as egregious as absolutely the unit on the Galaxy S20 Extremely


I acquired an ultramarine blue overview mannequin with a {smooth}, mushy texture that retains the telephone from attracting fingerprints. Within the mild, my telephone appeared nearly velvety, although the cobalt shade is not as eye-catching because the OnePlus Eight in interstellar glow.

After years of creating its telephones water-proof to some extent however forgoing a full IP ranking certification, the OnePlus Eight Professional is rated IP68 — that means it may be submerged in about three ft (one meter) of water for at the very least 30 minutes.

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The OnePlus Eight Professional has a 120Hz show.


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Minimalist OS with customization goodies

OnePlus’ OxygenOS has all the time been a minimalistic tackle Android 10. However there are a couple of welcome tweaks. One is that OnePlus added extra alternatives to customise the telephone’s interface with out making it really feel too slowed down. In addition to totally different coloration themes and icon packs, for instance, you may change the form of the icons within the pulldown notification menu.

OnePlus additionally expanded on Darkish Theme so sure apps match the darkish background. After I modified the OnePlus Eight Professional to Darkish Theme and opened YouTube, the colour switched to black, as nicely. That form of automation is handy and makes the consumer expertise really feel extra coherent. 

Each telephones have Night time Mode and Studying Mode, that are supposed to scale back eye pressure, however the OnePlus Eight Professional has an additional characteristic referred to as “consolation tone,” which mechanically adjustments the tint of the display relying on the ambient mild setting. It really works fairly subtly — when the sunshine inside my room turned darkish, the display on the Eight Professional turned extra sepia-colored. As an alternative of getting it change dynamically all through the day, although, I would slightly simply schedule the impact in Night time Mode at particular hours. 

The units even have an choice to activate “vibrant coloration impact” to punch up video colours and distinction and the OnePlus Eight Professional specifically has “movement graphics smoothing,” which is meant to sharpen movement blur in movies. After I turned on these choices and watched a couple of YouTube clips although, it was troublesome to note the consequences on each telephones (ditto with the OnePlus Eight Professional’s graphics-smoothing characteristic).

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The OxygenOS features a few icon packs to select from.


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Just a few different software program options

  • You’ll be able to unlock each telephones with both Face Unlock (which works tremendous quick) or the in-screen fingerprint reader.
  • Each telephones nonetheless have a bodily toggle key that you would be able to slide up and right down to silence or vibrate the telephone.
  • Like earlier OnePlus telephones, Zen Mode is in-built. It restricts many of the Eight Professional’s capabilities to aggressively curb telephone utilization. When it is activated, you may nonetheless make calls and use the digicam.

OnePlus Eight Professional’s Four rear cameras

The OnePlus Eight Professional’s predominant 48-megapixel digicam and wide-angle shooter take sharp and vibrant photographs, particularly in outside lighting. At occasions the distinction and colours, just like the greens in a few of these outside images, will be punched up a bit an excessive amount of. However basically the digicam took wonderful pictures.

I like this picture total, however the inexperienced grass is punched up a bit an excessive amount of for me.


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The 48-megapixel wide-angle digicam defaults to 12-megapixel as nicely.


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Nightscape, OnePlus’ low-light digicam mode, additionally did nicely to brighten up darkish environments. However in comparison with taking an image within the common digicam mode, which already takes first rate low-light footage, Nightscape pictures appeared solely a tad brighter. As well as, the digicam’s 3x lossless zoom closed in on objects properly with out dropping element. It may possibly additionally digitally zoom as much as 30x, however picture high quality actually degrades at this stage. I discovered that 10x was the final stage of zoom I might go to get a good picture.

I took this picture in a really dimly lit sidewalk with Nightscape mode.


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This picture was taken throughout the road from the constructing with no zoom.


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Zooming in 3x.


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Zooming in 30x.


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On this portrait shot of a plant, the digicam did a very good job dealing with the fallout between the fore- and background.


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The telephone additionally has a coloration filter digicam positioned on the aspect of the primary digicam module. As an additional instrument to tweak with publicity and lighting, I did not have a lot use for it. One filter simply overexposed the sunshine and made every part sepia-toned. I could not consider any state of affairs the place you’d need your picture to appear to be this, and I would slightly make do with a software program filter.

I took this picture with the usual digicam.


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This is identical constructing taken with one of many filter choices for the colour filter digicam.


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Bokeh images taken with the front-facing digicam retained plenty of element.


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After I took a selfie on the front-facing digicam, I used to be impressed (if not mildly horrified) with the quantity of effective particulars it captured in my pores and skin and face. The digicam can even shoot 4K video and has optical picture stabilization. After I shot a video of myself strolling down the road, footage was regular and clear. There’s an additional “tremendous stabilization” mode to additional {smooth} down movement blur from hand shaking, however after I checked out each movies side-by-side, the impact or enhancements appeared minimal.

OnePlus Eight Professional’s efficiency and battery

Just like many high-end telephones this 12 months, the OnePlus Eight Professional has a Snapdragon 865 chipset. As I discussed earlier than, the telephone is zippy: It launched and switched between apps, fired up the digicam and rendered video games tremendous rapidly. Its benchmark outcomes have been additionally similar to different competing telephones, such because the Galaxy S20 and LG V60.

3DMark Slingshot Limitless

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.zero single-core

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.zero multicore

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

We’re in the course of altering our battery-testing methodology, however I ran battery exams on steady video playback on Airplane mode. The Eight Professional’s 4,510-mAh battery clocked in 18 hours, 46 minutes with 120Hz turned on, which is a wonderful run. A trial with 60Hz chosen additionally yielded an analogous time, and since the video I performed was shot in 30fps it is sensible that the occasions have been shut.

Anecdotally, the telephone simply lasted all through the day and evening while not having a cost after I used it mildly. For comparability, the Galaxy S20 Extremely, which has a 5,000-mAh battery, lasted 16 hours, additionally on its 120Hz setting. Once we conduct streaming video exams for the OnePlus Eight Professional, I will replace this overview with ultimate outcomes and rankings.

With the OnePlus Eight Professional, OnePlus launched two crucial updates to the battery: wi-fi charging and reverse charging (like we have seen on latest Galaxy telephones). The previous has been a requested characteristic with OnePlus telephones for a while now, and it is handy to lastly cost the telephone with out having to plug in cables. I additionally like charging my different telephones and equipment (together with a pair of AirPods Professional) on the again of the OnePlus Eight Professional. 

As with previous generations of OnePlus units, the OnePlus Eight Professional and eight have super-fast charging, branded as Warp Charging. From a totally drained battery, 15 minutes of charging juiced the telephone as much as 32%, which is spectacular. A half hour yielded 62% and by an hour the telephone was at 95% energy. After I used the OnePlus’ new wi-fi charger, the telephone charged at about the identical price.

OnePlus Eight Professional spec comparability

OnePlus Eight Professional 5G OnePlus Eight 5G Samsung Galaxy S20 5G LG V60 ThinQ 5G
Show measurement, decision 6.78-inch AMOLED; 1,440×3,168 pixels 6.55-inch AMOLED; 1,080×2,400 pixels 6.2-inch AMOLED 6.8-inch OLED; 2,460×1,080 pixels
Pixel density 513ppi 402ppi 563ppi 395ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.51×2.93×0.35 in 6.3×2.8×0.31 in 2.72×5.97×0.311 in 6.67×3.06×0.35 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 165×74.4×8.5 mm 160×72.9×8.zero mm 69.1×151.7×7.9 mm 169.3×77.6×8.79 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 7.02 oz; 199g 6.35 oz; 180g 5.75 oz; 163g 7.72 oz; 218g
Cellular software program Android 10 Android 10 Android 10 Android 10
Digital camera 48-megapixel (commonplace), 48-megapixel (ultrawide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 5-megapixel (‘coloration filter’) 48-megapixel (commonplace), 16-megapixel (ultrawide), 2-megapixel (macro) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 64-megapixel (commonplace), 13-megapixel (wide-angle), time-of-flight digicam
Entrance-facing digicam 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 10-megapixel 10-megapixel
Video seize 4K 4K 8K 8K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 64-bit octa-core processor (max 2.7GHz + 2.5GHz + 2GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB 128GB
RAM 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 12GB 12GB 8GB
Expandable storage No No As much as 1TB As much as 2TB
Battery 4,510 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen In-screen In-screen In-screen
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No No Sure
Particular options 5G enabled; Warp Cost; reverse wi-fi charging; water-proof (IP68); 120Hz refresh price 5G enabled; Warp Cost; 90Hz refresh price 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh price; water-proof (IP68) 5G enabled; water-proof (IP68); Twin Display screen accent
Worth off-contract (USD) $899 (8GB RAM/128GB), $999 (12GB RAM/256GB) $699 (8GB RAM/128GB), $799 (12GB RAM/256GB) $999 (5G) $800 (with out Twin Display screen case); $900-$950 (with)
Worth (GBP) £799 (8GB RAM/128GB), £899 (12GB RAM/256GB) £599 (8GB RAM/128GB), £699 (12GB RAM/256GB) £799 (4G), £899 (5G) Converts to: £642 (with out Twin Display screen case); £722-$762 (with)
Worth (AUD) UK converts to: AU$1,570 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,770 (12GB RAM/256GB) UK converts to: AU$1,180 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,370 (12GB RAM/256GB) AU$1,349 (4G), AU$1,499 (5G) Converts to: AU$1,261 (with out Twin Display screen case); AU$1,419-$1,498 (with)

First revealed April 14.



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